Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
County News

The following is information and news of interest to the county members. See "Results", "Calendar" and "Competitions" for details of events.


This is the competition where we play 4 other Southeast Counties teams in one of 2 sections.  The winners of the two sections play each other in the final.  Last year, we narrowly lost the final so we will be hoping to "Clinch" the title this year!

We have selected the following teams to represent Sussex for the first 2 matches which will be played on the RealBridge platform :-

Feb 24th v Surrey Orange
David Telfer (c) and Peter Burns
Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
Alan and James Hobden
Rob Lowe and Will Adler
Reserve pair - Chris and Andy

March 31st v Middlesex Blue
David Telfer (c) and Peter Burns
Mick Carrington and Lindsay Geddes
Alan and James Hobden
Chris Philips and Andy Morris
Reserve pair - Gerry and Dave

We wish the team success as well as an enjoyable match.

Chris Jepson (Chairperson of Selection Committee)

May Langmaid
May Langmaid

It was with great sadness that we reported the recent passing of May Langmaid, a vice-president of SCCBA for many years.  May gave great service to club and county bridge in Sussex for over 30 years, leading to her being awarded the Gladys Hakki Trophy in 1997 and, pictured, the EBU Dimmie Fleming Award in 2006.

The West Sussex Bridge Club web-site contains more details, including those of a Memorial Service for May which is to be held on Friday 25th February at 2pm at St. George’s Chapel in Ditchling where May lived for several years.

David Pavey Trophy Final
David Pavey Trophy Final

Good friendly bridge and a very nice afternoon tea were enjoyed by all in the David Pavey Trophy Final on Sunday January 26th.

It was a very close call between the winners who were Pamela Duffield and Robert Delacour from Worthing Bridge Club with 62.5% and ......

.....  the runners-up who were Tony Sandford and Peter Browning from Patcham Bridge Club with 62.15%.

In 3rd place were ......

...... Marie Willey and Pat Farrell from Worthing Bridge Club with 55.21%.

Congratulations to them all.

Eileen Perrigo (Organiser)

2019/20 Sussex League

The long delayed 2019/20 season of the Sussex League has finally been completed, with only a few matches left unplayed.  The winners of the 5 Divisions were teams captained by:-

Division 1 - Ken Ford
Division 2 - Andrew Morris
Division 3 - Thea Sydenham
Division 4 East - Bruce Carrison
Division 4 West - Josie Allen

Congratulations to all members of these winning teams.  Full details of results can be found in the Sussex League section.

David Galpin
Organiser, Sussex League

2021 SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on BBO

24 teams competed for the Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Teams on December 12th.  The event was won by a combined Sussex / Surrey quartet of Richard Illingworth, Mike Keeping, Andrew Bannock and John Dagnall.  The same county mix featured in the runners-up, who were Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Graham E. Osborne and Terry Fishlock.  The third-placed team were from considerably further north: Catherine Draper,, Kate Webb, Andrew Woodcock and Paul Murray.

Many thanks to Eddie and Kathy Williams for directing, and to Mervyn Wotton and John Hardy for handling the back-office event administration.

Peter Clinch,
Tournament Organiser.

2021 SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship on BBO
2021 SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship on BBO

The SCCBA Mixed Pairs Championship for the Eddie Williams trophies was held on Sunday 5th December after a year's break and without any heats this year.

Congratulations to the winners, Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner.  Second were Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt.

Many thanks to Peter Clinch who directed and, in the background, Mervyn Wotton for work with the entry forms and the web-site.

Gerry Stanford (organiser)

2021 SCCBA East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on BBO

The  East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs was held on BBO on Saturday 27th November.  It was very successful with a good mix of novice players and the more experienced.

The prize winners were :-

first place North/South - Kathy Hurst (pictured) and her partner Jane Handley.  Kathy is one of the many students at Horsham Bridge Club.

first place East/West - Christine and Philip Nash (pictured) who were also the highest-placed 'under 7' NGS players in the “novice” section.  As Christine and Philip took the prize for E/W, the novice prize went to the next-highest pair in that section who were Trish Robson and June Carr.  These 4 players are all members of Crawley Bridge Club.

Congratulations go to all the winners. The future of bridge in Sussex is looking very hopeful!

My thanks go to Peter Clinch for his very capable directing, to Mervyn Wotton for collating the entries and mainly to all those who supported the event.  It will run again in November next year either on BBO or F2F.

Helen Kent

2021 Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs on BBO

The Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs event on Sunday November 21st was won convincingly by John Dagnall and Andrew Bannock of Surrey who finished 9 VPs clear of Martin Stephens and Michael Byrne of Scotland / Manchester.  The highest-placed Sussex pair were James and Alan Hobden and the highest-placed Sussex player was Alan Setchell, playing with Graham E. Osborne of Surrey.

