Thursday, 15 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Nominations received as at 14th September 2011 (closing date)
Two candidates have been nominated and have agreed to stand. As such, there will be no need for an election for the eight positions available.
Val Gibson (newly elected)
Ian Payn (newly elected)
Sally Bugden – Chairman
Andrew Petrie – Vice-Chairman
Michael Hill – Treasurer
Tournament Committee – 3 positions
Three nominations have been received for the three vacancies. Although there is no requirement for an election, a vote is required to ascertain the term of office for each nominee. Two are required for a three year term of office expiring in 2014, and one for a two year term of office expiring in 2013.
Brian Crack (re-elected)
Paul Hackett (re-elected)
Ian Payn (newly elected)
Selection Committee – 4 positions
Five nominations have been received for the four vacancies therefore an election will take place. The top three successful candidates will be elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2014; with the fourth successful candidate being elected for a one year term of office expiring in 2012.
Laws & Ethics Committee - 2 positions
Three nominations have been received for the two vacancies therefore an election will take place. The top two successful candidates will be elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2014;
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
12.00 - Coffee and tea
12.30 - Bridge starts
15.30 - Meal
19.15 - Finish
There will be 48 Boards.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
We are delighted to welcome Ian Payn to the Board of the EBU. Ian has agreed to take up the role of Board Director responsible for education. Ian has extensive skills in medium and long term business planning and implementation of strategy. He also has a wealth of experience in the world of duplicate bridge; he is on the committee of the London Metropolitan Bridge Association and was previously Chairman of the Young Chelsea Bridge Club; He is currently Chief Operations Officer of Charter Chambers in London.
We are sorry to say goodbye to Suzanne who is retiring from the Board to arrange her emigration to Australia to be with her daughter. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Suzanne, who has made a valuable contribution to the work of the EBU by chairing the Education Working Group. This involved organising the county education research project which culminated in a report presented to the Board in January 2011. We wish Suzanne very good luck with her new life in Australia.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Bill was an active member of Thame, Aylesbury and Wallingford clubs.
He served for several years on the Oxfordshire Bridge Association and was Competition Secretary for several years.
Bill was a County Director and was always ready to help run charity events.
He was a member of Thame Club for over 17 years and was secretary for many of these. His knowledge of bridge movements was legendary and he developed many of these for local clubs.
In 2010 he was awarded the Dimmie Fleming award by the EBU for services to Bridge, an achievement of which he was very proud.
Bill was one of that rare breed of unsung heroes and will be missed by all of his friends.
Bill was first and foremost a family man and was extremely proud of his 5 children and numerous grand-children. He regularly went on bridge holidays with his wife, Freda.
I was proud to have known Bill as a friend and bridge partner. Thank you Bill. You will always be in our memories.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
The charitable purposes of Hitchin Bridge Club are :
· The advancement of amateur sport by promoting the game of bridge for the benefit of the residents of Hitchin and the surrounding area.
· The provision of facilities for the learning, teaching and playing of bridge for the benefit of the residents of Hitchin and the surrounding area with the object of improving conditions of life.
Hitchin Bridge Club was recognised as being established for exclusively charitable aims for the public benefit in advancing amateur sport and providing recreational facilities. The club was registered as charity number 1140362.
Recent research has proven that undertaking regular mental activity such as playing bridge can significantly lower the risk of developing forms of dementia in our older population1. Additionally, research shows that social interaction amongst the elderly can stave off cognitive decline. Playing bridge has also been proven to benefit school pupils, not only in their education but in later years when they have more time available for a leisure pursuit. The game provides both high level mental stimulation and social engagement.
The President and founder of Hitchin Bridge Club, Mrs Margaret Eddleston said: “I am really pleased about the decision of the Charity Commission. The club wishes to help more people learn to play bridge and to reap the benefits from regular mental stimulation and companionship it provides. Recognition that bridge is a sport of the mind and its importance to the mental health and well being of players by the Charity Commission is very welcome. With the benefit of charitable status the club can now concentrate on providing a new community building for the residents of Hitchin which will provide modern facilities for playing the sport and a wide range of other community activities”.
