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BULLETIN

You are invited to join the Suffolk On Line Teams League

Malcolm Pryor

One of the most popular Suffolk competitions, played on-line

All experience levels are welcome, from county player to novice

If you have 4 to 6 players who want to play in the same team, great!

If you have a partner but no team mates we will match you up with others looking for team mates

If you have no partner we can try to match you up with someone else looking for a partner

Your team will be in a Division of similar standard teams

Usually 5 teams to a Division, a total of 4 matches to be played over 4 months

Please contact Malcolm Pryor, the League organiser, before 6th December, via mhpryor@btinternet.com


Despite the odd shower of rain, the inaugural golf-bridge day at Aldeburgh lived up to expectations, with 18 holes of golf followed by lunch and 18 boards of bridge.

A repeat has been booked for next year at the same venue for Monday 16 October 2023.

NEW BOOK
Nancy

Inspired by her grandchildren, Nancy Williams has just published her first children's book - IncyWincySpider Gets Out & About.

Nancy, a regular at Stansfield and Abbeygate bridge clubs, is a talented artist and she has produced wonderful illustrations to go alongside the words written  by her and George Wicker.

The 28 page paperback centres on Incy Wincy Spider leaving 'his cosy spout' to explore the wider world. After getting lost, it tells the story of how he finds his way home, the creatures he meets along the way and how he finds someone to share his home. Click on SPIDER to read more.

FACEBOOK

HERE - AT LAST!

It's been long overdue, but Suffolk Bridge now has its own Facebook  page.

The social networking site offers another way to advertise events and, in particullar, to reach non-bridge players who might be interested in learning the game.

To find the page, go to Facebook and search for Suffolk Bridge.

SUFFOLK v CAMBS & HUNTS

Suffolk produced a creditable performance recently againstt Cambs & Hunts, trtaditionally one of the stronger treams in the EasternCounties League, winning one and drawing one of the three contests.

Click on RICK HANLEY to read the captain's report and see if you can find the killer lead on three of the boards played.

ONLINE TEAMS WINNERS

The Malcolm Pryor Trophy, awarded to the winners of the Online Teams of Four, has been presented for the first time.

The winning Hanson team consisted of Pauline & Con (pictured with the trophy), Mike Bone, Brian Ellul, Eric Newman and Diane Whitley.

BRIDGE ARCHIVE

Suffolk Bridge now has a dedicated website for archive mateiral collected over more than 40 years, including winners of the county's main competitions.

Many thanks to Jill Tattersfield for compiling all the material and to Peter Bushby for makiing it publicly available by setting up the website. Click on ARCHIVE to see everything.

LOCAL BRIDGE

With more clubs opening their doors, and some also offering teaching and learn & play classes, click on BRIDGE IN SUFFOLK to find out what is available.

While every attempt has been made to ensure the information is accurate, please let us know of any omissions or corrections by clicking EmailSuffolk

LEARNING BRIDGE
LEARNING BRIDGE

If you have friends who would like to learn bridge but are not sure how to go about it or where to go, ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

WEBMASTERS

Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.

If you would like to publicise a forthcoming event or submit a news item for this website click Richard or Paul

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18 TABLES FOR TEAMS OF EIGHT
18 TABLES FOR TEAMS OF EIGHT

Back row: Steve Parker, Toby Mace, Bill Bethell, Steve Ashworth, Dave Walker.

Front: Gill Newton, Sylvia Scott-Laws, Sue Smith

Winning Woodbridge enjoy the moment

At times, we could all be forgiven for thinking bridge is a deadly serious business with little scope for smiles, laughter or, heaven forfend, celebration.

Don't you believe it.

When the Club Teams of 8 drew to a close on Saturday and the outcome was flashed up on an overhead screen ..WOODBRIDGE 1st ...the joy on the faces of the winning players spoke volumes. A team photo was followed by players capturing the moment by taking photos of each other with the winning trophy.

Happiness ruled. What a wonderful contrast to images of some winning teams who look as though they have been condemned to appearing on I'm a Celebrity.  Long may it continue.

As online and Face to Face continue their tug of war for our affections, it was significant that the event attracted entries from nine teams , resulting in 18 tables. And the names of some of the teams - Framlingham Foreign Legion, Stansfield Stymies and Stratford St Mary Blue - gave an indication of the relaxed atmosphere and chatter which marked the occasion.

