December issue of English Bridge out now

The December issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links.

This is the final issue which will be edited by Elena Jeronimidis. We would like to thank her for all her work with the magazine, and wish her well in retirement. We say farewell to her on page 62 of this issue, and meet the new editor, Lou Hobhouse, on page 51.

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Presentations made to award winners at AGM

Presentations have been made to the winners of EBU awards at the Annual General Meeting which took place in London on Wednesday 25th November.

The inaugural Tony Priday Award, given for an outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects, was presented to Bernard Teltscher by Vivian Priday (pictured).

A Diamond Award, given in recognition of excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams. was presented to David Burn. Sandra Landy was also honoured and she will receive her Diamond Award at a later date.

A Silver Award was presented to Philip Mason, and Dimmie Fleming Awards were given to Barry Brelsford of Lancashire, Bernard Eddleston of Hertfordshire, Leslie Reece of Warwickshire, Geoff Smith of Kent, and Charlotte Vine of Middlesex. David Burgess and Joan Burgess of Nottinghamshire, David Galpin of Sussex, Elizabeth Muir of the North East, and Colin Woods of Cumbria, will also receive Dimmie Fleming Awards - presentations to them will be made at local events in the coming months.

The contribution of Elena Jeronimidis, the retiring editor of English Bridge, was also recognised. A presentation will be made to her in the new year.

Information on all the award winners can be seen via the links below.

Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

The winners of the Simultaneous Pairs prizes for 2015 were drawn during the EBU's Annual General Meeting which took place in London on 25th November.

The pair which achieved the best score within their club in any of the EBU organised Simultaneous Pairs events were entered in to the draw.

The pair which won the £1000 first prize were Susan Dodds & Hetty Jackson of Castle Morpeth Bridge Club. EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, is pictured drawing their names. The additional prize winners can be seen here.

The prize winning Clubs were also selected, with every club which entered a heat of any EBU organised event included in the draw. The £1000 first prize was won by Wantage Bridge Club in Oxfordshire. The additional prize winners can be seen here.

The overall winners of each event in the EBED Spring & Autumn Simultaneous Pairs, and the British Simultaneous Pairs Events, also win prizes. They can be seen here.

To take part in the 2016 events, and be in with a chance of winning a prize next year, please see the Sim Pairs area of the website

Board and committee positions filled at AGM

At the Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union, which took place yesterday (Wednesday 25th November) in London, positions on the board, and on standing committees, were filled. Please read on for more information.

Andrew Petrie has stepped down from the board after serving as both Vice Chairman and, most recently, as Treasurer. The shareholders joined Chairman Jeremy Dhondy in thanking Andrew for his many years of service.

England Under 15s competing in Czech Republic

England's Under 15 team is taking part in a competition in Hluk, in the Czech Republic from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th November.

The team is Jasmine Bakhshi, Liz Gahan, Harry Madden, Alex Pemberton and Oscar Selby with David Bakhshi acting as NPC.

More information can be seen on the event website

Sussex Juniors visit House of Lords

Junior bridge players from Sussex visited the House of Lords on Tuesday 24th November to play minibridge with the peers.

The youngsters acquitted themselves well against their more experienced opponents, and so as to not damage the winning streak the Lords' team is enjoying they didn't keep score.

Following the visit, two of the participants, Holly and Ruby, were interviewed on BBC Radio about the visit, and why they enjoy bridge. EBU General Manager, Barry Capal, also discussed the rising popularity of bridge, and the ongoing efforts to have it recognised as a sport. This interview was simultaneously broadcast on many local stations, and a link to the interview is available below.

Visit the EBU Shop this Christmas

The EBU shop has a wide range of gifts for bridge-playing friends and family this Christmas. With books, equipment, and 'stocking-fillers', there is something for all bridge enthusiasts.

Orders can be placed online, or by phone on 01296 397851. If you have any queries please call or email us.

Entries open for Online Knockout Teams competition

Entries are now open for the 2016 EBU Online Knockout Teams competition.

Matches will be played exclusively online and are for teams of four. Green points will be awarded for each match won. Entries close on 23rd December, with the first round of matches to be completed by the end of January.

A plate competition (in which Blue Points will be awarded) will be available for teams which lose their first match, so everyone is guaranteed at least two matches.

To enter please use the members area of the website or contact the Competitions Department - or 01296 317203/219

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