Around & About
‘ACTIVE RETIRED’ BRIGADE STAR PARTNERSHIP
WE are pleased to announce the award of a £9,115 lottery grant to
the Chiltern Bridge League for its programme to introduce bridge
to local schools. The award is to provide dealing machines and
boards to prepare the standard teaching hands for our volunteers.
Our volunteers, organised by Henley resident Joan Bennett, are
drawn from the following local bridge clubs: Chiltern Edge, Goring
& Streatley, Hambleden, Reading, Blewbury and Wallingford.
They all teach in their local schools.
Photo: Rosemary Windler
Over the last year players from our League have introduced
bridge to seventeen schools in South Oxfordshire, and adjacent
areas of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The EBU has supported
our project by funding special one-day teacher training courses
adapted to the needs of teaching children. The Union also
supplied a wealth of teaching materials and free cards to support Michael McGarry and Jean Anderson, winners of the
the volunteer tutors. Our volunteers are the active retired, or semi- Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club Anniversary Pairs
retired, who are local club players. A few have grandchildren at
their chosen school. As amateur teachers the volunteers find it WELWYN Garden City Bridge Club is 75 years old this year and
more reassuring to work in pairs. The project is now spreading to to celebrate the club held a ‘Playing with the Stars’ event. The top-
more schools in Oxfordshire and adjacent areas of Reading. ranked players at the club were paired up with the lesser-ranked
players and a seventeen-table duplicate was held. Each player was
introduced to his/her partner at an early evening tea and a system
based on the weaker player’s convention card was thrashed out.
The evening was a great success! (Paul Littlewood)
EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Photo: Mike Bennett
A recent Pro-Am event organised by the Chiltern Bridge League
Our ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions are conducted by Alison
Nicolson, a former EBU Education Officer, who has established
bridge nearby in her local primary school at South Moreton. The
Photo: Peter Greaves
two courses have produced seventeen new volunteer bridge
teachers. We have been fortunate to have been helped and advised
by the Oxfordshire County player Gillian Lonsdale who had
previously taught bridge in the Nettlebed Primary School where
she is a teacher. Phil Robertshaw, Fundraising Manager at East Cheshire Hospice,
As highlight events we have organized Pro-Ams for the primary accepting a cheque from Anthea Brough of Prestbury BC
school children and have entered the older ones in EBU Sims
where they have free entry. This year we will be teaching bridge in ON Tuesday 14th December, East Cheshire Hospice received an
all levels of school in South Oxfordshire and five new schools in early Christmas present of £2,200 from Prestbury Bridge Club,
Berkshire with a satellite site in Buckinghamshire. money raised from its various fundraising activities during the year.
The Chiltern Bridge League operates in South Oxfordshire and Formed in 1991 to help raise funds for the Hospice, the club has
adjacent areas in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It is a district remained a close friend ever since and the latest gift brings the
league that allows people to enjoy inter-club team competition amount raised on behalf of the Hospice to just under £51,000.
while keeping travel to a minimum. Formed in 1967, the League Anyone wishing to know more about Prestbury Duplicate
allows bridge sections of organisations whose primary purpose is Bridge Club should contact Mrs Dorothy Wroe on 01625 878674.
not bridge to enter its competitions. In recent years that has included For details on how you can support East Cheshire Hospice, visit
one school and one golf club. (Mike Bennett) www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk. (Phil Robertshaw)
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