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News July/August. 2013

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CRAMLINGTON TEAMS CONGRESS
The Cramlington Swiss Teams Event in November has been cancelled.


KEMPSON CUP & NE LEAGUE REMINDER
Ian Ranking has issued a reminder about entries for for the two top NEBA teams events - The Kempson Cup and the North East League.
If you would like to enter a team for either or both events, please let Ian know asap.

SBU SWISS PAIRS SUCCESS
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After the NEBA v Scotland ED match, Liz McGowan presented Janet and Frank Springett with their trophies for winning the SBU Swiss Pairs on 19th May 2013. (If you know of any NEBA players who have done well in any competitions outside of our area, please let me know.)

NEBA v SCOTLAND E.D. - SUN. 7TH JULY at 1PM

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A' team
Ian Rankin and Mike Stanbury
Frank and Janet Springett
Neil and Inga Aiston
Julian and Val Gibson

'B' team
Sue and
Dick Davies
Pauline and Nigel Durie
Mike Crowe and David Turner
Fred Robinson and Alan

Unfortunately both NEBA teams lost badly, declined the invitation of a photograph and asked for the report to be in a very small font. The match was played in a splendid spirit and it was obviously Scotland's day in more ways than one.

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Congratulations to the highest placed newcomers, Trevor & Diane Darwin who achieved a very creditable 52%

21 TABLES AT THE SUMMER PAIRS FINAL
There was big turnout for the Summer Pairs at Stannington this year. The competition was played in a friendly spirit throughout thanks largely to the commanding presence of our director.
Chris Benneworth and his assistant Linda did an excellent job with authority and humour.

CHARITY WALK - OPEN TO ALL NEBA MEMBERS
Details of a charity walk being organised by Warren Rose's family on Sunday 4th August 2013:

The walk will start at 10.00 am at the beginning of the Derwent Walk Railway Path at Lydgetts Junction. Turn left off A692, half a mile west of Templetown, Consett,
signposted Derwent Walk.  12 miles.

2)     Meet at Ebchester Station picnic area at 11.30 am if you want to walk 8.5 miles.
Turn left off A694 at Ebchester on B6209 signposted Durham, Leadgate, entrance below Derwent Walk Inn on left.

3)     Meet at Hamsterley Mill at 1.30pm if you want to walk 5.25 miles.

We will be there at 1 pm for a half hour lunch stop.

Turn left off A694 at Hamsterley Mill and take B6310 (left again) towards Burnopfield,
signposted Stanley. Approx. half a mile down the road there is a small car park on the right.

 4)     Meet at Rowlands Gill at 2.30 pm if you want to walk 3.25 miles.   

At Rowlands Gill turn left off A694 onto B6314 towards Gibside. After 300 yards, just
before the left hand bend turn right onto Stirling Lane and the car park is 100 yards on the left.

 5)     Meet at Swalwell Visitor Centre at 4.00pm for a picnic tea – bring your own picnic & picnic chairs etc.
The Visitor Centre is off B6317 beside Blaydon Rugby Club signposted Derwent Walk Country Park.

All the walking is flat.

The times are approximate as it is difficult to be precise about when those that start at
the beginning will meet up with those at the next starting point, and so on until the end.

The Charity chosen by Ruth, Simon and Rachel is Lymphoma Research. All donations to www.justgiving.com/WarrenRoseLymphomaResearch

Everyone will get a lift to their cars at the end of the walk.

'ANOTHER' GERARD FAULKNER SUCCESS
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The Clive Owen team has won the 2012/13 Seniors Knockout for the Gerard Faulkner Salver. The team of Clive Owen, John Holland, Jeff Morris and John Hassett beat Jeffrey Alper, Malcolm Harris, Ivor Miller and Richard Spencer by 13 IMPs at the West Midlands Bridge Club on Monday in what the winning captain described as "a close, hard fought match played in great spirit". This is the 3rd time that Clive's team has won this EBU competition.

UPDATE FOR BRUNTON B.C. FROM DAVID WING
Hi Mary,
Incredibly a year has passed since the fabulous Newcastle City Cup event took place at your club. In the past year I managed finally to host this event in the 51 cities of England -incredibly all were excellent and great fun - so much so that all 51 agreed in principle to make this an annual event. So if you are kind enough to select one of your forthcoming duplicate evenings as the City Cup night please subsequently email the winners names to me. I will then organise another winners plaque to be sent to you from the Engravers (it has adhesive backing). It was always my hope that this project would be an ongoing legacy and that the Alzheimers Society would benefit. I could never expect any Club to be as generous as all were first time. I am just very happy for the City Cup to be played for annually without the charitable element.  However if say just £20 per Club were raised (around 50p extra per player) that would equate to over £1000 a year (enough to make a difference from the bridge community). If so just a reminder of the donation site:-

justgiving.com/citycup

So many many thanks to all at your club for your part in making this project so successful and hope very much to hear from you in the coming weeks 

Best wishes 
David Wing

PS A Photo gallery of winners appears in the online version of the current EBU magazine.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURES
Just a quick reminder that from Wednesday 1st August 2013 there are new announcement procedures to follow. At their simplest, opening bids of 2NT should be announced by giving the range. e.g. 20-22, 19-20 etc.
Responses to 2NT openings should announced as 'Stayman' or 'transfers' if that is what they are, but note that Puppet Stayman still needs to be alerted.
Short minor-suit openings that could have fewer than three cards also need to be announced. e.g. "May be two"
EBU in their wisdom have unfortunately scrapped Level 3. Sad!
A chart showing the changes in more detail can be accessed here

 CHARITY WALK
A delightful walk on a lovely sunny day and the total raised so far is over £1200 with more donations to follow. Well done to all concerned!

KATHY PIKE CHARITY TROPHY
An ALL TICKET Duplicate Bridge Charity Event in aid of Cancer research will be held at Newburn Leisure Centre on Tuesday 1st October. 1pm - 4pm. As well as tea, cake and raffle, the winners will receive 'The Kathy Pike Charity Bowl'. Participants will be a mixture of inexperienced 'newcomers' and regular club players. Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from
Mary Page. This event WILL be a sellout and numbers are restricted to a maximum of 18 tables. Please take your first opportunity to purchase a ticket.
SORRY THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

CRAMLINGTON PAIRS CONGRESS
After some very disappointing attendances at local Bridge events, there was an encouraging 20 tables at the 9th Cramlington Pairs Congress on 11th August at the Holiday Inn Seaton Burn. Its success was in no short measure due to the enthusiastic efforts of the organiser Anne Bell. The brief welcome presentation was handled with professionalism and humour by Peter Dodds and Norman Gray directed with calm efficiency. The winners of the Championship Final (and a Bridge holiday) were Steve and Georgia Ray.The Consolation Final was won by Pauline and Nigel Durie and the Open Pairs Final winners were John Armstrong and Edith Bennett. Congratulations to all concerned!

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Bouquet presentation to Anne Bell, at the beginning of the Club Pairs Congress 2013, which she had organised.

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.

FREE NIGHT AT CRAMLINGTON BRIDGE CLUB
Thanks to everyone, committee members, director, bridge teachers, and helpers who, with a large number of guests resulting in no fewer than 23 tables, contributed to an extremely successful evening in a very pleasant atmosphere. We hope you enjoyed the experience and that you might come to play at  our club again.
- Peter Dodds - Chairman of Cramlington Bridge Club
 

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