November 2019

EBU accounts - an overview of income and expenditure 2018-19

Every year, the EBU’s annual accounts are made available. This year's account were approved by the Shareholders at the AGM yesterday, and are available online alongside those from previous years which are available at

We are aware, however, that some people find this information a little impenetrable, so some charts were created to give a simple overview of the source of the EBU’s income, and where the money is spent. These can be seen by clicking 'read more'. We hope this is interesting and useful to you in understanding how the EBU’s finances are structured.

Bridge Team on Only Connect

Monday 2nd December on BBC2 at 8pm sees the return of the team of bridge players taking on the challenging quiz show that is Only Connect.

Fresh from the Junior Squad, players Kyle Lam and Toby Nonnenmacher are joined by their non-bridge playing friend Isi Bogod, to form "The Suits", a team name suggested by the producers of the show in a nod to the bridge players. Hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, the show consists of a tournament-type format in which teams compete by finding connections between seemingly unrelated clues. The team are playing against 3 Countdown champions for a place in the quarterfinals!

For more information about the show visit BBC2 - Only Connect.

Contributions to bridge Recognised at AGM

The EBU presented awards in recognition of various members' contributions to bridge in England at the AGM in London yesterday.

* - presentations to be made at another time

Congratulations to all recipients, and we thank them for their contribution.

The Young Player and Young Pair of the Year awards had been previously presented. These recognise outstanding performance for England's Junior teams and were made to Oscar Selby and Ben Norton & Shahzaad Natt.

2019 Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

At this week's AGM the 2019 Sim Pairs prize draw took place. Each host club was entered in to a draw. 3 clubs were drawn from those which have entered the EBED Sims, and 7 from those entering the other sims. Each club drawn receives £250.

Prizes from the EBU Sims

Club names County
Prestbury Duplicate Bridge Club Manchester
Bordon Bridge Club Hants & IoW
Caterham Bridge Club Surrey
Reading Bridge Club Berks & Bucks
Patcham Bridge Club Sussex
Matlock Bridge Club Derbyshire
Milton Keynes Bridge Club Bedfordshire

Prizes from the EBED Sims:

Club names County
Towcester Club Northamptonshire
Noverre Bridge Club Norfolk
Tyler Hill Bridge Club Kent

The 2020 entries for all events are open now. We hope you will take part as the proceeds from each of the events helps to support bridge in England.

  • The British Sim Pairs (in January, April, July and October) and Club Stratified Sim Pairs (in March) help to support the work of the EBU in providing services to you, the members, and to your clubs and counties
  • The Junior Squad Sim Pairs (in February) helps to celebrate and promote junior bridge in England, with funds raised from the event going directly into the junior squad budgets
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information via the Sim Pairs webpage.

Board and Standing Committees announced

The EBU AGM took place on 27th November. The following people were elected/re-elected to the EBU Board and Standing Committees:

Jeremy Dhondy has stood down from his role as Chairman of the Board and we thank him for his service.


There was one nomination for the position. Therefore, no election was required and Ian Payn will become EBU Chairman for a three-year term.


There was one nomination for the position. Therefore, no election was needed and Gillian Fawcett will become EBU Vice-Chairman for a three-year term.


Heather Dhondy has stood down from her role as a member of the Board and we thank her for her service.

There were two nominations for two positions. Therefore, no election was needed and these positions were filled by Gillian Fawcett and Bev Purvis. Gillian Fawcett was also elected as Vice-Chairman.

The Selection Committee

There were three nominees for two positions. The votes received were as follows:-
Re-Elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2021: Paul Barden - 43 votes; Alan Mould - 41
Not elected: Neil Rosen - 35

The Laws & Ethics Committee

There were three nominees for three positions, therefore no election was required. All of the nominated members - Tim Rees, Martin Pool and Frances Hinden – will re-join the committee for a three-year term.

To see the current members of the Board and Standing Committees, click 'read more'.

Applications For European Womens Trials Closing Soon

Applications to enter the 2020 European Women's Trials, close this Thursday 28th November.

The event is held at Young Chelsea Bridge club on the 3rd – 5th January (stage 1) and 17th – 20th January (stage 2).

The European Teams Championships is the 17th – 27th June in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. The entry price is £150 per person and closing date is 5pm, this Thursday, 28th November 2019

Please send your applications to or you can also call 01296 317203/19.

More information:

  • Women's Trials
  • European Open Trials

    This weekend saw the trials for the European Open. Following late corrections and the withdrawal of one pair from the next stage, the seven qualifying pars are now:

    Michael Byrne & Kieran Dyke
    Alex Hydes & Ben Handley-Pritchard
    Mike Bell & Ben Norton
    John Atthey & Neil Rosen
    Ben Green & Ankush Khandelwal
    Phil King & Andrew McIntosh
    David Kendrick & Paul Barden

    They will join Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger, David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski and Andrew Robson & David Gold in the final stage.

    We would like to pass on our thanks to the East Midlands Bridge Club, who have proven to be an excellent and accommodating new venue.

    Rob Turner

    We’re sad to report the death of Rob Turner, former EBU panel TD. He will be sadly missed and we send our condolences to his family.

    His friends at Sheffield Bridge Club have written a few words, you can read it on their website here.

    Tollemache Qualifier

    36 teams in four groups competed for qualification for next year's Tollemache Trophy Final, due to take place 15-16 February. The top two from each group qualified, congratulations to: Manchester and Middlesex from Group A; Devon and Cambs & Hunts from Group B; Kent and Surrey from Group C; Berks & Bucks and Gloucestershire from Group D. Full results are on our results pages.

    Letter There Be Love

    Four students who attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School wrote a lovely bridge related letter thanking Nigel Thompson and Tony Aston who excellently run the bridge club at the school. Many thanks to the four junior bridge wordsmiths: Josh Robey, Zach Yarrow, Louis Southwell, Freddie McCallum who have since left school and gone on to attend different universities around the country. We really hope to see them on the bridge table in the future!