Monday, 6th December 2021, 4:49am
THE CLUB HAS REOPENED.
PLEASE OBSERVE CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS AT ALL TIMES.
If you are hoping to come to the Christmas Celebration (nibbles and drinks) on December 22nd, please will you put your name on the list by the coffee bar. We just need some idea of how many may be coming - for 'catering' purposes!
We'll start at 6 - and finish in time to run a normal duplicate bridge drive.
Regrettably, it has been decided that we shall have to withdraw one team from the Winter league
Some of the team members, for very genuine reasons, are not always able to play as they have other commitments. This makes it extremely difficult for the selectors to find substitutes in the C and D teams.
Withdrawing one of the teams will give the Club greater flexibility in selecting teams and players will be chosen in rotation to ensure that everyone has an equal share of the league matches.
Congratulations to Georgina Wooler and Peter Smith who, after handicap, have won the Handicap Pairs Competition.
They were closely followed in joint second place by Liz Brown with Joyce Carey and Robert Eaton with Jean Britteon.
Well done Georgina and Peter.
In all face-to-face sessions held at the Club, including Yorkshire league matches, the Club's Covid-driven policy will apply.
We aim to adequately space the tables and ensure a well ventilated playing space. Hand sanitiser and wipes will be on hand.
PLEASE NOTE. Kath's funeral had had to be postponed as one of her family has Covid. Revised details will be posted as soon as the new date is known.
Kath's funeral will be held on Thursday 21st October at 1.30pm at St Peter's Church, Moorhead Lane, Shipley
Congratulations to Bradford A who finished top of Division 1 in the Autumn Online Yorkshire League. The team was Stuart Davies, Steve Blackburn, Gill Copeland, Mark Armitage, Nichola Cockerill-Smith and Stephen Berson.
The same team with the addition of Richard Pike of Sheffield has just completed three successive promotions to reach division 1 of the national lockdown league.
Very well done!
It is with great sadness that we have to let everyone know that Kath Moorhouse has died.
Kath was a member of Bradford for over twenty years and during that time she contributed enormously in many ways - especially by helping with the catering at our famous Christmas meals and other events.
She will be greatly missed by her family and by all of us at the Club.
Congratulations to David Donaldson on his promotion to 5 Star Regional Master in September and to Tony Kingham on attaining promotion to Advanced Master in August.
Although we usually have a host system, please note that this is not currently running but we hope to start it up again soon. In the meantime, if you need a partner for a specific day, you can always use Pianola. An email will then be sent out to all the members giving your contact details saying you are looking for a partner for that particular session.
As from Wednesday 11 August the Bridge Club premises will not open up for the Monday and Wednesday evening drives until 6.45pm.
On Monday 16th August the monthly teams event will be resumed.
If you feel able, do make up a team. It will be a really enjoyable, worthwhile evening
This is just to let everyone know that the Club is now fully open, all sessions are running and we have welcomed numerous members who are are keenly returning to Face to Face bridge.
We are so lucky to have a large Clubhouse and the bridge premises are not shared with any other organisation. That, and the fact that we have three playing rooms all of which can be used if necessary, makes it easy for us to spread out and safely accommodate everyone.
WELCOME BACK TO FACE TO FACE BRIDGE
The Club has now re-opened with all sessions running.
The first drive was on July 19th when there were five tables. Everyone had a good time and was happy with the playing conditions. All sessions are now running and we are really looking forward to seeing members back.
Just as a reminder about the way that the Club is operating:-
For each session every table has a hand sanitiser and all players are requested to use this at the commencement of each round. E/W pairs retain their bidding boxes for the entire drive. Only the person sitting North is allowed to handle the Bridgemate scoring machine. When a score is entered N should show the players at the table the entry made and upon agreement it is North who confirms the score. At the end of the drive the director will request that every person be responsible for the cleaning of the bidding box they had exclusive use of during the drive. Additionally the director will request that North be responsible for cleaning the Bridgemate.
After the June 14 Government announcement we have had to postpone our planned re-opening to a later date but we will be holding sessions at the Club as soon as it is permitted to do so.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
The EBU has sent the following message to clubs.
The government has delayed the end of Stage 4 of the lockdown by four weeks, but this still means it will be over 2 ½ weeks before the start of our flagship Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, which we are excited to be providing as our first national face-to-face event for about 18 months, subject to any unexpected changes to this revised road-map.
Although government restrictions will have ended entirely by then, we will be working with the venue to put in place arrangements to help minimise any risks, by means of table spacing and one-way traffic where possible. We also expect all players to regularly use anti-bacterial hand gel and to do their best to accommodate any requests from opponents to wear face-masks, which we will provide for those who don’t have their own.
We would welcome members entering for the Summer Meeting as soon as possible so that we can get a sense of numbers for planning. As always, if you later change your mind for any reason, you will be able to get a full refund from us. If you are uncertain about attending, you should make bookings at hotels that allow full refunds on cancellation within a stated time.
Similarly, we would also welcome entries now for the Autumn Congress and the Seniors Congress, both due to take place face-to-face in October. Once you have booked your bridge via MyEBU, contact our partners First for Bridge for their exclusive package deals available at the hotels.