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Brierfield Bridge Club
2 Clitheroe Rd
Brierfield
BB9 5PT
Telephone 01282 694175
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In Memoriam
Memories of Eric Holden by David Briggs

 

 

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Eric Holden. I knew that he was very poorly but his death was still hard to take.

Eric and I first played bridge in the eighties at Blackburn and continued until the closure of Brierfield caused by the pandemic.

He was a very good player who had quite a lot of different partners and was a character and one of the fittest 80 year olds I ever saw before he became ill.

He was interested in most sports but especially football and horse racing and had an incredible memory of results in these fields.

Everyone who knew Eric will miss him but his surviving family his wife Pauline and children have lost a loving head of their family.

R.I.P. Eric

 

Paul Jennings

 

We are very sorry to learn that Paul Jennings has passed away.  Paul has been experiencing increasing ill-health for many years and had become very frail.  He recently suffered a nasty fall from which he never recovered.  He died in Blackburn Royal Infirmary on Thursday 10th June.  He was 79.

In his prime Paul was an excellent bridge player and played frequently at the club for many years, usually at the Tuesday or Thursday evening sessions.  His regular partners were Robin Atkinson, Rick Bentley and Nick Aves.  He represented the club in Fylde League matches playing for the C team on many occasions.  

Paul is survived by his wife Carole, and his children Helen, Jonathan and Richard.  We offer our condolences to them all. 

 

Patricia Reynard

It is with regret that we have learned of the death of Patricia Rosemary Reynard on 29 April 2021. She was 96 years old.

Pat was the last surviving founder member of the Club. She was the Tuesday and Friday evening partner of Dorothy Slater for over two decades and she also played with Margaret Atkinson on Wednesday afternoons for some years.

 

In Memory Of Joan Wheatcroft

It is with great sadness that Joan’s friends and members at Brierfield Bridge Club and Whalley Golf Club let you know that Joan passed away on Thursday 4th March peacefully in her sleep aged 91.

Bridge at Brierfield and Whalley GC in her later years were Joan’s main pleasure in life.  She also played golf at Whalley for many years when she was younger.  Her husband, Freddie, unfortunately died on the course leaving Joan with twin boys aged 3 to bring up on her own.  Her sons, Paul and Mark, now have their own families but special credit must go to them as they have really looked after Joan throughout her life.

Joan was a great character and a strong personality and she will be sadly missed by us all.

John Bugler - A Tribute From John Ashton

I have known John for more than 30 years. I met him through mountain biking and orienteering. Then he was a successful financial advisor and Liberal Councillor in Rochdale. After retirement he took an interest in bridge and I encouraged him to join Brierfield Bridge Club.

Very soon his talents were recognised and he joined the committee as membership secretary and served in this role for several years.

He played regularly on Monday afternoons and established a formidable partnership with Dave Sleight. However the onset of Parkinson's disease meant he could longer make the journey from Rochdale so reluctantly had to give up the game he loved.

His last days were unfortunate. He was detained in hospital with a dislocated hip; there he contracted Covid and never recovered. He was a good friend and a lovely man who will be sorely missed.

RIP John.

Richard Thorpe - A Tribute from Trevor Mayes

It is with great sorrow that I have to inform you that Richard Thorpe passed away in hospital on 11th December aged 90 years.

A former member of the committee for many years and one of the stalwarts of the early years of Brierfield Bridge Club when we moved to Clitheroe Road.

He was a man of many talents from scorer, director as well as the Club’s building guru in those early years.

More or less rebuilding the patio area, knocking down an internal wall and laying hardboard sheets in every room with a little help from a few of his apprentices - George, Alan and myself.

A man of quick wit - on one occasion we were discussing the hosting rota and someone asked if there were any reasons that you could opt out.  Quick as a flash he joked 'if you are pregnant'.

To all of us that knew him he will be greatly missed - he had a true passion for Brierfield Bridge Club

Our thoughts are with Anita and family. 

Rest in peace my dear friend.

Trevor

 

Russell Dent - A Tribute from Brian Irlam

It is with deep regret that I have to report that Russell passed away on the 24th October aged 91 years. He was a longstanding member of the Club and still playing good competetive bridge until a couple of years ago. He assisted the Club in many ways having been past Chairman and a more than competent teacher as well as being a successful player whose name can be seen on a number of the award boards at the Club. I had the pleasure and privilege of partnering Russell for many years. Never did I have a harsh word from him despite on a few occasions the reverse being true. If there was ever a query he would bring me an extract from one of his bridge books and point out, succinctly, the error of my ways.

He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Thanks for everything Russell. Rest in peace my and many others friend.

Ann Smith

 

We were very sad to learn of the death of Ann Smith, on 15th October, at Pendleside Hospice. 

Ann grew up, with her three brothers and a sister, in the Rossendale Road area of Burnley until her marriage to Jim. She was a much loved and loving wife, mother and grandma. And a dearly loved sister, sister-in-law and auntie as well as a lovely friend to many. She worked with disabled people, first as a domiciliary, visiting people in their homes and helping them with their handicraft projects. She later became the manager at Oakenhead Day Centre in Rawtenstall.  She did voluntary work with Scope, supporting  disabled people and their families.  She arranged outings and social events and was always ready to lend a helping hand and give advice.

Ann learned to play bridge joining friends Norma Parkinson, Pauline Sandiford and Mary Butterworth in Diane Hill’s classes at Brierfield. Ann loved bridge, playing for many years with Norma whilst the Club was open. Ann and Norma also really enjoyed their bridge holidays in St Annes. After lockdown, and despite being ill, she played online whenever she could.

She was a much appreciated member at Brierfield, doing the scoring and helping at social events.

Ann and Jim became keen bowlers, playing at Padiham Bowling Club.  Ann started a Friday night ladies team and they had many laughs together. 

She even found time for painting and was a valued member of a painting group for many years.

A lovely friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Our thoughts are with Jim and family.