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News May/June 2016

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2016 NEBA CLUB CHAMPION TEAMS WINNERS
Ten teams competed for the Club Champion Teams trophy at Stannington on 14th May.
The winning team shown below were representing Hurworth Bridge Club. A split tie for 2nd position saw the Newcastle team of Frank Springett, Mike Stanbury, Brenda Osborne and Colin Hepworth beat the Morpeth team of Aileen Cunningham Chris Stenning, Jim Hodgson and John Kingcome, into 3rd place.

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BISHOP AUCKLAND BRIDGE CLUB CELEBRATION
Louise Badcock presents Guest of Honour, NEBA Chair Val Gibson with a bouquet at the Bishop Auckland Bridge Club 40th Anniversary Dinner held at Auckland Castle on 28th April 2016

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NEBA v EAST OF SCOTLAND
Applications are invited from pairs who wish to be considered for the A & B teams.

Please email the selectors John Gladders john_gladders@hotmail.com and Damian Hassan damianhassan@gmail.com on or before 21st May 2016. Please also indicate whether you wish to be considered for the A or B team or both. More information HERE

2016 CLUB CHAMPION PAIRS
Congratulations to Clive Owen and David Turner, representing Hurworth. They won the NEBA Club Champion Pairs competition held on 1st May at Darlington. Runners up were Reg Hornsey and Tony Watson from the Wearside Bridge Club.

NEBA SIMS SUCCESSES
National winners of the Tuesday heat of the EBED Spring Pairs were Graham Cox and Alleyn Erskine from the Wearside Bridge Club with 73%.
2nd in the Thursday heat were the Hexam pair, Pam Niven and Jocelyn Gordon, with a score of 71%.
Congratulations to both pairs.

MARION CHIPPERFIELD
Some of you will remember Marion who was a regular at Newcastle Bridge club. She is now living in Surrey and still playing bridge socially. Why is this significant?
Well Marion is now 100 years old!!!

APOLOGIES my informant was wrong

CORRECTION Marion is only 97 or 98 - - BUT
I am reliably informed that Doris Henshaw will be 100 on 17th July this year.

GARDEN CITIES REGIONAL FINAL
Brunton Bridge Club, winners of the NEBA Inter Club competition, failed to qualify for the National finals winning only 2 of their 5 matches at Bradford on Saturday 7th May.

NEBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The Joint winners of the 2016 NEBA Player of the Year were Steve & Georgia Ray with a total of 44 points.

Runners up were Inga and Neil Aiston with 41 points.

JOHN CLARKE SALVER
The John Clarke Salver is awarded to the club whose players have performed most successfully in the Inter Club competition and the Club Champion Teams and the Club Champion Pairs competitions.

This year's winning club was Hurworth and the runners up were Brunton

SUMMER SWISS TEAMS
Please download the high resolution version of this poster and display on your club noticeboard. DOWNLOAD

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As a new benefit for affiliated clubs (old and new), EBU have arranged a deal for those wishing to try
Pianola. As a part of your EBU affiliation you can use Pianola completely free of charge for twelve months.

Pianola allows clubs to manage their membership, communicate with their players, publish the club’s results and build a website. Players benefit from personal analysis of their performance and can use the system to advertise for a partner, when they need one. Pianola integrates closely with the EBU database in real time, so changes you make in Pianola are automatically and instantly replicated on the EBU database. Adding or removing members, uploading results, retrieving all your members' NGS and grade information - Pianola automates the whole process. To take advantage of this offer contact sales@pianola.net and mention you're an EBU club.

WHITLEY BAY & TYNEMOUTH BRIDGE CLUB
'Whitley Bay & Tynemouth' was the only
NEBA club in the top 50 of EBU clubs, based on attendance over the year. They are one of the few NEBA clubs that offer more than one play session per week. FULL RESULTS
AND, like Durham and Darlington they offer duplicate play - during the day - a successful idea that other clubs may consider.