Many thanks to Julian Mitchell who directed and to John Hardy and Mervyn Wotton who managed the entry and prize-giving.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

2021-22 Tollemache Cup Qualifier on November 13-14th

Over two days last weekend, our team played all the other county teams in the Tollemache & finished fifth with only four in our section to qualify for the final.  After playing what we thought were the stronger teams in our group on Saturday, we held first position with a healthy lead. Unfortunately, on Sunday we performed less well & the opposition excelled themselves.  We missed out by the smallest of margins.  All players should be congratulated on some solid performances & look forward to next year when we will try again.

Martin Pool
(non-playing captain)

2021 Metropolitan Cup on Saturday November 20th
The teams to represent Sussex in this year's Metropolitan Cup on RealBridge will be :-
A Team

Chris Jepson (c) and Neil Watts
David Dickson and Matt Read
Andy Ryder and Mike Allen
Ollie Powell and Stephen Kennedy

B Team
Mick Carrington (c) and Mike Keeping 
David Telfer and Peter Burns (res A team)
Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
Will Adler and Rob Lowe

C Team 

Alan and Nanette Gillespie (res B)
Bill Nicolle and Linda Gardiner (c)
Gina Dickson and Martin Greeley
Andy Briggs and Russell Levinson

Reserves:    Alan Setchell and Jane Handley
                  Christina Backholer and Alan Gardiner

(c) denotes captain

Tom Brogan

I am sad to announce that Tom Brogan died unexpectedly on 12th August.  He enjoyed his 70th birthday celebrations with his sister and nephew, went to bed and passed during the night.

Tom was a very likeable, polite, friendly and generous man with whom I enjoyed over 30 years of friendship. Those lucky enough to enjoy one of his buffets during a match will have appreciated his generosity!  He represented Sussex many times, in the Metropolitan Cup and also in the Tollemache.  He won numerous Sussex competitions, including the Autumn Congress pairs in 2016 and 2017.

He will be greatly missed at Eastbourne Bridge Club where he was the TD Duty Officer and a friend to many.

Matt Smith, Eastbourne Bridge Club.

2021 Southern Counties League

Congratulations to the Sussex team that made it all the way to the final of the Sussex Counties League.  Unfortunately, after being all square at half-time, they narrowly lost by 6 imps in the second half to Surrey Purple.

The team in the final was :-

Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis
Gerry Stanford and David Franklin
James and Alan Hobden
David Telfer and Peter Burns

Chris Jepson

2021 SCCBA Invitation Pairs - Online

This competition, which is for more experienced players, was held online in the early part of the summer with 18 partnerships playing in eight rounds.  Competition was keen and the overall competition was won by Andrew Southwell and Richard Fedrick.  Close behind were Christine Jepson and Neil Watts in 2nd place, just ahead of David Dickson and David Ould who were in 3rd place.  Congratulations to them.

Thanks to Mervyn Wotton for his help with website entries, and to Eddie Williams who directed and scored all eight sessions.

Andrea Galpin
Competition Organiser

2021 Garden Cities Final

The Avenue finished in third position on 79 VPs behind Sheffield 85 VPs and Tunbridge Wells 83 VPs in the EBU Garden Cities competition on Saturday June 19th.  This represents a magnificent achievement for the club who were in the mix right up until the end.  Full result tables may be found on the English Bridge Union Garden Cities Final page.

Many thanks to all those of you who wished us well and thanks and congratulations to the team of:-

Gunnar Hallberg & Ollie Powell
David Dickson & Mike Keeping
Mike Allen & Andy Ryder
Peter Clinch & Julian Mitchell

Our recent record in this event has been outstanding, finishing 2nd overall two years ago, the previous time the event was played.  Let us hope that we may do even better in the future.

Julian Mitchell

Championship Teams - 2021 and 2019-2020

Two versions of the Championship Teams competition have recently been completed.  The 2021 competition, played online, attracted a recent seasons' record of 32 entries and, after playing 5 matches in 2 1/2 months, the winners were Dave Franklin's team who defeated Peter Langston's team by 16 imps in a hard-fought final in which the lead changed hands several times over the 64 boards.  Congratulations to Dave's team, the remaining team members being Martin Pool, Gerry Stanford, Mick Carrington and Kamran Nadim.  Despite losing the final, Peter's team (other members Ian Macgregor, Will Adler and Robert Lowe) will be representing Sussex in the EBU's Pachabo Cup competition to be held online this coming weekend (June 12/13) and we wish them every success in that event.

