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Cumberland & Westmorland Congress

Cumbria and Westmorland County Bridge Associations, open Swiss Congress 2017.   Teams - Saturday 23rd September,  Pairs - Sunday 24th September . Email: jeremy.kathie@btinternet.com

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
Summer Sim Pairs - Tuesday 15th August 2017

Tuesday was a good day to hold the event this year as 8 clubs were able to take part with a total of 47 tables.  The overall winners of the event were Graham Link & Geoff Davies playing at Stafford, 2nd Deirdre Newsome & Michael Seavers also playing at Stafford, with third Mike Cornes and Annette Lucas playing at Newport.  The leading pairs from the clubs were:

Eccleshall  Anne Berisford & Geoff Neal
Newcastle Alan Barnes & Bryan Ratcliff
Newport Mike Cornes & Annette Lucas
Shrewsbury Keith Shuttleworth & Jolanta Coggle
Stafford Graham Link & Geoff Davies
Stone Maureen Finlay & Amanda Weaver
Tettenhall Jeannette Townley & Tony Larkin
Wolverhamton      Norman Jones & Roger Turner.

 

Club Tournament Director Training

A series of one-day training seminars leading to a qualification of EBU Club Director will be held at Eccleshall Bridge Club over the autumn of 2017. They are designed to teach the skills required to run simple games at the club, and will cover the general approach to directing in clubs, organisation, movements, scoring, and basic application of rules and regulations.


The seminars run from about 10:00 – 16:30 hours on the following dates:

Book/Judgement Rulings Day 1 – Saturday, September 30th 2017

Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2 – Saturday, October 28th 2017

Assessment – Saturday, November 11th 2017

Each course costs £60.00 (£54.00 for EBU members) making a total cost for EBU members of £162.00

They are open to all, and places can be booked through the EBU, either for individual courses or the entire series.

http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/files/docs/cdt-courses-entry-form.pdf

or contact Richard Bradbury on 01296-317218 or richard@ebu.co.uk

The tutor will be  James Vickers.

The venue will be  Eccleshall Bridge Club, Offley Hay Village Hall, 2 Mere Rise, ST21 6HH. There is car parking for 25+ cars at the Village Hall.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but participants will need to bring their own food.

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.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.  Starting at 7pm.

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

Wolverhampton Monthly Pairs Competition

Starts Monday September 4th and runs on the first Monday of each month finishing on Monday Jan 8th 2018.  Please contact Linda Curtis 01902 765027 or E-mail lcalice@btinternet.com to enter.  Please click here for details.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in July 2017:

Premier Grand Master Dan Crofts
4 Star Premier Master Jane Perrins
2 Star Premier Master Ron Stevenson
2 Star Master Derek Skinner
Advanced Master Henry Ramsay
Master John Davies
County Master Pauline Jones
District Master Margaret Antrobus,  Freda Greaves, Phil Inch
Area Master Angela Hensby
Club Master Ann M Grennan, Sue McMahon
Local Master June Brown-Bullivant, Joan Rees, Kath Richards
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.

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.

AGM - Sunday September 3rd at Wolverhampton

Please forward any proposals, signed and seconded, to Kate Eccleston before Sunday 13th August 2017. The Agenda will be available from Sunday 20st August 2017. Linda Curtis has announced that, after 3 years, she will be stepping down as Chairman at the AGM and nominations are invited for members willing to take on this role. At the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting there will be a bridge session to play for the Phoenix Trophy.

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.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Dan Crofts promoted Premier Grand Master in July 2017

League and Cup

The 2017/18 season starts in September.  If you entered a team last year it is assumed that you will be entering a team again this year unless you inform Judy (01743 235374) or Jeff (01952 630496).  It is hoped that new teams will come forward to be able to increase the number of leagues.  Click for the 2017/18 League Poster and the 2017/18 Cup Poster.  League matches are played on the second Wednesday of the month at Wolverhampton unless otherwise agreed by both teams.  Cup matches are played at the venue selected by the nominated "home" team on a date convenient to both teams.

The Staffs Cup holders are Paul Hackett's team of Dan Crofts, Jason Justin and Paul who beat Roger Keane, David Beavon, Geoff Davies and Paul Cutler in the final. In division one of the league the order was reversed with with Roger Keanes's team coming first.  These two events allow the winners to go on to the Pachabo Cup where the Hackett team came 3rd (June 10th/11th 2017) and The Midlands Teams Challenge Bowl (played on July 2nd 2017 at Wolverhampton) competitions respectively.  Jeff Jones' team won division two of the league with Norman Jones' team in second place, both these teams will be promoted to division one this season.

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

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.

Calendar
3rd September 2017
A.G.M & Phoenix Trophy
Wolverhampton
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester
Home
13th September 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
17th September 2017
Edgar Foster Cups
Herefordshire
8th October 2017
Dawes v Oxford
Away
Results
15th August 2017
Summer Sim Pairs
Director: Martin
Scorer: ScoreBridge
2nd July 2017
Midland Counties Challange (Teams)
8th June 2017
Mixed/Flitch Pairs
Scorer: john withers
15th May 2017
Ladies' Pairs
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
AGM - Sunday September 3rd at Wolverhampton

Please forward any proposals, signed and seconded, to Kate Eccleston before Sunday 13th August 2017. The Agenda will be available from Sunday 20st August 2017. Linda Curtis has announced that, after 3 years, she will be stepping down as Chairman at the AGM and nominations are invited for members willing to take on this role. At the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting there will be a bridge session to play for the Phoenix Trophy.

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.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Dan Crofts promoted Premier Grand Master in July 2017

League and Cup

The 2017/18 season starts in September.  If you entered a team last year it is assumed that you will be entering a team again this year unless you inform Judy (01743 235374) or Jeff (01952 630496).  It is hoped that new teams will come forward to be able to increase the number of leagues.  Click for the 2017/18 League Poster and the 2017/18 Cup Poster.  League matches are played on the second Wednesday of the month at Wolverhampton unless otherwise agreed by both teams.  Cup matches are played at the venue selected by the nominated "home" team on a date convenient to both teams.

The Staffs Cup holders are Paul Hackett's team of Dan Crofts, Jason Justin and Paul who beat Roger Keane, David Beavon, Geoff Davies and Paul Cutler in the final. In division one of the league the order was reversed with with Roger Keanes's team coming first.  These two events allow the winners to go on to the Pachabo Cup where the Hackett team came 3rd (June 10th/11th 2017) and The Midlands Teams Challenge Bowl (played on July 2nd 2017 at Wolverhampton) competitions respectively.  Jeff Jones' team won division two of the league with Norman Jones' team in second place, both these teams will be promoted to division one this season.

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

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.

Calendar
3rd September 2017
A.G.M & Phoenix Trophy
Wolverhampton
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester
Home
13th September 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
17th September 2017
Edgar Foster Cups
Herefordshire
8th October 2017
Dawes v Oxford
Away
Results
15th August 2017
Summer Sim Pairs
Director: Martin
Scorer: ScoreBridge
2nd July 2017
Midland Counties Challange (Teams)
8th June 2017
Mixed/Flitch Pairs
Scorer: john withers
15th May 2017
Ladies' Pairs
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers