Around & About
HOLIDAY BRIDGE BRIDGE TENT AT ASHTEAD
MIDST WEEKS of summer gales and rain the appointed day
dawned bright and clear but with a gale of wind from the west. It
was not the best of gazebo-building days!
Yes, it was Ashtead Village Day. Not just any old Ashtead Village
Day but Ashtead Diamond Jubilee Village Day in honour of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne. This deserved
special attention as Ashtead Bridge College set about preparing for
the event and primary amongst prizes was a supply of the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee playing cards purchased from the EBU shop.
A sale of fine second-hand bridge books graced the stall, the
construction of which included flag poles made from the card-
board internals of carpet rolls, topped with St George’s flags sport-
ing the card symbols. In the end, after several attempts with iron-
on ideas, the symbols got done with simple spray-on paint. A set
of second-hand velvet curtains decorated the table top together
with advertisements for all associates.
IN APRIL, twenty-eight members of the Doncaster Bridge Club
attended their annual bridge and walking weekend in Windermere.
The views over the Lake District were beautiful and inspiring. Bridge
was played on an evening at their base, the Belsfield Hotel. One
particular bridge hand (not computer generated but shuffled at the
table), provided a great deal of interest, and I am indebted to Geoff
Kenyon who provides below a commentary of the hand:
Love All. Dealer West.
´ Q J 10 4
´ 952 ´ K876
™ Q 10 5 3 N ™ KJ84
t J 10 S t K9
® Q973 ® J82 The ‘bridge tent’ at Ashtead Village Day
™ A9762 The event was held in league with Leatherhead Bridge Club,
t Q64 Surrey Hills Onward Learning and Women v Cancer with fantastic
® A 10 4 enthusiasm and participation from all – students to the fore. Jenny
from WvC found a free day and came along to help with fairy cakes,
West North East South again sporting iced card symbols. The punters couldn’t resist such
Pass Pass 1t1 1™ delicious offerings and they all went to the hungry thousands
Pass 1´ Pass Pass (8,000 attendees, I heard) enhancing the takings for the charity.
1NT All Pass The proceedings were opened by the media presenter Evan Davis
1 Precision whose mother plays at Leatherhead Bridge Club. So, duly, Evan
was dragged round by mother to inspect the ABC gazebo and to
On the lead of the five of diamonds, the nine was played from dummy. have a chat. That was great and the crowds rolled in. We were quite
South took the trick with the queen and returned a diamond. The overwhelmed.
defenders then cashed all the six diamonds, dummy discarding two Sandwiches and a glass of wine helped us through lunch and
hearts and two spades. North then led the queen of spades which was with the Tea Tent not far away we were well supplied.
ducked in dummy. A second spade was won by South who returned a Guy set up a Double-Your-Money game which intrigued hoards
club. North won the trick with the king of clubs and cashed the of marauding boys who came back for more and more. ‘Roll the
remaining two spades. At trick twelve a club was played, taken by South bones!’ he cried and four sixes could win £5. Proceeds to WvC, of
who then took the last trick with the ace of hearts. course.
Zero tricks! A disaster for declarer? Not really: every other North- A big thanks to Leatherhead Bridge Club, Surrey Hills Onward
South was in 3NT (making nine, ten or eleven tricks), so minus 350 Learning and Women v Cancer for their wonderful help.
was a top for East-West! (Brian Stones) (John Cumming)
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