July 2019

School's Out For Summer...

Summer holidays can seem never ending when you are trying to come up with new, fun things to do with the children and grandchildren, week after week. Well fear not, the staff at EBED Youth have got you sorted!

Places are still available for the EBED Junior Teach-In 2019 and with this event just around the corner, why not come and enjoy a packed weekend of Bridge Tuition, Coaching and plenty of Play for all young people.

This fun filled event is being held at The King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton, from 30th August – 1st September 2019. The price is £150 for Juniors and £180 for accompanying Adults including Full-Board accommodation, the Bridge and other fun activities! Non-Residential places are also available. To book online, please visit www.ebedcio.org.uk/JTIbooking

For more information, contact Giles on 01296-317228 or e-mail giles@ebedcio.org.uk.

Raine & Cooper do the double at Scarborough

Steve Raine & Chris Cooper finished the weekend by winning the Swiss Pairs with 171 VPs (picture), 2 VPs ahead of Nick Woodcock & Susan Fjortoft, and 7 VPs ahead of Chris Derrick & Tommy Brass. They are pictured here with team mates John Sansom and Jason Hackett, as winners of the A final of the teams event (L-R: Chris Cooper, Steve Raine, John Sansom and Jason Hackett). Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland and Jackie Pye won the B Final. The two consolation finals were won by Denis Murphy, Pearl Murphy, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot and Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock, Stuart Clarke & Susan Fjortoft.

In the Seniors Pairs that started off the congress, Jeremy Dhondy & Bill Hirst had won the A Final, the B Final had joint winners in Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy and Paul Murray & Peter Grauer, and the Consolation Pairs was won by Carolyn Fisher & Pat Watson. Thursday night's Pre-Congress Open Pairs was won by Chris Derrick & Tommy Brass.

Team Paske Wins Mixed BAM at NABC

Congratulations to English player Tom Paske, whose team (pictured, left to right: Veri Kiljan, Christina Madsen, Migry Zur Campanile and Tom Paske) won the Freeman Mixed BAM at the North American Bridge Championships.

Further details on Bridge Winners

With record high temperatures, one club took to playing bridge outdoors!

Extreme temperatures have prompted a west Suffolk village bridge club to resort to extreme measures to escape the heat – by playing outdoors in the dark.

Rather than meet as normal inside Stansfield village hall at their regular Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions, members set up on the playing field outside.

When the light started to fade players produced torches, iPhones and, in one case, head lamps to provide the necessary illumination. Here is the group at 10pm. More pictures here and here.

“Playing bridge outdoors is something of a rarity, probably because there is always the danger a breeze will scatter Dummy’s card to the four winds,” Richard Evans, the club chairman, said. “Inside our village hall was stiflingly hot this week, so the relative cool of outdoors was delightful and meant we could enjoy the game. On the second evening, two members went to the trouble of providing portable outdoor lights and a gazebo with interior lighting and we played as thunder and lightning rumbled not that far away.”

Order from the Bridge Warehouse for collection at the Summer Meeting

If you are attending the Summer Meeting and would like us to take your order to Eastbourne to save on postage costs, please telephone us on 01296 397851 by midday on Wednesday 31st July.

There will be a stand with bridge gifts and books in Eastbourne but cards, stationery and bidding boxes will not be available to purchase there. The full range of stock can be seen on the Bridge Warehouse.

New EBED Product Launch

Summer is the time for carefree attitudes, music festivals and the beach. It is the also the time that EBED has launched a brand new set of products. Available to purchase from the Bridge Warehouse are Beginners Flippers, table top flippers designed to act as either a student aid or teaching aid. Each flipper covers one term of the first year of learning and are compatible with Beginning Bridge Book One. The Flippers are made of sturdy plastic coated card and are spiro bound.

They are available to purchase individually for £4.99 or £13.50 for the complete set of three.

Farewell to Bev Purvis and Ian Mitchell

In the culmination (we hope!) to a recent spate of staffing changes we have recently said goodbye to Bev Purvis who had been our Club Liaison Officer for over three years and to Ian Mitchell, who had held a variety of roles for over twenty years, including as secretary to the Laws and Ethics Committee and EBUScore support and development.

In their place we have welcomed Jonathan Lillycrop who will be our CLO as well as providing support for EBUScore, while Nick Doe will take over the secretarial role for the L&E.