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Links to recent results can be found on the left. Events for the next three months, entry forms and committee news on the right.

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News from the Committee
July 2016

  • New committee: New members were welcomed and retiring members George Simnett, Vivien Peters, Terry Cannon, John Boxall, David Clarke, Ros Morgan were thanked. Ruth Edmondson was co-opted as Treasurer. There are still vacancies for vice-Chairman and for West section representative. There is also a potential vacancy for duplimate organiser (and storage).
  • Section league rules: The following changes agreed for section league rules: (i) a multiple teams format may be used for smaller leagues; (ii) no team may register more than 7 players; (iii) no team in the A division may use more than 7 players in a season; (iv) the league organiser has discretion over the application of the league rules.
  • County Competitions: Entry fees for the Devon Pairs (Julia Chadwick) final and the Devon Club Teams of 8 remain at £8 per player and there will be no charge for the bridge following the AGM. Players under 25 will be charged 50% of bridge fees (50% of entry fee if no food is included).
  • Andrew Robson: Preparations are going ahead for Andrew Robson’s visit (20-23 Mar 2017). These are being dealt with by the new Education sub-committee of Jean Harrison and Maureen Dalton.
  • Calendar: The final version of the 2016-17 calendar was approved. A larger print version will be produced for display and those without internet access. Most events will now be able to take entries and payments electronically.

Full Minutes

Riviera Congress 2016

Congratulations to Rob Lawy, Jim Grant, Stefan Lindfors and Andrew Thompson (pictured) who won the Swiss Teams finishing 2 VPs in front of Richard Lingham, Ann Slee, Ruth Edmondson and Brigid McElroy.


Also Alex Maddocks and Warner Solomon who finished third in the Swiss Pairs.

West Section Events

At the 11th hour some West Section members have come forward to join the committee and help with the running of the various West Section Events. Until the next AGM these members will be co-opted to form the West Section Committee.

Plymouth Congress - 15-16 October 2016 at the Future Inn
Entry forms can be found in the right column.

Really Easy Pairs - 15 October 2016 at the Future Inn
This will only take place if enough pairs show interest before 1 August. If you are interested, please notify Mike Hamon (01752 662510, hamon@hotmail.co.uk) before then.

The British Heart Foundation Swiss Teams - 20 November 2106 at the Smithaleigh Hotel
Brochures will be available soon.

The West Section League at Plymstock Community Centre - 3rd Friday from October to March
More teams than played last year can be accommodated and this is a good introduction to teams and helps with selection for County events. The deadline date for more teams is 30 September 2016. Contact Ros Morgan (01752 719327, rosalind_morgan@sky.com)

All West Section members are welcome to put forward ideas with a view to running other events under DBA/EBU Rules.

Devon Bridge Association Officers

Ruth Edmondson has agreed to be County Treasurer; this will be ratified at a committee meeting in early July.

There is still a vacancy for this post.

AGM and Swiss Teams 2016

At the DBA AGM on 12 June, the Chairman expressed his view that if members expect the same menu of events we need a greater willingness to take up the growing list of vacant Committee posts, extended only 2 days ago when the treasurer announced she is standing down. In the absence of any volunteers Terence Treeby has indicated he will organise the April 2017 congress but will not be available thereafter.

Mike Hamon was re-elected as Chairman but will stand down next year; Terence Treeby was re-elected as Hon Secretary.

There were no nominees for the post of vice-Chairman and Hon. Treasurer. These posts are vacant and anyone wishing to volunteer should contact the Chairman or Hon Secretary and can be co-opted at the next committee meeting.

After lengthy discussion, the meeting agreed that no changes are made to the present selection arrangements for the Tollemache qualifiers. It was agreed that proxy voting will be permitted in future with a maximum of one proxy per member present.

The teams that followed was won by a narrow margin by Mike Hamon, Howard Kent-Webster, Joe And Gillian Fawcett from Richard Carter, Carol Ritzen, Richard Watkins and Richard MacLaughlin. Thanks to Terence Treeby and Don Pearson for running the event.