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Around & About

TEN YEARS OF OWNERSHIP BATH BC GAINS

OVER THE weekend of 16-17 March Brierfield Bridge Club CHARITY STATUS

celebrated ten years since the purchase of its own premises. Two

champagne parties were attended by about one hundred and BATH BRIDGE Club recently became the fourth bridge club in

eighty members together with guests: the local Mayor of Pendle England to obtain charitable status, following Hitchin, York, and

Asjad Mahmood, the MP for Pendle Andrew Stephenson and the Halifax bridge clubs.

former Mayor of Pendle, Pauline McCormick. Following agreement to go ahead at the club’s AGM, members of

Bath BC committee, led by John Whittleton, liaised with the

Charity Commission www.charity-commission.gov.uk/ on the

project to gain charity status for the club. The Commission

required a couple of minor changes to the club’s constitution, but

the fact that the club exists to promote bridge in the community

was sufficient for the commission to agree to the club’s request for

charity status.

Being a charity means the club can reclaim tax paid by people

making donations to the club. It also will aid the club in seeking

grants and gain beneficial rates should they lease premises.

The club offers four sessions of duplicate per week, including two

social sessions on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and averages

around twelve tables per session. A partner-finding service is

available and visitors are always welcome. There is ample free car

parking at the club which meets at the Bath City Football Club in

Twerton Park.

Full details of Bath Bridge Club can be found on their website

Rosemary Price (Vice Chairman), Andrew Stephenson,

www.bathbridgeclub.org/ (Andrew Urbanski)

Alan Crabtree (Chairman) and Asjad Mahmood

The club bought an old public house in 2002 and completely

refurbished it. Much of the decorating was done by the members. STARRY NIGHT

Since then the membership has risen from about 140 to 320. This

increase is put down largely to the lessons which are run each year.

There are eight sessions of bridge each week. In 2011-2012 the

club was the 12th best-attended club affiliated to the EBU. More

info at www.bridgewebs.com/brierfield/ (Rosemary Price)

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

As a member of the English Bridge Union,

you can receive the following benefits:

• HMCA healthcare benefits

• Special Rates at Puma Hotels

• EBU Prizes used to pay at Puma Hotels Sally Bugden and Jeremy Dhondy,

• Household Insurance Scheme winners of the Night of the Stars Duplicate Pairs

(Osbornes Insurances) AS REPORTED in our February issue, the Night of the Stars, the

• Club Insurance (Osbornes Insurances) charity event in which ordinary players pair up with bridge

celebrities via a lively ‘auction’, was on course for raising more

• Car Hire than £40,000 for worthy causes. After the actual ‘Night of Play’,

won by EBU Chairman Sally Bugden partnering Vice-Chairman

Read all about it at Jeremy Dhondy, the total has been finalised at £42,000.

www.ebu.co.uk/member-benefits The event, hosted by Richmond Bridge Club and organised by

the indefatigable Terry Hewett, will move to a new venue next

year. More news and photos at www.nightofthestars.org.uk/

38 English Bridge June 2013 www.ebu.co.uk

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