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5–7 West of England Congress
6–7 Great Northern Swiss Pairs
by Sally Bugden
10 – 11 BGB Autumn Sim Pairs
11 – 16 2nd Autumn Overseas
Congress, Rhodes SINCE the launch of the strategy proposals complete it before the end of our county
13 – 14 Junior Trials discussion document in June 2007, the EBU consultation period!
has undertaken an extensive consultation The document will be available on our web-
20 – 21 Lederer Memorial Trophy
London process which has involved meetings with all site, www.ebu.co.uk, as soon after the Annual
27 – 28 Open Trials Stage 2b 39 counties who, in turn, have consulted all General Meeting as practicably possible.
Young Chelsea Bridge Club their clubs. Alongside this consultation over Those of you who do not have access to the
27 – 28 Malvern Congress
1000 e-mails, letters, reports and comments, internet and would like us to mail you a copy,
have all been reviewed and answered. please contact the Aylesbury office, 01296
■ NOVEMBER We have listened to all those who have 317200, where our staff will be happy to deal
2–4 Autumn Congress communicated with us and amended our with your request. The full document will be
Bournemouth proposals to accommodate the positive inserted in the December issue of English
6 – 12 (Madeira International
Bridge Open – Madeira)
and practical suggestions received. We Bridge. We apologise for any inconvenience
9 – 11 Seniors Congress have also listened to practical alternatives this has caused.
Daventry that have been suggested to us in our There will be a further consultation process
9 – 11 Torquay Bridge Club consultations. with counties and their clubs between
Congress – Torquay
9 – 11 NEBA Congress
Unfortunately, due to technical reasons, October and December 2007. Individual
Allensford we could not delay the mailing of English members, can, as before, contact Peter
10 – 12 Open Trials Semi-final Bridge, which means that we have not been Stocken, Chairman, EBU, directly to make
and Final – Solihull, able to insert the amended proposals their views known (write c/o EBU , or e-mail
Young Chelsea Bridge Club
17 – 18 Middlesex Congress
document, as we would have had to firstname.lastname@example.org).
17 – 18 Young Chelsea Bridge Club
Marathon – London
22 – 2 (American Fall Nationals,
Another friendly Reminders
24-25 Tollemache Qualifying
Hinckley face at the EBU NICKO: The closing date for entries for
this season’s National Inter-Club Knock-
out is 8th October 2007.
■ DECEMBER Matt Betts is the new EBU Communications
TORQUAY BRIDGE CLUB CONGRESS:
7–9 Gold Cup Congress Officer and will be responsible for promoting
bridge in England at all levels and Torquay, 9-11 November.
21 – 23 (Junior Channel Trophy assisting with writing for the NATIONAL BRACKETED TEAMS: This is
Netherlands) website and English Bridge. the new format of the previously named
27 – 30 Year-End Congress Matt was born in Todmor- ‘National Swiss Teams’. It will be held in
London den, West Yorks, in 1980, Hinckley, on 19-20 January 2008.
28 – 30 Year-End Congress and was educated at Stony- THE NATIONAL MEN’S AND WOMEN’S
Blackpool hurst College, Lancs, and PAIRS will take place at Hinckley on 26-
the University of Kent. His
■ JANUARY 2008 previous job was as supplier
27 January 2008.
4–6 Midland Counties Congress relations consultant for BCD EBU WEBSITE: Clubs now have the
Bewdley opportunity of sending links to their web-
Travel, where he also sub-edited
5–6 Women's Trials sites when holding special events. To
both their internal and external magazines.
(first Weekend) have a link put up for your club, e-mail
London Matt is just beginning to play bridge, so at
email@example.com with details.
5–6 Manchester Congress present his idea of relaxation is a night out
Manchester with friends: ‘All I need,’ he says, ‘are good ENGLISH BRIDGE: Members who share
7–9 BGB Winter Sim Pairs chats with good friends.’ However, if he had an address and receive two copies of
Clubs to choose four people (dead or alive) to have English Bridge, but only require one,
11 – 13 Camrose (first weekend) a dinner party with, it would be Sid James, should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let
Northern Ireland Alan Davies, Monty Python (‘Can I get away us know. Please be sure to quote both
11 – 13 On-line Players Congress with that?’ Matt cheekily asks) and Stephen EBU numbers in the e-mail so that we
Hinckley Fry. In his free time, Matt volunteers for a can find you easily on the system.
19 – 20 National Bracketed Teams charity, which helps take sick and disabled UPDATED ORANGE BOOK: This is
Hinckley people to Lourdes. available from www.ebu.co.uk; follow the
26 – 27 National Women's and
To contact Matt: 01296 317 215 or e- links to download either the complete
mail Matt@ebu.co.uk. book, or the updates only.
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