“ALL FARNHAM” BRIDGE GROUPS – NEWSLETTER 2 February 2018
12+ bridge groups in the Farnham area have agreed to co-operate, with special emphasis on
- Communications and publicity.
- Youth Bridge.
- Charity and education events.
- Potential for “All Farnham” bridge events in 2018/19.
This newsletter provides updates on what has been achieved over the last few months, and on plans from here.
1.Communications and Publicity.
The information sheet on bridge groups in our area has proved valuable. Copies have been given to a number of people who are either new to the area or who are wishing to find out about additional bridge playing opportunities in our area. The information sheet is attached; if there are any changes or suggested additions, please let me know.
Should any group wish to communicate details of forthcoming special events and charity events, they can either send this direct to the contacts shown on the list of clubs, or send it to me, Mike@lizandmike.co.uk, and I will forward material on.
The Weydon School bridge club continues to thrive. Bev Sylvester-Evans of the Rowledge and Bourne bridge clubs is now helping with coaching alongside Mike O'Donnell of Farnham Bridge club. Two “Weydon Alumni”, who have moved on to Farnborough 6th form college, have initiated Wednesday lunch-time bridge there. Not in our area, but of real interest, Douglas Wright has recently initiated Min-Bridge at Boxgrove Primary School in Guildford.
We are still looking to initiate mini-bridge at more local schools. There are enthusiastic and trained volunteers ready to help, so if you have any school contacts, please discuss with them. Bridge is a great game for all ages!
Weydon school combined with two Farnborough 6th form students to enter a total of 14 players in the Surrey Schools Cup, hosted by Roehampton Bridge club on 2nd February. The event continues to grow in attendance and prestige, with over 80 participants this year. Weydon yet again won the Surrey Mini-bridge cup (watch for news in the Farnham Herald). A very young Weydon team of 4 competed with credit in the full bridge Salver, and a combined Weydon/Farnborough team played in the top Schools cup event for the first time. Westminster School , who fielded several experienced England junior internationals, were 1st and 2nd in this event, with St Paul’s school 3rd, so it was quite an achievement for our local pupils to simply compete at this level.
Douglas Wright, and the Bourne Club will be running a 3-day youth summer holiday camp, at the same time as the Bourne Club Junior Tennis Tournament on 23rd, 24th and 25th July. Please invite your children/grandchildren to attend and bring them along.
Douglas will also be running Bridge Taster sessions in May, June, July and September – for more information see www.3countiesbridge.com
3.Forthcoming charity and education events.
The Bourne Club is holding a blue-pointed open Swiss Pairs on the afternoon of Sunday 25th March. See www.bridgewebs.com/bournefarnham for details and the entry form.
Farnham Bridge Club are holding a blue-pointed Swiss teams event, in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, over two Wednesdays: April 4th and 11th. See www.bridgewebs.com/farnham for details and entry form.
Farnham Bridge Club will also be hosting the highly popular “Richard Currie Swiss Pairs” on Sunday 29st July – a flyer will be sent closer to the time.
4.“All Farnham” Bridge event plans.
FARNHAM FESTIVAL OF BRIDGE on FRIDAY 24th AUGUST at FARNHAM MALTINGS GREAT HALL, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
I am pleased to report that there has been excellent support for the concept of this event. It is specifically targeted at promoting and fostering bridge in our area, to encourage those who just play bridge at home to consider playing in one of our clubs, to promote youth bridge and to demonstrate co-operation between our various groups. It is not intended to raise huge amounts for charity, nor to pull in out-of-area players for a one-off event, nor will it be a master points event.
Mike O'Donnell, assisted by Tony Philpott, is planning and coordinating the event, while Douglas Wright has volunteered to run the bridge taster and youth bridge sections. More volunteers are always welcome - and indeed will be needed - especially to help as stewards/welcomers on the day or to help with specific sections – let Mike or Tony know if you are interested. Meanwhile, most important, encourage all your club members and social bridge players you know, to participate.
The attached flyer provides more information; comments will be welcome. A final version will be available in April.
CAFE BRIDGE SPRING 2019? (See www.brianbridge.net/cafe for information on the format).
Hugely popular and successful Café Bridge events have been run in Guildford, Richmond, Wimbledon and several other Surrey communities. The event is aimed at duplicate bridge players of all standards, will attract lots of "out-of-area" players, and typically raises several thousand pounds for charity. Entry is circa £30 per person , but includes a 2 course lunch at one café or restaurant. Players move between cafés , playing a few hands in each against different opponents, with sophisticated wireless software handling the scoring.
There is interest in running such an event in Farnham in Spring 2019, but so far no volunteers to lead and co-ordinate this (although help and advice is available for the bridge elements). Please let Mike O'Donnell know if you would like to take a leading role in progressing this idea.
Meanwhile, please do consider attending the Guildford Café bridge event, which is on Thursday 4th October next, with circa 240 players and 15 restaurants involved, and which will raise several thousand pounds for very worthwhile charities. You will have a great day, and learn about the event format.
Regards, and thanks everyone for your positive support.
Mike O'Donnell (Mike@lizandmike.co.uk)
THE NEXT PAGE LISTS INFORMATION ON SEVERAL OF THE BRIDGE GROUPS IN THE FARNHAM AREA.
* means English Bridge Union Affiliated