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34 English Bridge April 2016 www.ebu.co.uk

EBU News

n APRIL 2016

1 Lady Loof Pairs

4-7 British Spring Sim Pairs (various

venues)

8-10 Devon Congress, Torquay

8-10 Coventry Congress

8-10 Sussex CCBA Spring Congress

Civic Centre, Uckfield

9-10 Portland Bowl Finals

15-17 Lady Milne Trophy, Scotland

15-17 Scarborough Congress

16-17 National Pairs Finals, B'ham

16-17 Shropshire Congress, Telford

(page 8)

22-1 Lambourne Jersey Festival

(page 21)

29-3 Schapiro Spring Foursomes

Stratford-upon-Avon (page 39)

29-1 Marsham Court Bridge Holiday

Bournemouth

30-1 Cheltenham Congress

n MAY 2016

3-5 & 9 EBED Spring Sim Pairs (page 39)

7 Garden Cities Regional Finals

8-13 Excel Bridge, Barnstaple

20-23 Excel Bridge, Winchester

20-22 Teltscher Trophy, Scotland

21 Northants GP Pairs

21 Sussex GP Pairs

22 Kent GP Teams, Maidstone

22 Hants IoW GP Teams

22 Merseyside/Cheshire GP Pairs

28-30 Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Stratford-upon-Avon (page 28)

n JUNE 2016

3 WBF Sim Pairs, various clubs

3-5 Yorkshire Congress

4-5 Corwen Trophy, Birmingham

10-12 Marsham Court Bridge Holiday,

Bournemouth

11-12 Pachabo Cup, Birmingham

11-12 Oxfordshire Congress

14-16 Southern Midweek Congress,

Bournemouth (page 39)

16-26 53rd European Teams

Championships, Budapest

18-19 Berks & Bucks GP Weekend,

Windsor

18-19 President's Cup, Bradford

18 Leicester GP Pairs

19 Bedford GP Pairs

19 Dorset GP Pairs, Wimborne

25 Garden Cities Final, Solihull

n JULY 2016

1-3 English Riviera Congress,

Torquay (page 39)

CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

EXTENDING THE LIFE OF PLAYING CARDS

The EBU is concerned at the cost of replacing hundreds of

'sticky' playing cards which are otherwise fine. The cards absorb

the sweat and moisture from people's hands which causes the

problem and cards freqently feel glued together.

Some bridge clubs have solved this problem by asking their

members to wear disposable gloves. They found that playing

cards which were lasting only a few months now lasted for years.

The money saved in playing cards more than covered the cost of

the gloves which are bought in bulk, then recycled.

But that isn't the only benefit - playing cards can cause cross

infection as germs and viruses are passed on during handling.

The gloves eliminate this and the number of bridge players

with coughs and colds was much reduced over the winter at

these clubs.

According to the EBU's Club Liaison Officer, most clubs are

finding resistance when the gloves are introduced but members

soon enjoy the benefit from using seemingly 'new' playing cards

every week. As many people wear such gloves at work and think

nothing of it, it is not such an imposition as it would seem - you

soon get used to wearing them.

The EBU are going to pilot the idea at their competitions in

April. When you arrive you will simply be asked if you take

small, medium or large. Nitrile gloves will be used so those with

an allergy to latex need not be concerned. We feel sure members

will soon adapt to this new procedure which is environmentally

friendly and provides significant benefits all round. r

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