12th to 15th April - Away weekend at Crabwall Manor Hotel, Chester, CH1 6NE
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.
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.
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.
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)
District Master (1,000 MPs)
For 2018 and earlier entries see website. See also the leader board.
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.
The parties were:
Many Stafford players attended the two sell out events with an interval between for a wonderful meal at Kath's house. It is hoped that Andrew will be back in the area in 2019.
No one came forward to replace Linda Curtis as County Chairman at the AGM but Pamela Booth-Jones has since been nominated. Jane Sheehan will be joining the committee as Treasurer and Jeff Jones will continue to take over from Judy Mitchell as competitions secretary. The rest of the committee remain as before. A number of topics were discussed and left for the committee to debate.
Adrienne completed the EBU TD Assessment at Eccleshall recently, she reports that she heard (24/11/17) that she has passed the Assessment and she is now an Authorised Tournament Director. Congratulations Adrienne.
We are indebted to David Drinkwater for taking the Duplimate machine to Oxford for repair on 10.10.17. It would help the machine if old, sticky packs of cards could be replaced with new. If, on the last round of a session, you could leave hands from packs that are getting sticky face up in the boards then those cards can be replaced next time that set of boards is dealt. Rule 1 - Never touch the cards with sticky hands!
At last week’s meeting of the Club Committee, the following decisions and rulings were made:
The Summer Cup teams competition will take place on a (Thursday) evening in September if and when the players present make up an exact odd number of complete tables. This will be an ad hoc decision. Teams of four will be formed after the decision has been made.
Most members will know that John Whiteman is the house manager dealing with a wide variety of tasks. While John still in overall charge a couple of new committee recruits have taken on some of his responsibilities. Terry Maltby is now to look after the heaters and lights. Steve Lister is to repair/dispose/replace any faulty chairs and look after trophies & honours boards. If you have any concerns regarding heaters, lights or chairs please approach Terry or Steve.
A busy week at the club, first the dinner and then the well attended AGM. Michael Metcalf was welcomed in as the new club chairman and Adrienne Jones as the treasurer. Pat Andrews and Michael Seavers have retired from the committee, the club is very indepted to them both for their many years service on the committee, with Terry Maltby and Steven Lister joining the ranks. Other changes, David Drinkwater is now social events organiser, Robin Adey the club captain but Mike Sherriff stays on the committee. Penny Daggett was co-opted to take on the secretarial role for the time being. A debating point was bringing the start time of the Tuesday and Thursday sessions forward 15 minutes, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start time. Watch this space to see when the new committee sets a date for a trial of this arrangement, if you have strong views either way please contact the committee.
Bev Purvis, the EBU Club Liaison Officer, visited Stafford on 22nd March 2017 to chat to the Wednesday afternoon players and to get feed back as to what they would like the EBU to do for them. The players found plenty to talk about with Bev between rounds from p2p, the magazine content to teaching in schools. Bev had aready been to other S&S clubs, Nantwich and Eccleshall, so she met quite a variety of EBU members. Her aim was to find out how the EBU could best serve its members with the changed demographic since p2p introduced.
The Ladies' and Men's Championship Pairs events, played at Wolverhampton on 15th May 2017, were combined into a single movement and the results were:
Geoff Davies plays in David Beavon's team in division 1 of the SSCBA Leaugue, they came top in 2016/17 ahead of Paul Hackett's team. Many congratulations Geoff. The team Geoff playes in has therefore qualified to represent SSCBA in the Midland Counties Challenge Bowl event that takes place in Wolverhampton this year. In the Staffs Cup with Paul Hackett's team defeated the Beavon team in the final. David A and Mike S regular players in the 4th placed division 1 team with a part Friday/Thursday players group 3rd in division 2
In recognition of Sheila's long service to the club she and Jim were given tickets for The Last Tango. On behalf of the club we wish them an enjoyable weekend in London. David produced a wonderful card, with the help of his computer and camera, to mark the occasion.
Three Stafford members were present at the SSCBA AGM to hear the report that SSCBA was in a healthy financial position with increased membership. Some popular events had been held during the year, particularly the No Fear and Sim Pairs. Two divisions were running in the league, more teams had been hoped for to create a third division. John Withers has stepped down from the committee as membership secretary, Terry May has taken this role on, Pamela Booth-Jones has taken on John’s EBU shareholder role. The AGM was followed by the Pheonix Trophy competiton with a tie for first place that brought the rule book out and much head scratching to determine the winner, eventually Jane Stirton and Celia Day were declared the winners although their overall score tied with Dominic Wilson and Jeffrey Jones. A rather surprised Stafford player came third!!!