The bridge club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union.
1 - see Annals of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians and the Washington Post, 2003 reporting on: Verghese, J. 2003. The effects of mind games on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, USA.
For further information, please contact Matt Betts, the EBU’s press and communications officer, on 01296 317 200 or by email Matt@ebu.co.uk. See full press release here.
About Hitchin Bridge Club:
The club started in 2000 with only a handful of bridge players. In 2005, it became affiliated to the EBU. It successfully obtained a lottery grant in 2007 to purchase a Dealer4 card dealing machine and associated equipment. In February 2011 it became the first bridge club to obtain charitable status and is now a charitable company limited by guarantee. The club currently plays two evenings a week but is hoping to increase the number of sessions. Membership is approximately 125 and the club is proposing to build a new club house and community centre to replace the current hired hall, which is due to be demolished in the next 2 years. http://www.hitchinbridgeclub.org.uk/
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. See http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ for further information or call the contact centre on 0845 300 0218. As of 28 February 2011, the Charity Commission is opening a public consultation on the advancement of amateur sport as a charitable aim. Rosie Chapman, Executive Director Policy and Effectiveness at the Charity Commission, said: "For years, sporting activities have been used to further a wide variety of charitable aims, for example to advance the physical education of young people or to relieve disability or the effects of old age. Now that advancing amateur sports or games is in itself a charitable aim we want, with the help of the sector, to explore what that means. We are particularly interested in hearing views on what types of sport or game which involve mental, as opposed to physical, exertion might be capable of being charitable. We are also publishing reports on our final public benefit assessments, which looked at sport and recreation charities." See full press release here: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/News/pr_amateur_sport.aspx
Monday, 28 February 2011
Jane Preddy started playing bridge at the age of 11, when her grandmother taught her the rudiments of the game in the air raid shelters during the Blitz. In the 1940s she played much Canasta with Terence Reese and her first, late husband, William Preddy, as well as bridge with many of the big names of the time including “Skid” Simon.
Having enjoyed a string of successes on the national bridge scene in the late 1940s, Jane stopped playing in order to raise a family of five – four daughters, including former bridge international Kay, and a son. However, she returned to bridge in the 1980s, when she revitalised her international career; among other successes, she represented Great Britain in the World Championships in Japan in 1991. It was in the early 1980s that Jane made her most significant contribution to bridge, when she founded the West of England Bridge Club in Bristol, a club that attracted many future internationals such as Andrew Robson, Marc Smith and David Carlisle, with whom Jane lived for the last thirty years and married in 2003. The star of the club was undoubtedly Jane herself, an exceptional teacher who attracted a very devoted following.
Jane retired from Bristol to Kent, where she took up golf, in the late 1980s but soon after she moved again. First she briefly co-managed the Acol Club in London together with Andrew Robson, then she followed David Carlisle first to Aberystwyth, where he gained a PhD, and later to Essex, where he became a school teacher.
Jane Preddy loved life and was much loved by all her family and friends. She leaves her second husband, four daughters and a son. She had thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
The England teams were victorious in Ayr at the weekend. The Peggy Bayer team won comfortably and finished a massive 63 VPs ahead of Scotland. The Junior Camrose team had a closer run, but eventually were 9 VPs ahead of second-placed Scotland. Congratulations to both teams!
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Also, congratulations to the England Ladies: Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Fiona Brown, Susan Stockdale who won the B Division of the Swiss Teams. And to Justin Hackett who came second in the ASUKA CUP with partner, Masaru Naniwada.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Matthew was a Premier Grand Master and prolific master point winner and won the Annual Master Point Award when sponsored by Macallan. He had numerous domestic tournament successes in Sussex where he won the Spring Congress twice, the County Pairs three times and the County Teams on five occasions in addition to representing the County in the Tollemache. His successes on the tournament circuit included the BBL Isle of Man Teams, a number of EBU One Day Events, the Scarborough Pairs with his wife Liz, the Porthcawl Congress Pairs and Teams, Autumn Congress Satellite Pairs and the National Swiss Teams.
