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Salisbury Bridge Club

celebrates THE EBU &

double birthday MERCIAN

WEDNESDAY 15 October was a special

day for members of Salisbury Bridge

TENERIFE

CONGRESS

Club. It commemorated two red-letter

days in the club’s calendar: the 21st

Anniversary of the founding of the

club and the 90th Birthday of its

founder, Phil Philbrick (in the photo). 4th – 9th February 2009

About eighty members, past and

present, gathered for the evening at the Mare Nostrum Resort,

Red Lion Hotel. They got the chance to

renew old friendships and partner-

Tenerife

ships by playing Chicago Bridge. More importantly, they celebrated

another milestone in Phil’s long life.

Andy Tilling gave a witty, and warmly received, tribute to Phil

and his wife Cecilia. He took his audience through an amusing

chronicle of Phil’s life, from his school life at Gosport Grammar

School in the roaring twenties and thirties, through his early

training as a quantity surveyor, past his wartime service in the

Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers – he was wounded in action

in 1945 – then on to his post-war years spent in the Far East

before returning to Wiltshire in the 1960s.

Phil’s career saw many changes. He held a variety of managerial

posts in banking, personnel, project management and computers.

Bridge was an early and long-lasting passion to which he devoted

long hours of his leisure. His skill as a player, which is still as

impressive as ever, was matched by achievements in the bridge

administrative world, covering such disparate activities as chief ♦ Pre-congress Pairs

tournament director in Malaysia, organising bridge holidays, ♦ Open Pairs

restructuring the teaching programme of the English Bridge

Union and setting up clubs in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and ♦ Pivot Teams

three in Salisbury itself, including one no longer existing at the ♦ Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Pairs

Spinal Injury Unit at Odstock Hospital.

He was also more than active in charity work which was

♦ Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams

celebrated in 1980 by his becoming first a life member of St John’s (both Green-pointed)

in 1980, then being appointed an Officer of the Order.

He and Cecilia also found time to have six children following

their marriage in September 1944. Bridge Fees: £110

Mr Tilling’s speech was interrupted frequently by members Entries to EBU Competitions Department

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like ‘Pick it up!’, ‘Now make a sensible bid!’ ‘Only eleven cards left’

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and ‘I always like my ladies to go to bed on the same day they got up!’

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gifts on behalf of the club to Cecilia and Phil, and everyone joined

in a lusty singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to conclude a party that had

been enjoyed by all who are now anticipating ten more years of For travel and accommodation

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One founder club member explained why her husband never

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