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Welcome to the Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association Web Site
AGM Bridge and Virtual Club

On Mon 3rd August, after the AGM, eight pairs joined in a small online Pairs session. Congratulations to Maureen and Geoffrey, who topped the percentages with 55.51%. These results are "just for fun", since pairs played different numbers of boards, and the movement was very partial! Nevertheless, it was good to get people together.  Results are listed at the bottom of this page.

Meanwhile, we are continuing to prepare for a possible virtual club on BCL.  This would be initially a session on a Monday evening from 7pm till 10pm, from early September, on alternate Mondays, subject to demand.  We wil, continue to run the WCOP Pairs League, giving the maximum of options. 

For the Virtual Club sessions, we anticipate a small fee of £1 per player per session, which we will put on your "tab".

Sessions in the Virtual Club will require you to register as "Worcs CBA" ahead of any event; if playing in a WBC or DBC event, you have to change your registration for each session, but it takes only a click or two to do so.

Click HERE to register; you need to re-enter the club to make this work.

I am looking fo VOLUNTEERS to run these events longer-term, but I am happy to set it up; I will run a trial session (free of charge), under WBC, on Wed 26th August at 7pm; please let me (Mike Vetch) know if you want to take part. Non-WBC-members can take part too, but need to toggle "club" to Worcester BC for the session.

AGM Pairs results

1 Maureen + Geoffrey; 55.51%, 17 boards played;

2 John + Simon; 53.34%, 19 bds

3 Keith + Clive; 52.36%; 20 bds

4 Sue + Denn; 50.20%; 16 bds

5 Steve + Mike; 49.93%, 20 bds

6 Jimmy + David; 49.74%; 17 bds

7 Richard, Joyce, Chris; 46.32; 19 bds

8 Heather + Jennifer; 42.49; 18 bds

AGM Bridge and Virtual Club
Online options

See Sidebar menu for Online Options during the lockdown. Click HERE. 

NB please check main page for list of pairs who wanted to join in "Monday Nighters" games for any errors or omissions.

Jessie Newton 1922-2020
Jessie Newton 1922-2020

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jessie Newton, a much-loved Member who had supported Worcestershire bridge for 30 years.

Jessie was born 4/4/1922 in Oxenhope in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the youngest of 2 daughter's of Harry and Florence Bolton. She had a wonderful childhood and loved walking on the moors and cycling around the country.

Jessie was very bright and after the local school went to Keighley Girls Grammar school. She wanted to attend university and become a teacher but her father, a wool sorter in the local mill, said this was not possible as he could not afford for her to go. Jessie was determined not to work in the mill and took the Civil Service examinations.

She did very well and was offered a post in the Inspector of Taxes office in Leeds. During the war she was moved to the Cardiff tax office. She was told she had to stay in post as the Government needed taxes collected to pay for the war effort.

It was during the war that she met Hubert, at a dance at Catterick army base. Where Hubert was after recovering from being wounded at Dunkirk and before he returned to fighting in the desert campaign. She married after the war and due to the rules at the time then had to leave the Civil Service. She also had to leave her beloved Yorkshire as Hubert was in business with his father in a village in North Wales, near Wrexham.

It was Hubert who introduced Jessie to bridge, which became  a very big part of her life. In the capacity of a player, Jessie was a Grand Master, she won all the trophies in Wales many times in particular the Welsh Cup, she also won the English National Womens Pairs. She also represented Wales, first in Womens events where she was a regular player and with 4 different partners over the years and then in the Open events for the Camrose trophy. Again Jessie had 4 different partners, first her husband and later John Salisbury and Paul Griffiths. She was the first woman to represent Wales in the Open category, and achieved another two firsts with her other partner, her daughter Jean - first female pair and first mother and daughter. She also represented Great Britain in a Mixed Teams event playing with John Salisbury and a pair for Scotland, achieving a bronze medal.

But Jessie did not just play bridge she was heavily involved in its administration. For many years she ran the Llandudno Congress (which was at one stage a 9 day event attracting around 400 players) and another week long Congress at Prestatyn. She founded the Llangollen Swiss Teams and this was the first event of its type, hugely successful and raising a great deal of money to support the British team costs.

But again local administration was not enough and she became Secretary to the British Bridge League, a post she held for many years. One of her first tasks as Secretary was to present the case on behalf of the BBL to the European Bridge League on the cheating allegations against Terence Reece and Boris Schapiro. This she did remarkably well and this started a long association with European delegates who clearly admired Jessie. Later she represented Britain at EBL meetings.

Whilst Secretary she started another bridge congress on the Isle of Man recognising that bridge players like a holiday by the sea, this was copied by many to become bridge holidays.

She was a representative for North Wales on the Welsh Bridge Union and became the first female President a position she held several times. After she resigned as Secretary of the British Bridge League she became a Welsh delegate and later was appointed the first female President of the British Bridge League.

As mentioned Jessie wanted to be a teacher and she did fulfil that ambition by attending Cartrefle Teacher Training Academy in Wrexham as a mature student. She then taught maths, history and business studies at a school in Oswestry for a number of years, but later said that the Tax office was where her skills were best used and that she wished she could have remained in the Civil Service.

