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.
2018 EBU Master Point Promotions
Three Star Premier Master (20,000 MPs incl 10GP)
One Star Master (10,000 MPs)
Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)
Master (5,000 MPs)
County Master (2,500 MPs)
District Master (1,000 MPs)
Area Master (500 MPs)
Club Master (200 MPs)
Local Master (100 MPs)
For 2017 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.
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club was held on Wednesday 28th November, whose sole purpose was to alter the Club's financial year from April-March (as specified in our current Constitution) to January-December. 31 members were present, with several others having their apologies recorded. 29 of those present voted in favour of the change, thus clearly satisfying the condition that a two-thirds majority was required to allow an element of the Constitution to be altered. This technical change will make life easier for the Treasurer and the Committee, but will have no effect whatsoever on the regular activities of the Club.
All bridge sessions are now running following a show of hands for the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day sessions to go ahead. Lessons restart on Thursday 3rd January.
A number of festive events were held at the club, in particular the club Christmas party on Tuesday 18th December where Janet and her helpers, Pat A, Pat M, Pam and Adrienne, provided an excellent meal. David organised a teams event with Ivor & Liz and Ann & John coming first, Garry & Terry, Mike & Robin second and Alan & Rachael and Sandra & Ernie third. Picture shows the club party in full swing with players from all sessions present. Other parties have been the Wednesday afternoon party on the 12th, Thursday morning lessons on the 13th and the Friday evening party (picture shows the winning team) on the 14th. The Wednesday players produced a great spread for the occasion and wished Malcolm bon voyage to his new home in Yorkshire. Robin's lesson group on the 13th were a full 5 tables, played a movement with specially selected hands to reflect the lessons covered over the term, pupils laid on some lovely "eats" and a good time was had by all. On the 14th David organised a fun teams event with 9 teams for experienced masters, regular Friday players and new players moving up from the classes to a club session for the first time.
I sent £361.52 to ECats for Children in Need – with love from Stafford Bridge Club . This is the reply: “And our love to you Adrienne – that’s a marvellous amount isn’t it ! Wow Thank you very much – you will thank your members for turning up and support all so brilliantly won’t you? They are just amazing – give them all a metaphorical hug from us! With warmest best wishes Anna & Mark The ECatsBridge Team” Adrienne Jones (Treasurer)
The late Geoff Thomas made the club a generous donation in his will. This has been used to purchase a trophy for the winners of the 65 club competition and Adrienne has had the cup engraved with the names of the past winners.
Geoff played primarily at Wolverhampton but also at Stafford on Wednesday afternoons, with Peter Tallon, Audrey Clarke, Sylvia Hilton, Polly Green and Peggie McCombie. Geoff also played in the SSCBA league and came occasionally to the Stafford American Suppers.
Pat’s presentation for her 80th birthday celebration. Wednesday afternoon players enjoyed a very merry afternoon helped by Pat’s generous hospitality of cake and sherry.
The director wanted to get to grips with scoring a teams event on the tablets - did not go according to plan but was quite enjoyed none the less. More scoring practice needed! Players popped out at odd intervals to see if the eclipse was visible, would you believe that clouds obscured it from start to finish!
Two weeks earlier Friday night players said goodbye to Gordon, a very popular member, who has moved away after several years as a regular Friday player.
The Dinner and Prize Giving 2018 was held on 6th April 2018 at The Chase Golf Club. A very successful event attended by many club members. Michael hosted the dinner for the first time as Chairman. David and his camera were there of course and you can click here for the pictures. Anne Smith kindly presented the prizes. Presentations were made to President Ivor and to David Alderson, David is moving away and leaving the club after 50 years!
The booking for 2019 has already been made for the same venue on 12th May 2019!
26 attended the away weekend at the Samlesbury Hotel in Preston and were joined by a local for the evenings. Aside from the most enjoyable bridge sessions players took advantage of visiting many local attractions, some just walking distance from the hotel. Click here for photos. David has already investigated going back to the same area next year, maybe even to the same hotel.
Another very enjoyable blue pointed event at Radbrook Community Centre, SY3 6DZ with a superb afternoon tea. For pictures and results click here.
This event at Wolverhampton, previously known as the Bearn, was badly affected by the weather, snow and ice mid-March would you believe! The winners are eligible to play in the national competition, The Corwen Trophy on 2nd and 3rd June, and well placed pairs to play in the Edgar Foster cups in September. Two SBC members took part despite the weather.
9 Stafford players, 8 from Robin's lessons, took part in the No Fear Pairs on Thursday 22nd February with Ann and Rose winning EW.
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.