Cath Fox has asked all ECBA clubs to display an advertisement for a new website and initiative for Youth Bridge. Click here for what it has to say, and follow the onward links, including those detailing local activities. While not of direct relevance to members, this is an important initiative, and members may have children or - more likely - grandchildren, who might enjoy the game. Or friends with the same. If the game is to survive, it needs new blood.  

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'Play it again'

Have you yet tried the 'Play it Again' feature available on this website via the Results Pages?  Click on your name in the Rankings List to view your Scorecard. Then in the board list on the right of the screen, select the board of interest and click on 'Play it Again'.  From the comfort of your own home, you can see how you could / should have made that slam!

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This page lists, in reverse date sequence, news items that have been retired from the home page since the Club re-opened post-Covid. Earlier items can be found by following the link to 'Old News Snippets'. Clicking on an item in the list takes you to the 'snippet' itself. 

 
 
  Club Closed this Thursday

Sadly, we appear not to have a quorum this Thursday (26th January 2023) so the club will not be open. Hopefully, this is a temporary blip - several of our regulars have other engagements. Please do your best to attend the Club the following Thursday - 2nd February. 

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Congratulations to Nick Hagan for winning Player of the Month for December 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  Festive Period Opening

The Club is open for business over the festive period - Thursday 29th December is booked - all members and interested non-members are welcome!  

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  CANCELLED - Christmas Party - 15th December 2022

Apologies for the short notice, but given the state of the MVH car park, and the freezing weather generally, the Club Committee has decided that we have no reasonable alternative but to cancel tomorrow's session and the party we had planned.

We anticipate temperatures to rise considerably on Sunday and remain above freezing the following week, so we expect to be meeting as planned on the 22nd and 29th of December.

The party will be rearranged for warmer times next year.

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  Christmas Party - 15th December 2022 (CANCELLED)
Christmas Party - 15th December 2022 (CANCELLED)

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the words of our esteemed Chairman: "Members and guests are all welcome, normal table money, 19:00 start, booze to be supplied by the club, attendees to bring a plate of scoff, Albert not to wear his appalling Christmas jumper.

Update: Wine drinkers not wanting to use teacups should bring their own glasses. Non-Alberts are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers. Bobble hats are compulsory. 

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Well done to Les Curtis and David Piper for winning Player of the Month for November 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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Chelmsford Bridge Club 70th Anniversary

Chelmsford Bridge Club are celebrating their 70th Anniversary with F2F bridge on Friday 11th November, 19:15 start. For full details, click the heading. This event offers a free buffet with complimentary drinks.

To enter, Click Here

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Well done to Renee Flanagan for winning Player of the Month for October 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  Halloween Special

The Club has been very short of attendees of late. As a way of encouraging attendance for members and non-members alike John McCoy, our former Chairman and the current ECBA Chairman, has offered to act as Host for next Thursday's duplicate. So, do come along whether you have a partner on not. 

Our Chairman David Piper would like to thank those who have confirmed to him their attendance. We expect to have in excess of 6 tables, so all systems go! 

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  Retired Chairman

The new Committee would like to thank John McCoy, our recently retired Chairman, for all his efforts in getting the Club started up again after the Covid lock-down. We wish him well as ongoing Chairman of Billericay Mayflower, our sister Club, and in his new role developing bridge throughout Essex as Chairman of the ECBA

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Well done to Graham Beeton for winning Player of the Month for September 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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Well done again to Roger & Jill Tattersfield who have made a - surprisingly - first entry to the exclusive Seventy Club on Thursday 22nd September 2022

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Well done to Graham Beeton & Ray Clarke for jointly winning Player of the Month for August 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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Well done to Peter Oake for winning Player of the Month for July 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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Well done to Graham Beeton for winning Player of the Month for June 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  The Seventy Club

Well done again to Les Curtis and David Piper who have made a second entry this year to the exclusive Seventy Club after a remarkable session on Thursday 14th July 2022. Their score of 74.4% puts them 6= in the all-time list. 

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  Club AGM & EGM

The minutes of the Club's AGM held on Thursday 9th June 2022 will be published shortly. 

Enough for the moment to reassure members and other interested parties that the Club is very much open for business and the Club Duplicates will take place as normal.

 

There will be an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) prior to the Duplicate on Thursday 7th July 2022.

Click here for further details of those standing for election to the new Committee. 

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Well done to Val and Paul Mollison for jointly winning Player of the Month for May 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  Club AGM - 9th June 2022

The Club AGM will now be held on Thursday 9th June. This has been moved due to the late announcement of the proposals.

This will be an important meeting for the future of the Club, so please would members make a note in their diaries and make every effort to attend.

To provide time for full discussion and bridge afterwards, the AGM will commence at 19:00.

The following are attached:

AGM Agenda 2022.pdf

Working Party Report.pdf

Merger proposal.pdf

David Piper Proposal.pdf

Minutes AGM 2021.pdf

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  ECBA ANNOUNCEMENTS

The ECBA is holding its annual AGM at Barleylands on Saturday 14th May, at 14:30, with a free session of duplicate bridge after the meeting. This AGM is important as the ECBA Committee is up for re-election, with our own John McCoy standing as the new Chairman and other Club members also standing for places on the ECBA Committee. For further information, see the ECBA Website

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  Player of the Month, March & April 2022

Well done to Les Curtis and David Piper (yes, them again, and again) for jointly winning Player of the Month for March and April 2022. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  Results - 14th April 2022

There was a problem with the scoring system on Thursday 14th April which we were unfortunately not able to rectify, so the results couldn't be calculated, loaded to the website, or sent to the EBU. Please accept our apologies for this. Thankfully the problem (with Windows 11, for which the EBU has supplied a fix) is now resolved

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  Congratulations!

