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Wednesday 24 July 

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By Royal Command
By Royal Command

Congratulations to ABC member David Hitcham whom the Queen has honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Aylsham Show and Holt Rugby Club.

David himself is typically self-deprecating about the recognition: "I am delighted, honoured and humbled," he said. "I know that there are so many other people out there who do just as much."

Apologies that the only photo I could lay my hands on in the club annals is this rather old one of him facing the camera at the bridge table. A testament, perhaps, to a man who says little but does a lot.

Triumph in the Open Pairs Trophy
Triumph in the Open Pairs Trophy

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 ABC Open Pairs Trophy Val Bobbins and John Copson. They are pictured here - with Chris Cunnington on the left - being presented with the trophy and engaged glasses by NCBA President Sue Hutchings.

What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury
What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury

Team ABC Away took on all comers at our annual jaunt which took place this year at the Doubletree by Hilton in Newbury North.

To say we covered ourselves in bridge glory would be a slight exaggeration, but Val Bobbins and John Copson managed a second place and Peter and Jan Pennington-Smith a third. The gossip won the trophy - but what happens on tour stays on tour. Val is already planning our 2020 extravaganza so you'll have to go if you want to know ...

Our star performance was reserved for the retail therapy when all ABC female followers of fashion swerved the Saturday seminar and headed into Newbury in a six-seater taxi. Word swiftly swept round the retail emporia that Norfolk was in town and Norfolk was spending and we were welcomed everywhere with wild enthusiasm.

If everyone looks jolly in the photo it might be because one particular hotel barman got a trifle confused and seemed to think that wine is served in glasses holding at least half a pint. Surprisingly no-one sought to disabuse him. (I confess by the time on Sunday night when I took that photo I was on the decaff tea instead but I'm a shocking lightweight).

Huge thanks as ever to Val for organising the bunfight and looking forward to next year.

ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup
ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup

We are in celebratory mode after our A team scooped the NCBA's Committee Cup - triumphing against Norfolk's finest!

 As Neil renamed the teams, here is a reminder of the victorious players:

 A Team :

  • Karen Blacklock and Bhadrinath Bindumadhava (Bhadri)
  • Margaret Motch and Alan Hourd
  • Val Bobbins and Dave Macro
  • Masume Knevitt and Peter Walters

 Congratulations to our A Team!

 Our B team came second - but sadly that was second from bottom, despite putting up a good fight in the second half.   Next year ...

 But thanks are still due to the B team (below) for taking part, further raising ABC's profile and helping to make it such an enjoyable day.

 B Team :

  • Susan Falgate and Jane Scarfe
  • Louise Ball and Sue Smith
  • David Earl and Paul Gilbertson
  • Myself and Carol Lippert

(And thank you to Barbara who took the photo and sorted out all the team names, so I hardly had to write any of this at all - Jane).

Team ABC in Allwood-Wharton Trophy Triumph

Congratulations to our magnificent eight-strong team who were runners-up in the prestigious Allwood-Wharton trophy event by a considerable margin.

Our star performers were Christine Buchanan and Chris Cunnington, Lena Taylor and Nigel Block, Suzanne Gill and Bindumadhava Bhadrinath and Alan Hourd and Margaret Motch.

These impressive ABC performances are turning into a bit of a habit, following on the heels of our Committee Cup team's sucess in April, where we were also runners up.

Well done to one and all!

17th July 2019
Club Pairs - Individual Handicap
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
18th July 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
24th July 2019
British Summer Sim Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
25th July 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: John Copson
Club Pairs
Director: Gabriel Ip
Scorer: Michael Harvey
Club Pairs
Director: Jane Edwards
Scorer: John Copson
Summer Trophy 4
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Bradley
NCBA Forthcoming Events

There are plenty of events coming up in July -  3rd in Holt (Brenda Thomson Trophy)  16th in Wymondham (Shaw Trophy)  and on Sunday 21st, the N&N hold the Rouen Cup Swiss Teams at Bawburgh.  And then there’s a teams event on the 29th for the Kings Lynn Trophy.

For more detail and all other events of interest go to the NCBA website  www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk/


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