News Nov/Dec. 2016



17th - 19th February

A long weekend of bridge in Yorkshire, with teams and pairs competitions (including an Improvers event). Now run by the YCBA on behalf of the EBU

An entry form is available, and also further information will be available on their website at


Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has written to the EBU in support of our efforts to have bridge recognised as an activity on which no VAT should be charged for competition entries.

Mr Farron has previously
spoken out against the imposition on VAT on chess competitions, and has recognised the positive benefits of playing both mind sports. MORE


Ten and a half tables competed in the 'Newcomers' event at our 2016 Congress.
Directors reported that the newcomers comfortably managed the 18 boards, confidently operated the 'Bridgemates', and managed the movement and scoring without difficulty. More importantly, the feedback from the newcomers was
very positive.

The overall winners were Ivan Turner & Bob Doughty, from the Newburn Club. Runners up, were Jim & Lynda Fullerton, from the Newburn club and Dee Milburn & Jan Twizell from Darlington, were 3rd, but well done to all the participants who made this big step into tournament bridge.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Hodgson.

He passed away peacefully with his family in London. He will be greatly missed on the
bridge scene throughout the region.

Funeral to take place at Blyth Crematorium on Friday, 6th January 2017 at 10.45 a.m.and afterwards at Blyth Golf Club.
Apologies for the lateness of this sad notice.

N.E.B.A. wishes all its members
a Merry Xmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

FROM 'THE TIMES' - Saturday 3rd December
The traditional image of a bridge game has been ladies in twinsets and pearls sitting around the kitchen table with a glass of chardonnay. Now that cliche is being turned on its head by schools across the country as pupils shun football and their iPads during breaks to spend time studying the cards and preparing their bids. According to the English Bridge Union, the number of young people playing the card game has quadrupled since 2011. About 300 schools are thought to be promoting it.

Teachers have realised that the card game, played by four players in two competing teams, is good for teaching maths and teamwork.

At Weald community primary school in Kent, Jim Garlinge, who has been teaching the game for the past 25 years, has volunteered to play with the pupils.

“It’s the new thing at school. Lots of people are talking about it,” Isabelle Chatten, aged ten, said. She and her two friends decided to join the school bridge club, established last year, after they discovered during a class presentation that Bill Gates was, as he put it, “obsessed with the game”. Alex James, the bassist in Blur, is also said to find the game “utterly compulsive”.

“I like that famous people are playing things that I’m playing. That’s quite cool,” she added.

Rowan Remjin, ten, said that he liked bridge because it did not require strength nor luck. “It only requires strategy,” he added.

Richard Banbury, of the English Bridge Union, said that the game was flourishing in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire in particular.

“We’re not trying to teach them to be international stars but want to broaden their reach. It’s mentally stimulating as well as fun and brings benefits back into the curriculum.” He said that the game had the added benefit of requiring the children to work in teams, allowing them to interact socially.

Anton Mauve, one of the parents who set up the bridge club at Weald primary school, plans to start an inter-schools competition and said: “It’s very much a craze. The kids go home and tell their parents, and get them around the kitchen table.

“They then start shrugging off the rust and remember the game they used to play and the whole thing just blooms.”

For many of the children it is the refined status of the pastime that appeals. Gabriel Williams, ten, said: “All of my friends are on the football team and I didn’t have anything to do so I started playing bridge. It’s actually quite cool.” Gabriel and his cousin, Florence Wells, play the game at home.

Others, enthused by a recent trip to the Houses of Parliament where they had a bridge tournament — and counted Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, as a spectator — are keen to teach their families in time for Christmas.


item14Gill Gold and Ray Green played (and won) in the EBU Sims. at Hexham. Their names were put into the draw at the 2016 EBU AGM and were the 3rd names drawn out of the hat to win 200 pound each.
Last year the 1000 pound, 1st prize winners were from the Castle Morpeth club.

The NEBA team of Julian Gibson,Shivam Shah,Damian Hassan,Martin Kane Frank Springett,Mike Stanbury,Val Gibson and Bill March are competing at Birmingham this weekend. (19th November.) RESULTS


Jan/Feb 2016