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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.

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. 

EBU
EBU

2017 EBU Master Point Promotions

Two Star Master (15,000MPs)

  • D Skinner

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Laughlin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • E Houghton
  • T Maltby
  • J Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • W Chester
  • F Greaves
  • G Foster
  • M Lowe
  • I Scanlan
  • M Wood

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • S Clarke
  • E Greenwood
  • A Hensby
  • S Houghton
  • L Howse

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • R Foster
  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • D Merriott
  • A Warren

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Ashley
  • J Brown-Bullivant
  • C Kane
  • H Lakin
  • C Lamb
  • N Purdy
  • J Stevens

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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News Archive
This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
 
 
  Regional Improvers Sim Pairs - July 3rd 2016

Regional PairsA 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.

Last updated : 10th Jul 2017 10:29 BST
  Away Weekend - 8th to 10th April 2016
Away Weekend  - 8th to 10th April 2016

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

Last updated : 10th Jul 2017 10:29 BST
  Annual Dinner and Prize Giving 14th May 2016
Annual Dinner  and Prize Giving 14th May 2016

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.

 

Last updated : 10th Jul 2017 10:28 BST
  Congratulations

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.

Last updated : 10th Jul 2017 10:26 BST
  County Events
County Events

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. 

County League

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.

Last updated : 10th Jul 2017 10:25 BST
  Christmas Parties 2016

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.

 

Last updated : 5th Jan 2017 17:13 GMT
  County News - Autumn 2015

Edgar Foster Cups - 21st September 2015

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.

Sim Pairs - 19th August

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!

County AGM - Sunday 6th September

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!

Last updated : 10th Aug 2016 11:21 BST
  Events around the County - July 9th 2015

No Fear Pairs Winners 2015

No Fear Pairs - 9th July

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.

Kidney Research Sim Pairs - 9th July

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!

Last updated : 10th Aug 2016 11:20 BST
  Away weekend 10th - 13th April 2015

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.

Last updated : 10th Aug 2016 11:19 BST
  England Results - Croatia 2014

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.

Last updated : 18th Jul 2014 07:48 BST
  County News

Mixed Championship Pairs  - 11th June 2014.

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.

No Fear Teams Event - Thursday June 12th 2014 (10:30 for 11 a.m.)

Following the success of the No Fear Pairs, played 20th February 2014 a similar event for teams of four took place at Wolverhampton on June 12th. A number of past and present Stafford players took part in this. Two 6 board matches were played before the excellent lunch and two further matches played after lunch. The winners were from Wolverhampton but Geoff Thomas & Stan Jarvis with Sally & Gerald Griffin were second and Rose & Ann, Audrey & Pauline were third. Such is the success of these events more are planned soon - watch this space!

 

Shropshire Congress - 26th (Swiss Pairs) & 27th (Swiss Teams) April 2014

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!!!

The County League and Staffs Cup

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.

Ladies' & Men's Championship Pairs  - 14th May 2014.

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!

Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs - Played 2nd March 2014

Stafford member, Cliff Tayer, and long time Stafford treasurer, John Hartley, were winners of this event this year.

Fixture List 2013/14

A list of up coming events of interest can be seen on the County site together with a Calendar of County fixtures

Dawes

Click for the results of the Dawes matches.

Last updated : 9th Jul 2014 12:40 BST
  Beginner's (Class of 2013) Graduation - Monday 16th June

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.

Last updated : 7th Jul 2014 14:44 BST
  David becomes an Honorary member of Stafford Bridge Club.
David becomes an Honorary member of Stafford Bridge Club.

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.

Last updated : 17th Jun 2014 11:25 BST
  Lytham Holiday 4th - 7th April 2014
Lytham Holiday 4th - 7th April 2014
On Friday 4th April all 25 players plus 6 spouses assembled just after lunch time in the Glendower Hotel, Lytham St Annes, to start the club second away weekend at this hotel.
A short 2 teams match in the afternoon was followed by a reception drink then dinner and evening pairs. 12 pairs played and joint top went to Leila & Olive with Anne & John (our friends from Stone). Saturday morning, 3 teams – winners Pat & John with Ruth & Helen. Saturday evening 6 teams winners Beryl & Michael with Audrey & Anthea. Sunday morning 3 teams winners Pat & John with Olive & Leila. Then the final evening on Sunday 5 teams won by Anne & John with Audrey & Anthea. Evening completed with prize giving to successful winners and all players and spouses.  More pictures on the notice board.
Last updated : 30th May 2014 08:39 BST
  Robin
Robin

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.

