Thursday 25 November 2010

Bridge players are amazing

Yes, we are in a recession, yes “times is hard” but yes, bridge players are generous wonderful people !


You have raised over SIXTY THOUSAND POUNDS for Children in Need. We can’t believe it ! We really didn’t think you would break last year’s magnificent total of over £58,000 and you have!


And we want to say thank you as loudly as we can ….




Anna & Mark

The ECatsBridge Team

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving ... and happy days!

First of all - to my American friends … have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Relax, enjoy and I wish you warmth, good friends and no indigestion from too much food J


For me, life is pretty frantic – the Children in Need event is still occupying a lot of my time, but for the £59,000 we have raised for the Charity it is well worth it ! I still have a few sets of results to key in, and will do them as soon as I can … and we are also waiting on the result of an appeal, but that shouldn’t take long I hope.


The European Simultaneous is running, and I am now looking ahead to the BGB Winter Pairs … all the material arrives from the printer this week ready for packing and sending on its way to get it out before Christmas. We are likely to be posting it in two batches, so if you are playing more than one day and get one set quite soon, don’t panic, the other set may be a week or so later.


I am all set up for the ECatsBridge/WBF Charity Pairs at the end of January. As things stand this will be in aid of UNICEF, and we hope as many clubs worldwide will join us as possible. We have hands for every day from Monday 24th – Saturday 29th January … different hands each night … these will be sent by email. It is strictly for fun – no prizes, no master points, just some hands to play and see how you did playing against other countries. No entry fee, just please give what you can. If your club wants the hands, please just email me and I will send them out to you.


On a personal note, we are in chaos at the moment, as the decorators are painting the hall (the one where we pulled the ceiling down and the floor up); it’s going to look wonderful when it is finished, and with the lovely high ceiling we now have, we will be able to have an even BIGGER Christmas tree (Mark is very keen on big Christmas trees!!!)


More anon …


Friday 19 November 2010

Children in Need

I can’t tell you how hectic it has been here the last week or two (or three …) in the run up to Children in Need night. All the Simultaneous Pairs are now played, and the clubs are telling us how much they have raised – you can see the list and the running total of pledges at . We will be here until early afternoon adding in more pledges as they arrive before we write “the cheque” and head into London and the BBC Studios for the show tonight …we will be in the audience from 10.30 pm so keep an eye out for us with the ECatsBridge cheque won’t you ?


It has been great fun organising it all, and we do hope everyone enjoyed playing in it – I heard that some of the hands were “challenging” !


This is going to be a very brief blog but I will try and get back to blogging regularly soon I promise J


Wish us luck tonight – and if want to make a donation, please go to the website where you can send us money for Children in Need via PayPal or using credit card ….


all the best