The annual event is renowned for the excellent tea provided by the local Sea Scouts group and, once again, they did not disappoint. In the opinion of some players, their best ever.

A huge thank you to Tony Shearman for stepping in at the last minute to direct and to Chris & Paul Rickard, the event managers. To see all the results click on To8

AS 2023 BECKONS...
AS 2023 BECKONS...

 9-HIGH pairs event at Nayland village hall CO6 4JH) on Sunday 4 December,(11am) open to any player with an NGS grade of 2 to 9. Unsure about your NGS grade? Click on NGS to check. Free glass of wine. Bring your own lunch. Entry just £5 per person. Click on 9HIGH to enter.

 BAH HUMBUG PAIRS on Friday 30 December (10.30 for 11am start) at Blackbourne community centre, Elmswell (IP30 9GY) A festive duplicate kicking off with a mince pie and glass of something special. Bring your own lunch. Please click on BAH HUMBUG to enter

 BURY SWISS PAIRS on Sunday 29 January (10.30am start) at Blackbourne community centre, Elmswell (IP30 9GY). £10 per person entry fee. Bring your own lunch. Click on SWISS to enter.

15 TABLES FOR FLAGSHIP EVENT

9-High winners

Sekhar Pillai & Pam Pope

Suffolk Swiss Pairs winners

Roger Timmins & Sue Willcox

9-High runners-up

Paul & Chris Rickard

Adapt or perish, as HG Wells famously put it. Well, Suffolk bridge is adapting at a rate of knots in the post-pandemic era and the county's annual congress benefited from the changes on Sunday.

The squawking seagulls, the seaside strolls and the amusement arcade clatter at Felixstowe gave way to the mid county calm and easy accessibility of Elmswell. Championship Pairs were replaced by Swiss Pairs - and there was even a glass of wine on offer (and no shortage of takers) to accompany an outstanding lunch provided by a new caterer.

The event attracted 15 tables, no mean feat as bridge continues to grapple with the conflicting attractions of Face to Face and online. Interestingly, the participants were drawn from a different sector of the bridge community. More friendly and welcoming.

The heroes of the hour were Sue Willcox & Roger Timmins from Newmarket who finished nicely clear of Catherine Curtis and her younger son, Jamie, both of whom have represented England. Sekhar Pillai & Pam Pope won the 9-High competition from Paul & Chris Rickard.

A huge thank you to Jo Harpur, the event manager for the Congress, who did a brilliant job organising everything.

'ALMOST LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS'
WINNERS GALORE!

MIXED PAIRS:

Diane Whitley & Eric Newman

LADIES PAIRS:

Patsi Barnes & Pam Pope

MENS PAIRS:

David Willson & Andre Gray

Great F2F turn out

for new event

HANDICAP PAIRS:

Paul & Wendy Lefort

VETERANS PRIZE:

John Heath & Caro Hunt

The first running of the Autumn Festival, which brought together a variety of different events, proved a success on Sunday with 14 tables playing Face 2 Face bridge at Elmswell.

"It really felt like the 'good old days' and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces, and visitors from London and Norfolk," said Richard Evans, the Suffolk bridge chairman. "We very much hope this event will act as a springboard for the Suffolk Congress on Sunday 2 October, which is also being staged at Elmswell."

In addition to the Mixed Pairs, Ladies Pairs, Mens Pairs and Veterans Prize, there was also a new Handicap prize. To see all the results click on FESTIVAL

Many thanks to Chris & Paul Rickard, the event managers, and to Jacks Morcombe for directing.

AMAZING RESPONSE TO DEBEN PROJECT

200+ sign up for lessons in libraries

Stowmarket latest to offer courses

The Deben Project, involving teaching bridge to beginners in libraries across Suffolk, is surpassing all expectations with more than 190 people having signed up - and applications stlll coming in.

The first lessons have started at Woodbridge library. Courses will begin over the coming weeks in Framlingham, Aldeburgh and Southwold. In total 90 will be attending.

The response in the Bury St Edmunds area has been equally remarkable with 100 applicants. As a result, two sessions a week are planned for September in Bury library, with a third starting in the New Year, and another class at Thurston. There will also be courses at Haverhill, Ipswich and, possibly, Sudbury.

