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SSCBA Sim Pairs - 15th August 

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 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 end of sessions (loading the dishwasher), 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

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 Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • G Skene

Club Master (200 MPs)

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

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
Helen Jones
Helen Jones

Members will be very sad to hear that Helen Jones passed away on Wednesday 1st August.  Helen was a very popular Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening player where she played regularly until very recently and will be much missed.  She always had a friendly smile and kind words at the table.  Helen took part in the Shelley teams competition for several years as a member of Sylvia Ullmer's team, indeed the team of Helen, Sylvia (captain), Rose, Dave and Peter won the competition in the 2016-17 season.  Helen was a keen golfer at Ingestre Park Golf Club, where she was Lady Captain in 2016, and knew a number of bridge club members on the golf course too. Ruth, Helen's regular Wednesday partner writes, a wonderful friend and bridge partner, great sense of humour and a lady in every respect.  Our thoughts are with Helen's family at this sad time.

Helen's funeral will be on Tuesday 21st August, 12.30pm Stafford crematorium and afterwards at Ingestre Park Golf club.

Watch local press and notices on the road for latest news.

Work is due to start on the canal bridge, closing the road to through traffic, from 10th September until 14th December.  The work on the rail bridge was due to have started on July 23rd but has not actually done so as of 28th July.

See letters page for advice from Robin on alternative routes should you use Baswich Lane to reach the club.

SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs - Played Wednesday August 15th

Wednesday players were canvassed on July 4th when they voted in favour of taking part in this SSCBA event. 8 tables eventually played at Stafford with Ivor & Michael being the heat winners. Gina & Wendy came second and Beryl & Terry third.  Many thanks to Terry, who acted as both director and scorer, for the session which ran like clockwork.  The full results will be available within the next couple of days on the County website when the results from the five participating clubs have been combined.

Summer Cup

The Summer Cup competition will be played on a Tuesday or Thursday evening on an ad hoc basis on the first occasion possible when a suitable number of players attend the session.  If you don't want to miss it come along to every Tuesday or Thursday evening session over the summer!

Club Tournament Director Training Course

Stafford Bridge Club will be hosting an EBU-led training course for Tournament Directors on Saturdays 20th October, 10th November and 1st December.    The fourth session, for assessment, is yet to be arranged and will be early in 2019.     The sessions will probably begin at 11.00am (time to be confirmed), and will continue throughout the afternoon with a break for lunch.   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.

Entries are invited for the SSCBA County League and Staffs Cup 2018 - 19 season.  All members of affiliated clubs are eligible to play as well as EBU members who cite S&SCBA as their County of first allegiance. For further details contact Jeff Jones on 01952 630496.  Closing date for entries 17th August 2018.

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.

SSCBA AGM - Wolverhampton 1:30 p.m. Sunday 2nd September.

If you have any views on the County Bridge Association, good or bad, please take the opportunity to attend the meeting.  The AGM is followed by a friendly bridge session playing for the Phoenix Trophy.

Midland Counties Challenge Bowl - Played at Gloucester on 8th July 2018

Two regular Shelley players in Geoff's team, Paul and Roger, took part in this regional event with 5 participating Counties.  The team came third,

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.


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.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year but contact Ann if you would like her to start a group.

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 18/19 scheduled for Wednesday 20th June 2018, 5th September, 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).


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.

The World Youth Team Championships started Thursday 9th August in Wujiang, China (about 7 hours ahead of us) with 4 English Teams taking part.  Watch the results for the under 16, under 21, under 26 and under 26 women or click for the full information even the convention cards!  We wish them all the best of luck.


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'.

Contact Numbers:  01785 600260 (Chairman), 01785 241853 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

Fri 17th Aug Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Fri 24th Aug Paul's Lesson 10 a.m. 
Sun 2nd Sept SSCBA AGM 1:30 p.m. Wolverhampton
Thurs 6th Sept Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.  (lessons recommence after summer break)
Sun 16th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Worcs)
Tues 18th Sept Oxford Festival of Bridge
Wed 19th Sept Oxford Festival of Bridge  
Thurs 20th Sept Oxford Festival of Bridge  
Fri 21st Sept Oxford Festival of Bridge  
Sat 22nd Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 11th Oct Shelley Round 1 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 12th Oct Carole Nash Motor Bikes - No Bridge
Sat 20th Oct TD Course all day
Thurs 25th Oct Club Pairs
Sat 27th Oct American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 8th Nov Shelley Round 2 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 11th Nov TD Course all day
Tues 13th Nov Children in Need
Wed 14th Nov Children in Need
Wed 21st Nov Arthur Bloxham
Sat 24th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 25th OctThurs 25th OctThurs 29th Nov Men's and Ladies' Pairs
Sat 1st Dec TD Course all day
Thurs 13th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 3rd - Sun 6th Jan 2019 Midland Counties Congress (Solihull)
Thurs 10th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 24th Jan Dash Trophy
Sat 26th Jan American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 28th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
Thurs 14th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 21st Feb No Fear Pairs (tbc)
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)
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.
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs (Telford)
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams (Telford)
Sun May Annual Dinner
Tues 14th May AGM
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs

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. 

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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.

Sim Pairs
Director: Terry
Scorer: Terry
Director: Pat Martin
Scorer: Sylvia Hilton