Laurence Haynes & Keith Shuttleworth (Shrewsbury) were the overall winners with Celia Day & David Clarke (Wolverhampton) the runners up. With the third pair in the team, Marion Jordan & Kevin Sullivan (Newcastle) coming 9th, the team event was easily won by Staffs and Shrops retaining their 2015 title. This is an event where teams of 8 are entered from Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hereford, Staffs & Shrops, Warwickshire & Worcestershire. The fourth Staffs and Shrops pair contained a Stafford player who greatly enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience but in no way contributed to the team win!
New teams were invited to play in the County League during the coming season, September until April, at Wolverhampton. It had been hoped to have a third division this coming season so that players of all standards could take part; in the end two new teams came forward to replace the two teams that had withdrawn so the situation is as last year, 7 teams in the first division and 6 in the second.
A decision was taken (7/9/16) that more of the up market tablet be purchased and that the club will stick with BridgeTabs for the moment. The decision was made on the clarity of the display but the down side is the need to put all devices on charge at the end of every session. The new devices were in use for the first time on Friday 16th September 2016, generally the feedback was positive from the users.
A new event was organised in 2016 for the Midlands Region for "improvers" with less than 5 or 6 years bridge playing experience. Six Stafford members, five of whom attend Robin's lessons, took part either at Derby or Solihull. Best placed Stafford pair were Sandy and Frank Townsend playing at Spondon (Derby), sadly not amongst the prize winners though. Pictured above are the winners, Steve Smith & Jason Webb, receiving their trophies from Dan Evetts of the EBU with Linda Curtis SSCBA chairman. Click here for the hand commentary. Jason's mother, Tracy, a one time member of Stafford Bridge Club.
The club "away weekend" on 8th - 10th April 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel near Grantham attracted a group of 29, 25 of whom were bridge players. More pictures on the club notice board. The results of the sessions were:
Friday pairs 6 tables 1st Rachael & Alan, 2nd Beryl & Michael,
Saturday six teams, 1st Anne & Peter Collier, Mike & Janet, 2nd Pat & John Andrews, Ernie & Sandra
Sunday pairs 1st Adrienne & Harry, 2nd= Pat & John, Beryl & Michael
The club annual dinner was held at Ingestre Golf Club on Saturday 14th May. David was in action as club chairman with the announcements of the winners and quickly changing to club photographer mode when the winners received their prizes from Sheila. More pictures can be seen by clicking the link.
Congratulations to those achieving promotions in the master point rankings during 2015, particularly Mike, Ivor and Pat A who reached, or passed, the giddy heights of 40,000+ master points and 10+ green points.
Success for Stafford member Geoff Davies and the rest of his team Paul Cutler, Rod Ewan and Roger Keane for their success in the Winter Teams at Wolverhampton.
The newly structured Bearn took place at Newcastle on Sunday 24th April, 4 Stafford players took part, Geoff playing with Paul Cutler came second behind Keith Shuttleworth and Laurence Haynes. The Ladies' and Men's Championship Pairs both had to be cancelled. The Mixed/Flitch Championship Pairs are to be held on Thursday 9th June, at Wolverhampton.
Congratulations to Stafford Bridge Club members for their successes in this year's County League.
Geoff Davies, partnering Paul Cutler, with teammates David Beavon and Roger Keane, won the First Division. Third place went to the team of new Stafford members,Kath Adams and Graham Link and Anne and John Seymour. Joint winners of the Second Division, now promoted to the First Division, were David Alderson and Mike Sherriff, playing with teammates Judy Mitchell and James Vickers. New teams are invited to join next year, time to be getting a team together.
A new regional event for improvers is taking place on July 3rd aimed at those who have been playing bridge for less than 5 years.
The Shropshire Congress took place 16th (Swiss Pairs) & 17th April (Swiss Teams) at the Park Inn, Telford. Numbers were up a little this year and Stafford was represented thanks to some of the new Stafford members.
The final party was the afternoon players one on Wednesday 21st December. A good turn out despite the winter colds and 'flu not to mention those who have already set off for their Chritmas holidays, almost all the regulars were there. David acted as non-playing TD and reports how much he enjoyed the tea that the players had laid on.
The club party was held on Thursday December 15th. A perfect 12 tables filled the room for the club party. Janet and team produced a delicious meal for 50 in very limited space, some of the plates very delicately balanced in the kitchen! Pat's Christmas tree napkin folding so good it was a shame to use them! Bridge lots of fun with partners drawn by card saved for the rafffle. David organised two sections of 6 tables each playing 8 two board rounds, Digger and his friend Benji moved many times, almost everyone went home with a prize. .Winners were - Benji: Gill Greaves Bentley, Digger: Janet D. Section A, 1st prize: Alan Ashmore & Sandra Houghton, 2nd prize: Sylvia Ullmer & Pat Martin. Section B, 1st prize: Ivor Clarke & David D, 2nd prize: Leila Paull & Nicky Grainger (click for the pictures).