The much delayed 2019/20 competition was also completed recently online.  Dave Franklin's team was less successful in this, losing the final to Chris Jepson's team (Neil Watts, Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell) by 66 imps.  Congratulations to Chris's team on their success.

It is hoped that the competition can resume on a face-to-face basis later in the year and I will be inviting entries in due course.

David Galpin.

New Chairman for Sussex
New Chairman for Sussex

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our new County Chairman Peter Clinch who was unanimously elected as Chairman at our AGM.

Peter has held the positions of Vice Chairman and Tournament Manager and has served the county selflessly throughout the years and in particular this last year which has been very demanding.

Peter’s experience, alongside his fellow officers and committee members, will take Sussex Bridge forward to ensure we maintain the high standards expected.

I trust members will welcome and support Peter in his new role.

Martin Pool (President)

2021 Home Counties League

Sussex have entered a team in the Home Counties League which is an inter-county event for good county players.  Sussex are in a division with Middlesex, London, Surrey and Essex and they play a 24-board match against each team.  The winners of each division will play each other in a final.

The team for Sussex v Middlesex was :-

  • David Dickson and Matt Read
  • Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
  • Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis
  • David Telfer and Peter Burns

The team won by 39 imps which is 15-5 on the VP scale.

The team for Sussex vs Surrey was :-

  • Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin
  • Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis
  • David Telfer and Peter Burns
  • Alan Hobden and James Hobden

The team won by 101 imps which is 20-0 on the VP scale.

Well done to everyone.  We are now leading the division.

We have matches against London on the 17th June and Essex on the 15th July.  Good luck to the team.

Chris Jepson 

2021 SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the Avenue in winning the SCCBA Teams of 8 on Saturday March 27th.  The Avenue team was Oliver Powell & Gunnar Hallberg, David Dickson & Matt Read, Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch, Andy Ryder & Mike Allen.

The Avenue will represent Sussex in the Garden Cities' regional final on 8th May.

Thank-you to our director Eddie Williams who then worked overtime to overcome problems in uploading the results.


The second, more serious, wave of Covid infections has put back the point at which we can reasonably expect social distancing rules to be relaxed sufficiently to allow a return to face-to-face bridge. Following the success of the first few online county events in 2020, we are now seeking to implement as full a programme of online events in 2021 as possible. In addition, we are keen to develop our thinking about the longer term when our tournament programme will inevitably be a mix of face-to-face and online events.

In normal times our existing group of face-to-face competition organisers is heavily overloaded and to make our initial online programme, and our eventual mixed programme, as comprehensive as possible we need additional help. We are also keen to draw on clubs’ views by setting up a working group to consider the future tournament landscape and the mix of county competitions that will best meet members’ needs.

If you are one of those members who is now comfortable organising and/or directing online club sessions, please give serious consideration to whether you could allocate the relatively modest amount of additional time required to organise and/or direct an online county event and to contribute to the development of our thinking for the future. Additional training will be provided free of charge if required and advice/guidance will be available at all times.

If you are willing to explore this further, please contact me by email at as soon as possible.

Many thanks.

Peter Clinch,
SCCBA Tournament Manager

2020 SCCBA Online Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs

82 pairs entered our first major online competition, the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs held on Bridge Base Online on Saturday November 7th.  It was won by Ros Wolfarth and Gary Hyett, who finished five VPs ahead of Andrew Morris and Chris Phillips, winning all their matches.  Masood Mazhar and David Dickson, who were third, had the highest cumulative match point percentage on the day (and hence gained the most BBO masterpoints).  The "10-high" winners were Sue & Steve Pearce, who finished seventh overall.  Congratulations to them all!

Many thanks are due to Eddie Williams and Stephen Kennedy, who directed the event with their customary skill.

Peter Clinch,
(Organiser and SCCBA Tournament Manager)

2020 President's Cup Result

This event between twelve strong County teams was held online during the summer months and Sussex finished second (equal with Yorkshire), a highly creditable achievement in the expert field.  The winners were a combined Essex / Norfolk squad.  Many thanks to all who played (and those who watched and supported on BBO).  Thanks also to Merseyside and Cheshire (David Stevenson) who invited us to enter, and to Christine Jepson for selecting and managing the squad.

Don't forget, there are opportunities to play for the County later in the year. 

Peter Clinch

Midlands Counties Working Group On-line Teams of Four - Flight A

Congratulations to the Sussex team of Yves Lebrec (captain), Philip Hunt, Matt Read and David Dickson who beat 15 other County teams to win the online Flight A event held on Saturday 13th June.  Sussex defeated Warwickshire 20-15 in the final.

