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We're All Going On An Autumn Holiday ... UPDATED
We're All Going On An Autumn Holiday ... UPDATED

It will be 2 years next month since our last annual bridge holiday was cancelled so we thought it was time to look at arranging another one. Wroxton House Hotel near Banbury looks suitable. At the moment there are vacancies for the 6th October 2022 for 4 nights.

And, just in case you were worrying, organiser Val Bobbins has now been assured that, should anyone wish to cancel because of illness or crisis, there will be NO charge. Neither Guaranteed Events nor the hotel take a deposit and you pay on arrival.

Val said: "Hopefully this will reassure anyone who would like to go but was worried about future events resulting in cancellation."

Here are the details. The cost would be:

£379 PP for a shared double or twin

£429 for a sole use double.


  • Half Board accommodation, welcome drink reception, all bridge fees and holiday prize vouchers.

  • Free parking on site (70 spaces).

The Banbury Wroxton House Hotel BW Signature Collection by Best Western

Highly recommended hotel offering a superior level of quality within their star rating, high standards of hotel keeping in particular hospitality, service and cleanliness and hold two AA Rosette awards for the quality of their food. The hotel offers a traditional charm in the delightful Cotswold village of Wroxton, just 2 miles from Banbury. With Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford and Birmingham all nearby, the location is as convenient as it is beautiful. This is a rare opportunity to experience the appeal of this thatched manor house, dating in parts to 1649. Think cosy corners, log fires and sumptuous interiors where you can enjoy a truly professional service with relaxed style.

A trip to the heart of England wouldn't be complete without a visit to some (or all) of the many architectural delights it boasts. From Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace, the Cathedrals of Oxford and Coventry, to the many National Trust and English Heritage properties you'll never be short of things to do or sights to see when you stay at the Wroxton House Hotel.

The journey from Norwich is 2 hours 54mins and approximately 148 miles. It’s only 25 mins away from the Bicester Village outlet famed for its bargain shopping.

If you are interested please let Val know either by email at or phone/text  her on 07801 352939.

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Welcome to Afternoon Bridge Club

Farewell to Alan Hourd

We are greatly saddened to report that one of Norfolk’s longest-standing bridge players died at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital as a consequence of Covid.

Alan Hourd was a longstanding member of ABC, as well as the N&N, Noverre and Wymondham.

His bridge partner of many years Margaret Motch says she is devastated: “It’s very sad news about Alan. I’m so shocked because we played together for so long.”

Alan spent a couple of weeks in the N&N with Covid and was discharged but, unfortunately, had to be re-admitted when he contracted pneumonia brought on by Covid. He died on Monday 15 August.

This report will be updated and circulated again via email when funeral details are available - which they now are. See below:

Dear Friends and Family Members,

Alan Hourd passed away in Hospital on August 15th 2022, Aged 87 years. 
Alan's funeral service will be held at Woodland Hall, Colney Wood, on
Saturday September 10th at 10am.  Family flowers only, and non-formal
clothing please.  Donations to the Alzheimer's Society - in memory of
Alan's mother - should be sent to Gordon Barber Funeral Home, 2 St
Williams Way, Thorpe St Andrew, NR7 0AW.  Please let me know if you wish
to attend the funeral so we are able to share an idea of numbers (Tracey
Spinner,, 07970289643).

If you are unable to attend the funeral in person, please make use of
the webcast facility to join us for the funeral.  
Username: yozi3858
Password: 378982

Following on from the funeral, Alan's friends are invited to join Marco
and Tracey (the brats) Tony (the brother) and Alex and Jana (the
grandchildren) at 2 Highfield Avenue, Brundall, NR13 5LE - to celebrate
his life and share their favourite stories.


Tracey Spinner (nee Hourd)
Marco Hourd

Are we nearly there yet?

Every parent's unfavourite question from little voices on the back car seats now keeps cropping up in bridge clubs, schools, homes, hospitals and workplaces. Is Covid finally on the way out? Are we nearly there yet?

