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Around & About



IN THIS year’s Eastern Counties League, Hertfordshire have won

each of the three divisions. It is believed that this is the first time

the same county has won all three divisions in the same year.

Moreover the captains of the three teams were all ladies – is this a

first as well? – Celia Oram (A team), Helen Robinson (B team)

and June Ball (C team).

The Eastern Counties League is for teams of eight, and consists

of seven counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambs and Hunts,

Northants, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) plus Cambridge

University and has separate divisions for A, B and C teams.

All three Hertfordshire teams will now compete in the Inter-

League finals which will be held at the West Midlands Club on

Sunday, July 7. Here they will compete against the winners of the

other regional county leagues.

Justin Hackett presents the Michelle Brunner Trophy

to Pairs Champions Liz Muir and Tracy Capal WINNERS EVENING

THE 14th ANNUAL Manchester Congress was regarded by many as

the best yet. This Black Pointed event held in January in the


luxurious Victoria and Albert Hotel in the heart of the City attracted

record numbers. On the Saturday afternoon 54 tables were in play,

on the Sunday there were 46. Players from London, Cardiff, Bristol,

Dublin, Edinburgh, the north-east and surrounding northern

counties travelled to Manchester for the event. One team travelled all

the way from Norway and besides playing good bridge almost drank

the hotel bar dry. A host of international players graced the congress;

the quality of the entry for the Championship events was very high,

as the results posted on the MCBA website indicate.

A particularly pleasing and encouraging aspect of the Congress

was the number of up-and-coming young players who competed.

A notable feature was the success of the two recently introduced

events which ran alongside the Championship events. These two

competitions for ‘Players New to Tournament Bridge’, organised by

Paul West, attracted 30 pairs on the Saturday and 20 on the Sunday.

Thanks go to Tournament Committee, Directors and helpers

who worked very hard and were deservedly rewarded with a most

Experts Gunnar Hallberg and Gad Chadha

enjoyable, friendly and successful congress.

with winners Kitty Schreiber and Billie Stephens

IN NOVEMBER last year, Wimbledon Bridge Club held their

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS annual charity pairs event which raised more than £4,000 for two

highly regarded local charities – Macmillan Nurses and Faith in

As a member of the English Bridge Union, Action, which helps the homeless. The prize for the lucky winners

you can receive the following benefits: of the pairs, Kitty Schreiber and Billie Stephens, was a subsequent

game with bridge experts Gunnar Hallberg and Gad Chadha.

• HMCA healthcare benefits

The Winners Evening took place at the end of January and was

• Special Rates at Puma Hotels

a delightful event. It started with drinks and nibbles, and then the

• EBU Prizes used to pay at Puma Hotels

participants were treated to a hilarious session of Gunnar being

• Household Insurance Scheme (Osbornes Insurances)

‘interviewed’ by Gad about his bridge experiences. This was much

• Club Insurance (Osbornes Insurances)

appreciated by everyone and the two experts were made Honorary

• Car Hire Life Members of the club.

Read all about it at The committee and members are very grateful to Gunnar and

type into your browser Gad for their support by making the evening so special, and hope

there may be similar ones in the future.

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