The Friday evening players event was the following night, a simpler affair but the patrons supplied a self catered feast. Only one pair claimed the prize for a slam, Janet and Shirley, but a second should have been claimed! No one came forward to claim a prize winning with a 2! NS winners Pat A & Nicky (74.44%), 2nd Robin & June, 3rd Shirley & Janet, EW winners Ernie and Sandra, 2nd Dave & Lesley, 3rd Gordon & Barbara. Ann came home with her first ever Orchid and a very colourful basket of flowers and foliage, for which she would like to thank the Friday night players very much.
The Club Parties got off to a fine start with Robin's lesson party on 9th December. All sorts of challenges from bidding a gambling 3 NT, game tries, trial bids to "don't drink too much wine"! A great spread was laid on by Robin and the pupils, the players in the Shelley were able to appreciate the "left overs" too.
An amazing £100 was raised for The Courage Foundation, started in memory of Jim and Sheila's grandson, to support children and families following the death of a sibling or parent.
Staffs & Shrops won this six County team event with S&S pairs coming 2nd, 4th and 7th. Sadly no Stafford pairs represented the County this year. Pairs to play for the County are selected from those that play in the Bearn event. The Bearn event next takes place at Newcastle on 24th April 2015, direct entry no qualifying rounds.
Wednesday afternoon players voted to play to the bitter end in the County Sim Pairs despite making it a late finish! For the full results see the County Website. Six clubs took part in this event, 40 tables in all. The scorer must have burnt the midnight oil to have the results out by the following day as a fair bit of typing/checking involved! Top Stafford pair, Paul & Linda (as it happens playing NS), were third overall - well done both of you. The Stafford only results can be seen here but the overall results may show a different order, the quirks of sim pairs!
The County AGM took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday 6th September at Wolverhampton Bridge Club. Stafford was poorly represented but the news is on the County Website, http://staffsandshrops.org.uk/, hopefully there will be a better SBC turn out next year!
Three SBC members took part in the No Fear Pairs event at Wolverhampton. 2013 Beginner pupil Sean Clarke and beginner teacher Ann Sleightholme won the No Fear Pairs competition at Wolverhampton, pictured here receiving the prize from County Chairman, Linda Lewis. Sean is now a regular SBC Wednesday afternoon player.
Anne Hidderley came top at the Stone heat of this event. The full results for non-affiliated clubs can be seen on http://www.simpairs.com/default.asp?session=006736 where interestingly John & Cliff coming second at Stone are ranked higher than Anne and her partner. Quirks of scoring for sim pairs!
A group of 28 (22 of whom were bridge players) enjoyed a bridge weekend just outside Gloucester. The weather was kind so the day time was largely spent visiting the various local tourist attractions before sitting down to bridge in the evening.
After two very successful trips to Lytham St Annes a change of scene was suggested. Anne Smith undertook the onerous task of finding a venue that satisfied the necessary criteria, much easier said than done, and came up with an old coaching Inn, part of which dated back to the 13th century, just outside Gloucester. Sylvia organised the accommodation/booking. David, having put in a great deal of preparation work, ran the very successful bridge sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Where to go next year - any suggestions?! It is not easy to find somewhere that "ticks all the boxes" so going back to Quedgeley for a second year would save much research. Have your say - talk to a committee member.
On May 21st 2015 The Little Thatch Inn was featured on the Channel 5 program "The Hotel Inspector".
Click the link for pictures at Quedgeley.
While England may not have done so well in Brazil on the football field they have done brilliantly at the bridge table in the European Championships. Staffs & Shrops player, Paul Hackett, led the winning seniors team who won the gold medal in their event. The ladies team won a silver medal and the open team, that included Andrew Robson and Paul's sons Justin and Jason, won a bronze medal. Wow indeed.
The Mixed Championship Pairs, 8½ tables, took place at Wolverhampton on 11th June. Sadly only one SBC pair took part this year, last year 6 out of the 16 pairs were from Stafford.
The Congress was held at a new venue this year, The Park Inn in Telford. The reports were good and the same venue is planned for next year's event. Our one representative at the Congress (can you spot the SBC member in the picture?) reports a MOST interesting squeeze against Martin Jones!!!
Geoff and Robin were pipped at the post by 1 VP in the 2013/14 County league and defeated in the final of the Staffs Cup by Paul Hackett's team.
The Ladies' and Men's Championship Pairs took place at Wolverhampton on 14th May. Several Stafford players took part but none were on the podium this year!
Stafford member, Cliff Tayer, and long time Stafford treasurer, John Hartley, were winners of this event this year.
A list of up coming events of interest can be seen on the County site together with a Calendar of County fixtures.
