Sally Bugden, from Wivelsfield Green, and Joy Mayall, from Lindfield, have both received awards from the English Bridge Union.
Sally received the Gold Award, the highest honour the EBU can bestow, for her outstanding contribution to bridge administration.
Joy Mayall received the Dimmie Fleming Award for her services promoting and developing bridge in Sussex Sally served as EBU Vice Chairman, and then EBU Chairman for five years from 2008 to 2013, and she has the distinction of being the first woman to hold that office.
During that time she oversaw one of the most significant periods of the organisation’s history with the introduction of a new membership system.
Prior to sitting on the EBU Board she served the Sussex County Contract Bridge Association, and has given countless hours of service to bridge administration at both county and national level.
Joy has served on numerous committees for the Sussex County Contract Bridge Association, and is currently acting as Tournament Organiser for the annual county events. Both Joy and Sally have been strong advocates for introducing bridge to a new audience.
Sally was the Chairman of both the Youth and Education Trust, and the new charity, English Bridge Education and Development, which she also helped establish. Joy has been particularly focused on introducing bridge to the youngsters, and brought about an important partnership with the local authority to bring bridge education to secondary schools throughout the county.
Both play regularly at West Sussex Bridge Club in Haywards Heath, and Sally also plays often at Patcham Bridge Club, where her husband is treasurer. Bridge is one of the most popular pastimes in the UK, with an estimated 300,000 people playing on a regular basis.
Anyone interested in learning to play should visit www.ebedcio.org.uk, the website of the charity English Bridge Education and Development, or the Sussex County Contract Bridge Association website at www.sccba.co.uk
Report and pictures contributed by Peter Stockdale.