Richard Evans, the Suffolk chairman, said: "The response has exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Despite the woes confronting bridge at the moment, there is no shortage of people wishing to learn the game."

If you know of anyone wishing to take up bridge please ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

COURSE START DATES + DAYS & TIMES

WOODBRIDGE  6 June. Mon 2-4pm

FRAMLINGHAM 6 July. Wed 6.30-8.30pm

ALDEBURGH 3 Sept. Sat 3-5pm

THURSTON 7 Sept. Wed 1.30-3..30pm

BURY ST EDMUNDS 19 Sept. Mon 10am-12noon & 2-4pm

IPSWICH 26 Sept. Mon 3pm

Online course: 29 Sept. Thurs 7pm

HAVERHILL 9 Oct. Sun 1.30-3.30pm

STOWMARKET 9 Sept. Fri 10.30am-12.30pm

AFTER AN 800 DAY ABSENCE
AFTER AN 800 DAY ABSENCE

Bridge lunch is county's first F2F event

After a very long absence, players from around Suffolk met face2face for the frist time at a bridge lunch held in Elmswell on Wednesday

In many cases, players had not seen other competitors since before the pandemic.

With a free glass of champagne to kick off proceedings, there was plenty of chatter and laughter over lunch before everyone sat down for 24 - yes 24! - boards.

In the circumstances, the result was secondary to the occasion. But top marks to (pictured left to right above) Dorothy & Alaric Cundy from Stowmarket who won overall and to Patsi Barnes & Joan Watson who topped the Handicap.

And a big thank you to Jill Tattersfield for making the day happen.

COUNTY AND CLUBS FACE BIG CHALLENGES - AGM

Online bridge has fundamentally changed the game's landscape at club, county and national level, Malcolm Pryor, said in his valedictory speech as chairman of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association on Sunday.

Many players now looked to play a mix of online and face to face bridge and that posed challenges and opportunities for Suffolk and its clubs, he told the association's AGM. (Click on MALCOLM to read his summary or PRYOR to read the full report)

His warning came as the Swiss Pairs at the East Anglian bridge weekend was restructured due to lack of support - only a fortnight after the Clare Swiss Pairs was scrapped for the same reason. The AGM Pairs, which followed the annual meeting, attracted only 13 pairs online. The winners were Con & Pauline Hanson.

Richard Evans, the new SCBA chairman, said: 'The pre-Covid bridge 'model' of everyone going to their local club and sufficient numbers being prepared to travel around Suffolk to play in county organised events is broken, possibly irrevocably. We are acutely aware of the changing landscape which is happening all over the country."

Four new members were elected to the SCBA committee: (l-r) Kate Chapman, Tim Evans, David Unwin (who takes over from Roger Tattersfield as Treasurer), and Paul MacLachlan.

COUNTY AND CLUBS FACE BIG CHALLENGES - AGM
BORING...BUT 'IMPORTANT'

All bridge players who are members of an affiliated club have their own EBU page - which may come as a surprise to some.

'My EBU' is a place where, if you are so minded, you can check your masterpoints and NGS records, book events, modify your account details and carry out other bits of bridgey administration.

"It is important that members can access the My EBU area," says the EBU, "and we are aware that some cannot, either because we do not have the right email address, or it is blank. We would like to encourage you to contact your members to make sure they can access My EBU"

So that's what we are doing. To access your EBU page click on MY EBU.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Eric & Diane win Suffolk Pairs final

Eric Newman & Diane Whitley (left) won the final of the Suffolk Pairs Championship on Sunday from Bill Tweddell & John Wilmott (centre) and Tony Philpott & Andrew Moore.

When the dust had setteled after a 42 board all-play-all event, the top five pairs had pulled clear of their nearest rivals. The first three pairs will now represent the county in the final of the national Corwen trophy.

For the first time in many years - perhaps ever - the pairs final failed to attract a full field. A sign of the times?

To see all the scores click on FINAL

EVEN THE DARKEST CLOUD...

Deben's generous parting gift

Sadly, Deben bridge club is no more due to a dwindling attendance exacerbated by the pandemic. However, their name will very much live on thanks to a generous parting gift to Suffolk bridge.

The club has handed over the money it held in the bank plus the proceeds from the sale of equipment - a total of £2,964 - to the SCBA with the intention it should be used constructively to encourage more people to play the game.

