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Around & About

BIG TIDY UP CITY CUP TOUR

COMES TO AN END

WHAT HAVE all of these places got in common? Plymouth, Exeter,

Truro, Bath, Bristol, Wells, Gloucester, Worcester, Birmingham,

Lichfield, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Chester, Liverpool, Salford,

Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland,

York, Ripon, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield,

Manchester, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Cambridge, Peter-

borough, Leicester, Coventry, Ely, Norwich, St. Albans, Hereford,

Oxford, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Southampton, Chichester,

Portsmouth, Brighton, Salisbury, Winchester, London and

Westminster.

Puzzled? They are all cities, and all have a cathedral (or at least a

large church) and at least one bridge club affiliated to the EBU, and

David Wing – the ‘Mad Cyclist’, as he dubs himself – has been there

to visit the church and play bridge in a special pairs competition

Members of Hitchin Bridge Club with the ‘loot’ where he presented the winners with a ‘City Cup’ to mark the

occasion. Each cup, a gift from David, was engraved with the name

MEMBERS OF the Hitchin Bridge Club turned out in force to of the city plus the winners’ names.

help with the ‘Big Hitchin Tidy Up’ over the first May bank

holiday weekend. This was a town-wide community effort to

remove litter. The club concentrated on cleaning the Bancroft

Recreation Ground where the hall they hire for bridge is sited.

Loads of rubbish was collected, including eight bags of general

litter and five bags of recyclable cans, bottles and plastic. Members

waded in the River Hiz, pulling out bundles of undelivered local

newspapers, old iron, carpet, an office chair, bicycle wheels and

panes of glass. (Margaret Eddleston)

CHAMPAGNE LUNCH

FOR NEW PARTNERSHIP

LOCAL MP Laura Sandys joined the celebration when Thanet

Bridge Club moved to the social premises of Margate Football Club

in April. The bridge club was formed thirty-three years ago for

bridge students who had completed courses at adult education Westminster Cup winners Roland Gronau and Lorna Vestey

centres and needed to develop their skills. As the one existing club with Zia Mahmood (left) and David Wing (right)

in Thanet accepted experienced players only, Joyce Saker and her

husband Brian, both qualified EBU bridge teachers, started Thanet David’s sponsored tour of these cities lasted a year and was

Bridge Club with the help of Pat Husband who was then in charge carried out by bike – raising over £6000 in aid of the Alzheimer’s

of EBU teaching. As the previous premises became inadequate and Society. The last event was held at Richmond Bridge Club, by

too expensive, it was imperative to find alternative accommodation which time David’s achievement had so captured the bridge

and eventually this was found at Margate Football Club. We have playing public’s imagination that the competition for the

been lucky as a club in that a former student and member of the Westminster Cup attracted not just fifty pairs but also an

club, local businessman Alan Bown, has underwritten our move exalted visitor: Zia Mahmood. David promptly secured him as

and the first six months of play besides paying for our superb lunch. his partner and although they did not win, they were –

Bridge sessions including tea and biscuits, cost £1.50. We open appropriately – highly placed.

four sessions a week and are looking to expand. The online version of this issue of English Bridge will click

Apart from an annual charity evening, one feature of the club carry photos of City Cup tour winners (page 57-61).

link

is the raising of money for charity through teaching fees which You can also read about David’s tour at: http://

over the last twelve years has raised £35,000 for local causes such goo.gl/gMuJQ

as Demelza House (Children’s Hospice), Pilgrims Hospice Should readers wish to support David ’s endeavour and donate

(homeless at Christmas) and the furnishing of three flats for the to the Alzheimer’s Society, this can be done via the website

homeless (Emmaus). (Joyce Saker) www.justgiving.com/citycup

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