AGM Pairs21-May-2017

After an efficient AGM the first event of the 2017-18 season was promptly under way. Tony Shearman and Robert Green began the new season as they finished the old; their previous county outing was to win the Championship Pairs and they had another fine score to take the AGM event.

1.Tony Shearman & Robert Green66.28%
2.Jan Havard-Davies & Rosemarie Mascall61.03%
3.Jeff Orton & Peter Bushby55.41%

See the full results.

2016-17 Winter League3-May-2017

Winners of both divisions of the 2016/7 Winter League have now been decided.

Premier Division

Though the Premier division is not quite complete, Hanley (Rick Hanley, Maria Allnutt, Chris Chambers, Peter Gemmell, Debby Sutcliffe, Peter Sutcliffe) were comfortable winners having won all of their six matches.

Division Two

The second division reached an exciting climax. When the last two matches were being played, four teams still had a mathematical chance of promotion. Harpur from Bury St Edmunds (Jo Harpur, Helen Mason, Pamela Pope, David Mathews), who had an outstanding first season in the league, won their final match by a sufficient margin and were promoted to the Premier division as champions.

Congratulations also to Edwards (Anne and Phillip Edwards, Paul and Wendy Lefort) who defeated Hollingsworth in their final match 13-7 and leap-frogged above them to gain promotion as runners-up. Commiserations to Hollingsworth (Chris Hollingsworth, Richard Evans, John Bloomfield, Celia Jeal) who had led the division for much of the season.

Division 2HarEdwHolHanScoWilHavPl'dIMPsVPs
Harpur 11181012187610176
Edwards9 13171451768375
Hollingsworth27 1413181866972
Hanson1036 12171763465
Scott8678 7156-3751
Wilson2152313 136-9048
Havard-Davies1332357 6-16033

See the full league results.

Suffolk Annual General Meeting2-May-2017

The 2017 SCBA AGM will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017 at Nayland Village Hall, Nayland, CO6 4JH starting at 3:00pm. The meeting is followed by prize giving and the AGM Pairs.


  1. Adoption of Minutes of last year's AGM
  2. Matters arising
  3. Chairman's report
  4. Competition Secretary's report
  5. Treasurer's report
  6. Adoption of accounts
  7. Election of Officers & Executive Committee members
  8. Appointment of Examiner
  9. Election of EBU shareholder(s)
  10. Ratification of 7p County P2P rate for 2017-18 (unchanged from 2016-17) and nil Club subscription rate for 2017-18 (unchanged from 2016-17)
  11. AOB

You can download a printable copy of the agenda [PDF] (including nominations for officers and committee) and the minutes of the 2016 meeting [PDF].

AGM Pairs

The AGM Pairs launches the 2017-18 county season and is a one-session event with a break for tea. It begins as soon as the AGM and prize-giving is complete.

If you are intending to play, please enter via the Suffolk Competition Secretary, (01206 331599). The cost is just £3 per player (including tea!). You can download an entry form [PDF] for further information and details for entering by post.

Suffolk Pairs Final23-Apr-2017

Tony Shearman and Robert Green were convincing winners of the 2016-17 Suffolk Pairs Championship.

Field in play

The final in play with winners in foreground: Tony Shearman facing, Robert Green back to camera, against Paul and Wendy Lefort.

1.Robert Green & Tony Shearman65.35%
2.Roger Bacon & Keith Belsey58.11%
3.Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland56.81%
4.David Willson & John Heath55.80%
5.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor55.68%
6.Peter Sutcliffe & Rick Hanley54.40%

See the full listing.

Suffolk v Essex26-Mar-2017

The final fixture of the 2016-17 Eastern Counties League season at home to Essex was a muted affair: all three Suffolk teams lost. The 'A' Team were defeated 7-13 VPs (-16 IMPs), the 'B' Team, 4-16 (-48) and the 'C' 6-14 (-26).).

See the board-by-board results.

Also how the 2016-17 Eastern Counties League finished.

Suffolk v Cambridge University12-Mar-2017

Suffolk defeated the University team 17-3 (+64 IMPs).

That's the whole of the result because after shrinking from three teams to two, the students now only field one. Let's hope that is just the ebb and flow of talent and enthusiasm of organisers and not a truly worrying sign.

See the board-by-board results.

East Anglian Bridge Weekend – Sunday5-Mar-2017

Swiss Teams

Pryor (Malcolm Pryor, Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler David Cooper) from Suffolk retained the Swiss Teams – with an increased VP score.

Teams Winners

(l-to-r) David Cooper, Karen Pryor, Malcolm Pryor, Neil Bresler.

1.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler & David Cooper105 VPs
2.Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting, Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor92
3.Gillian Hall & Eileen Townsend, James Tullett & John Barker91

See the full listing.

Lost property: Two umbrellas were left at the venue – get in touch via the congress link, .

East Anglian Bridge Weekend – Saturday4-Mar-2017

Swiss Pairs

After seven matches Roger Timmins and Michael Bradley from (Newmarket club but technically Cambs & Hunts) had won every one and were almost a match clear. In an echo of last year's top three, Gabriel Ip and Paul Darby were again second and a Suffolk pair were third.

Pairs Winners

(l-to-r) Michael Bradley and Roger Timmins.

1.Roger Timmins & Michael Bradley116 VPs
2.Gabriel Ip & Paul Darby99
3.David Willson & Simon Riley93

See the full listing.

Really Easy Pairs

New for the EABW, this was the second Really Easy Pairs following the event at Felixstowe last year. Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer from Little Clacton won with a super score.

