The Cheltenham Congress runs from Friday 4th May until Sunday 6th May at the Chase Hotel, Brockworth. Click here for an entry form.
This year's Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Green point event will be on Saturday 21st July (Swiss Pairs) and Sunday 22nd July (Swiss Teams) 2018 at The Larruperz Centre, HR9 7QD. Click here for entry form.
Owing to the unprecedented success of the EBU four Junior Squads (U26; U26 Women; U21; U16) at the European Championships during the summer the EBU is in the happy position of having to send four Junior teams to China in 2018 for the World Youth Team Championships. Would you like to help towards the costs?
Contact: Jeff Jones Telephone: 01952 620496. Click here for the revised poster.
The final league match between Kath Adams team and the Hackett team has been conceded so the score is 17-0 to the Hackett team .The final result for the first division is that the Hackett team came 1st with 95 points, 2nd were the Keane team with 88 points and 3rd were the Day team with 54 points. The final result for the second division is first the Aherne team with 74 points, 2nd Sleightholme team with 57 points only just ahead of the Beach team with 56 points. Congratulations all.
at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA
The Swiss Pairs event, played on Saturday 28th April, was well attended with 52 pairs playing. The winners were Michael Rawlins & Naomi Gibbs from Hertfordshire. Jason Hackett and Adrian, defending their title, came second. Judy Mitchell & Jolanta Coggle (both from Shrewsbury Bridge Club) were the highest ranking amongst the rest of the S&SCBA county players, coming in at 5th. The bottom two places were only there as one pair had to go home towards the end of the event because of illness, and Lawrence Haynes & Mike Cornes, who were the stand-by pair to make up numbers, were asked to withdraw – to keep the numbers even - hence the zero scores towards the end and their placing at the bottom.
The leading non-expert pair were Liz Bretherton and Adam Fraise.
The Swiss Teams event was played on Sunday 28th April. The winners were Jeff & Ann Wilkins, Michael Tomlinson & Linda Smith (from Lancashire) with Liz Commins & David Stevenson, Dee & Peter Lindon second. The outstanding S&SCBA result was that a team from Newcastle Bridge Club who came joint 3rd Martin Aherne & Kevin Goode, Tracy Aherne & Joanne McLauchlan, they tied with Sheila Shea & Margaret Barnes, Edward Jones & Wyn Williams.
The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy. After December 2017 the County News items will no longer appear, either in the on-line extra or in the printed edition, leaving more space for general interest items. Please ensure that you contact the webmaster with any club news that you would like to appear here on the County website.
The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
The Autumn 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=39
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.
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.
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, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.
Adrian Kenworthy and Jason Hackett have won the pairs in Cordoba, Spain on 17th/18th March 2018. In addition to the money prize they also won a ham each!
Nearer home, Barbara Hackett won the Easter Festival Swiss Teams and came fourth in the Swiss Pairs. Barbara has been selected to play for Germany in the European championships and she came to the Easter tournament to practise with her German partner Anne Gladiotor. Barbara regularly plays in the SSCBA Dawes team.
Dave Debbage, playing with John Sansom, won the Godiva Swiss Pairs on 14th April at the Coventry Congress. Several SSCBA players took part in this event.
The Dawes matches for the 2017/18 season are now completed for Staffs and Shrops with the last match being played on March 25th. Some Counties final matches to be played on April 19th, until then the overall rankings not finally decided.
If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2018/19 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
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.
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.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in April 2018
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.
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