Last updated : 14th Feb 2014 09:04 GMT
  County Chairman's Visit to Stafford - 15th January 2014

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.

Last updated : 7th Feb 2014 09:43 GMT
  County News - Autumn 2013
County News - Autumn 2013

County Headquarters

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.

 AGM - Sunday 1st September at 2 p.m.

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 - Thursday 21st November

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.  

Last updated : 18th Jan 2014 10:46 GMT
  More Success for Geoff and Robin

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.

Last updated : 14th Nov 2013 11:19 GMT
  Bridge Weekend Away 5th - 7th April at Lytham St Annes
Bridge Weekend Away 5th - 7th April at Lytham St Annes

The weekend 5th – 8th April Glendower Hotel Lytham St Anne’s was a great success.

  • Friday evening 5 1/2 tables: 1st Janet & David; 2nd Beryl & Michael; 3rd Sandra & Ernie
  • Saturday morning 2 tables team#1 Pat John Leila & Olive; team#2 Bryan Janet Eileen & Maureen
  • Saturday evening 5 tables: 1st Leila & Olive; 2nd Sandra & Ernie; 3rd Beryl & Michael
  • Sunday morning: 3 table multiple teams
  • 1st session; 1st Bryan, Anthea, Sylvia & John; 2nd Pat, John, Maureen & Eileen; 3rd Leila, Olive, Beryl & Diane
  • 2nd session; 1st Pat, John, Maureen & Eileen; 2nd Bryan, Anthea, Sylvia & John; 3rd Leila, Olive, Beryl & Diane
  • Sunday evening: 5 tables multiple teams: 1st Anne, Linda Janet, Mike & David; 2nd Leila, Olive, Beryl & Diane; 3rd Sandra, Ernie, Bryan & Michael

Click the link for more photos.

Last updated : 22nd May 2013 12:03 BST
  County News
County News

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 Congress
The 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.

Click for the results of the Dawes matches.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2013 18:10 GMT
  County News - Summer 2012

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.

Last updated : 31st Oct 2012 10:39 GMT
  TDs and Scorers

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)

Last updated : 23rd Sep 2012 17:06 BST
  Stone Friendly Match

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.

Last updated : 14th Jul 2012 18:45 BST
  Stone Friendly Match

Stone Friendly Match

These are the 10 pairs who will represent S.B.C. against Stone on Friday 22nd. June

  1. Janet & David Drinkwater
  2. Pam Ewan & Mike Sherriff
  3. Sylvia Ullmer & Ann Stevenson
  4. Ivor & Liz Clarke
  5. Rachael & Alan Ashmore
  6. Beryl & Michael Metcalf
  7. Sam Holden & Sylvia Hilton
  8. Pat & Norman Martin
  9. John & Joyce Taylor
  10. Barrie Woodward & Philip Pym

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.

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2012 23:35 BST
  County News

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 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.

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.

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.

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 & Robin
Monthly inter-club sims April 2012 results. Second Pam Allen and Rachael

Last updated : 17th Jun 2012 14:32 BST
  EGM - Sunday 4th March

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.

Last updated : 13th May 2012 21:18 BST
  EBU

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!

Last updated : 5th May 2012 21:18 BST
  Garden Cities Trophy - S&SCBA Heat 3rd March
Stafford Bridge Club, as a Staffordshire and Shropshire affiliated club, is invited to enter a Team of Eight in a multiple teams event, The Garden Cities Trophy, in order to find a club to represent the county in the Regional Finals on Saturday, 19th May 2012. If you would like to take part talk to Mike Sherriff asap. Entries must be submitted to the County by 11th February.
Last updated : 12th Feb 2012 18:53 GMT
  Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012
Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2012

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.

Seasons Greetings

Last updated : 3rd Jan 2012 10:58 GMT
  Lessons have restarted
Lessons have restarted

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.

Last updated : 21st Dec 2011 10:37 GMT
  EBU Membership

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.