ABC Chairman Sarah Chamberlin said: “It’s such a joy to see people and catch up. I really hope that clubs like ours will take off again in 2022, especially as we play in the afternoons.”

With most restrictions now lifted – whether or not you agree with the timing - we thought it right to update you on what's happening at ABC and how the past nearly two years have affected the club. 

Well, we are still here playing online via RealBridge on a Wednesday afternoon and Face-to-Face at the Costessey Centre on Thursday afternoons. Wednesday numbers are reasonable – averaging over nine tables during January. Face-to-Face is more disappointing and so far we are not covering costs, which is not a situation which can continue indefinitely.

The Stafford Hall is huge and airy and an ideal location for returning as safely as possible to Face-to-Face bridge. We play with windows open. Why not give it a try and see how you feel about it? Omicron appears to be peaking and we are optimistic that, week on week, more of us will feel confident enough to meet again.

Also most of us have taken to playing RealBridge during Covid and we have every intention of continuing to play online on Wednesday afternoons. The great advantage is that people can join us from anywhere in the country – or indeed the world. We can now claim to be ABC International with members in Sri Lanka and those who join us from their holiday homes in Portugal, France and the Canary Islands!

People have been playing and joining from Yorkshire, Kent, Essex, Warwickshire and Peterborough. Not only that, much-loved club members who have moved away like Paul and Sue Hutchings are able to join us regularly from Sussex.

Getting Back to Bridge

It can all feel rather daunting.

Some of us, for whatever reason, didn't take to playing bridge online. With lockdown and shielding that might mean you haven't picked up a card for two years. 

We understand. And we hope we've come up with a solution to ease you back gently into the game we love. The ABC committee has members on standby to partner you and help you get your confidence back up again. It's like riding a bike. Give it a try and it will all come back to you - and we promise not to get impatient if it's a slow process!

Just go to the bottom right Find a Partner item on this page and say you need a Back to Bridge partner.

NCBA ..... forthcoming County Events

The popular Barclays Bank Trophy will be held at the Costessey Centre on Sunday 4 December starting at 11.00 am.   Qualifying heats are being held through local clubs.   The ABC will be holding its Barclay qualifier on Thursday 10 November.  

For all other County and other events of interest visit  the NCBA webside  Norfolk Contract Bridge Association, Norfolk, England (

5th October 2022
Winter Trophy 1
RealBridge 1.30pm
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Barbara Baker
6th October 2022
Club Pairs
Costessey Centre 1.30 pm
12th October 2022
Club Pairs
RealBridge 1.30pm
13th October 2022
British Autumn SIM Pairs
Costessey Centre 1.30 pm
Club Pairs
Director: Jane Edwards
Scorer: John
Club Pairs
Director: John Dennis
Scorer: John Bradley
Club Pairs Individual Handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Barbara Baker
Club Pairs
Director: Gillian Hall
Scorer: John Copson
Competition Winners

Peter Falgate Trophy - Paul King and Madeleine Harris

ABC Open Pairs Trophy - Val Bobbins and John Copson

Summer Trophy - Chris Mallon and Gillian Hall

Wendy Gee Charity Pairs - Ben Roberts and Carol Lippert

* MORE* Masterpoint promotions

Congratulations to ABC members  who are celebrating EBU masterpoint rank promotions in May. Well done to:

John Dennis Life Master
Nicki Cann 1 Star Master

Added to our existing recent roll of honour:


Paddy Seligman 3 Star Master
Graham Hardman  7 Star Regional Master

Paul Hutchings  1 Star Master

Bob Browne  Club Master
Carol Browne  Club Master

Chris Mallon  Premier National Master
Penelope Stroud  1 Star Regional Master
Gabriel Ip  Grand Master
David Gill  2 Star Master
Jane De La Tour  1 Star Master
Romesh Bandaranaike  Club Master
Rasika Karunatilake  Club Master


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The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).