Click for the results of the Dawes matches.
The students who took up bridge for the first time in October 2013 have reached the end of their 30 week course. The final class was on Monday 16th June and each beginner was paired up with one from the teaching team playing North/South with students from the other student groups sitting East/West. It was a fun social event and it is to be hoped that the new recruits will keep up their bridge at the club and elsewhere and then be back for more lessons in the Autumn.
David, pictured on the left above, has served as both captain and chairman over the the last 8 years. The Club has greatly benefited from his leadership and all his hard work while in post. David has seen the Club through the EBU Play 2 Play scheme, the transfer of the County to Wolverhampton, the introduction of Duplimate and the troublesome remote scorers. More importantly David has worked tirelessly to bring all the sessions together by introducing social events and weekends away, which has engendered an atmosphere of friendliness throughout the Club. This has translated into the increase of table numbers and new members joining the Club.
Congratulations Robin on winning the Andrew Robson Xmas Quiz. The quiz was published in the December 2013 EBU magazine with results in the February 2014 edition on page 10.
Linda Curtis, the recently elected County Chairman, has been visiting the clubs around the County recently and visited Stafford on 15th January, coming to the normal afternoon session. Linda was promoting County events, particularly the coming No Fear event on 20th February and the County League.
Since the inception of S&SCBA Stafford Bridge Club has also been the County HQ. After many months of deliberation the County Committee voted unanimously to move the headquarters away from Stafford to Wolverhampton Bridge Club from December 1st 2013. Wolverhampton "downstairs" has recently been enlarged and now offers more space for events such as the Dawes matches. Stafford Bridge Club wish all involved every success. Read about the early years.
Linda Curtis was elected Chairman of the Staffordshire & Shropshire Contract Bridge Association at the AGM on 1st September. Linda is presently the Wolverhampton Bridge Club Captain and was Chairman of Newcastle Bridge Club some years ago. Linda regularly represents the County at Dawes matches so is known to many within the County. Geoff Davies, Stafford Bridge Club member and the retiring County Chairman, welcomed Linda and wished her well in her new role.
Andrew Robson, renowned teacher, Times and Sunday Times bridge columnist, held a sell out Bridge Masterclass on Thursday 21st November at Stone.
Participants were treated to several topics during the afternoon and evening sessions, Four Key Rules, Bidding Big Hands, Jacoby 2NT, Tricky Leads, Elimination and Throw-in. Despite the large number of tables, 40 at each session, Andrew managed to keep an eye on everyone from his high vantage point and was on hand to give guidance wherever needed.
Congratulations to Geoff and Robin on two recent successes, both times while playing at Newport Bridge Club. They came second overall in the EBU Autumn Sim Pairs on Tuesday 10th September. 1000 pairs from 62 clubs took part in this event. Shortly before this Geoff and Robin had won the County Sim Pairs. 38½ tables competed in this event at clubs spread over the County on 20th August. A further creditable performance was achieved in the Midland Teams Challenge Bowl where their team, including John Day and Geoff Feltbower, came fourth.
The weekend 5th – 8th April Glendower Hotel Lytham St Anne’s was a great success.
Click the link for more photos.
The County AGM took place at SBC on 2nd September. Judy Mitchell is shown here accepting the prestigious Dimmie Fleming award at the meeting from the Chairman, Geoff Davies, on behalf of the EBU. The present committee agreed to remain in office. Afterwards bridge was played for the Phoenix Trophy and yet again Geoff Davies was on winning form, this time partnered by Paul Cutler.
Shropshire CongressThe Congress is taking place at The Grays Hotel, Telford on 20th and 21st April 2013. Countact Judy Mitchell if you would like to enter.
Do you take The Times? A member draws our attention to the letters pages of 14th and 15th May 2012 and the meaning of the abbreviation LOL as used by David Cameron. The letter writers were also a bridge players where LOL has another meaning, see "The Brass Cup" report towards the end of a 82-83 County Bulletin!
The County is looking for someone willing to represent the County on the newly-formed Regional Club Committee. This not a very arduous task, the committee meets only twice a year. If you can help contact Geoff Davies.
Many congratulations to Geoff Davies and Robin Adey who were in the winning team of the Midland Teams Challenge Bowl on July 7th. Sorry no pictures. Three of the other team representing Staffs and Shrops in the event were playing against us in the recent match against Stone
The Summer County Simultaneous Pairs Competition (with a prize) took place on Thursday 23rd August. Stafford was included along with Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Tettenhall, 54 pairs in all. Congratulations again to Geoff and Robin, yet another victory!! Mike and Ivor were not far behind in fourth place
The Mixed/Flitch pairs took place on June 15th. The Flitch pairs were won by David and Janet with best non-masters Michael Metcalf and Ann Stevenson.
