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31st October - Andrew Robson Seminar at Stone

Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partner for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 07931702776, text or email.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday Standbys

A host system runs on Tuesday evenings in the month whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you. 


2019 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • H Jones

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • S Hilton

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • D Jackson
  • C Lord
  • J Palmer

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Houghton

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Kane

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • D Lindsay

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


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.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
Pauline Goggin
Pauline Goggin

Members will be sorry to hear that Pauline Goggin died unexpectedly on May 29th.   Pauline had been a member of the club for many years. Pauline played regularly until about 18 months ago, latterly mainly on Wednesday afternoons partnering Z and, later, Sylvia H usually being near or at the top of the ranking list.  Pauline carried out many duties for the club being on the committee for several years, some of which as secretary.   Pauline also ran Friday night bridge sessions for 2 or 3 years.  Our thoughts are with Pauline's husband and family at this sad time.  Some of Pauline's family visited the club on Wednesday 5th June 2019 to meet her SBC bridge friends and see Pauline's name on the trophy boards.  Michael spoke a few words in memory of Pauline while the family were at the club.

EBED sim pairs.

The AGM took place on Tuesday 14th May followed by EBED sim pairs (click for the local results).   30 clubs with 460 pairs took part in the event, the positions of the top two pairs at Stafford were reversed in the overall results such is sometimes the way of things in sim pairs events.  Indeed the pair who were ninth at Stafford were the third placed Stafford pair in the overall results.  Thanks are due to Terry for organising and directing the event.

Annual Dinner and Prize Giving - Sunday 12th May.

The dinner and prize giving took place at the Chase Golf Club as last year.  Janet presented the prizes and David acted as club photographer.  If anyone would like a full size copy of one of the pictures please contact David meanwhile the full set of pictures can be seen by clicking here.  If viewed on a tablet rather than a computer best to enlarge the screen view itself rather than "touching" the individual thumbnails.

Subs due April 1st.

Pat Martin, the membership secretary,  came to the sessions at club from Monday April 1st to collect 2019/20 subs of £12.50.  If you have not already done so please complete your membership form and sign it (not forgetting to check that the personal information is correct and to tick the boxes regarding having read the club constitution, Best Behaviour at BridgeClub's Privacy Policy - for good measure please also read the proposed new club constitution) before handing over your fees. Pat's hope to have a debit card reader up and running has not worked out, poor internet connection, so still cash or cheques this year.


County News

Andrew Robson - Thursday 31st October 2019Andrew Robson

Put the date in your diary and watch this space for news. The plan is that Andrew will be giving a morning and afternoon seminar at the Stone House Hotel (same venue as last time).  If you haven't already been to one of Andrew's master classes they are not to be missed. Tickets will be available from Kath Adams but as yet the programme has to be finalised.

SSCBA League and Cup 2018/19 season.

One Stafford player in the team who ended the season at the top of division 1 in the SSCBA County league.  In fact the winning team were pretty much the same as the winning Shelley 2018/19 team, just one change.  Congratulations to Geoff, Paul, Roger and David. 

EBU information

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 click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) to update your details and preferences'.


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.

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. See page 44 of the August 2017 edition of English Bridge. Click this link for more information but note the "erratum"! See also David's notes on the subject.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.


Club Management Focus

Click link for Winter 2019 edition.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section (not updated since 12/17) for news only available on-line.  After the December 2017 edition the latest County news will no longer appear either in print or on-line.

EBU Announcing and Alerting

On August 1st 2013 changes were made to the EBU Announcing and Alerting rules.  There is a copy of the new rules on the club notice board.  There is also a notice on the board regarding permitted agreements (level 4 amplified) that  are now the SBC standard.


EducationThe 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. 


Some 'RULES' That might be HANDY!
and  some Conventions that are used in our Club
Even if you and your partner do not use them, it is useful to know what your opponents are doing!

Please see - 'Tips n Conventions' page.


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'.


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.

Paul's lessons for improvers are on most Friday mornings at 10 a.m,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Some interest was shown in beginner's/refresher classes so a 12 week course was run during Autumn 2018. Please contact Ann if you would like her to run a Monday night group beginner's group in 2019 using either the fast track course or the beginner's 30 week course.

Members Page - Find a partner
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If you have trouble accessing the members only area email

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 18/19 scheduled for Wednesday 20th June 2018, 5th September, 7th 14th November, 30th Jan 2019 and 17th 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, 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). (November meeting date altered at meeting on 5th September)


Please email contributions for the website, club news, hands etc to  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.   Some changes introduced for GDPR by Bridgewebs summer 2018 may affect layout and some features.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.

17th June 2019
Monday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Garry
18th June 2019
Tuesday Evening
7 for 7:15
Director: Michael M
19th June 2019
Wednesday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30
Director: Pat
Friday Evening
Director: Ann
Scorer: Ann
Thursday Evening
Director: David
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Harry
Scorer: Adrienne