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2020 SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED Results

Well done to Hazel & Mervyn who finished 2nd and to Sam & Leon who finished 4th in February's SCCBA Open Sims - see SCCBA web-site for confirmed results and article.  The article contains a link to the commentary for the convenience of those who failed to pick up a copy on the night.

2020 Valentine Pairs
2020 Valentine Pairs

Congratulations to Tad and Shirley who were the worthy winners of the Valentine Pairs competition on February 14th.

Although they were not the top scoring pair, they were the qualifying pair with the highest percentage. Congratulations to them both. And a big thank you to all 12 pairs who managed to arrange to partner someone of the opposite sex!!

Helen

2020 SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED Results

Well done to Stewart and Frank who are the highest-placed Crawley pair in this year's county Charity Sims - see SCCBA web-site for confirmed results and article.

A First for Crawley Bridge Club?

Many congratulations to Mike and Paola Codd who had a baby boy, Jack, on Thursday!!  Mother and baby are doing well.

This is thought to be the first time that a baby has been born to 2 CBC members!

2019 Christmas Party

Our party on Friday 6th December was a very enjoyable affair.  We had interesting hands to play and a fantastic buffet provided by Mitchells Catering.

Our chosen charity collection this year was for St. Catherine’s Hospice.  We raised just under £280 which the club rounded up to £300 - see acknowledgment letter.  Thanks again to everyone for their generosity.

Big thanks are also due to Mervyn for his preparation beforehand and directing on the night, to Richard for all his hard work preparing the pairings - this has become a mammoth task as the club is now so large.  Thanks also to Betty for her negotiation of the food choices for the buffet and managing the drinks tickets, Peter for managing the collection and paying of bills and finally to Gordon for directing the cadet section.  We were also very fortunate to have a lot of help setting up and tidying at the end - many hands make light work!

Congratulations to the winners in the main section (10 tables) who were Alan & Hazel (East/West) and Elizabeth & Ralph (North/South) and to .....

..... the winners in the cadet section (5 tables) who were Sumi & Beryl (North/South) and Sue and the early-departing Penny (East/West).

And we’ll do it all again next year!!  Merry Christmas everyone.

Helen

2019 East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Congratulations to Pam & Peter and Sylvia S & Dave who did extremely well at the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs (run by Helen) on November 16th - see Sussex web-site for details.
Children In Need Simultaneous Pairs - Wednesday November 13th

See the letter from eCats showing the totals raised by the 2019 Children in Need Sims and all such events since 2002.

You can find the results on the ECats site.  From the initial screen :-

  • to see the Crawley results separately, click on 'Club' in the 'Rankings' box on the right and search for 'Crawley',
  • to see the overall results, click on 'Overall' in the 'Rankings' box on the right.
2019 Club Individual
2019 Club Individual

On Friday 18th October, we held the Club Individual event.  Although the movement was rather chaotic, I think most, if not all, enjoyed it.  The clear winner was Cecile – so congratulations to her - very well done.  Thanks are due to Richard for his loud voice calling out the end of round movement!  Next time, we’ll have table cards explaining everything!!

Helen

2019 Sheila Becarevic Cup
2019 Sheila Becarevic Cup

Congratulations are, once again, due to the Men who comprehensively beat the Ladies on Wednesday 9th October.  We tried our best.  But it wasn’t good enough!  Thanks again to Mervyn for all his preparation in advance and his organisation on the night.

Better luck next year, ladies!

Helen

P.S.  I've uploaded two sets of results to this site.  The main one uses Aggregate scoring (because that's what decided the winning team) but only the travellers are really meaningful.  These results are used to determine the winning team by aggregating either the Men's or Ladies scores to find that the Men won with +5480.  The pair ranking list in this set of results is not very meaningful since it's very dependent on which pairs were lucky enough to get most of the big hands.

The other set of results uses Match Point scoring, just like on the average club night.  This pair ranking list is more meaningful than the Aggregate version as regards how well individual pairs played but it is based on an invalid pairs movement so it's not that meaningful.  Also, since it was Aggregate scoring that decided the winners and not Match Points, this pair ranking list is pretty irrelevant too.  Again, only the travellers can be relied upon.

Because there are only 2 teams, no Master Points are awarded.

Mervyn

2019 Autumn Compensated Teams
2019 Autumn Compensated Teams

Friday 20th September was the date for our biannual Compensated Teams event.  This is always very well supported and this time, even on a Friday, we had 11 teams!  The winners were Sam, Shirley, Tim and Hazel.  Sylvia S, Beryl, Sally and Ralph were 2nd and Helen, Mervyn, Delsia and Penny were 3rd.  Huge thanks are due as usual to Mervyn for planning and running the evening and to all the Randalls for organising the teams.  Thanks are also due to all the club members for supporting this event.

The next special event is the Ladies v Gents match on Wednesday October 9th – put it in your diary now!!