The Ladies' Pairs and Men's pairs events took place on Wednesday May 9th. Congratulations to Geoff and Robin for winning the men's pairs. Best Stafford result in the Ladies pairs were Shirley and Deirdre who came third.
If you are interested in joining the training sessions for either club TD or to assist with scoring then please enter your name on the lists on the club's notice board. One scoring session has been held but any others who who like scoring training please contact Ann to fix a date for the next session, preferably at 6 p.m. on a Friday. (Archived 23rd September 2012)
10 pairs represented S.B.C. against a similar number from Stone on Friday 22nd June. It was a most enjoyable evening with Stone coming out the winners by a small margin. The ladies, led by Sylvia, Janet, Pam and Pat laid on a wonderful spread that was much appreciated by all.
These are the 10 pairs who will represent S.B.C. against Stone on Friday 22nd. June
There are 2 reserve pairs Pauline Goggin & Ghayur Zaidi and Mike Wood & Bill Inns
Since Friday night players have opted to join in the event rather than play independently the normal Friday night bridge session will not be running.
Click for the 2011/12 final league match results Division 1 and Division 2. Congratulations to Geoff Davies and his team for coming top of Division 1.
The County winners of The Garden Cities Trophy qualifying event were Shrewsbury. Our team was D & J Drinkwater, Beryl & Michael, Paul & Linda, David A & Margaret.
Some of our members competed in the Shropshire Congress at Shrewsbury, 21st, 22nd April. Best result from Club members was in the Swiss Teams event with David D, Janet, Mike & David A.
The Bearn Final, a green pointed event, was played at Stafford on Sunday April 1st event run in two sections, a Howell movement followed by a Mitchell movement. Best placed Stafford players were Dave Rowley & Peter Collier were top of the Mitchell section and 7th overall.
Click for the results of the Dawes matches. In the November match vs Leics our club captain was part of the winning Markham team.
Monthly inter-club sims December 2011 results.Monthly inter-club sims January 2012 results. Winners, Mike Sherriff & David Alderson.Monthly inter-club sims February 2012 results.Monthly inter-club sims March 2012 results. Second Shirley & Joan, third Geoff & RobinMonthly inter-club sims April 2012 results. Second Pam Allen and Rachael
An EGM was held prior to the President's Cup on Sunday March 4th at 2:00 p.m. The motion that "The management of the Club shall be entrusted to the President, Chairman, Club Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, House Manager and Social Events Organiser" was carried unanimously.
2011/12 EBU Master Point Promotions (Magazines and websites)
4 Star Master (25,000 MPs)
Master (5,000 MPs)
County Master (2,500 MPs)
District Master (1000 MPs)
Area Master (500 MPs)
Club Master (200 MPs)
Local Master (100 MPs)
For 2010 and earlier entries see website, we have recently promoted 9 star premier, 6 star premier and 4 star premier masters on the committee!
Hopefully most members were able to make it to one or more of the most enjoyable club Christmas events. The picture above was taken at the Tuesday Evening party by the club photographer, alias Captain David.
Over the period up to January 2nd bridge sessions at the club are:
Normal bridge: on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th December and January 3rd onwards.
No bridge: 19th, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th December and January 2nd.
Weather forecast for January better than last year?!
David wishes you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Doug's lessons restarted on October 4th and it is not too late to join. Classes are at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Many of last year's pupils are now playing regularly with the club and going from strength to strength.
If you, or anyone you know, are interested please contact Doug, on 01785 824225, who will be happy to give you further information regarding the course.
Full members should be receiving their magazine every two months and have received their membership cards (with the June 2010 Magazine) and diary (with the August 2010 magazine).
Your EBU membership number and password for logging on to the EBU website are shown in the letter attached to your June 2010 magazine. It is advisable to change your password promptly to one that you find memorable! Log on to https://www.ebu.co.uk/members/ type your EBU number (without the leading zeros) and password in the appropriate boxes. The "change password" button is at the bottom of the "my details" page, the page shown when you have logged in.
By default, if you are a new EBU member, the club will be able to read and change your details. Should you wish to change either of these default settings then click the "my club membership" tab where there are two buttons to set the "read" and "change" options. You may also change the amount of detail shown, eg email and phone number, on the "my details" tab. To view your Master Points click the "Master Points" tab. Master points are updated monthly under P2P.
Finally logout when you have finished, button at the bottom of "my details" section.
On Tuesday 15th November the club took part in the ECATs Children in Need sim pairs. How pleasing to see so many players representing all the club sessions together with visitors from Chasetown . The club raised the fantastic sum of £196 for Children in Need collected from table money and donations, 50% more than last year. Click for the National Results, our local winners were Geoff and Robin with 2nd Rachael and Pam closely followed by Olive and Malcolm in 3rd place.
