Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
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
Sheila's Retirement Presentation - Wednesday October 25th 2016
Sheila's Retirement Presentation - Wednesday October 25th 2016

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.

SSCBA News - September 2016
SSCBA News - September 2016

AGM - Held on Sunday 4th September at Wolverhampton 2016

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!!!

Edgar Foster Cups - Sunday 18th September 2016 at Derby 

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!

League and Staffs Cup teams

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.

Electronic Scoring Devices
Electronic Scoring Devices

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.