Players are requested to arrive 10 minutes before play is due to start please so the Director can finalise the movement and make a prompt start.
There will be bridge on all bank holiday Mondays except at Easter and Christmas.
Whilst not making it compulsory, the Committee would like to encourage all partnerships to have an agreed convention card. You can use your own layout, fill in one of the blank formats to be found on the EBU website or use the simple form on the front page of the score card. The EBU website has some suggested convention cards for basic systems. Having a written partnership agreement obviously helps consistency in bidding and playing and also improving your bridge.
The Thursday evening session is primarily intended for less experienced players and only Level 2 systems may be used. Full details of which conventions are not accepted can be viewed in the menu item called “Thursday Evening Guidelines”.
Please come along if you would like to play as others without partners will also do so and you may well get a game. If you end up going home you will get a free play voucher!
Players without partners (whether or not they are a member) can now turn up at the following sessions and be guaranteed a game:
• All Monday evenings
• All Tuesday evenings
• All Thursday evenings except 3rd and 4th (but please see notice above)
Please check the website Calendar for irregularities. Everyone is welcome to make use of this facility but please arrive at the club by 7.15pm.
Thursday afternoons start at 1.30 pm. Table money is now £1.50 for members and £2.50 for visitors.
Please note that there is a new item under Teaching clarifying the relationship between the Club and the teaching operation.
... to the West Sussex Bridge Club web site. The Club meets for duplicate pairs each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoons (see Calendar). There is also a Basic Bridge (Level 2) session on Thursday evenings. Many Sussex and EBU events (e.g. simultaneous pairs) are also held here. The Club is situated on the west side of Haywards Heath in Mid Sussex, at Lamb House within the Hurst Place Development (see "How to find us" in the "Information" section).
There are games to suit all levels of experience. Our aim is ensure a welcoming and friendly atmosphere at all times and across all sessions.
Annual subscriptions are now due.
£12.50 if paid before 31 May, £15 thereafter.
If you pay online please inform our Membership Secretary.
Our fifth series of the very successful Pairs League starts on Monday 2 September and will run for 5 months on the first Monday of each month ending on 6 January 2020.
We need a maximum of 24 pairs to be organised into three divisions of eight pairs.
If you can’t play just arrange a substitute player/pair (or we can help with this).
The sign-up sheet is now on the Club noticeboard. Sign up now to avoid disappointment!
Congratulations to Robert Hirst and Ed Barter who were the 'B' Stratification Class winners.
Many congratulations to Ian Lancaster, Richard Fedrick, Andrew Southwell and their teammate who won this event.
Congratulations to Yves Lebrec and his teammates who were runners-up and to Chris Jepson, Neil Watts and their teammates who came third.
Well done to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who came third and to Yves Lebrec and his partner who came fourth out of 32 pairs.
Many congratulations to our ex-students Elizabeth Stabler and Nicky Cook who won the event!
Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Neil Watts, Yves Lebrec, Chris Jepson, Andrew Southwell, Matt Read and Philip Hunt (plus the missing Liz and Ian Lancaster) who beat 10 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event for the fourth successive time at Eastbourne on Sunday March 17th.
Congratulations to our Intermediate students Alison Barkley and Sue Ladd who came second in their section (Year 2) at the inaugural SCCBA/Horsham Welcome Pairs on Sunday 10 March (second and middle left).
Well done also to students Elizabeth, Nicky, Lettie and Bob for playing in their first ever competition!
Six teams of eight entered the Mid Sussex Interclub challenge held at the WSBC premises Lamb House on Saturday March 2nd. The event was expertly directed by Peter Bates and an excellent tea was provided by Rachael Birch.
The results were as follows: Winners: WSBC with 86 imps, 2nd Place: Thakeham with 61 imps and 3rd Place: Horsham with 40 imps.
West Sussex bridge club as winners of the event will host this fixture again in 2020.
51 people attended the bridge holiday and with 3 non bridge players we had exactly 12 tables. WSBC was delighted to welcome 12 players from the Meridian club, and 2 from Horsham.
