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ANNUAL SUBS DUE

The annual subscription for members has not changed since the club was formed in 2007 - and is due from 1 January.

You will be hard pressed to spend a better fiver all year and Keith, our membership secretary, will be only too happy to relieve you of the necessary.

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2020 AGM
2020 AGM

Table numbers at Stansfield bridge club have swelled by 25% over the past three years. And that excludes additional numbers which attend Learn & Play every Wednesday afternoon

Twice weekly and occasional weekend duplicate sessions attracted 880 tables in 2019, an average of 17 a week, the club's AGM heard on Thursday.  Learn & Play, introduced two years ago to encourage beginners and improvers, draws in about eight tables a week. So on average, Stansfield hosts about 25 tables a week.

EABW 2020

To enter on-line, please click on relevant event

SWISS PAIRS (Sat 12noon start)

SWISS TEAMS (Sun 11am start)

RELAXED TEAMS (Sun 3pm start)

Separate entries required for separate events

LEARN & PLAY


Learn & Play is in full swing now with around seven or eight tables each week.

The Wednesday afternoon supervised sessions will continue every week until the summer but there will be no L&P on 27 November as the hall is required for the village shopping evening. The festive season means there will be no L & P on 25 December and 1 January.

PLAY IT AGAIN SAM!

Don't you just wish sometimes that you could play a hand again?

Well, you can...thanks to the wonders of Bridgewebs.

The 'Play It Again' feature is not that well known, but easy to use.

Just go to Results, click on any pairing and you will see below the hand 'Play It Again' (arrowed)

REMINDER: 6.45 for 7pm START

To avoid disappointment, would members please remember they should arrive in the bridge club by 6.45pm to help set up and enable a prompt 7pm start. Late arrivals risk not getting a game, particularly on Thursdays when the host system is in operation.

THE AUCTION

A new monthly column which aims to help a wide range of players bid hands of varying complexity is being produced by Chris Green on the Suffolk bridge website. July’s hands are now online. Click on THE AUCTION to test your skills.

HANDICAP PAIRS IN 2020

The Stansfield Handicap pairs will take place on Sunday 25 October 2020- 11am start.

The competition is open to players from other clubs and aims to give everyone an equal chance of success by allocating a handicap to each player, based on their NGS record with the EBU.

STANSFIELD VILLAGE HALL TELEPHONE NUMBER

Stansfield village hall takes incoming calls on 01284 789427. So just phone if you are running late...

CLUB TEAM NEWS

A new page listing teams representing the club in county competitions and how they get on - good or bad - is now available.

Just click on the Club Team news in the column above

Suffolk's jolliest bridge club meets on Tues & Thurs (7pm) + Learn & Play on Wed (2pm)
SUNDAY BRIDGE ATTRACTS 9 TABLES

Stormin' Den celebrates in style

As Storm Dennis raged outside Stansfield village hall on Sunday, players inside were toasting another Dennis.

'Den' Bishop is the oldest member of the club and celebrated his 91st birthday by partnering his son-in-law, Dave, in the second Winter Sunday bridge afternoon.

A special chocolate cake was baked in his honour and Den very kindly provided wine and beer for the half-time break.

The Sunday attracted a number of less experienced pairs who played at a crackiing pace. Tessa & Alan, who were partnering each other for the first time, deserve special mention for finishing runners-up in the Handicap - while Angela & Paul were the only pair to bid and make a grand slam. To see all the results click on SUNDAY

Many thanks to those who baked wonderful cakes and to Denise and Mary for organisig the tea. Sunday bridge takes place on the third Sunday of the month so the next one is on 15 March.

WACKY HANDS

'Hermann', the affectionate (?!) name for the duplimte machine which produces the club's boards, surpassed himself on Tuesday with one of the most unusual sets for years.

During 24 boards there were eight hands with voids and 34 singletons! All of which made for some interesting bidding - and scores.

