Christmas Party and Away Weekend

Club Christmas Party - Thursday 19th December

Christmas Party

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

Away Weekend


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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Children in Need - Friday 8th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November Children in Need Sim Pairs - 9th , 13th and 14th November 2018

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.

Second Round of the Shelley - Thursday 14th November 6:45 fo 7 p.m.

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

Bryan Baker Handicapped Pairs Competition - Played 1st November 2019Bryan Baker 2019

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.

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Wednesday 20th November, 1:15 for 1:30.Arthur Bloxham

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



Ladies' Pairs 2nd December 1:15 for 1:30 - Men's Pairs 28th November 7 p.m. for 7:45 p.m.

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

Club Pairs - Played Thursday 24th October

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.

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.


Andrew Robson - Thursday 31st October 2019Andrew Robson

The seminar took place at Stone House Hotel on Thursday 31st October when Brexit didn't happen!

  • Morning session was on after 1 No Trump – Stayman, Transfers, Landy; Bidding bad hands – when a bad hand becomes very useful. Afternoon Session  was on  listening to the opponents bidding – to find some well-reasoned opening leads; Fourth Suit Forcing – a great convention which is so much more than a stopper-ask.


Lovely to see so many SBC members attending the sessions at this very popular event.


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.



EBU EBU information

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!. 


Dates of Interest

Mon 11th Nov Beginner's Lesson Lesson in doubt as at 7/11/19
Tues 12th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Wed 13th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Wed 13th Nov SSCBA league Round 3 
Thurs 14th Nov Robin's lesson10 a.m.
Thurs 14th Nov Shelley Round 2 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 15th Nov Paul's Lesson - 10 a.m.
Sat 16th Nov Tollemache Qualifier 
Sun 17th Nov Tollemache Qualifier 
Thurs 28th Nov Men's Pairs
Sat 30th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 2nd Dec Ladies' Pairs
Wed 11th Dec SSCBA league Round 4 
Thurs 12th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Fri 13th Dec Friday night players Christmas Party
Mon 16th Dec Afternoon Players Christmas Party
Thurs 19th Dec  Club Christmas Party
3rd - 5th Jan Midlands Counties Congress, Solihull 
Wed 8th Jan SSCBA league Round 5 
Thurs 9th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sat 25th Jan American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 27th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs 
Wed 12th Feb SSCBA league Round 6 
Thurs 13th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sat 22nd Feb American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 27th Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs (daytime event with light lunch at Wolverhampton)
Thurs 27th Feb Teams of Four 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Wed 11th Mar SSCBA league Round 7 
Thurs 12th Mar Shelley Round 6 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
Sun 22nd March SSCBA Championship Pairs
Thurs 26th Mar Mixed Pairs
Sat 28th Mar American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 9th Apr Shelley Round 7 - 6:45 for 7 p.m. 
17th - 20th Apr Away Weekend
Sun 10th May Annual Dinner
Thurs 11th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
Wed 12th August SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs

Committee Meetings

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  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.

Polite Notice.

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.


2019 EBU Master Point Promotions

2 Star Premier Master (15,000 MPs inc 10+ Green Points)

  • G Pugh

2 Star Master (15,000 MPs)

  • S Walton

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • H Jones

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • S Hilton
  • B Metcalf

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • D Jackson
  • C Lord
  • J Palmer
  • M Ward

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • P Daggett
  • N Grainger
  • A Hensby
  • S Houghton

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • C Kane

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • J Brown-Bullivant
  • C Davis
  • S Hardwick
  • R Taylor

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • M Benting
  • D Lindsay

For 2018 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.


Your help?

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.