Bim Wilson, Michael Bizzey, the club treasurer, and Sam Wilson (pictured above) presented the cheque recently to Richard Evans, the association vice chairman,

"Obviously it is sad when a club has to close but the generosity of Deben means something very positive can emerge," Richard said. "The Suffolk committee will be discussing the 'Deben Project' next month to see the best way to generate more bridge players in the county and thereby support smaller clubs who are struggling."

DIMMIE FLEMING AWARD

First Suffolk player to be honoured by the English Bridge Union

Malcolm Carey, a founding father of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association, has been honoured by the English Bridge Union for his outstanding contribution to the game in the county and beyond.

The Dimmie Fleming Award is reserved for a select band of players and administrators, and is a public recognition of all they have done for bridge over a number of decades. The award was announced at the EBU's online annual general meeting.

Malcolm suggested the creation of a Suffolk association in 1978 and following its formation a few months later he has been a key member for more than 40 years, most notably as the county's chief tournament director, a position he held for 32 years.

As well as directing in Suffolk, his talents were regularly in demand in other counties, Jersey and Guernsey, and abroad - including Kenya, Tobago, Spain, Malta, Israel and Egypt.

Malcolm Pryor, the chairman of the SCBA, said: "Malcolm is the first person on the SCBA committee to have received this award and it is thoroughly deserved. Malcolm has been a driving force behind the development of Suffolk bridge from the county's foundation in 1979 through to the present day and the county owes him a huge debt of gratitude for his many years of dedicated service."

Click on MALCOLM to read a tribute by Phillip Edwards, and a report in the Ipswich Evening Star.

PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE

Never played bridge on-line - and intimidated by what's involved? Don't be!

An A-B-C guide to playing bridge at BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) which covers the most basic points - how to get started, how to join a game - has been created for Suffolk Bridge by Peter Bushby, and even includes some very fancy film clips.

The big advantage of playing on BBO is that you can partner a real person (for example, your regular partner) - rather than a robot - and it can be free.

Don't feel left out...just click on HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE ON LINE.

In addition to the basics, the comprehensive guide also shows how you can enter Suffolk's regular Sunday evening duplicate, how to play a match between two teams of four, and much more besides.

The EBU has also produced a guide on how to play on BBO. Click on EBU to see.

IN THE PAST...

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NEWS ARCHIVE

SUFFOLK ONLINE TEAMS OF FOUR: RECORD ENTRY

A record 31 Teams are playing in the new Season of the Suffolk On Line Teams League

The latest on line league for teams of 4 is underway, with 31 teams playing in 6 divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on AUTUMN. Final results from Season 11 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS

Results
Club Teams of 8
ECL away v Cambridge University
Suffolk Congress Swiss Pairs
Autumn Festival
EBU Handicap Pairs
ECL home v Cambs & Hunts
Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs
Bridge with Lunch
EABW Swiss Teams
AGM Pairs
ECL home v Northants
Championship Pairs Final
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Championship Pairs Semi-final
Calendar
Sun 4th Dec 2022
NGS 9-High Pairs
Nayland 11 am
Sun 11th Dec 2022
ECL away v Beds
Fri 30th Dec 2022
Bah Humbug
Elmswell 11am
Sun 22nd Jan 2023
ECL home v Herts
Sun 29th Jan 2023
Bury Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 10.30am
Director: Paul Rickard
Sun 26th Feb 2023
ECL away v Norfolk
Sun 5th Mar 2023
Club Teams of Four
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 26th Mar 2023
9-High Pairs
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 16th Apr 2023
Championship Pairs Final
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 14th May 2023
AGM Pairs
Elmswell
Following AGM
Wed 7th Jun 2023
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 1 pm
Sun 18th Jun 2023
Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge 11 am
Sun 10th Sep 2023
Autumn Festival
Elmswell 11 am
Sat 7th Oct 2023
Suffolk Congress Pairs
Elmswell 12 noon
Sun 8th Oct 2023
Suffolk Congress Swiss Teams
Elmswell 11 am
Sat 18th Nov 2023
Club Teams of 8
Colchester 2 pm
Sun 3rd Dec 2023
NGS 9-High Pairs
Nayland 11 am
Fri 29th Dec 2023
"Bah Humbug" Pairs
Elmswell 11 am