Bagworth Whistlestop Charity Swiss Teams for Cancer Research UK

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Photo of two teams of four people, the team on the left has medals as winners of the event

Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Group is a fairly new club that was established in 2018. While they are not currently affiliated to the EBU, they are a successful and growing club with a very active membership.

On 1st June, they held a Swiss Teams event at the Bagworth Community Centre. The Swiss Teams is one of their annual charity events to raise money for local causes. We are very pleased and delighted that this year Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Group decided to contribute their funds raised to the EBU's Bridge - It's a Big Deal! festival of Bridge which is raising money for Cancer Research UK. Twelve full tables competed in the well organised and fun event which came to an exciting finish with only 1 victory point separating the top three teams! 

Bagworth was able to contribute £300 the EBU Cancer Research UK fundraising page! This is due to the generosity of members who generously prepared and donated the food for a delicious afternoon tea. Thank you to all!

The winners and runners up from the event are pictured above: Left (Winners: Steph Woodward & Don Davis, Michael Darling & Andy Woodward) and right (Runners up: Averil Bemment & Carol Stephens, Sadhana & Neil Stokes).

Pictures of the volunteers for the event

Pictured above are the people involved in making the event such a success, clockwise from left: Shelagh Rumbelow, event organiser; Simon, technical set-up and advice; John and Josie and team, setting up the room; Mary Danaher and her team (including Sue, Mary Weeks and Margaret) for supplying the food and for clearing up afterwards; George, for running the event on the day; John and Marilyn, donation of the medals for the winners and Carol (centre), Tournament Director.

Although the club is just six years old, they are fully equipped with a dealing machine, several sets of boards and scoring tablets. The funds for their equipment was secured through government grants and donations, as well as some table money from members. The club has fully EBU trained directors and teachers, and they provide a range of online and face-to-face sessions. 

Shelagh Rumbelow, Club Secretary and Communications Manager, says she believes the success of the club is that it is set up to with the convenience of players in mind, to make people feel welcome, safe and comfortable. They also accredit the success to working in partnership with other local bridge clubs and ensuring the people who attend feel as though they are the heart of the club.

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