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50th Anniversary
In November 2001 we celebrated 50th anniversary of the club. The photographs, Phil's hands and other material included here are from the album presented to Ted Nesom on this occasion.
 
 
  The Chairman's Speech
The Chairman's Speech

In 1951 when Farnborough Bridge Club was born George VI was King and in the Autumn of that year Winston Churchill was re-elected Prime Minister, now fifty years later here we are at his lovely home celebrating our club's golden anniversary.

The original venue was the function room at the 'Black Horse' in Locksbottom. The dozen or so founder members played mainly rubber-bridge. We do not have any founder members here today. However, I can tell you that Bert West and Dennis Kendall joined in 1958, as young men of course!

I'm sure that over the years the club has changed in many ways, I know that each of you will have special memories of times and people, here are a few that are perhaps worthy of note.

During the three-day week in the early seventies, electricity cuts were frequent. The Bridge club, now in the village hall was able to continue unaffected thanks to the gas lights that were still operational although somewhat smelly and unreliable! Farnborough did not affiliate to the EBU or award Master Points until 1970 just before Ted Nesom became Secretary.

At a committee meeting in 1970 the founder Secretary, Leslie Smith, amused us by announcing that he had found a 'fresh young Secretary' to succeed him. They didn't come any fresher than Ted!

Until the mid 1970's we played rubber bridge on Friday nights (partner and cut in). One of the longest committee meetings Mike de Winter attended was due to discussion on whether we should raise the stakes from 1d per 100 to 2d per 100. Shortly afrer this rubber bridge was abandoned in favour of duplicate.

An early attempt at the Rayner Individual was abandoned halfway through the evening when David Bum (directing) found a misprint in the written movement instructions. Kit Wilson (a dour rubber bridge player) had played the same hand three times in succession, but hadn't queried this as she explained to David, she had a different partner each time! One of the early stalwart partnerships was Bert West and John White. They always played East/West, and Elizabeth de Winter could only remember which was which as West played East and White played West.

During Phil Bailey's formative years as Match Captain, Farnborough often struggled in Corbett Cup matches. In one particular match only the two Jims (Kemp and Gillard) were playing to their potential. With eight boards to go Gillard asked Phil where he should play. 'At all four tables please' was Phil's enigmatic reply.

The occasion when Barbara Howarth playing against Derek Patterson in 1NT redoubled decided on a passive defence and thirteen cards hit the deck together thus creating thirteen penalty cards.

Phil Brayton calling Ted with - 'Director! My partner's just doubled my bid'. I won't mention who his partner was at the time!

My own moment of acute embarrassment. Graham Russell had lost a card and was standing up looking around for it on the floor, from where I was sitting I could see the card and called across the room. 'What's that in your trousers?' - much to everyone's amusement. The card - was caught in his tum-ups!

Bridge is a wonderful game it doesn't matter if you're 19 or 90, male or female. Grand Master or Club Master we can still enjoy each others company across the bridge table and I think that we are extremely fortunate to belong to a club like Farnborough.

Whatever else may change I hope that our tradition of welcoming visitors and new members - the friendly social atmosphere of club nights and the frequent laughter will remain a characteristic of our club.

Personally, the friendships I have forged since becoming a member of this club are very important to me and Moya has said on more than one occasion, 'What would I have done without the support of all our friends at Farnborough Bridge Club?' Ladies and Gentlemen will you charge your glasses and drink a toast with me to Farnborough Bridge Club and the next fifty years.

Marian Hunt

17th November 2001

  Picture Gallery

Photo Album created by Liz Blande
Click here to download

 

11am - Arrival at Chartwell. The Party Begins...


Tony Conway, Jan Johnson and Mike de Winter

 


Bert West and Dennis Kendall

 


Derek Patterson
Denis Russel & Elizabeth McKeone
Liz Blande & Mike Rafferty

 


Yvonne & Tony Chalkley
Rose Meehan

 


Len & June Curtis
Trish Dean & Petra jackson

 


Don & Glenda Gibb
Marjorie Woodhouse & Bob Bruty

 


Henry Greenberg, Ann & Don Mitchell
Oscar & Jane Lines, John Davy

 


Kerry McDonald & Ron Ellwood

 


Jenny Jakes, Bill Marle, Beryl Nightingale

 


Phil Bailey, Barbara & Mark Howarth

 


Norman Gunn & Jean Brayton

 


Peter & Alison Burt

 


Brad featherman & Marian Hunt

 


Jim Maloney & Alan Smith

 


Beryl & Frank Clinton

 


Patrick Ryan & Pat Cockett

 


Harry & Gwenda Evans

 


Jackie & Neil Wotherspoon

 


Tony & Julia Price
Wendy & Gordon Lane

 


Jan Johnson
David & Jo Lightfoot

 


Mary Williams & Bob Kendall

 


Chris & Sue Morgan
Elaine & Doug Johnstone

 


Ann Gray, Myrtle Keane

 


Elaine Wilmot & John Condon

 


Adrian Lis & Pauline Parker
Hilary & David Powell

 

 Farnborough Hands - A Personal Selection Prize Winners


Mark Howarth & Derek Patterson

 


Bob Bruty & Marjorie Woodhouse

 


Peter & Alison Burt

 


Jane Lines & Len Curtis

 

 

 

 Championship Pairs


1st Prize - North/South - Phil Bailey and Barbara Howarth

 


1st Prize - East/West - Liz Blande & Mike Rafferty

 


2nd Prize - North/South - Henry Greenberg & Tony Conway

 


2nd Prize - East/West - Mary Williams & Dennis Kendall

 


3rd Prize - North/South - Marjorie Woodhouse & Bob Bruty

 


3rd Prize - East/West - Mark Howarth & Derek Patterson

 


"Now what would Derek bid with this!"

 


"I'm not sure I understand my partner's bid!"

 


 

 

Eat, Drink and Celebrate


Cutting the Cake

Barbara Howarth, Mike de Winter, Marian Hunt

 


Pauline Parker & Adrian Lis, Hilary & David Powell
Elaine & Doug Johnstone, Mary Williams & Bob Kendall

 


Ron Ellwood & Kerry McDonald, Norman GUnn & Jean Brayton
Beryl & Frank Clinton, Petra Jackson & Vernon Hughes, Trish Dean

 


June Curtis, Jane Lines, Len Curtis, Dennis Kendall
Don & Ann Mitchell, John Davy, Bill Marle, Oscar Lines

 


Alan Smith, Jim Maloney, Elaine Wilmot, John Condon
Beryl Nightingale, Jenny Jakes, Bert West Peter & Alison Burt

 


Bob Bruty & Marjorie Woodhouse, Harry & Gwenda Evans
Tony Conway, neil & Jackie Wotherspoon, Don & Glenda Gibb

 


Wendy Lane, David & Jenny Kerr, Gordon Lane, Marian Hunt
Brad Featherman, Pat Cockett, Henry Greenberg, Patrick Ryan

 


Jo Lightfoot, Derek Patterson, Barbara Howarth, David Lightfoot
Sue Morgan, Mark Howarth, Chris Morgan, Jan Johnson

 


Rose Mehan, Ann Gray, Denis Russel, Elizabeth McKeone
Liz Blande, Mike Rafferty, Yvonne & Tony Chalkley, Myrtle Keane

 

 

  Frolicks at Fifty
Frolicks at Fifty

The National Trust property of Chartwell (Sir Winston Churchill's former home), hosted one of its more unusual gatherings in November.

Around 80 members of Farnborough (Kent) Bridge Club spent the day celebrating the Club's 50th birthday. Some of us had already had earlier practice in celebrating 50th birthdays but not, I suggest, on this scale. Regrettably, no founder members were present although we did have a couple of stalwarts who joined in the 1950's and were there strutting their Bridge stuff to great effect.

The day commenced at 11 a.m. with mulled wine before a 'fan' session of pre-dealt boards culled from Phil Bailey's collection of Farnborough hands over the years. Some of the results, although hilarious first time round, were even more hilarious when presented again and unrecognised.

The opening leader against seven no trumps duly cashed the first twelve tricks (a 12 card spade suit missing the nine!) but hadn't doubled as the auction was so raucous she did not realise she was on lead. It was agreed that declarer's carding reading was top class in keeping the right card at trick 13. For myself, another hand saw me scoring plus 50 for defending a part score on a hand I played 10 years ago and bid a making slam.

Although we like to think that some of our members can actually play this fiendish game (we did win the Garden Cities competition this year), we aim to be a friendly club and humour is never very far away. Our Chairman, Marian Hunt, recalled one of her biggest embarrassments when an opposition player dropped a card which seemed then to disappear into thin air. It was actually lodged in his trouser turn up, but Marian's way of drawing attention to this was to exclaim "What's that in your trousers? " Cessation of play all round the room.

A buffet lunch was followed by a 'proper' pairs competition in the afternoon and a gala dinner at night. Needless to say, bars were open all day and there was even a 24 person individual for the die-hards last thing at night.

Our thanks to everyone at Chartwell for their superb service throughout the day. Time now to take it easy for ten years before we hit the 'Sexy Sixtieth'.

Mark Howarth

November 2001

  50+ Committees
  Farnborough Bridge Club
  President Chair Secretary Treasurer M. Captain Committee members
51 - E Harris L Smith M Hatcher Lloyd-Ward Carter Earl Stapley D Hopper -
52 - E Harris L Smith D Hopper Lloyd-Ward Carter Earl J Coates Mrs Boxwell -
53 - E Harris L Smith D Hopper Lloyd-Ward H Vickers Tawn J Coates Mrs Boxwell Mrs Smith
54 W Warman E Harris L Smith D Hopper S Hopper H Vickers Tawn J Coates Mrs Boxwell Mrs Smith
55 W Warman S Hopper L Smith D Hopper Lloyd-Ward H Vickers Tawn A Davey Mrs Boxwell W Cox
56 W Warman A Linsley L Smith D Hopper Mrs Davey Mrs Warman MsDavies Mrs Salter Mrs Boxwell W Cox
57 W Warman W Salter L Smith D Hopper Mrs Davey A Linsley MsDavies E Harris Mrs Boxwell W Cox
58 O Brennan W Salter L Smith D Hopper S Hopper H Vickers Mrs Harris E Harris Mrs Boxwell G Jones
59 O Brennan W Cox L Smith D Hopper A Davey K Leveritt Mrs Harris S Hopper K Sheridan G Jones
60 O Brennan W Cox L Smith D Hopper A Davey Mrs Wright D Stowell E Harris K Sheridan G Jones
61 E Harris Mrs Wright L Smith D Hopper S Hopper J Maxwell D Stowell J Coates Mrs Salter Mrs Coates
62 E Harris J Coates L Smith D Hopper S Hopper J Maxwell Mrs Harris R Mitchell Mrs Salter Mrs Stallard
63 E Harris Rowbotham L Smith D Hopper Mrs Salter Mrs Harris J Coates R Mitchell H Woodward Mrs Stallard
64 E Harris Rowbotham L Smith D Hopper S Hopper Mrs Harris J White D Laird H Woodward Mrs Stallard
65 E Harris H Woodward L Smith D Hopper N Salter B West J White J Cross D Laird SJ Hopper
66 E Harris H Woodward L Smith D Hopper N Salter B West J White J Cross D Laird SJ Hopper
67 ES Harris D Kendall L Smith D Hopper W Servante B West N Salter J Cross H Woodward A Blakemore
68 SJ Hopper D Kendall L Smith D Hopper W Servante B West ES Harris L Martin K Leverritt CJ Harrison
69 SJ Hopper S Hitch L Smith D Hopper D Kendall Mrs Smith ES Harris L Martin M de Winter CJ Harrison
70 SJ Hopper S Hitch L Smith D Hopper D Kendall D Kendall ES Harris L Martin M de Winter CJ Harrison
71 Mrs Wright M de Winter L Smith D Hopper N Salter AD Stidolph E Nesom Mr Hare H Griffin F Hart
72 Mrs Wright M de Winter L Smith D Hopper S Burton Mrs Smith E Nesom Mr Hare H Griffin D Carlisle
73 D Kendall H Griffin E Nesom D Hopper S Burton AD Stidolph S Hopper L Martin A Blakemore M Blakemore
74 D Kendall H Griffin E Nesom D Hopper S Hopper AD Stidolph K Sheridan L Martin A Blakemore M Blakemore
75 D Kendall M de Winter E Nesom S Evans N Mackenzie L Soane K Sheridan M de Winter A Stidolph H Griffin
76 D Kendall M de Winter E Nesom S Evans P Bailey L Soane K Sheridan J Churchill A Stidolph Fred Jackson
77 D Kendall P Bailey E Nesom S Evans P Bailey L Soane K Sheridan J Churchill D de Winter Fred Jackson
78 D Kendall P Bailey E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey L Soane B Howarth J Churchill S Evans Fred Jackson
79 D Kendall F Jackson E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey L Soane B Howarth J Churchill S Evans O Lines
80 D Kendall F Jackson E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey L Soane B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner H Poole
81 D Kendall H Poole E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey L Soane B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner D Mitchell
82 D Kendall H Poole E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey L Soane B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner D Mitchell
83 D Kendall O Lines E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey H Poole B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner D Mitchell
84 D Kendall O Lines E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey H Poole B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner D Mitchell
85 D Kendall D Mitchell E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey H Poole B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner O Lines
86 D Kendall D Mitchell E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Patterson B Howarth J Churchill J Skinner J Sivayogan
87 D Kendall J Churchill E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Patterson B Howarth D Mitchell J Skinner M Williams
88 D Kendall J Churchill E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Patterson B Howarth D Mitchell J Skinner M Williams
89 D Kendall D Patterson E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey C Cundy B Howarth D Mitchell P Jackson M Williams
90 D Kendall D Patterson E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey C Cundy M Howarth D Mitchell P Jackson M Williams
91 D Kendall M Howarth E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey C Cundy D Patterson D Mitchell P Jackson M Williams
92 D Kendall M Howarth E Nesom M de Winter D Patterson C Cundy J Churchill P Bailey P Jackson M Williams
93 D Kendall B Balkwill E Nesom M de Winter D Patterson D Mitchell B Howarth P Bailey P Jackson M Williams
94 D Kendall B Balkwill E Nesom M de Winter D Patterson D Mitchell B Howarth P Bailey C Cundy M Williams
95 B Balkwill D Mitchell E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Reading B Howarth J Johnson J Lightfoot P Brayton
96 B Balkwill D Mitchell E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Reading B Howarth J Johnson J Lightfoot J Brayton
97 D Mitchell B Howarth E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Reading M Hunt J Johnson J Lightfoot J Brayton
98 D Mitchell B Howarth E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey D Reading M Hunt J Johnson J Lightfoot A Conway
99 B Howarth M Hunt E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley T Dean J Johnson D Lightfoot A Conway
00 B Howarth M Hunt E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley T Dean H Gibbons D Lightfoot A Conway
01 B Howarth M Hunt E Nesom M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley T Dean H Gibbons D Lightfoot A Conway
02 M Hunt T Dean L Blande M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley A Conway H Gibbons J Kerr D Lightfoot
03 M Hunt T Dean L Blande M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley A Conway H Gibbons J Kerr D Lightfoot
04 M Hunt T Dean L Blande M de Winter P Bailey A Chalkley A Conway H Gibbons J Kerr D Lightfoot
05 T Dean T Conway M Howarth J Johnson S Burton A Chalkley N Selway H Gibbons J Kerr J Hunter
06 T Dean T Conway M Howarth J Johnson N Selway A Burt T Nesom C Kempton J Kerr J Hunter
07 T Dean T Conway M Howarth J Condon N Selway A Burt J Hunter C Kempton T Nesom M de Winter
08 T Conway A Burt L Blande J Condon N Benn B Howarth V Hughes J Hunter C Kempton M de Winter