Updates from Aylesbury - 3rd June 2024

Below is your monthly update from the EBU. All previous updates are available on the EBU Updates page.

This poster shows the upcoming EBU events. Please consider adding this to your club/county website and encourage your members to enter online via My EBU.

Changes to EBU Board

Due to recent illness, Tony Russ has resigned from the board of the EBU and all associated committee memberships. Abbey Smith has been appointed to take his position as Vice-Chair of the EBU until the AGM in November.


The EBU is committed to the care and safety of young people and vulnerable adults and to ensure a safe environment whenever they are playing in our events, whether nationally, at county level or in clubs. As such we have created a new Safeguarding leaflet which we hope clubs and counties, as well as teachers, will find useful.


Bridge - It's a Big Deal! 9-15 September 2024

Planning for the Bridge – It’s A Big Deal! Festival in September is progressing well. We have a list of all clubs who are planning events so far. You can search for events near you, either via our Map of Events or List of Events.

If your club is not yet listed, please email festival@ebu.co.uk with the name of your club, the name/type of event you are hosting and the date it is being held, we will then add your details to our lists.

Some clubs have already started their events and fundraising, thanks to Cross in Hand Bridge Club, Caterham Bridge Club and members of Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre for supporting the EBU donations page for Cancer Research UK.

As a reminder, you are invited to join us this week for our latest Festival planning meetings via Zoom. If there is someone else at your club that has not received this email but would like to attend, please pass the details on to them. Please join using the links below:

Topic: Club and County Festival Planning Meeting
Time: Jun 5, 2024 07:30 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 826 9860 4147
Passcode: 629599


Topic: Club and County Festival Planning Meeting
Time: Jun 6, 2024 09:30 AM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 813 3347 8384
Passcode: 243982

New CEO to be Appointed at EBED

Following changes in his private circumstances Mark Humphris has decided to bring forward by some months the date he had planned to step back from his role and will be leaving EBED later this summer.

Mark remains a friend of EBED and no doubt will continue to participate and contribute to the game. We are grateful to him for his support over the transition to the new trustee team and all that he has contributed in both of his roles with us.

The search for a replacement has begun.

Top 50 Club by Players 2023/24

We're pleased to announce the top clubs by number of player sessions for the year (2023/24). This is for sessions played up to the end of March 2024. You can view the full list on the EBU website.

Nominations for Awards

Nominations can now be made for both a Silver Award and a Dimmie Fleming Award. The Silver Award is given for outstanding contribution and in recognition of long service as a volunteer at national and/or international level. The Dimmie Fleming Award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to county bridge through voluntary work over a long period.

All members can put forward suitable candidates, however the nominations should be submitted to the EBU by a County official, to confirm that it has the approval of the County Committee. Nominations should be made using Dimmie Fleming Form or Silver Award Form by Friday 23rd August. Nomination forms can be found on the EBU awards page.

Dimmie Fleming Award - previous winners
Silver Award - previous winners

Club Affiliation Fees

As reminder, if you have not already done so, please pay your annual subscriptions and club insurance.

Please note the current club terms of affiliation along with the updated UMS charges for this financial year, as agreed at the last AGM.

We are very grateful to Worcestershire CBA for paying their clubs' affiliation fees for all affiliated clubs in their area, as they have done for the past few years. If your county is in a good financial position, and would like to contribute to your clubs' affiliation fees, please contact gail@ebu.co.uk.

Club directory – please update your club details

A reminder for clubs, please check your club details in the Club Directory and submit our online club details form. Please log in to check ALL your clubs details are still correct. More information is available via the help link on the club directory page.

Counties, please also update your county officials' details online, county details form.

Diary "Opt In" - Check with New Members

Please check with any new club members that they are aware of the EBU diary and that they will need to "opt in" to receive their copy in September. Members can do this by either logging in to My EBU or calling us on 01296 317200.

Bridge Warehouse

Visit the Bridge Warehouse website for all the latest offers and newest items in stock, or contact Sue via email sueh@ebu.co.uk or phone 01296 397851. We always match prices where possible.

EBED Training Courses

Before the summer holidays EBED have a new Club Teacher Training course being held in Aylesbury on 25th & 26th July, starting at 9.30am. The trainer will be Douglas Wright.

Teach Bridge | English Bridge Education & Development
booking link

Delegates sponsored by an EBU Affiliated Club will enjoy a discount and may even be entitled to a free place.

All current dates, including additional online courses are listed on the TD Course Calendar. To book please use the links above or call Lisa on 01296 317217.

In addition we are collecting data for future Teacher Workshops and Club TD Training with a registration form on our web site.

Junior Summer Bridge Camp

EBED’s popular Junior Summer Bridge Camp will be held will be held from Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2024 at King’s Park residential conference centre in Northampton

This is a residential weekend of bridge tuition, competitions and other fun activities. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Prices are unchanged from last year - £150 for the weekend including 2 nights accommodation, all meals, bridge tuition and competitions. Early booking discount - bookings made and paid before 30th June can book at the reduced price of £120. 

How do I book?

Please contact Lisa Miller lisa@ebu.co.uk or call 01296 317217 (please note Lisa's working hours are 8am-3pm, Monday - Wednesday)

Any Questions?

See EBED’s website for more information and the Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Mark Humphris mark@ebedcio.org.uk or call 01296 317218 if you have any questions.

Advertise your Congress Online with the EBU

The EBU home page is a great place to promote your next congress or for clubs/counties to publicise their next big events.

Could your event benefit from last minute advertising to bring in extra players? Well the best place to do this is the Home page of the EBU website.

The advert could be live today!

An advert on the Carousel at the top of the EBU home page is as little as £75 per month for CBA’s and Clubs. Want to give your event a boost, contact Danby Advertising on 01603 898678 or email adsales@ebu.co.uk.

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We are featuring club and county news in our blog. If you have any news to share please do let us know, preferably with a picture or two to go with it! Contact sam@ebu.co.uk.

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