Club Christmas Party - Thursday 19th December
Away weekend 17th - 20th April 2020, click link for information
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.
The club has entered this event at three of the regular sessions this year. All donations for Children in Need will be welcome in addition to table money. Friday got the sessions off to a good start with donations/raffle/bring and buy/plants/cakes etc coming to £103.20 plus Terry's generous donation of £19 (to enter the event) making a total of £122.20 for Children in Need. On Friday top at Stafford were Paul and Linda who came 30th overall (as at 11 a.m. 9/11/19) out of 725 pairs at 39 clubs in 3 counties.
There are 8 teams taking part this year but sadly team one was missing on the opening night, played on 10th October. With a missing team the easy movement was used for 7 teams but team numbers and table numbers were one out! (Team 2 was table 1 on the tablet scoring system causing some confusion!) A team from Eccleshall were welcomed to join as a new team for the 2019/20 Shelley. A number of substitutes took part due to illness, late holidays etc. The NGS system has been used for calculating the handicaps. After one round the scores were Hensby (total 40, team 6, table 5, raw 24, handicap 16), Eaves (total 36, team 4, table 3, raw 13, handicap 23), Seymour (total 31, team 3, table 2, raw 91, handicap -60), Clarke (total 11, team 2, table 1, raw 35, handicap -24), Woodward (total -3, team 7, table 6, raw -6, handicap 3), Metcalf (total -24, team 8, table 7, raw -39, handicap 15) and Sleightholme (total -79, team 5, table 4, raw -118, handicap 39).
Holders: Team Davies
With 9 full tables and the holders from 2018 present, club captain Terry, decided to hold the Bryan Baker handicapped pairs competition. This competition was going to alternate with the Monday session but from 2019 the Monday session is now running the Dash ladder so, also from 2019, the Bryan Baker will be played at a Friday evening session every year. To win the prize only regular Friday night players (those who have played at least 20 times on a Friday over the last 12 months)) are eligible but anyone, visitors or players from other SBC sessions, may take part.
When the handicapping system, based on NGS ratings, and eligibility taken into account the winners were Ernie & Sandra, 64.43% (60.42 + 4.01) with Jane & Simon 2nd 60.38% (63.10 - 2.72) and Phil and Helena 3rd 56.33% (53.57 + 2.76). The full results will be on the club notice board. Well done all, great to have such a good turn out and members were pleased to welcome two visitors to their first Friday night session. Thank you Terry for organising the event.
Ernie writes "Bryan was a Past Captain at Brocton Golf Club. He was very good friend of mine and I attended Albion Football matches with him". Wonderful that the 2019 winners of the trophy knew Bryan Baker personally.
Ihe Arthur Bloxham trophy, previously the restricted pairs, will be played on 20th November. Whilst anyone may take part in this competiton only regular Wednesday players are eligible for the prize. Holders: Penny and Liz
A break with tradition, the Men's and Ladies' pairs are not being played at the same session this year. The lists are now up on the notice board to sign up for these events. Holders: Kath & Anne, Ivor & Mike
The club pairs were won by Peter & Dave with second placed pair Anne & Geoff and third Pat A & Michael S. Thanks to Terry for scoring and directing.
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.
The seminar took place at Stone House Hotel on Thursday 31st October when Brexit didn't happen!
Lovely to see so many SBC members attending the sessions at this very popular event.
If you wish to be selected for a team in the inter county Dawes matches contact Paul Cutler on 07939 977499.
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Click link for Summer 2019 edition - a good read!.
Dates of Interest
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).
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Duplicate Bridge Round Timer
Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
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.
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2019 EBU Master Point Promotions
2 Star Premier Master (15,000 MPs inc 10+ Green Points)
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.
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.