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.

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OnLine Bridge
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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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2024 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • B Metcalf

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • D Nelson

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.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
AGM - Tuesday 14th May 6.00 pm
AGM - Tuesday 14th May 6.00 pm

Tuesday May 14th 6.00 pm: the Club's AGM, followed first by a "farewell party" with light refreshments and then by the normal Tuesday duplicate session.

  • Shelley Second 202324
  • Shelley Third 202324
  • Shelley Winners 202324

The seventh round of the Shelley was played on 18th April.  The winners were Clive's team coming up with a flying finish to the season, many, many congratulations. Robin's team 2nd and Anne Seymour's team in third place.  Full results will be posted here shortly, keep looking!  David's picture will replace the temporary one shown here but that may not happen before Monday, sorry

Many thanks to David for directing throughout the season and to Terry for all the work each session to calculate the handicaps, spot on with one team that ended up with a total of zero!

Sadly the last time this competition will be played at the showground. A little history of the trophy given in about 1964 by Frederick Shelley.  One player remembers Nora his wife from golfing events.  Can anyone come up with more history of the trophy?  It even predates the club being located at the showground, in 1964 was it meeting at The Swan.

The round 7 handicapped results shown here, Handicaps were again recalculated for round 7 with some different subs in different teams from last month taking part!  Terry has  had to recalculate the handicaps  most rounds,  thank you Terry. Thank you again David for directing, The raw unhandicapped round 7 results can be seen here (best in the "Classic" bridgewebs score style).


Move to Haling Dene, Penkridge and Tixall June 2024

Members will know that the Committe has made the unanimous decision to transfer

  • our duplicate sessions to the Haling Dene Centre in Penkridge ST19 5DT, and
  • our teaching sessions to Tixall Village Hall ST18 0XT.   

Our lease of rooms at the Showground will not be renewed when the lease expires at the end of June.   These are the key dates to note:

  • Tuesday May 14th 6.00 pm: the Club's AGM, followed first by a "farewell party" with light refreshments and then by the normal Tuesday duplicate session.
  • Friday 24th May: final duplicate session at the Showground.

There will be no Club activity after 24th May until the week beginning June 3rd

  • Monday June 3rd: First duplicate session at the Haling Dene Centre, Penkridge (1.15 for a 1.30 start).
  • Thursday June 6th: First teaching session at Tixall Village Hall.

During June, we will be clearing the current Showground premises of all remaining Club items.

Members are urged to continue supporting the Club in every way possible as we make the transition to the new venues and adjust to our new circumstances.

Michael Metcalf, Chair SBC

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.

Monday SBC Club Event
Director: Sylvia
Scorer: Sylvia
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
Shelley Handicapped Teams Event
Director: David
Scorer: David
23rd April 2024
Tuesday SBC Club Event
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Garry
25th April 2024
6:45 for 7 p.m.
26th April 2024
Friday SBC Club Event (no partner required)
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Ann

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)
County Events
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SSCBA Sunday `21st April ChampionshipTeams at Newcastle Bridge Club - 11:15 for 11:30

A green-pointed SSCBA teams competition, the, qualifying event to select a team to represent the County at the EBU Pachabo Cup 8th/9th June and the regional Midlands Challenge Bowl to be held at Newcastle in September, click for details.

SSCBA Thursday 16th May Mixed Pairs at Stafford - 7 for 7:15 pm

County Mixed Pairs - Thursday 8th June Stafford are hosting this again after a very successful event last year where Janet and Steve were the winners, Limit of 10 tables so book your place early, click for details and entry form 

SSCBA Championship Pairs played on Sunday 17th March at Newcastle Bridge Club

The  green-pointed event was won by a Stafford member and his partner from Stone, both are regular Shelley players.   Five Stafford players took part in this and enjoyed a wonderful meal in addition to the bridge. Note that the National final is now to be played at Yarnfield Park, Stone in 15th/16th June, spectators allowed?. ..........

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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.