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Dates for your Diary

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. 


2019 EBU Master Point Promotions

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • D Jackson
  • C Lord

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Houghton

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • M Benting

For 2018 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
Joan Round
Joan Round

Wednesday afternoon players will be sorry to hear of the death of Joan Round who was a popular player at the club playing regularly until August 2018.  Joan, well into her nineties, always had a smile on her face, David's picture from the 2012 Christmas Party illustrates this well. Our sympathies go to her family at this sad time.


Please can members return trophies to the club office a.s.a.p. The trophies need to be engraved with the names of this years winners before the dinner on May 12th!

Subs due April 1st.

Pat Martin, the membership secretary, will be coming to the sessions at club from Monday April 1st to collect 2019/20 subs of £12.50.  Please complete your membership form and sign it (not forgetting to check that the personal information is correct and to tick the boxes regarding having read the club constitution, Best Behaviour at BridgeClub's Privacy Policy - for good measure please also read the proposed new club constitution) before handing over your fees. Pat's hope to have a debit card reader up and running has not worked out, poor internet connection, so still cash or cheques this year.

Easter - Open

The club will be open for bridge both on Good Friday Evening and Easter Monday Afternoon

Stone Match - Friday 26th April

We have been kindly invited by Stone Bridge Club to take part in a friendly match at Stone on the evening of Friday 26th April, what you might call perfect timing as the motor bikes are at the showground that day and there can be no bridge at Stafford!  Matches against Stone were a regular event until about three years ago when a mutually convenient date could not be found.  Terry has put a list up on the notice board for those that are interested in being selected for the Stafford team may sign up.  It is hoped that a team of beginners may also like to take part.

Bikers event at the Showground - No Bridge Friday 26th April

The Carole Nash Motor Cycle show is on over the weekend 26th/27th April but will be setting up on the Friday making access to the club virtually impossible. No morning bridge lesson or evening bridge session at the club on Friday 26th April.  Why not take the chance to be selected for the match at Stone if you will miss your Friday night bridge by putting your name on the list on the board?

Annual Dinner and Prize Giving - Sunday 12th May.

The dinner and prize giving is to take place at the Chase Golf Club as last year.  The list for members to sign up to book their place is now up on the notice board along with the menu so that they may indicate their choices. Book now for this highly enjoyable and special annual occasion.  Please put names and menu choices on the attached list.    Cost £23.50 per person inclusive of wines etc. at the table. Closing date for booking is April 30th.

AGM Tuesday 14th May followed by Bridge.

Thinking ahead the AGM is coming up, please keep the date free, see agenda.  Aside from the usual business there will a vote on the proposed New Constitution, click here to see, please take the time to read it before the meeting.  There is a list up on the notice board for nominations for the committte, new faces are always welcome.

The 2018/19 Shelley Final Results

Final round played Thursday April 11th. 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,  Round 5 played Thursday 14th February, Round 6 played Thursday 14th March and Round 7 played Thursday 11th April.  The final accumulated results including handicaps for rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7  are:  1. Davies (291),  2. Seymore (83), 3. Eaves (59), 4. Drinkwater (-22), 5. Maltby (-28), 6. Clarke (-79),  7. Sleightholme (-87),  8. Metcalf (-97)  9. Hensby (-120).  Despite a brilliant performance by the Drinkwater team in Round 7 the Davies team (Geoff Davies, Graham Link, Roger Keane & Paul Cutler) were still way ahead of the rest of the field in the overall result such was their lead by the end of Round 6.  3 members of this Shelley team are in the team presently at the top of the County League division 1.  Many thanks to David for directing and taking the picture and for Terry for all the hard work organising.

Away Weekend

A good time was had by all - report and pictures following shortly when webmaster has a moment or 200!  Lovely hotel (with interesting layout), great organisation for the bridge sessions (what a lot of work David puts in) and so much to see in the surrounding area.


Mixed Pairs - Played 28th March 2019

The Mixed Pairs club championship was played with a double hesitation Mitchell movement on Thursday 28th March, the winners were Beryl & Michael with Linda & Paul second and Deirdre & Michael third. Congratulations all. Thanks to Terry for directing and David for scoring.  Apologies from the webmaster who perhaps did not sufficiently highlight the competition and the need to sign up in advance - will try to do better next time!


County News

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).  If you haven't already been to one of Andrew's master classes they are not to be missed. Tickets will be available from Kath Adams but as yet the programme has to be finalised.

Championship Pairs - Sunday 17th March

This competition, previously the Bearn, was held at Wolverhampton Bridge Club.  The top pairs are entitled to enter the National EBU Corwen competition 1st/2nd June and well placed pairs may represent the county at the Edgar Foster Cups in September in Warwickshire.  Sadly only one SBC player took part this year.

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.

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 Winter 2019 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'.

New Constitution

Click here to see the draft new Constitution agreed by the Club Committee, which will be presented to the Club at the AGM for formal approval, subject to final editing and formatting.   Between now and the end of March 2019 Club members will have the opportunity to peruse the draft and to pass any relevant comments on to the Committee.     The substance of the text follows closely the model Club Constitution prepared by the EBU.    The Committee will therefore be reluctant to further revise the text in any significant matter, unless compelling arguments are presented towards doing so.    At the AGM, the proposal will be that the draft new Constitution, as then presented, be adopted as the Club's new Constitution.   No supplementary motions will be allowed.

Mon 1st Apr Subs due
Thurs 18th Apr Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 19th Apr Good Friday. Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. is ON
Fri 19th Apr Good Friday. Evening Session is ON
Mon 22nd Apr Easter Monday. Afternoon Session is ON
Fri 26th Apr No 10 a.m. lesson - Motor Cycle show
Fri 26th Apr No evening bridge session at Stafford - Motor Cycle show
Fri 26th Apr Friendly away match aginst Stone
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 followed by bridge
Wed 29th May County Show - No Bridge
Thurs 30th May County Show - No Bridge (neither 10 a.m. lesson nor evening session)
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 8th Aug SSCBA Sim Pairs
Sun 1st Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
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.


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.

22nd April 2019
Easter Monday Afternoon - is on
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Harry
23rd April 2019
7 for 7:15
Director: Michael S
24th April 2019
Wednesday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Pat
Good Friday - bridge is on
Director: Ann
Scorer: Ann
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Sam
Scorer: Sylvia
Director: John
Scorer: David