Some items of general interest from around the clubs. Click link for the listing of local events of interest.
The Barkins Plate, a handicapped pairs event, was played on 24th March 2014. Held annually in the spring in memory of Jim Barlow and Joe Perkins, who donated the plate in 1985, for their long standing membership to the club.
16 pairs entered, with 32 boards being played. Won by Tracy and Martin Aherne (3 years with the club) beating second placed Dorothy Bonsall and Jenny Wood, last years winners, by 0.75%.
See mention of the trophy back in 1986 and, just underneath that item of Basford news, the fact the County Association was first formed in 1946.
A very successful afternoon event starting with a light lunch, including delicious cucumber sandwiches, followed by relaxing bridge was held at the club on Saturday 26th October. Homemade cakes with English tea mid way through the session made it a perfect afternoon. Players from all sessions of the club were represented among the 12 tables. A beginners table was well supported and welcomed to the event. Loads of positive feedback so a repeat can be expected!
The next heat for the handicap teams is on Friday 1st of November.
Newport Bridge Club can now boast several new Tournament Directors following the course run by James Vickers at Wolverhampton Bridge Club. Annette qualified with a distinction.
In the recent EBU Autumn Sim Pairs on September 10th Geoff and Robin came 2nd overall out of 1000 pairs from 62 clubs.
Congratulations to Pat Ramsay on passing her Directors' exam this month - brilliant!
Shrewsbury Bridge Club has moved. On 1st October 2013 we started playing in the Shrewsbury Baptist Church, which is within the boundaries of Shrewsbury and much more accessible. The address is Crowmere Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 5JJ.
Shrewsbury's new Chairman is Keith Shuttleworth; and Judy Mitchell has taken over as Hon. Secretary from Margaret Seager, who has sadly had to retire due to ill health.
Monday Lessons: Improvers and beginners: Contact Mike Amos 01691 623984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Urbanski, from the EBU, visited Tettenhall bridge club on Wednesday afternoon 13th November.
Wolverhampton is to become the new County Headquarters from December 1st 2013.
Following the TD training course at the club 7 new directors are now qualified, 2 with distinction.
Shrewsbury Bridge Club was founded on 15th July 1954. The 60th anniversay of the founding was celebrated with a dinner a few days ahead of the actual date on July 1st.
The Hackett team have won both the 2013/14 Staffs Cup and the League (by just 1 VP!) with the Davies team runners up in both events. The Staffs Cup winning team, Paul, Justin & Barbara Hackett and Dan Crofts, represented the County in the Pachabalo Cup on the 7th and 8th June. The Staffs Cup runners up represent the County in the Midlands Counties Teams Challenge on June 22nd.