Helen

P.S.  If you want to see how individual pairs did in this teams event, click on the “X-Imps” tab on the BridgeWebs results screen.  Pairs are listed in order - roughly equivalent to the ranking list order in a pairs event.

Mervyn.

CBC 47th Anniversary Lunch
CBC 47th Anniversary Lunch

On Wednesday July 10th 2019, Crawley Bridge Club held their first Anniversary Lunch - a new event for our growing club.  It was to celebrate 47 years since the club was formed.

We had 15 full tables and our Guests of Honour were Tad Jasko and Peter Rowell who were founder members and are pictured with the cup they received for winning the Sussex Pairs in 1973.  They continue to play together once a month and, to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with at the bridge table, they achieved over 70% to win the N/S position.

Thanks are due to all the committee, especially Betty, to Mervyn for directing, to Stacey, Michael and their team for a fantastic lunch and to Dave for manning the bar!!

Helen

Cecilís Farewell
Cecilís Farewell

Several of us were able to attend the service to say goodbye to Cecil on June 27th, 2019.  We were privileged to be  there and to learn more about his early years as described by his brother Ivan and then to spend time with his family afterwards.  He first joined us in 2011 and we learnt just how important bridge was to him – along with horse racing – and, of course, his love for his family.  His kind nature shone through at the club and he is very much missed at the table that was always saved for him.

In honour of Cecil, club members raised £150 for Diabetes UK - see acknowledgment letter.

2019 Iris Draude Memorial Pairs
2019 Iris Draude Memorial Pairs

The annual handicap pairs competition (held on April 12th) was renamed this year as the Iris Draude Memorial Pairs, in memory of Bill's wife who was a long standing member of Crawley Bridge Club.

The winners of this first (and hotly contested!) event were Cecile and Cheryl - pictured holding their trophies along with Bill.  Well done to them both.

Thanks are due to Mervyn for his help supplying everyone's NGS ranking and to Richard for running the event so smoothly.  Also, thanks to you all for supporting this special event - the last competition of our current year.

Helen

Iain Climie in Corn Cardis

Most members will remember Iain Climie, who played at the club for a while 4-5 years ago, and they will be interested to know that he played in the 2019 Corn Cairdis recently.  The Corn Cardis is an annual match between England and Ireland - or more specifically teams representing the English Bridge Union (EBU) and the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI).  Three teams of four - representing the County, Club, and Officials elements of the organisations - from both national bodies compete to win the Corn Cairdis - the Cup of Friendship.

This year's event was held at Basingstoke and Iain played in the Hampshire team.  See report and result.

CBC 47th Anniversary Lunch
CBC 47th Anniversary Lunch

The club has passed the 40 year milestone and to celebrate we will be holding an Anniversary Lunch.

The date is Wednesday 10th July, 2019.  The venue is the restaurant at GIBC.  We will start with lunch and then play our customary 24-board duplicate session.  Cost £5/head to include 2-course meal and play session.

Guest of Honour - Tad Jasko (Tad is a founder member and has kept copies of the minutes of the inaugural meeting on March 17th, 1972 and the first committee meeting on April 5th, 1972)

Could all those who would like to attend let Betty know as soon as possible, preferably by email (address as above).  We hope to have a good turnout.  Please respond on an individual basis and we can sort out partnerships as the event approaches.  If you have special dietary requirements, particularly gluten-free or vegetarian, it would be helpful if you could point that out.

With the club going from strength to strength it's well worth celebrating and it should be great fun.

All the best,
Richard

Helen's presentation of the 2018-19 SCCBA Gladys Hakki Trophy
Helen's presentation of the 2018-19 SCCBA Gladys Hakki Trophy

You all know that Helen recently won the Gladys Hakki Trophy for making an 'outstanding contribution to bridge in Sussex'.  Well, the presentation was at the county AGM on Sunday April 7th.  Helen is pictured with a replica of the original trophy which she gets to keep.  You can see more details, including a picture of Helen receiving the original trophy from SCCBA President Martin Pool at the county AGM, on the SCCBA website.

Congratulations again, Helen, from everybody at CBC.

2019 Spring Compensated Teams
2019 Spring Compensated Teams

After a very enjoyable evening of Compensated Teams bridge consisting of 11 teams, many congratulations go to the winners who are pictured with their well-deserved prizes -  Mervyn, Tricia, Jane and Hazel.  Thanks are due to Mark and Carol who organised the teams in advance and to Mervyn who ran the evening in his customary efficient way.

Helen

2019 Two winners of SCCBA Simultaneous Pairs events!
2019 Two winners of SCCBA Simultaneous Pairs events!

Peter and Bill have now received the Joe Gibson Cup (like Tad, Joe Gibson was a founder member of Crawley Bridge Club) as winners of the SCCBA Charity Sims in January and .....

