56 English Bridge April 2016 www.ebu.co.uk
Diary Dates: Inter-club Teams Round 5, 8 Apr, 7pm,
Ledbury; Avocet Teams, 23 Apr, 10am, Brooms Green;
Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Green Point Events, 23-24
July, Larruperz Centre, Ross-on-Wye.
CONGRATULATIONS to Celia & Derek Oram
who won the prestigious Mixed Pairs at the
London Year End Congress on 29 December.
Another fantastic year for all our squads The
A, B and C teams have all qualified for the
national finals taking place on 10 July. At the County Match v
Bedfordshire on 3 Jan, A team lost 6-14, B team won 15-5, C
team won 13-7.
Diary Dates: All events takes place at WGC Bridge Centre,
Gosling Sports Park. Seniors Pairs (including buffet lunch),
19 Apr, 11am. �Club Cadet Teams, 22 Apr, 7.30pm.
�Championship Pairs Final, 24 Apr, 12 noon.� County match
v Suffolk, 1 May, 2pm.�HBA AGM followed by Swiss Pairs, 15
May, 12 noon.�County match v Cambs and Hunts, 22 May,
Isle of Man
THE MANX Bridge Union's 50th annual
bridge congress will be held on 2-4 Sep and
will be a bit special. There will be the usual
bridge format, but there will be an additional
social dimension, commemorative gifts for all
and enhanced prizes.
The Congress originated at a time when the Island, with
its beaches, history and countryside, was a significant
summer holiday destination for the Brits. Most tourists travel
further afield these days, and the island is quieter than it was
50 years ago. But it retains its natural charm and variety and
is still a destination that provides a satisfying short break that
combines well with a weekend of bridge.
Usually a modestly-sized 20 tables, the MBU is expecting
larger numbers for the 'Golden Congress' with a sentimental
return by past attendees and, perhaps, a few formerly young
tourists who have memories of bringing their buckets and
spades. For full details of the Congress see the MBU website.
WELL done to Norman Selway and Pat Collins
who were part of the team that won the Senior
trials to represent England in the European
Helen Erichsen (playing with Fiona Brown)
won the trials for the England team for the Lady Milne
Diary dates: George Griffiths Cup (Kent Seniors Pairs), 10
Apr, 11am TW. Green pointed. Swiss Teams, 22 May, 1pm,
Maidstone Leisure Centre. Phillimore Cup (Kent Swiss Pairs
Championship) and KCBA AGM, 26 June, 11am TW.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Jeff Smith & Jackie
Pye on finishing runners-up in the Swiss Pairs at
the Northern Year End Congress and to Barrie &
Julia Newall, who were runners-up in the Mixed
Pairs. Jeff also won the Manchester Congress Pairs playing
with Marianne Farr.
Congratulations also go to Catherine Draper & Andrew
Woodcock on winning the teams at the Chester Congress
with Ollie Burgess & Michael Newman.
The four Lancashire pairs qualifying for the Corwen
Trophy are Andrew Lum & David Costich, John Dearing &
Anne Burgess, Nick & Sue Woodcock, and Andrew Woodcock
& David Debbage.
Diary dates: National Pairs Final, 16-17 Apr, Birmingham
Airport; Madeline Berney Swiss Pairs, 1 May, Brierfield
Bridge Club; Blackburn Swiss Pairs, 8 May, Blackburn Bridge
Club; LCBA AGM, 16 May, Bolton Bridge Club; M&CBA
Swiss Pairs, 22 May, Merseyside Bridge Centre; Spring Bank
Holiday Swiss Teams, 30 May, Bolton Bridge Club.
WE REGRET to report the death of Geoff
Swann a former LCBA Officer (obituary p71).
Congratulations to Ben Norton of
Loughborough BC who was a member of the
English U20 team which recently won the Channel Trophy.
Recent County teams results: 24 Jan v Nottingham, 1st
team won 14-6, 2nd team lost 9-11, 3rd team lost 0-20.
Current league positions: 1st team (Dawes League) - 3rd, 2nd
team (Porter Cup) - 6th, 3rd team (Markham Trophy) - 7th=.
Diary dates: Stanley Trophy Round, 20 Apr, Glenfield.
Yates Cup (No Fear for Students), 20 Apr, Rothley. Pairs
League Round 4, 21 Apr, Rothley. Gimson Trophy Final, 24
Apr, Greenfields. Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs), 27 Apr, Rothley.
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs), 27 Apr, Rothley. Hyman Crammer
Pairs, 4 May, Rothley. Joyce Cup (Pivot Teams), 11 May,
Greenfields. Pairs League Round 5, 12 May, Rothley. LCBA
AGM & Prize Presentations, 8 June, Greenfields. LCBA Green
Point Pairs, 18 June, Spondon.
Diary dates: County Championships at Scunthorpe BC.
Pairs 9 Apr, Teams, 10 Apr. Please try and support this
important county event. The Veterans Cup, 8 May, City of
Lincoln BC. Each pair must have a combined age of at least
125 years with the youngest being at least 60. An addition to
the calendar is the All Comers Duplicate bridge event, 15 May,
City of Lincoln BC. Experienced players partner players who
are just beginning to play in county events.
MANY congratulations to Sam Behrens & Liam
Sanderson of the England U20s team who won
the Channel Trophy, and to Sarah Ewart & Ewa
Kater who came third in the Lady Milne trials.
At the Year End Congress Simon Gillis & Paul Lamford