Jessie moved to Worcester in 1990 with Hubert when her granddaughter was born. Hubert died in 1994. Naturally she continued playing bridge, though not at international level as, being born in England, she was no longer eligible to play for Wales. But she did participate in Worcestershire bridge events and won many more trophies. Her last trophy was the Worcestershire Rubber Bridge event that she won several times, the last time in 2017 when she was 95 years old.

Jessie loved reading and when not playing or reading about bridge enjoyed a good book as well as reading poetry. Keats was her favourite. She also loved music ballet and theatre. There were regular trips to Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Symphony Hall and Malvern Theatre.

She found walking increasingly difficult in recent years which she blamed on all that walking and running on the moors. Shortly after her 97th birthday her knees finally gave up and that and certain other infirmities meant she could no longer be cared for at home and she spent the last 6 months on her life in a nursing home.

She contracted COVID19 and though it appeared she had beaten the virus with the same determination she showed throughout her life, at 98 it was too much.

She will be remembered.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all County bridge activity is suspended and all the Clubs in the County are closed until further notice.

As far as County Competitions are concerned the Phillipps qualifying heats were all played but there will be no play-off. The Ladder and the Grand Prix Teams have been curtailed and final results based on the heats played so far. It is hoped that the League, Championship Teams and Plate competitions can be completed later in the year.

Mike Willoughby has a written a Coronavirus edition of the County Newsletter which contains useful information about playing bridge online. Previous edition of the Newsletter this can be found in the Worcestershire Bridge News section under the Information menu item.

Objectives

The objectives of the WCBA are to promote and further the interests of bridge in the County and to organise Contract Bridge competitions. This Web Site will include details of future events, results of County competitions and other information concerning the organisation of bridge in the County.

Learning to Play Bridge

There are THREE Fast-Track Beginners courses running in the County from  January 2020:  Mike W in Bromsgrove (Finstall Road), Richard G in Bewdley (Heightington) and Georgina and Linda in Stourbridge ; details can be found on the main Learning Bridge tab. These courses are now well under way, but contact the teachers if interested

Alan in Pershore repeated his successful intensive weekend course recently; the planned week-end Stage Two Course in May is now cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Meanwhile, for those who have learned Bridge in the last year or so, we have various options for Gentle Bridge sessions available, based in Worcester, Droitwich and Ridgeway: see HERE for details

We hope to be announcing a Gentle intro to Bromsgrove Bridge Club very soon - watch this space.

Latest News

County Competitions 2019-20

The Phillipps Pairs was won by Nick Forward & Steve Allerston with the first mini-competition being won by Ian Thompson & Stewart Fishburne and the second by David Thomas & Jimmy Ledger. There will not be a playoff this year.

6 of the planned heats of the Grand Prix Teams were played so the final results are based on each team's best 5 results. The winers are Stain (Mike Heard, James Taylor, Nick & Steph Forward, Steve Allerston & Jane Morton).

Only 10 of the planned heats of the Pairs Ladder were played so as specifed by our Rules of Competition the final results are based on each pairs best 6 results. There are joint winners :- Mike Willougby & Stewart Fishburne and Jane Morton & Paul Hammond.

The Masterpoint Competiton was won by Steve Allerston.

 

After the sad loss of Roger Bowles last year his widow donated Roger's extensive collection of bridge books to Worcester Bridge Club. It was agreed that the books should be made available to all County Members and  the list of books can be seen at Roger Bowles Bridge Library.

The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge. It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.

Recent Successes

Geoffrey Herbert won the Men's Pairs at the EBU Overseas Congress in Rome partnering Bill Gardner. Chris Taylor won the Pivot Teams and the Multiple Teams playing with David Wing, Kathy & Denis Talbot.

John Sansom was part of the team which came 2nd by 1 point in the National Point-a-Board Teams.

At the Midlands Counties Congress John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston won the Swiss Teams.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website.

At the EBU Overseas Congress in Sicily Maureen Ledger & Geoffrey Herbert won the Mixed Pairs and Geoffrey Herbert, Dodo Georgevic, Jimmy & Maureen Ledger came 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

Sue Lane, Marian Wilcox, Jane Morton & Pam Pearce won the Welsh Ladies Teams. Pam & Jane also came 2nd in Welsh Ladies Pairs.

John Sansom was a member of the team which won the A Final at the Scarborough Congress.

At the Scottish Overseas Congress in La Manga Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs just 1 VP behind the joint winners.

Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer won the Ladies Pairs at the Cheltenham Congress.

Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne won the Solihull heat of the Portland Pairs.

Contact Details

Email addresses and phone numbers for Committee Members can be found on the Information tab on the left under Committee.

Venue for County Night

We now play at Ombersley Memorial Hall, Sandys Road Ombersley WR9 0DY  with a start time of 7.15pm. There will be a short interval at about 8.45pm. All drinks and biscuits are included in the table money of £3.50. To get to the Hall head North from the centre of Ombersley and there is a sign for the Memorial Hall after about 350 yards.

Results
Phillipps Pairs (Last)
Director: Paul Tapster
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
County Championship Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Nick Forward
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Tapster