August 2014 English Bridge
SPREADING THE WORD
THE village of Uppermill, nestling in the southeastern corner of
Lancashire, is home to Oakfield Bridge Club. This is one of the
newest flagships of the EBU, helping promote a commitment to
developing all that is best about our favourite game.
Founded in 2010, Oakfield is a real example of what can
develop from the humblest of acorns. Thanks to the dedication
and determination of an initially small band of enthusiasts, the
club can now boast a regular playing membership of approaching
one hundred. One evening and two afternoon sessions can see up
to ten tables being accommodated on the busiest of occasions.
However, those involved with the management of Oakfield are
far from complacent. They are keen to see both the club and its
members progress. To this end, Rod Smith, a founder member
and licensed EBU teacher, runs a series of introductory lessons
each year for beginners and novices. These well-attended sessions
are furthered by a follow-up programme in which students can
practise and expand their skills. Rod's purposeful but friendly
approach has encouraged many to graduate as full club members.
He then continues to assist their induction to the club with
helpful nuggets of advice along the way. Rod also fronts a halfhour
session each week, before play begins on a Monday after noon,
when he delivers a mini-lesson as part of a series of tips on
plays, conventions and etiquette that are of interest to players of
all abilities. Even those of us who have played for years find it
useful to have certain points reinforced or even modified. One of
his recent subjects was about handling a suit contract that
involved disposing of losers. Rod's cry of 'Trump 'em or dump
'em!' has become an Oakfield catchphrase.
I have played in a number of clubs over the years and am more
than happy that I discovered this little diamond in the lee of the
Pennines. It is even a joy to indulge in merry, if noisy, banter with
Rod and his acolytes about the merits of Gerber, weak jump
overcalls etc. Fancy a game or a lesson? Head east towards those
hills. (Andrew J. Mitchell)
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY
t Chippenham Bridge Club, Wiltshire. They play a relaxed
duplicate on Friday evenings. Visitors welcome (though please
come as a pair). Info at www.bridgewebs.com/chippenham/
t Burnham on Crouch Bridge Club, Essex. Play is on Thursday
evenings: a good standard in a friendly atmosphere. New mem bers
welcome. See www.bridgewebs.com/burnhamoncrouch/
t Dip Your Toe In, Norfolk. Play is on Tuesday evenings. Visitors
by prior arrangement. Info at www.bridgewebs.com/anon/
Around & About
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Please help. We seek 6+ bridge tables and accessories to
accommodate new bridge players. Collection no problem.
Kindly telephone 07802 156156.
WE ARE pleased to be offering five EBU Blue Point Bridge
Holiday events in 2014. This is in response to the demand
from members for a more social and friendly play
environment with national ranking point awards. Bridge
Overseas has been successfully assisting the EBU with
venue selection and accommodation for some time, and
will be the booking agents for these holidays. You will be
able to use the Accommodation Book ing Service (ABS)
already in place. A free phone number (0800 0346 246) is
available and you will be able to discuss your bookings with
advisers who will help you with your travel require ments.
The locations on offer also boast golf, spa and bowling, as
well as interesting local excursions. The bridge will be
directed by Tournament Dir ec tors approved by the EBU.
All bridge fees are included in the total price of the
holiday, but you must be a member of the EBU. You may
join the EBU in order to book one of these holidays, either
by joining an affiliated bridge club, or on payment of the
direct annual membership fee of £27.
These EBU Blue Point Bridge Holidays are the only
bridge holidays that will be able to issue Blue Points.
Bridge Programme and Venues
There will be seven sessions of duplicate bridge starting on
the first evening after your welcome drink and evening
meal. Bridge will be played each morning and evening
leaving the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel's facilities or
the local area. Afternoon seminars will be offered and
details of these will be available nearer the time.
The venues (illustrated below) for holidays still available
in 2014 are:
(1) Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Clayton-le-Moors,
Lancashire, 1 September 2014.
(2) Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel, Hellidon,
Northants, 3 November 2014.