42 English Bridge June 2015 www.ebu.co.uk
FUN AT FROME
AT the beginning of 2013, Frome Bridge Club was
barely surviving. Having talked to other people
whose clubs had needed reviving, John Perry and I
decided the best way to encourage bridge was by
running a teaching class in the daytime and
advertising it widely. We thought that one of the
difficulties would be catering for bridge players at
different levels so decided to run two parallel
classes, Beginners and Improvers, taking place
simultaneously. We decided to combine teaching
with playing and keep the charge low at £3.
Lessons started in September 2013 with twelve
beginners and twelve improvers. We were fortunate
in that several of the regular club players came along
to help. This gave us flexibility and there was a real
feeling of Frome Bridge Club helping itself.
We continued our separate lessons until Easter
2014, when we brought the two classes together,
playing supervised set hands. In autumn 2014 we
became aware that there was still eagerness to learn,
so we opted for half an hour's lesson before playing
twelve boards. We have continued this up till now.
Over the course of our journey a few people have
dropped out, but more have joined, so that recently
we have had thirty people from the classes there on
a Thursday. The atmosphere within the group is
tremendous and there is much laughter.
As to our original aim to boost club numbers, we
now regularly have six tables. New members coming
to our Monday night have im proved the at mos phere
and all our original mem bers have been
totally supportive of them. The overall feeling is that
we're all in it together and, most important of all,
we're having fun. (Marianne Lewin)
FOUR students from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar
School, Horncastle, took part in the Loughborough
Grammar School national schools' bridge tour nament;
it was the only state school that took part.
The students were taught by Reg Loosely, a member
of Louth Duplicate Bridge Club, who runs the
Tuesday evening club session.
The day consisted of a Swiss teams tournament
and a mini-bridge tournament. The competition
began with three matches to identify the four top
teams, followed by supper before the semi-finals.
Aaron Hutton and his partner David Dichmont,
aged 17, and Anne Hutton and her partner James
Burman, aged 15 and 13 respectively, played
brilliantly and were runners-up - not bad after only
a year of learning! (Deirdre Fell)
THE annual Corn Cairdis - Cup of Friendship -
match, between teams representing elements of the
English Bridge Union and the Contract Bridge
Association of Ireland, has been won this year by the
The match took place on 18th-19th April at
Stamford Bridge Club, and included teams
representing the counties, the clubs, and the
officials. The EBU team scored a combined 253 VPs
to the CBAI's 226.
England has now won the event fifteen times, and
Ireland eight. r
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