SHREWSBURY OPEN SWISS PAIRS (Licensed by the E.B.U. but open to non-EBU members) with superb Afternoon Tea.  Saturday, 2nd March 2019 starting at 1.30 p.m. at the Radbrook Community Centre, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ.Enquiries from & entry form to Mrs. Judy Mitchell, 6 Hexham Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 6QX. At 01743 235374 ;

Congress to be held at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA, on 27th/28th April 2019, click here for entry form. Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

for players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events and are below the rank of Tournament Master
Non-EBU members welcome.
At Wolverhampton Bridge Club, Shaw Park Business Village, Shaw Park, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE
(extra parking in near-by car-park)
Come early at 10.45 for tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival
To start at 11.30 a.m.
Light Lunch with sandwiches and cakes
Prize-giving at about 4 p.m.
Entry fee £20.00 per pair
Further details from:
JEFF JONES (01952 620496), Linda Curtis (01902 765027) or click for entry form.

(Licensed by the E.B.U. but open to non-EBU members)
& Superb Afternoon Tea on

Saturday, 2nd March 2019

starting at 1.30 p.m.

at the
Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ.

Entry Fee: £17 per person.

Enquiries from & entry form to
Mrs. Judy Mitchell, 6 Hexham Way,
Shrewsbury, SY2 6QX.
01743 235374 ;

The SSCBA Championship Pairs, previously the Bearn, will be held at Woverhampton Bridge Club on Sunday 17th March. Closing date for entries 9th March. The top players go on to compete for the Corwen Trophy on 1st - 2nd June 2019.  The holders are James Vickers and Martin Church.

SSCBA Winter Sim Pairs - Monday January 28th 2019

Five clubs took part, Chasetown, NewcastleOswestry, Stafford and Wolverhampton with a total of 35 tables. The results are now confirmed as:

Place Club Players %
Overall winners (pictured) Chasetown A Brian & C Woodbridge 66.44
2nd Oswestry Phil Inch & Nigel Williams 66.14
3rd Stafford Ivor & Liz Clarke 64.68

A very close result at the top!

Shropshire Congress - 27th/28th April 2019

Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA. 

Green pointed Swiss Pairs Saturday 28th April starting at 1:30 p.m. 

Green Pointed Swiss Teams Sunday 29th April starting at 11:30 a.m.
For further information please contact: Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell Tel: 01743 235374 or email

If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2018/19 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.

League and Cup Entries for 2018-19

The 2018-19 timetable for the leagues is now available to view.  First round for division 1 is on Wednesday September 12th, and, for division 2 Wednesday October 10th.

Unless otherwise arranged matches take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 for 7:15 p.m. at Wolverhampton Bridge Club, Unit 4,  Shaw Park Business Village, Shaw Road, WOLVERHAMPTON  WV10 9LE (Tel: 01902 424422)

For further details contact Jeff Jones on 01952 620496.



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 2018 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see -

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, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is available for purchase.  These were introduced at EBU events from the start of August 2017 to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.

Contact Webmaster

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

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.


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.

Recent Success

Jason and Richard Bowdery have won the pairs at Bilbao on February 1st - click here for the results

Dan Crofts (click link for picture but you have to wait a bit to scroll round to Dan's picture - so many pictures were taken at the event!), playing with Andrew Thompson, won the Hudson Cup (Men's Pairs) at the Midlands Counties Congress on January 4th at Solihull.


Paul Hackett playing in the Norwegian team won the open teams event in the Southeast Asia Bridge Federation Championships, Manila, Philippines 1st December 2018. Paul was also in the winning team at the Seniors Trials, 15th - 16th December 2018, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club.

Jason Hackett playing with Richard Bowdery won the Oviedo tournament on 23rd November 2018 

Lawrence Haynes playing with Trevor Thrower won the West of England Congress Swiss Pairs played on 29th September 2018. 

Many congratulations all.


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.

SSCBA member Dom Wilson has been appointed as a Trustee from August 1st 2018.

EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in January 2019

Master Jacky Jennings
County Master Phil Inch, Steve Smith
District Master Diego Brenner,  Moya Holmes, D Lacy


21st February 2019
No Fear Pairs
2nd March 2019
Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs (tbc)
13th March 2019
17th March 2019
Championship Pairs (Bearn)
14th April 2019
Dawes v Worcester
(away) 2 p,.m.
County League 2nd Division
Dawes v Gloucester (revised date)
COUNTY SIM PAIRS 190128 final result
Scorer: john withers