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Aylesbury HP19 8AZ

( 01296 317200 Fax: 01296 317220 Sally Bugden, Chairman

Web site:


Editor: Elena Jeronimidis SINCE my last editorial our membership the strength of a county’s membership is

23 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR numbers have increased to over 48,000. recognised by the number of votes it has.

( 0118 926 2602 This gives us a great base to grow from – The best way to find out about the dates

whether it is educating more individuals to of your county’s AGM and their manage-

Editorial Board play bridge or developing competitions, ment committee meetings, or equivalent,

Sally Bugden (Chairman),

Jeremy Dhondy and Elena Jeronimidis events and services which will appeal to all is either to visit your county’s website or

________________ our new members. contact Aylesbury for your county secre-

So it is very important that you know tary’s telephone number. If you want to

Advertising Manager

Chris Danby at Danby Advertising

how you can have a say in these things. make a difference, it is important to use

Fir Trees, Hall Road, Hainford, Currently there are two channels which your vote.

Norwich NR10 3LXY deal with your representation: your county We set up an interim Club Committee

( / Fax 01603 898678 and the Club Committee. back in the summer of 2008 to ensure that

________________ Every individual member of the EBU has clubs’ and their members’ interests are

a vote at county level and, rather like the UK represented via a network of regional

Printing: St Ives (Andover) plc Parliamentary model, you are represented committee members at national level. We

at national level by the people that you vote will now be asking the interim Club

on to the county management committee. Committee to work with the counties to

INSIDE GUIDE Each year a county will have an AGM ensure that there is a democratically elect-

where its officers and management com- ed club representative from each county

Duplicate pairs tips 5 n mittee are appointed by votes from the who can feed into the regional and nation-

Bridge fiction 7 n membership. The county management al committee’s work. So keep your eyes

Ask Heather 9 n

committee, or equivalent, deals with all open over the coming months on how you

2010 Seniors Camrose 10 n

county bridge matters but also sends rep- can benefit from this network.

Fine-tuning 12 n

resentatives to national EBU Shareholders One of the promises we made in our

Director, please! 13 n

Bidding quiz answers 14-15 n meetings where the general business of the business strategy plan was to consult our

Bridge with a twist 17 n Union is discussed. At the AGM those members regarding one member one vote.

Useful conventions 18-19 n present will discuss an ordinary resolution Currently your county has been asked to

Caption Competition 19 n which fixes the subscriptions, including consult all its clubs and members to

Bridge People 20 n the pay to play fee for the following determine whether the current system of

Traps for the unwary NEW 21 n financial year. Your representatives also democratic representation can be improv-

The debate 22-23 n nominate and vote for candidates for the ed. Counties will be reporting back to the

Club bidding quiz test hands 24 n Board, who are elected to manage the Board by the end of December this year.

On-line bridge 24 n Union on the members’ behalf. So please, make sure you have your say

EBU news and diary 25-28 n That means that the people you vote in about this important aspect of your

Bidding quiz test hands 29 n to office at county level can materially membership of the EBU.

Letters to the editor 31-32 n affect how you are represented nationally. There are many counties which would

Heather’s hints 33 n

I am often asked what financial rewards welcome more individuals taking part in

Around and about 34-35 n

shareholders receive. The term ‘share- the administration of their bridge activ-

Better defending 36 n

Ask Jeremy 37 n

holder’ is really a misnomer, in that there ities. These can range from organising com-

Standard English 38 n are no financial rewards associated with petitions to communications and educa-

Club bidding quiz answers 39 n being a shareholder: the shares are trans- tion development and much more. If you

Your Questions 40 n lated into votes and are based on the would like to get involved, contact your

Spring Foursomes 41 n number of members in the county. Thus county secretary as soon as possible. r

Reports 42 n

Really Easy Bridge 43 n


County news 45-52 n

A day in the life of . . . / Top Tip 53 n Instruction EBU News Features On-line Bridge Reports

A chat with the editor

Prize Leads quiz




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