..... Hazel and Mervyn have now received the Eric Selden Plate as winners of the SCCBA Open Sims in February.

2019 SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to Bill & Peter who are the confirmed winners of the county Charity Sims played in the week beginning January 7th - see SCCBA web-site for details

2019 Valentine Pairs
2019 Valentine Pairs

Our Valentine Pairs event was well attended with 19 pairs taking part - 14 of which were mixed pairs.  Congratulations go to the winners Bill and Carolyn, pictured with their well-deserved prizes.  Thanks to everyone who took part and made it such an enjoyable evening.

It was also the first time that we had used our new Duplimate machine which, as expected, produced some very interesting hands.

Helen
 

2018 Christmas Charity - Outreach 3 Way
2018 Christmas Charity - Outreach 3 Way

This year's Xmas charity, Outreach 3 Way, provides support for people with learning disabilities and autism in East and West Sussex. 

As a core part of that, every day, around 45 people from a pool of 100 attend the Day Centre at Outreach Ifield.  They participate in a range of activities including arts and crafts, cookery, music, dance and drama.  The donation from CBC will be put towards arts and crafts projects.

There is no doubt that the people at Outreach do outstanding work in their field and I am grateful for everyone at the party for donating so generously so that we can give them a helping hand.

Pictured receiving the cheque is Bob Leeves, Outreach's Sports and Leisure Manager.

Richard
2018 Christmas Party
2018 Christmas Party

Our party on Friday December 7th was the busiest that we have ever held!  We had 15 tables in 2 sections - 12 in the main section and 3 in the cadets!  A good time was had by all with excellent directing from Mervyn, a very tasty buffet provided by Mitchells catering and an enjoyable bridge session.  We also collected £200 for Outreach 3 Way!

We also congratulated Mark on his big birthday!

A big thank-you goes to all who made the evening such a success.  We will do more of the same next year!!

Helen
 

Children In Need Simultaneous Pairs - Wednesday November 14th

You can find the results on the ECats site.  From the initial screen :-

  • to see the Crawley results separately, click on 'Club' in the 'Rankings' box on the right and search for 'Crawley',
  • to see the overall results, click on 'Overall' in the 'Rankings' box on the right.
Club Individual
Club Individual

The first 3 places in the Club Individual were taken by winner Ralph (photographed receiving his prize from organiser Helen), Bill (2nd) and Mervyn (3rd).

Thanks to Richard who had the unenviable task of shouting out the movements for every round as the bridgemates didn't give complete instructions!

A good time was had by all and we will definitely keep it as an annual fun evening in our calendar.

Helen

SCCBA Autumn Congress success!
SCCBA Autumn Congress success!

It's an excellent result for Carol and Mark who won the Welcome Pairs at the county Autumn Congress on Saturday October 13th.  Congratulations to them both.  See county web-site for article and full results.

2018 Sheila Becarevic Cup
2018 Sheila Becarevic Cup

Congratulations to the victorious Men’s team!  In spite of the best efforts of all the Ladies, there was no getting away from the fact that the Men's team (all but Sisir and Bill pictured) were the better team on the night!

Thanks to everyone who took part for playing in such a good humoured way.  And particular thanks to Mervyn once again, without whom we would not have been able to have such an event.

Helen

P.S.  Two sets of results for this event can be seen here.  The main one uses Aggregate scoring (because that's what decided the winning team) but only the travellers are really meaningful.  These results are used to determine the winning team by aggregating either the Men's or Ladies scores to find that the Men won by 3030.  The pair ranking list is quite dependent on which pairs were lucky enough to get most of the big hands.

The other set of results uses Match Point scoring, i.e. just like on the average club night but using an invalid pairs movement.  This pair ranking list is more meaningful than the Aggregate version as regards how well individual pairs played.  However, since Aggregate scoring decided the winners and not Match Points, this pair ranking list is pretty irrelevant too.  Again, only the travellers can be relied upon.

Mervyn

Horley BC bridge weekend - April 2019

Crawley members are invited to joint the Horley club's weekend at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne from Friday April 26 to Sunday April 28th, 2019.  See invite and application form.

Autumn Drawn Teams
Autumn Drawn Teams

Congratulations to Bill & Peter and Doreen & Stuart who won the Autumn Drawn Teams on Friday September 14th.  The runners-up were Shirley & Sumi, Carol & Mervyn.

Many thanks to Richard for collecting names and making up the teams.

Our Prestigious Visitors!
Our Prestigious Visitors!

We were very pleased to welcome 3 members of the Sussex County Bridge Association to our Wednesday bridge session on June 13th.  They were Richard Newton, Andy Ryder and Neil Watts who are currently walking to every bridge club in Sussex to raise money for Junior Bridge in Sussex and the Alzheimers Society.

