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SSCBA Sim Pairs - 15th August 

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 07931702776, text or email.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and end of sessions (loading the dishwasher), don't leave the director to do everything!

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.

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

2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • I Andrew
  • E Clarke
  • P Martin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Holden
  • G Sproston
  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • J Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • G Skene

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Kane
  • F Townsend
  • S Townsend
  • A Wilson

For 2017 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.

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.

News
Dinner and Prize Giving 2018
Dinner and Prize Giving 2018

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!

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

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.

Hooray!!!

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
Chairman

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.