News Nov/Dec. 2012



It is with great sadness that we announce the death of  Kathy Pike on Saturday 22nd December 2012. 
She passed away at home surrounded by her family and Brian which is where she wanted to be.

Her bravery and courage throughout her illness will be long remembered by all who knew her and an inspiration to us all. 
Kathy won the Newcastle BC Ladies Pairs in 1986 and again in 1996. She was part of the team that won the NEBA Club
Champion Teams in 1998 and 1999 She won the Northern Swiss in 2006 and the Kempson Plate in 201. She will be sadly missed.

I am very sad to advise that Warren Rose has passed away at home yesterday after being released from hospital. His funeral was held today, 9th December at 2.00 p.m. at the Jewish Cemetery, Hazelrigg, Newcastle.
He was very brave and courageous throughout his illness and will be a big miss at the Club. - From the Brunton web site.

Fred Dalton died, peacefully, this morning (7th December 2012). He had been a fine player for many years and started his bridge career when he went up to Aberdeen  University  in 1939.
He was one of EBU's earliest Grand Masters and was awarded a CB when he retired from his post as Deputy Permanent Secretary of Inland Revenue some 30 years ago.
- Malcom Oliver

David Joy adds -
Fred was chairman of Stockton Bridge Club  - a post he held for several years. In his last appearance at Stockton on 20th November he and Tony Jackson scored over 70%.  He leaves behind wife Sylvia.  I don't know his exact age but he was well into his 90s

Despite failing to qualify for the National final this year, the pair with the highest cross imping score in group C were from the NEBA team, Bill March and your NEBA Vice Chairman, Val Gibson. Congratulations to them and to the whole team who ended 6th in their group. Full results can be seen HERE.



Norman & Rosemary Gray & John Kingcome who, with Jim Hodgson, were winners of the Cramlington Teams Event, being congratulated by Anne Bell, who organised the competition.
Full results to follow.

We are delighted to report that the
problems we have been having with the NEBA website have been overcome. It has taken longer than expected for the change to take effect but I would like to thank Ken Pattison for his help and support in making this transfer to our new host.

After well over 10 years we have changed our ISP to 'Namesco' who will provide us with 10 GB of usable web space. So there will be no file size restrictions on what is posted. (We would have been Madasafish not to take this opportunity to upgrade). After a very frustrating week, everything is up and running and the uploads and changes to the site are going smoother than ever!!! IF you spot any information that has 'gone astray' please let me know.
Apologies for the break in service.


The new venue for the 2012 Annual Congress at the Marriot Hotel in Gateshead was a great success. It attracted many visitors from outside the area and the attendance for all events was up on last year. The playing conditions were excellent. Chris Benneworth and his team ran the show smoothly and a huge vote of thanks must go to Bev Godfrey who has been a superb Congress Secretary for the last 7 years. She is leaving the post in the safe hands of Gill Gold who will oversee the event next year.

As many of you will have noticed we are having problems with the NEBA website. Although it is up and running at the moment, there are still issues that need to be sorted out with our ISP 'Madasafish'. NEBA apologise in advance for any disruption that may occur over the next few weeks.
Some pages have been removed because of space restrictions and others may have to go in the near future.



The Scottish Grandmasters Pairs Trophy for the Arthur Cup was played at the Carlton Club Edinburgh over the weekend of 3rd /4 th November.

Clive Owen playing with Brian Senior from Nottingham took the lead in the first round and led the tournament throughout.