Last updated : 21st Dec 2011 10:36 GMT
  Children in Need
Children in Need

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.

Last updated : 16th Dec 2011 13:25 GMT
  County EGM

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

Last updated : 10th Oct 2011 21:26 BST
  Bridgemates

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.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2011 10:18 BST
  Andrew Robson's Visit - 30th September

Andrew Robson is holding a masterclass on Friday 30th September at Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre.  This event is being organised by the County 

  • 2 - 5 p.m. Signaling in Defence,  cost £10 (Sold Out)
  • 7 - 10 p.m. Competitive Bidding Tactics, cost £10 (A very few tickets still available, contact Kath Adams 01785 748941)

A fish and chip supper is also available between the two sessions at a cost of £6

Last updated : 1st Oct 2011 09:53 BST
  How would you bid this!!!
How would you bid this!!!

Now that we have reached the "silly season" Rod asks "How would you bid this hand?"  Please email your suggestions to Rod at rodewan1@ntlworld.com.  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!

Last updated : 1st Sep 2011 11:58 BST
  AGM - Held on Saturday, 14th May

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.

Last updated : 1st Sep 2011 11:57 BST
  Bryan Baker Trophy - CANCELLED (DATE TO BE REARRANGED)

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.

Last updated : 19th Jun 2011 23:02 BST
  Special Arrangements during the County Show, May 30th - June 2nd
During the week of the County Show the following arrangements have been made for bridge:
Monday May 30th

No bridge - bank holiday.

Tuesday May 31st

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.

Wednesday June 1st Bridge at Hopton Village Hall
Thursday June 2nd No Bridge - see Friday
Friday June 3rd Normal bridge at the club.  This session is being run by Ann and John, please contact them if you need a partner (Stafford 780089).  Any Thursday night players who have missed out this week and who would like to give encouragement to the new Friday players would be very welcome.
Special Arrangements during the County Show, May 30th - June 2nd
Last updated : 3rd Jun 2011 06:31 BST
  2011/12 Membership Subscriptions now overdue.

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". 

Last updated : 15th May 2011 17:51 BST
  Friday 15th April
Friday 15th April

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.

Last updated : 5th May 2011 08:53 BST
  Alumni - Tom Slater
Tom Slater, the youngest player ever at the club, has gone on to great things.  Now, as a member of Manchester Bridge Club, he and his team have won the Swiss Teams event at The Harrogate Spring Congress this year. Tom's mother, Ann Jones, still lives locally but it is some years now since Tom himself played at SBC.
Last updated : 3rd May 2011 10:32 BST
  President's Cup - March 6th
President's Cup - March 6th
All the Winning Team.


The President's Cup was a most enjoyable afternoon. We had seven pairs on both sides and played 21 boards Mitchell movement with an arrow switch so as to give a one winner result. The winning pair we then awarded 14 points, 2nd pair 13 points, 3rd 12 etc.
1st Alan & Rachael Ashmore.............................14 (Pres)
2nd Mike Sherriff & Pam Ewan...........................13 (Pres)
3rd Janet & David D...........................................12 (Capt)
The President's team scored more points and so were the overall winners.  Thanks to Janet and her excellent team we enjoyed refreshments after five rounds, then two rounds to finish by 5.30 pm. A very good format which all enjoyed. 
Can you spot the team member who missed the photo opportunity but who has now appeared (thanks to the photographer's expertise with photoshop)?!
 
Last updated : 23rd Mar 2011 10:46 GMT
  No Monday bridge March 7th

Charity bridge drive at Ingestre on March 7th, therefore no bridge at the showground that day.

Last updated : 7th Mar 2011 18:37 GMT
  EBU Questionnaire

Message from the English Bridge Union - Tell them what you think!

This is your EBU so take this opportunity to let them know what you think about their existing services and the services you would like to see them develop in the future. The questionnaire covers English Bridge, competitions, tournaments, education and development, members’ services, club services and much, much more.

Anyone who completed the survey by 14th January 2011 would have been be put in to a draw for a fantastic prize of holiday vouchers from Bridge Overseas worth £500. Unfortunately your Webmaster did not receive this information in time. The results of the survey will be published in the April 2011 issue of English Bridge.

