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
  • Good News, the tablets did work with some perseverance! If  a tablet complains "no feedback" try again with the tablet in a new position, maybe still  from where you are sitting but higher, lower, left, right, or worst case, get up and move a short distance before trying again.  Do not just hit the tablet harder, they do not respond well to that!
    • Five full tables and a new player who lives close to the centre
  • Bad News: we have to be out of the building by 10:30 and in the rush at the end the results got to the EBU but not the website. Nothing can be done until Monday morning as Haling Dene is closed over the week end.
    • Time issue, the last round had to be skipped. The Haling Dene closing time of 10:30 is a deadline we must meet. First Friday maybe everyone was slower than normal.  Not a problem for the afternoon sessions but should the evening sessions start earlier? Tell Terry and the session director what you think at the next evening session you attend.
Morning Lessons, 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday mornings

Lessons are now at Tixall village Hall, ST18 0XT at 9:45 for 10 a.m.


  • 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.

SSCBA Mixed Pairs - Thursday 16th May
Mixed Pairs 2024 Winners Mixed Pairs 2024 Runners up Move "mouse" over thumbnail to change

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This event was played at Stafford Bridge club at the county showground with 7 tables and players from far and wide within the county. The winners were Anne Seymour & Geoffrey Neal with Terry Maltby & Liz Clarke second and Alan Codling & Ann Sleightholme third, congratulations all. David Drinkwater directed a very friendly event which is sadly the end of the near 50 year spell at the showground. Stafford bridge club is moving to the Hayling Dene centre in June as the lease at the showground premises comes to an end. Hopefully the competition will be played at Hayling Dene next year.. Pictures by David Drinkwater show SSCBA chair,, Pam Booth Jones presenting the prizes to the winners and runners up.

Friday 24th May Results
Friday 24th May Results

A great evening to finish nearly 50 years at the show ground, a good turn out of regular players and one or two who don't attend so often on a Friday.  Please report to  Ann asap if your score card does not agree with online results shown,  the tablets had already gone to Haling Dene so travellers were the order of the day!.   

Monday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene
Tuesday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene
Monday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene
14th June 2024
Friday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene (please contact Ann if coming without a partner)
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Ann
17th June 2024
Monday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene
1:15 for 1:30
18th June 2024
Tuesday SBC Club Event at Haling Dene
7 for 7:15 p.m.

Contact Numbers: 

  • 01785 600260 (Chairman),
  • 01785 665020 (Secretary),
  • 01889 801996 (Captain)

From Monday 3rd June 2024, The Haling Dene Centre in Penkridge, ST19 5DT, will be the venue for our Monday afternoon (1 pm for a 1.15pm start), Tuesday evening (7pm for a 7.15pm start) and Friday night club sessions (7pm for a 7.15pm start)

From Thursday 6th June 2024, Tixall Village Hall, ST18 0XT, will be the venue for our Thursday and Friday lessons (start time 10am).  

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County Events
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Midland Inter-County Mixed Teams Event 6th July on RealBridge - click here for details

This was a new event in 2023  being repeated in 2024, a chance to get different partnerships engaged in representing the county, in 2023 one Stafford member played in the SSCBA team which came equal third out of nine teams, click for the results

SSCBA Teams of Four League 2023/24.

10 teams entered, including 2 from Stafford, and the first round was played on 14th September. Click here for details 

SSCBA virtual BBO county on line group at 7 p. ..........

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AGM - Tuesday 14th May 6.00 pm

The Club's AGM, followed by a "farewell party" with light refreshments and then by the normal Tuesday duplicate session which was very well attended.  (Click to read the chair's report)

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.