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2014 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500MP's)

  • P Campbell
  • S Elphick

Master (5,000MP's)

  • P Tallon
  • J Woodward

County Master (2,500MP's)

  • S Hilton

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • L Clarke
  • S Holden
  • K Smith
  • A Whiteman
  • J Whiteman
  • S Ullmer

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • C Lord
  • T Maltby
  • A Ratcliffe
  • L Richards
  • G Sproston

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • K Barnes
  • J Brassington
  • C Bowen
  • J Heath
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • I Scanlon

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Bourne
  • G Foster
  • A Hensby
  • S Lister
  • B Riddle
  • G Skene
  • A Stewart
  • M Wood

For 2013 and earlier entries see website.

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Tuesday Standbys

A host system runs on Tuesday evenings whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you. 

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Club away weekend, 10th - 13th April 2015
Club away weekend, 10th - 13th April 2015

Following 2 very successful trips to Lytham St Annes a change of scene has been researched and The Little Thatch Inn at Quedgeley, Gloucester has been selected for the 2015 event.  Price will be £56 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.  Questions to Anne Smith, 715120.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

Wednesday 26th November, 1:15 for 1:30

Following the resounding "no" vote for an earlier start, taken on 19th November, Wednesday afternoon bridge will continue to be at 1:15 for 1:30. Discusions will continue to see if some time mutually agreeable to those that want to get home before dark and those that want to have lunch at a sensible time ........... watch this space!!!

Ladies' and Men's Pairs -  Thursday 27th November

Time to be arranging your partner for these events, the list is now up on the board.


Children in Need - Tuesday 11th November

A thank you to those who took part in this nation wide and beyond sim pairs event. The top Stafford pair were Paul and Linda who came 43rd out of 2019 pairs. There were some challenging hands and an interesting booklet giving much food for thought.  £203 was raised for Children in need on the night and subsequent donations at other sessions.

Shelley Round 2 - Thursday 13th November, 6:45 for 7:00 p.m.

The results following the second round of the Shelley with the inclusion of the handicaps are:  Sleightholme (50), Davies (38), Clarke (37), Lord (25), Ullmer (-7), Eaves (-19), Drinkwater (-29), Metcalf (-51) and Laughlin (-70).  The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.


Christmas Parties

The festive season is nearly upon us! The club party is on Thursday 18th December, there is a list on the board to sign up. Please indicate sooner rather than later if you would like to attend so that Janet knows how many to cater for. The Wednesday afternoon party is on Wednesday 10th December. Please contact Anne Smith (01785 715120) to find out what you can contribute to the refreshments. An American supper is planned for December 20th - please let Ivor know if you would like to attend that.  Friday Nighters party will be on 12th December to give some breathing space between club party and the American supper!

Club Pairs -  Played Thursday 23rd October

The winners were Geoff & Robin (66.37%) from Pam A & Rachael (60.05%) in second place and Mike & Pam E (57.67%) third; congratulations to you all.  There was a very good turn out for the event,  including plenty from Robin's class, taking part. 



Arthur Bloxham Trophy -  Played Wednesday 5th November: AMENDMENT

16 pairs took part in the Wednesday afternoon competition for the Arthur Bloxham Trophy. The results have now been corrected - with apologies - and the winners are Audrey Ratcliffe & Anthea Dean with 64.58%, 2nd Ghayur & Pauline and 3rd Adrienne & Harry. Well done all.

The 65 Club

These are the top 10 pairs, as at 14th October 2014, who have achieved the highest scores since April 2011 
1 Beryl & Michael Metcalf 78.75%
=2 Pam Ewan & Mike Sherriff 76.39%
=2 Barrie Woodward & Philip Pymm 76.39%
4 Olive Morgan & Ernie Houghton 76.25%
5 Philip Pymm & Terry Maltby 75.69%
6 Liz Clarke & Shirley Elphick 75.42%
=7 Barbara Riddle & Gordon Skene           75.00%
=7 David Drinkwater & Pat Andrews         75.00%
9 Joyce & Tony Brew 74.50%
10 Mike Sherriff & Ivor Clarke 74.40%

EBU change to the Magazine

You will notice that the style of the magazine has changed. The October 2014 magazine has more, but smaller pages, than the old style. You can view old editions of the magazine on-line and current items county results and obituaries that were not able to be fitted in the printed edition.


EBU change to Announcing and Alerting.

On August 1st 2013 changes were made to the EBU Announcing and Alerting rules.  There is a copy of the new rules on the club notice board.  There is also a notice on the board regarding permitted agreements (level 4 amplified) that  are now the SBC standard.

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Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.). In addition the club also meets on some Monday afternoons and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Contact Numbers:  01889 882296 (Captain), 01785 715120 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).


Wed 26th November Afternoon bridge session starting at 1:15 for 1:30
Thurs 27th November No Afternoon bridge Lesson
Thurs 27th November Ladies' and Men's pairs competition.
Tues 2nd December No Afternoon bridge Lesson
Thurs 4th December No Afternoon bridge Lesson
Wed 10th December Wednesday Afternoon Christmas Party
Thurs 11th December No Afternoon bridge Lesson
Thurs 11th December Round 3 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 12th December Friday Night Christmas Party
Thurs 18th December Club Christmas Party
Sat 20th December American Supper?
Fri 10th - Mon 13th April Away weekend at Quedgeley, Gloucester
Sat 11th April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 12th April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
County News

County AGM

The County AGM took place on August 31st.  The proposal that County Subscriptions be increased to £3 from August 2015 was passed by a large majority.  Following the success of the No Fear events at Wolverhampton it was hoped that more such events could be arranged outside the County headquarters during the coming year.


Edgar Foster Cups - Sunday 21st September

Stafford pair, Peter Collier & Dave Rowley, having done well at the Bearn Final in April went on to play in the Edgar Foster Cups competition representing Staffs & Shrops.  The Edgar Foster Cups is an inter County event, 4 pairs represent each of the  six participating counties.  Dave and Peter did well in a very strong field.

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Please email comments re website, club news,  hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome.

What do you think?

No Fear Bridge

Should Stafford play host for a County No Fear event?  Following the successful No Fear Events at Wolverhampton the County is anxious to encourage these events to be held at other venues around the County.


Jannersten Bridge Scorers

The Bridge-Scorer wireless scoring devices were installed in November 2013. The general opinion is that the devices are very straightforward for the players to use but the "on device" results can be difficult to read and may be slowing play. A request has been put in for North to make sure that every player at the table has the opportunity to see the results screen before moving on to the next board. Would you like to see rolling results on the club room screen during the session? We now have a few new BridgeTabs devices to run alongside the BridgeScorers.  These were given their first run in earnest on Friday 14th November 2014. The new devices are easier to read.  Some changes were made to the software on July 31st  2014 to allow for the BridgeTabs.


I really don’t want the ongoing scores on a screen  - very distracting, and likely to slow play.  Also the screen would not be visible to all.
The present scorers are hard to read  - why is the screen so ill- lit ?  They also are a real pain if a mistake is inadvertently made in entering something, as you can’t go back and put it right.  This would not matter if all players were perfect, and never made an error!

I do appreciate all the hard work put in by those who keep everything running for us. Regards Ann Stevenson


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Some 'RULES' That might be HANDY!
and  some Conventions that are used in our Club
Even if you and your partner do not use them, it is useful to know what your opponents are doing!

Please see - 'Tips n Conventions' page.

21st November 2014
mixed scorer tablet trial
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
20th November 2014
Board 1 averaged, cards mis-boarded
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
19th November 2014
Wednesday Afternoon
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
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