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News January/February 2018

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CHARITY EVENTS
Details of three forthcoming charity events, with refreshments tea, can be accessed HERE.

2 & 3 LEVEL OPENING BIDS
Frances Hinden, Vice Chair of the Laws & Ethics Committee, has written an article to help with understanding the changes to the rules on 2- and 3-level openings, which were introduced in the Blue Book (section 7C) in August 2017
You can access the article HERE

£10,000 GRANT
English Bridge Education & Development recently shared the great news that Somerset CBA have received a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery to run Fast Track Bridge courses in the county for those aged 24 - 65. MORE INFORMATION

DIRECTORS COURSES
DETAILS HAVE NOW BEEN FINALISED - Click HERE

As requested at last Council Meeting, I have arranged for the EBU to hold a directors course locally and the following dates have been fixed:

March 22nd          Day 1     Book/Judgement Rulings

April 19th              Day 2     Book/Judgement Rulings

May 31st               Assessment

The cost is £54 per delegate per day for EBU members
and the course is being run by Chris Benneworth.

EBU do require a min of 8/10 delegate per session so please
advertise in your Club and let me have names and EBU
numbers of delegates who wish to attend
asap.

Wearside/Whitley Bay/Morpeth have expressed an interest.

I am busying sorting out the venue and will confirm soonest.
Best wishes Mary Page.

 

SOME POSITIVE FEEDBACK
Hi Neil,
I want to commend you on your excellent Bridge website.  I live in the US and stumbled across your sight while googling.  I have found nothing here that compares to your in-depth explanations.  I am a struggling novice and wish I could attend your classes.  I am challenged by the game, but also frustrated and often wonder if I’m wasting my time. My bridge center offers classes, but few opportunities for practice.  
Anyway, thanks for a great site!

Sharon Schmidt - Louisville, KY

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
Congratulations again to Jonathan Noble's Newcastle University team.    Another confident performance has placed them in the quarter finals. Jocelyn Gordon

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE QUARTER FINAL
The quarter final for Newcastle University will be shown on Monday January 29th. I hope everyone watched their superb performance in the last round. Best of luck!!

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2018 NIMAN ISRAEL
A record 16 teams competed for the 2018 Niman Israel competition on Saturday 6th January. NEBA hope that the renewed interest in this competition - that previously had been cancelled for four consecutive years through lack of interest - is a sign that friendly competitive bridge is regaining its popularity.
Stannington is a convenient spacious venue with good lighting/seating and the AMAZING meal provided by Anne Bell & Chris Stenning make this an event not to be missed. The competition, directed by Chris Benneworth ran like clockwork.
2nd place was tied between
Neville Davies, Margaret Davies, Heather Morrow, Peter Kelly and the Darlington team of Eric Knight, Pauline Knight, Nichola Cockerill-Smith, and Beverley Godfrey.

NIMAN ISRAEL
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED as we cannot accommodate any more than the 16 tables that have already entered. An excellent start to 2018!

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
Newcastle University's second round match against the University of Southampton will be broadcast on BBC 2 on Monday 8th January 2018. Newcastle's captain is Jonathon Noble who plays bridge regularly at a number of clubs around Newcastle. We wish them every success.

Happy New Year!

IDENTITY CRISIS
Overheard conversation in a hotel foyer during a Christmas Bridge Holiday.

GUEST 1"What are all these people doing?"

GUEST 2 "I think they're playing Bridge"

GUEST 1 "What's that?"

GUEST 2 "It's a card game."

GUEST 1 "Never heard of it"

GUEST 2 "Yes you have! It's the one with a wooden board and matchsticks.


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On Saturday 24th March 2018 Andrew will lead a day of Bridge in aid of St Teresa’s Hospice at the Croft Hotel. Tickets will be available after Christmas but to add your details to the expressions of interest list please email charities@chilcott.ltd.uk
Venue: The Croft Hotel, Croft on Tees

Andrew will give two tuition play sessions with coffee to start at about 9.30. Lunch 12.30-13.30 finishing approx 15.00

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Northumberland County Veteran Ladies' Golf Association
BRIDGE DRIVE
Stannington Village Hall, Friday 2nd March 1.45 pm
More information HERE

 

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