It is with great sadness that we report the death of Tom Perry, who was a member of our club for very many years. Tom was a very popular member of the club. He served for two separate periods as Chairman of the club, the first starting in 1983 and the second commencing in 1995. His name appears on two of our trophies - the Criddle Cup in 1977 (for pairs) and the RBL Cup in 1989 (for individuals). Our condolences go out to his wife Gwen, who is still a member of the club, and their family.
Membership of the club continues to grow and now stands at 115.
The winners of competitions since the last newsletter have been:
EBU Simultaneous Pairs
Laurence Hudson and Ian Woodward
Captain's Cup (H'capped, Pairs)
Betty Vos and Brian Hick
Cottage Shield (Scratch Pairs)
Kay Darwin and Bob Stokes
Dean Benton and Neil Roberts
Charlie Hall Trophy (Individual)
Runner-up - Geoff Haywood
There was a tie for second place in the Charlie Hall Trophy between Andrew Billson and Geoff Haywood that required count-back (the number of top scores) to separate them and decide the winner of the trophy for second place.
The next competition is:
Kidney Research Simultaneous Pairs Thursday 12 July
The leading scores in this season's Stanley Trophy to date are:
Pat Dunham 41 points
Joan Benton 38
Geoff Haywood 31
Don James 29
Andy Brown 27
Shelagh Rumbelow 26.5
Ron Barker 19
Derek Steeple 17.5
The league results for the A team since the last newsletter have been:
Grantham lost 7-5
Golf lost 8-4
Loughborough Uni lost 8-4
The A team finished the season in 6th place in Division 2 of the Leicestershire Leagues. In order to avoid relegation the A team had to do no worse than lose by 8-4 to fellow relegation-contenders Loughborough University in the last game of the season. This objective was achieved by the smallest of margins.
The players representing the A team during 2011/12 were Robert Missenden (Captain), Joan Benton, Andrew Billson, Andy Brown, Toni Capewell, Pat Dunham, Geoff Haywood, Don James, Philip Price, George Strang and Ian Woodward.
The league results for the B team since the last newsletter have been:
Glenfield B lost 9-3
Loughborough B won10-2
The B team finished the season with a flourish. A resounding victory in the last match of the season meant that the team finished in 3rd place in Division 4, marginally ahead of the next two teams.
The players representing the B team during 2011/12 were Colin Dobson (Captain), Dean Benton, Belinda Chantler, Mike Coke, Mary Danaher, Malcolm Dawson, Mike Drinkwater*, Ian Grudgings*, Claire Lewis, David Parsons, Ann Potterton, Neil Roberts, Margaret Shadrack, Richard Shadrack, Bob Stokes* and Shirley White (asterisked players played for the team for the first time last season).
We will again be entering two teams for the season 2012/13. Any members who wish to be considered for the teams should speak to Robert Missenden or Colin Dobson.
Reflections From The Table
Four issues of Reflections From The Table have been emailed to members since the last newsletter. All four have been written by Malcolm Dawson on various issues regarding the importance of good defence.
Master Point Promotions
Since the last newsletter the following Master Point Promotions have been announced by the EBU:
Pat Dunham 1 Star Master
Trish Gallop AreaMaster
Ian Grudgings AreaMaster
Brian Hick AreaMaster
Stuart Rees AreaMaster
John Brown Local Master
Pat's elevation to 1 Star Master is particularly noteworthy as it requires 10,000 Master Points to reach this level. Our congratulations go to all of the above.
The first of a series of director training sessions run by the EBU was held last month at Willesley Park Golf Club. There were seventeen delegates on the course including four from Ashby Bridge Club. Further courses will be held at the Golf Club over the next three months.
National Grading Scheme
The EBU has introduced a National Grading Scheme covering all players who play duplicate bridge on a regular basis. Each player's grading depends on results achieved over approximately the last 40 sessions with greater weight being given to the most recent results. Our top-ranked player, Andy Brown, is in the top 300 (out of 40,000) in the country.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the club will be at the Cottage 7 pm on Monday 16 July and will be followed by bridge. No partner is required.
Nominations for Officers and committee members must be proposed and seconded (with the consent of the nominee) and submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the AGM. Proposal forms will be put on the noticeboard at the beginning of June. We welcome the proposals of new members to the committee.
Motions to be put to the AGM must be proposed and seconded and submitted to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the AGM. Forms for the proposal of motions will be put on the noticeboard at the beginning of June.
A history of the club has been compiled. Pat Dunham produced the first draft and I have now edited this to produce the final version. The history has been published on the club website and hard copies will be available in the Cottage shortly (only for those without internet access). If you have any anecdotes that should be included please pass them on to me.