February 2015

Bridge England Sim Pairs

It's the Bridge England Sim Pairs this week so good luck to all those taking part. Below you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries as soon as they come in.

The proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the English national teams, and the 2015 event will particularly support the newly formed Under 15 team's participation in the Junior European Championships. Thank you to those clubs who are taking part and helping the development of the junior game in England.

Tuesday 3rd February Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 4th February Commentary Booklet

Clubs can claim gift aid on subscriptions

Many bridge clubs charge an annual subscription for membership in addition to table money. Clubs registered as a charity with the Charity Commission or clubs with a turnover of less than £5000 (who can’t register with the Charity Commission) may be able to claim Gift Aid on the annual membership subscription for anyone who pays tax by registering with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

We are pleased to now provide detailed guidance on how to go about registering with HMRC and you can find this by logging in to the Member’s Area with the club’s EBU number and password. Look for the link to ‘Club Charitable Status Guidance’ and then the ‘Downloads’ menu. Here you will find a sample Gift Aid Declaration Form, a sample HMRC application form and a document describing the registration process.

This is an opportunity to increase club funds so do take a look.

If you need further assistance please contact our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206.

Entries open for European Open Bridge Championships

Entries are open for the 7th European Open Bridge Championships. The event is to be held in Tromsø, Norway, from 27th June – 11th July 2015.

The Championships include Medal events (Mixed, Open, Women and Seniors by Pairs and by Teams) and side events, and are open to all members of a National Bridge Federation (assuming they are in good standing).

Entries can be made through the event website, and a 10% discount on the entry fees will be granted to players registering before 1st March 2015. The event website has full information on the competitions, and on visiting Tromsø.

The Junior European Championships, in which England will be competing, take place at the same venue from 17th to 25th July.