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Geoff Thomas
Geoff Thomas

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.

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 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 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!

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. 


2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

One Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • M Seavers

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Tallon

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 Ball
  • J Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • G Skene
  • H Thompson
  • P Thompson

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • N Grainger

Club Master (200 MPs)

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

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • S Hardwick

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.

Agnes Devoy
Agnes Devoy

Pat Martin writes: I am sad to inform you that my Bridge partner for many years up to 2014 – Agnes Devoy – died just over a week ago. I have spoken to her family since and they felt it would be nice if this information could be given to the Bridge Club via the Web.

Agnes and Pat won the Arthur Bloxham Trophy in 2012 for regular Wednesday afternoon players and are pictured here with their cup.

Her Funeral will take place on Friday 2nd November at St Austins Church Wolverhampton Road Stafford at 2pm and afterwards at Stafford Crematorium. Everyone is welcome to join the Family at Brocton Golf Club after the cremation.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones

Members will be very sad to hear that Helen Jones passed away on Wednesday 1st August.  Helen was a very popular Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening player where she played regularly until very recently and will be much missed.  She always had a friendly smile and kind words at the table.  Helen took part in the Shelley teams competition for several years as a member of Sylvia Ullmer's team, indeed the team of Helen, Sylvia (captain), Rose, Dave and Peter won the competition in the 2016-17 season.  Helen was a keen golfer at Ingestre Park Golf Club, where she was Lady Captain in 2016, and knew a number of bridge club members on the golf course too. Ruth, Helen's regular Wednesday partner writes, a wonderful friend and bridge partner, great sense of humour and a lady in every respect.  Our thoughts are with Helen's family at this sad time.

Helen's funeral will be on Tuesday 21st August, 12.30pm Stafford crematorium and afterwards at Ingestre Park Golf club.

Doug Simmonds
Doug Simmonds

Members will be very sad to hear of Doug's death on 5th May 2018. For many years Doug ran the classes at the club until ill health forced him to retire. He was a wonderful teacher with that knack of getting all the lessons across to all the students so well, complicated concepts explained in an easy to follow manner. Doug was also a great bridge partner, never an unkind comment about his partner's play. A player in the County League and ran Friday evening bridge sessions at Stafford for many years. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Doug’s funeral is on Thursday 31st May, firstly there will be a brief service at 1.30 pm at the crematorium, followed by a celebration service at Trinity Church, Eccleshall at 2.30 pm. The family say all are welcome to either service or both.

John Sheppee

Members will be sorry to learn that John passed away on Monday 23rd October. He had unfortunately been ill for some time.

John became a regular player at Stafford in the 80s, playing mainly on Tuesday or Thursday. He also started playing on Wednesday afternoons before moving to Northampton in early 2016. It was a joy to play with or against John as he was a true gentleman at the table. He enjoyed considerable success and regularly represented the County in the Midlands County teams of eight league.

When he moved from Stafford he joined Northampton BC and continued to have a successful game. His last six results at Northampton show four firsts, with over 60% plus scores. Unfortunately because of illness John had not played very much since the summer.

Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his wife Pat and four children.

John Seymour

It is with great sadness that Stafford Bridge Club heard that John Seymour died early on Sunday 16th July.  John joined Stafford Bridge Club in the 80's although more recently has been a regular player at Stone. John and his wife Anne played at Stafford in the handicapped Shelley Teams Competition, and, had the competition not been handicapped theirs would have been the winning team every year!  All Shelley players will remember John for his skill but also his kindness and encouragement to all at the table, a perfect gentleman.

John bravely fought his illness which was first diagnosed in February. Our thoughts are with Anne and family at this very sad time.

The funeral is on Wednesday 2nd August, 11:30 a.m. Stafford crematorium

Ghayur Zaidi

Members will be very sad to hear that Ghayur Zaidi died recently. Ghayur Zaidi, affectionately known to us as Z, was a very keen bridge player.  Z had played for a number of years at the club, at one time in regular partnership with Arthur Bloxham and, more recently, with Pauline Goggin.  Olive spent many a happy hour playing bridge on line with him. Many of the Monday /Wednesday players may be unaware of his passing and those of us who knew him were very fond of his him and his quiet demeanour. We shall miss him a great deal.

