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PHIL BENNETT (WILTSHIRE)
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
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
SHIRLEY PRITCHARD (SURREY)
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 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)
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.