It is that time of year again when many EBU members' minds turn to our major Congress in Brighton. We have the usual events for our more experienced players, ranging from the 14 round Swiss pairs on the first weekend, a variety of mid week events and the final weekends' Swiss Teams.
In addition, following on from the success of last year, the midweek programme features our "Really Easy Congress", for (much) less experienced players! Numbers last year were a record for this event and we have almost overtaken that record already, which is great news.
Other important news; following on from the vote at the EGM in June the Board are setting up a new group to consult with and advise them. The Club Committee, a sub-Committee of the Board, will meet for the first time in early September. This group consists of eight club representatives drawn from different parts of the country and from differing club backgrounds, small, large, members and proprietor owned clubs. This is a radical departure for the EBU; this group will be able to consider and contribute directly to the Board their views on new proposals, regulations and everything else that affects club players. The Chairman of this new committee is Graham Jepson, a Board director who is well known to many as a bridge holiday operator and the founder of a successful bridge club in the Sheffield area.
Our annual Junior Teach-In takes place over the last weekend in August. This is a great fun event for all junior players, whether it is for minibridge, bridge or just youngsters wanting to learn. We normally get over 100 youngsters and I am sure this year will be no different.
I hope to see many of you in Brighton!