Click here to complete the survey

Last updated : 6th Feb 2011 18:08 GMT
  BRIDGE RESUMES THURSDAY 30TH DECEMBER
Dear All
I visited the club this afternoon (Tuesday 28th December) and our club room is fine. The entrance foyer has been cleaned, but the downstairs toilet area is still a little untidy and although both toilets downstairs flush OK there is no running water in the wash basins. I will provide alcohol hand wash dispensers as a temporary measure - which should suffice. There is hot & cold running water in the kitchen and the upstairs toilets are fully operational including the wash basins.
So, I have decided that bridge can resume from Thursday 30th December. There will be no bridge on Friday evening 31st December. Bryan has cancelled bridge for Wednesday 29th Dec and next Monday 3rd January is a Bank Holiday, so no bridge
Afternoon bridge resumes on Wednesday 5th January.
Wishing you a very New Year and look forward to seeing you all soon
David
Last updated : 11th Jan 2011 12:21 GMT
  Club Christmas Parties 2010 - Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th December
Club Christmas Parties 2010 - Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th December
Wednesday afternoon: 10 tables enjoyed an excellent afternoon party winners NS Liz Cliffe & Beth Webb; EW Janet Woodward & Olive Morgan.Some wonderful food and entertaining bridge, enjoyed by all.
Thursday evening 40 players arrived despite the inclement weather and very icy parking area at the club. The evening started with a super meal and then random teams managed 7 rounds. Winning team, Pam & Mike with Derrick & John, 2nd Leila & Olive with Geoff & Robin. Then followed prize giving and raffle. All managed to drive home safely after an enjoyable evening.
Click here to see David's photographs.
Bridge next week each day until Christmas Eve.
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Last updated : 11th Jan 2011 12:17 GMT
  BRIDGE CANCELLED TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
After consultation and due deliberation, I have decided to cancel bridge at Stafford for tonight Tuesday 30th November.
Firstly the weather conditions are not good, with more snow and freezing conditions forecast.
Then the club's car parking area has now been dug up by the road contractors making parking more difficult (using the side lanes in the showground) and these inside lanes are frozen making walking more difficult.
I apologise for this inconvenience, but it is in the interests of all our members and their personal safety.
Hopefully all other club sessions will revert to normal
Take care when travelling
Lessons today, November 30th, also cancelled.
Last updated : 1st Dec 2010 11:35 GMT
  Children in Need
Children in Need

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

David

Last updated : 28th Nov 2010 17:59 GMT
  American Supper, 27th November - Postponed
Due to the weather the American Supper has had to be postponed for a Saturday nearer Christmas.  David and his team of helpers have worked hard all day to have the decorations up, a real shame that the prospect of snow and ice at the end of the evening would make travelling home so dangerous for so many.
Last updated : 28th Nov 2010 17:58 GMT
  Club teams Event - Postponed
Please note that the Club Teams scheduled for Tuesday 23rd November has been postponed. Unfortunately, very few teams were available and a new date will be announced later - date for this event might now be in February
Last updated : 24th Nov 2010 17:11 GMT
  Children in Need
Children in Need
Firstly thank you all of you for your excellent support last night at the Children in Need sims. The club raised a truly wonderful sum of £124.50 which Paul will be sending to Ecats today.
Then I must apologise for my omission.
I did the scoring and the club results must firstly be sent to the Ecats website and I then have to wait until these scores are fully loaded onto the site before I can continue with other entries. Next I successfully managed to send to the EBU site but after all that excitement I forgot to send to our own club web site; mea culpa.  That will be rectified hopefully on Thursday.
Your ever fallible captain, David
Last updated : 17th Nov 2010 11:57 GMT
  Monday Sessions

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.