Well done to our intrepid Scorer - Cath Fox - who, as of March 2022, has gained the EBU rank of National Master

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  Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Thanks to all who competed for the Mary Rogers Trophy on 24th March 2022 which doubled as support for the Ukrainian emergency. All table money was donated to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and - including members' generous donations - a total of £205 was raised which doubled to £410 when donated via theBigGive

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  The Seventy Club

Well done to Les Curtis and David Piper who have joined the exclusive Seventy Club after an excellent session on Thursday 3rd March 2022

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Well done to Mike Harbour for retaining his title as Player of the Month - for February 2022. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners - together with progress for the current month - can be found here.

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  EBU Junior Squad Sim Pairs - Thursday 10th Feb 2022

Well done to Alaric Cundy and John Sutcliffe for winning the above event at Club level. Alaric & John came 8th nationally, though in a disappointingly small field.

The National results and the booklet / hand analysis are available online here.

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The latest joint Players of the Month - for January 2022 - are Albert Kitchin & Mike Harbour. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners can be found here.

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The latest Player of the Month - for December 2021 - is Robert Elliott. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners can be found here.

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  Christmas Opening
Christmas Opening

The Club is now closed until the 6th Jan.2022.

It is just left to wish all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Also a big thank you to all who have attended or given messages of support.

Not forgetting those who come early to help setting out the tables, do the scoring and all the various directors without whom we would not play.

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  Christmas Party 2021
Christmas Party 2021

This has been cancelled due to the re-newed Covid outbreak. It will be re-arranged for safer Times.

The Christmas Party will be on the 16th December, wine and food provided. 

All are welcome - it will be hosted so just come along.

And the best thing is it's free!

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The latest joint Players of the Month for November 2021 are Les Curtis & David Piper. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners can be found here.

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  Windmill Trophy 2021

Well done to Les Curtis and David Piper who comfortably won the Club winter championship in a good turnout for these Covid times. 

Click here for the full table of results. 

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The latest joint Players of the Month for October 2021 - from a rather diminished list of qualifiers - are David Tennet and Theo Todman. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners can be found here.

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  Club Re-Opened!!

We're now into our second month of re-opening F2F. Table money reverts to £2.50 per person, though many Members will have received - or will receive - 4 x £2.50 vouchers in lieu of their paid but unused membership fee for 2020/21. 

Table money for Visitors will be the same as that for Members until the new Membership Year commencing April 2022. 

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The latest joint Players of the Month for September 2021 - now the Club has re-opened - are Graham Beeton & Ray Clarke. Click the box heading for the results. A complete historical record of past winners can be found here.

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  Club AGM: Thursday 2nd September 2021 - Minutes and Accounts

The approved minutes of the AGM and the Annual Accounts are available here, or from the menu-item on the left, as are the latest Covid Rules (also under the Information section). 

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  Club Re-opened!

It was great to see eight full tables in play this past Thursday, and it was clear that those present were delighted to be playing with real cards against real opponents again. We have high hopes that the Club can now return to normal, and look forward to seeing as many members as feel comfortable attending regularly on Thursdays.

There was a problem with the scoring system on this 'come back' event, explained in an email to Members, repeated in the 'New News' page. We don't anticipate a recurrence. 

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  Membership Renewals & Table Money for 2021/22

Following a decision at the AGM held on 2nd September 2021, Membership for 2021/22 is FREE. Table money reverts to £2.50 per person, though many Members will have received - or will receive - 4 x £2.50 vouchers in lieu of their paid but unused membership fee for 2020/21.  Table money for Visitors will be the same as that for Members until the new Membership Year commencing April 2022.   

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  Club AGM: Thursday 2nd September 2021 - Key Points

Firstly, a big 'thank you' to all those members who attended the AGM on Thursday - and special thanks to those who volunteered to fill gaps on the committee.

Committee appointments: John McCoy (Chair), Nick Hagan (Vice-Chair), Linda Fleet (Treasurer), Theo Todman (Secretary; also Website), John Sutcliffe, Mike Harbour

Fees for 2021/22: No membership fee, Table Money remains at £2.50. Additionally, the 37 members who paid £10 for their 2020/21 membership before the club became dormant in March 2020 will be offered two alternative ways of receiving a refund; members to whom this point applies will be contacted through a follow-up email.

Covid Precautions: Anyone entering Mountnessing Village Hall is bound by the Hall's Covid mitigation measures. Additionally, it was agreed to adopt the same Bridge-specific measures as are in place for the Tuesday night Mayflower Club. The rules are here

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  Thursday 2nd September 2021 - Scoring Problems

We must apologize that the above Bridge Session went horribly wrong. The key reason for that was that the scoring system hadn't been used for 18 months and memories were rusty, and the movement was set up incorrectly following a change of movement. The necessary lessons have been noted to ensure that such things don't happen again. With only 15 boards scored, the event did not meet EBU requirements for a valid session, and therefore it has not been submitted to the EBU, though it has been posted onto the Club's website. On a more positive note, it was great to see eight full tables in play, and it was clear that those present were delighted to be playing with real cards against real opponents again. No table money was charged for the session.

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  Club Re-Opened - For Free Bridge!!

To celebrate the re-opening of the Club, there will be no table money charged during September 2021. Come along and enjoy your F2F bridge for free!

Also, the Committee has decided that - when charged - table money for Visitors will be the same as that for Members during the period when the Membership fee is waived. 

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