It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of John Stimson on 16th August. John was a long standing member of Woodberry Bridge Club, and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
John's funeral will be at the The Traditional Chapel, City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 5DQ on Thursday 5th September at 1.30pm, and afterwards at West Essex Golf Club, Bury Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QL - transport will be available to the Golf Club for those who need it. The family have asked that there should be no flowers.
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Building works are being undertaken at the Claremont Centre at present.
Woodberry Bridge Club will continue to meet each Tuesday evening whilst these works take place.
However, there are some temporary changes of which players should be aware:
Some pictures from the Woodberry Weekend November 2018, Eastbourne.
Woodberry Summer Meeting
You are invited to the Woodberry Summer Meeting on Saturday 23rd June.
The meeting will consist of:
The meeting is expected to finish at about 21:00.
This event is free for Woodberry members. The fee for non-members is £10.
Please speak to a committee member if you need a partner or team-mates.
Why do people take selfies when they could just ask a stranger to take a photo for them?
Fortunately the second attempt was much better! As you see from the shades Saturday morning was very sunny, at least to start with.
I heard later those who went for fish & chips got soaked more than just by vinegar!
It was lovely for me to rejoin club members and enjoy another Woodberry Weekend.
We very much were missing Gill Hutchinson who sadly passed away the week before. Many of us had know Gill and enjoyed her friendship for years. She will be greatly missed.
Here are the winners of each event. See Results on the menu for full details.
Friday night pairs winners: Nigel Freake & Chantal Girardin with 69.09% (closely followed by Steve Bush & Alan Setchell with 67.27%)
Saturday afternoon Teams winners: Eddie Richart & Winnie Godber, Sati McKenzie & Robert Balchin with +32 imps
Saturday night pairs winners: Andrew Clery & John Probst with 59.58%
Sunday Fun Pairs winners: Nigel Freake & Chantal Girardin with 64.56%
Congratulations to Nigel Freake and Chantal Girardin for winning the Allworth Salver with a combined score for the Friday and Saturday Pairs of 61.52%.
to Paul Landford for preparing a quiz night. Unfortunately bridge play finished late on Saturday night and the quiz was cancelled. The questions will be used again at another Woodberry event.
to Steve Bush for arranging with Jenny to transport equipment back tor London.
to Marg Buckley and Doug Dunn for keeping track of hotel bookings and payments.
to Nigel Freake for directing, scoring and things we don't even know about to make the weekend run smoothly.
At this year's Spring weekend in Worthing we were graced with fabulous weather. On the Saturday morning some adventurers took to the hills, while others to the shops or to the beach for a leisurely stroll.
I think everyone seemed to have a pleasant time. The Ardington Hotel thanked us all for the donation given on Sunday.
Friday night pairs winners: Sonia Griffiths & Doug Dunn with 65.87%
Saturday afternoon Teams winners: Carol Regulski, Steve Regulski, Anne Catchpole, Toby Musk with +57 imps
Saturday night pairs joint winners: Nigel Freake & Winnie Godber, Alan Setchell & Steve Bush with 62.85%
Sunday Fun Pairs winners: Martin Baker & Winnier Godber with 60.56%
Congratulations particulaly to Winnie Godber for winning two of the events.
Many thanks to Anne Catchpole and Stefanie Rohan for presenting what looked like a fun quiz on Saturday night. The winners were Team Roly (Elsa, Malcolm, Roly, Shelley and Jenny).
It was good to see newcomers and members returning after several years as well as the usual weekenders. Much appreciated!
Big thanks again to Nigel Freake for directing, scoring and organising the movements. Also to Steve Bush for getting equipment to and from the hotel and to Malcolm Morris for the photos.
The next Woodberry Weekend will be in Eastbourne on November 17-19th at the Landsdowne Hotel.
Woodberry Bridge club will hold a one day Congress on Saturday 1st July.
The congress will include:
You may enter both competitions, or only one.
Entry will be free for club members.
Please let the committee know whether you are attending so that catering can be planned for the correct number.
This year we had 8 tables at the Autumn Woodberry Weekend. It was good to see new members and some returning after several years.
Also it was lovely to see Toni Parker and Terry Murphy's family.
The Friday night pairs winners were Gill Hutchinson & Harvey Fox with 63.6%.
The Saturday night pairs winners were John Stimson & Martin Baker with 65.9%.
John and Martin also won the Alworth Salver (combined score of the Friday and Saturday night pairs).
Winners of the multiple teams on Saturday aftenoon were Nigel Freake & Chantal Girardin, Jenny Staples & Sarah McLachain with a high score of 59 imps.
Toni Parker presented the winners with the Alan Parker Trophy in memory of Alan who loved coming to the Woodberry weekends and especialy liked playing in this Teams event.
Here is Alan with the new trophy...
The Sunday morning Fun Pairs winners were Sonia Griffiths & Doug Dunn with 60.8%,
We were very fortunate to have fine weather over the weekend with beautiful sunshine on Sunday morning.
Thanks Nigel for scoring and directing, Stefanie and Kevin for arranging a fun and interesting quiz and Judy and Paul for transporting the bridge equipment.
Also thanks Toni for sendiing the photos. Glad to hear you are reading 'Bridge for Beginners.'
The next Woodberry Weekend will be in Worthing on March 18-20th 2016.
16/11/14 Carlos Dabezies gets a mention in Sally Brock's bridge column in the Sunday Times!
At the Autumn weekend this year we had 10 full tables plus 4 non bridge playing guests, a welcomed increase in attendance over recent years.
The Friday night pairs was won comfortably over 27 boards by Anne Catchpole and David Schiff with 64.4%.
