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18th December - Club Christmas Party

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 07931702776, text or email.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and at the end of sessions (loading the dishwasher, checking the windows are closed and the room is tidy) don't leave the director to do everything!

If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.

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. 


2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

Three Star Premier Master (20,000 MPs incl 10GP)

  • N Cheadle

One Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • M Seavers

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Tallon

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • I Andrew
  • E Clarke
  • P Martin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Holden
  • G Sproston
  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • J Ball
  • J Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • G Skene
  • H Thompson
  • P Thompson

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • N Grainger

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Kane
  • F Townsend
  • S Townsend
  • A Wilson

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • S Hardwick

For 2017 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.

Polite Notice.

A number of members sadly have health issues effecting  their immune systems.  Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Christmas/New Year Opening

All  sessions this week 17th - 21st, including Thursday and Friday lessons, will be running at the club.  For the club party on the 18th please arrive by 6:45.

Next week 24th - 28th there will be a bridge session on Friday 28th December otherwise all sessions are off.  Bridge on New Year's Eve voted to go ahead by the players.  New Year's Day under review.  All normal sessions resume on Wednesday January 2nd.

To summarise:

Mon 24th no bridge
Tues 25th no bridge
Wed 26th no bridge
Thurs 27th no bridge
Fri 28th Normal Bridge session at 7 for 7:15
Mon 31st is on by popular demand
Tues 1st watch this space
Wed 2nd All normal sessions resume

Christmas events

A number of festive events are/were being held at the club, in particular the club Christmas party on Tuesday 18th December (please arrive by 6:45) to which all club members are invited.  Janet and her team will be doing the catering again so you can expect an excellent meal.  If you wish to come to the club party and you did not sign up on the list please contact Janet asap, there is a sit down meal for this event.  Other parties have been the Wednesday afternoon party on the 12th, Thursday morning lessons on the 13th and the Friday evening party (picture shows the winning team) on the 14th. Robin's lesson group on the 13th were a full 5 tables, played a movement with specially selected hands to reflect the lessons covered over the term, pupils laid on some lovely "eats" and a good time was had by all. On the 14th David organised a fun teams event with 9 teams for experienced masters, regular Friday players and new players moving up from the classes to a club session for the first time.

The Shelley - Round 3 played on Thursday 13th December

Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October,  here for scratch results for round 2 played 8th November and here for scratch results for Round 3 played on Thursday 13th December.  The full accumulated results including handicaps for rounds 1, 2 and 3 are:  1. Davies (74), 2. Seymore (67), 3. Eaves (66), 4. Clarke (12), 5. Drinkwater (-20), 6. Maltby (-30), 7. Sleightholme (-36), 8. Hensby (-63), 9. Metcalf (-70).  Next round to be played on Thursday 10th January.  Many thanks to David for directing and to Terry for all the organisation both beforehand and then checking the results after the event.

If you would like to take part and are not in a team please contact Terry as reserves are frequently needed to cover illness and badly timed holidays!

Bryan Baker - played Friday 30th November

It was decided at a recent meeting to hold the Bryan Baker handicapped pairs event on an ad hoc basis alternating between a Monday afternoon one year and a Friday evening the next.  For 2018 it was to be on a Friday and it was finally played with a double hesitation Mitchell movement on Friday 30th November 2018 and the winners, after the handicap applied, were Ros & Clair, lovely to have new names on the trophy board. Second were Duncan & Margaret and third Frank & Sandy.  Many thanks to Terry for the effort of having the handicaps ready prepared for the last several Fridays.

Men's and Ladies' Pairs  - played Thursday 29th November

Eventually the two competitions were amalgamated into one single double hesitation movement.  Anne & Kath  retained their 2017 title in the ladies' group with Deirdre & Shirley second and Rose & Ann third.  Between the top three men's pairs there was less than 1.5% with Ivor & Mike winners by a short head from Peter & Dave just ahead of John & Geoffrey.  Many thanks are due to David for running the event as the non-playing director, scorer and cameraman.  The chaps were all so quickly away at the end, indeed before the final scores were in, that no picture was taken of them. David had to spend happy hours with photoshop to get the picture!!!

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Wednesday 21st November.

The winners of the Arthur Bloxham Trophy were regular Wednesday players Penny & Liz, with Paul & Linda second and a tie for third between Adrienne & Harry and Alan Walters & Clare Lord.  David was a non playing director, scorer and cameraman - many thanks David.  This competition is primarily intended for regular Wednesday afternoon players and although anyone may take part only players who have attended 20 Wednesday sessions or more over the last 12 months are eligible for a prize.  Previously this was known as the restricted pairs event

Club Tournament Director Training Course

A group of 12 has attended the Club TD training course over the autumn and only the assessment session remains to take place in January.  Seven of the group were SBC members who were joined by one from Eccleshall, two from Stourbridge and two from Manchester.


Pat & John, Janet and David have now all stayed at the Crabwall Manor Hotel, Mollington, Chester, CH1 6NE. This is an excellent venue for our club's away weekend 12th-15th April 2019 and Pat has now paid the deposit to confirm our reservation.  Click the link here for the poster.

County News

Sim Pairs. Monday 28th January

The Monday players need to contact Terry if they wish to take part in this County wide event.  Usually about 6 clubs take part.  There is a prize for the winners at each partaking club as well as a prize for the overall winners.  There will be commentaries on the hands available..

