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31st October - Andrew Robson Seminar at Stone


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.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.

Polite Notice.

A number of members sadly have health issues effecting  their immune systems.  Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and at the end of sessions (loading the dishwasher, checking the windows are closed and the room is tidy) don't leave the director to do everything!

Presently volunteers are requested to act as stand bys on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, please contact Terry if you are willing to do either of these dates.  Presently the Tuesday host system has had to be suspended due to lack of volunteers.

If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.


2019 EBU Master Point Promotions

2 Star Master (15,000 MPs)

  • S Walton

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • H Jones

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • S Hilton

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • D Jackson
  • C Lord
  • J Palmer

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • P Daggett
  • S Houghton

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Kane

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • J Brown-Bullivant
  • S Hardwick
  • R Taylor

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • D Lindsay

For 2018 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.


Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated


Members are encouraged to use the web page facility to find a partner.  To request a partner log on to the "members only" area and follow the instructions.  To see who is looking for a partner look for "partner?" on the calendar page.  If anyone has difficulty reaching the member's page please contact the webmaster.


The Shelley

The matches are played on second Thursday of the month at 6:45 for 7 p.m. from October until April for this teams of 4 handicapped event.  In an ideal world an odd number of teams makes for a very easy movement but even numbers can be accommodated.  For the last several years there have been 9 teams.  New teams welcome for the 2019/20 season.

The list is now up on the notice board for you to enter your team.

Holders: Team Davies


Monday Afternoon and Tuesday Evening Competitions

Terry is introducing new competitions, one on a Monday afternoon and another on a Tuesday evening over the next few months. Details on the notice board or from Terry.



Some worries have been expressed about late finishes. The committee have decided to give a timer a trial to ensure prompt finishing times. Please regard the timer as a helpful metronome that is doing nothing more than keeping a steady pace throughout the room.


American Supper - Saturday 28th September 6:45 for 7 p.m. start

Fun social event, one partner brings food, the other a prize.  Jim and Sheila are running this one and a partner is required but Jim, Sheila or Sam will help you find one if you give them a few days notice.


British Autumn Sim Pairs - 7th and 8th October

Following the success of the Summer Pairs events at Stafford the club is entering the Autumn events on  Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October.  The Monday event will be two competitions in one!!! The Monday scores will also go into the new handicapped ladder event for the Dash trophy.


Summer Cup - played Tuesday 3rd September

With 6 full tables the decision to run the Summer Cup competition was taken on the spot, as has been done over the last few years.  The winners by a country mile were Garry & Terry, Deirdre & Michael S, in the second placed team were Pat & Steve, Brian & Angela just ahead of third placed team Ivor & Michael M, Pat & Rachael.



Andrew Robson - Thursday 31st October 2019Andrew Robson

The seminar takes place at Stone House Hotel Stafford Road, Stone ST15 0BQ (on the A34)

  • Morning session 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.     After 1 No Trump – Stayman, Transfers, Landy; Bidding bad hands – when a bad hand becomes very useful.
  • Afternoon Session  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.       Listening to the opponents bidding – to find some well-reasoned opening leads; Fourth Suit Forcing – a great convention which is so much more than a stopper-ask.

If you haven't already been to one of Andrew's master classes they are not to be missed.

Tickets are available from Kath Adams, £15 per session or £25 for both.  Click here for details and booking form. As at 1.9.2019 there were still a few places left for the morning and afternoon sessions.   Please contact Kath to check that she can accept your booking.


Inter County Dawes Matches

If you wish to be selected for a team in the inter county Dawes matches contact Paul Cutler on 07939 977499.



EBU EBU information

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date with the EBU.  If you do not need a printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to, log-in and click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) to update your details and preferences'. Please note that by May 2020 you will need to set 'opt in' in 'my details' to continue to recieve a diary.  The default value for all members has been reset to exclude the diary as of August 2019.


Club Management Focus

Click link for Summer 2019 edition - a good read!. 

Lessons at Stafford Bridge Club.  For general enquiries contact the club Captain Terry (01889 801996).

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, please email Robin if you would like to attend.  Robin has been working with a mix of recently played interesting hands together with other hands to illustrate various conventions.  Watch the calendar for dates on/off or check with Robin. A few of Robin's notes - page a work in progress.  Robin's lessons take a break during holiday seasons, first lesson after the summer break is on Thursday 5th September.

Paul's lessons for improvers are on most Friday mornings at 10 a.m,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend.

Please contact Ann if you would like to join her 7 p.m. Monday night beginner's group started on 9th September using beginner's 30 week course (not too late to join the class).  Tell your friends who would like to learn to play, the more the merrier.

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 19/20 scheduled for Wednesday 19th June 2019, 4th or 11th September, 13th November, 29th Jan 2020 and 22nd April following the afternoon bridge session.  If you have concerns that you wish to be brought up at a meeting please contact any member of the committee at least one week (preferably more) prior to the meeting, or email the Secretary or Chairman, so that the item may be added to the meeting Agenda.  It has been proposed to make the minutes available through the website to members only (in addition of course to the existing paper record file in the office).


Following the September 2019 committee meeting the home page has been "decluttered" and members may have to use the tabs on the left hand side to view some items previously on the home page. Is this change an improvement, a step back or unimportant?  Your views matter, can you find what you were looking for?  

Please email contributions for the website, club news, hands etc to  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.

19th September 2019
Thursday Evening
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Terry
20th September 2019
Friday Evening
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Ann
23rd September 2019
Monday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Sam

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 on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Monday & Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.).  In addition the club also holds American Suppers on Saturday evenings and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Thurs 19th Sept Robin's lesson10 a.m.
Fri 20th Sept Paul's Lesson 10 a.m.
Mon 23rd Sept Beginners lesson 7 p.m.
Sat 28th Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 7th Oct British Autumn Sim Pairs
Tues 8th Oct British Autumn Sim Pairs
Wed 9th Oct SSCBA EGM and league Round 2 
Thurs 10th Oct First round of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 18th Oct No Bridge (lesson or evening), motor cycle event in the show ground
Thurs 24th Oct Club Pairs
Sat 26th Oct American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 31st Oct  Andrew Robson Seminar 
Fri 8th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Tues 12th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Wed 13th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Wed 13th Nov SSCBA league Round 3 
Thurs 14th Nov Shelley Round 2 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 16th Nov Tollemache Qualifier 
Sun 17th Nov Tollemache Qualifier 
Thurs 28th Nov Men's Pairs
Sat 30th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 2nd Dec Ladies' Pairs
Wed 11th Dec SSCBA league Round 4 
Thurs 12th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Thurs 19th Dec  Club Christmas Party
3rd - 5th Jan Midlands Counties Congress, Solihull 
Wed 8th Jan SSCBA league Round 5 
Thurs 9th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sat 25th Jan American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 27th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs 
Wed 12th Feb SSCBA league Round 6 
Thurs 13th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sat 22nd Feb American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 27th Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs (daytime event with light lunch at Wolverhampton)
Thurs 27th Feb Teams of Four 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Wed 11th Mar SSCBA league Round 7 
Thurs 12th Mar Shelley Round 6 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sun 22nd March SSCBA Championship Pairs
Thurs 26th Mar Mixed Pairs
Sat 28th Mar American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 9th Apr Shelley Round 7 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
17th - 20th Apr Away Weekend
Sun 10th May Annual Dinner
Thurs 11th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
Wed 12th August SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Adrienne
Scorer: Adrienne
Tuesday Evening
Director: David
Scorer: Terry
Monday Afternoon
Director: garry
Scorer: terry