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Face-to-Face bridge is coming back..

As lock-down lifts, a lot of Herts clubs are planning to reintroduce some face to face sessions, with the majority still retaining online events too.  We have compiled a list of who-is-doing-what, click here.. to view. Please do check back with the clubs themselves to confirm things before going to any events. Contact details for our clubs are under the Clubs in Hertfordshire tab above. 

Some sad news from Sobell BC

Doug Edmonds - Sobell Bridge Club is very sad to report the sudden death of their Chairman, Doug Edmonds, on Monday, 6 September, whilst he and Anne were on holiday in Cornwall. Some of the members had seen him for the first time in 18 months only the previous Thursday as he directed on our first f2f bridge, something he had worked toward with his usual efficiency.  He was well and in good spirits.

Doug was first elected chairman in  2008. He did a superb job, a good organizer and decision maker, an incredibly hard worker who was committed to the club and the Michael Sobell charity of which he had recently become a trustee. He would not have asked anyone to do a job he was not prepared to do himself.  Dedicated and selfless persons are not so easy to find. He will be a difficult act to follow.

HBA Committee Meeting

Key points from the Committee Meeting of July 24th are available here..

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

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. 

Marjorie Lukyn Charity for 2020-21 Season

The HBA charity for the 2020-21 season is DENS ( Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter ).Their aim is to be the first port of call for people in Dacorum who are facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. They ensure individuals have access to temporary and short-term accommodation, and individuals and families have access to emergency food and provisions. They provide accommodation options to support people to move on and sustain their own tenancy and they provide advice and training; empowering people to develop their skills and build confidence.

This website provides details of all bridge clubs that are affiliated to the County Assoc and the EBU
AGM 26th September 2021 at 2:00pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Hertfordshire Bridge Association will be held by Zoom Video Conference. The link to the ZOOM service and the password will be posted on the HBA website on or before 12th September 2021.

Please sign-up in advance: click here..

Note that nominations for Officers and Committee members & Motions for Debate must be submitted by email to the HBA Secretary by 29th August 2021.

For full details, click here..

Bridge Lessons This Autumn

With lockdown restrictions lifting, several Herts clubs are planning to hold courses for Beginners and Improvers starting late September / early October. They also will be putting on supervised-play sessions where you can discuss the hands after playing them and see how things might have gone.  Click here.. for more details.

Forthcoming HBA Events

All HBA events (excluding the joint Green Pointed events with Essex) in 2021/2 will be FREE for all players whose primary county affiliation is to Hertfordshire.

Players still need to pre-enter as usual. There is no limit on entries.

All the HBA events listed below will be staged on RealBridge.

Swiss Pairs: Saturday 18th September 2021 at 12:00

Swiss Teams: Sunday 19th September 2021  at 12:00

Click here.. for details

Herts Online League: This is an online league for teams of four HBA members with 24 board matches happening approximately once a month on dates agreed between the two teams involved. The preference is for the matches to be played on RealBridge. The entry fee is £25 per team and the closing date for entries is Friday 17th September.   Click here.. to download the Entry Form.

Rose Bowl: Sunday 10th October at 2:00pm  Click here.. for details

Mixed Pairs: Friday 29th October at 7:00pm  Click here.. for details

Further Afield

All county events below are green-pointed and on RealBridge unless stated otherwise. 

Date Event Details
September 25-26 Surrey Green-pointed weekend Click here..
October 2-3 Suffolk Congress Click here..

For links to other counties' websites - click here

Marjorie Lukyn Charity

Part of the table money that every player pays for a session goes to EBU with a smaller portion going to HBA. HBA decided previously to rebate their portion to clubs since the start of the current financial year to help them through the current difficulties.

This rebate up to 31st March amounted to almost £2,000 and several clubs decided to donate some or all of their rebate to HBA’s nominated Marjorie Lukyn charity for 2020/1, which bolstered the monies raised from various club heats.

That charity was DENS, proposed by HBA member Pat Henry, and a donation of £1,482.17 has now been sent to them. And DENS 'thank you' email can be read here..

Senior Pairs
Senior Pairs

Congratulations to Dinesh Nathwani & Kiku Lester, winners of the 2021 Senior Pairs on September 7th.

Herts-Essex Congress

Hearty congratulations to the Congress winners:

Swiss Pairs: Hazel Miles & Ian Kemp.  
Click here.. for Results.

Swiss Teams: Warner Solomon, IanWalsh, Joe and Gillian Fawcett.  
Click here.. for Results.


National Inter-County League Finals

The above was held on Sunday 11th July and Hertfordshire’s B Squad had a storming victory.   Our C Squad also qualified for the finals and came 3rd in their division.

Very well done to all concerned.

The full result is available here.. 

Sunday 4th July Herts v Essex

A Team 12-8
B Team Won 15-5
C Team Drew 10-10

Another strong result for Hertfordshire leaving all teams well placed in the league tables.   

Victor Ludorum

The Victor-Ludorum Award is for the best overall performance in the main county events for the season with separate categories depending upon experience. 

Congratulations to this year's winners:
Open: Celia and Derek Oram
Intermediate: Mark Wadsworth
Cadet: Richard Pettengell

Seniors Teams

A vey big Well Done to Saroj & Alan Ellis and Bernard & Margaret Eddleston, winners of the Seniors Teams on May 11th, beating a strong field by a clear margin.  Results..  

Herts vs Bedfordshire

Hertfordshire played it first county match of 2021/22 season against Bedfordshire on Sunday 9th May. It was staged on Realbridge.

The result was clean sweep:
A Team 16-04
B Team 20-00
C Team 20-00

Congratulations to everybody. Well Done!

Humble Cup Final

Congratulations to Francis Eddleston, Steve Allen, Tom Dessain & Tugrul Kaban, worthy winners of this season's Humble Cup.