Four teams, U26; U26 Women; U21; U16 qualified at the European Championships to represent England at the World Youth Teams Championships in Wujiang, China 8th to 18th August 2018!  Despite some excellent performances at times, all four England teams at the World Youth Team Championships in China have missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages.

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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

A series of one-day training seminars leading to a qualification of EBU Club Director will be held at Stafford Bridge Club over the Autumn/Winter 2018/19. 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 dates are Saturdays 20th October (Essentials), 10th November (Book Rulings Day 1), 1st December (Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2) and January 12th (Assessment).  The sessions will  begin around 10:30 am (time to be confirmed), and will continue throughout the afternoon with a break for lunch (bring your own sandwiches) finishing around 4:30 p.m.   Further details will be available in due course.

To book a place, please log onto My EBU and select the Book Courses option from the Utilities tab or contact Richard Banbury on 01296 317218. Click the link here for more information including charges.

Castle Comfort Cup - Sunday 4th November

This annual event, aimed at intermediate players, takes place at Newcastle-under-Lyme Bridge Club on Sunday 4th November beginning with lunch at 12 noon, bridge following on at 1 p.m.  Cost £9 per person.  Separate section for beginners who are very welcome.  For more information or to enter contact Tracy Aherne.

Free entry to All EBU AFFILIATED CLUBS (Clubs to set their own table money)
Hand-outs with Commentary
Prize for overall winning Pair
Prizes for heat winners
Please inform John Withers (Tel No 01384 271089) if your club is prepared to hold a heat.  Please provide details of the contact named person to receive the duplimate file or hand records for making up boards and commentary. Click for details.

No Fear Pairs - Thursday 21st February 2019

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.

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 Summer 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 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.

Contact Webmaster

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


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.


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 September 2018

National Master Michael Lucas
Premier Master John Sheard
Master Sarah Currie
County Master Gerald Griffin, Ann Milne
Advanced MasterAdvanced Master Jane Ball,  Duncan Kerr, Richard Shortridge, Helena Thompson, Phil Thompson
Area Master Stephen Bennett, Robert Ferris, Nicky Grainger, John Whittingham 
Club Master Rhys Hughes, John Sanders
Local Master Sandra Hardwick


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.

14th October 2018
Dawes v Derby
(away) 2 p,.m.
11th November 2018
Dawes v Leicester
(home) 2 p,.m.
14th November 2018
9th December 2018
Dawes v Nottingham
(away) 2 p,.m.
12th December 2018
Dawes v Oxford
AGM & Phoenix Trophy
Scorer: john withers