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Norfolk Congress 2019
  • 2019 Friday teams
  • 2019 mens pairs
  • 2019 mixed pairs
  • 2019 Sunday Teams
  • 2019 Sunday Teams Novice team
  • 2019 Swiss Pairs

Another very successful congress kindly sponsored by First for Bridge

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Really Easy Congress: Lesley Matthews and David Sumbler
  • Ladies Pairs: Susanne Hinks and Fiona Bradford
  • Mens Pairs: Mike Scoltock and Chris Mallon
  • Open Pairs: Paul and Fiona Littlewood
  • Friday Teams: Alan Cooke, Gary Hyett, Mike Scoltock and Chris Mallon
  • Mixed Pairs: Rob and Rosa Richardson
  • Swiss Pairs: Mark Hill and Giles Ip
  • Swiss Teams: Graham Pollock, Andrew Whittome, Helen Wildsmith, Tim Chanter
  • Swiss Teams novice team: Bryony Seppings, Bet Davies, Linny and John Bailey

Last updated : 14th May 2019 10:51 BST
Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy
Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy

Sally and Andrew Hardwick, winners of the Barbara Dick-Cleland, with NCBA Chairman Adrian La Chapelle.

Last updated : 16th Mar 2019 08:11 GMT
Buxton Trophy
Buxton Trophy

Here are Joan Barker and Christine Spalding, winners of the Buxton Trophy, together with NCBA Chairman  Adrian La Chapelle.

Last updated : 16th Mar 2019 08:11 GMT
Norfolk Player in the England Under 21's
Norfolk Player in the England Under 21's

Our warmest congratulations to Imogen La Chapelle who has been picked to play as part of a team of 6 in the U21 event in Northern Ireland called the Peggy Bayer.

Imogen will be playing with Oscar Selby and thinks some of the matches may be shown on BBO.

The event is on 16 and 17 February. 

Good Luck Imogen and Enjoy

Last updated : 23rd Feb 2019 09:58 GMT
Norfolk Player in the England Under 21's

Further down this page you will see that Imogen La Chapelle was chosen as part of a team of 6 in the U21 event in Northern Ireland called the Peggy Bayer.

Great News - they won - click here to read all about it

Last updated : 23rd Feb 2019 09:58 GMT
What a lovely thank you

Sometimes people who do all the organising for bridge events can feel under appreciated. So we were touched when we received this thank you e-mail after the Barclays Bank Trophy event at the beginning of December. The e-mail also contains great messages about why people should play bridge. So thank you to Thomas for taking the time to send this.

Thomas Bevan email.pdf

Last updated : 15th Jan 2019 14:29 GMT
Barclays Bank Trophy
Barclays Bank Trophy




Congratulations to Graham Ware and Martin Oates

Winners of the Barclays Bank Trophy

Last updated : 12th Dec 2018 09:39 GMT

Sadly Robbie passed away on Monday 10 September. He was a great character in Norfolk bridge and will be fondly remembered by us all. 

He undertook many duties for Norfolk bridge: President of the NCBA in 2008, Competitions Secretary for a good number of years and much more.

In 2006 his commitment to bridge in Norfolk was recognised when he received the EBU's Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge.

The photograph on the left, courtesy of Jane Scarfe, shows him receiving prizes at the Afternoon Bridge Club, just one of the clubs where Robbie was a member.

Robbie's funeral service will be at All Saints Church in Catfield (just off the A149 near Stalham) at 2pm on Monday 1 October.

Afterwards at the Wayford Bridge Inn, also on the A149. 

Last updated : 8th Oct 2018 08:29 BST
Eastern Daily Press
Eastern Daily Press

Click here

to see the article in the

Eastern Daily Press

and Evening Press on 22 July

Last updated : 4th Sep 2018 13:25 BST
King's Lynn Trophy Winners
King's Lynn Trophy Winners







Here are the winner's of the King's Lynn Trophy, Mervyn Scutter, Barbara Hacker, Neil & Laura Tracey.  The trophy event was played on Monday, July 30th at the West Norfolk & King's Lynn Bridge Club.

Last updated : 4th Sep 2018 13:24 BST
Players Successes

Sunday 24 June, a very pleasant day playing bridge at Great Yarmouth.

Well done to Ann Denman & Jean Green who won the No Fear competiition

and to Maureen Kimbley & Bogdan who won the Swiss Pairs

Last updated : 12th Jul 2018 08:33 BST
Corn Cairdis
Corn Cairdis

Six bridge players from Norfolk played in the Corn Cairdis 2018

held in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin: Suzanne Gill, Graham Hardman,

Jan & Martin Pooley, Maureen Kimbley and Bogdan Drobny

Our hosts gave us a wonderful weekend with some very good bridge.