After an enjoyable game of bridge, the highest-placed pair from our club were Bill Draude and Cecil de Araujo.  Many congratulations to them both.  We were also able to raise over £100 for the good causes.  So, many thanks to those who felt able to contribute.

Helen

P.S.  See also article on SCCBA web-site.

Spring Compensated Teams
Spring Compensated Teams

A good time was had by everyone at our Spring Drawn Teams event.  Hard canvassing by Richard in advance of the night ensured we had 9 tables.  Lots of preparation by Mervyn before the start coupled with his usual efficiency on the night, ensured the results were available within minutes of the end of play.  So thanks to them both.

Congratulations to Team 1 - Leon, Tad, Stuart and Kate on being first with the runners-up being Team 7 - Stewart, Frank, Sylvia W and Cecile.

Helen

2018 SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs

The confirmed results for the SCCBA Open Sims are now on the county web-site.  Bert and Dave were the best-placed Crawley pair in 11th place.  If you're wondering why the finishing order of Crawley pairs in the county results differs from that in the club results, try reading this ECats FAQ.

Church Hill & Crawley Bridge Clubs Eastbourne Weekend 2018

There'll be another bridge weekend for the Church Hill and Crawley clubs at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne later this year from Friday November 30th to Sunday December 2nd.  See details and application form.  Please contact Debbie or Helen for further details.

2018 Valentine Pairs
2018 Valentine Pairs

Congratulations to Helen and Alan for winning the Valentine Pairs!  Unfortunately, there were only 6 mixed pairs playing.  Next year, this event will be on Wednesday 13th February.  For those of you with an EBU diary, make a note and arrange a mixed pairing!

P.S. Apart from chocolate hearts for everyone, Cecil very kindly donated a big box of Black Magic which was very much enjoyed by all!

2018 Sussex Charity Simultaneous Pairs

The confirmed results for the Charity Sims are now on the county web-site.  Tad & Leon did excellently to finish overall runners-up out of 134 pairs!  If you're wondering why the finishing order of Crawley pairs in the county results differs from that in the club results, try reading this ECats FAQ.

Christmas Party 2017
Christmas Party 2017

Our party was held on December 8th and we had 12 full tables.  The food was provided by the new caterers at Grattons and was delicious.  Alan organised the game to find a partner which produced some fun outcomes.  But a good time was had by all.  We also managed to raise just over £200 for the Chestnut Hospice – our chosen charity.  Mervyn sat out for the whole evening watching over the laptop so that we had results almost immediately. So special thanks to him.

Prize-winners were Kerry & Carol who were 1st North/South (after Christina and myself withdrew) and ....

.... Carol & Betty who were 1st East/West and ....

.... Cecile and Wendy who were second North/South and ....

.... Russell and Tricia who were second East/West.

The committee and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018.

Helen

Mervyn's presentation at the EBU AGM
Mervyn's presentation at the EBU AGM

Hot off the press and before it gets into the EBU magazine! (but not before it's put onto the EBU web-site), Mervyn is seen being presented with his Dimmie Fleming Award by Jeremy Dhondy (Chairman of the EBU) at The Imperial Hotel, Russell Square on Wednesday 22nd November.  We are all very proud of him!

Helen
 

Sheila Becarevic Cup
Sheila Becarevic Cup

Congratulations to the victorious Ladies team that managed to sneak a victory over the Men again on Wednesday October 11th.

The general euphoria over the result, meant that there was no opportunity to thank Mervyn once again for all his long hours of work that were needed to make the event run so smoothly. The preparation done at home is essential to making the event as enjoyable as it was. I cannot imagine how long it would have taken to do the mental arithmetic need to produce a result! So, Mervyn, thank you once again. We could not run such a full and varied programme without you.

Cheers,

Helen

P.S.  Two sets of results for this event can be seen here.  The main one uses Aggregate scoring (because that's what decided the winning team) but only the travellers are really meaningful.  It's not possible to use these results to determine the winning team without doing the same calculations that I did.  The pair ranking list is quite dependent on which pairs were lucky enough to get most of the big hands.

The other set of results uses Match Point scoring, i.e. just like on the average club night but using an invalid pairs movement.  This pair ranking list is more meaningful than the Aggregate version as regards how well individual pairs played.  However, since Aggregate scoring decided the winners and not Match Points, this pair ranking list is pretty irrelevant too.  Again, only the travellers can be relied upon.

Mervyn

Eastbourne Weekend
Eastbourne Weekend

The weekend organised by Debbie and shared with Church Hill bridge club was a great success. And members of the Crawley club did very well at the competitions too. We all hope same time same place next year??

Helen
 

Autumn Drawn Teams
Autumn Drawn Teams

We were delighted to have 8 teams entered into our drawn teams event including 10 players from Cadet nights. Thanks go to Richard for arranging the teams and to Mervyn without whom we would not be able to run such an enjoyable event.

