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PHIL BENNETT (WILTSHIRE)

Dimmie Fleming

Phil has recently retired from the post of Wiltshire CBA

Treasurer after a period of over 15 years. His financial

skills ensured the committee could always be certain that

there was a firm hand on the tiller. His advice was always pragmatic

and his service to the county went beyond the mere mundane

contribution that might otherwise have been expected.

Phil also did many 'back room' tasks. For example he would be first

to arrive at county events and set up the tables and ensure all

equipment was available. He is still an active player and can be relied

upon to roll his sleeves up and help in any way he can.

EBU Awards 2019

Maureen was the

Secretary for Norfolk

Contract Bridge Association for

eight years. She was President in

2011, visiting all clubs. She was

key to the successful running of

the county association and

helped it secure charitable status

in 2016. She also spent a great

deal of time ensuring that the

website was up to date, relevant

and newsworthy.

For the county congress she

managed the publicity, received

the entries and was on duty the

whole weekend. It was the 50th

Congress in 2018 and Maureen

was instrumental in making the

event special with gifts for the

entrants, spot prizes, and a

souvenir programme. During

her time the Really Easy event

was introduced and has grown

steadily. MAUREEN KIMBLEY

(NORFOLK)

Dimmie Fleming

SHIRLEY PRITCHARD (SURREY)

Dimmie Fleming

Shirley joined the Surrey Committee in 2000 and has

served continuously ever since. From 2009 to 2011 she was

the SCBA President, voluntarily extending her tenure

because both the Chairman and Secretary were new to their roles. She

took over as Competitions Secretary in 2015, a role she continues to

hold to this day. She has overseen a radical improvement to the

quality and attendance at Surrey's events and has taken over the

management of our major Green Point weekend events. For several

years she has been one of the Surrey nominated EBU shareholders.

Shirley has dedicated a lot of time and effort to county activities

despite significant other demands on her time and energy in the

management of Wimbledon Bridge Club where she was a committee

member for many years and was chairman for three years to 2017

after which she became a co-trustee of the club.

SHEILA CODA

(SOMERSET)

Dimmie Fleming

Sheila gave 34 years of

continuous service on

the committee of the SCBA, as

secretary, membership secretary

and county selector. She is a

regular A-team player, recently

becoming a Grand Master.

Sheila has been a member of

Taunton Bridge Club since the

1970s and has done every

conceivable job at that club.

Sheila has been a committee

member for years and recently

spearheaded a Fast Forward to

Bridge course at the club.

PAUL WILSON (MIDDLESEX)

Dimmie Fleming

Paul was the compiler and editor of the Middlesex printed

competitions handbook for nine years from 1986. He

joined the Middlesex Committee in 1994 and has served

ever since, rarely missing a meeting.

Paul has organised the Seniors Pairs for many years, assisted with

the Congress, acted as proofreader and 'ad hoc' Membership Secretary

and volunteered at Middlesex children's summer bridge camps. Paul

was elected Vice Chairman in 2015 and a year later became the

County's 11th President.

Perhaps Paul's greatest contribution has been encouraging people

to join the committee or play in one of the competitions with his

infectious desire to see bridge grow. In a teaching career spanning

some 40 years, Paul has taught bridge to several thousand people.

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