The Gazette - August 2015

Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Haaksbergen 2015

This year the British party attending the IBIS Tournament consisted of five people, down on last year’s twelve. Stephen Hilton travelled by plane. The remaining four, Guy Whitehouse, Sally Kenealy, Sam Gledhill (David Hodgkins’ sister and nephew) and Mike Murphy, travelled by train. Those on the organised trip met at London Liverpool Street station on Thursday, 16th April around 16.30 hours and caught the train to Harwich International where we picked up the overnight ferry to the Hoek van Holland. We docked on Friday morning and travelled to Rotterdam then onto Hengelo, arriving shortly after 12.00, and were collected by our host families.

On Friday evening there was a visit to De Kappen, where the competition is held, for a social evening. This gave us an opportunity to meet old friends and to find out which tables we were on. Stephen was on table 1, Mike Murphy on table 2 and Guy Whitehouse on table 3.

On Saturday, 18th April the tournament was opened with the usual speeches in Dutch, German and English by the President of the IBIS Board. He informed all present of the sad passing of David Hodgkins and then passed the microphone to Sally to read out part of the eulogy from his funeral. This was well received. Sally opened the tournament by making the first move on board 1, which was David 2 - David 4, in David's honour.

Lunch on Saturday was held at the restaurant just up the road from De Kappen. The morning results were Guy 1, Stephen and Mike 0.5 each. After lunch, Guy drew and the others lost. On Saturday evening a buffet and music entertainment had been arranged. All of our British party attended and a good time was had by all.

On the Sunday we returned to De Kappen for round three, Guy winning and taking first place on his table, Stephen and Mike both drawing. We usually have a sweepstake on the number of points our team will take and this was won by Guy. Out of a possible 9 points the British team scored 4 points. The closing ceremony commenced at 13.30 hours and included the prize giving. The prize this year was aromatic bath oils and salts. The prizes were presented by an Alderwoman of the municipality of Haaksbergen.

After the closing ceremony we went back to our host families to spend the remainder of the day and those on the organised trip met the following day at Hengelo Station to start our journey back to Hoek van Holland to catch the ferry back to Harwich. We stopped off in Rotterdam , had a look at the city, ate lunch in a pleasant restaurant and did some shopping before continuing to the ferry.

The 2016 IBIS Tournament will take place from Friday, 15th to Sunday, 18th April 2016. Those on the organised trip by ferry will depart on Thursday, 14th April and arrive back in England on Tuesday, 20th April 2016.

Mike Murphy