The Gazette - February 2021

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.


In this section we often congratulate members on milestone birthdays. Sometimes there is more than one to announce. However, I don’t think we’ve ever had two of the same milestone birthdays in one household in the same month! Bill and Pat Armstrong will celebrate their 80th birthdays on the 20th and 29th of March respectively. Bill, our former champion, is a regular competitor in over the board BCA events as well as overseas IBCA tournaments and Pat often accompanies Bill. They have become good friends to so many of us over the years so let’s all send them warmest birthday congratulations at this special time! This popular couple have much more than their birth month and the BCA in common. They both made a career in teaching and are proper globetrotters, taking regular trips to see their son in Canada as well as visiting exotic locations such as Singapore. In a normal year they might well have planned a special trip to mark the joint celebrations. Like all birthdays in Covid-19 times, however, their festivities will probably be somewhat different to usual. Perhaps they will celebrate being eligible to receive their vaccinations a little earlier, having reached the magical age of 80! Or, as a former teacher of English literature, maybe Bill will simply settle down with a good book. I once asked Bill who his favourite author is, and without a moment’s hesitation he replied that it’s hard to beat Jane Austen. So, I’ll conclude this section with a quote from her writing. The words describe very many BCA friends, but none more so than the birthday couple, Bill and Pat.

“My idea of good the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company." Jane Austen, “Persuasion”

Julie Leonard