LIZ MUIR INSTALLED AS CHAIR AT NEBA AGM
In their 40th anniversary year, Bishop Auckland Bridge Club welcomed the NEBA to the Club on Thursday 19th May at 6.30 pm for the holding of the 2016 Annual General Meeting.  
Vice Chairman Liz Muir presided and was herself installed as Chair for the ensuing two years.  
All other officers were re-elected unopposed.  Presentations were made for all trophies won in the 2015-16 year and this included the Division C Trophy awarded to Bishop Auckland for its success in the Inter Club Competition.  Malcolm Dawson accepted the trophy in the absence of Team Captain Roger Carpenter.  Business was expediently managed and with the meeting over, bridge commenced at 7.00 pm. John Dobson

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TESSA LEE
At the Castle Morpeth AGM & Prize Giving, the family of Tessa Lee presented a handsome new Teams Trophy that they have donated in her memory.   In the photo are husband Peter, daughters Becki and Jo, son Josh and grandchildren Jessica and Chloe. 

Receiving the trophy are the team winners represented by Kathy Banerji and Jo Lormor (Margaret Andrew and Azhar Mahmood were absent).   

Tessa Lee was active in North East bridge circles for many years and introduced many students to the game through her teaching with Morpeth Bridge for All.   She is very much missed and this new trophy will keep her memory alive

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The new NEBA Chair, Liz Muir, presents 2015/16 trophies at the AGM held at Bishop Auckland Bridge Club

MARLENE DAVISON
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Marlene Davison, a charming lady with a great sense of fun. Marlene was a regular player at Newcastle and Brunton Bridge Clubs. She died yesterday, 24th May, at Manor House Care Home in Ponteland after a short illness.
Funeral is on Thursday 2nd June
3pm at
West Road Crematorium.

IMPROVERS COURSE in SCOTLAND
Dear Neil
, our course mentor, Richard Evans, suggested I contact your association.
We are running an Improvers’ course at the fabulous Mill of Dess Lodge at Aboyne
http://lowerdessestate.com/mill-of-dess-lodge/ in September.

We have 4 places (2 couples or 4 singles) remaining.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate the attached information sheet to your members – and perhaps put it up on your website? If you or they have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. antonia@lowerdessestate.com - MORE DETAILS HERE
With many thanks and kind regards.
Antonia

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Please click HERE to download, this high resolution poster. Please print and display the poster in your bridge club.

WORLD SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS
Cramlington Bridge Club are hosting a heat of the World Sims on Friday 3rd June

WHITLEY BAY TYNEMOUTH MERGER
After our committee meeting on the 14th June we have agreed that it would be helpful to add a news item clarifying the situation regarding the merger of the two clubs.

Whitley Bay Bridge Club formed in 1945 and Tynemouth Bridge Club formed in 1949 have amalgamated and formed a new club called Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club.
The two clubs have shared the same premises for the last 39 years and have finally agreed on the merger.
It is hoped that administration will be simplified.
North Shields Bridge club also meet at the same venue.
Phil Jackson (Deputy Chairman).

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NORTH EAST LEAGUE
The 2016 season starts on July 16 and runs for 4 Saturdays (dates and venues below).

16 July -
Manchester

6 Aug. - Blackburn

10 Sept. - Keighley

8 Oct. -
Bradford  

It is a competition in which we enter a team of 8 in the B division only (for experienced club players like those that regularly play in the inter-club for your club). 

The team will not be the same for each date because some pairs are not always available and we want to encourage as many pairs to participate as possible.

If you would be interested in playing as a pair (or a person who might be able to be paired up) please let me know as soon as possible by email:  ndurie@yahoo.co.uk.

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NEBA v EAST of SCOTLAND
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A' Team
Steve & Georgia Ray
- Damian Hassan & Martin Kane
Neil & Inga Aiston - Bob Watts & Liz Reese
'B'Team
Marion Curran and Margaret McCabe

Mary Page and Aileen Cunningham
Bev Godfrey and Nichola Cockerill-Smith
Fred Robinson and Peter Li-Ping

Application forms can be downloaded from the Cramlington Bridge Club website

DORIS HENSHAW
Sorry to say that Doris Henshaw died at the RVI on 23rd June
Thank you for all you kind messages.  Funeral details will be provided when we have them..
Regards,Valerie Henshaw

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SUMMER PAIRS WINNERS
Congratulations go to the winners of the 2016 NEBA Summer Pairs final, Jacqui Taylor and Geoff Parker from the South Shields Bridge Club.
Runners up were Clive Owen and Damian Hassan from the Hurworth Club.
31 pairs competed in the 48 board final at Stannington.

NEBA PROGRAMME BOOKLET
The 2016/17 programme booklet is presently at the printers and will be in our affiliated clubs within the next couple of weeks.

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