Board 10 (see right photo) was particularly ugly for Declarers - with three off resulting in a top!

NEW YEAR PARTY ATTRACTS 17 TABLES
NEW YEAR PARTY ATTRACTS 17 TABLES
Paul, Bridget and Elizabeth x 2

On a night when the club ran out of bidding boxes and table cloths, the champagne kept flowing during a New Year party which attracted 17 tables.

There was sufficient ‘sparkling’ to enable the top pair - Paul & Bridget  - and the Handicap winners - the two Elizabeths - to take home a bottle.

The idea of having a celebration in January rather than during the hectic run up to Christmas seems to work well. A wonderful array of dishes prepared by members and a hall decked in bunting made out of playing cards contributed to a great evening. There were several highlights, including a bidding sequence which started Pass - Pass - Double! Blame it on the champagne.

LOCAL HOSPICE TO BENEFIT FROM 'HAZEL'S' EVENING
LOCAL HOSPICE TO BENEFIT FROM 'HAZEL'S' EVENING

Officially, Thursday was the annual charity night when money is donated to a good cause. In practice, it was the evening when Stansfield bridge club remembered Hazel.

The end result - in addition to being a fun evening with 50 players enjoying themselves - was £550 which will go to St Nicholas hospice in nearby Bury St Edmunds, having been nominated by Hazel's family.

Thank you to everyone who supported the evening and the raffle, and to Denise for organising it. 

STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS
STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS

Sue & Dave win Stansfield's flagship event in style

A maximum field of 68 players contested the Stansfield Handicap Pairs on Sunday - despite all kinds of problems with roadworks which hampered their journey.

Players from all over Suffolk and as far away as Hitchin enjoyed an unexpected trip down winding country lanes due to the closure of the main road in the village, but made it to the club on time.

After 36 boards, Sue Smith & Dave Walker not only produced the best overall score but also came out top in Handicap to claim the winners' trophy and £100 prizemoney.

Runners-up were Angela & John Jeffries who finished ahead of two club pairs, Wendie & Peter Summers and Penny Easting & Mary Rix. Andre Gray and his daugher Sarah collected the prize for the next best gross score.

To see all the scores, click on the Latest Result tab in the right hand column, and then click on Handicap to see the handicap results.

FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS TRIUMPH

Paul & Dave pulled off a tremendous triumph on the opening day of the Felixstowe Congress.

The Stansfield regulars saw off all the opposition to win the Championship Pairs final, the prestige pairs event at Suffolk's flagship event.

After finishing 10th in the afternoon qualifying round to make the final, they led for most of the way in the final. However, their lead was whittled down in the closing stages only for them the get their heads back in front where it mattered - at the final board.

BRIDGE RULES YOU CAN UNDERSTAND

The Laws of Bridge are anything but an easy read. And some of them are mind blowingly complicated, even for more experienced players.

However, help is now at hand thanks to an excellent ABC guide produced by Suffolk player Peter Bushby in which he offers an easy to understand explanation for the most common laws. Spare a few minutes, if you can, to read his guide by clicking on any of these links:

Hesitation, Use of Bidding Boxes, Changing Your Bid, Insufficient Bids,  Misleading Explanation, Penalty Cards, When to Alert, When to Announce.

DEFIBRILLATOR CHEQUE HANDOVER
DEFIBRILLATOR CHEQUE HANDOVER

A cheque for £1218 was presented to Stansfield Parish Council by the bridge club on Thursday and will enable the village to buy a defibrillator which will be kept at the village hall.

Sarah Hopkins, chairman of the parish council, thanked members of the bridge club for the fund raiser they held a couple of months ago which, together with donations made by villagers, ensured sufficient money was available to buy the life saving piece of equipment. She is pictured receiving the cheque from David Unwin, the club treasurer.

DEFIBRILLATOR BRIDGE AFTERNOON RAISES 1,640
Sue & Jean Christine & Paul

The bridge afternoon in aid of the Stansfield defibrillator appeal surpassed all expectations and raised £1,640.

That means the village now has the money to buy the life saving piece of equipment and install it at the village hall, home of Stansfield bridge club.

Sixty two players from far and wide supported the event. A raffle rasied £540 and a number of members made donations.

Richard Evans, chairman of the club, said: "The sum raised by a bridge club which, let's face it, is in the middle of nowhere was remarkable. A huge thank you is owed to members and visitors who made it happen and together with local businesses provided some fabulous raffle prizes."

The winners of the afternoon, based on handicap scores, were Sue & Jean, while Christine & Paul recorded the top overall score. Hugh & Sue Sandle, playing in their first ever duplicate, deserve a special mention for finishing runners-up in the Handicap. To see all the scores click on DEFIB

BRIDGEMATES, DUPLIMATED BOARDS, DUPLICATE EVENINGS & LEARN AND PLAY SESSIONS
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STANSFIELD bridge club, formed in 2007 and situated in the heart of Suffolk countryside between Clare and Bury St Edmunds, is not only the county's jolliest and fastest growing bridge club - but also one of the most progressive with a state-of-the-art scoring system, computer generated hands and lively website.

The club meets three times a week in the village hall. On Thursday evening (6.45 for 7pm) the emphasis  is very much on having a fun evening out where less experienced players can flourish (and use 'crib sheets' or receive supervision)

There is a half-time  break when players enjoy delicious nibbles prepared by members, and a glass of wine or cup of tea/coffee. A host system is in place so visitors are welcome. Bridgemate scoring means duplicate players get the result on the night and, in addition, computer generated boards are available every week with the hands uploaded on to this website. (Click on 'Results' in right column)

In September 2013 the club voted in favour of affiliating to the English Bridge Union. Thursday nights continue to focus on encouraging beginners and improvers - while Tuesday night (6.45 for 7pm start) offers 24+ boards for more experienced players.

On Wednesday afternoons (2-4.30pm) there are Supervised Learn & Play sessions for Improvers and those who prefer gentle or afternoon bridge. And during the winter, there is a gentle duplicate on the third Sunday (2pm start) of the month.

As of Februaryy 2020 the club had 117 members.

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

THURSDAY: 11 TABLES

Celia & John topped the leaderboard ahead of Alan & Ann, who finished won the Handicap, while Sheila & Richard were third.

Click on the Latest Result above to see all the scores and boards played, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.

TUESDAY: 9 TABLES

Adele & Angie scored a last board success from Dave & Kathy who had led throughout the evening. Susan & Jackie were third.

To see all the scores, click on the Latest Result tab above or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.

Results
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Host: Chris
Nibbles: Jayne & Susan
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Sunday afternoon duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Peter
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Wendie & Peter
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
Host: RichatdE
Nibbles: Ann & Alan
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
Social
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Richard
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Maggie & Helen
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
AGM followed by bridge
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Nigel &Dulce
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Richard
Sunday afternoon duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Dave
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Rani & Tony
EBU Winter Sims
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
New Years party
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Richard
Host: Chris H
Calendar
Tue 25th Feb 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 26th Feb 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 27th Feb 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Bridget A & Amanda
Tue 3rd Mar 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 4th Mar 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 5th Mar 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Elizabeth & Elizabeth
Tue 10th Mar 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 11th Mar 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 12th Mar 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Paul & Trevor
Sun 15th Mar 2020
Sunday afternoon duplicate
Stansfield village hall 2pm
Tue 17th Mar 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 18th Mar 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 19th Mar 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Jane & Tisha
Tue 24th Mar 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 25th Mar 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 26th Mar 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard E
Nibbles: Liz & Andy
Tue 31st Mar 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 1st Apr 2020
Learn & Play
Village hall 2-4.30pm
Thu 2nd Apr 2020
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Chris
Tue 7th Apr 2020
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm