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Roger Amey
Roger Amey

We are sad to report that Roger Amey died peacefully at home with his family on Saturday 28 September.

Roger was an outstanding player and was heavily involved in the Norfolk County Bridge community, being awarded the prestigious EBU's Silver Award for services to bridge in 2017.  Roger was a member of three bridge clubs, including this club where he had been a member and committee member for many years. 

There will be a memorial service at 2.30pm in Gresham's Chapel, Holt on Tuesday 29 October. David Hitcham, a long time friend of the Amey family, will be saying a few words on behalf of all bridge players.



JOHN BRISTER died peacefully at home from lymphoma on 18 November.


JOHN was a  longstanding and much respected member of the Norfolk & Norwich Bridge Club, and a sportsman with wide interests. He was a season ticket supporter of the CANARIES and played rugby until an injured back forced him to retire. He was a regular golfer at Eaton Golf Club where I played with him once; approaching the 11th par three John summoned his 4 iron and smote the ball  - sweet as a nut - straight and true. On our arrival on the green we discovered his ball resting at the bottom of the hole. At bridge he was always polite to all members. Once, Nawal Fenwick stood-in in the league opposite him . He had opened one no trump only to see six no trumps hitting the table. I suspect this was a considerable shock for John but, true to form, he brought it home without a flicker of concern.  John served as President of the Norfolk & Norwich from 1994-95 and thereafter as Chairman until 1998. 

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

John Harrison,  4th December 2018

John Brister

It is with deep regret that we report the death of John Brister on Sunday 18th November, aged 84.  John died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

John was the much loved husband of Jill, dad of Tim and Anne, father-in-law to Louise and grandad of Jack and Harry.

There will be a private cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on Wednesday, December 12th at 11.45 a.m.

Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices or East Anglian Air Ambulance may be sent c/o Allcock Family Funeral Services, Falcon House, 96a City Road, Norwich, NR1 2HD or donate online at

Jean Harrowven

We have been informed of the death of Jean Harrowven on 23 September. Jean hadn't played bridge for several years and is probably best known for her name on the Harrowven Salvers. Jean was an author of several books but not on bridge: the best known included "Origins of Rhymes, Songs and Sayings" and "The Limerick Makers".



It is with deep regret that we must report the passing of our old friend Robbie Roberson, on 10 September.

Robbie played at the Norfolk and Norwich Club over many years. In various events he represented the Club, County and, in the Corn Cairdis, England. Above all, though, Robbie was a very active member of Club and County committees and contributed a great deal to the smooth running of those organisations - even though he had little time for committees in general.

Going back more than 20 years, Robbie also organised the League for the N & N: scoring by hand, initially, and even coping with 7 divisions of 7 teams in the early days. No small task. He also operated the first dealing machines purchased by the County, from about 2000 through to 2016, and organised the transport of the boards around the clubs.

In 2006 Robbie was awarded the Dimmie Fleming award for services to bridge by the EBU.

A service celebratiing his life will be held at All Saints Church, Catfield (near Stalham), on Monday 1 October at 2:00 PM. Family flowers only please but donations may be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Trust or to the East Anglian Children's Hospice Trust at the service or sent to Murrell Cork Funerals of 32 - 34 High Street, Stalham, NR12 9AN. Afterwards at the Wayford Bridge Inn, on the A149 just South of Stalham.

We'll miss him - particularly that slow, deep, laugh that used to reverberate around any venue he was playing in.


Kevin Norman
Kevin Norman

We we very sad to report that Kevin Norman passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep at home in the early hours of 28th February 2017 from acute bacterial meningitis.


The service to celebrate Kevin's life was held on Thursday 23rd March at St. Faith's Crematorium (75 Manor Road, Horsham St Faith, Norwich, NR10 3LF), starting at 9.30am.


The family expressed these wishes:


"Our only request is that nobody wears black as we would like it to be a celebration of Kevin's life.


"Kevin wouldn't have wanted lots of money spent on flowers and so if you would like to make a donation in his memory, we would love you to donate to our chosen charity, Asthma UK. Asthma is an illness that has affected several members of our family, including Kevin, and so this seems a fitting charity for us to support at this time. We have now set up a justgiving page in Kevin's memory. The link is: In Memory of Kevin Norman


Malcolm Connolly: Obituary

Malcolm peacefully passed away in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 24th November.  He was 83 years old and left a son and two daughters.

For several months he had suffered with poor health, which made life very difficult for him and prevented him from playing his beloved bridge, but he always coped with his characteristic cheerfulness.

Malcolm has been a stalwart of local bridge for almost half a century and was a member of N&N, Noverre and Wymondham, serving on various committees for lengthy periods.  He learned to play bridge while in the RAF during National Service and returning to civvy street ran garages for a time before going into local government.  He retired as Secretary to the Lord Mayor.

 Like many of us, Malcolm was a bridge addict and would gladly play every day of the week if he could.  He never tired of it and during his long playing career won many trophies at Club and County competitions.

He firmly believed in straightforward natural bidding with a bold style and partnering Malcolm was never boring.  The glass was always half full for Malcolm, which together with him being very much a “people’s person”, made him a popular member and partner.

Malcolm’s great ambition was for Norfolk to have its own dedicated bridge premises owned by the members and he had a talent for seeking out potential venues, which he proposed to various committees, but without being supported.  The nearest he came to achieving this ambition was when a small Hall situated off Thorn Lane came up for auction and Malcolm succeeded in quickly raising sufficient funds from interested members to participate in the bidding.  However, the bids soon exceeded the amount he had available and the opportunity was lost.

He will be greatly missed.

Richard Thornley, 26 November 2015.

Leslie Rowe: Obituary

Les Rowe who died on 3rd November joined the Club in 1978 and had given valuable service in his time as a member. Les was Treasurer from 1989 to 1997 and President in 2002/3. This impressive contribution was recognised with his being elected an Honorary Member in the following year.

As a partner or opponent Les was ever courteous evincing the same competence and forbearance as was evident when carrying out his duties as Treasurer. In his time as an active player, Les joined in formidable partnerships particularly with Philip Cozens and Ron Binks winning trophies and representing the Club in both the Allwood Wharton and the Committee Cup. On the very rare occasions that Les had taken an overly optimistic view of a hand which he was about to table as dummy he would say “partner you may be a trifle disappointed with this”. This remark was typical of his dry but ever kindly wit.

Les was never a man to push himself forward but was always ready to lend a hand and when asked always gave sound advice. Someone as dependable and generous as Les will be greatly missed.

John Brister, 8th November 2015.

John Massey Obituary

John Massey, who died on Sunday 18 October after a long, stubborn fight against cancer, was a long-standing and active member of the Club.  As a player, John was very competent, easy to play with, and at all times courteous to both partner and opponents.  He had a lovely gentle wit and could usually make even the most dour of opponents smile.

On two occasions, John represented the Club in the team which won the Allwood-Wharton Trophy – the County Inter-Club Teams Championship.  He also played regularly in the County B/C teams over a number of years.

As well as being an active player, John served on the Committee for several years, including terms as Chairman and Treasurer.  As Chairman, he provided sensible and efficient leadership at a tricky time for the Club.  It was during his chairmanship that exchange visits were arranged with a Bridge Club in Koblenz, one of Norwich’s twin cities.  John and his wife May led the intrepid travellers.  Teams matches were played, much fun was had but, alas, success in the matches was missing!

At county level, John was elected President and, during his year of office, managed to visit all EBU-affiliated clubs in Norfolk, playing with whoever each club provided as a partner for his visit.

John was a good friend to many, ever ready to provide help and support when needed.  He was a somewhat private man, self-deprecating but so friendly and reliable – a true gentleman.  He will be much missed.

Gillian Hall 22 October 2015