Then in the Saturday night pairs, with fewer boards to make time for the late night quiz, Nigel Freake and Chantal Girardin scored 77.2%! When combined with thier Friday night score of 55.3% this proved to be sufficient to win the Allworth Salva trophy for the highest combined score over the two nights. Close runners up were Anne and David who were in 2nd place on Saturday after winning on Frriday night.
Congratulations to Mandie Campbell, Toby Musk, Kevin Robins and Tony Notley for winning the multiple teams with 62imps on the Saturday afternoon.
The Fun Pairs on Sunday was won by David Schiff and Anddrew Clery with 62%.
See Allworth Salva Results
Following the Saturday night pairs Stefanie and Winnie presented a really fun quiz with several topics including some musical questions.
Quiz winners with a big lead of 34 points were the Pearly Wurlies - Gill, Peter, Harvey and Richard (Pearl).
Big thanks to Nigel Freake for directing and scoring and Steve Bush for arranging equipment to be delivered by Paul, Stef and Judy.
Thanks everyone who attended for making it a fun and pleasant weekend.
Also thanks Sati and Malcolm for the photos.
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Feeling relaxed as always after the Spring Woodberry Weekend in King's Lynn. It was good to return there after 2 years and enjoy the quite Norfolk countryside and fortunate sunshine. Although the group size was smaller than usual I think everyone enjoyed the break away.
Good to see new members performing well in the pairs events.
The Friday Night Pairs was won by Sati McKenzie and Andy Clery with 58.3%.
The Saturday Night Pairs winners were Paul Lamford and Stefanie Rohan with 62.4%.
The Saturday Individual winner was Alan Setchell with 65.4% closely followed by Marg Buckley and Nigel Freake in second place with 61.5%.
The Fun Pairs winners were Steve Bush and Alan Setchell with 62.8%.
Congratulations to Alan S for consistent results in all events including winning the pitch & putt on Saturday morning
Thanks especially to Nigel for scoring and directing, to Steve for organising the equipment and arranging transportation and to Judy, Winnie, Paul and Stefanie for transporting equipment. Thanks also Alan P for helping to arrange the Woodberry Weekends.
Looking forward to the next one!
Thanks Sati for the photos!
Woodberry Weekend, Eastbourne 2013
Great to welcome newcomers to the Woodberry Weekend this autumn and some returning after many years. For those coming for the 30th time or more I wondered what keeps bringing them back for more! Previous chairman Roy Smith said he likes the seasonal regularity and that it's the first date to go in his diary. He said that unlike holidays which take a few days to get used to the bridge quickly creates focus and relaxation.
Congratulations to Stefanie Rohan and Paul Lamford who finished 2nd in the Peterborough semi-finals of the National Pairs.
Congratulations also to Martin Baker and Dave Strawbridge who finished 7th in the Leatherhead semi-final.
City Cup - 9th April
On Tuesday 9th April, we will be welcoming David Wing to the club to present the City Cup - below he explains what this is all about:
Allow me to introduce myself - David Wing - a fanatical bridge player, now 66 years old, and intent on doing something crazy before the "Grim Reaper" gets me.
Torquay Riviera Congress 2012
The final hand at the Riviera Congress Swiss Pairs was one of the most interesting especially for my partner Chantal Girardin. She had all the outstanding high cards so unlike declarer she knew exactly what was going on.
SJ105 HJ32 D52 CQ7542
S762 SA984H74 HK1096DQJ943 D106C1086 CA93
SKQ3 HAQ85 DAK87 CKJ
S W N E P P2NT(20-22) P 3NT End
Simple bidding but not so the play. I led the DQ which South won and played back the CK. Partner saw my low club and instinctively took the CA. She could see there was no entry to dummy and either the clubs were blocked or we had 2 club tricks. Then her D10 return was allowed to hold. What now? Would you bet on declarer making 3NT or being defeated?
Knowing the clubs were not running Chantal deceptively returned a heart. Declarer made his first mistake by playing the HQ perhaps because he thought I held the HK and wanted to establish an entry to dummy. After unblocking the CJ he then played a small spade to the S10 hoping I had the SA (and would play low). But partner won and put declarer back in with a spade. With no way to the table South hopefully played up to the HJ. Partner again won and returned a heart establishing 6 tricks for the defense and a top score.
Can you see how declarer could have made the contract after winning the HQ?
Play the CJ then SK. East canít afford to take this without creating an entry to dummy so ducks. Then East must duck the SQ for the same reason. A third round of spades would throw East in to take 2 spades but then be forced to return a heart giving an entry to table with the HJ for the established clubs.
We lost the last match heavily but I can take 100% responsibility for using the red card 3 times too often. But a good lesson for me and very good defense by partner right till the end of an enjoyable weekend.
Pictures: Lunch in the One World Cafe and Italian dinner on the Saturday night. Thanks team mates - Malcolm, Elsa, Chantal, Doug
Woodberry Weekend - Spring 2012South Wooton, near Kings Lynn
Another small group but enjoyable weekend. We were lucky once more with having plenty of sunshine.
Winners of the Friday night pairs were Malcolm Morris and Marg Buckley with 61.9%.
Saturday night winners were Nigel Freake & Winnie Godber with 62.3%.
Saturday afternoon Teams was won by Nigel Freake & Winnie Godber with Ken Rolph and Colin Hepworth with 64 IMPS.
Sunday Fun pairs was won by Nigel Freake and Colin Elliott with a massive 75.6% !
It was interesting to hear about Malcolm and Marg's self-guided walk around historic buildings in King's Lynn town. Sounded very informative. The picture shown is of Marg Buckley sitting infront of the statue of a man named Vancouver who surveyed the pacific Northwest coast of North America. You can guess the city named after him. Many thanks as always to the weekend directors Roy Smith, Colin Elliott and Nigel Freake and to Brenda for hotel arrangements, Steve Bush and those who offered help with transporting equipment.