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There have been several recent promotions for Blaby members in the EBU Masterpoints Promotions list since I last posted them.

Well done to the following:

Gill Ivell - One Star Master
Martin Stone - Advanced Master
Chris Biggs - County Master
Jane Smith - District Master
Malcolm Newel - Area Master
David Ambrose - Club Master

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The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
This is one of a number of changes which have been made as part of ongoing efforts to increase the shop's revenue, and thus provide more profit for reinvestment by the EBU in providing activities and services for members, clubs and counties.
To visit the site follow this link.

 

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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
 
 
  FEEDBACK FROM COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 16 MARCH 2020

Doreen, our Secretary, has produced the following feedback from our committee meeting:

As members will be aware the Committee decided to close the Club for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus.  The AGM scheduled for 14 April has therefore had to be postponed until further notice.

Below are some items that would have been brought to you at the AGM.

CLUB COMPETITIONS

Presentations will be made at the AGM when it is eventually held but the prize winners are:

Club Cup              1st          Peter Nuttall and Lloyd Danvers
                            
2nd         Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero

Toon Cup             1st          Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero
                            
2nd         Sandy Blades and Val Hodgson

CLUB OFFICERS

A form for nominating the Club Officers had been circulated and completed at the Club.  All the current officers have been re-nominated.  The Officers have agreed to continue in their present positions until this can be ratified at the re-arranged AGM.

They are:         Chairman:                   Michael Allsopp
                       Treasurer:                   Dave Pollard
                       
Secretary:                   Doreen Arnold
                       
A Team Captain:          John Arnold
                       
B Team Captain:          Neil Beasley
                       
Webmaster:                John Arnold
                       R
ota Organiser:          Tricia Allsopp
                       
Dial a Partner:            Doreen Arnold
                       
Committee member:   Chris Bancroft

We will of course notify you when the Club is due to re-open but in the meantime the Committee wish you all to keep safe and well.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2021 18:19 GMT
  Tricia and Mike Allsopp Golden Celebrations

Some good news as Tricia and Mike celebrated 50 years of marriage on 8th August. Congratulations to you both.

See them here on their wedding day.

Tricia and Mike Allsopp Golden Celebrations
Last updated : 3rd Mar 2021 17:18 GMT
  Malcolm Sollofe

I am sorry to have to report that Malcolm Sollofe died in Glenfield Hospital on Sunday 20th December. 

He had a bridge career stretching back for many years, originally (I believe) playing for Spencefield BC.
Playing with his wife Angie they achieved great success both in Leicestershire and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, Malcolm developed a mobilty disability a few years ago, but he did not allow this to interfere with his enjoyment of playing bridge. He never complained and was always a cheerful and friendly partner and opponent.

Malcolm and Angie were in recent years members of Blaby BC, being stalwarts in our teams.

Our sincere condolences to Angie and family.

Angie has asked me to convey her heartfelt thanks to the many Blaby members who have written to her with their condolences.

The funeral was on Tuesday 22nd December.

 

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2021 17:17 GMT
  Doreen Hillier

I am sorry to report that Doreen Hillier died on Jan 23rd at her nursing home in Stamford.

Doreen was a popular member of Blaby for many years. With her late husband Len, who died some years ago,  she greatly enjoyed and looked forward to Blaby Bridge Club weekends away.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2021 17:17 GMT
  Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero win Toon Cup

The Blaby Toon Cup awarded to the most improved pair has been won by Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero. They improved their scores by a whole 3%. In second place are Sandy Blades and Val Hodgson and third Dave Pollard and Chris Bancroft. Well done to these pairs.

The competition is over the past 12 months and compares their best 15 results with the best 15 of the previous year. The competition has been curtailed by two weeks because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

You can see the final positions under Competitions - Toon Cup in the menu to the left.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:04 BST
  Lloyd Danvers and Peter Nuttall win Blaby Club Cup
Lloyd Danvers and Peter Nuttall win Blaby Club Cup

The Blaby Club Cup, the club's major pairs competition, has been won by Lloyd Danvers and Peter Nuttall. The competition is decided by the pair with the best three scores after the six rounds. Lloyd and Peter were equal with Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero but win on countback, their fourth best score being better. Roger and Gerry were second. Well done to both pairs. 

