News January/February 2017


A very well attended council meeting of club Secretaries and Chairs discussed NEBA finance and voted narrowly to retain the programme booklet for another year at a cost of £600.
Read the other issues discussed HERE



The Brian Lumsden team have beaten Val Gibson's team, to reach the final of the 2017 Kempson Cup. They will meet the winners of the semi final between Steve Ray and Martin Kane. Full results HERE


HARROGATE CONGRESS 17th - 19th February

item6A long weekend of bridge in Yorkshire, with teams and pairs competitions (incl. 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 http//



Chronicle Cup Report by JOHN GLADDERS
John Gladders, one of NEBA selectors, has very kindly offered an insightful report on how our top players handled a couple of the hands from Sundays Chronicle Cup Final. HERE

I have been asked by 3 members from Hexham Bridge Club to organise another Beginners Teaching Course in the North East.
The last course was held about 2 years ago and was very successful with delegates attending now running bridge classes in their own clubs which I believe has been a huge success. EBEDS run these courses and charge 106 pounds per delegate to attend. It is a 2 day course and includes lunch. Minimum numbers required would be 10 delegates.

If you are interested in attending please contact Mary Page
Tel: 0191452 7341 Email:

The Chronicle Cup Final was held on Sunday in the warm and hospitable surroundings offered by Whitley Bay Bridge Club. The event was well organised and efficiently run by the Director, Norman Gray. The bridge itself was competitive but played in a keen and friendly spirit and was enjoyed by all the participants. The final result was very close and the winners of the Chronicle Cup, by the finest of margins, were Bill March and Damian Hassan. The runners up, and winners of the St. George’s Shield, were Frank Springett and Brenda Osborne. Thanks to all competitors for making it a splendid afternoon’s bridge. Brian Myers
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Damian Hassan & Bill March............................................................Brenda Osborne & Frank Springett

item30aOur local venue for the EBU Portland Pairs event is St Georges, Darlington.
Green Points are awarded throughout, both for session results and for final ranking.
More information HERE

Martin Kane's team narrowly beat the Steve Ray team in the semi final of the Kempson Cup and will meet Brian Lumsden's team in the final. Match date will be early in May.


Andrew Robson will host a charity bridge day at the Croft Hotel, Darlington on Saturday 24 March 2018
It is hoped that up to 160 will attend, to raise funds for St Teresa's Hospice. Andrew will give two tuition play sessions with coffee to start at about 9.30. Lunch 12.30-13.30 finishing approx 15.00

The event is aimed at the non-expert players (not beginners).
Tickets will be available early Jan. 2018 and probably £40 each.

Apologies for the lack of detailed results from this competition. I have scanned a hard copy of the overall ranks and the full transfer of computer information will be posted when received. Overall ranking HERE

ARNOLD DEANE SALVER Sunday February 5th.
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Winners of the Arnold Deane Salver were Neil & Inga Aiston. Andrew Cornish & Pat Tuff were runners up.
The NGS winners were Bob Lyon and Jean Wilkinson.
Congratulations to Eunice Ferguson and her team of helpers who created a superb tea and coped brilliantly when it became apparent that the venue had been double booked. The event was very well directed by Ann Caygill.


The NEBA Chronicle Cup semi finals will be held on Jan 20, 24 & 27 with 66 pairs currently entered to play in the three events.

The ranking lists from each semi final will be used to calculate a combined ranking list and the highest 24 pairs in this list (from those pairs who have scored 50% or more) will qualify to play in the final to be held at Whitley Bay Bridge Club on Sunday Feb 26.

Based on the distribution of the pairs to each semi final, the qualifying will be roughly, but not necessarily, the top 6 at Newcastle, the top 10 at Stannington and the top 8 at St Georges. The ranking list for the final will be displayed on NEBA website as soon as possible after the third event.

Masterpoint awards for the semi finals will be at Regional status and all pairs in the final will receive a Green Point award with approximately 6 GPs to first place down to 0.25 GP for last place. -

Norman Gray CDT

NIMAN ISRAEL PIVOT TEAMS, Saturday January 7th.

The Niman Israel Pivot teams was played this year in Stannington Village Hall. We were pleased that the number of entries (14 teams) was up this year, but particularly delighted that there were a number of players new to NEBA competitions. Better still, they all seemed to enjoy it and we look forward to welcoming them at future events.

There was a super atmosphere at the event, which emphasised the friendly side of bridge, while still being taken seriously by the players. Everyone appreciated a splendid tea, catered by Anne Bell, who had also organised the entries.

The next similar event is the Deane Salver for mixed pairs, to be held at Brunton Bridge Club on Sunday 5th February. We look forward to seeing you there.

Chris Benneworth - Director

Peter Avery, Brenda Osborne, Frank Springett and Guy Herzmark are presented with the cup and prize money by NEBA Secretary Mary Page. Their score of + 93 IMPs was 39 above the runners up !
The Runners up team were Rosemary Gray, Simon Hedley, Norman Gray & Stephen Reay who finished on +54 IMPs



An encouraging 14 teams will compete in the NEBA Niman Israel Teams competition tomorrow Saturday 7th January 2017. 

In 2014 the event was cancelled because of a lack of entries. 
In 2015, five teams competed and last year there were 11 teams. 
The NEBA Executive are working hard to address the problem of low attendances and I'm sure that we all hope that 2017 can be the turning point that encourages more people to compete in friendly, competitive events organised for the enjoyment of members.

At a bridge holiday run by the Holiday Fellowship at Sedbergh in Cumbria, Joan & Laurie Monkhouse won an 8 table event on the last day of 2016. They followed it by winning on the first day of 2017. Their score of 64.9% won a handsome boxed set of 20 bridge books, by Andrew Robson. A great start to the year!

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Stan Payne.
Stan's friend Clive Owen has written
a full obituary that can be read here
The funeral will be at 12 Noon on Monday, 9th January at the Wear Valley crematorium in Coundon.


Jan/Feb 2017