Last updated : 16th Nov 2010 11:09 GMT
  American Supper - Saturday 23rd
Paul and Linda are the hosts for the American Supper this Saturday, 23rd October, 6:45pm for 7:00pm.  One partner to bring food, one a prize.  If you do not have a partner please ring Paul or Linda on 01889 881733 who will try to arrange one for you.
Last updated : 24th Oct 2010 09:36 BST
  No bridge Friday 15th October - bikers!
No bridge Friday 15th October - bikers!Unfortunately the bikers are at the showground for the Motorcycle Mechanics Show and we cannot gain access to the club even by foot!
Last updated : 16th Oct 2010 09:46 BST
  Shelley 2010/11 - Would you like to enter this year?
The Shelley handicap teams open competition , played on the second Thursday of the months October to April, begins on October 14th (not 9th September as shown earlier, too many potential players away).  Mike is sorting out the teams starting with those that played last year.  If you did not play last year and would like to play this time please contact Mike asap.   Teams from neighbouring clubs welcome.
Last updated : 5th Oct 2010 09:03 BST
  American Supper - 25th September

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!

Last updated : 3rd Oct 2010 20:18 BST
  August 28th - American Supper CANCELLED

Unfortunately our American Supper scheduled for 28th August has to be cancelled since Scope horse festival have banned vehicular access from Friday 27th. Apologies

Last updated : 30th Aug 2010 13:40 BST
  Fridays 27th August and 3rd September
Would any Friday nighters like to play on either of these two dates and be willing to walk from the car park outside the showground to gain access to the club?  Let Pauline know if you would -  someone would need to bring a torch for the group walk back to the car park afterwards.
Last updated : 21st Aug 2010 01:42 BST
  Thursday 22nd July - results

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

Last updated : 16th Aug 2010 10:00 BST
  Reminder - 12th August Final Round of the Summer Cup
The final round of the summer cup takes place on Thursday 12th August. Team captains to arrange any substitute players required, for holidays etc, otherwise refer to Mike.
Last updated : 13th Aug 2010 09:20 BST
  No American Supper in June or July
Unfortunately the last American supper held at Stafford was poorly supported and so we have decided to cancel the June and July sessions and our next American Supper will be on Saturday 28th August. I do hope we get more support.
Last updated : 6th Aug 2010 09:01 BST
  ACCESS JULY/AUGUST

Please note

30th July - 4th August: Passes to be issued to all members before hand wherever possible othewise collect at security gate

Last updated : 6th Aug 2010 08:49 BST
  We welcome our new President.
We welcome our new President.

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.

Last updated : 2nd Jul 2010 07:57 BST
  Table Talk Quiz

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.

Last updated : 2nd Jul 2010 07:57 BST
  Summer Cup starts June 10th
The Summer Cup is to be played over 4 Thursdays, June 10th, July 8th, July 29th and August 12th.  Click here to see the teams.  Any team member unable to play on a particular Thursday please inform your team captain asap who will try to find a substitute (with Mike's help if necessary).
Last updated : 12th Jun 2010 14:10 BST
  Bridge during the County Show 2010
Bridge during the County Show 2010

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

Last updated : 9th Jun 2010 21:51 BST
  Table Talk Quiz

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 webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk 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)! 

Last updated : 19th May 2010 10:34 BST
  Click here for Dinner photos
The Club's Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation was on Saturday 9th June at  Brocton Hall Golf Club.
Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:47 BST
  Christmas Party
Christmas PartyThis photomontage was created by David from photos taken by Iain at the party.(009)
Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:45 BST
  Annual General Meeting 2010

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.

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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.

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:45 BST
  RESULTS EMAILED DIRECT TO YOU

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.

Many thanks.

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:42 BST
  News Flash

Website Address

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:

 www.bridgewebs.com/stafford/home.html

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:41 BST
  Committee

Your Committee 2009/2020 (Click on menu for more details)
President        Arthur Bloxham
Captain           David Drinkwater
Vice-Captain  Ivor Clarke
Secretary        Pauline Goggin
Treasurer        Ann Sleightholme

Committee Members
Pat Andrews 01785 663933
Mike Sherriff  01889 882296
Pam Ewan    01785 661507
Rose Jessop 01785 859071

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:41 BST
  I HOPE YOU THINK IT IS FUNNY?

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)

Unknown source.

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:40 BST
  Annual Dinner and Prize Giving 2010
Annual Dinner and Prize Giving 2010

 at Brocton Village Hall

On

Saturday 15th May 2010

at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm


  • Parking limited, please share cars if possible
  • Remember no bar so please bring your own drinks
  • Shelley Results will be announced
Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:38 BST
  Lessons.

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.

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:37 BST
  Membership Renewal

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.

