Release 2.19n
Message from Michael

During this period of near-compulsory social distancing and seclusion, Club members are encouraged to keep in touch with each other through the telephone and social media.   Such an initiative will be particularly appreciated by those living on their own.     If you, or a member you know, gets into serious difficulties with their health or personal circumstances, could you please let the Club Committee know, via the Chair or Secretary.

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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.

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.

Welcome to Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated

Captain Terry with help from Secretary Carol and others has set up an on line league on Bridge Club Live (BCL) with 9 teams that started on 18th May.  Each team plays one "home"  and one "away" match against each of the other 8 teams over an 18 week  period.  If you would like to give Bridge Club Live a try click here for the basic instructions.  The SSCBA is setting up a County wide BBO session on June 10th.

Message from your webmaster:  (updated most days with the latest news sent by members etc) For the Bridge Club Live basic information.for new converts to on line bridge click here


  • Did you join BCL with the 50 day trial membership early on in the lock down?  You might need to renew your membership soon. Check on the BCL home page, hover over the members tab and click on "Membership Summary".  Don't wait until your league match day to find out that your BCL membership has run out! 
  • Has your EBU membership been validated on BCL?  Are you getting a message Please phone the EBU and ask for your Membership to be validated on the BCL home page under your alias?  If you are please phone Karen who will sort it for you immediately to ensure your master points etc etc etc. are recorded.

SBC Teams League:

First four matches played 18th May - 23rd May.  The results so far:

Matches played w/c 18th May
5 CAROL 16 30 46   2.41
3 LIZ 85 -3 82 36 17.59
8 ANN 38 4 42   7.97
9 BRIAN 51 -2 49 7 12.03
1 PAM 9 11 20   5.4
4 JOHN 77 -39 38 18 14.6
2 BILL 15 0 15 1 10.31
7 TERRY 38 -24 14   9.69

All those taking part should have received timetable and rules direct, if not please contact Terry. The timetable spreadsheet as sent  by Terry 10/05/20 (with team member change and available times as amended 14/05/20) has been copied to this site, any more recent info direct from Terry is the information to take as gospel.

Friday night

Real world friendly group meeting on-line but all are welcome here including old friends who have moved away from the Stafford area.  Experimentation so far with mixed success!  As it goes on in the Teams room a multiple of 8 players are needed each week and a special seating plan has to be followed!  Ann has yet to devise a good way of explaining the seating plan!  A  certain amount of chaos follows, all good fun allowing for extra chat at the table or just plain stressful?  Plan A is 16 boards, 4 boards against each of 4 other pairs, starting at 7 p.m. on a Friday night.  Please let Ann know if you are interested in coming by the Wednesday so that she has time to organise the numbers to be a multiple of 8 by Friday.

Robin's Quiz: 

Robin has put a lot of effort into producing a quiz to keep our brains active at this time, please email him with your answers and reward the hard work he has given to this.  An example question, how would you bid this hand?  Robin is willing to prepare a second one. Example question from the first quiz of 3rd April:


North (dealer)     South
♠   Q J 10 5 4    all    ♠   9 8 7 6 2
   A K 3 2   non      5 4
   A K 5 2      vulnerable         6 3
♣           ♣   A K 8 6


North/South bidding?

North   East   South   West
    Pass       Pass
    Pass       Pass
    Pass       Pass
    Pass       Pass
    Pass       Pass

General Information

BCL runs many competitions, watch their home page. Euro-Afternoon Pairs League starts Tuesday 2nd June, entries by 26th May.

If you lose your connection to BCL mid game for any reason (could be an internet connection your end, their end or somewhere between) click on “Enter” when the system lets you.

Message from a club member:  Both Andrew Robson and Bernard Magee have online Bridge lessons. The first BM took place on 30.03.20.  Andrew Robson has a link with BBO for on-line tuition.

For members who log in to the SBC site there should be an extra column on the membership tab for BCLalias where you can add your BCL alias for all members to see.  To add it to your details you have to scroll quite far down the list but to see the alias for others it appears to the left of their EBU number (webmaster had a headache trying to achieve this change!).

Other sources of information are:  bridge base on line (BBO has a number of existing members from SBC) the County will be setting up a virtual SSCBA group shortly.  Watch over the shoulder of the experts, youtube videos, pick and possibly question, your expert in real time with Zoom.  EBU, EBU Webinar 16/5/2020, Andrew Robson BridgeCast and Bernard Magee.   All ideas/messages for members etc to In the real world please look out for one another, check your regular partners on the phone for example.

Virtual on-line County Club

SSCBA is about to launch a virtual county club on BBO. Planned start date Wednesday10th June, probably in the evening.  Watch this space for news, put the date in your diary for the moment and get some practice games on BBO.  There are some differences in the play as compared with BCL, most importantly the way "Alerts" are shown. 

Message from Pat Andrews President, SBC


Dear members,

With no signs of the current lockdown ending anytime soon, despite the recent slight easing of restrictions, I trust that you are all managing to stay fit and well.

For those of you taking advantage of the on-line bridge games I hope that you are enjoying them, and improving your game!

For others the recent spells of fine weather at least allow you to get outdoors, if only into your gardens, which I am sure are looking lovely.

If you are managing to get out and about, or just chatting to your neighbours and friends over the garden fence, please remember to keep to the social distance recommendations.

Wishing you all the best.

Stay safe 😷🔒🌈

President SBC (17.05.20)


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 usually on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times', 'SBC dates' and 'Calendar'.

Dash Ladder
Director: Sylvia
Scorer: Sylvia
Friday Evening
Director: Ann
Scorer: Ann
Director: David
Scorer: David