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Around and About



AS Surrey’s County Youth Officer for bridge, I have been

promoting this game for the past ten years and have also been

teaching MiniBridge in primary schools. To make the game

enjoyable and interesting, I sometimes add in challenges in the

form of quizzes, poems and sketches associated with bridge.

Recently, I invited a group of enthusiastic 8-9 year olds (mostly

girls) with their Head Teacher and a member of staff from The

Mount Primary School in New Malden to a bridge picnic. This was

in the picturesque surroundings of the Molesey Boat Club on the

Thames (where I row) near Hampton Court Bridge. The children

had a ‘wow’ of a time watching rowers, feeding ducks and geese from

the towpath, and trying their prowess on the ‘ergos’ (indoor rowing

machines). Some of them were so excited at their ability that they

even flexed their miniscule muscles after their efforts! Photo: Bristol BC

BRISTOL Bridge club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a

week of bridge events culminating in a party on 15th June. The

club, which is open almost every day for all levels of play,

currently has about 400 members. In the picture, from the left:

Olwen Symons (wife of late Graham Griffiths, founder of club,

whose portrait is on the wall at the back), Barry Capal (EBU

General Manager, who presented the club with a special

congratulations certificate), Faith Stinchcombe (current

Chairman) and Olivier Espitalier-Noel (Chairman to be).



Afterwards, they had time to enjoy their picnic lunch in the sun- PETERBOROUGH Bridge Club’s Charity Day this year was in aid

shine on the nearby playground – a few moments on the swings of a local organisation called ‘Club 73’ which provides social

and enough time to play a few hands of MiniBridge on the grass activities for disabled people with physical and mental difficulties,

before setting off in their school coach. aged fifteen plus, with no upper age limit.

This tale may encourage bridge teachers and staff at schools to This year the ‘Day’ began with a seminar on doubles given by

try something different from time to time! Bomi Kavarana Grand Masters Graham and Berry Hedley, which was very much

enjoyed by the thirty-five people from clubs around the county

Club Bridge who attended. In the afternoon, a thirteen-table pairs event took

place, won by Margaret Dowell and Bob Vajda. During the tea

interval, the raffle, with many excellent prizes donated by local

Matlock Bath, New Bath Hotel businesses, was drawn by club secretary’s granddaughter,

26th Sept, 3 nights HB £200 Rebekah, who suffered brain damage in a car crash when she was

Christmas House Party almost three, and who loves going to Club 73. In the evening, a

Exclusive use of WHITEHALL HOTEL, teams event was held, with seven teams competing. The winners

Elizabethan Manor House, Broxted 24th Dec, were Rona Stewart, Eric Don, Ken and Penny Riley.

3 nights FULL BOARD £275 Special thanks must go to everyone who donated prizes, and for

Tunisia, Port El Kantaoui other donations from club members. Adrian Stone and Chris

5* Andalous (beach front) 8th Mar 2009, 14 nights HB Taylor, members of the PBC Committee, deserve much praise

from £589 Single Supp only £56 for their heroic efforts in the kitchen and bar, keeping everyone

Bridge Licensed by the EBU supplied with hot, cold or alcoholic drinks, and making everyone

Call 01553 768236 else feel tired just watching them at work.

A total of £729 was raised for Club 73.

40 English Bridge August 2008


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