News July/August. 2014
GOLDING BRIDGE CLUB
TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Enjoy a lovely afternoon with Bridge Tea & Scones at St Aidan's Community Centre Gosforth.
The £5 table money is in aid of the Centre.
Tickets from Anne Hauxwell or Neil
FRAMWELLGATE COMMUNITY CENTRE
This is a street view of Framwellgate Community Centre
which you may not have visited yet. It is the venue for
NEBA's next event - Swiss Pairs on Sunday 6th Sept.
Entries please to Elaine Purvis
PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT
Click HERE for pdf posters that advertise the next three NEBA competitions.
Please help to promote these competitions by printing and displaying them in each of our NEBA affililiated clubs.
CRAMLINGTON PAIRS CONGRESS
MAIN CONGRESS FINAL
1st Rosemary Jackson & Marjorie Swan
2nd Phyllis Hands & James Grant
Aileen Cunningham & Mary Page
1st John Moore & Graham Cox
2nd Jim Hodgson & Chris Stenning
3rd Mike & Dorothy Craig
SWISS PAIRS WINNERS
NEBA Chair, Val Gibson presents the trophy to the Overall Winners Hayden Dando and Ted Murdoch
NEBA Chair, Val Gibson presents the cash prize to Irene Burns & Joan Crompton the highest placed players with an NGS rating of 10 or below.
It is with great sadness that Hexham Bridge Club announce the death of Tony Bell.
A well known figure in bridge circles Tony will be remembered as a true gentleman and his courtesy at the bridge table should be a lesson to us all. In his quiet way he was always encouraging, especially to new players, and very knowledgeable about the game of bridge. He was a member of Hexham Bridge Club for twenty-three years and a past member of Brunton and Newcastle Bridge Clubs. Tony played in many NEBA and other competitions over the years and he was invited to play for the County on a number of occasions. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Tony’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, 12th August at 11.00 a.m. at the West Road Crematorium in Newcastle followed by a reception at The Beaumont Hotel in Hexham at 12.15 p.m.
TOLLEMACHE QUALIFIER 2014
The selected team for this years Tollemache qualifier is;
Steve and Georgia Ray
Damian Hassan and Martin Kane
Bill March and Val Gibson
John Atthey and Julian Gibson
Chris Owen and Shivam Shah.
The selectors will decide on captaincy nearer the event. The qualifier is 22 and 23 November at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.
NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE SUCCESS
NEBA team of David and Gill Gold, Dick and Sue Davies, James and Eve Ewington, Eddie Nord and John Boughey won the B division in the first Northern Bridge League match on 2nd August in Leeds.
Well done all.
Any pair wishing to play for the B or C Team for the rest of the season will be very welcome and should contact Pauline Durie.
EBU COUNTY CHAIRMAN'S MEETING
Please find attached the EBU County Chairmen’s notes from the meeting that was held recently on 2nd July.
NATIONAL COUNTIES WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION DOC.
The recent National Counties Working Group meeting looked at three discussion documents prepared by members of the Eastern Counties Working Group. The papers are entitled (with links):
Best Practice for County Associations, prepared by John Williams
Getting More 40 to 60 Year Olds Playing Bridge, prepared by Peter Bushby
Bridge Clubs Premises, prepared by Bernard Eddleston
The above links are to the work in progress documents and, when completed, it is hoped that Counties/Clubs, will make use of them, or not, as they choose. The aim is to share best practice, and materials, so that we are not continually reinventing the wheel. Perhaps then we can help each other develop, and feedback on, already produced materials.
NEBA Chair Val Gibson, would like to invite comments on these documents - either to be posted on this website or sent to our secretary at email@example.com
You will have seen from the Chairman's August Editorial that English Bridge is changing size and is becoming smaller; not quite an A5, but small enough for Royal Mail to consider it Letter size (as opposed to Large Letter) and so charge a LOT less for mailing it. The saving will go a long way towards preserving the life of the printed version of the magazine (unless Royal Mail changes their price structure yet again, but we will have to worry about that if / when it happens).
To make up for the reduction in size, we're going up to 64 pages, but there is no doubt that it's becoming quite difficult to fit everything in and not disappoint readers. One of the casualties of the change in size, I'm sorry to say, is the County News, which is limited to 8 (smaller) pages and so can contain less news than before.
Steve & Georgia Ray were 5th in the three session Summer Swiss Pairs event at Scarborough this year. 156 pairs competed over Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.
Also in the top ten places were the NEBA pair of Liz Reese and Bob Watts who were 7th.
Congratulations to both pairs!
John Atthey's team were 3rd in the 'B' team' final played on Friday 25th.
WINNERS OF THE NEBA 2014 OPEN PAIRS
An encouraging turnout of 13.5 tables played in the new NEBA 'Open Pairs' competition open to regulars and non-NEBA members.
The event was won by Nichola Cockerill-Smith & Beverley Godfrey shown here being presented with the trophy by new NEBA Secretary Mary Page. Nichola & Beverley won with a magnificent 69%.
The runners up were Rosemary Gray & Simon Hedley with 65%.
Full results HERE ----------------------------------Photograph - David Gold
NEBA v EAST OF SCOTLAND MATCH
It was a great day played in a friendly spirit.
The East of Scotland won the A team match and NEBA won the B team.
The 'A' team of C.F. OWEN, D. HASSAN, B. LUMSDEN, F.R. SRINGETT, J.R.ATTHEY, J.A.GIBSON, M.KANE and V.GIBSON lost by 33 imps.
The 'B' team of N.DURIE, L.MUIR, F.ROBINSON, A.LESTER, D.TURNER M.CROWE, J.SPRINGETT and M.STANBURY won by 112 imps.
One board was particularly costly to the North East as in both matches all the North East pairs bid a slam which failed on a finesse, whilst all the Scottish pairs stayed in game. If the finesse had been successful the North East would have won both matches. C’est la vie.
2014 NEBA SUMMER PAIRS WINNERS
The winners of the 2014 Summer Pairs Final were Ray Green & Mark Stanners, here shown with Gill Gold who presented the prizes. Full results HERE
Brunton Bridge Club have come up with an innovative way to keep a record of their past trophy winners. Every year a book is awarded to a member who has worked tirelessly for the club. This year the recipient was Liz Muir.
Brought forward from last month's news are reminders about submitting entries for next season's competitions!
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