News May/June 2015
DID YOU KNOW?
CLUB CHAMPION TEAMS & JOHN CLARKE SALVER
NORTHERN OPEN PAIRS
SUMMER SWISS TEAMS
Why should EBED be important to you?
English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) has been operational for just over a year, and, as we promised, we are keeping you up-to-date on the progress which has been made by the charity in developing and promoting the game of bridge.
At provincial club level the average age of bridge players is now believed to be approaching seventy and rising steadily.
On the one hand, the duplicate game needs to recognise this change and adapt to meet the changing nature of the demand for duplicate bridge. In short, this means creating an environment which meets the needs of a generation of bridge players who are coming, or returning, to the game later in life. On the other hand there is a need to attract new, younger players to the game, to ensure it is sustained for many decades to come – we therefore need to encourage, and cater for, those playing at school and university, and also those juggling work and family commitments.The immediate need is for an increased number of qualified bridge teachers and Tournament Directors leading to a vibrant bridge community built around the many new players who have been taught, (we hope) in full classes with a varied demographic.
The England Juniors have come third in the junior international event at the Midsummer Bridge Tournament in Salo, Finland. - 6th/7th June 2015.
The team of a Rob Myers, Shivam Shah, James Paul and Alex Roberts finished behind the Hungarian and Estonian Under 25 teams. They won five of their nine matches, including victory over the champion Hungarian team in the final match to take the bronze.he has gone on to represent the English junior teams many times opposite several partners.
Shivam was recipient of the 2011 Young Player of the Year award, and co-recipient in 2013. He graduated at the University of Nottingham in 2013 and is now working at Deloitte in Newcastle upon Tyne.
BRIDGE with AFTERNOON TEA
Sunday, 5th July 2015
2 pm prompt start
in The Parish Hall
Millfield Road, RIDING MILL
Jocelyn Gordon – 01434 604610
Pam Niven – 01434 682394
SUMMER SWISS TEAMS
Only six teams competed for the NEBA Summer Swiss Teams competition at Darlington on Thursday 4th June.
This innovative event with an unusual start time and a wonderful two course lunch may take a while to get established but it has made a great contribution towards giving each of the NEBA competitions an individual identity.
As well as the lovely meal, Bev got her just deserts by winning the event with team mates Nicola-Cockerill Smith, Val and Julian Gibson. Runners up were Steve and Georgia Ray, Liz Muir and Don Reid.
HELP TO PROMOTE OUR GAME ? - PLEASE!
We have printed 1000 A6 Flyers (shown below) We would like to distribute them in libraries, supermarkets, doctors waiting rooms, hotels, B&Bs, leisure centres, newsagents, community centres, non-affiliated bridge clubs and any other appropriate place you can think of, to increase awareness and interest in learning/playing BRIDGE.
If you can distribute half a dozen or more contact Mary Page or this website Thank you!
This month a large number of NEBA players made the trip to Ireland to play in the Killarney Congress. I am assured that none of our players wanted to win when they discovered that as you collected your prize you were expected to either sing a song or tell a joke!
There were errors on the posters (below). They have now been corrected. If you have already downloaded them please amend or reprint.
2015 NEBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bill March is the outright winner of this year's Player of the Year!
Shown here accepting the trophy from Liz Muir at the AGM.
More photographs of presentations from the AGM HERE
Top Player of the Year positions HERE
GREAT NORTH AIR AMBULANCE
I'm involved organising a bridge afternoon in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance which I think you will agree is a vital service to our area relying solely on donations from the public and business concerns.
Attached is a poster giving the details and I would be grateful if you would bring the information to the attention of your members. It might be of interest to those who are in the process of learning to play bridge and might enjoy playing in a relaxed and friendly environment with a bit of fun. Some great prizes coming in including some of Bernard McGee's Better Bridge series.
Many thanks Jocelyn Gordon
This band is obviously from an old NEBA trophy.
The first name is Ewart Kempson who won the trophy in 1937. All the names on this band are individuals so it may have been the forerunner of our player of the year. The last threee names are : 1982 Ray Richardson, 1983 Dorothy Henshaw, 1984 W C Harper.
We would obviously appreciate any information you can offer regarding this piece of NEBA history. A full list of names is shown in the ARCHIVES section of the website.
It appears that the competition was a single event with one winner, sponsored by and named after the Newcastle newspaper, the 'Sunday Sun'. (Presumably a limited field where each player would compete with numerous partners). It sounds like a difficult scoring exercise and long before computers! Thanks to John, John and Don for responses!
2015 NEBA SUMMER PAIRS
Anne Bell presenting the 2015 Summer Pairs Cup to the winners, Inga & Neil Aiston.
Runners up were Jocelyn Gordon and Pamela Niven from the Hexham bridge club.
I have a good sized card table if anyone would like it. The green felt is very scruffy but there is a sheet of good green felt with it as a cover.
The table itself is ok. If anyone wants it, can they contact me this week please before Friday, 4th July. Otherwise it goes to the tip. Thanks Pat Barton
Tel: 0191 2673546 mob: 07770 607 666
Sadly, Doreen Dowell (past Chairman of Newcastle Bridge Club (2005-2007)) Died on Sunday May 31st
Doreen will be missed by many friends and fellow bridge Players. Please meet to remember and say ‘Good bye’ to Doreen at Newcastle Crematorium on Friday 12th June at 12.30 and afterwards at Benwell Cricket Club.