Saturday, 28th March 2020, 8:29am
CLUB CLOSED : SEE CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT UNDER NEWS ON THE HOME PAGE
We have just heard that Margaret's funeral tomorrow 24th March is to be held privately. It is now for her family only.
The Bradford Swiss Pairs scheduled for 19th April 2020 will no longer take place this year due to the current Covid-19 epidemic.
CLUB CLOSED WITH EFFECT FROM TUESDAY 17 MARCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In light of advice from the Government on March 16th the Committee has decided to suspend all drives at the club until advice is received that it is safe to resume. We will be keeping a close watch on news updates and hopefully the exponential growth of the disease will be flattened by following the official advice and resumption may be all the earlier as a result.
The Secretary will be informing, via email, all those members signed up to Pianola and phoning those others she can identify who are not.
The final match in the 2019-2020 season was played on March 8th with our A, C and D teams winning their matches. The season as a whole was good for all our teams so well done to all who played. The A and B teams just missed being promoted but the C team played very well and (by one point!) will being playing in the division above next season. Thanks to all who played.
Members will be extremely sorry to know that Margaret died on 28th February,
She had been a member of the Club since 1993, soon became a member of the Committee and in 2000 House Committee Chairman, stepping down from the role only last year. She had great energy and did a magnificent job in organising work people - but she did not just do that, she was very hands on and if you came to the club out of hours you would find her repairing something, painting, cleaning obscure nooks and crannies and generally keeping the Club clean and well run. She referred to all this as her "little job".
Margaret was one of the three "witches" (yes, that is what they were called) (with Elaine and Kath Moorhouse) who catered for the Club events for many years starting with the second in-house Christmas Dinner in 1995. This catering spread to include all outside events at the Club. Her proud boast was that she didn't cook but just dusted her oven!!! However Margaret was quite definitely the quiche queen and also made a mean roulade.
Margaret loved travelling and made a particular point of being away every year on her birthday! She must have been to nearly every country in the world.
Following an operation for cancer last year she was told she would probably not live beyond Christmas. So it was good that she was able to go to Italy with her son, daughter-in-law, their family and her sister just before Christmas and also to continue playing bridge until very recently.
We shall all miss Margaret. PLEASE NOTE THAT HER FUNERAL ON 24th MARCH IS NOW FAMILY ONLY
This is just to let everyone know that unfortunately we are having to cancel the afternoon drives on Tuesday March 3rd and Thursday 5th (and Friday morning 6th), as the staircase and hallway are being re-decorated all that week - and there will be no access to the upstairs bridge room or cloakrooms.
All being well, the decorator will have completed the work within the week and we shall be back to normal by the following Monday.
There were some very closely fought matches in the Yorkshire League on 16th February. Bradford results were as follows:-
Bradford A v Sheffield B Lost 8-12
Bradford B v Keighley B Won 12-8
Bradford C v Garforth B Won 14-6
Bradford D v Huddersfield D Lost 6-14
Bradford E v Huddersfield F. Lost 9-11
The final League match will be on 8th March. Good luck to all our teams then!!
Congratulations to Elaine, Kath, Pat and Sharon who were in the winning Ladies team and to Stuart, John, Alan and Steve who won the Men's Team event. A great evening was had by all who participated and thanks are due to Stuart for organising this double competition.
Congratulations to Sharon and Stephen Halston who won the Flitch competition on 12th February. Pauline and Chris Fort came second, Well done to both pairs.
Our C and D teams both won in the 5th Yorkshire League match and the E team match was a draw. The A and B teams unfortunately lost despite playing well and putting up a good fight. Good luck to all our teams in the next match!!
Very well done to our E team who won their match against Halifax D on 19th January with a score of 16-4.
Round 5 matches will be played 26th January and all our teams will be competing then.
The Yorkshire Pairs is the major Open Pairs competition in the County with the top 5 pairs being invited to represent Yorkshire in the EBU county pairs championship.
Three Bradford members were competing in this top level match on January 12th and all did extremely well. Alan Jarvis, playing with a member of Leeds, came first and Stuart Davies and partner George Bak came second. Good luck to them all in the inter county final!
The Club runs a popular 100 Club which gives participating members a chance to win a prize and also raises some money for the bridge club .
Members donate £10 each and, on a Monday evening, a name is drawn to see who has won. In a normal draw the prize is £10 but on the first Monday in the month the prize is £20 and there are large bonus prizes at Christmas. If you would like to join in please see Morris Brown or leave a note for him behind the bar. The first draw of the new season will be on May 4th.
Congratulations to our A and B teams who both won their fourth round match and to the E team whose closely fought match resulted in a draw. The full results together with the current rank order for each division can be seen on the YCBA website.