Around & About
CITY CHARITY CUP KENDAL BC CELEBRATES ITS
50TH BIRTHDAY IN STYLE
OVER ONE hundred members gathered at The Castle Green
Hotel in October to celebrate Kendal Bridge Club’s 50th
anniversary. The club was founded in September 1962 in a small
room in the Fleece Inn in Kendal.
The special day consisted of a bridge competition followed by
a quiz. Guests joined members in the evening for a formal dinner,
where the club was honoured to welcome Graham Jepson as guest
speaker. He praised Kendal Bridge Club for its enthusiasm, its
professional approach and its friendliness.
From the left: Brenda Ryley, David Wing and Mamie Seal
DAVID WING, cycle-riding bridge player, arrived in Hull at the
August Bank Holiday weekend as part of his charity tour to all fifty-
one English cities. Over £300 was raised at Hull Bridge Club at an
afternoon ‘Bridge and Cream Tea’ event in aid of Alzheimer’s
To her credit, the inaugural event of the Hull City Charity Cup
was won by the oldest club member, Mamie Seal (aged 98) and
her partner Brenda Ryley, with a score of 60.91%. The trophy was
presented by David Wing who also donated it.
Hull Bridge Club is open to members and visitors most
evenings. Visit www.hull-bridge-club.org.uk (Penny Joseph) Janice Wilkinson (left) and Janice Mitchell
with Club President Peter Brown
THE OLYMPICS COME TO Peter Brown, one of the founder members of the club and now
president, was called upon to give out the prizes. China mugs had
WETHERBY BRIDGE CLUB been designed for the occasion by committee member, John
Ellwood. On the day the blue section winners were Janice
Wilkinson and Janice Mitchell (above in the picture). The prize for
the red section could not be presented by the president as he was,
in fact, the winner. Mike Howse, long time member and chief
organiser of the event, was delighted to present the prize to ‘our
founding father’, now president, Peter Brown and his partner, Pat
Downes. ‘Clearly Peter, who was the club’s first secretary 50 years
ago, remains one of the club’s leading players,’ said Mike.
Introducing Philip Wraight, Mike said: ‘It is because of the
sustained commitment to teaching by the club’s chairman, Philip
Wraight, that the KBC has reached its 50th year in such a very
healthy condition.’ Membership was declining until Philip arrived
in Kendal and started his highly successful bridge classes nine
Rosemary Search, with commemorative medal and posy of flowers years ago. The resulting injection of players has reinvigorated the
club. Today the club has 176 members and meets at Abbot Hall
OPPOSITION BUZZ, one of the horses in the Olympics silver Community Centre, Kendal, on Monday and Thursday evenings.
medal eventing team, is owned by Rosemary Search, a member of On Tuesday evenings there is teaching and supervised play for
Wetherby Bridge Club. When Rosemary returned to the club, we those wishing to learn and improve.
held a presentation ceremony. Unfortunately, club funds did not A delightful day’s celebration ended with flowers and thanks
stretch to a silver medal, but she seemed happy with the plastic and will surely mark a milestone in the history of Kendal Bridge
substitute! (Steve Hall) Club’s first fifty years. (Wendy Ellwood)
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