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12th to 15th April - Away weekend at Crabwall Manor Hotel, Chester, CH1 6NE

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partner 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!

Presently volunteers are requested to act as stand bys on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, please contact Terry if you are willing to do either of these dates.

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 in the month 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
  • T Maltby
  • P Martin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • J Brew
  • T Brew
  • S Holden
  • G Sproston
  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

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

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne

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

The Shelley Round 5 - Played Thursday 14th February 2019

Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October,  Round 2 played 8th November, Round 3 played on Thursday 13th December,  Round 4 played Thursday 10th January and Round 5 played Thursday 14th February.  The full accumulated results including handicaps for rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 are:  1. Davies (224),  2. Eaves (80), 3. Seymore (60), 4. Clarke (-18), 5. Drinkwater (-24),  6. Maltby (-30), 7. Sleightholme (-46), 8. Hensby (-104), 9. Metcalf (-142).  Next round to be played on Thursday 14th March.  Many thanks to David for directing and to Terry for all the organisation both beforehand and then checking the results after the event.  Please could all team captains check their scorecard results against the tablet score at each table and computer score before going home to make Terry's life easier.

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!

Congratulations - New Directors

Following the recent club TD training course at the club the results have finally come through, 11th February, (assessment done on January 12th) and it is good news we now have several new directors.  Please give them a warm welcome.

American Supper - 23rd January 6:45 for 7 p.m.

The usual format - one partner brings some food to share and the other to bring a prize. These are fun social events appealing to players of all abilities. Visitors are always welcome. A partner is required this time.  If you do not have a partner please contact David to see if he can find one for you. BEWARE - if Baswich Lane on your route there may be weekend repairs to railway bridge from 1p.m. on Saturdays until 6 a.m. Mondays that will close the road.

Teams of Four - Thursday 28th February

Time to be organising your team. A good turn out please for our new Captain in his first year in office.

Holders: Beryl & Michael M, Deirdre & Michael S

Forthcoming Events and Notices SSCBA Sim Pairs - Played Monday 28th January

A good turn out, 9 tables at Stafford.  Unfortunately an error came to light afterwards, which made minor differences to the percentages, originally a tie for third place now separated out into third and fourth.  After the correction to board 3 the winners at Stafford were Ivor & Liz, second John & Ann with third Terry & Gordon.  The final results have now been posted on the County website, the overall winners played at Chasetown with the second pair at Oswestry and Liz & Ivor third see SSCBA overall results for all thirty five tables. The camera woman too slow to catch the SBC winners at the time with her "point and click" camera, a lucky mistake as a good picture now taken by another!

The scorer achieved an interesting movement that caused some confusion, somehow requested round 2 as the arrow switch round instead of arrow switching for the last 2 rounds! 

Dash Trophy  -  Played Thursday 24th January 2019 

The winners were Alan & Dave A both before and after the handicap applied (total 71.23%) seen here under the Dash Trophy Board, with Dave R & Peter 2nd (58.77%) and Ivor & Robin 3rd (50.95%).  Thanks are due to Terry for the event running so smoothly. Readers might like to read something of Hugo Dash who presented the trophy to the club way back when........ 


David has posted a sheet on the club notice board for members to sign up to give an early indication that they would like go to the away weekend.  Singles will be most welcome. Pat & John, Janet and David have all stayed at the Crabwall Manor Hotel, Mollington, Chester, CH1 6NE and can recommend it as an excellent venue for the club's away weekend 12th-15th April 2019.   Click the link here for the poster.  A number of members have already signed up and plan to bring their "other halves" who are not bridge players, someone (?) might be able to organise non-bridge events/outings during the bridge sessions.

County News

No Fear Pairs

Robin's class at Stafford was well represented at this event in 2019 with five out to the 12 SBC players taking part on Thursday 21st February. Two others who used to play on Friday evenings also played coming 2nd EW.  Best placed was Friday morning pupil, Carl, from Paul and Terry's group coming 2nd NS but won a prize for best placed runner up with 58.14%.  Carl was playing with ex-teacher Ann who took the beginner's class at Stafford in the Autumn.

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.

Andrew Robson - Thursday 31st October 2019Andrew Robson

Put the date in your diary and watch this space for news. The plan is that Andrew will be giving a morning and afternoon seminar at the Stone House Hotel (same venue as last time).  Tickets will be available from Kath Adams but as yet the programme has to be finalised.

SSCBA League and Cup 2018/19 season.

One Stafford player in the team at the top of division 1 as at 12/02/2019 team captained by a Shelley team player. Teams with other Stafford players not doing so well.  You can watch their progress in division 1 and division 2.

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.

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 Autumn 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. 


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.


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'.

Fri 22nd  Feb Paul's Lesson 10 a.m.
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
Fri 26th Apr No Bridge - Motor Cycle show
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs (Telford)
Sun 28th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams (Telford)
Sun 12th May Annual Dinner
Tues 14th May AGM
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
Thurs 31st Oct  Andrew Robson Seminar 
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 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 beginner's group in 2019 using either the fast track course or the beginner's 30 week course.

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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)


Please email contributions for the website, club news, hands etc to  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.   Some changes introduced for GDPR by Bridgewebs summer 2018 may affect layout and some features.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.

22nd February 2019
7 for 7:15
Director: Ann
23rd February 2019
American Supper
6:45 for 7 p.m.
Director: David and Janet (partner required)
25th February 2019
Monday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Pat
Director: Ivor
Scorer: John
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Sam
Scorer: Sylvia
Director: Terry
Scorer: John