Last updated : 17th May 2010 08:36 BST
  Website
The website is being moved to a new web server, presently been scheduled for a period between 13th May 19:00 GMT and 14th May 06:00 GMT.  www.bridgewebs.com/stafford/  will be unavailable during the migration.
Last updated : 14th May 2010 09:36 BST
  MIXED PAIRS
Congratulations to Linda & Paul Laughlin, winners of the club's Mixed Pairs
Last updated : 5th Apr 2010 18:04 BST
  NEWS FLASH

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.

Last updated : 24th Sep 2009 22:32 GMT
  The NEW Shelley
The Shelley is a handicap competition for teams of 4 which runs throughout the winter season (September to April) and is played on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
 The competition is open to all teams who wish to enter, especially teams from other clubs.

This years NEW movement, is to make the event less daunting for less experienced players,
yet still as competitive for the 'Old' hands!'
 and therefore a more excitingand fairer competition, for all the teams.

The new movement depending on the number of teams entering will be :-

All teams will play 3 or 4 boards against each team on every session. The results will be calculated by I.M.P. scoring with each receiving a handicap which should give a more interesting and equitable competition.
e.g. if 10 teams enter the Shelley (this is an ideal number) - each team will play 27 boards at each session (3 boards against the other teams).
Last updated : 10th Sep 2009 16:55 GMT
  PUZZLE - ONLY ONE RESPONSE SO FAR

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
 
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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!

Last updated : 10th Sep 2009 16:35 GMT
  Result - Mon/Tue 16/17th March 2009
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R & A Ashmore

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59.72

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D Drinkwater & J Hartley

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57.87

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3

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8

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P Campbell & M Roberts

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55.56

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M Sherriff & I Clarke

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53.24

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5

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3

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M Seavers & D Newsome

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51.85

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6

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M Ward & J Woodward

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50.93

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7

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10

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S Ullmer & H Jones

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45.83

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8

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7

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B & M Metcalfe

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43.98

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9

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5

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M Allard & J Bradshaw

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43.06

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P Palm & Fred

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37.96

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Last updated : 28th Jun 2009 15:25 GMT
  Club Team success in Garden Cities
The club team won their round
of
Garden Cities Teams of Eight Competition 2009
 at Stone on Tuesday
Well Done
David Alderson & Mike Sherriff
Pat Andrews & Ivor Clarke
John Hartley and Cliff Tayer
Geoff Davies & John Sheppee
We wish them the best of luck.


Last updated : 26th Jun 2009 11:17 GMT
  Congratulations !
Last updated : 26th Jun 2009 11:11 GMT
  Shelley - Final
Last Session for this year's Shelley was held on Thursday - 14th May 2009

The result was a tie (38 points)between the teams of

David Alderson
&
Geoff Davies

Last updated : 26th Jun 2009 11:06 GMT
  Goodbye from the Webmaster May 2009
This is the last edit that I will be doing to the website. (Personal statement in members area).

I wish my successor - Patsy Palm - all best wishes and thanks to all of those Stafford Bridge Club players who have helped with the website over the years.

So goodbye and have a good game !.
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Last updated : 21st Jun 2009 11:21 GMT
  Stafford Show week
As regular players will know the Staffordshire Agricultural show will take place on Wed 27th & Thu 28th May The club will be closed during most of the week but we hope to run the
Wednesday (27th) 2009 Afternoon
session at
Hopton Village Hall.
nb.
Monday - Bank Holiday

Tuesday (26th) - Arthur is running an event for
the Oak Tree Foundation
(charity for the disabled)
at
Sandon Village Hall
1.00 for 1.30
(for details ring 01889 508338)

interest for Thursday was very low



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Hopton Village Hall.
nb.
Monday - Bank Holiday

Tuesday (26th) - Arthur is running an event for
the Oak Tree Foundation
(charity for the disabled)
at
Sandon Village Hall
1.00 for 1.30
(for details ring 01889 508338)

interest for Thursday was very low



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Last updated : 8th Jun 2009 14:57 GMT
  Old Site - Click Here
For Map to find club, old news and results see our old site. (100)
Last updated : 8th Jun 2009 14:30 GMT
  AGM - May 13th 2008
Our AGM was held on Tuesday 13th May.
For details click here.
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Last updated : 8th Jun 2009 14:28 GMT
  Prize Money & Master Points
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They do listen !