May 2015

Sad News
Sad News

Members will be very sad to hear that Barbara Cooke died on April 10th 2015. Barbara was a delightful lady who always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye. Barbara is seen here celebrating her 90th birthday in October 2009 with her friends at Stafford Bridge Club, where she had been a member for over 30 years.
When Basil, her husband, started teaching bridge at the club Barbara was invited to go along with him “to make the tea”. So Barbara began to acquire her interest in the game by “listening-in” during these sessions. She was a regular at the Tuesday evening bridge sessions and then later in 1999 when the Wednesday afternoon session was introduced she started there as well and had been playing regularly ever since until her unfortunate accident about a year ago. Barbara's funeral is to be at St  Austin's Church at 12:30 on Thursday 23rd April followed by a service at the Crematorium at 1:30.

Another regular Wednesday player, Ken Smith, has also just died on April 9th 2015.  Ken had not been a club member for so long as Barbara but had become a familiar face on a Wednesday afternoon after moving to the area a few years ago. Indeed Ken played only last Wednesday, 8th April, where he came 2nd with his regular partner, Sam Holden. Ken's funeral was on Friday, 17th April.  

Rosa Farmer died on Wednesday 15th April 2015 exactly one year after being diagnosed with cancer. Rosa started to play bridge 21 years ago following the death of her husband.  She and Joy became regular bridge partners at Stafford Bridge Club for 17 of those 21 years.  Rosa was a wonderful cook and together she and Joy organised the club Christmas party for 5 years in the late 1990s with Bryan directing the bridge.

The club's thoughts are with the families of Barbara, Ken and Rosa at this sad time.

Pauline Campbell
Pauline Campbell

Members will be very sad and shocked to hear that Pauline Campbell passed away at 8 am on Tuesday 17th June 2014.  Pauline had played at the club only on the previous Tuesday and again on Thursday 12th June in the County No Fear teams event where she came third.  Pauline was a regular player at the club for many years both in the afternoons and Tuesday evenings in addition to playing in the Shelley and the President's Cup on many occasions. 

Bryan Purslow
Bryan Purslow

Members will be shocked to hear of the sudden death on Monday 28th October 2013 of Bryan Purslow.  Bryan directed Monday and Wednesday afternoon bridge sessions for many years until very recently. Indeed Bryan played at the club only the previous Wednesday and, while not directing that afternoon, did a large part of the scoring for the event.  Bryan was recently awarded life membership of the club in appreciation of his many year's dedicated service.

Bryan's funeral will be held at St Mary's RC Church, Balance Street, Uttoxeter ST14 8JB on Friday 8th November at 10:30 am.  A car park is located near the doctor's surgery in Balance Street.

Our thoughts are with Bryan's family at this sad time.

Sad News

George Gould

The club has heard that the very popular Wednesday afternoon bridge player, George Gould, died on Saturday 29th December 2012. George had been ill for some time yet still managed to attend the club until late November.

Chris Rowley

Chris died very suddenly on Monday 7th January 2013. Chris, a regular Wednesday afternoon player, had been on good form at the club only the previous Wednesday.

Our thoughts are with their families at this sad time.

Tony Aspras

As members will be aware Tony has not been in good health for some time and the club was very sad to hear that Tony passed away in the early hours of September 24th 2012. Despite his illness Tony always had a smile and a joke at the bridge table. Not so long ago Wednesday players gave him a "welcome back" party after a previous bout of illness, he was on great form on that occasion. Last season Tony played regularly on a Thursday evening, including in the Shelley, and was often at the American Suppers. Tony will be very much missed at Stafford Bridge Club.

Tony's funeral will be on Tuesday 9th October at Colwich Church at 12.45 pm. David suggests that, due to limited parking space at the church, club members might like to meet at the club about 12 and group together in full cars to travel to the church.



Funeral: Rev. Preb. Geoff Staton conducted an uplifting service for Patsy, with over 50 family and friends present. This was followed by a warm and friendly "wake" in the bridge club with over 35 of us enjoying an excellent spread of food. We gave Patsy a really good send off. God bless.


Dr Guy de Visme
Dr Guy de Visme

It is with sadness that the club heard that one of the long standing Wednesday afternoon players, Dr Guy de Visme, has died.  Guy had suffered ill health for some time and not been able to attend the club since last summer.  Guy's funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Friday 30th March 2012 at the Crematorium.