The event was hosted by the Midlands Counties Working Group.  The trophy may only be virtual but the performance was excellent against accomplished opponents.  Many thanks also to Christine Jepson who picked the team on behalf of the selectors.

Peter Clinch

2020 SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

142 pairs (an increase of 30!) took part in the annual SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs between Monday February 17th and Wednesday February 19th.

Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Richard Clark and Eddie Lucioni who played in the Crowborough heat.  The runners-up are Mervyn Wotton and Hazel Ogden who played in the Crawley heat and in 3rd place are Peter Griffin and Kostadin Vasilev who played in the Horsham heat.

The overall runners-up are winners of the '60 and over' category and the 3rd-placed pair are winners of the 'one player under 60' category.  The prize for the ‘75 and over’ category has not been awarded.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event and to Gerry Stanford who organised the commentary hand-outs.  Special thanks to organiser Peter Clinch (especially for the increased turn-out) and to Neil Watts who selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

("There is a tremendous amount of work involved in assembling and merging scores from participating clubs.  I would like to thank Mervyn Wotton, who once again performed this task rapidly and without flaws" - Peter Clinch}

2020 SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

137 pairs took part in this year's Charity Simultaneous Pairs which was played in the week beginning January 6th in support of :-

  • the As You Are Centre in Southwick which delivers low cost counselling and group work services across West Sussex to those suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, and 
  • Oscar’s Wish Foundation in Haywards Heath which offers comfort and support to parents, families, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth,

for which it is expected that nearly £700 has been raised.

Congratulations to Diana Caplin and Anthony Simmonds who played in the Thakeham heat and are the confirmed winners.  The runners-up are Mike Moody and John Williams who played in the Avenue heat and in 3rd place are David Telfer and Chris Bury who played in the Chichester heat.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event.  Many thanks also to organiser Gerry Stanford and to Andrew Southwell who selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

(Gerry would also like to thank Mervyn Wotton for collating the scores from the participating clubs in his normal prompt time-scale.)

2020 Sussex Individual Final
2020 Sussex Individual Final

The 25 player, all play all, final of the Sussex Individual competition was played at Patcham on Sunday 19 January.  The, now somewhat ancient, trophy was won by Ann Lorimer with a score of 65.8% with runner-up Russell Calderwood just two match points behind.  In third place with 60% was Hayes Dockrell.  Both Ann and Hayes qualified from the Horsham heat of the competition and Russell was one of the few qualifiers from the Eastbourne heat.  The third heat this year was held at West Sussex BC.

Many thanks to Peter Langston who directed and scored the final, and to Charlotte Setahul for supplying an excellent tea.  Hopefully, more clubs will hold heats later this year of what is a fun competition and one of the oldest in the SCCBA programme.

Peter J Bates (Organiser)

2020 New Year Swiss Teams

There was a large entry to the County's annual New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 12th.  31 Teams competed in the event which was efficiently directed by Steve Foster, assisted by Peter Bates. The leading prizes were won by :-

..... winners Yves Lebrec, David Telfer, Cliff Vince and Richard Illingworth, .....

..... runners-up Neil Watts, Mike Allen, Andy Ryder and Philip Hunt and .....

..... in 3rd place, Dave Franklin, Gerry Stanford, Kamran Nadim and Martin Pool.

The Non-Expert Prize was won by Rob Wanders, John Hardy, Colin and Lynda Smith and .....

.....the Ascenders Prize, for the most progress in the last 3 rounds, was won by Jim Downes, Hayes Dockrell, Josie Allen and Tomasz Serkowski.

Many thanks to all who helped make this such a successful day and a special thank-you to Charlotte Setahul and her team who provided a delicious hot buffet.

Joy Mayall (Organiser)

P.S.  The next SCCBA Swiss Teams event will be on the second day of the Blue-Pointed Spring Congress at Uckfield on April 4th & 5th.

2019 SCCBA Ladies Pairs
2019 SCCBA Ladies Pairs

The Ladies' Pairs' Tournament held at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday October 20th was regarded by all to be an outstanding success.   Many congratulations to the winning pair, Linda Souter and Lesley Smith.

The runners up were Elizabeth Hornsey and Avril Strong (pictured with Director Peter Langston) and .....

..... as it was a stratified event the highest-ranked pair below Premier Master rank were Eileen Perrigo and Janet Cretchley.


What made today such a success was not only the excellent turnout - with 36 pairs playing but also the spirit in which the bridge was played - competitive but friendly.  It was particularly pleasing to see so many 'new to tournament' partnerships playing, who said they had enjoyed it and will return!

