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Around and About
THE TWINNING ANNUAL COUNTY LEAGUE
CLASS invariably rises to the top – and so it proved when players FINALS DAY
from Huy Bridge Club in Belgium had their recent annual get
together with members of Clare Bridge Club in Suffolk. THIS unique event brings together the winners of each of
A teams event which coincided with Clare’s summer party saw England’s five regional ‘County teams-of-eight leagues’ to battle it
internationals from both sides of the Channel in the same four and out together on a finals day. Each region puts forward their
they soon asserted their superiority. England international David ‘Champions’ at three different levels, and these teams then
Price and his wife, Jenny, teamed up with Belgium’s Jean Jamar and compete within their own categories to claim the national title.
Marie-Françoise Stas, current mixed champions in the LBF, which
covers the French speaking part of their country.
The ‘twinning’ between the two bridge clubs dates back to 2000
when John Wayman, husband of Clare Bridge Club vice-president
Adele, was mayor of St Edmundsbury and the couple were on a civic
visit to the Belgian fortified town. ‘I happened to ask if there was a
local bridge club and the next day I met Liselotte Preudhomme from
Huy Bridge Club. We hit it off and as a result members of their
bridge club came to Clare in 2001,’ Adele recalled.
Photo: Graham Jepson
In its second year, this event was the brainchild of Graham Jepson,
whose friendly style ensured a pleasant atmosphere for all. Praise
should also go to the team of directing staff (Barrie Partridge,
Janet Hempson and Stan Haywood) and to the catering staff of
West Midlands Bridge Club.
All three divisions were keenly contested, and the following
Photo: Clare Bridge Club
teams emerged victorious: ‘A’ Division – Gloucestershire (left to
right in the picture, R. Jackson, R. Chamberlain, R. Butland,
P. Shields, J. Rookwood, D. Macintosh, G. Sadie, K. Stanley);
‘B’ Division – Oxfordshire (D. Lintott, A. Lintott, J. Slater, R.
Procter, E. Jones, A. Murphy, J. Williams, C. Wilson); ‘C’ Division
From the left: David Price, Marie-Françoise Stas, – Hertfordshire (T. Dean, S. Griffiths, J. Snell, J. Ball, B. Eddleston,
Jenny Price and Jean Jamar M. Eddleston, C. Cook, A. Fenn). (Ed Scerri)
Huy has now visited Clare four times, while the Suffolk club has
travelled to Belgium on three occasions. Each visit combines a mix BATTLE OF THE BRAINS
of bridge, culture and parties. Jane Moore, chairman of Clare, said:
‘The relationship which has developed between players in the two THE English Bridge Union team of Jeremy Baker, Amy Cherry,
clubs is fantastic and the annual visit is a highlight in our calendar.’ Stuart McPhee, Ian Mitchell, John Pain, Ian Payn and Colin
Following a dinner to welcome the ten Belgian guests at Adele and Porch competed in the new BBC 2 quiz show, Battle of the
John Wayman’s home on the Saturday evening, club member Jenny Brains. They did well, although not winning any prize money,
Morley hosted the popular summer party on Sunday which culmi- on 21 August, and on 22nd August they managed again to
nated with the teams event. Social bridge in the evening was follow- beat their opponents but failed to win either any money or
ed the next day by a tour of Cambridge. Before Clare’s regular the right to compete a third time.
Monday night meeting, members and guests enjoyed an informal Battle of the Brains is a game show hosted by Paddy
buffet supper to help cement the entente cordiale. O’Connell, and sees two teams of six members plus a team
The visitors returned home on Tuesday – following a cracking captain play a series of games described as focusing on
breakfast for guests and hosts at Jane and Andrew Moore’s – and different parts of the brain.
promptly started planning the 2009 visit by Clare. (Richard Evans)
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