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Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs - Saturday 25th November 2017
Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs - Saturday 25th November 2017

More details to follow, just a date for your diary at present.  Last year's winners were SSCBA players. 

Midlands Counties Congress 5 - 7 January 2018

Green pointed Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams Level 4 events taking place in Solihull, B91 3EP, click here for a brochure.  Also Blue Pointed Pairs and Open teams (Friday).

Shropshire Congress 28th/29th April 2018

Congress to be held at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA, on 28th/29th April 2018. Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

 
Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association
Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November
Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew will be giving one of his master classes on Thursday November 23rd at The Stone House Hotel ST15 0BQ, an afternoon and an evening session.

  • Afternoon session  Suit establishment in trump contract, take out double, showing your share.  Starting at 2pm.  (Afternoon session Sold Out - with a waiting list)
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.  Starting at 7pm.  (A very few tickets still available for the evening session as at 31.10.17)

Costs:

  • £10 per ticket per session
  •  £8 for optional fish and chip supper with a dessert, in between the two sessions, watch for details of venue.

Booking/Enquiries: Kath Adams 01785 748941 / kathadams28@hotmail.co.uk

TD Training Course

There was a good turn out for the assessment session of the course taken by James Vickers and hosted by Eccleshall Bridge Club.  Members of several local clubs took advantage the opportunity to try for qualification as TDs under the new 2017 laws.

County News  ( The Last Hurdle)

Success for the Hackett family in Marbella

At the three day tournament in Marbella, 9th - 11th November 2017, Paul Hackett playing with Bhim Ruia won the first prize. Jason Hackett also picked up a prize. 

Dawes Matches

Please note that Dawes matches will be starting at 2 p.m. this season.

If you would like to be considered for selection in the team please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.

Bridge Lessons

Lessons usually start in September.  Courses are being run at Newcastle, Oswestry, Shrewsbury Improvers, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin.  Click the link here for more details.

EBU
EBU

Magazine

The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy.   From August 2017 the County News items will  mainly appear in the on-line extra section leaving more space in the printed edition for general interest items.  The EBU will take stock of the situation again at the end of the year to see how popular the change is.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)Warehouse

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

Club Management Focus

The Summer 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=38

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date.  Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to www.ebu.co.uk/members/v2/, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is now available for purchase.  The new law must be introduced by the end of September but the intention is to use them at EBU events from the start of August to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.

Club Blue Point Events

Subject to obtaining an EBU licence clubs are entitled to hold 2 blue pointed events per year, 3 blue points are equivalent to 1 green point.

Contact Webmaster

Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.

Welcome
Welcome

Welcome to Staffordshire and Shropshire Contract Bridge Association (S&SCBA). The area covered by the Association ranges from the Welsh border in the West to Burton on Trent in the East, Newcastle under Lyme in the North to Ludlow in the South. Our objectives are to promote duplicate bridge in the counties, to encourage inter-club, etc., competitions and to employ the funds in the best interests of the game.

The County has teams of eight entered in the Midland League (Dawes, Porter and Markham) and annually enters a team in the EBU Tollemache competition. The Midlands league covers Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire in addition to ourselves. The County also participates in the Edgar Foster Cups and Midland Teams Challenge Bowl, events for the six counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and ourselves.

During the winter months teams of four league matches for County members are held on the second Wednesday of the month, and there is also a team of four knock-out competition.  Inter Club Sim Pairs are run regularly, and, various pairs competition events are held annually.

County clubs affiliated to the EBU are Border, Chasetown, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stafford, TettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.

EBED
EBED

The charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses.

Bridge Activity Day at Adams Grammar School, Newport.

