Grants available to clubs for capital expenditure

Once again a fund is available from which grants can be made to assist affiliated clubs with capital expenditure. Applications are being taken, and should be made by Monday 30th April.

The most common applications have in the past been for assistance with buying dealing machines or wireless scoring systems, though in principle any capital expenditure might qualify. You can read about the grants given in 2016 and 2017 here.

The EBU will provide funding to successful applicants of no more than half the total expenditure, but there is a limited fund available and in order to help as many clubs as possible those who apply for a smaller proportion are more likely to be successful.

Clubs that are successful must undertake to remain affiliated to the EBU for at least three years or else to repay the appropriate portion of the grant.

Applicants should email with the following information:

  • What equipment is needed and what is its total cost
  • How much contribution from the EBU is being requested
  • Where the remaining funds will come from
  • Why the club can’t fund the entire purchase (providing a copy of the club’s accounts might be useful supporting documentation in this regard)
  • Whether other clubs will also benefit from the grant, such as if the club is intending to deal boards for another club as well

England second in Lady Milne Trophy

England has finished second in the Lady Milne Trophy which took place in Edinburgh. The team of Heather Dhondy & Sally Anoyrkatis*, Alexandra Birchall & Qian Li, Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson, with NPC: David Burn, won four of their five matches, losing only to eventual winners Scotland.

Despite Scotland going through the competition undefeated, England's large victories in other matches meant they finished just 3.43 behind. Ireland finished third a further 10 VPs behind. The Scottish team was Abi Wilson, Sheila Adamson, Liz McGowan, Fiona McQuaker, Sam Punch & Paula Leslie.

* - Sally replaced Abbey Smith, who was originally selected but was unable to take part

Barden & Kendrick win National Pairs

The National Pairs competition has been won by Paul Barden & David Kendrick.

50 Pairs had qualified for the National Final from the Regional Finals, and David & Paul finished atop the rankings with 59.04% after the two days of play. Ankush Khandelwal & Ben Green were second with 57.72% and Sandy Riach & Jacek Lapszys were third with 57.01%.

The trophies for the Regional Finals were also awarded (see here).

The National Pairs is part of the Championship Series of competitions, with results counting towards the Player of the Year Competition. David's victory has moved him up to 13th place; Paul is a new entrant at 20th=.

Hubert Phillips Bowl entries extended

The deadline for entering the Hubert Phillips Bowl has been extended, so you still have chance to enter. Entries close on Monday 23rd April.

This is a fun competition, as it is for mixed teams, and played on a full pivot principle, so you partner each team mate for a third of the match. It is played as a knockout, with seeding, so every team is guaranteed at least one match before meeting a seed, and a plate competition (at no extra charge) to ensure all non-seeded teams play at least two matches.

Please enter through My EBU, or by contacting on or 01296 317203.

A new online shop for the Bridge Warehouse

The Bridge Warehouse has a new online shop. We hope you like the new, modern platform, and that you find it easy to use.

All profit from sales in the Bridge Warehouse is reinvested by the EBU in activities and services for its members and affiliated clubs. If everyone shops at The Bridge Warehouse we will all be better off, so please support it. If you see an item that is cheaper on another site then please get in touch with us before you shop elsewhere - we will match competitors’ prices where possible.

England wins the Camrose Trophy

England has won the Camrose Trophy, regaining the title and earning a 52nd outright victory in the 75 year history of the event.

The team of Janet de Botton, Artur Malinowski, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, David Bakhshi, Tom Townsend, and NPC Alan Mould, were top scorers on the second weekend (held five weeks later than originally planned after snow caused its postponement). Added to the 4.93 VP lead gained on the first weekend, England finished 12.93 ahead of Ireland, with the CBAI team in third.

Understanding how your data is used in compliance with the GDPR

You may already have seen reference to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018, either in English Bridge magazine or in the wider media. We have made a start on implementing it with information on this webpage, not only for individual members but also to help clubs and counties comply with their legal obligations.

The purpose of the GDPR is to provide a set of standard data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for you to understand how your data is being used and to give you greater control over its use.

The EBU undertakes to collect and use your personal data in compliance with the GDPR. Our legal basis for processing this data is our legitimate interest as a membership organisation.

We use the data for the administration of your membership, the communication of information and the organisation of events. We only share your contact details with English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) and your county of affiliation; we provide a limited amount of data for use by scoring programs to ensure that they correctly identify members.

We have a Privacy Notice which is where you can find full details of all these matters including:

  • What data we collect and what we use it for
  • Where we get it from and to whom we give it
  • What we do to ensure its security
  • How you can see what data we hold about you and limit its use
  • How you can ask for inaccuracies in data to be corrected

Your club and county will likely contact you in due course with information on their policies.

For further help or information please contact Gordon Rainsford -

  • GDPR information; Privacy Notice
  • Cambridge retains Portland Bowl

    Cambridge University has won the Portland Bowl for the fifth consecutive year.

    Cambridge's 'B' team (pictured L to R with Neil Mendoza from the Portland Club which hosted the finals) of Freddie Illingworth, Ryan Chan (capt), Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark defeated Oxford A (Ewa Wieczorek, Federico Lombardi, Peter Banks, Alex Roberts) in the final. Warwick A was third.

    This stretches Cambridge's advantage as the most successful university in the competition (with 15 victories, and Oxford second on 9). Freddie joins a group of players with four victories in the competition (only Chris Jagger has won the event five times). Kripa and Jonathan were part of last year's winning team; this was Ryan's first victory.

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