Thank you for your support.
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Staffordshire & Shropshire Contract Bridge Association will be held at Stafford Bridge Club, at approximately 7.15pm on Sunday, 9th October 2011 following the Dawes Matches vs Worcestershire, to which you are invited.
The purpose of the Meeting is to ratify the proceedings of the A.G.M. held on 4th September 2011 as there was not a quorum (less than 15 members present).
Matters which have to be voted on are the County Subscriptions for 2011/12 and the re election of County Officers . The chairman is particularly keen to attract new members to the Committee, either as Club representatives or Committee members. If you know of anyone who might be interested in serving on the County Committee, please let John Withers know who will forward their details on to the Chairman
Stone use Bridgemates for scoring. Some of our members have requested that we consider purchasing these. It has been decided that, for the time being, not to purchase these devices for our club as the cost involved is too great with respect to the use they would get. There is an alternative device, a Bridgepad.
Andrew Robson is holding a masterclass on Friday 30th September at Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre. This event is being organised by the County
A fish and chip supper is also available between the two sessions at a cost of £6
Now that we have reached the "silly season" Rod asks "How would you bid this hand?" Please email your suggestions to Rod at firstname.lastname@example.org. West has passed and you and your partner are North/South.
Rod reports he has had some responses to this question but he is not awarding a prize just yet, he asks for you to keep on trying!
A more complete report to follow. For the moment - a new club secretary, Anne Smith and a new Treasurer, Michael Seavers, have been elected. Many thanks were extended to Pauline Goggin and Paul Laughlin who have stepped down after giving sterling service to the club.
Unfortunately, due to lack of support, the Bryan Baker Trophy event has been cancelled for this Sunday and a new date to be advised later.
No bridge - bank holiday.
Bridge at Hopton Village Hall, less than a mile from the Showground. ST18 0AW for your Sat Nav or SJ 948 261 for your OS map reader.
Subscriptions were due during April. After many years since the last increase the charge went up to £12.50 on April 1st for 2011/12.
Shirley collected subscriptions during April. If you have not already paid and you wish to do so please give your subscription to Shirley, Paul or David as soon as possible, late payment usually incurs a penalty fee! If you pay by cheque please make it out to "Stafford Bridge Club".
Pauline and the regular Stafford Friday night bridge players welcomed Doug's pupils together with Geoff's pupils and other friends on April 15th. It was an enjoyable evening, several of the regular lady players provided refreshments which were appreciated. Geoff was able to be there for part of the evening to give encouragement to his charges but sadly Doug was not well enough to attend. We wish Doug a speady recovery.
Hopefully the new players enjoyed the relaxed atomosphere of Friday evenings and will be back soon.
Charity bridge drive at Ingestre on March 7th, therefore no bridge at the showground that day.
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The club raised an excellent total of £124.50 for the Children in Need appeal at the Simultaneous pairs held on Tuesday 15th November. My thanks to all who supported this event
There will be no bridge at the club on the following Mondays:
18th October, 25th October, 1st November and 15th November.
as a number of the regular players will be attending charity games at local golf clubs.
The event was very well attended and a most enjoyable evening won by Rachael and Alan with Beryl and Michael coming second. A number of players that we do not see so often came along and hopefully we shall see more of them in the future. Your ed (E) was particularly pleased to make 1 spade with 16 points, A 10 x x in spades, partner 3 pts and x x spades when N held Q J x x x x spades!
Unfortunately our American Supper scheduled for 28th August has to be cancelled since Scope horse festival have banned vehicular access from Friday 27th. Apologies
30/7/2010 Results for this session now scored, apologies for the delay. Please note that only 28 boards are printed from the Duplimate, due to the original making of the boards
30th July - 4th August: Passes to be issued to all members before hand wherever possible othewise collect at security gate
Ivor was duly elected as President of the club at the AGM on May 16th. He is seen here collecting the individual trophy from Leila at the annual dinner. Pam has stepped into Ivor's vice captain's shoes and three new members were welcomed on to the committee, Paul Laughlin (treasurer), Shirley Elphick and John Whiteman.
No winners, John, Paul, Jeannie and Audrey (not George and Ringo) fooled you all!
Have you any better ideas for this spot?
Meanwhile a little puzzle, ABC is an equilateral triangle containing a point P within it. PA measures 5cm, PB measures 12 cm and PC measures 13 cm. What is the length of a side of the triangle? First correct answer gets a mention here.
The County Show takes place during the first week in June and the club is inaccessible from May 31st until (and including) June 3rd. Alternative arrangements have been made for bridge on the 2nd and 3rd.
