Sylvia Henderson

Members of the Club will be saddened to learn of the recent death of Sylvia Henderson on 5th May. She had been playing with the Club until quite recently, despite her recent poor health about which she never complained.

The following notes have been compiled by a few of the members who remember her over the years.

Sylvia was very proud of her Buckie roots and close loving family.

She left home to become a nurse, qualified as a midwife and worked in the challenging conditions where she experienced events which can only be likened to the stories we watch in Call the Midwife.

She moved back to Aberdeen where she continued nursing and midwifery before becoming a district nurse which was a career she loved. 

She married Ron, whom she sadly lost during the pandemic, but was stoical in the face of her loss, especially at this time.  Ron and Sylvia loved cruising and enjoyed many fantastic holidays together.  He was much missed.

Sylvia coped surrounded by her many friends and her beloved Cairn Terrier, Holly who sadly passed away in January, aged 17.  Sylvia lived her whole life with a doggie companion and they were all very special to her. 

Sylvia in later years had battles with her health  but she soldiered on, still able to live independently and to drive.  She was indebted to her dearest friend Isobel McWilliam, also a long term member of the bridge club for being such a help and support to her.

As for her bridge career, Sylvia was regarded as a very good bridge player and had partners whom she played with and who went to congresses with her.  She became President of Northern Arts Club for a period of time. 

She will be sadly missed by all her bridge playing friends.

Board changes and a new Wednesday afternoon tournament

Board changes

The Board met yesterday and is pleased to announce that David Hunter is the new Club President and that Jim Hunter and Sandra McIntosh have joined the Board. With Phil Beaton having also been elected at December’s AGM, the Board is now up to its full complement of 11 Trustees.

New Wednesday afternoon tournament

To reflect the desire expressed by the membership at the AGM for daytime bridge, a new Wednesday afternoon tournament will commence from next week (17th January). It will comprise 18/21 boards, with Master Points being awarded, and will start at 1:30 pm with an intended finish time of 4.30pm. Entry will be by the normal sign up system and will include a “looking for a partner” facility. The existing Wednesday evening relaxed session for beginners/novices will also continue to be run.

The Board wish you all a happy and healthy 2024.

Festive period opening hours

Tournaments will run as normal in the week beginning 18th December. The schedule for the following 2 weeks is:

Mondays – there will be no tournaments on 25th Dec or 1st Jan

Tuesdays – there will be an online BBO tournament on 26th December but not on 2nd January 

Wednesdays –  the “Relaxed for Novice players” session will run on 27th Dec and 3rd January. The Open tournament will not run on those dates and due to lack of demand is being discontinued in 2024 (see below)

Thursdays – The Relaxed afternoon session will run on 28th December and 4th January

The Board will be meeting in January to discuss the provision of Wednesday tournaments and reflecting the desire expressed by the membership at the recent AGM for daytime bridge, will be actively considering the possibility of starting a Wednesday afternoon tournament. A communication will be issued in due course.

The Board wish the members a Happy Christmas and send their good wishes for the New Year.