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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

Wednesday 15th August at Clubs

Prizes for heat winners and
Prize for overall winning Pair

Handout with commentary 

Please let John Withers, 01384 271089, know if your Club is prepared to hold a heat, giving a contact name and telephone number, whether you welcome visitors & expected numbers of tables.

Mixed/Flitch Pairs - Postponed until June

A good number of players took part in this competition on the revised date of 14th June following the bad weather earlier in the year.  With 2 board rounds every pair played every other pair, most enjoyable. The winners of the Championship Mixed Pairs were Kath Adams & John Hartley (Stafford) with Pamela Booth-Jones & Tony Leech (Wrekin) second and John Day & Pat Stacey (Newcastle) third.  Winners of the Championship Flitch Pairs were Roger and Elaine Taylor (Wolverhampton).   Many thanks to James Vickers for directing and Jeff Jones for organising the event.

Final League and Cup Results 2017/18

The Staffs Cup has been won by Paul Hackett's team winning against Celia Day's team in the final. The winners were elible to play in the Pachabo competition that took place on June 8th. 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 winners are eligible to play in the Midland League Challenge Bowl competition, July 8th at Gloucestershire CBA. 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.  The Staffs Plate has been run this year for the first time in a while and has been won by Norman Jones' team.

Dawes Matches

If you would like to be considered for selection in one of the SSCBA  teams in this regional event involving 8 Midlands Counties please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.

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.



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 minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.

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 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.

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.


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.

Some Success Stories

Midland Counties Challenge Bowl

SSCBA was represented by two teams in this event played at Cheltenham Bridge Club, Gloucesterhire headquarters, on 8th July 2018. Roger Keane's team came third and Dave Clarke's ninth.

Llandudno Swiss Pairs

Jason Hackett playing with and John Sansom won the Llangollen Swiss pairs on 8th July 2018

Hubert Philips Bowl

Some Staffs and Shrops players have done well during 2017/18 season in this competition with Justin Hackett, as a member of Brian Senior's team, eventually being the losing finalists to Paula Leslie's team in the seventh round.  Along the way, in the third round, Brian Senior's team played against Dan Crofts team that also included SSCBA member Celia Day.


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.

EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in  June 2018

National Master James Vickers
1 Star Premier Master Martin Church,  Peter Lees
1 Star Master Maureen Kenny
Advanced Master Eileen Pinches
Master Martin Aherne
County Master Kay Merifield, Garry Sproston, Mary White
District Master Jeff Barlow, Helen Roberts, Jane Sheehan
Area Master Anne Wilkinson
Club Master Stan Challener
Local Master Brian Harris, Colin Maiden, John Sanders, Helen Whiting
15th August 2018
Summer Sim Pairs
2nd September 2018
AGM & Phoenix Trophy
9th September 2018
Dawes v Oxford
7th October 2018
Dawes v Derby (revised date)
11th November 2018
Dawes v Leicester
Mixed Pairs (revised date)
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Director: SA & JV
Scorer: SA
Dawes v Gloucester (revised date)
Director: Patrick
Scorer: Patrick