Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Away Weekend 13th - 16th April 2018
Away Weekend 13th - 16th April 2018

Away Weekend 13th - 16th April 2018

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. 

County News - Feb/Mar 2018
County News - Feb/Mar 2018

Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs  - Sunday 4th March

Another very enjoyable blue pointed event at Radbrook Community Centre, SY3 6DZ with a superb afternoon tea.  For pictures and results click here.

Championship Pairs (Previously known as the Bearn) - Sunday 18th March.

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.

No Fear Pairs

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.

County News - Autumn 2017

Andrew Robson - Thursday November 23rd

Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew gave one of his master classes on Thursday November 23rd at The Stone House Hotel, an afternoon and an evening session.
  • Afternoon session  Suit establishment in trump contract, take out double, showing your share.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.  

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.

County AGM  -  Sunday 3rd September

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.

The Duplimate (dealing machine)

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!

Message From the Chairman - 11/9/17

At last week’s meeting of the Club Committee, the following decisions and rulings were made:

  • In future, when the field for a duplicate session contains at least seven complete tables, there will always be two winning pairs who will receive vouchers for a free session.    If the movement is a Mitchell, the vouchers will go to the top-placed pair EW and the top-placed pair NS.    If the movement is a Howell, the vouchers will go to the first and second placed pairs.
  • Players participating in a duplicate session are requested NOT to move any side tables or chairs in the bridge room.    The layout of the room has been deliberately planned to ease the movement of players between rounds, especially those with less mobility, and to minimise health and safety risks.  At each bridge table there should be two, and only two, side tables, diagonally placed, with armless chairs EW and chairs with arms NS.

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.

Michael Metcalf

New Responsibilities

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.

County News
County News

Championship Pairs Events

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:

  Ladies'   Men's
1st Alma Richards & Linda Curtis   Keith Shuttleworth & John Waller
2nd Kath Adams & Terry May   Norman Jones & Roger Turner
3rd Gillian Allsop & Pat Poxon   James Vickers & Bill Sherman


SSCBA Mixed/Flitch Championship Pairs - Played Thursday 8th June
1. Colin Draper & Sue Yardley
2. David Alderson & Elizabeth Clarke (Stafford)
3. Pam Booth-Jones & Tony Leech

Staffs Cup, League Division 1 and 2

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

AGM - Thursday 18th May
AGM - Thursday 18th May

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.

EBU Club Liaison Officer

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.

EBU Club Liaison Officer