Helen

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

Please turn up and play in the SCCBA Charity Sims on Friday January 12th.  This year's charities are :-

Please note that, since the same boards will be used in this event in different Sussex clubs during the week, individual players may only play in one heat.

Best Improver - 2016-17
Best Improver - 2016-17

Congratulations to Cecil who received the Saeed Salver for being the club's most improved player over the past 12 months.

2017 Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs)
2017 Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs)

Congratulations to Hazel and Mervyn who won the Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs) on Wednesday May 17th.†

First visit to the Spring Congress!
First visit to the Spring Congress!

Well done everyone. You did Crawley proud!

Worthing Weekend!
Worthing Weekend!

Congratulations to Carol and Mark who, although they weren't the highest-placed pair of the weekend (April 7th-9th), were the highest-placed Crawley pair.

Do You Want to Learn to Play Bridge?

Starting with a FREE! introductory session on Monday September 18th, Crawley Bridge Club will be running a course which is suitable for complete beginners.  This course will consist of three terms of ten two-hour sessions.  If you need more details, please email Helen Kent or ring Helen on 01342 719779.

Helen (behind the camera), Carol, Mark, Richard and Maureen looked for new bridge players for CBC at the Turners Hill Fete on July 16th.

"A very happy afternoon spent encouraging more beginners!" - Helen

Spring Drawn Teams
Spring Drawn Teams

A very enjoyable evening was had by all for our first "drawn teams" event.  Congratulations to the winning team of Cecil, Bill, Maureen and Sumi.

Thanks are due to Richard for forming the teams and to Mervyn for running the event and managing the Bridgemates.  What a very worthwhile investment they are proving to be!

Helen

Mid-Sussex Challenge Friendly
Mid-Sussex Challenge Friendly

Well done to the Crawley team who went one better this year in the 'Mid-Sussex Challenge Friendly - Inter-Clubs Teams of Eight' at Cuckfield on February 12th by finishing 2nd of 7 teams, having finished 3rd last year.

See Sussex web-site for report.

Valentine Pairs
Valentine Pairs

Congratulations to Richard and Sylvia who won the Valentine Pairs on February 10th.

Congratulations!!
Congratulations!!

Carol celebrated no longer being a junior member of CBC recently by cutting a birthday cake (sorry about the blurring - no alcohol was involved!) as did .....

..... what's 'is name a few weeks earlier!

SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams

Richard, Cecil, Mark and Carol did excellently at their first attempt in the county New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on January 8th, winning 5 of their 7 matches! - see county web-site for details.

Christmas Party
Christmas Party

Our Christmas party held on December 9th was a great success!  There were 9 and a half tables in the club section and 4 in the cadet section.  There was some very exciting card-play and ....

.... a fantastic buffet - the best we have ever had.

Thanks are due to the committee of Helen, Richard, Alan, Betty, Sylvia and Mark for all their work beforehand, during and following the event.  But special thanks to Mervyn who managed the Bridgemates under some duress and ensured we had a result at the end of the evening.

Thanks to everyone for coming along and supporting the club and for your generous donations to Macmillan Care which totalled an amazing £270!!

Helen

Autumn Compensated Teams
Autumn Compensated Teams

Congratulations to Carol & Mark, Debbie & Susie who won the Autumn Compensated Teams on September 7th.

Birthday Girls!
Birthday Girls!

We all had a lovely evening celebrating the special birthdays of Cecile and Sylvia. They charged our glasses for us and filled us with delicious cake, made and appropriately decorated for bridge players by Clare. Thanks to all.

Helen

Best Improver 2015-16
Best Improver 2015-16

Congratulations to Stewart who is pictured being presented with the Saeed Salver by Richard for being the club's most improved player over the past 12 months.

Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs)

There was a very disappointing turn-out of only 3 tables for the Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs) on Wednesday May 18th but congratulations to the winners Helen & Christina.

Spring Compensated Teams
Spring Compensated Teams

Congratulations to Sylvia S., Stewart, Doreen and Janet who won the Spring Compensated Teams on March 23rd.

SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs

The provisional combined results for the SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs are now on the county web-site.  The highest-placed Crawley pairs are Veronica & David (12th), Hazel & Meryyn (13th) and Betty & Ralph (15th).  If you're wondering why the finishing order of Crawley pairs in the county results differs from that in the club results, try reading this ECats FAQ.

Mid-Sussex Teams of Eight
Mid-Sussex Teams of Eight

Despite the best efforts of Helen's sat nav, all 8 members of the Crawley BC team (Hazel, Christine, Betty, Helen, Shirley, Howard, Mervyn and Doreen) made it to Thakeham and 'played their socks off' to finish a very creditable 3rd (out of 7) in this friendly event.

The runaway winners were West Sussex BC, who put a very strong team out.  Lewes BC were 2nd.  There was also a delicious tea provided by the hosts who earnt that dubious right by winning the event last year.  Well done to all our team.

Breaking The Law!!

