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Sussex County Contract Bridge Association (SCCBA)

which supports all aspects of bridge in Sussex.

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Sussex Candles at Henfield

Sunday 16th June at 11am

As summer begins - then recedes - one thing remains a constant - the Sussex Candles will again be held at Henfield Hall!

This really is an event for everyone and combines six Swiss Team matches with friendly bridge and a delicious summer buffet lunch (including our traditional strawberries and cream dessert option).  Cake will also be provided with afternoon tea or coffee.

It would be wonderful to see you there - see how to enter (via this website or by submitting a paper entry form) and contact details.

Here's to a great day!

And maybe you'd also like to play in the Sussex Mixed Pairs Championship 4 weeks later? - see below.

Peter Clinch,

SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship

Patcham Community Centre

Sunday 14th July at 1pm


The annual SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship for the Eddie Williams Trophy is to be held on Sunday 14th July at the Patcham Community Centre, starting at 1 pm.  This event will be played over 2 sessions and approximately 40 boards, with sandwiches and cake at the half-way point.

See how to enter.

We are aware that the European Football Nations Cup Final is also being played on this day but does not start until 8pm, giving us all plenty of time to enjoy both events.

Gerry Stanford,

SCCBA Spring Congress

Thank-you to everyone who participated in the Spring Congress over the weekend of April 20th and 21st.  I think everyone will agree that this is a Congress for all!

The Swiss Pairs was won by Julian Mitchell and Peter Clinch who finished 15 VPs clear of Sally Clark and Gunnar Hallberg in second place.  Will Adler and Mike Keeping were a little further back in third place.  The Jack-high prize was won by Sue Howley and Lynne Spooner.  Gunnar Hallberg won the bidding competition, despite failing to answer one of the questions!  All the prizewinners are pictured here.

On Sunday, the Swiss Teams was captured by David Benjamin, Matt Read, Mike Keeping and Matt Smith (pictured).  Second were Peter and Marit Langston, Will Adler and Robert Lowe.  The Jack-high winners were Keith and Maureen Norman, Sue Peters and Sylvia Clark.  Liz Bornecrantz scooped the bidding competition.


Many thanks to Stephen Kennedy for his excellent directing, Charlotte Setahul for her overstuffed Ploughman's lunches, Martin Pool and John Hardy for dealing the boards and Mervyn Wotton for helping with results uploads.

Our next Congress-style event is the Sussex Candles at Henfield on 16th June.  Once again, it's good fun for all and a buffet lunch, strawberries and cakes will be povided!  Why not enter now?

Peter Clinch,
Tournament Organiser

2023/24 Gladys Hakki Trophy Winner

Peter Langston

The Gladys Hakki Trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and/or club over a number of years.  This year's very deserving winner is Peter Langston who was presented with the award by SCCBA Chairman Peter Clinch at the SCCBA Spring Congress.  Peter L's nomination by Patcham Bridge Club was as follows :-

Peter has been a stalwart of Sussex bridge for well over 20 years, previously serving on the County committee.  He has directed many county events and is still doing a few now.

With many other clubs floundering during the pandemic, Peter worked tirelessly to ensure that Patcham not only survived as a club but thrived.  He set up many online sessions on BBO, often attracting over 30 tables and he has arranged and run many online matches against other clubs to ensure members maintained their interest and contact with other members.

His unstinting work has ensured that Patcham Bridge Club has not only survived but has come back stronger after the pandemic.  Among his many other roles, he serves on the Club Committee, maintains and improves the club website, is a regular director and is one of the club's IT experts.

Patcham BC is now, not only the busiest in the County, but it is also the 18th busiest club in the Country and this is in no small part due to Peter's unstinting and excellent work.

We believe Peter Langston would be a worthy winner of the Gladys Hakki award for 2023/24.  To the best of our knowledge, Patcham BC has never had a previous winner of the award.

SCCBA Teams of Eight

aka EBU Garden Cities Trophy Heat

Seven SCCBA clubs played in this year's Inter-Club Teams of Eight at Patcham Community Centre on 23rd March in their attempts to qualify for the Garden Cities Regional Final on 11th May.

Congratulations to the winners who were the Avenue Bridge Club - Stephen Kennedy & Peter Clinch, Andy Ryder & Mike Allen, Gunnar Hallberg & Sally Clark and Matthew Read & David Dickson.  The home club, Patcham, were the runners up.

Thank-you to our event Director, Keith Norman.

Gerry Stanford (Organiser)

Sussex Pairs Final

First, a big thank-you to the Sussex clubs Chichester, The Avenue, Thakeham, Worthing, Eastbourne and Horsham for running heats for this competition.  22 pairs qualified for the final on Sunday 17th March, playing at the Patcham Community Centre.  Leading pairs from this final qualify to play in the EBU’s Corwen Trophy which is to be held at Stone, Staffordshire on the 15th/16th June.

Congratulations to the winners Alan and James Hobden  (pictured).  The runners-up were Roger Poulter and Mark Denny and in third place were David Nastaszczuk and Phil Roxburgh.

Finally, a thank-you to the Director, your County Chairman, Peter Clinch, your County President, Martin Pool, for preparing the hands and to Mervyn Wotton for setting up the web-site files for the event.

Please join us again next year.

Gerry Stanford (Organiser)

Invitation Pairs - Round 2
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Teams
SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
National Pairs South East Regional Final
SCCBA Teams of Eight - aka EBU Garden Cities Trophy heat
Sussex Pairs Final
SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs
David Pavey Trophy (NGS 7 and under)
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Sussex/Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
1st Jun 2024
Garden Cities Finals
2nd Jun 2024
Cambs and Hunts Blue-Pointed Jack-High Pairs
RealBridge 10:30
 More Info
8th Jun 2024
Pachabo Cup
15th Jun 2024
Corwen Trophy
16th Jun 2024
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Candles
Henfield Hall
 More Info
21st Jun 2024
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
BBO 19:30
14th Jul 2024
SCCBA Mixed Pairs
Patcham BC 13:00
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21st Jul 2024
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing BC
28th Jul 2024
Green Point Swiss Pairs
Patcham BC
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31st Jul 2024
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
BBO 19:30
28th Aug 2024
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
BBO 19:30
24th Sep 2024
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
BBO 19:30