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Prize Money :
Having heard the views of many members the committee decided to reinstate prize money for the Monday, Wednesday  and Friday sessions.
These will be paid in the form of vouchers which allow a member to play free for a future session. This will be easier for directors to administer. The vouchers will be available in 2/3 weeks but will be back dated to w/c 14th July.

Note : Prizes will only be awarded if there are a minimum of 5 tables (this has been Club policy for many years).

Master Points : The committee confirmed the policy only to award EBU Master Points on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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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).


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They do listen !

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Prize Money :
Having heard the views of many members the committee decided to reinstate prize money for the Monday, Wednesday  and Friday sessions.
These will be paid in the form of vouchers which allow a member to play free for a future session. This will be easier for directors to administer. The vouchers will be available in 2/3 weeks but will be back dated to w/c 14th July.

Note : Prizes will only be awarded if there are a minimum of 5 tables (this has been Club policy for many years).

Master Points : The committee confirmed the policy only to award EBU Master Points on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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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).


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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).


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Last updated : 8th Jun 2009 14:24 GMT
  Bryan Baker Trophy - 11th June
The Bryan Baker Handicap Pairs competition was held on the evening of Wed 11th June (7:15).
The deserved winners (both of scratch and handicap were Pat Andrews and Alan Ashmore - congratulations.
Results :
1
Pat Andrews & Alan Ashmore

62.50% +2.50 +60.00
2
Iain Simpson & MalcolmRoberts

55.09% -1.50 +56.59
3
Rose Jessop & Tony Aspras

46.76% -6.50 +53.26
4
Linda Lewis & Paul Laughlin

52.78% +0.00 +52.78

(801)
Last updated : 8th Sep 2008 10:19 GMT
  TO BE RE-SCHEDULED - Shelley Teams of Four (509)

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.

Last updated : 28th Dec 2007 13:03 GMT
  SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO ORANGE BOOK 1ST AUGUST 2007
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Summary of the changes to the Orange Book ­~

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1 st August 2007~

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The Laws and Ethics Committee has made a small number of revisions to the Orange Book to take effect from August 1 st 2007. ~

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·  There are NO changes to the Announcing or alerting regulations. ~

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·  There is one major change in describing what is meant by a ‘strong’ bid (10B)~

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The revised wording is as follows:~

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10.B.4 Strong opening are often described as ‘extended rule of 25’ which means the minimum allowed is any of the following:~

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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~

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b) any hand meeting the Rule of 25 or~

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c) any hand of at least 16 HCP’s~

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Examples ~

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ªA K Q J x x x x  ©x x  ¨x x §x does count as 8 clearcut tricks ~

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ªA K Q x x x x x  ©x x  ¨x x §x does not~

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Hands covered by the new regulation that can be described as STRONG include the hand from the~

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Tollemache Cup final ~

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ª4  ©A Q J 10 9 8 7 2  ¨Void  §A J 5 3 (8 clearcut tricks – suitable for a Benjamin 2§ opening)~

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Some people have asked why the 14HCP has been raised to 16HCP. This has not happened. The regulation now permits suitable hands~

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with LESS than 14HCP to be described as STRONG – see the hands above – all of which have less than 14 points.~

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However, regulation (a) and (b) on their own would not allow this type of hand to be described as strong ~

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ªA K 5 3 ©A 10 8 4 ¨9 §K Q 8 6 (16 points ­ 4441 distribution)~

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So clause (c) is to allow for this type of hand to be included. ~

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·  There is one small change to the announcing range of two openers (5D2)~

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Some people play a 2opening which straddles more than one range so the phrasing to be used has been modified.~

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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.~

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Examples are:~

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(a) ‘Intermediate to strong, forcing’~

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(b) ‘Weak to intermediate’ ~

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·  And two changes to alerting of doubles (5G4)~

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Certain doubles which are not take out doubles have been clarified. (Italics indicates the change to the wording)  The following doubles must be alerted~

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5 G 4 (c) Any ‘competitive’, ‘cooperative’ or ‘optional’ double, since these are not take out doubles.~

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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.~

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(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)

Last updated : 25th Nov 2007 00:43 GMT