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teaching, and provide a base from which to promote the game

to schoolchildren as well as adults. She plans an in-depth

consultation with county clubs and an investigation into

funding options, including grants, sponsorship and


She sees it as part of uniting Norfolk's many clubs in a

shared mission to make bridge fashionable again - with best

behaviour and sociability paramount.

It's a hugely ambitious project. But if not now, when? And

if not Suzanne, who? You know something? She might just

pull it off.

North East

CONGRATULATIONS go to Bill March for his

consistent performances throughout the season

resulting in the award of NEBA Player of the Year

2014-2015. Chairman Val Gibson made the pres en

tation at the AGM in May. After nine years, the Hurworth

'A' grip on the 1st Division of the NEBA InterClub was broken

when Brunton 'A' took the 2015 title. The NEBA team selected

to play ED Scotland in July was Liz Muir, Don Reid, Clive

Owen, Damian Hassan, Liz Reese, Bob Watts, Neil Aiston and

Inga Aiston.

Diary date: the 2015 NEBA Congress is again to be held in

the splendid bridge facility at the Marriott Metro-Centre

Hotel from 6-8 November. All main events, Saturday Swiss

Pairs and Sunday Swiss Teams, will be green pointed.


THE county will be holding a Blue-pointed

Swiss Pairs event on Saturday August 8 at

Stamford Bridge Club. The event will be open

to any pairs with the leading Northants mixed

pair receiving the Murchie Lerner Trophy. Details on the website.

The joint Bedford & Northants Congress will be held on

September 12-13 with Pairs on the Saturday and Greenpointed

Teams on the Sunday. The event will be held at

Heron's Lodge Guide Centre, opposite National Badminton

Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton, Milton Keynes, MK8 9LG.

I would ask Northants members

can be made online on the Bedfordshire Bridge Association

website or to Rita Keable, 170 Bideford Green, Leighton

Buzzard, Beds LU7 2TS, email:


THE AGM at Nottingham Bridge Club in May

was not quorate. The new Committee was

elected at an Extraordinary General Meeting in

June. The Committee and the programme that

it established will be found on the website.


AT the EBU Jersey Lambourne Festival, Jean

Squires won the Pre-Congress Pairs. Kathy and

Denis Talbot were 6th in the Midweek Pairs

Championship, 7th in the Swiss Teams and 7th at

the Hants & IOW Swiss Teams playing with Debbie

Roberts - Geoff Nicholas.

Ed Jones' team came 7th in the Swiss Teams' Hamilton Cup

at the Schapiro Spring Foursomes. Sandra Nicholson - Krys

Kazmierczak were 4th in the Swiss Teams at the Cheltenham

Congress. Aleksandar Lishov came 3rd in the Yorkshire

Congress John Colley Trophy and =7th in the EBU Spring Bank

Holiday Congress Swiss Pairs.

At the EBU Oxford Belfry Midweek Congress, Beryl Kerr was

6th in the Swiss Pairs.

The Oxfordshire Congress was another great success.

Winners of the Swiss Pairs were Sarah O'Connor - Mike Bell

with Oxfordshire's Michiel Cottaar - Carlos Acero in 2nd

place. The Swiss Teams was won by Joan and Geoffrey Peel,

Chris Smart and Michael Lunn with Oxfordshire's Abbey

Smith, Sandra Claridge, Robert Procter and Mike Robinson

3rd. Ruth Kim - Howard Arnes won the Sandra Landy Trophy.

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THE County finished 4th, 2nd and 6th in the

various divisions of the Inter County Western League.

The team of Roger Sweet, Colin Juneman, Eric

Cummings and Colin Flood were defeated in the

3rd round of the Gold Cup.

The green-pointed West of England Congress will be held at

the Winter Gardens, Weston Super Mare, from 2 to 4 October.

Entry Secretary is Ann Bawdon, 4 The Perrings, Nailsea,

Somerset BS48 4YD or email

Staffs and Shrops

WITH three rounds to go the county team of

Dan Crofts, Barbara, Justin and Paul Hackett

were leading the Pachabo. In a close finish they

ended 4th.

Both our county teams had a creditable result in the

Midlands Bowl Trophy. Dan Crofts, Ed Levy, Jason and Paul

Hackett finished 2nd, while Robin Adey, John Day, Geoff

Davies and Geoff Feltblower were 3rd.

We wish Justin and Jason in the Open and Paul in the

Seniors the best of luck in the World Championships in

Chennai, India in September.

Andrew Robson is giving us a seminar. Details will soon be

appearing on the county website.


ANDREW and Jane Moore won the Swiss Teams at

the Jersey Congress.


JEFFREY Allerton, Frances Hinden and Graham

Osborne have had an amazing couple of months.

Not only did they win the Schapiro Spring Four somes

(see pages 24-25), but they were also runners

up with Mike Scoltock at the Pachabo, and Graham and

Frances were 3rd in the Corwen. Frances described these

achievements as disappointing as they could have won all three!

Six Wimbledon players were in the first two teams at the

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