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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association
On Line Bridge Is the only game in town....

Never played bridge on-line - and intimidated by what's involved? Don't be! Newcastle, Oswestry, Stafford  and Wolverhampton have set up on-line bridge groups.

Three people from our county attended an on-line seminar on virtual bridge clubs organised by the EBU and Suffolk CBA for county representatives, though there were some club reps as well.      John Withers, who was one of the three attending, has emailed me following the seminar – see below - and he recommends that you search on the EBU website, click on the relevant site and watch proceedings at the seminar. It is a very interesting presentation.   
It would be excellent if S&SCBA could set up a virtual “club” so that county events, such as leagues or pairs, and even the simultaneous pairs,  etc., could be offered to our members, and we are therefore looking for a team to set this up.   The seminar gives lots of information and tips on how to organise a virtual bridge club, and this applies to both County and Clubs.    

Please let Judy or a County Committee member know if you are interested in being part of this team.   There will be help from the EBU to do this, and I am sure Suffolk CBA would help too.



From 2020, if members wish to receive a copy of the diary they will need to opt in. 

The best and easiest way for members to opt-in is by changing the setting on their account on MyEBU. Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then in the 'account setting' section of the page, under the magazine/diary preference option use the drop down list to choose the preferred setting.


The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy.   After December 2017 the County News items will no longer appear, either in the on-line extra or in the printed edition, leaving more space for general interest items.  Please ensure that you contact the webmaster with any club news that you would like to appear here on the County website.


The minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)Warehouse

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

Club Management Focus

The Autumn 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see -

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date.  Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is available for purchase.  These were introduced at EBU events from the start of August 2017 to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.


Welcome to Staffordshire and Shropshire Contract Bridge Association (S&SCBA). The area covered by the Association ranges from the Welsh border in the West to Burton on Trent in the East, Newcastle under Lyme in the North to Ludlow in the South. Our objectives are to promote duplicate bridge in the counties, to encourage inter-club, etc., competitions and to employ the funds in the best interests of the game.

The County has teams of eight entered in the Midland League (Dawes, Porter and Markham) and annually enters a team in the EBU Tollemache competition. The Midlands league covers Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire in addition to ourselves. The County also participates in the Edgar Foster Cups and Midland Teams Challenge Bowl, events for the six counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and ourselves.

During the winter months teams of four league matches for County members are held on the second Wednesday of the month, and there is also a team of four knock-out competition.  Inter Club Sim Pairs are run regularly, and, various pairs competition events are held annually.

County clubs affiliated to the EBU are Border, Chasetown, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stafford, TettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.

Recent Success

OnLine Bridge Events "The Alt Invitational"

Jason Hackett was in the winning team for this event played on 11th April 2020.

Premier Grand Masters Pairs - 29th February/1st March 2020

Paul Hackett and David Debbage have won the Premier Grand Pairs played at The Hilton Hotel Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, 29th February - 1st March 2020.  This competition for Reginal Masters and above is devided into groups of pairs championships for which an appropriate EBU Master Point Rank is needed to enter. 

XLVI TORNEO INTERNACIONAL DE BRIDGE at Real Club Pineda, Seville - 22nd and 23rd February 2020

SSCBA member Jason Hackett playing with Graham Osbourne winning in Seville. 

National Point-a-Board Teams - 25th January 2020

SSCBA members Paul and Jason Hackett were members of the second placed team just one point behind the winners in this competition played at the Young Chelsea Club on 25th January 2020

Teltscher Trophy Senior Trial

Paul Hackett was a member of the winning team, team Mossop, at this sennior trials event that took place at the West Midlands Bridge Club on 16th December 2019.  They will represent England at the Telcher Trophy taking place on 15th/16th May 2020.

Premier League Division 3 - 2019

SSCBA members Paul Hackett and Dave Debbage were in the team that ended the season at the top of the EBU Premier League, the final round played 9th/10th November 2019 at The West Midlands Bridge Club.

If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2019/20 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.


The charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses.

SSCBA member Dom Wilson has been appointed as a Trustee from August 1st 2018.

Contact Webmaster

Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.

Club Blue Point Events

Subject to obtaining an EBU licence clubs are entitled to hold 2 blue pointed events per year, 3 blue points are equivalent to 1 green point.

11th June 2020
Mixed Pairs - provisional date
Wolverhampton Bridge Club
2nd August 2020
A,G,M. & Phoenix Trophy
Wolverhampton Bridge Club
12th August 2020
County Summer Sim Pairs
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
Championship Pairs (Bearn) Revised date
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
Dawes vs Worcs (home)
Scorer: James Vickers