Are you a prominent club member?  Are you off to Thailand shortly?  Then, obviously, you're up to no good!!  See Daily Telegraph article.

Crawley Pair win County Final!!!
Crawley Pair win County Final!!!

You might remember that we held a heat of the county's David Pavey Trophy competition back in November.  Well, Veronica and David have only gone and won the final at Worthing!!!  Many congratulations to them.

Howard and his partner, David Pickford, and Richard and Debbie also did well, finishing 6th and 7th= respectively, although Richard and Debbie were playing 'without standing' which means that they weren't eligible to win the competition since they hadn't played together in the heat.

See the county web-site for an article and the full results.

 

Spot the Tad!
Spot the Tad!

Can you spot a young (well young-ish!) Tad in this picture?  Tad and other members of Crawley Bridge Club made headlines in local newspapers in October 1983 because of their exploits in the Bridge Bridge League Congress in the Isle of Man.

Not only did Tad's team (himself plus David Clifton, Frank Cooper and David Rowe) win the Teams event but a second Crawley team (Martin & Pauline Pool, John Wallace and David Ginn) finished as runners-up!  Not content with that, Tad and David Clifton also won the Open Pairs event!

See transcripts of all 3 articles.

2016 Sussex Charity Simultaneous Pairs

Our Sussex Charity Sims heat on Friday January 15th raised the splendid sum of £96 to be shared by this year's county charities - Pericles and The Oyster Project.

The confirmed combined results are now on the county web-site with Wendy and Hazel (16th) and Sally and Ralph (18th) doing best of the Crawley pairs.

Hazelís Big Birthday!
Hazelís Big Birthday!

Happy Birthday Hazel. We hope you’ve had a lovely day! Thanks for the chocolates and sweets that all disappeared!
 

2015 Christmas Party

A good time was had by all at this year's Christmas Party on December 11th.  Many thanks to organisers Helen, Richard, Alan and Betty for putting in so much effort.

  • .... but everything stopped for food!
  • ... 4 tables in the Cadet section ....
  • There were 9 1/2 tables in the main section ....
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs at Turners Hill

Congratulations to Susie and mum Pat who won the intermediate stratification class and finished 3rd overall at Turners Hill on Saturday November 21st in the Sussex Basic Bridge Pairs event that Helen runs.  Cecile & Sumi and Shirley & Carolyn also did very well, finishing 4th and 5th overall respectively.  See results, article and pictures on the SCCBA web-site.

Compensated Teams - Autumn 2015
Compensated Teams - Autumn 2015

Congratulations to Stuart, Tad, Stewart and the absent Sylvia B who won the Autumn Compensated Teams on September 2nd.

2015 Liliane Massingale Cup
2015 Liliane Massingale Cup

Congratulations to Janet and Kerry who are pictured receiving the Liliane Massingale Cup from Richard.  Janet and Kerry won the annual handicapped pairs event on Wednesday May 20th, just hours after joining the club!  Close runners-up were Richard & Sue who were leading before handicaps were applied.

CBC Weekend at Worthing
  • A group of members ignoring the camera!
  • Some members trying to hide from the camera!
  • Some winners!

In a first for Crawley Bridge Club, 11 members spent a very enjoyable weekend (March 27-29th) of friendly bridge and fantastic food in the very comfortable Ardington Hotel in Worthing along with 29 other players from other clubs.  Tricia and Christine were our stars as they won the Saturday evening session and were presented with chocolates at the end of the final session on Sunday.  A good time was had by all and we would hope to do something similar next year!

Best Improver 2014-15
Best Improver 2014-15

Congratulations to Frank who is pictured being presented with the Saeed Salver by Helen for being the club's most improved player over the past 12 months.

Compensated Teams - Spring 2015
Compensated Teams - Spring 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2015 Compensated Teams - Tad, Veronica, David and Betty.

A Club Evening With a Difference!
A Club Evening With a Difference!

Several learners from the Improvers Class bravely turned up to play at a club evening on Wednesday March 18th.

2015 Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v Gents
2015 Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v Gents

Congratulations to the Ladies Team (pictured minus Wendy, Cecile, Sylvia W. and Christina) who, after a recount, are this year's winners of the Sheila Becarevic Cup by 14 IMPs.  The match was a 14-a-side match played over 24 boards.  See full results.

The next 'event' at Crawley BC is a Compensated Teams on Wednesday March 25th.  You wouldn't want to miss it, would you?

Valentine Pairs

Congratulations to Helen & Mervyn who won the the Valentine Pairs prize for being the highest-placed mixed pair CBC members on Friday February 13th.

SCCBA Seniors Simultaneous Pairs

Very well done to visitors Alan and Mick who finished an excellent second overall in the SCCBA Seniors Simultaneous Pairs.  See results and article on the SCCBA web-site.

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

They may have only finished 3rd in the Crawley heat of the SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs but Susie and Debbie also finished 3rd overall!!   Very well done to them.  See results and article on the SCCBA web-site.

Christmas Party
Christmas Party

Following a very enjoyable party on Friday 12th December, there are a lot of people for me to thank.

Firstly, thanks go to Mervyn for his sterling work organising the movement and for scoring the Club section so quickly.  Thanks also to Richard for running the improvers section.  It was lovely to see so many from our class and we hope to see them at a club night in the not too distant future!  Judging by the noise that came from that end of the room, it certainly sounded as if they were having a good time!

Thanks to Betty for running the raffle and for planning the food with the Grattons caterers.  They certainly gave us a splendid spread!  Finally, thank you to our very efficient treasurer for organising the pairings and the prizes for the Club section and for ensuring that the £125 raised by the raffle will go to Last Chance (our chosen charity for this year).

Thanks to all who attended, contributed to the raffle prizes and bought tickets.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Helen

(Helen and Tad are pictured with their prizes for winning the bridge in the Club section. - Ed.)

P.S.  The Improvers Section was won by .....

..... Sue Snelling and Gwendoline Berry who were presented with their awards at the start of the new term.

Christmas is Coming!
Christmas is Coming!

One of Santa's not-so-little helpers dropped in to run the Improvers class recently!

Compensated Teams - Autumn 2014
Compensated Teams - Autumn 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Autumn 2014 Compensated Teams - Betty, John, Sylvia B. and Veronica.

Crawley Bridge Club Village Fete Roadshow
Crawley Bridge Club Village Fete Roadshow
Fresh from our efforts at Copthorne (see picture), we next set up shop at Turners Hill (Sunday 20th July).  This is a beautiful venue and the weather was very kind.  The event was well attended and we had a steady stream of contacts and enquiries.  Keen as we were to get on and play, we had to keep stopping to talk to people and hand out leaflets!  It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the level of interest in the Club and our teaching programmes was most encouraging.  We complete this year's tour at Crawley Down in September and plan a similar tour next year.
Liliane Massingale Cup
Liliane Massingale Cup

Congratulations to Peter and Cecile who won the Liliane Massingale Cup (handicapped pairs) on Friday May 23rd.

Best Improver 2013-2014
Best Improver 2013-2014

Congratulations to Sumi for being the club's most improved player over the past 12 months and so becoming the 6th winner of the Saeed Salver.

Compensated Teams - Spring 2014
Compensated Teams - Spring 2014

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2014 Compensated Teams - Debbie, Susie, Tricia and Christine.

2014 Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v Gents
2014 Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v Gents

On February 26th, the Gents team won the Sheila Becarevic Cup for the third successive year - this time by the fairly comfortable margin of 115 IMPs.  See full results.

Commiserations to ........

........ the Ladies team.  Better luck(-ish!) next year.

The club's next special event will be a Compensated Teams event on Friday March 21st.

Christmas Party
Christmas Party

Attendance was down at this year's Christmas Party but 30 members still enjoyed 18 hands of bridge and a first-class buffet.

Congratulations to ......

 

..... the winners and runners-up in the bridge  - Jean & Bert and Jim & Doreen respectively.

Many thanks to organisers Betty, Alan and Richard and that other chap who did the directing and scoring.

SCCBA East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
SCCBA East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

Crawley pairs did very well on Saturday November 23rd in the Sussex Basic Bridge Pairs event that Helen runs.  Hazel and Betty won the event overall and Christine and Tricia won the intermediate section.  Congratulations to them all.  For full details, see the Sussex web-site.

Compensated Teams - Autumn 2013
Compensated Teams - Autumn 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Autumn 2013 Compensated Teams - Helen, Carol, Betty and Tricia.

Attention!! - Announcement and Alert Changes

Are you aware of the August 1st 2013 changes to Announcements and Alerts?  The main change is that the No Trump strength, Stayman and red-suit transfer Announcements now apply to 2NT as well as to 1NT.  Please read the full summary to see if you are affected.   You can find more details of these and other changes (e.g. replacing the Orange Book with the Blue Book) on the county web-site and in the August edition of English Bridge.

2013 AGM
2013 AGM

After this year's AGM on Friday May 3rd run by Officers Alan, Richard and Helen, presentations were made to .........

.....  Liliane Massingale Cup winners, Mike & Tom.......

........ Best Improver for 2012-13, Tim ......

....... and to a representative of March's Compensated Teams winners, Tim, without the rest of the team (Alan B, Frank and Bill).

Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v Gents
Sheila Becarevic Cup - Ladies v GentsThe Ladies team did their best but ......

..... as the full results show, the Gents team retained the cup by a margin of 49 IMPs.

New SCCBA Constitution

A new county constitution has been proposed and it will be discussed and voted on at an EGM during the SCCBA Autumn Congress at Adur Indoor Bowling Club on Sunday September 15th.

