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News May/June. 2013

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MAGARET WATTS MEMORIAL TROPHY
Just a quick reminder of our annual Charity Event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief on August 4th.It is always a really enjoyable day with a superb raffle and tombola. We round the day off with a buffet supper and would really love to see you there.
The poster with details of the day is attached and if you should require any further information please don't hesitate to get in touch. Regards Bev.

THE NORMAN ARMY
A loose collection of NEBA bridge players have formed into a regular walking group.
Today, for the first time in their history two walkers failed to complete the saunter between Warkworth and Alnmouth. The group's next expedition will be a gentle 5 mile stroll on Sunday 30th June at Bolam Lake.

Can you recognise the magnificent seven on today's walk - Wed, 26th June?
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A NEW HAND OF THE WEEK
Steve Ray has kindly offered to contribute his analysis of a 'Hand of the Week' for Brunton Bridge Club. Steve, one of the NEBA's Grand Masters, is the 3rd top player to volunteer their services in this way and it is always a privilege to see how a great bridge brain deals with the bidding, play and defence in this infuriating game. CLICK

FREE NIGHT AT CRAMLINGTON BRIDGE CLUB
At a recent meeting of NEBA club chairmen and secretaries, suggestions were discussed as to how to encourage more people, including less experienced players, to participate in club bridge. As part of this initiative, people attending bridge classes and any newcomers are invited to join us at Cramlington Bridge Club for a friendly evening of Duplicate Bridge, free of charge, on Friday 28th June. We look forward to welcoming you to our club. - Peter Dodds

2013 JOHN CLARKE SALVER
Congratulations to Whitley Bay Bridge club who have won the 2013 John Clarke Salver, as the club with the best overall results during the 2012/13 season.
Highest risers were
Bishop Auckland Bridge Club who have made a significant improvement in their ranking. From 20th last year to 7th this year.

FAULKNER SEMI FINALISTS
The Gerard Faulkner Salver is awarded to the team who win the English Bridge Union Seniors Knock Out.
A team captained by Clive Owen with three players from the Manchester Bridge Union John Holland Jeff Morris and John Hassett has reached the final

In the semi final they beat Dereck Oram Celia Oram Jeremy Dhondy and Alan Kay.

BRIDGE WALLETS
Hexham Bridge Club have a complete set (32) of sturdy black bridge wallets (not the usual floppy kind) in excellent condition which are surplus to our needs. We are wondering if anyone might be interested in purchasing them - open to offers. THIS ITEM HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN - Jocelyn

EBU SIMS - NEBA PAIRS IN THE TOP 10
Three pairs from Wearside Bridge Club reached the the top 10 positions in the Spring EBU Simultaneous Pairs competition.

TUESDAY 7TH MAY

WEARSIDE - Alan Wallace and Maureen Puccia were 4th
CASTLE MORPETH - David Seymour & Guy Herzmark were 5th

WEDNESDAY 8TH MAY
WEARSIDE - Sheila Joicey and Muriel Martin Were 3rd

THURSDAY 9TH MAY
HEXHAM - Marie Coughtrie and Marjorie Lorimer were 5th
BISHOP AUCKLAND - Brian Myers and John Little were 7th

MONDAY 13TH MAY
WEARSIDE - Graham Cox and Alleyn Erskine were 2nd

DURHAM SUPPORT ST CUTHBERTS
Durham Bridge Club have recently raised £460 for St Cuthbert hospice.

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BRUNTON BRIDGE CLUB BOOK
With Brunton Bridge Club's trophies full of names, the committee came up with an innovative way to replace their cups and salvers. They opted for a smart 'album of information' that records past and present winners of each of the club's competitions with a montage of previous winners and an archive of the results.
The book, a comprehensive archive, includes a history of the club, a photo gallery of present players, national achievements of its members etc. It is updated and presented annually to a worthy recipient but the books remains in the club for others to peruse during that year.


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The page above shows past winners of two of the most recent club competitions.
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The new NEBA Congress Secretary Gill Gold and her husband David, were last year's recipients of the book for their services to the club over many years. The 2013 book will be presented at Brunton's June AGM to - -?

WINNERS & FINALISTS IN THE 2013 KEMPSON
The Kempson Cup was won by Martin Kane’s team – Martin Kane, Dave Broadhead, Damian Hassan & Bill March.   
They beat Dave Roberts team in a match played in good spirit. Congratulations to Bill, who has now won the Kempson Cup at least 20 times since 1981.

The Kempson Plate Final will be between teams captained by Nigel Durie & Ian Rankin.

DAVE'S BIDDING MACHINE
Dave Dansie from Ryton Bridge Club has just released an amazing bidding programme which is great fun to use.

Like every bridge partner, the computer will not bid perfectly every time, but having the opportunity to see the two hands at the end of the auction should enable you to decide what bids '
might' have got you to the best contract.

Try it at -
http://www.aspbridgeb.co.uk/

CRAMLINGTON LOSE TWO BOARDS
Cramlington Bridge Club were probably the only NEBA club to play 26 boards in an evening.
At their 2013 AGM, members voted to return to the more normal 24
boards. It had been mentioned that the number of boards played each night may have been a factor in deterring some players.

INTER CLUB COMMENTRIES
It is great to see that many NEBA webmasters are now writing reports on their club's matches during the promotion/relegation excitement of the Inter Club Teams competition. A little bit of inter club rivalry certainly adds interest to a club's website.
I do try to visit the various NEBA club websites to find other items of interest from around the region and it is very much appreciated when webmasters e-mail local information that can be shared with the wider NEBA community.

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