Around & About
LOCAL BRIDGE CLUB KEEPS MORPETH STUDENT PARTY
AMBULANCE FLYING MORPETH Bridge for All teachers held their annual wine and
cheese party, including a competition, for students past and present
MEMBERS of the Trowbridge County Town Bridge Club have
at Storey Park Community Centre. There were 66 students this
presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance
year – their numbers grow every year! Eight brave students had
service. The money was raised from a highly successful Swiss
only been learning for a very short time and played in a separate
teams event and raffle held at St James’s Church Hall, Trowbridge.
‘gentle’ section alongside the more experienced players.
The bridge competition was directed by Norman Gray who
created a relaxed atmosphere. The winners of the main group
were Moyra and Cyril Meehan playing N/S and Susan Turner –
Ken Wharrier playing E/W. The beginners’ group winners were
Christine Hayward – Susan Horton.
If anyone is interested in learning the game of bridge please
contact Tessa Lee ( 07773 889597.
NEWENT Bridge Club’s Jack Prichard Salver is awarded annually
to the winners of the Mixed Pairs.
The trophy, a handsome silver salver, was presented to Newent
Bridge Club by Jack’s family in 2000. He was a very keen bridge
player and one of the club’s founder members. Jack farmed for
many years at The Green Farm, Newent, and is survived by his
widow, Nan, who was also a member of the Newent Club. When
he retired from farming, Jack spent a great deal of time playing
bridge at a number of clubs in the area. He was an excellent player,
Local businesses were very generous in giving raffle prizes, becoming County Champion one year.
knowing that this essential service relies on charitable donations
and fund-raising in order to keep operating.
The flourishing Duplicate Bridge Club, founded less than four
years ago, already has a loyal membership of almost one hundred
drawn from as far afield as Bath, Box, Devizes, Melksham, Frome
and Trowbridge. It meets in beautiful surroundings at the Trow-
bridge Cricket Club and uses computer-dealt hands and up-to-
the–minute electronic scoring. Visitors are always welcome, and
tuition and a ‘pairing’ service are offered. (Diana King)
‘TIME FOR A CUPPA’
THE Oakfield Bridge Club held a ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event in aid
of Dementia UK and Admiral Nurses, which raised £390 for the This year the Salver was won by his daughter, Anne Wathen, and
charity. The club was formed in May 2010 and operates from the her partner Terry Britton (in the photo above). Both Anne and
Freemasons Hall in Uppermill, Saddleworth, Oldham. Terry are very new to bridge, being recent ‘graduates’ from the
A host system operates at all sessions. On Monday afternoon an club’s classroom run by Ken Vowles on Friday evenings. From
EBU registered teacher gives a thirty-minute lesson followed by beginners in October 2008 to winners of a prestigious trophy in
assisted play. On Tuesday evenings regular duplicate sessions are April 2011 takes some doing – well done to both.
held and the club took part in the WBF World Charity Pairs and Newent Bridge Club plays on Wednesdays and Fridays in
raised £65 for UNICEF – a small amount but Oakfield is as yet a Sheppard House, Foley Road, Newent. A new course for beginners
very small club! The club website is at www.bridgewebs.com/ starts in October 2011, on Fridays. Details may be found on the
oakfield. (David Sumbler) website www.newentbridgeclub.org.uk. (Hylary Kingham)
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