Release 2.19q
2023 Level 4 changes and 2022 Announcing/ Alerting Rules

See David's 2023 summary of Level 4 2023 changes, see complete revised Blue Book.

Some changes in the EBU announcing/alerting September 2022. David drew up a summary of the 2022 changes for directors.

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If you know of any member of the club who is unwell please let either Pat Martin or a member of the committee know so that appropriate wishes can be sent on behalf of all members.
The quickest response will be to tell either Pat Martin or any member of the committee at the bridge session then a card can be signed & posted immediately. Alternatively, you can email the secretary.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Fifth Round Shelley Handicapped Teams - Thursday 29th February

The next round of the Shelley is at 6:45 for 7 p.m . THIS THURSDAY,  Thursday 29th February.  This round is to make up for the round missed in December.

The fourth round was played on Thursday February15th 2024,  David himself got a game this time stepping in as a last minute sub for a regular who went down with a cold.  One much in demand super sub has consistently played in a team that was high on the leader board, no exception for this round!  Robin's team now in the lead before and after handicaps taken into account. 

Very many thanks to David, as playing director this time, for ensuring that everything ran so smoothly yet again.

The handicapped results shown here, Handicaps were again recalculated for round 4 with so many subs taking part!, The raw unhandicapped round 4 results can be seen here.


The EBU Combined Premier Life, Life, National and Regional Masters Pairs competition was played  on RealBridge over two days, 57 boards on Saturday 24th and  48 boards on Sunday 25th February,  Robin and Dave finished top of the Life Master section on Saturday  averaging +1.2 but dropped down to 5th place in the combined Saturday and Sunday result with an overall average score of  +0.39 in the Life Master section.  Many congratulations both.

Open Meeting - 6 p.m. Wednesday 17th January

An Open Meeting was held for all Club members on Wednesday 17th January at the Club, in the light of the Landlord's decision not to renew our lease after it expires on 30th June 2024.    Michael has visited a number of possible new venues, watch this space for more news. First mention of the club being at the showground can be seen in "as once we were, bulletin No 3 77-78".  The club has moved around various areas within the showground complex during that time including the room upstairs in the grandstand building.

Morning Lessons, 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday mornings


  • Robin's intermediate lessons: Thursday morning lessons.
  • Terry's Improvers lessons: Friday morning lessons.

Robin has produced plenty of material for the website, including one on Splinter bids, Gambling 3NT, CRO, Redoubles, Trial Bids, Jacoby and his all time most read page on McKenny signals and Discards. Summary of his lessons can be seen here with links to the individual lessons.

Robin's Thursday morning popular lessons for intermediates start at 10 a.m. (please contact Robin if you would like to attend) as do Terry's Friday morning lessons for improvers (please contact Terry if you would like to attend those). Please contact Ann if you would like to join beginner's lessons.


2024 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • B Metcalf

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • Jeanette Gillen

For information source see EBU website.  See also the county overall board and SSCBA members ranks and  current NGS scores.

In addition BCL are looking to introduce a new virtual club for EBU members as clubs reopen.  See

Bridge Club Live is the online favourite Stafford Bridge Club Members are invited to use to enjoy the on line club activities, to get going click here to see the basics and here for general information.

Monday SBC Club Event
Director: Terry
Friday SBC Club Event (no partner required)
Director: Ann
Ad Hoc STAFRD Teams
Scorer: BCL uploaded by Ann
27th February 2024
Tuesday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Garry
29th February 2024
Shelley Handicapped Teams Event (confirmed replacement date for December date)
6:45 for 7 p.m.
29th February 2024
6:45 for 7 p.m.
Audrey Clarke
Audrey Clarke

The club was saddened to hear of the death of Audrey Clarke.  Audrey was a regular player at the club with Pauline Campbell until Pauline's death in 2014.  Audrey and Pauline often came to the American Suppers and the afternoon bridge sessions.  One of Audrey's other interests was dancing, besides taking part herself in various groups she also taught  children.  In particular she gave instruction for dancing round a maypole and, when getting a new car, top of the list of requirements for the car was that her maypole would fit in!

Pictured here are Pauline, Ann, Rose and Audrey when they came third in the SSCBA No Fear teams in June 2014


Contact Numbers: 

  • 01785 600260 (Chairman),
  • 01785 665020 (Secretary),
  • 01889 801996 (Captain),
  • 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions).

Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This "Staffs & Shrops" EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc.  See 'Club Sessions and Times', and 'Calendar'.

(18th Jul 2022)
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Sunday 18th February SSCBA No Fear Pairs Newcastle Bridge Club 10:45 for 11:30 am 

For players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events and are below the rank of Tournament Master, Click here for details entries by 13th February

Saturday 2nd March MCC No Fear Pairs Real Bridge - 2pm

Each pair must have a combined NGS that doesn’t exceed 106 (ie the average not higher than 9).

SSCBA Sunday `17th March Championship Pairs at Newcastle Bridge Club starting at 1 p.m. ..........

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If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions, around 35 SBC members are active on BCL. ..........

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