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Children in Need Sim Pairs - November

Geoff Thomas
Geoff Thomas

The late Geoff Thomas made the club a generous donation in his will.  This has been used to purchase a trophy for the winners of the 65 club competition and Adrienne has had the cup engraved with the names of the past winners.

Geoff played primarily at Wolverhampton but also at Stafford on Wednesday afternoons, with Peter Tallon, Audrey Clarke, Sylvia Hilton, Polly Green and Peggie McCombie.  Geoff also played in the SSCBA league and came occasionally to the Stafford American Suppers.

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

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

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.

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Wednesday 21st November.

This competition is primarily intended for regular Wednesday afternoon players and although anyone can 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

Children in Need Sim Pairs - 9th ,  13th and 14th November 2018

I sent £361.52 to ECats for Children in Need – with love from Stafford Bridge Club .  This is the reply: “And our love to you Adrienne – that’s a marvellous amount isn’t it ! Wow Thank you very much – you will thank your members for turning up and support all so brilliantly won’t you? They are just amazing – give them all a metaphorical hug from us! With warmest best wishes Anna & Mark The ECatsBridge Team” Adrienne Jones (Treasurer)


American Supper - Saturday 24th November

The usual format - one partner brings some food to share and the other to bring a prize. These are fun social events appealling to players of all abilities. Adrienne and Harry are running this one so a partner is required. Visitors are always welcome.

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

The list is now up on the notice board to sign up for these events.

The Shelley - Round 2 Played Thursday 8th November

Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October and here for scratch results for round 2 played 8th November. Round 2 results that include the handicap will be confirmed later.  The full results of this handicapped event for round 1 were (scratch, handicap, total): 1. Maltby (4, 23, 27), 2. Eaves (4. 9, 13), 3. Hensby (-6, 18, 12), 4. Davies (46, -35, 11), 5. Clarke (20, -12, 8), 6. Seymore (37, -30, 7), 7. Metcalf (-9, 1, -8), 8. Drinkwater (-25, -9, -34). 9. Sleightholme (-71, 35, -36).  Next round to be played on Thursday 13th December.  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!

Baswich Lane - Canal Bridge reopened on 8th November 2018.

Work finished a month early on the canal bridge in Baswich Lane!!! 

Club Pairs - Played Thursday 25th October

A very successful event, 7 tables, with the new club captain, Terry, in charge.  The winners were Graham & Geoff, Pam & Mike came second with Pat & Steve third.  Congratulations all, not least to Terry for all the organisation both beforehand and on the night. Your webmaster apologies for using an archive picture. 

Call for an Extraordinary General Meeting - Wednesday 28th November at 1:20 p.m.

The following motion will be proposed and voted on: This EGM resolves (i) that the current Financial Year will end on December 31st 2018, pending the adoption of a revised Constitution, and (ii) that references to March 31st in the existing Constitution should be amended to read December 31st.  For the full notice click here.

Club Tournament Director Training Course

Stafford Bridge Club will be hosting an EBU-led training course for Tournament Directors on Saturdays 20th October (Essentials), 10th November (Book Rulings Day 1), 1st December (Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2) and January 12th (Assessment).  The sessions will probably begin at 10.30am and will continue throughout the afternoon with a break for lunch (bring your own sandwiches) finishing around 4:30 p.m.   Further details will be available in due course.

The is a great opportunity for us to strengthen our team of TDs, and I commend it to everyone.   Club members seriously interested in taking this course should contact either Terry Maltby, Club Captain, or myself.   In principle, the Club will pay for the costs of the course.    Participants from other Clubs will also be welcome, and we will be advertising the course around the County.

Michael Metcalf
Club Chairman

County News

SSCBA League and Cup 2018/19 season.

Two teams entirely made up of SBC members have 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.

Twelve Stafford members, with mixed success, took part in the leagues during the 2017/18 season, six in division 1 and six in division 2.   The final division 1 result only came in on May 17th!  Congratulations to Geoff, who played in second placed Roger Keane's team along with Paul Cutler and David Beavon all of whom took part in the Shelley at Stafford during 2017/18.  In the second division the Sleightholme team squeezed into 2nd place by just one point and thus gain promotion to the first division.  The SSCBA League Results are also shown on the EBU site.

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.

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'.

Mon 19th Nov Ann's Lesson 7 p.m. 
Wed 21st Nov Arthur Bloxham Trophy
Thurs 22nd Nov Robin's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Fri 23rd Nov Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Sat 24th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Wed 28th Nov EGM 1:20 p.m.
Thurs 29th Nov Men's and Ladies' Pairs
Sat 1st Dec TD Course (Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2) all day
Wed 12th Dec Wednesday Afternoon Chistmas Party
Wed 12th Dec SSCBA League - Wolverhampton 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Thurs 13th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Friday 14th Dec Friday Evening Christmas Party
Tues 18th Dec Club Christmas Party
Fri 3rd - 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 (tbc)
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 has been shown in beginner's/refresher classes contact Ann if you would like to join her Monday night group.  To date applicants have some experience of bridge so not complete beginners.  Ann started her group on 10th September using the fast track course on a Monday evening at 7 p.m.,course expected to run until Christmas.

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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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