Message from Chairman and Committee - July 2017


  • The time is now due for a refresher course of our trained first-aiders. Thank you to Judy Jackson, Martyn James, Jane Kirk, Helen McCormac, Sue Wormald and Mary Whyms who have agreed to carry out the full one-day training programme, which includes use of a defibrillator, on 11 October. Peter Riggall, who also has a current First Aid qualification, is willing to be added to the list of first-aiders.

    Additionally thanks go to Lucia Chan, Monika Cooper, Ann Cockerill, Ian Grant, Mike Heaney, Janet Hempson, Lol Hinchcliffe, Martin Pierce, Dawn Rayner Maire Reilly, Ann Wall, Rosemary Woolham who took part in specific CPR & AED defibrillator training on 29 June.

    The Club defibrillator was bought by Martyn James as a thank you for having his own life saved by the resuscitation and CPR skills of Sue Wormald and Ken Jones. Research suggests that the speedy use of a defibrillator within 3 minutes following a Cardiac Arrest increases the chance of survival dramatically.

    For information, the defibrillator is attached to the alcove wall in the downstairs playing room and the spare battery for it is kept in an envelope in the First Aid Box on the wall between the kitchen and the ladies’ toilets. The machine does provide verbal instructions when it is used, but obviously having some members with extra knowledge is to everyone's advantage.

  • Pleasingly the disabled parking bay on Priory Road has now been re-established.

    The decision to remove the tree outside the front of the club has now been made. Once the tree comes down the repairs to fractures in the front wall will be carried out.

    External painting has been scheduled to start on 14 August, so completing this round of refurbishment. The work will take around two weeks.

  • The new 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge - Although there is little in the changes that seriously affect players, a lot of the Laws are changing. Barrie Partridge expects player advice to be covered in a short article in the August edition of English Bridge.

    We can elect to implement the new laws at any time of our choosing between 1 August and 30 September. We will probably convert in late August. The EBU adopts them on 01 August in time for the EBU Summer Meeting. Barrie will be using them there for the first time.

    He is proposing to run seminars for our club TDs in late August. These are expected to run for 2 to 3 hours and include some simulations. Apart from TDs if anyone else is interested in attending, please contact Barrie.

  • The May note indicated that, following requests for a second “gentle” session (as per Wednesday afternoon), one would be established in September on Tuesday afternoons.

    In fact, Ian and Julie Grant are holding a supervised play session for their recent learners on Tuesday afternoons, so the new “gentle” session will be on Friday afternoons starting from 01 September. Glyn Foley, Martyn James, Judy Jackson, Margaret Johnson, Rosemary Woolham and Simon Woolham have agreed to look after these sessions. Please will you “spread the word” to those who you think may be interested?

  • Membership renewal reminders are now distributed. Payment should be made by 01 August. Remember that from that date, the Committee has decided to have a single subscription rate of £24.00 (juniors - £5.00) and one table money amount of £3.00. All members are welcome to play any afternoon or evening session, though Wednesday and Friday afternoon are gentle sessions aimed specifically at members relatively inexperienced at Duplicate Bridge.
  • It was reported in the February note that the current allocation of 4 free games in return for acting as standby will reduce to 2 games from 01 August. It has been suggested that the reduction will act as a disincentive to members thinking about doing standby duty. However, the Committee still thinks that 2 games is a fair “reward” especially in the context of the reduction in subscriptions and table money for full members.

    Even with four games on offer, the standby list has continued to contain gaps and really it is hoped that all members regard the duty as providing a valuable service to others, rather than something that attracts monetary recompense.

  • Helen McCormac and Maire Reilly are following up their successful lunchtime activity at Lydgate Junior School with 9 sessions of School Holiday Junior Bridge. The dates are Monday 31July - Friday 04 August and Tuesday 29 August - Friday 01 September - 9.30 - 12.30.

    Children (8 years of age upwards) who already play or would like to learn or just want to find out more are welcome to any or all of the sessions. Adults are welcome to stay and any unaccompanied children need to be pre-booked.

    Again, please will you “spread the word” and (given our Club demographic); perhaps your grandchildren may be interested.

    Their success at Lydgate Junior School is reflected in the fact that they have been invited back next term to continue with the current cohort and start a new one.

    Separately, Graham Jepson has been invited to introduce lessons at Watercliffe Meadow Primary School in Shirecliffe. Graham is also exploring the possibility of organising a Bridge and Bowls day this autumn.


On the Playing side

  • Dates to note
    • July 31 Monday PRO-AM
    • Aug 28 Monday Lord Mayor’s Swiss Pairs
    • Sept 7 Thursday EBED Simultaneous Pairs
    • Sept 12 Tuesday Vice Chairman’s Multiple Teams
    • Sept 14 Thursday YCBA Simultaneous Pairs
  • Jane Kirk & Helen McCormac came first in the York heat of the Northern Counties Improvers Pairs and fourth overall when the results were combined with the other heat.
  • Sandy Davies was successful in winning both the Swiss Teams and the Women’s Pairs at the Scottish Bridge Union Overseas Congress.
  • A team of Keith Cornish & Dominic Rayner and Sandy Davies & Graham Jepson won the Retford Swiss Teams at the end of May.
  • On Spring Bank holiday Monday, the Nancy Campfield Swiss Teams was won by Sandy Davies & Dave Robinson and Richard Pike & Pete Waterman.
  • The 2016/2017 Pairs Pentathlon winner is Rod Hose and Rob Turner won the Teams Pentathlon.
  • The City Cup Challenge Trophy (Saturday 08 July) was won by Rita Duce & Margaret Manson
  • National Inter-County Leagues Final - The team representing Yorkshire South and East, as winners of the 2016 Northern Bridge League 'C' division, was all Sheffield - Glyn Foley (Captain) & Peter Camm, Lesley Blanchard & Stuart Fletcher, David Duckworth & Robin Warner, Terry Jacobs & David Narcross. They did not trouble the scorers.
  • Sheffield A - David Fletcher & Graham Jepson and Mike Pomfrey & David Waxman - won the YCBA Waddington Cup, a county competition for which teams qualify in their local clubs.


The next note will follow the next committee meeting which is on 26 September.  


David Waxman, Chairman




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