Richard Barker

The club has heard that Richard Barker died suddenly on October 4th 2012. Richard was a regular player at the club on a Wednesday afternoon until just a few weeks ago.  Well into his nineties and still giving the youngsters a run for their money at the bridge table. 

Funeral: Friday 19th October 3.00pm at the Crematorium.

Sue Anslow
Sue Anslow

The club is sad to report the recent death of Sue Anslow. Sue has been poorly for some time and for a few years has not been very active on the bridge scene.

For many years Sue was a County Committee member including County Membership Secretary with responsibility for collecting County subs - rather an arduous task before Pay to Play arrived. Sue enjoyed success at the bridge table including winning the County Mixed Pairs.

Before her illness Sue played regularly at Stafford, Chasetown and Wolverhampton. She also arranged regular bridge lessons in Penkridge and a number of her former pupils are now playing duplicate bridge.

Sue will be very fondly remembered by all who knew her.

April 2012

Arthur Ballham
It is with great sadness that the club heard that one of bridge's most perfect gentlemen has very sadly died. Arthur has been suffering ill health for some time and passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday 6th September.
The funeral will be held at Bradwell Crematorium, ST5 8LE, Newcastle-u-Lyme on Thursday 15th September 2011 at 2.00pm.
Our condolences to Margaret at this sad time.
Colin Morrisey
Colin Morrisey

The club is saddened to hear of the death of Colin Morrisey.  Colin, a member of the Club for many years, passed away peacefully on April 3rd. For all those wishing to attend the funeral service it will be held at 1.30pm on Friday 15th April 2011 at Stafford Crematorium.

Albert Tipton, Premier Life Master Wolverhampton Bridge Club
Albert Tipton's Funeral
Albert's funeral will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2011 at 10:00 am at the Church of St Mary and St Chad in Brewood.
Afterwards at the Jubilee Hall, Brewood.
Family flowers only please - donations may be made to Brewood First Response and/or the Air Ambulance Service.
Thelma Bayles
Thelma Bayles

Thelma Bayles, a regular player at SBC for several years and a keen golfer, died on Tuesday morning. Thelma has been unwell for the past 2-3 years and was therefore unable to play bridge at Stafford since April last year. We offer our condolences to all her family and friends, she will be sadly missed by so many.

Thelma's funeral will take place at Stafford Crematorium on Tuesday 5th April 2011 at 1.00 p.m., then afterwards at Ingestre Golf Club.

Gwen Weaver

We were saddened last week to hear of the death of Gwen Weaver who was a regular player on Fridays. She had been ill for some months but continued to play until July.

The funeral will be at Gnosall Church on Tuesday 30th October at 12.00.

"Gwen and I met through the local baby-sitting circle; Gwen’s daughter, Melanie, and my daughter were born within a week of one other. We soon discovered that we both had a mutual interest in bridge. Gwen and her two sisters, Bette and Midge, were all keen players.

Before long we had a group of 6 couples from the village playing regularly. Each couple took it in turn to host the evening. Gwen’s husband, Bryan, ensured that the prizes were always memorable when they acted as hosts and Gwen laid on beautiful buffets – such happy evenings.

Later Gnosall Bridge Club was established where Gwen attended regularly. John Bache took the players there under his wing and gently encouraged a common bidding system from the disparate systems the group had joined with, transfer bids and sputnik doubles etc were introduced. John taught us much.

Eventually Gwen and a few others from Gnosall felt encouraged to try the Stafford club on a Friday evening; Doug and the regulars made all very much at home. Pearl took over the instruction, where John had left off, giving plenty of helpful advice and new ideas.

For the last six or seven years Gwen and I have played together fairly regularly on Friday evenings at the showground. Gwen was a wonderful bridge partner, she rarely rebuked her partners however much, as in my case, it may have been deserved.

Gwen was always on the go, a keen golfer, a caring grandmother to Dominic and Marcus, a member of Gnosall Choir and many other interests in addition to her bridge.

After the diagnosis of her illness in early March Gwen continued to play bridge, despite undergoing some intensive treatment. I shall miss her very much both as a true friend and as a bridge partner."


Ann Sleightholme

Joyce Holt

We have also heard that Joyce Hold has recently died. She played on Fridays until 2004.