No Fear Pairs - Thursday 21st February 2019 10:45 for 11:30 a.m.

This is a day time event, at Wolverhampton Bridge Club,  a light lunch is included.  The event is for players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events and are below the rank of Tournament Master. Non-EBU members welcome  A number of Stafford players went to this last time.

Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs - Saturday 2nd March

A fun event with a delicious afternoon tea will be held at Radbrook Community Centre, SY3, 6DZ. Enquiries from & entry form to Mrs. Judy Mitchell, 6 Hexham Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 6QX. 01743 235374 ;

Championship Pairs - Sunday 17th March

This competition, previously the Bearn, will be held at Wolverhampton Bridge Club.  The top pairs are entitled to enter the National EBU Corwen competition.

Shropshire Congress - 27th/28th April 

Park Inn, Telford.  Swiss Pairs on Saturday 27th and Swiss Teams Sunday 28th April. Click here for entry form. Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

SSCBA League and Cup 2018/19 season.

One team entirely made up of SBC members has entered the league this year and several other SBC members are involved as part of other teams, you can watch their progress in division 1 and division 2.

Dawes Matches

Would you like to take part in the inter-county Dawes matches?  These are played on Sundays monthly from September until March, home matches at Wolverhampton away matches at clubs over the West Midlands region, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.  Please contact Paul Cutler if you would like to be considered for an SSCBA team.

EBU information

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date.  Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to, log-in and click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) to update your details and preferences'.


The minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is now available for purchase.  The new law must be introduced by the end of September but the intention is to use them at EBU events from the start of August to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book. See page 44 of the August 2017 edition of English Bridge. Click this link for more information but note the "erratum"! See also David's notes on the subject.

What an achievement!

Four teams, U26; U26 Women; U21; U16 qualified at the European Championships to represent England at the World Youth Teams Championships in Wujiang, China 8th to 18th August 2018!  Despite some excellent performances at times, all four England teams at the World Youth Team Championships in China have missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.


Club Management Focus

Click Link for Summer 2018 edition.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section (not updated since 12/17) for news only available on-line.  After the December 2017 edition the latest County news will no longer appear either in print or on-line.

EBU 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.


EducationThe charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses. 


Contact Numbers: 

  • 01785 600260 (Chairman),
  • 01785 241853 (Secretary),
  • 01889 801996 (Captain),
  • 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions).

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

Tues 18th Dec Club Christmas Party
Thurs 20th Dec Robin's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Fri 21st Dec Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Friday 21st Dec Friday Evening - Bridge session is on
Mon 24th Dec No bridge session
Tues 25th Dec No bridge session
Wed 26th Dec No bridge session
Thurs 27th Dec No bridge session
Friday 28th Dec No 10 a.m. Bridge lesson
Friday 28th Dec Friday Evening Bridge session is on, 7 for 7:15
Mon 31st Dec Bridge will be on by popular demand, 1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Tues 1st Jan watch this space for on or off
Wed 2nd Dec All Normal Bridge Lessons and Sessions Resume. 
Thurs 3rd Dec Robin's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Fri 4th Dec Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Fri 4th - Sun 6th Jan 2019 Midland Counties Congress (Solihull)
Wed 9th Jan SSCBA League - Wolverhampton 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Thurs 10th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 12th Jan TD Course (Assessment) all day
Thurs 24th Jan Dash Trophy
Sat 26th Jan American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 28th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
Wed 13th Feb SSCBA League - Wolverhampton 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Thurs 14th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 21st Feb No Fear Pairs
Sat 23rd Feb American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 28th Feb Teams of Four
Sat 2nd Mar Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Wed 13th Mar SSCBA League - Wolverhampton 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Thurs 14th Mar Shelley Round 6 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sun 17th Mar SSCBA Championship Pairs (The Bearn) WBC
Sat 23rd Mar American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 28th Mar Mixed Pairs
Thurs 11th Apr Shelley Round 7 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
12th - 15th Apr Away Weekend
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs (Telford)
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams (Telford)
Sun 12th May Annual Dinner
Tues 14th May AGM
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
Sun 10th May Annual Dinner

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, please email Robin if you would like to attend.  Robin has been working with a mix of recently played interesting hands together with other hands to illustrate various conventions.  Watch the calendar for dates on/off or check with Robin. A few of Robin's notes - page a work in progress.

Paul's lessons for improvers are on most Friday mornings at 10 a.m,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Some interest was been shown in beginner's/refresher classes so a 12 week course was run during Autumn 2018. Please contact Ann if you would like her to run a Monday night group in 2019 using either the fast track course or the beginner's 30 week course.

Meanwhile check out these videos: YouTube - Plan, Count, Play,,,, and  A good learning tool?

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Rules, Tips and Hints

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.

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 18/19 scheduled for Wednesday 20th June 2018, 5th September, 7th 14th November, 30th Jan 2019 and 17th April following the afternoon bridge session.  If you have concerns that you wish to be brought up at a meeting please contact any member of the committee, email the Secretary or Chairman so that the item may be added to the meeting Agenda.  It has been proposed to make the minutes available through the website to members only (in addition of course to the existing paper record file in the office). (November meeting date altered at meeting on 5th September)


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