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Ross & Gloucestershire Congress – Congratulations to Peter Milewski & Kevin Maddox, winners of the Swiss Pairs event at Ross on Wye organised jointly by Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Bridge Associations (a number of Welsh Pairs participated).
WBU International Trials – the selectors have now published the dates and details for this season’s trials for the Camrose, Lady Milne, and Teltscher. If you are interested in participating see Selectors’ Bulletin.
Online League – the 8th Geoff Evans Online League has now completed – Final Results. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div 1 – Mike Tedd, John Salisbury, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff; Div 2 – Ceri Pierce’s team; Div 3 – Barry Wennell’s team; Div 4 – Richard Stevenson’s & Andrea Knox’s teams (joint winners). See Full Results.
Once again our thanks to Liz for organising such a successful event.
Liz is now accepting entries for Session 9 – please contact her before end of August.
Photographs – the website is being enhanced to show more personnel photographs – many members have no idea what some of the various officials look like. I have sourced a number of photos, but for any official (WBU, Area, Club – see ->’Contacts’) whose photo I don’t have (or an improvement on the grainy one posted), I would be grateful if you could send me a copy – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newspage – in order to keep members abreast of the latest in Welsh Bridge, our President – Gilly – will periodically write a brief but comprehensive ‘Newspage’. In the first edition, the Llandudno Congress, ‘Brian’ (Electronic Scoring), Spickett Bowl, and the WBU management structure, are just some of the items discussed by Gilly. You can view at Newspage.
(You can also view via the WBU Forum, and when registered you can add any thoughts or comments – WBU Forum (General Discussion)).
Calendar – our new NTO – Simon Gottschalk – has taken a fresh approach to the calendar of WBU events. Recognising that Online Bridge is here to stay, there will now be two versions of most National events – face-to-face, and online (separate dates).
Also most events will be run in two sections (numbers permitting) – an open section, and a secondary section restricted to players ranked life-master and below, who feel overwhelmed when competing against the ‘better-players’.
The full calendar will be generated over the next few days.
East Wales Congress – Brochure and Entry forms are now now available for the ever popular East Wales Congress – Swiss Pairs Saturday 15th October, Swiss Teams Sunday 16th October. The venue is the Lysaght Institute in Newport Brochure/Entry Form
Judith Graham-Jones – it is with sadness that we would like to inform members of the passing of Judith Graham-Jones a staunch and loyal member of the WBU and Haverfordwest Bridge Club.
Judith was Chair of Haverfordwest Bridge Club numerous times as well as Chair of the Western Area on two occasions.
She also served twice as President of the Welsh Bridge Union. She was well respected and liked throughout the principality and will be missed by her many friends.
WBU President – The WBU extends a warm welcome to its new president – Gilly Clench. Gilly is a leading Welsh ladies international, at both UK and European levels, and has done much to promote ladies bridge throughout Wales – we wish her every success. Also at the AGM, a ‘new team’ of officials has been appointed: Simon Gottschalk – National Tournament Organiser; Jean Cufley – Treasurer. We wish them all every success in administering and encouraging bridge in Wales.
The WBU would also extend their thanks and appreciation to the retiring officers – Marie Topp, Jean Hand, and Fiona Noyce, for their hard work over many years, and in particular over the very trying conditions during the past couple of years of pandemic. They have had to manage the synergy between face-to-face and online bridge, and have done so with enthusiasm and professionalism.
WBU Forum – Have your say – the WBU have now introduced a Members’ Forum, whereby you can express your views on anything to do with Bridge or the WBU. See How To Use & Register and then visit the Forum. (Details also on the menu bar or side bar). Y Ddraig goch ddyry cychwyn – The Red Dragon leads the way.
Subscriptions – The WBU would like to remind all members that WBU subsriptions are due from April 1st. The fee has been maintained at pre-pandemic level – £10, (all areas are temporarily suspending their subscriptions). Members can renew via their affiliated Clubs (where permitting) as in previous years, but recognising the practicalities in doing this prior to a return to ‘normal’ Club activity, they can alternatively use the personal online Renewal Form. For more information, please refer to Membership Details. Also for the numerous visitors that our online Clubs have welcomed, we would encourage them to apply for permanent WBU membership via the WBU Application Form (members who joined after Jan 1st will have their membership automatically renewed at no charge). Clubs can also submit a bulk membership renewal on behalf of their members – Bulk Renewals via Club.
KEEP BRIDGE ALIVE
The Welsh Bridge Union (WBU) is a membership-funded organisation committed to promoting the game of duplicate bridge. It is also the National Bridge Organisation for Wales recognised by, and affiliated to the World Bridge Federation and the European Bridge League.
For administrative purposes, the WBU is split into four geographical areas.