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.
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.
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.
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)
Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)
Master (5,000 MPs)
County Master (2,500 MPs)
District Master (1,000 MPs)
Area Master (500 MPs)
Club Master (200 MPs)
Local Master (100 MPs)
For 2018 and earlier entries see website. See also the leader board.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The seminar takes place at Stone House Hotel Stafford Road, Stone ST15 0BQ (on the A34)
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.
If you wish to be selected for a team in the inter county Dawes matches contact Paul Cutler on 07939 977499.
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 www.ebu.co.uk/members/v2/, 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.
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 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 email@example.com. All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.
Duplicate Bridge Round Timer
Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
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'.