Release 2.19n
Charity for 2019-20 Season

Having raised the sum of £1280.68 we received the following note of Thanks from Vicky Flynn at HERTS YOUNG HOMELESS

"Apologies for my delayed reply, my finance officer was off towards the end of last week and was just waiting on some confirmation that your donation arrived. Very pleased to say that it now has!
Thank you so much! In normal circumstances, I would send a thank you card but as you know we are in strange times and working from home means I don’t have access to our cards.
Instead, I would just like to reiterate how grateful we are for your support. Your contribution will help us to make a fantastic impact in the lives of the young people we work with."

To learn more about this charity see the attached link :

Congratulations to all those achieving new master point promotions. Click here.. to see the September list.

HBA Committee Meeting

Key points from the Committee Meeting of January 27th are available here..

Club Directors - click here for useful information on training courses and updated flowcharts.

Youth - new handbook and safeguarding policies also applicable for vulnerable adults,

EBED are here to help you. 

This website provides details of all bridge clubs that are affiliated to the County Assoc and the EBU
Extraordinary General Meeting Sunday 25th October at 12 Noon

Please log in to the ZOOM Video Conference by 11:50am at the latest.  The conference will be started at 11:30am to allow early entry.

The link for the meeting is:

Meeting ID:     839 9546 4650
Passcode:       743848

Please record your name correctly so that your attendance can be recorded. Initially you will enter a waiting room. Once your name has been recorded you will be admitted to the Videoconference.

Notice is given that this meeting will take place as stated above. This Extraordinary General Meeting is called following the failure to achieve a quorum at the Annual General Meeting called on 20th September. In accordance with our constitution, this meeting must be held 28-42 days following an aborted meeting.  It is extremely important that this meeting takes place and a quorum achieved to enable us to conduct our formal business of electing our new chairman and committee and to make changes to the constitution. In order to ensure this meeting achieves a quorum we have instituted a signup sheet. Please signup to attend the EGM and enable us to carry out the formal business of the Association  (click here..).
Robert Teesdale
HBA Secretary

For the Zoom connection details and the Officers' Reports & supplementary documents, click here..  Please remember that the clocks change the previous night - don't get caught out! 

Nomination for Officers and Committee members & Motions for Debate

No additional nominations or motions have been received. There are two proposals for changes to the constitution submitted by the committee.

Constitution Change
There are two proposals for separate changes to the constitution. 

  1. Amend paragraph 3.5 to allow electronic banking. The amendment is shown in red in draft attached.
  2. An amendment to add two paragraphs to Section 2 of the Schedule. These paragraphs make clear the HBA’s role in any disciplinary matters occurring in its member clubs. The added paragraphs are shown in red on page 5 of the draft document.
Hartsbourne Country Club
Hartsbourne Country Club

The HBA extends a warm welcome to our new members from Hartsbourne Country Club, the second Herts club to affiliate to the EBU in recent weeks. 

Sheering Bridge Club
Sheering Bridge Club

The HBA extends a warm welcome to our new members from Sheering Bridge Club who have recently affiliated to the EBU. 

Online Bridge
Online Bridge

Online classes for Beginners and Improvers are commencing this autumn! The Welwyn and Watford clubs are offering courses and they would be delighted to welcome new students from across the county - click here for more details.

In addition to many Hertfordshire clubs are providing on line bridge, the HBA has also become a Virtual Club and has launched some new bridge opportunities as listed below. These are available to all Herts members.

Marjorie Lukyn

This event is the annual HBA charity competition. As not all clubs will be able to hold their usual club heat this year and to try and maximise their contribution to charity, the HBA has decided to make three of our Sunday monthly Open Pairs events heats for the Marjorie Lukyn. The relevant dates are July 12th, September 13th and November 8th.

The contribution to charity from club heats is £2 per player and to maintain this amount, the entry fee will be 6 BB$.  

Players can compete in as many heats as they like, with the top 50% from each heat eligible to enter the final in March next year.

Forthcoming HBA Events

Due to Coronavirus, HBA Face-to-Face events are being suspended until further notice and all sessions noted below will be online on BBO.

Open Pairs 
These are 18 board Pairs competitions held on the second Sunday of every month at 15.00.  Entry will be on the day via BBO in the usual way with a cost of 3BB$. A partner will be needed.

7 High Pairs 
On the fourth Sunday of every month, starting at 15.00 HBA will host a 15 board Pairs competition for players whose NGS is no higher than 7. Playing 15 boards will allow for a slightly slower pace of play.  NB  It is necessary to pre-register for these competitions by sending an e mail to You only need to do this once and then you are eligible for all the HBA NGS7 events.

Extraordinary General Meeting Sunday 25th October at 12:00

For more information, click here..

Mixed Pairs - Friday October 30th at 7:00pm

A 24 board session with a 15 minute break at the half way stage.  Click here.. for details and entry forms.

Club Champions Cup - Friday November 13th at 7:00pm

A 24 board session with a 15 minute break at the half way stage.  Click here.. for details and entry forms.

Other Forthcoming Herts Events

Many Herts clubs are now running open sessions, available to all HBA members. These include Teaching, Gentle Duplicates aimed at newcomers & improvers and normal duplicate events.  Click here.. for the details.

Further Afield

Surrey is staging a Blue Pointed pairs event with qualifying on 14th November and the final on the 15th.

For links to other counties' websites - click here

Senior Pairs

A very big "Well Done" to Paul & Fiona Littlewood, winners of this year's Senior Pairs, which for the first time was held online. 
For Results, click here..

NGS7 Duplicate Pairs

Contratulations to John Gwilt & Fiona Nathwani (NS) and Keith Redhead & Rayna Vincent (EW), winners of the first HBA NGS7 Duplicate Pairs session to be held on BBO. For results, click here...

Open Pairs on BBO

Contratulations to Simon Mostyn & Peter Clark (NS) and Russell Spiro & Denice Golend (EW), winners of the first HBA Open Pairs session to be held on BBO in a strong field of 9 tables.  For results, click here...

Eastern Counties League

Another great year for the county teams!  For the nth year in a row our C squad won their division and for 3rd year in row, likewise our B squad. Our A squad finished 4th.  Excellent results from all concerned.

Marjorie Lukyn

This is HBA's annual charity competition. The final took place last Friday and many congratulations to the winners Bob Turnham and Gerald Freedman. The amount of the donation made to HBA's nominated charity for this year, Herts Young Homeless, will be announced once finalised.

Humble Cup Final

After an amazingly close match, this year's Humble Cup Final was tied after 42 boards! In a 4 board play-off, the Davies team just pipped Rawlins to take the trophy. Hearty congratulations to Jackie Davies, Mike Fawcett,  Ian Kemp,  Denis King, Jim Niblett and Roger Forster, the 2020 Humble Cup Winners.

Ranked Masters

Many congratulations to the Leverstock Green team who won the Ranked Masters Teams on Feb 2nd, from L to R: Bob Howard, Jane Seaton,Simon Cook, John Hattersley