Really Easy Winners

(l-to-r) Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer (with Chris Rickard centre).

1.Jan Turner & Jean Gaffer69.91%
2.Lynda Tibbs & Pam Edmonds56.94%
3.Tony Trathen & Mary Moir55.56%

See the full listing.

The Jyl Marsh County Individual19-Feb-2017

Dave Walker enjoyed the respectful support of his partners and the respectful fear of his opponents to breeze through the competition without a bad board – well done him. All 24 players enjoyed a very sociable afternoon's bridge.

1.Dave Walker68.33%
2.Marcus Hopkins60.83%
3.John Pope60.00%

See the full results for all the placings and Master Point awards.

Suffolk Pairs Semi-Final17-Feb-2017

Forty-four pairs sought a place in the Championship Pairs Final. The top 24 qualify by right to all-play-all final at Nayland Village Hall on Sunday 23rd April at 2.00pm. If any of those 24 drop out the next in line will be invited to play.

Thes front-runners in the semi:

1.Paul Flavell & Bridget Smith64.68%
2.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor61.41%
3.David Price & Jenny Price60.81%

See the full results for all the placings and Master Point awards

If you are unable to take up a qualification place, please contact as a reserve list will be created.

2015 Master Point Lists14-Feb-2017

EBU logo

Club Champions

First past the post in each club's annual Master Point race.

Abbeygate Bridge ClubJohn Bloomfield*1269
Aldeburgh Bridge ClubCarol Smith948
Bury St. Edmunds Bridge ClubKevin Fletcher357
Clacton Contract Bridge ClubMike Williams374
Clare Duplicate Bridge ClubDavid Price1007
Colchester Duplicate Bridge ClubEric Newman599
Deben Bridge ClubSally Ledger531
Felixstowe Bridge ClubGlynn Whitehead556
Framlingham Bridge ClubRichard Waters408
Frinton Bridge ClubMike Williams506
Heritage CoastMichael Shine554
Ipswich & Kesgrave Bridge ClubDiane Whitley1263
Ipswich Hospitals Bridge ClubJoan Mayhew*381
Little Clacton Bridge ClubFrank Gibson548
Newmarket Bridge ClubRoger Timmins**498
Stansfield Bridge ClubBridget Smith823
Stowmarket Bridge ClubDavid Willson**1371
Stratford St. Mary Bridge ClubChristine Cooke694
Sudbury Contract Bridge ClubMike Malin*621
Woodbridge Bridge ClubBob Webb*1085

* Club champions who retained their title from 2015

** Club champions who are undefeated since awards were first made in 2010.

Sadly (yet again) none of the county's club champions was lucky in the EBU prize draw.

Prize Winners

Leader Board Level 4(Star Masters, Tournament Masters, Premier Masters)
Mr JR Pearson43121 Star Master
Leader Board Level 5(County Masters, Masters, Advanced Masters)
Mr David Green2543County Master
Leader Board Level 6(Unranked, Club Masters, District Masters)
Mrs Carol Smith2774District Master

Suffolk's full lists are available from the dedicated EBU page.

Club Teaching Course at Kesgrave6-Feb-2017

Ipswich and Kesgrave are hosting a course run by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to train club teachers on Sat/Sun 29th/30th April 2017 at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre where the club plays.

This course equips attendees to teach the EBED Bridge for All course. From the EBED website:

To help membership recruitment in your club, English Bridge Education & Development is now running an important teacher training initiative to help all bridge clubs to 'grow their own' membership through an integrated teaching programme.

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club. This needs to be as part of programme to which the whole club is committed and which is designed to attract new members into bridge and then nurture their development within the world of duplicate play.

The EBU offers affiliated clubs a discount of 20% on the course fee of £106. KWMCC is on Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 1JF; see or Ipswich & Kesgrave BC.

Applicants should apply directly to Lisa Miller (01296 317217) at EBED. Further details can be found on the dedicated webpage.

Earlier entries…


Bridge With Lunch
24th May 2017

The second Suffolk Bridge with Lunch moves eastwards to Somersham Village Hall, IP8 4QA.

  • First it's lunch, at 1pm.
  • Then it's bridge; expect to finish abolut 6pm.

Download an entry form for more details

Contact organiser

Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • Sun 25-Jun-2017 2:00pm Bedfordshire – Away
  • Sun 16-Jul-2017 2:15pm Hertfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 17-Sep-2017 2:00pm Norfolk – Away
  • Sun 26-Nov-2017 2:00pm Northants – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 7-Jan-2018 2:00pm Essex – Away
  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 11-Mar-2018 2:00pm Cambridge University – Away

Recent Results

League Cross-Table

Eastern Counties League 2016-2017
Updated 1-Apr-2017

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Wed 24-May-2017 1:00pm Bridge with Lunch – Somersham Village Hall
  • Sat 3-Jun-2017 Corwen Trophy – See EBU site
  • Sat 10-Jun-2017 Pachabo – See EBU site
  • Wed 21-Jun-2017 7:00pm Mixed Pairs (incorporating Married Pairs) – Lavenham
  • Sat 24-Jun-2017 Garden Cities Final – Solihull
  • Sun 25-Jun-2017 2:00pm ECL: Bedfordshire – Away
  • Wed 12-Jul-2017 7:00pm Seniors' Pairs – Clare
  • Sun 16-Jul-2017 2:15pm ECL: Hertfordshire – Home - Elmswell

Table Talk

Table Talk is the magazine of Suffolk Bridge. You will find articles about all aspects of bridge for all levels and experience, written by Suffolk players for Suffolk players.

You can download a copy from our Table Talk page.


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