Winter League 2017-201821-Aug-2017

The Winter League is Suffolk's premier arrange-and-play teams event – and one of the best ways to play bridge in Suffolk.

It is competitive but friendly bridge with matches played in players' homes on dates agreed between captains. There are promotions and relegations between the divisions at the end of each season. The competition runs between October and April inclusive with each team typically playing one 24-board match a month. Squads of up to six are allowed, with (usually) only four at each match.

Contact league Secretary to register interest or ask any questions by Sunday 10th September.

Not played the Winter League before?

New teams are very welcome at all levels. If you are new to teams bridge and find the idea attractive but are somewhat fazed by facing experienced opponents the League Secretary would still like to hear from you. If there is sufficient interest new divisions can easily be created.

See Full rules and regulations.

Suffolk Championship Teams Final14-Aug-2017

In the delayed final of the Suffolk Championship Teams Hanley (Rick Hanley, Chris Chambers, Peter Gemmell, Graham Beeton, Andre Gray) retained their title with a victory by 57 IMPs over Sherer (Michael Sherer, Eric Newman, Din Gudka, Cathy Rowland, David Morran, Julian Lang).

See details of the semi-finals and earlier rounds.

Eastbourne Winners13-Aug-2017

Suffolk's Malcolm and Karen Pryor enjoyed success at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, winning the 'B' final of the Four Stars.

At the end of ten matches of Swiss teams over Friday and Saturday, the top 16 teams are scooped off to contest two all-play-all finals while the remainder of the field play on. With teammates from London and Essex they qualified for the second eight from the large and strong field and went on to win by half a match.

Eastbourne 'B' Final Winners

Left to right: Rob Cliffe, Malcom Pryor, Karen Pryor, Alan Mayo

Full results are available through the EBU Summer Meeting Hub.

Suffolk v Hertfordshire16-Jul-2017

The second Eastern Counties League match of the new season was at home to Hertfordshire. Suffolk emerged with a 'half point' from the encounter; the 'A' Team lost 5-15 VPs (-40 IMPs), the 'B' lost 7-13 (-19) but the 'C' team drew, 10-10 (-2).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Senior Pairs12-Jul-2017

Congratulations to Dinesh Gudka and Cathy Rowland who won Senior pairs, putting new names on the trophy. Fifth-placed Paul and Christine Rickard took the Veterans' prize.

1.Dinesh Gudka & Cathy Rowland64.36%
2.Barry McLoughlin & Trish McLoughlin60.57%
3.Andrew Moore & Jane Moore59.52%
4.David Price & Jenny Price59.04%
5.Paul Rickard & Christine Rickard58.93%

See the full results.

Suffolk v Bedfordshire25-Jun-2017

The 2017-18 Eastern Counties League season – under new captain Rick Hanley – began away to Bedfordshire. Suffolk improved on last year's encounter, winning two of the three matches: the 'A' Team were defeated 7-13 VPs (-20 IMPs) but both the 'B' and the 'C' teams won, 14-6 (+27) and 15-15 (+36) respectively.

See the board-by-board results.

Mixed Pairs21-Jun-2017

It was déjà vu at the Mixed Pairs event held at the excellent Lavenham Village Hall; just as in 2016, Jane and Andrew Moore were the overall winners and retained the Ringer Cup and John Gan and May Li won the Lang Cup which goes to the top married pair who are not overall winners.

Just 23 pairs contested the event which was played in a warm (in every sense) and sociable atmosphere! By its nature this is a very enjoyable event which deserves more entries next year.

1.Andrew Moore & Jane Moore65.28%
2.Eric Newman & Basia Malinowska60.65%
3.Michael O'Reilly & Patsi Barnes55.13%
4.Christine Cooke & Roger Bacon53.63%
5.May Li & John Gan53.47%

See the full results.

Suffolk AGM26-May-2017

Committee changes

Last Sunday's AGM left the SCBA committee broadly unchanged; all incumbent county officers and committee members were re-elected. There was one vacancy and Malcolm Pryor joins the committee as a member. Malcolm was also elected as an EBU Shareholder (with Malcolm Carey).

County Captain

Rick Hanley takes over as county captain from David Price. In his Chairman's address, Jeff Orton thanked David for his tenure as captain during which Suffolk qualified for the Tollemache Final for the first time (and three times in four years). Under his captaincy the Suffolk 'A' team also twice finished top of the Eastern Counties League first division.

The new captain has a hard act to follow; writes:

Rick hanley Posing at Abbey Road!

My initial goal will be to ensure that we field the strongest possible pairs in all three of our ECL teams. I also think it is important to select players who are willing to participate in both home and away fixtures. Consequently, I will attempt to ensure that all players who represent the county in away matches will be selected to play in an equivalent number of home matches. I will also endeavour to give players as much notice as possible when they have been selected to represent the county.

I am grateful to Jill Tattersfield who will continue to help with fixtures and team admin. I have also asked to recruit players for the 'C' team. I would encourage any Suffolk player who would like to be considered for selection to contact me or Richard by email (via links to our names).

AGM Business

The Chairman Jeff Orton announced that there would be no East Anglian Bridge Weekend (Green-Point events run in conjunction with Norfolk and Cambs and Hunts held on Ipswich Waterfront) in 2018 due to calendar congestion.

The Treasurer, Roger Tattersfield, reported that financially 2016-17 has been a very successful year for the SCBA with a satisfactory surplus of income over expenditure, and almost all areas of the accounts showing an improvement relative to the previous year.

The meeting ratified without dissent the county P2P rate and club subscription for 2016-17 (unchanged at 7p and nil respectively.

Prize Winners

2017 Trophy Winners

The AGM was completed by the presentation of trophies.

Bridge With Lunch24-May-2017

Suffolk's second 'Bridge with Lunch' held in Somersham attracted players of all experiences from across the county. They all enjoyed a splendid lunch with wine, prepared by restaurateur Gerry Ford (who also played), to whom many thanks are due.

Lunch was followed by the bridge, which was won by Pauline Hanson and Barbara Barker from Ipswich.

1.Pauline Hanson & Barbara Barker67.64%
2.Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards59.23%
3.Will Pavry & Angela Pavry56.04%

See the full results.

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.

Earlier entries…


Felixstowe Congress

The Felixstowe Pier Leisure Centre again hosts our annual congress on the first weekend in October. The main format is unchanged; Green-Pointed Pairs and Swiss Teams on separate days and repeating last year's succesful Really Easy Event on Sunday.

  • Saturday 30-Sep-2017: 1:00pm, Championship Pairs
  • Sunday 1-Oct-2017: 11:00am, Swiss Teams
  • Sunday 1-Oct-2017: 15:00pm, Really Easy Event

Download an entry form for more details


See more about the Congress

Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • 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 2017-2018
Updated 7-Jul-2017

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Sun 3-Sep-2017 Earlier start Ipswich Swiss Pairs – Kesgrave
  • Wed 13-Sep-2017 7:00pm Ladies' & Men's Pairs – Lavenham
  • Sun 17-Sep-2017 2:00pm ECL: Norfolk – Away
  • GP Swiss Pairs Sat 23-Sep-2017 Essex/Herts Green Point Weekend – Wodson Park, Ware
  • Sat 30-Sep-2017 1:00pm Felixstowe Congress Pairs – Felixstowe
  • Sun 1-Oct-2017 3:00pm Felixstowe Congress Really Easy Pairs – Felixstowe
  • Sun 1-Oct-2017 11:00am Felixstowe Congress Teams – Felixstowe
  • Begins Mon 2-Oct-2017 Championship Pairs Club Qualifying – Clubs

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 past issues from our Table Talk page.


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