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Welcome to Burnham Bridge Club
Face-to-Face Bridge at 1:30pm on December 14th at SBBC

The Club is keen to celebrate Christmas and, in view of the fact that Father Christmas doesn't have a BBO account, it's been decided that a face-to-face event is called for.

We hope as many members as possible will come along on the 14th. It will be a pairs event, starting at 1:30, with a 15-minute break at the half-way point for some seasonal refreshments [mince pies and mulled wine or soft drinks, no turkey I'm afraid].

There won't be a host, so you'll need to come along with a partner. If you need to find a partner, please use the website. Please let Eva know if you're intending to join us so we know how many we're catering for. If you'd like to come and you're looking for a partner, let Eva know - she may be able to match you up.

We and Father Christmas are looking forward to seeing you.

Thank you all for helping the Club to support Children-in-Need. The EBU have also contributed by waiving our pay-to-play fees for this event.

Click the heading to this news article to obtain the hand commentary.

Click here to get to the Ecats results area.

David Beever

Most of you will know that David was taken to Wexham Park before being transferred to the specialist stroke unit at High Wycombe hospital in early July. He'd lived on his own for several years following the death of beloved wife Rene, and it seems that he'd spent the previous night in his garage, presumably having felt unwell following the signs of a stroke and intent on driving himself to hospital.

David passed away peacefully last Saturday evening in the Denham Manor home to which he'd been transferred from the hospital.

David celebrated his 90th birthday in December last year, and a few of us were delighted to assist in this celebration in one of his favourite restaurants in Burnham.

 

David's passing is very sad news to all of those who knew him. He'd been a Burnham stalwart for several decades, representing the Club in league-of-8, partnering Bob Holder in the Burnham team that won the Nicko Plate in 2014, directing the monthly teams evening for many years, acting as Webmaster, and being the most delightful partner that many of us were fortunate enough to play with.

David was SBBC's manager from its outset in 1994, and will forever be linked with the establishment of Laurie Champniss's wonderful enterprise.

Beyond Burnham and SBBC, David was a great supporter of Berks & Bucks, playing and succeeding in many County events. He also directed County events, and acted as the B&B webmaster for a number of years; his services were recognised by the County when he was made one of its three current Life Members. Further afield, David directed the annual MCC teams event held in the Long Room at Lords for many years, and he enjoyed joining the group of local bridge players who travelled to France regularly to play at bridge clubs and in local tournaments.

Outside bridge, David enjoyed opera, collecting recordings and streaming live major UK and international performances. For many years he organised an outing of picnic-plus-open-air-Shakespeare at Beaconsfield's Hall Barn. He loved having birds in his garden. Until a few years ago he was a keen golfer.

The list goes on.

There will be no formal funeral, but the family is intending to arrange a gathering to celebrate David's interesting and varied life.

Thank you David for the special friend you've been to all of us; we're going to miss you.

Burnham v Ascot Team-of-24, 2nd August

We were delighted to resume what had been the long-standing annual match between the two clubs following a 3-year Covid-enforced interruption, though possibly slightly less delighted to have to return the shield to Ascot's stewardship. Congratulations to Ascot following their 22-imp win.

But the real winners were the 48 players who took part, in many cases resuming friendships which had been in abeyance for too long. The results of the match include a pairs cross-imp analysis as well as the gory details board-by-board in the Information page.

2023 AGM

The Club AGM is taking place via Zoom on Wednesday 19 July at 4:30pm, and typically lasts half an hour.

The Club constitution requires that a minimum number of members 'attend' so, if you're able to spare half an hour, please let Graham Dickens know so that he can let you have the relevant Zoom credentials.

Members may find the various AGM-related reports via the Membership heading on the menu.

League-of-8 Summary

As the 2022/23 programme has now drawn to a close it's been a disappointing season for the three Burnham teams.

Despite getting off to a strong start [with a 20-0 win against our B team], the A team narrowly failed to repeat last season's stellar performance, and had to be content with second place behind a strong Reading A team. Partly as a result of the A team's strong start, the B team will be waving goodbye to Division 1.

Our third team played in the Chiltern League, which means we could call on members who are tied to other clubs as far as Berks & Bucks is concerned, and also occasionally on A- and B-team players. The team had to be satisfied with the bronze medal, gold and silver going to the two Newbury teams.

The Club very much appreciates the efforts of all members who played in one or other of the teams, and we all owe a particular vote of thanks to the team captains who take on the organisational role as well as managing their teams. We're hoping the same members will be up for the challenge again next season, and we're always delighted to welcome fresh blood into our league-of-8 ranks.

Error in Results for 19th December

Many of last night's players have reported that they'd noticed an error in the results on the Club website, an error which also affected the upload to the EBU.

The problem was that everything to do with hand 3, including its hand record, was duplicated as board 4. The error has now been rectified on the Club website, and the corrected results have been uploaded to the EBU; these will take effect during the EBU's overnight NGS update run.

Thanks to everyone who spotted this and reported it.

Website Changes

We have upgraded the website to Bridgewebs version 2.19q. This version introduces changes to the presentation of results but, if this isn't to your taste, there's the facility to switch back to the previous layout.

If you have any related comments that you'd like brought to Bridgewebs' attention, please let me know.

About Burnham Bridge Club

The Club switched its Monday-evening session to BBO at the outset of Covid, and continues to operate online.

All sessions are pairs events, with the third Monday of the month being scored via cross-imps.

The Club operates two teams in the Berks & Bucls League-of-8 divisional competition.

Results
Duplicate Pairs
Imped Pairs
Burnham B v Reading C
Duplicate Pairs
Ascot A v Burnham A
Duplicate Pairs
Calendar
Mon 4th Mar 2024
Duplicate Pairs
BBO 7.25 pm
Mon 11th Mar 2024
Duplicate Pairs
BBO 7.25 pm
Mon 18th Mar 2024
Imped Pairs
BBO 7.25 pm
Tue 19th Mar 2024
Burnham B v Yateley & Hawley
RealBridge 7:30pm
Thu 21st Mar 2024
Burnham A v Reading A
RealBridge 7:30pm
Mon 25th Mar 2024
Duplicate Pairs
BBO 7.25 pm