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Welcome to Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

Welcome to the web-site of the

Sussex County Contract Bridge Association (SCCBA)

which supports all aspects of bridge in Sussex.

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For the latest news, please see below.  If there's anything else that you'd like to know about, please try our :-

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SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs

19 pairs played in the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs at East Grinstead Rugby Football Club on Saturday November 25th.

The winners were Lin Curnock and Barbara Budd.

In second place were Pam and Peter Watkins who were also first of the Non-Expert pairs.

This meant that the prize for the Non-Expert pairs went to mother and daughter partners Mary Hurst and Debbie Kittow.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Thanks are due to Mervyn Wotton for his work before and after the event and his directing on the day.  Thanks also to the Meridian and Crawley bridge clubs for use of some of their equipment and to Nicki and Jim for a delicious lunch and a constant supply of hot drinks.

But mainly, thanks to all who attended for supporting this event.  I hope to see you all again next year.

Helen Kent (Organiser)

David Pavey Pairs

Sunday January 28th at Worthing BC

This is the next SCCBA competition which is aimed at those with limited experience and who enjoy playing against their counterparts.  It is a relaxed event, much enjoyed by past participants, and is restricted to EBU members who have an NGS rating of 7 or below.  See full details and how to enter.

2023 Hill's Trophy

The Hill's trophy, in attracting 20 teams (a total not seen for many years), was successfully held at the spacious Angmering Community Centre on Sunday November 26th.  The winners, Neil Watts, Christine Jepson, David Telfer and Peter Burns, finished comfortably ahead of the runners-up.

It's worth mentioning that Neil Watts, part of this year's winning team, has now won this event five times in 1988, 2004, 2005, 2018 and 2023 - a 37-year span.  Well done, Neil.

My thanks go to Kathy & Eddie Williams who directed the event, U3A for the use of their tables and to all the other helpers whose efforts before and after the event went towards making it a success.

The runners-up were Nigel Utting, Denise Ireland, Jean Meneely and Avril Strong.

See full results on the Worthing BC web-site.

Ernie Rivett
(Worthing BC)

Jim Proctor

We recently were saddened to lose one of the EBU's best-loved directors, Jim Proctor.  David Dickson writes:- 

Following his retirement from the EBU, Jim frequently boarded a train from Scarborough to Brighton.  Invariably, a woolly hat, sweater and Covid mask (worn round the chin) would arrive at The Avenue Bridge Club in Hove and underneath was Jim - a polite likeable friendly gentleman, ready for action at the rubber bridge table. 

Jim will be remembered for a few of his bridge eccentricities – he invariably led a trump at trick 1; he invariably commented after a failure to protect ‘no protection’ in a broad Scarborough accent; latterly he frequently ‘made a claim’ by throwing all 13 of his cards on the table and left it to others to gauge the validity of the claim.

Following the rubber bridge, Jim would eat the same dish, at the same Curry house, at the same table.

For as long as we play Rubber Bridge, Jim will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all his friends at The Avenue Bridge Club.

Club Director Training Courses at Patcham BC

The following courses will be held at Patcham BC in the early months of 2024 :-

  • How to run a duplicate - Sunday 14th January 2024
  • Book Rulings - Sunday 28th January 2024
  • Book and Judgement Rulings - Sunday 11th February 2024
  • Assessment - Sunday 25th February 2024

Booking for any of these dates must be made via EBED.

Tollemache Qualifier Results

In the Tollemache Qualifier played on RealBridge on November 11th and 12th, Sussex came 7th out of 15 in their group, with just the top four going through.  The field was closely bunched at the top and we were less than half a match short of qualifying - see full details on the EBU website.  Well done (and bad luck!) to Peter Clinch and Julian Mitchell, Chris Jepson and Gunnar Hallberg, David Telfer and Peter Burns, Stephen Kennedy and Ollie Powell, Andrew Southwell and Ian Lancaster, Andy Ryder and Mike Allen.

Neil Watts (Non-Playing Captain)

2023 Sussex / Kent GP Weekend

On October 28th and 29th, Sussex and Kent again combined to hold a Green-Pointed weekend at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club.

Congratulations to Frances Connell & Gerald Soper who won the Swiss Pairs on the Saturday.

The runners-up were Susan Parkins & David Stern.

Congratulations also to the Sussex team of Matthew Smith, Mike Keeping, David Benjamin and Matthew Read who won the Swiss Teams on the Sunday.

The runners-up were David Norman, Peter Lee, Mike Scoltock and Richard Fedrick.

Many thanks to directors Stephen Brown, Rob Sassoon and John Oakland and to Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club for hosting the event.

Autumn Junior Bridge Camp

The Autumn JBC was held at Tunbridge Wells BC on 21st and 22nd October with 36 juniors aged 8 to 17 attending.  The winners of the Priday Cup were junior internationals Lucy Norman and Tom Furness.  Tom also won the Saturday Pairs with Nia Hencken.   A special mention to Lottie Sutton of the Bronze group, who came 2nd in the Saturday Pairs.  Thank you to TWBC and all who helped make the event successful.

See more pictures.

William Bourne

SCCBA Ladies Pairs

Congratulations to overall winners Andrea Galpin & Joan Hootman pictured with the coveted SCCBA Ladies’ Pairs Trophy at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday October 15th.  After a break of a couple of years, this friendly event was once again very efficiently directed by Peter Langston.

The runners-up were Vivian Priday & Rosemary McKinnel, ......

..... the Stratification Level B winners (the highest-ranked pair below Premier Master) were Lesley Clark and Audrey Stallard and .....


..... the Stratification Level C winners (the highest-ranked pair below Master) were Judith Cooper & Joanna Norcross.

A delicious tea was provided by Charlotte Setahul.   Many thanks to organiser Joy Mayall.

EBU National Handicap Pairs Championship

Congratulations to Ann Field & Carol Duckett who won the EBU National Handicap Pairs Championship on September 10th.  Ann and Carol played in this event at Worthing Bridge Club which was one of 15 clubs to hold a heat.

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Sussex/Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
Sussex/Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
JBC - Priday Cup
JBC - Novice Pairs
JBC - Speedball
JBC - Saturday Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
SCCBA Autumn Congress BP Swiss Teams
SCCBA Autumn Congress BP Swiss Pairs
SCCBA BP Midweek Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Venture Pairs
28th Nov 2023
Sussex Pairs Heat
Horsham BC - f2f 19:15
28th Nov 2023
Sussex Pairs Heat
Horsham BC - on BBO 19:00
 More Info
9th Dec 2023
St. Leonards Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs
St. Leonards BC
13th Dec 2023
Sussex Pairs Heat
Avenue BC - on BBO 19:30
21st Jan 2024
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield Hall 11:00
28th Jan 2024
David Pavey Trophy (NGS 7 and under)
Worthing BC 13:00
 More Info
17th Feb 2024
Tollemache Finals
f2f 17th-18th
19th Feb 2024
SCCBA Charity/Open Simultaneous Pairs heat
f2f - Worthing BC 19:15
21st Feb 2024
SCCBA Charity/Open Simultaneous Pairs heat
f2f - Patcham BC 13:15
23rd Feb 2024
SCCBA Charity/Open Simultaneous Pairs heat
f2f - Crawley BC 19:15
17th Mar 2024
Sussex Pairs Final
Patcham BC
24th Mar 2024
National Pairs Regional Heats