Clubs

Welcome to the home page for Clubs!

This is where you will find all news which is relevant to EBU affiliated clubs.

We also produced a quarterly online newsletter for clubs - Club Management Focus - and past issues are collated here.

Since April 2010, the EBU has been funded through Universal Membership which means that anyone playing in an EBU-affiliated club (provided they are a member of that club) automatically becomes a member of the EBU and pays a small subscription amount each time they play.

If your club is not yet affiliated read about the Benefits of Affiliation. To affiliate complete the Application Form (valid from 01-04-16 to 31-03-17). We hope affiliated clubs will choose to use the 'affiliated clubs logo'.

For a full directory of EBU affiliated clubs please visit the Club Directory.

The EBU is always available to give advice and assistance to affiliated clubs - please contact us on 01296 317200, or send us an email, with any questions you may have.

Similarly if you would like any information on the services we offer, and to find out more about the benefits of affiliation, please get in touch.

Club News

New EBED newsletter now available

The English Bridge Education and Development newsletter for December 2016 is now available, giving an update on all that the charity has been doing in the last six months.

You can read it here, and if you have any questions or comments, or EBED can help you, your bridge club, or your school/university bridge group, then please get in touch with them.

Autumn 2016 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Autumn 2016 edition of the Club Management Handbook is available now here.

It contains news, articles to help you in the running of your clubs, details of forthcoming events, and important information about club administration. If you need any advice, or have any suggestions for issues you would like covered in the next newsletter, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

EBU Awards presented at AGM

At the AGM, which was held in London on Wednesday 23rd November, the EBU were pleased to present awards to a number of members who have dedicated many hours to bridge administration, or to promoting the game, at a national or local level.

A Gold Award - the EBU's highest award - was presented to Andrew Petrie (pictured) for his service on the EBU Board, and most recently to English Bridge Education and Development.

Silver Awards were presented to Mike Christie and Martin Pool. Roger Amey was also given the award and will receive his locally.

A Dimmie Fleming Award - for services to county bridge - was presented to Ron Heath, and will be given at local events to Chris Larlham, Julia Brough and Peggy Griffin. David Anning was also chosen as a recipient, but sadly he passed away in September. His award will be presented to those close to him at a suitable opportunity in the future.

The Tony Priday Award - for making an outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects - was given to Jeff Smith for his work in developing bridge software which he made available free of charge.

The Alec Salisbury Award - an award to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge - was presented to Stuart Haring at the recent Middlesex Congress.

In addition, the Diamond Award recipients were announced. This award recognises achievement at the highest levels of bridge, and will be presented to Pat Davies and Bob Rowlands in the near future.

At the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne in August four awards were presented - see here for more information.

Elections for EBU Board and Standing Committees held at AGM

The EBU AGM took place on 23rd November. The following people were elected/re-elected to the EBU Board and Standing Committees:

Board - Elected: Heather Dhondy, Darren Evetts; Not elected: Nicky Bainbridge

Vice-Chairman* - Ian Payn

Selection Committee - Elected (three year term): Alan Mould, Paul Hackett; Elected (one year term): Ollie Burgess; Not elected: David Debbage

Laws & Ethics Committee* - Robin Barker, Frances Hinden, Tim Rees

* - there were not contested elections for these positions.

The Shareholders voted that the Tournament Committee should not continue as a Standing Committee - therefore no vote took place for this committee. There will instead be a sub-sommittee of the Board which will assist and advise the Chief Tournament Director, Gordon Rainsford, and members will be appointed directly to this group.