Christmas Party
Christmas Party

38 people attended the Christmas Party on December 14th.  A very good time was had by all!  18 boards were played with a break for an excellent buffet.  This year's winner of the John Wallace Cup is .....

.... John Tugwell who was presented with the trophy by Richard.  Many congratulations to John.   See final ranking list.
Beginners Classes
Beginners Classes

You just might recognize the two people on the left of this picture.  Richard and Helen have been attending a two-day SCCBA teacher training course this month at Shoreham in preparation for the beginners classes that they intend to start on behalf of our club in February.  If you know of anybody who might be interested in attending these classes or would even like to attend them yourself, please let Richard or Helen (see attached for contact details) know ASAP.

Display in Crawley Library - December 2012
Display in Crawley Library - December 2012Two people (who just happened to be passing by!) are pictured showing interest in the County and club display which is in a prominent position at Crawley Library.  The display is only there until this Saturday - Dec 15th.  If you know of anybody who might be interested in learning to play bridge or play bridge already and are looking for a club locally, please ask them to drop by and, hopefully, leave their contact details. 
If you didn't pick up a booklet, the hands can now be seen with the travellers in the results on this (Crawley) site.
Crawley Individual
Crawley IndividualCongratulations to Iris who won the club Individual competition on Friday October 12th.  Organiser Helen was 2nd and Alastair was 3rd.
Best Improver 2011-2012
Best Improver 2011-2012

Congratulations to this year's winner Bryan who was presented with the trophy by Chairman Helen at the AGM.   The full list of 'honours' for 2011-2012 can be seen in the Competition Secretary's Report.

Sussex Survey prize winner

Congratulations to Frank who won the SCCBA Survey draw and so receives free entry into a pairs or teams county event of his choice for himself and a partner.

Liliane Massingale Cup
Liliane Massingale Cup

Congratulations to this year's winners Richard and Betty who were presented with the cup at this year's AGM on May 4th.

Compensated Teams - 2012
Compensated Teams - 2012

The players eagerly await the announcement of the results of this year's Compensated Teams event on Wednesday March 21st before hearing that ......  

....... the clear winners are Sonia Lee, Alan Bailey, Sylvia Webb and Tim Kirkup.  Congratulations to them all.   In second place, 46 IMPs behind, were Jenny & Hilary Breeden, Frank Sansom and Bill Draude.

Many thanks to Alan Litchfield who brought in the prizes and didn't even get to play!

Sheila Becarevic Cup - 2012
Sheila Becarevic Cup - 2012

The scorers are hard at work before eventually agreeing that ........

.... this year's winners are the Gents team (including guest player Sue!).  The full results show that, like last year when the Ladies won, the winning margin was quite small at just 13 IMPs.

Thanks to all who took part in this 'Teams of 12' event played over 24 boards.  No doubt everybody will now be eager to take part in the club's next special event which is the Compensated Teams event on Wednesday March 21st.  You can just turn up as a pair as normal but it would be appreciated if you could put your names on the sheet on the noticeboard or tell Betty that you'd like to play in this event.

The winning team in full was Richard (captain) & Cecil, Jim & Barrie, Alan & Tim, Frank & Bill, Bryan & Sue, John & Mervyn.

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CORRECTION!!

Betty and Alan did win the club heat of the county Charity Simultaneous Pairs on Friday but I'm afraid that they haven't now won the event overall.  Please see the county web-site for an explanation and the full amended results.  Of course, they've still done excellently to finish in second place overall.

Thanks to everybody who turned out to play in this event - one of the largest attendances we've had at the club (apart from the Christmas party) for several years!

Our next special event will be the Sheila Becarevic Cup (Ladies v Gents) on Wednesday February 22nd so please put this date in your diary now!

Christmas Party - 2011
Christmas Party - 201140 people attended the Christmas Party on Friday December 16th.  All appeared to have a good time.  18 boards were played with a break for an excellent buffet.  The East/West winners were Cecile and Christine and .........

...... the North/South winners were Mervyn and Wendy.

The prize winners for Steve's puzzles were :-

  • Pascal's pyramid: Christina, Richard, Bill, Iris, Alan L, Angela I.
  • Card challenge: Christina
Eastbourne Weekend

The weekend organised by Debbie and shared with Church Hill bridge club was a great success. And members of the Crawley club did very well at the competitions too.  We all hope same time same place next year??

GEORGE CALVERT 1914-2011
GEORGE CALVERT 1914-2011

Sadly, George Calvert has died.

George was born in N. Ireland in 1914.  He trained as a dentist and practised in Holywood, N. Ireland and also served in the Middle East during the Second World War.   He came to England after retirement to be near his son.

 

George was a keen bridge player and joined the club in 1999.  He was a regular and popular player until 2010 when he became immobile after breaking his hip.

 

George also loved his golf and was still playing at 93 years.