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Upcoming non WCBA Events
West of England Congress 04 to 06 October 2019

The Somerset Contract Bridge Association's West of England Congress will be at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare this year between Friday 04 October and Sunday 06 October.

The event incorporates two Green Pointed Events.

Upcoming Sim Pairs
EBED Autumn Sim Pairs
02 - 06 September 19
British Autumn Sim Pairs
07 - 10 October 19
eCats Children in Need Charity Sim Pairs

22 - 25 July 19
08 - 14 November 19
Event times 2017/18
All Sunday events please arrive by 1.45 for 2.00pm start of play.
League matches please arrive by 7.00 for 7.15pm start of play.
Welcome to the WCBA website
Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association
Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association
Wiltshire has two new Grand Mistresses!!!

Playing in a Congress in Cornwall last weekend, Gayle won her 600th Green Point and achieved her lifetime ambition of promotion to Grand Master. At about the same time, Jenny Gray, Gayle's long time friend and bridge partner of almost 10 years between 2002 qnd 2012, was also promoted to Grand Master.  This is an extraordinary feat of perseverance and ability on the part of both Gayle and Jenny.  A magnificent achievement - congratulations to them both.

They join a very select group of just four other Grand Masters in Wiltshire.

Western League - Cornwall v. Wiltshire - Saturday, 07 September 19

Well done Wiltshire

An outstanding result for Wiltshire winning 13 - 7 in all three Western League matches against Cornwall
on Saturday, 07 September 19.
A team - Richard Samter, Roger Karn, Gayle and Colin Webb
B team - Hugh Gross, Phil Bennett, Ron King and Graham Hodges
C team - Richard and Syd Gwyer, Robin and Ann Baker​​​​​​​
Coming up – Open Pairs
Coming up – Open Pairs
​​​​​​Our opening event of the season on Sunday, 22 September
Held at the Masonic Hall in CalneStanier Road, Calne, SN11 9PX
This event provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for players of all levels.
Play starts at 2.00 pm.  Please arrive by 1.45 pm latest.
Cost: £24 per pair – to include a wonderful tea!

Click here to enter or contact Emma Scarisbrick on 07776 234802 or by email here
(preferably before 20 September to enable us to plan the movement and catering).
Notice of an Extraordinary Meeting of the WCBA
WCBA  gives notice of an Extraordinary Meeting of the Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association which will take place on Sunday 20th October at 1.45 pm. prompt.  Please arrive by 1.40. as only those who have been present for the whole meeting will be entitled to vote.
The purpose of the meeting is to ratify the WCBA committee’s decision to make a Universal Membership (UM, formerly P2P) levy of 2p per player, per session as from April 2020.
This measure is part of a package which is aimed at reversing the losses which have been sustained in the last two or three years, and restoring the county’s financial reserves to a healthier level.
Setting the UM levy will in future be a routine agenda item for the AGM, but it is necessary to hold this EGM to give the EBU administrative time to implement the levy in 2020-21.
 Please find attached the EGM Agenda, provisional accounts to June 2020, and the committee’s statement on the need for the UM levy.
The EGM is open to all WCBA members whether or not they are playing in the competition which will follow. 
The committee would be most grateful for your support in maintaining the county's sound financial position.
Coming up – Open Teams of Four
Coming up – Open Teams of Four

Previously known as the Mixed Teams.  We have removed all previous restrictions and a team can now be made up of all men, all women or any combination that seems appropriate.

The Open Teams of Four will be held at Devizes Bowls Club on Sunday 20 October at 2.00 pm.

Please arrive by 1.45 pm for a prompt 2 pm start.

The entry fee is £12 per player, collected on the day.  This includes the usual splendid tea and buffet.

Enter here or via the link on the left under "Other County Events" or contact Chaz Cross for further information on
County Matches, County Leagues and Western League Programmes

The programme for the coming season County league matches are now on the website and can be viewed under 'Leagues 2019/20' 

The County matches and Western League dates can be viewed under 'Calendar'.

Malmesbury Beginners Course 01 October 19

There are still places avilable on the Beginners Course in Malmesbury on 01 October.

Click here for details

Fast Track Bridge Course

Do you know anyone who may have played bridge in the past or plays social bridge and would like to improve their bidding and play?

Or someone who is familiar with trick-taking card games and would like to learn bridge?

Well, Chaz and Lucy Cross will be running their third Fast Track Bridge Course in Devizes starting mid-September 2019. 

It is a 13 week course and will run every Tuesday evening from 17th September to 10th December, 

7pm to 9.30pm at St. Andrews Church Hall, Long Street, Devizes.

Price: £130, including a copy of the English Bridge Union Fast-Track Bridge book and one year’s membership of the EBU.

To book, or for more information, please contact Lucy and Chaz Cross.

01249 821717

Outstanding Result at Eastbourne for Gayle and Colin Webb

Congratulations to Gayle and Colin, part of the Holland Team, in winning the Eastbourne Summer Congress Seniors Swiss Teams on 09 August 2019.

They were teamed up with John Holland and Alan Cooke, another previous Chairman of the WCBA.  Their winning margin was an impressive 11VP's

Well done Gayle and Colin.

Paul Keightley

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Paul Keightley has passed away.