It was a very close match with England retaining the trophy by 3 points 

Last updated : 3rd Jun 2018 19:49 BST
Success for Norfolk bridge players
Success for Norfolk bridge players

Congratulations to Rob Richardson and his team mates,

winners of the Swiss Teams at the Devon Congress

and to Imogen La Chapelle who with partner, Megan Jones,

came third in the Under 21s at the Easter Festival in London

Last updated : 1st May 2018 19:25 BST
Winners Photos

Winners of the Championship Teams play-off

Maureen Kimbley, Bogdan Drobny, Graham Ware & Martin Oates

 Here are the winners of the Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy on Sunday,

Kate Nash & Deb Frankham together with their trophy and proud tutor, James Tullet.

And the winners of the Buxton Trophy, 

Jill Cadley & Marion Lawrence.

Last updated : 23rd Mar 2018 09:16 GMT
Norfolk Boys Done Good at Scarborough
Norfolk Boys Done Good at Scarborough

At the Scarborough Congress last weekend

"our boys" came top in the qualifying round

and then went on to win the A final for the McMahon Trophy.

Well done to Giles Ip, Paul Darby, Steve Dannell and Mark Hill

Last updated : 12th Sep 2017 14:22 BST
Extraordinary General Meeting - 23 April 2017

We are pleased to announce that the NCBA has been awarded charitable status. 

An extraordinary general meeting will be held on Sunday 23 April 2017, 1.30pm at Bawburgh Village Hall prior to the North Walsham Trophy.

This meeting is to agree to wind up the organisation and transfer its assets to the new charity as at 1 June 2017, and to elect two additional trustees.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the secretary (contact details below), and then be sent to reach the secretary no later than Monday 17 April 2017.

Voting will be by a show of hands on the day. No postal or proxy votes accepted.

As per the constitution no other business can be discussed at this meeting.


Secretary to the NCBA: Maureen Kimbley, 2 Great Yard, The Street, Saxthorpe, Norwich, NR11 7AH.

NB: The officers on the NCBA management committee automatically become trustees; they are:

Peter Cotes, John Dennis, Graham Hardman, Gabriel Ip, Maureen Kimbley, Neil Tracey. 

Please note that as only 11 teams have entered a Swiss movement is not viable and so a multiple teams event of 4 board matches will be run and scored by Victory Points.

Last updated : 8th May 2017 10:06 BST
Tournament Director Course

The NCBA & EBED have arranged a series of Club Tournament Director Courses in 2017 at the Abbey Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0PH.

  • Saturday 11th March: Essentials & Book Rulings (£45:00)
  • Saturday 22nd April: Judgement Rulings (£45:00)
  • Saturday 20th May: Assessment (£54:00)
  • Times: 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Instructor: Nicole Cooke

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but you will need to take your own lunch.

Entries to Richard Banbury of English Bridge and Development 01296 317218 

Local Organiser - Roger Amey 01263 713476


Last updated : 9th Apr 2017 14:49 BST
NCBA Congress
  • 2017 A Final Norfolk Cup
  • 2017 B Final King s Lynn Shield
  • 2017 C Final Markwell Trophy
  • 2017 Friday teams Bob Lawton Trophy
  • 2017 Ladies Pairs Webster Trophy
  • 2017 Mixed Pairs Haylock Trophy
  • 2017 Pairs President s Trophy
  • 2017 Teams Neville Hill Cup
  • 2017 Teams President s Cup

A very successful congress; many congratulations to the winners

  • Really Easy - President's Trophy: Rosemarie Robinson and Wendy Howard
  • Ladies Pairs - Webster Trophy: Karen Blacklock and Trish Foster
  • Men's Pairs - Baker Trophy: Tony Geschke and John Hovell
  • Open Pairs: Maureen Kimbley and Bogdan Drobny
  • Mixed Pairs - Haylock Trophy: Maureen Kimbley and Bogdan Drobny
  • Friday Teams - Bob Lawton Trophy: Karen Blacklock, Trish Foster, Richard Evans and Peter Bushby
  • Championship Pairs
    • Qualifying Round: Roman Gembicki and Janusz Adamowicz
    • A Final - Norfolk Cup: Trish Foster and Tony Graham 
    • B Final - King's Lynn Shield: Paul Darby and Simon Gottschalk
    • C Final - Markwell Trophy: Jan Havard Davies and Rosemarie Mascall
  • Sunday Teams
    • Neville Hill Cup: Matt Millson, Mike Walsh, Andrew Thompson and Mike Fletcher
    • President's Cup: David Small, Colin Waters, Sue and Michael O'Brien
Last updated : 9th Apr 2017 14:49 BST
EBU Silver Award For Roger Amey
EBU Silver Award For Roger Amey

Roger's commitment to bridge has been recognised with the presentation of the prestigious EBU's Silver Award.

Roger has been involved with the organisation of bridge in Norfolk since 1970, a member of the NCBA committee - twice as chairman - and the various sub committees, responsible for organising the Eastern Counties League, and helping with the Norfolk Congress and Green Pointed Weekends.  He has been President, Competitions Secretary, Team Captain, and more; managed the matches for two Corn Cairdis events; member of the EBU Board and much more.

Our warmest congratulations and grateful thanks to Roger  


Last updated : 30th Dec 2016 09:50 GMT
Barclay's Bank Trophy

This result has been updated and is now finalised.  Following instruction from the EBU the wrongly duplicated boards in the b section were marked as 'Fouled' and the scores were ajusted using the facility in the scoring programme.  There is an explanation of this in the EBU White Book on page 76 point 4.2.3 if you would like to see the explanation.

Last updated : 11th Dec 2016 17:12 GMT
2016 Baker Trophy winners Gary Putman Peter Cotes
2016 Haylock Trophy winners Richard Thornley Trish Raywood
2016 Markwell Trophy winners Andy Holland Roger Cortis
2016 Norfolk Cup winners Matt Millson Mike Walsh
2016 President s Trophy winners Jill Cadley Marion Lawrence
2016 Bob Lawton Trophy winners Chris Mallon Mike Scoltock Branda Peter Howlett
2016 Kings Lynn Shield winners Trish Foster Tony Graham
2016 Neville Hill Cup winners: Victor Milman, Nadia Stelmashenko, Mike Bell & Bill Gardner
2016 President s Cup winners
2016 Webster Trophy winners Eileen Townsend Jolanta Alison
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The Norfolk Congress held over the weekend of 1, 2, 3 April was a great success. Our thanks to the Tournament Directors who did an excellent job and to the hotel staff who provided such friendly and helpful serviceCongratulations to the winners of the various competitions:

  • Really Easy Congress : Jill Cadley and Marion Lawrence
  • Ladies Pairs (Webster Trophy): Eileen Townsend and Jolanta Alison
  • Men's Pairs (Baker Trophy): Gary Putman and Peter Cotes
  • Open Pairs: Rob and Rosa Richardson
  • Mixed Pairs (Haylock Trophy): Trish Raywood and Richard Thornley
  • Friday Teams (Bob Lawton Trophyy): Chris Mallon, Mike Scoltock, Brenda and Peter Howlett
  • Championship Pairs (The Norfolk Cup): Mike Walsh and Matt Millson
  • Swiss Teams (Neville Hill Cup): Bill Gardner, Mike Bell, Nadia Stelmashenko and Victor Milman
  • Swiss Teams (team all ranked below Regional Master) (President's Cup): Karen Seaman, David North Graves, Gary Seaman and Mark Coulson

Don't forget to make a note to come back for the Norfolk Congress in 2017 - 31 March, 1 and 2 April.

Last updated : 24th Apr 2016 10:16 BST
Committee Changes

There have been several changes to the NCBA Committee recently.  The NCBA wishes to thank Jayne Scarfe, Musuma Knevitt and Graham Grist for their contibution to bridge in Norfolk and wishes them well in the future.

Joining the NCBA Committee are Jacquie Burgess (Honorary Secretary), Peter Walters (Press Officer), Sarah Chamberlin (management committee).

Last updated : 31st Aug 2015 07:16 BST
Hudson Cup 2014
Hudson Cup 2014

Winners of the 2014 Hudson Cup, Gabriel (left) & Giles (right) Ip, receiving the trophy from NCBA President, Michael Whiting (centre).

Last updated : 5th Oct 2014 19:48 BST
NCBA Congress - Results

There is a problem with the display of the result from the Neville Hill Cup results played on Sunday, 30th March.  As a team had to withdraw after 4 matches because one of the players was taken ill the final result, correctly, shows the positions of the 40 teams that finished the event.  The first 4 matches had the original 41 teams participating and because of this difference the data does not appear correctly in the results.  The final scores, match results from each round and positions are unaffected by this.

Last updated : 11th May 2014 09:00 BST
Winners of the Committee Cup
Winners of the Committee Cup

Here are the victorius members of the West Norfolk and Kings Lynn Bridge Club who won the Committee Cup on February 9th.  Chairman of the NCBC, Peter Cotes, is holding the trophy being presented to the team.

Last updated : 11th May 2014 08:59 BST
National Pairs

Congratulations to Paul Darby & Steve Dannell who won the regional final of the National Pairs played in Peterborough with an impressive 63.54% - more than 3% ahead of the field.

Last updated : 31st Mar 2014 09:56 BST
Primary Club
Members logging on to see their details on the EBU website may find that their 'Primay Club' is not correct.  This has happened as the EBU's database default will report that a member's primary club is that club which uploaded their members first.  This may not therefore necessarily be the primary club of choice of a member.  It is a simple matter to change this once logged on, and there are other options also available for members to select.
It may be a good idea for all members to log onto the EBU site and check that all is how it should be.
Last updated : 20th Sep 2010 15:27 BST