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August 2014 English Bridge


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)



t Chippenham Bridge Club, Wiltshire. They play a relaxed

duplicate on Friday evenings. Visitors welcome (though please

come as a pair). Info at

t Burnham on Crouch Bridge Club, Essex. Play is on Thursday

evenings: a good standard in a friendly atmosphere. New mem bers

welcome. See

t Dip Your Toe In, Norfolk. Play is on Tuesday evenings. Visitors

by prior arrangement. Info at

Around & About



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.

Blue Point

Bridge Holidays


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