Monday May 31st No Bridge
Tuesday June 1st No Bridge
Wednesday June 2nd Bridge at Hopton Village Hall, 1:15 pm for 1:30 pm
Thursday June 3rd Bridge at Hopton Village Hall, 7:00 pm for 7:15 pm
Friday June 4th Normal Bridge Session at the Showground
NOTE: Match vs Stone Postponed until later in year
Hopton Village Hall is very close to the showground, OS grid reference SJ 9484 2611, post code for your Sat Nav ST18 0AW
1. Which member when choosing a new car has to first check that her Maypole will fit inside the car?
2. Which member recently accompanied a competitor who came 4th in their class at an international event?
3. Because of Eyjafjallajökul which member swapped his usual small white ball for a larger red one and pulled a hamstring as a result? Should have gone to the American supper instead!
4. Also as a result of Eyjafjallajökul which member moved mountains to get back from the Middle East in time for the £10 subs deadline?
5. What is your EBU membership number?
Email your answers to email@example.com First 5 out of 5 correct answers will be mentioned in despatches, well on the website anyway! (Best so far is 4 out of 5)!
The meeting will commence at 2:00 pm in the clubroom on
Sunday 16th May 2010
Prior to the start of proceedings for the AGM it will be necessary to elect a new President.
The AGM will be followed by light refreshments.
Do you want a hung parliament? Ensure your views are heard and registered (nuclear reactor, bike shed, tea trolley of Parkinson cf SBC P2P, chairs, biscuits), see that your session (constituency) is represented on the committee.
If you have paid your 2010 subs and not yet received your AGM agenda please ask for the agenda when you are next at the club.
Would you like the results of the games you just played emailed to you as we update the website with the results? Just send us your email address and we will update the records so that this happens automatically.
We are soon going to be able to send your master points direct to the EBU as well and so will require your EBU number in order to do this for you.
The latter will help us all to be GREENER
and save our planet's resources! No wasted printing of slips (some of which are not even wanted) and a lot of 'personal' time saved for the committee member who has to do this tedius job!
So please help us, help you and our planet! by sending in your email and EBU number and if you are happy, your telephone number so that we can update all our player database records.
If you experience any problems with the URL, www.staffordbridgeclub.co.uk, over the next few days please report them to Ann. In case of difficulty you can reach the bridgewebs site directly:
Your Committee 2009/2020 (Click on menu for more details)President Arthur Bloxham Captain David DrinkwaterVice-Captain Ivor ClarkeSecretary Pauline GogginTreasurer Ann SleightholmeCommittee MembersPat Andrews 01785 663933Mike Sherriff 01889 882296Pam Ewan 01785 661507Rose Jessop 01785 859071
I was interviewing a new Cleaning come Friday lady and I asked why she had left her last employment. She replied "Well Sir, the wages were good but it was the most ridiculous place I ever worked, I really wasn’t sure what type of people I was working amongst.They played a game called Bridge, and the last night I was there, a lot of them were there. As I was about to take the Refreshments in, I heard a man say "Lay down and let’s see what you’ve got.Another Man said `I’ve got strength but not much length`, then another Man said to a lady `Take your hand off my trick`. I pretty near dropped dead as a Lady answered `You forced me, you jumped me twice, and then you didn’t have the strength for one good raise!’.Another lady was talking about protecting her Honour, and another two Ladies were saying`Now it’s my turn to play with your Husband, while you play with mine’.Well, enough was enough, so I got my Hat and Coat, and just as I was leaving, I hope to die if I didn’t hear another man say.....‘Well I guess we can go Home now, that was our last Rubber’.(Apologies to all who have heard it many……….many times before)
at Brocton Village Hall
Saturday 15th May 2010
at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm
Doug's lessons continue on Tuesdays as normal but Friday lessons are stopping during the summer. Any pupils who wish to join the normal Friday 7:15pm session are very welcome, to participate fully, to watch or to have their own separate table.
The annual subscription remains unchanged at £10.00, payable not later than 30th April. Thereafter the renewal will be levied at £11.00. Payment can be made to the treasurer, secretary or captain.
Those club members who renewed before 10th April and indicated that they would like to be full members of the EBU on their renewal form should shortly be receiving a membership card through the post.
If you have not yet paid please check and sign your membership renewal form before paying your subscription; with the EBU changes this year this is important.
It was agreed at the committee meeting on the 12th September 2009 that the club would not be buying new chairs at present. The comments made by all the club members were taken into account when they had tried out the various ones offered.
The committee will debate the matter again after the present chairs have been re-examined and any requiring repair are assessed for the viability of doing so and in deed, if they are repairable.