He and Liz were also third in the Portland Pairs. In knockout events he was twice a Crockfords finalist, once being runner up and less than a month before his death he was on the Horsham Team which won the 2009-10 National Inter-Club Knockout claiming a number of significant scalps along the way.
At Brighton he won the Mid-week Knockout teams several times, the Mixed Pairs with his wife Liz, twice the Mixed Pivot Teams, had frequent appearances in both A & B Teams Finals and finished third in the Main Pairs in 2010.
In tournaments abroad he had reached the knockout stages of the Rosenblum in 1998 in Lille losing to the eventual bronze medallists. In 2003 in the European Open in Menton he was on a team reaching the last sixteen of the knockout phase before losing to Sabine Auken.
Always courteous at the bridge table, he was one of the nominees for the inaugural John Armstrong Award in 2009.He would always make sure of welcoming players to the table and of encouraging newcomers to the tournament world.
Away from the bridge table he had a keen interest in horse racing and was proud to have been in the Winners Enclosure after the 2009 Grand National won by Vida Bingham's horse Mon Mome.
Whilst Matthew loved teams play especially knockout events Matthew was also a careful Pairs player and in one season had second places in the Easter Guardian Pairs and the National Pairs in addition to the Crockfords second place. He often joked about exchanging those seconds for a win!
On a personal note Matthew has been my good friend for nearly 25 years at and away from the bridge table. It seems hard to believe I won't again have the 'phone call on a Monday morning to chat about the weekend's bridge. I was fortunate to have played bridge with him for many years and in his last event, the National Swiss Teams, where the team finished 4th, the weekend before his death.
Matthew was a popular figure through his competitive but fair attitude to the game allied to a fine if occasionally cutting sense of humour and a keen eye for a practical joke. Matthew lived in Shoreham and is survived by his wife Liz. He will be very sorely missed.
(Andrew Southwell, printed on the Sussex website)
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Funeral arrangements for Matthew Hoskins
The funeral will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Kings Walk, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex BN 43 5LF at 11am on Tuesday 22 February 2011, followed by the committal at 12 noon at Mill Lane cemetery, Mill Lane, Shoreham.
Lunch will follow at the Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DZ. Parking in the immediate vicinity of the hotel can be difficult, but there is an NCP car park close by.
Everyone is very welcome at the service, at the cemetery and at lunch.
For catering purposes it would help if I could have some idea of numbers. If you are proposing to attend, please let Matthew’s brother Toby know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers or donations are welcome. Donations in Matthew's memory for the RNLI (Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station) or the EBU Youth and Education Trust would be gratefully accepted, and may be left in church or sent to Caring Lady Funeral Director, 68 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5DB.
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
The Club Champions have also been announced. These are the players who earned the most local master points at each club from April - December. The club winners were entered into the Annual Prize Draw, so congratulations to the following prize winners:
Steve Lee and Chrys Poole - Hazlemere - £400 (£200 each)
Ray Foulds - Worcester - £200
Graham Boutell and Ann Grant - Stratford St. Mary - £100 (£50 each)
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
He was the Vice President of Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association from 1999 but was best known as Yorkshire Secretary from 1980 to 1999, a role which he combined with that of Treasurer for many of those years. He received a Dimmie Fleming Award in 1999 following his retirement, in recognition of his tremendous commitment to bridge administration.
He was also one of the leading Yorkshire bridge players particularly during the 1980s and was selected to represent the county at all levels on many occasions.
Eric left school at the age of 16 to work at a local Estate Agents, but in 1942 he was conscripted into the army and in 1946 was posted to Rangoon where he became editor of the forces newspaper, the Burma Star. After being demobbed in 1947 he obtained a science degree from Hull University and qualified as a teacher. He spent the rest of his career teaching at schools in Hull and never married.
Yorkshire bridge owes a great deal to Eric and he will be fondly remembered by the county as both a player of the highest quality and for his unstinting commitment to the county’s administration.
The funeral will take place at the Northern Cemetery, Hull on Monday 17 January 2011 at 11.00 a.m.