Many many thanks to Frances Wallace and Edith Jeffery who laid on an absolutely splendid tea, and to Peter for directing the event so efficiently.

Hope to see you next year Ladies!

Joy Mayall - Organiser

2019 SCCBA Autumn Congress
2019 SCCBA Autumn Congress

The Autumn Congress took place at Patcham over the weekend of October 12th/13th and it attracted a diverse field.

The Welcome Pairs event was won narrowly by Annamarie Beresford and Ann Mackown who triumphed (after a recount) over Heather Peattie and Nancy Hughes.

The Swiss Pairs was a less close affair with Ollie Powell and Charlie Bucknell (pictured) more than a match clear of Steve Auchterlonie and Mark Benson.

The Jack-high salver in the Swiss Pairs was retained by Brian Kirkdale and Ian Sanderson.
In the Swiss Teams, the non-expert prize was won by John Hawkins, Andy Smith, Richard Cleminson and Andy Osborn. They had the lead going into the last round but were unable to hold off .....

..... winners Katie Kennedy, Stephen Kennedy, Charlie Bucknell and Ollie Powell (pictured).

In second place were Martin Pool, Dave Franklin, Kamran Nadim and Gerry Stanford.

Many people to thank this year.  Steve Foster provided expert direction on Saturday, Frances Wallace and team provided lunch and refreshments on both days.  Particular thanks are due to Julian Mitchell who dealt the hands in a very short time-frame, following Ron Robins' sad death last week.

See you next year?

Peter Clinch,
Tournament Organiser

2019 Kremer Dersch Trophy
2019 Kremer Dersch Trophy

The Kremer Dersch Trophy is an annual teams event for committee members of EBU-affiliated clubs in Sussex.  It's a competitive but social event which this year was held at Eastbourne Bridge Club on Sunday September 29th.

Congratulations to the Thakeham team of Harold and Cecily Linfield, Lawrence Chiswell and Eddie Fisher (pictured with director Roger Poulter) who were streets ahead of the other 11 teams with a massive 93 IMPs!  The runners-up were the Wilton team of Pat Hutley, Anne Spencer, Mike Armstrong and Joan Sheppard with 19 IMPs.  The Bexhill team of Brian Gould, Fergus Cameron, Carol Morrison and Tony Rolt finished just 1 IMP behind Wilton in 3rd place.

Many thanks to Roger for directing, to organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and provided the usual excellent tea.

2019 Worthing Welcome Pairs
2019 Worthing Welcome Pairs

23 pairs took part in the Welcome Pairs event at Worthing on Sunday 22 September - the entry to this event was for those learning to play bridge in the last five years with an NGS or 5 or less.

It was a very enjoyable day and thanks to Lynda Smith for directing, Eileen Perrigo for organising the catering and Ernie Rivett for presenting the trophies to the winners.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and especially the winners:

-     Year One - Steve and Sue Smith (on the left),

-     Years Two and Three - Annamarie Beresford and Ann Mackown (in the centre),

-     Overall Winners - Barbara Budd and Linda Curnock (on the right).

Colin Smith (Organiser)

2019 SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
2019 SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
Once again, the Midweek Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs at Henfield (on Wednesday August 21st) produced a tight finish and joint-winners.  The first place honours were shared between the pairings of Yves Lebrec & Mike Keeping and Sally & James Bugden.
Gerry Stanford & Kamran Nadim were third, just two VPs behind the leading pairs.
Many thanks are due to Henfield Hall for providing the venue and catering, to Steve Foster for directing with great skill, to Eddie Williams for dealing the boards, and to Peter Bates for his indefatigable and selfless work to make the event enjoyable for everyone.
2019 SCCBA Venture Pairs
2019 SCCBA Venture Pairs

Congratulations to Heather Peattie and Will Adler who won this year's SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday June 23rd.

The runners-up were Roger Bill and Paul Wilson.

Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo.

2019 Sussex Candles
2019 Sussex Candles

The Sussex Candles Swiss Teams Congress at Henfield on Sunday June 2nd was a close-fought affair, won eventually by David Dickson, Andrew Southwell, Peter Clinch and Ian Lancaster.  In second place were Geoffrey & Ros Wolfarth, Gary Hyett and Sue Millard. Third place was shared between two teams: Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Guy Davies & Terry Fishlock and Keith & Maureen Norman, Sue Peters & David Cairns.

All competitors were treated to a wonderful summer buffet prepared by Charlotte Setahul.  Many thanks to Steve Foster for directing and Ron Robins for preparing the hands.  As always, tremendous support was given by Peter Bates, as well as by Howard Da Vall of the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society.  Join us next year!

Peter Clinch (Organiser)