Third place goes to Maureen Williams and Marjorie Gilbertson.

You can see all the details of this heat under Results in the menu on the left. The overall positions can be found here.

The winners and one other pair (eligible to play in the Blaby B team but not Blaby A) will be invited to represent Blaby in the LCBA Hyman Crammer competition on Wednesday 6th May 2020 at The Rothley Centre.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:04 BST
  Blaby Charity Pairs for LOROS

There was a slightly lower turnout than usual for the annual Blaby LOROS Charity Pairs competition. There were 7½ tables. We raised the excellent sum of £182 for LOROS, comprising the table money and proceeds from the raffle. Well done everybody.

The winners of the competition were North/South - Krystyna Krzeczkowska and Sandie Hassall and East/West - Mike and Tricia Allsopp. You can  see full details in the Menu on the left under Results.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:03 BST
  Roger Cook's team narrowly out of Josephs Bowl

Roger COOK's team (Roger, Dave Pollard, Gerry Bucciero and Marjorie Gilbertson) are out the Josephs Bowl, the LCBA's premier teams of 4 competition. In the quarter-final they lost to Irene KRANTZ's team (Irene, Lyn Hilton, Peter Nuttall and Rick Wilde) by the relatively narrow margin of 19 IMPs.

This ends the interest in this competition for the all-Blaby teams. However, well done to Blaby members Lyn and Peter in the Krantz team. They will play Jim MASON's team in the semi-final.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:03 BST
  Blaby Christmas Party
Blaby Christmas Party

This year's Blaby Christmas Party was attended by 29 members, slightly down on previous years.

However, the atmosphere was as festive as ever. Members enjoyed a free drink and the buffet food (provided by members themselves) was appreciated by all.

We played an individual movement of sorts. As usual there were slams galore.

The winners were:

NORTH - 1st Martin Stone    2nd Paul Webb

SOUTH - 1st Mick Mahoney  2nd Susan Fennell

EAST    - 1st Peter Nuttall    2nd Mike allsopp

WEST   - 1st Chris Bancroft  2nd Kate Boulter

Table closest to zero -Mike Allsopp, Martin Stone, Dorothy Pennington, Graham Anderson

The Chairman thanked John and Doreen for organising the evening. Many thanks too to those who helped in the kitchen. Once again a great evening.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:02 BST
  Yvonne Dunbar

It is with great sadness and regret that I have to report that Yvonne has died. She had been ill for some time. She was a quiet, friendly lady who bore her illness with great dignity.

A regular member of Blaby Bridge Club for many years, she partnered John Gaunt regularly until his failing eyesight made playing bridge impossible. Latterly she partnered Malcolm Newell.

The funeral was on Wednesday 11th December at 2 p.m. at Countesthorpe Crematorium.

Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 12:01 BST
  Bertrand "Nick" Nicholls in 100th birthday celebration

Congratulations Nick who celebrated his 100th birthday on 13th November.

Nick played at Blaby Bridge Club for many years, retiring some years ago when his bridge partner, Eric Cox, became ill. He is remembered as a friendly person, well liked by those who knew him.

What none of us knew at the time was that Nick was a decorated Second World War airman who beat incredible odds flying no less than 50 missions. He was treated to an RAF flypast on his birthday.

In March 1944 Nick was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for outstanding courage and valour by King George VI at Buckingham Palace.

We wish you continued good health for many years to come.

You can see an article on Nick in the 14th November edition of the Leicester Mercury.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:04 GMT
  Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs
Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs

Blaby has once again held a heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs competition organised by Ecats and played throughout the UK and other countries. We had 18 pairs who raised a total of £237, comprising of table money, the raffle and a generous donation. This total has been bumped up to £250 following a further generous donation. Well done everybody.

Out of 1,803 results our top four pairs are :

Roger Cook and Gerry Bucciero - 94th
Roger Wharmby and Malcolm Newell - 160th

Peter Nuttall and LLoyd Danvers - 180th

Jane Smith and Chris Biggs - 230th

Very well done to these players.

You can see how you all did and all the details here.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:04 GMT
  Henry Cooklin

We are very sorry to report that Henry has died suddenly. Although he had been very ill in the past the sudden death has come as a great shock.

Henry had given great service to Leicestershire bridge and only recently retired from 30 years as Treasurer of the LCBA.

He has been a member of Blaby Bridge Club for many years with his wife, Beryl, both playing for our A Team on a regular basis.

He will be greatly missed. We send our condolances to Beryl.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:03 GMT
  Mick Mahoney second in Otto and Edith mixed pairs

Well done Mick who, playing with Mary Johnson came second in the first LCBA competition of the new season, the Otto and Edith Bowl. This is a mixed pairs competition with the top two married couples being invited to represent Leicestershire in the final of the Midlands Flitch.

The highest all-Blaby pair were Peter Nuttall and Marjorie Gilbertson who came 8th.

You can see all the results and how the other Blaby pair fared here.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:03 GMT
  Roger Cook, Gerry Bucciero, Cynthia James and Gill Ivell win Blaby Summer Cup
Roger Cook, Gerry Bucciero, Cynthia James and Gill Ivell win Blaby Summer Cup

Well done Roger, Gerry, Cynthia and Gill who have won this year's Blaby Summer Cup - a handicapped teams-of-four competition.

In a field of 6 teams they won with an impressive +66 IMPs. Second were John and Doreen Arnold, Ken Jones and David Ambrose with +36 IMPs. 

You can see all the details here.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:03 GMT
  Roy Pennington

I am sorry to have to report that Roy Pennington has died after a long illness.

Roy was one of our longest standing members. He, with his wife Dorothy, was a regular team player for many years and loyally served the Club in various capacities, including Chairman.

Condolences have been sent to Dorothy and their family.

Roy's funeral was on 22 August at South Leicestershire Crematorium, Countesthorpe. There was an impressive turn-out to pay their repects, including family and friends and many from Blaby Bridge club and other Clubs.

Last updated : 4th Feb 2020 16:02 GMT
  Blaby A out of Samani Plate

Blaby  A are out of the Samani Silver Plate Summer Knockout Competition. We lost a very close match to Melton in the semi-final by just 210 aggregate points. It was an extraordinary match. After the first stanza we had lost  a substantial handicap advantage and found ourselves 500 points down. This had increased to 2013 points after the second stanza. However we pulled back in the third stanza to just -130 points! Unfortunately the final 6 boards were virtually flat.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:39 GMT
  Diana Kennard

I am sorry to report that Diana Kennard died on 16th July at Coalville Community Hospital. She had suffered from cancer for some time.

A member of Westcotes Bridge Club she and her husband Tom played  for their league team with success for many years. They became members at Blaby playing regularly and were unfailingly pleasant and well liked. Ill health caused them to stop playing competitive bridge in 2015.

Our condolances go to Tom and their family.

The funeral took place on 31st July at 2.45 p.m. at Loughborough Crematorium. Donations are for cancer research.

 

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:38 GMT
  Mick Mahoney and Ian Bruce win Pairs League

The final round of the the 2019 LCBA Pairs League, has been completed. Congratulations to Mick who, playing with Ian Bruce, has won Division One. Peter Nuttall, playing with Andy Mackriell, were second.

Dave Pollard and Roger Cook, the only all-Blaby pair to enter this year, consolidated their position in Division Two. 

You can see full details of how they, and other Blaby members playing with non-Blaby partners, fared by following this link.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:37 GMT
  Lyn Hilton's team wins Joyce Mixed Pivot Teams

Congratulations Lyn and her team on winning the Joyce Cup, a pivot teams of four imp-scoring competition (each player plays boards with each teammate). This year 10 teams competed at the new St Oswald venue. The top three teams were: 

  1. Lyn Hilton, Irene Krantz, Andy Mackriell and Rick Wilde +60 imps
  2. Ian Bruce, Alison Nichols, Ben Norton and Simon Stokes + 49 imps
  3. John Bee, Marjorie Gilbertson, Jonathan Hughes and Mick Mahoney +25 imp

Full details can be found here.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:37 GMT
  Marjorie Gilbertson wins Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs) - Peter Nuttall second in Buckby Cup (Men's Pairs)

The Olga (Ladies) and Buckby (Men) pairs competitions have been held.

Congratulations to Marjorie, who with Judy Hill, has won the ladies' event.

In the men's event, Peter Nuttall (playing with Rick Wilde) were second out of 17 pairs. The highest placed all-Blaby pair were John Arnold and Michael Allsopp who were third. Keith Preston (with Richard Smith) also did well coming 6th. Very well done to all three pairs.

Full details of this and how other Blaby players fared can be found here for Olga and here for Buckby.
 
Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:36 GMT
  Gimson Trophy Final

The Gimson Trophy, LCBA'a premier pairs competition, has taken place with no all-Blaby pairs taking part.

However, several Blaby members played with other partners. Well done Lyn Hilton (playing with Irene Kranz) who came 3= and Peter Nuttall (with Andy Mackriell) 5th.

Press here for all the scores.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:35 GMT
  Stanley Round Final Positions

The Stanley Trophy, an LCBA competition described as Expert Butler Pairs, has been completed. No Blaby pair finished in the prizes, our best pair being John Bee and Mick Mahoney.

You can see full details here.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2019 17:35 GMT
  LCBA Charity Swiss Teams - 2019

Twelve teams entered this year's LCBA Charity Swiss Teams event, hosted by Glenfield Bridge Club. Over £600 was raised which will go the Alzheimer's Research charity. Well done to all organisers.

Top Blaby members were Mick Mahoney and Marjorie Gilbertson, playing with Audrey Mount and Mary Johnson, who were 4th. Mick Long and Terry Auger, playing with Praful Patel and Bob O'Brien, were 5th.

All results can be found here.

Last updated : 30th Jul 2019 16:24 BST
  Roger Cook's team so close in final of Leicestershire Plate

It wasn't to be a second consecutive trophy win for Roger Cook's team (Roger, Dave Pollard, Gerry Bucciero, Marjorie Gilbertson) in the Leicestershire Cup Plate, an LCBA teams of four competition with aggregate scoring. In the final they lost to John Thompson's team by the agonisingly close margin of 160 aggregate points.

Nevertheless, this was a fine performance in the competition. Well done to all the players who played in this and earlier rounds - the four above plus Henry Cooklin and Martin Stone.

Last updated : 30th Jul 2019 16:23 BST
  Leicestershire Green Point Swiss Pairs

There was a good turnout as 36 pairs enjoyed the event played at Spondon. Thanks to director John Wilcox, and to Robert Northage & Dave Pollard who played to complete a half table. There was plenty of interest for Blaby members. Well done Peter Nuttall who, playing with Andy Mackriel, came 4th. Robert Northage & Dave Pollard, also finished well above average in 10th place.

You can see full details including how other Blaby members fared here.

Last updated : 30th Jul 2019 16:22 BST
  Sylvia Horn

I am sorry to report that Sylvia died recently after many years of ill health.
Her funeral was on 29 October at Gilroes Cemetery and Crematorium.

Sylvia was a Blaby member for many years and played regularly in our league teams. A friendly person she was well liked at the Club and has been missed during her illness.

You can see a fuller obituary on the LCBA website.

Last updated : 2nd May 2019 16:09 BST
  Mary Campbell

I am sorry to report that Mary passed away on 22nd July after a long illness.

Mary and her husband John were members of the Westcotes team in the LCBA Leagues for many years, with some success. They were also regular players at Blaby and were both unfailingly friendly and polite.

Our condolences go to John and their family.

Last updated : 14th Nov 2018 15:02 GMT
  John Gaunt

I am sorry to report that John Gaunt has died aged 89. 

John originally joined Blaby whilst at classes in early to mid 1960s then after a few years they with John & Tina Parts and others left Blaby and founded the Westcotes Club in 1966.
John and his wife had a very successful playing partnership at Westcotes. After his wife died, John returned to Blaby forming a partnership with Yvonne Dunbar. John struggled with failing eyesight but continued to play for many years until he was forced to give up the game fairly recently.

Unfailingly polite and friendly, John will be missed by us all.

The funeral was held at St Crispin's Church, Turnbull Drive, Off Kingsway, Braunston Town.

Donations to CALIBRE.

Last updated : 18th Jun 2018 12:25 BST
  Blaby Privacy Policy and the General Data Protection Regulation

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018. You may have seen references to it in the English Bridge magazine or in the wider media, or in emails from other organisations.

Blaby Bridge Club has prepared a Privacy Document which covers how the Club deals with information we hold. There is a copy available at the Club. There is also a copy on this website, see Information, Privacy Policy in the menu on the left on the home page. 

If you are content with the information that we hold, how we process it or how we currently contact you, then you do not need to do anything. However, if you are not sure what information we hold or wish to change it, please contact the Secretary or Webmaster. Details of the holders of these posts can be found under Information, Committee.

Last updated : 18th Jun 2018 12:15 BST
  BLABY 70th AGM
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Toon Cup Winners
Club Cup 3rd Place Prize winners
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Toon Cup Runner up
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Our 70th AGM was toasted with champagne and slice of cake to celebrate our 70th anniversary. The meeting was attended by 35 members.

Mike Allsopp, our new Chairman, reported a year of highs and lows. We lost Roger Westerman after a short illness and also previous member Rob Kilby.
The A Team missed out on promotion to Division One by the smallest possible margin.
He described achievements by members in LCBA events.
There were two very successful social events: wine, dine and bridge evening and weekend away at Warwick Hilton.
Two charity bridge evenings raised £226 for Children in Need and £265 for LOROS.

Dave Pollard, Treasurer, reported a large increase in rent at the Bowling Club. The meeting agreed to an increase in table money to £2.50 at Blaby only.

The introduction of Bridgemates has been a success. It was agreed to continue to enter hands.

The Club Championship Cup was awarded to Dave Pollard and Chris Bancroft and the Toon Cup to Michael Long and Vicky Armstrong.

Last updated : 5th Sep 2017 14:39 BST
  Rob Kilby

It is with much regret that I have to tell you that Rob Kilby has died after a long illness.
Rob, a long time member at Blaby, was Sandy Blades's bridge partner for many years until illness forced his absence.
The funeral will be at St Andrews Church, Countesthorpe, on Wednesday 5th April at 2 p.m.

Last updated : 17th May 2017 17:02 BST
  Roger Westerman

It is with great sadness I have to tell you that Roger died in LOROS on 21st September. Roger had been a very popular member and team player for many years. Although Roger had been ill for some time this news came as a great shock.

Many people from Roger's family and circle of friends attended the funeral at Scraptoft Natural Burial Ground.

Last updated : 17th May 2017 16:55 BST
  Blaby Celebrates 70 Years
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Blaby Bridge Club celebrations of its 70th anniversary got under way with a very successful Wine and Dine with Bridge evening. This was the first event organised by Mary Brown, our Events Organiser, for this important milestone for the Club.

Thirty of us, including Club members and friends of the Club, enjoyed a delicious buffet and drinks. Life members, Neil and Pat Beasley, who are our longest serving members of well over 50 years attended.

The matchpointed bridge event was won by John and Doreen Arnold, East/West, and joint winners North/South, Linda Burdett and Margaret Rushton & Paul and Linda Loveday. You can see full scores under Results.

Last updated : 17th May 2017 16:55 BST