He was rushed to hospital in a coma on Thursday, 01 August but following multiple organ failure, died on Saturday, 03 August, aged 45. 

Paul had recently got back into bridge, playing at various clubs with numerous partners so this news will come as a shock to many.  

Our thoughts are with Paul's mother at this very sad time.

EBU Riviera Congress – Swiss Pairs 29/30 June

Congratulations to Ed Leatham and Nick Forrest who came 9th in a field of 73.

Other players waving the flag for Wiltshire were Norman Botton (and Ian Dalrymple), Sue Hands (and Goff Fogg), Stuart Bridge and Roger Karn, Gayle and Colin Webb and Hazel and Graham Moxey who all won some Green Points – well done!

Wiltshire Successes in Avon Green Point Event

GP Pairs played on Saturday, 18 May in a field of 78 Pairs

Roger Bendall & Richard Moore 8th=
Pat Davies & Richard Samter 10th
Colin & Gayle Webb 17th.
Taf Anthias & James Green 20th

GP Teams played on Sunday, 19 May in a field of 40 Teams

Richard Samter, Pat Davies, James Green & Taf Anthias 4th
Dave Latchem Sheila Coda, Ed Leatham & Nick Forrest 8th=
Colin & Gayle Webb, Lorna Swadling & Alastair Gidman 13th
Well done Wiltshire
Garden Cities Regional Final - Result
Bath Bridge Club represented Wiltshire in the Garden Cities regional final on Saturday, 27 April at Bristol Bridge Club.  Well done to the team of Trevor Purches,  Susie Gall; Valerie Austwick, James Dunlop;  Marianne Lewin, John Perry; James Green and John Treble put in a creditable performance finishing 5th of 9 counties.   
In the All-play-All competition, Bath had wins over Cornwall, Devon, Hereford and Worcester.  John Perry and Marianne Lewin had a very good performance finishing 3rd in the X-Imp list. 
Avon (Bristol) and Gloucestershire (Cheltenham) qualified for the final.
Chairman's Cup – Result

Congratulations to Glennis and Michael Curtis, winners of this year's Chairman's Cup, the last Sunday event of the season, held at Devizes Bowls Club on Sunday 07 April 19.

Anna and Andrew Marriott were second.  Paul Keightley and Heather Spalding were third.

A full house of 18 tables played 34 competitive but friendly boards of bridge after an admirably short AGM, chaired by outgoing Chair, Roger Karn. 

Congratulations also to Andrew Parkes and Richard Sampter, who won the 'raw', unhandicapped event and grabbed the most masterpoints.

Click on the event name, bottom right of this screen, to see the full result.
Knockout Plate Result 2018/19
Knockout Plate Result 2018/19
Congratulations to the Green team (Phil Green, Diana King, Ron King & Mike Toft) who beat the van Praag team (Pete van Praag, Davor Yukanovic, Liz Butler & Terry Butler)  57 –  49 in the final of the 2018/19 Knockout Plate.

Watch this space for the 2019-20 County Knock-out

National Pairs Qualifier - Result


Well done to Taf Anthias and Pat Davies who topped the SW group and came 2nd nationally with 64.9% and also to Ed Leatham and Nick Forrest, 12th with 57.68%


Green Pointed Weekend 2019 Winners
Green Pointed Weekend 2019 Winners

Congratulations to

Andrew and Cathy Smith winners of the Green Pointed Swiss Pairs 

and to Rob Lawy, Stefan Lindfors (not shown in the photo), Trevor Ward and David S Jones winners of the Swiss Teams

Congratulations to Ed Leatham and Nick Forrest who came joint 10th and to James Dunlop and Valerie Austwick who came joint 14th in Swiss Pairs.

Also to Taf Anthias, Pat Davies, Andrew Parkes and Richard Samter who came joint 4th and to Pete Van Praag, Davor Vacinovac, May Morgan-Jones and Steve Elliott who came joint 6th in the Swiss Teams. 

Katharine Receives Dimmie Fleming Award

Katharine has just returned from London where she received her Dimmie Fleming Award.

In her own words....

I had a very memorable day last Wednesday when Silverio and I travelled to London and I received the Dimmie Fleming award at the EBU AGM.  It was lovely to have an official recognition of my time on the WCBA committee when I helped, along with many others, to organise the hobby that has given me so much enjoyment over the years.  Thank you to everyone in Wiltshire who supported the nomination for my award – it was an honour to receive it.

Latest Results
Western League
07 September 19
Wiltshire A 13 - 7 Cornwall A   [table]
Wiltshire B 13 - 7 Cornwall  B   [table]
Wiltshire C 13 - 7 Cornwall  C   [table]
League 1 #1
AGM and Chairman's Cup
League 2 #9
League 3 #9
League 1 #9
League 2 #6
Sun 22nd Sep 2019
Open Pairs
Masonic Hall, Calne 2.00pm
Wed 25th Sep 2019
League 2 #1
Trowbridge Rugby Club 7.15pm
Wed 25th Sep 2019
League 3 #1
Trowbridge Rugby Club 7.15pm
Sun 13th Oct 2019
Western League v. Somerset (home)
Warminster 1.00pm
Tue 15th Oct 2019
League 1 #2
Devizes Bowls Club 7.15pm
Tue 15th Oct 2019
League 3 #2
Devizes Bowls Club 7.15pm