On July 18th Adams Grammar School had a bridge activity day. 60 students took part 40 had not played bridge before the rest had some knowledge. Teacher Collette Lonnigan spoke to them initially about the basics of bridge, then the rest of the day was getting them to play mini-bridge.
Jeff Jones, Jayne Ball, Val Lupton and Linda Curtis helped out for the rest of the day along with another teacher Neil. The students were divided into 3 classrooms the experience was noisy, exhausting but very worthwhile. Young people pick new things up quickly.
When the September Term starts they hope to run Bridge Club on Monday and Friday lunchtime and after school on Wednesday. Jeff Jones and Jayne Ball want to help with this and Linda would like to hear from anyone in the Newport Area that is willing to give up an hour a week to help.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA CURTIS 01902 765027 lcalice@btinternet.com. The future of bridge is young people and we need to get involved to enable this. .

Junior Pairs Teach in
Do you have a young family member who would like to learn to play bridge?  If so why not take them along to the Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University 1st - 3rd September. To enter please contact Lisa Miller - lisa@ebedcio.org.uk, 01296 317217 - or download and return this entry form

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in October 2017

3 Star Grand Master David Debbage
Life Master Jane Stirton
District Master Marion Taylor
Area Master Chris Maughan
Club Master Colin Logan, John Russell
Local Master Sally Bullen
Calendar
23rd November 2017
Andrew Robson Seminar
Stone House Hotel
25th November 2017
Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
10th December 2017
Dawes v Leicester
Away 2 p.m.
13th December 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
5th January 2018
Midland Counties Congress
Solihull
Results
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League
13th September 2017
League
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester
Welcome
Welcome

Welcome to Staffordshire and Shropshire Contract Bridge Association (S&SCBA). The area covered by the Association ranges from the Welsh border in the West to Burton on Trent in the East, Newcastle under Lyme in the North to Ludlow in the South. Our objectives are to promote duplicate bridge in the counties, to encourage inter-club, etc., competitions and to employ the funds in the best interests of the game.

The County has teams of eight entered in the Midland League (Dawes, Porter and Markham) and annually enters a team in the EBU Tollemache competition. The Midlands league covers Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire in addition to ourselves. The County also participates in the Edgar Foster Cups and Midland Teams Challenge Bowl, events for the six counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and ourselves.

During the winter months teams of four league matches for County members are held on the second Wednesday of the month, and there is also a team of four knock-out competition.  Inter Club Sim Pairs are run regularly, and, various pairs competition events are held annually.

County clubs affiliated to the EBU are Border, Chasetown, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stafford, TettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.

EBED
EBED

The charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses.

Bridge Activity Day at Adams Grammar School, Newport.

On July 18th Adams Grammar School had a bridge activity day. 60 students took part 40 had not played bridge before the rest had some knowledge. Teacher Collette Lonnigan spoke to them initially about the basics of bridge, then the rest of the day was getting them to play mini-bridge.
Jeff Jones, Jayne Ball, Val Lupton and Linda Curtis helped out for the rest of the day along with another teacher Neil. The students were divided into 3 classrooms the experience was noisy, exhausting but very worthwhile. Young people pick new things up quickly.
When the September Term starts they hope to run Bridge Club on Monday and Friday lunchtime and after school on Wednesday. Jeff Jones and Jayne Ball want to help with this and Linda would like to hear from anyone in the Newport Area that is willing to give up an hour a week to help.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA CURTIS 01902 765027 lcalice@btinternet.com. The future of bridge is young people and we need to get involved to enable this. .

Junior Pairs Teach in
Do you have a young family member who would like to learn to play bridge?  If so why not take them along to the Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University 1st - 3rd September. To enter please contact Lisa Miller - lisa@ebedcio.org.uk, 01296 317217 - or download and return this entry form

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in October 2017

3 Star Grand Master David Debbage
Life Master Jane Stirton
District Master Marion Taylor
Area Master Chris Maughan
Club Master Colin Logan, John Russell
Local Master Sally Bullen
Calendar
23rd November 2017
Andrew Robson Seminar
Stone House Hotel
25th November 2017
Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
10th December 2017
Dawes v Leicester
Away 2 p.m.
13th December 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
5th January 2018
Midland Counties Congress
Solihull
Results
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League
13th September 2017
League
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester