Christmas Party and Away Weekend

Club Christmas Party - Thursday 19th December, all SBC members very welcome to come to this fun event. Please help Janet and her team to get the food quantities right by signing up on the list on the notice board if you would like to come.  

Christmas Party

Away weekend 17th - 20th April 2020, click link for information

Away Weekend

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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

See also Events Calendar, Membership Info including Diary dates and general items of interest,  SSCBC County News and EBU News.

Third Round of the Shelley - Thursday 12th December 6:45 for 7 p.m.

Full results so far can be seen by clicking here, after 2 rounds well ahead of the field is Team Seymour.

Club Christmas Events

The main club party, to which all members are invited with a sit down meal prepared by Janet and her team of helpers, is on Thursday 19th December, welcome at 6:30 p.m.  There is a list to sign up for this on the notice board in order to get the correct amount of food and to plan the fun bridge movements. The afternoon, Friday evening and Thursday morning lesson sessions will also have self catering "bit of a do" events to mark the festive season, (see calendar page and listen to announcements at earlier sessions as to how you can help at these "bit of a do" events).  During the Christmas/New Year season the club will be closed on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th. Directors will consult amongst the players regarding the other dates to find out how much demand there is to play, watch this space for the answers!

Away Weekend 17th - 20th April 2019

Following the success of last year's away weekend a provisional booking has been made at the same hotel, the  Crabwell Manor Hotel near Chester.  A list is up on the notice board to sign up to show an interest in joining the party, not a firm commitment at this stage.

Recent Events

Ladies' Pairs - Played Monday 2nd December.

A break with tradition, the Men's and Ladies' pairs were not played at the same session this year.  David rirected and reports "We had 8 full tables this afternoon and so I was able to run a straight 8 table Mitchell movement with all 7 ladies pairs sitting EW ie only one "odd" pair EW as well. So reasonably balanced. 1st Ann Stevenson & Beryl, 2nd Deirdre & Shirley, 3rd Pat & Janet.  Many thanks to David for directing and Terry for scoring.

Men's Pairs - Played 28th November 

Derek & John were the winners with Michael & Alan second and Derrick & Glyn third.  Click here for the full results.  Many thanks to David for directing, he will be back on duty for the Ladies' Pairs on Monday.

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Played Wednesday 20th November 2019

Ihe Arthur Bloxham trophy, previously the restricted pairs, was played on 20th November. David was the non-playing director and photographer, while Terry did the scoring - many thanks to both.  David reports "Before play I welcomed back Gina Foster (to the delight of all the Wednesday players), and overall the event went well. Towards the end it became apparent that the final result would be very close at the top. Thus I took photos of the three possible winning pairs (just in case!) but once all the scores were in the current holders Liz & Penny, retained the trophy on 58.75% with Linda and Paul a very close second (58.33%) and Graham & Sean not far behind in third place (57.92%)".  In fact the the gap between each of the first 4 places was only 3 match points (141 down to 138)! Full results include players who may not have played on a sufficient number of Wednesdays for an official placing.  See the notice board for the full official result.

See recent competitions page for  earlier events.


Inter County Dawes Matches


If you wish to be selected for a team in the inter county Dawes matches contact Paul Cutler on 07939 977499.


Tollemache Qualifier - Played at Daventry 16th & 17th November 2019

Many congratulatulations, Geoff, on being selected to represent the County in the group D section of the, teams of 8, Tollemache National event played at Daventry. The SSCBA team came 5th out of the 8 Counties in the group.  The full team were Paul Cutler, Geoff Davies, David Debbage, Paul Hackett, Jason Hackett, Adrian Kenworthy, David Beavon, James Vickers all of whom have played at Stafford at some point and some in the 2018/19 Shelley competition.

EBU informationEBU

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, 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.

Club Management Focus

Click link for Summer 2019 edition - a good read!. 



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'.


Members are encouraged to use the web page facility to find a partner, for information on this click here.  To request a partner log on to the "members only" area and follow the instructions, only show contact details you are happy for the world to see, you can just have your name displayed.  To see who is already looking for a partner look for "partner?" on the calendar page or list of requests.  Please note the requests page found when clicking on partner? show 2 dates, the date when the partner is needed, today or a date in the future (shown in blue above the name), and the date when the request placed on the website, normally a date in the past but could be today (shown in black with no link).  Mike Sheriff (01889 882296) acts as partner broker on a Thursday evening if given enough time to make arrangements.  If anyone has difficulty reaching the member's page please contact the webmaster.

9th December 2019
Dash Ladder
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Beryl
10th December 2019
Tuesday Evening
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Mike S
11th December 2019
Wednesday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Harry
12th December 2019
Robin's Lesson Party - No partner required
10 a.m.
Director: Robin
12th December 2019
Shelley Round 3
6:45 for 7 p.m.
Director: David
13th December 2019
Friday Evening Christmas Party
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Ann
Host: Ann
16th December 2019
Dash Ladder/Afternoon Players Christmas Party
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Garry
17th December 2019
Handicapped Pairs
7 for 7:15 p.m.
Director: Terry
Host: Peter
18th December 2019
Wednesday Afternoon
1:15 for 1:30 p.m.
Director: Pat
19th December 2019
Club Christmas Party (please sign list on notice board for meal)
6.30 for 6:45 p.m.
Director: Michael M
Friday Evening
Director: ann
Scorer: ann
Thursday Evening
Director: John
Scorer: John
Wednesday Afternoon
Director: Adrienne
Scorer: Adrienne