Once again the Hotel Miramar looked after us extremely well and everyone enjoyed the delicious food and great service. Although the weather was a bit wet and dreary, it was still possible to enjoy a bracing walk along the beach or through the town and it's beautiful gardens.
There were 5 sessions of bridge superbly directed by Graham & Berry Hedley and 2 excellent morning seminars given by Graham and Neil Watts. The hotel is provisionally booked for 2020 from Feb 9th - 12th and we hope as many people will join us again in what is becoming a very convivial get together of bridge players.
The prize winners were as follows:
Welcome Pairs: 1st N/S James & Sally Bugden, E/W Peter & Joan Collins; 2nd N/S Stuart Thornton & Lindsay Geddes, E/W David & Andrea Galpin and Brian Kirkdale & Hazel Beveridge
Monday Afternoon Pairs: 1st N/S Margaret Drake & Shirley Robinson and Sally Bugden & Berry Hedley; 1st E/W Ann Bennell & Maureen Topley
Championship Pairs: 1st N/S Shirley Robinson & Lindsay Geddes, E/W David & Andrea Galpin; 2nd N/S Joy Mayall & Mary Rimmer, E/W Chris Jepson & Neil Watts
Tuesday Afternoon Pairs: 1st Shirley Robinson & Berry Hedley; 2nd Chris Jepson & Stuart Thornton
Championship Teams: 1st David & Andrea Galpin and James & Sally Bugden; 2nd Alan & Linda Gardiner and Heather Barker & Bill Nicolle; and Winners of the Unseeded Teams who were in fact 3rd overall were: Eric Jenner & Rod Turner and Ron & Monica Giddens.
Starting on Monday 10 September 2018 there will be a standby available so you are guaranteed a game on a Monday if you arrive without a partner.
(Note – no Monday standby will be available on the first Monday of the month from September to January as it is the Pairs League).
Applications are invited from Complete Beginners, those with Limited Experience and Intermediate players for our lessons which start in September/October. Full details are available on the Teaching at WSBC page. If any members know of persons who are interested please refer them to this information.
Many congratulations to Yves Lebrec and his partner who won this event out of 66 pairs with 112 VPs.
Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final on Saturday February 16th.
This was Lindsay and Philip's 4th successive win in this competition!
Well done to them!
Winners of the Mixed Pairs: Anthony Gimson & Jane Lawrence (pictured) and Stuart Thornton & Iris Field.
Winners of the Flitch prize: Tony & Judy Harris
Many congratulations to Brian Kirkdale and Peter Berry who won the SCCBA David Pavey Trophy on 27 January.
We were delighted to have three divisions this year and the results were:
Division 1: Winners were Graham & Berry Hedley and 2nd were Mick Carrington and Lindsay Geddes
Division 2: Winners were Jeff Callaghan & Peter Collins and 2nd were Ian Watt & Suzy Gray
Division 3: Winners were Tony & Judy Harris and 2nd were Peter Bates & Gloria Flint
Many congratulations to Chris Jago and Jeff Callaghan who won this year’s Championship Cup.
The winners of the Championship Plate were Mary Guy-Jones and Wendy Bosker.
The Mince Pie event was won by Stuart Thornton and Neil Watts.
The 2nd joint venture with Mid Sussex bridge club, held in the downstairs cafe at Lamb House attracted 15 tables and was an extremely enjoyable evening. WSBC provided food and wine which was greatly appreciated by everyone. All the proceeds went to the Mid Sussex branch of Parkinson UK and we are delighted to report that £501.60 was raised. Philip Poulter, the treasurer of the Mid Sussex branch and well known Sussex bridge player was invited to the event and was sincerely grateful for our fund raising efforts.
It has been agreed that the event will become a firmly established joint event every year for the last Monday in November.
The bridge was expertly directed by Graham Hedley and Jeff Hayton's widow Alison very kindly came to present the prizes.
The winners of the Platter were Philip Hunt & Neil Watts
2nd were David Spencer & Philip Poulter
and 3rd were Roger & Margaret Chaplin.