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match point and cross check at the speed of light

and was rarely found to have made an error. He was

treasurer for the New Amersham Bridge Club for

many years and played in their League of Eight with

considerable, but not remarkable success. He

became a Life Master over 20 years ago when green

points were much harder to come by than now! He

was so proud to have been chosen to represent

his country in the very first friendly international

between England and Holland.

For many years he ran a charity bridge club in

Golders Green and holidays in Sandbanks, Eilat,

Cannes and Italy and had great followings in his

ventures.

His main claim to fame, however, was the bridge

club he founded in North-West London, which in

its heyday boasted as many as 50 tables every

Wednesday and where the cakes and biscuits were

always home-made by his adoring wife, Sheila!

Results were announced on a recorded message

on the telephone, ending with the famous line 'and

there was one other pair'!

Maurice never forgot a face or a name and always

welcomed every single person to the club. He will

be sadly missed by his many friends and bridge

partners.

ROBIN MARDLIN (Devon): It is with great sadness

that we report the death of Robin Mardlin. Robin

with his wife, Margaret, was a great supporter of

bridge in Devon and elsewhere. Our thoughts are

with Margaret and family.

PATRICIA SMITH (Derbyshire): Derbyshire Contract

Bridge Association and East Midlands Bridge Club

are sad to announce the death on 10 May 2017 of

Mrs Patricia Smith. Pat was 65 years old. She was a

hard working and active member of the DCBA

committee for several years. An ardent bridge

player, she encouraged new players to attend club

nights and helped them to improve their game. Pat

will be greatly missed.

BRIDGE BEGINNER'S PRAYER

Learning bridge at an elderly age

Is not so hard if you're a sage.

But for the average man in the street

Achieving success seems quite a feat.

You say one thing and mean another

No wonder the brain gets all in a puther.

Say what you mean and mean what you say

Isn't that the age-old way?

Call a spade a spade -

No that's not right

It may not be, but then it might.

Clubs the lowest of the low

Cloaks much the learner needs to know.

Hearts and diamonds, a lovely red

But that's enough about them said.

The game no doubt is a wondrous thing

But Oh such problems it doth bring.

So Lord grant me a little wish

Let not my brain feel like a sieve.

This mysterious game is here to stay,

Please shine a light and show me the way

To master the problems, a little each day.

By Dorothy Wells

Following her first season of

bridge lessons at Scunthorpe BC!

82 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk

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