To those bridge boffs(!) - I have only received one answer so far! I don't know if it correct? Let me have your answers please........then I will know what it is! The four bridge players sitting round the table each had an ACE of a different suit in their hand on the deal in question! From the clues given below, can you fully identify the player in each of the four seats, and work out which ACE each holds?!! NB. North and South play as partners against East and West!! CLUES 1 Richard's Ace was the same colour as the one held by Ruff, who was in the North seat. 2 Martina's partner was holding the Ace of Hearts. 3 The woman sitting West, whose surname is not Tenace, had the Ace of Spades. 4 Paul Hand was partnering Esther 5 The Ace of Clubs was not held by the player sitting South ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FIRST NAMES: ESTHER; MARTINA; PAUL; RICHARD.SURNAMES: HAND; RUFF; TENACE; TRICK. ACES:-- CLUBS. DIAMONDS. HEARTS. SPADES NORTH---first name-----------------------------WEST-- first name------------ EAST-- first name--------------------SOUTH--first name--------------------PLEASE LET ME HAVE THE ANSWER! I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO DO IT!
Tuesday 17th March – Computer problems
R & A Ashmore
D Drinkwater & J Hartley
P Campbell & M Roberts
M Sherriff & I Clarke
M Seavers & D Newsome
M Ward & J Woodward
S Ullmer & H Jones
B & M Metcalfe
M Allard & J Bradshaw
P Palm & Fred
They do listen !
Table Money : Effective 1stJune table money to be £2.50 members and £3.50 for non-members, which now includes free tea, coffee and squash. Also a discount scheme for members playing four or five times in any one week. If a member plays four times in a week total payment will be £9.00 and for five times total paid will be £10.00 (ie the 4thsession will be only £1.50 and the 5thsession would be free).
The 'Shelley' - the handicap Teams of Four competition is under consideration and it is hoped that it can be re-scheduled. This is an enjoyable competition for teams, from our Club and others within the County League. The more teams we have the better it is. Each team has a handicap which always makes the final result very close and it's not always the "Big Boys (or Gals!)" who win.
Anyone who would like to become a team member, or who is already in a formed team, PLEASE forward your details.If you have any suggestions for the days suitable for the competition to take place, perhaps on a Sunday? let us know. The committee is here for the benefit of the members and we would like your suggestions for this or any other competition and even on whether you would like another playing day, evening or afternoon? for Chicago or Rubber bridge perhaps.
Summary of the changes to the Orange Book ~
1 st August 2007~
The Laws and Ethics Committee has made a small number of revisions to the Orange Book to take effect from August 1 st 2007. ~
· There are NO changes to the Announcing or alerting regulations. ~
· There is one major change in describing what is meant by a ‘strong’ bid (10B)~
The revised wording is as follows:~
10.B.4 Strong opening are often described as ‘extended rule of 25’ which means the minimum allowed is any of the following:~
a) subject to proper disclosure, a hand that contains as a minimum the normal highcard strength associated with a one level opening and at least eight clear cut tricks, or~
b) any hand meeting the Rule of 25 or~
c) any hand of at least 16 HCP’s~
ªA K Q J x x x x ©x x ¨x x §x does count as 8 clearcut tricks ~
ªA K Q x x x x x ©x x ¨x x §x does not~
Hands covered by the new regulation that can be described as STRONG include the hand from the~
Tollemache Cup final ~
ª4 ©A Q J 10 9 8 7 2 ¨Void §A J 5 3 (8 clearcut tricks – suitable for a Benjamin 2§ opening)~
Some people have asked why the 14HCP has been raised to 16HCP. This has not happened. The regulation now permits suitable hands~
with LESS than 14HCP to be described as STRONG – see the hands above – all of which have less than 14 points.~
However, regulation (a) and (b) on their own would not allow this type of hand to be described as strong ~
ªA K 5 3 ©A 10 8 4 ¨9 §K Q 8 6 (16 points 4441 distribution)~
So clause (c) is to allow for this type of hand to be included. ~
· There is one small change to the announcing range of two openers (5D2)~
Some people play a 2opening which straddles more than one range so the phrasing to be used has been modified.~
5 D 2 It is possible to play a wideranging opening that covers more than one category, in which case the announcement should say so.~
(a) ‘Intermediate to strong, forcing’~
(b) ‘Weak to intermediate’ ~
· And two changes to alerting of doubles (5G4)~
Certain doubles which are not take out doubles have been clarified. (Italics indicates the change to the wording) The following doubles must be alerted~
5 G 4 (c) Any ‘competitive’, ‘cooperative’ or ‘optional’ double, since these are not take out doubles.~
5 G 4 (g) A double of 1 ¨ in the sequence 1 § (1 ¨) double, if it shows a specific suit since this is not a takeout double.~
(Normally a double here would just show general values and no specific suit holding but if, for example, you played the double as showing precisely 4 hearts then it becomes alertable)