Holding our AGM via Zoom videoconferencing is a radical departure from our normal practice, but in the present circumstances there’s no other viable option, writes Jeff Orton, chairman of the SCBA.
Please try to attend the AGM if you can; the meeting will decide a number of important issues such as the future Constitution, the members of the Executive Committee, and the county Universal Membership (pay-to-play) fee up until the end of March 2022. It may seem daunting if you’re unfamiliar with Zoom, but it’s really very easy; full instructions will appear on this website soon, and help will be available if you need it.
Our AGMs usually take about 40 minutes; it’s difficult to predict how long this one will take because we’ve never held one online before, but we’ll certainly aim to keep it below an hour. For those attending the AGM, the online AGM Pairs Competition will follow at 3.30pm and this will replace the Suffolk Sunday Pairs on that day.The menu list below gives details of the '2020 AGM agenda and nominations', and 'Constitution' (both current and proposed new), and a link to the Minutes of last year's AGM will follow soon. We hope to see you online on the 21st June.
Suffolk shared the secrets of its online bridge success with 100 representatives from other English counties on Saturday.
During a 90 minute WEBINAR organised by the English Bridge Union, Jacks Morcombe, Peter Bushby, Malcolm Pryor and Richard Evans explained how Suffolk has managed to offer a range of different playing opportunities for its members during the current crisis.
The presentations highlighted the central message deployed by Suffolk - online bridge is the only game in town - setting up online events on BBO including a teams league, and training people to run 'virtual' clubs.
The webinar, hosted by Jacks, drew appreciative comments from the audience and confirmed some counties currently have no online bridge available.
Click on BBC RADIO SUFFOLK to hear Lesley Dolphin's interview with Richard Evans about virtual bridge clubs.
A 28-board Suffolk FunBridge Pairs Challenge is taking place every week.
The competition will be open from 10am to 10pm every Wednesday to any FunBridge player in Suffolk. As usual on FunBridge a (very good!) robot will be your partner.
The event will be password protected. Click on PAIRS and a password will be sent to you.
To find the challenge, click on the Get Started/Practise tab, then click Exclusive Tournaments. Type Suffolk FunBridge Pairs into the View all Tournaments space.
Daily five board competiton for FunBridge players in Suffolk
The event is aimed at the growing FunBridge community in the county - and those who would like to give it a try.
Amanda Roberts who plays at Stansfield, Abbeygate, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, came up with the idea.
The name of the competition is Suffolk Bridge Clubs, which can be found in Exclusive Tournaments via the orange Get started/Practise tab.
If you are interested but have not played on the site before go to https://www.funbridge.com
Rick Hanley reviews Marty Bergen’s new online audio-visual lesson.
Click on REVIEW to read more
In addition to BBO and FunBridge, Bridge Club Live is an online favourite with many players. To find out more click on https://www.bridgeclublive.com
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