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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

Heats for the SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs are being held at 3 clubs, Eccleshall, Newcastle and Wrekin. 

Venue Contact Tel. No.
Eccleshall Geoff Williams 01785 212591
Newcastle Martin Aherne 07823 778268
Wrekin Pam Booth Jones 07528 478044

Visitors (in pairs) are very welcome to join club members in these heats. Please telephone the club contact to register with the organizer and to find out about table money, the starting time and the address of the venue

It is not too late to enter you own club if you wish to host a heat at the same time. Please let Judy know, Judy Mitchell: 01743 235374.

Please note the usual Wednesday evening on line event will not run on the 14th.

Midland Counties Challenge Bowl on Sunday, 30th June 2024

Congratulations to Worcestershire A (Stewart Fishburne, Mike Willoughby, Joyce and Chris Taylor) who won the event, scoring a total of +81 IMPs over 49 boards. Staffsshrops B (James Vickers, Keith Shuttleworth, Martin Church, Mike McCartney) were runners-up with +31 IMPs. The full results can be found here

Paul & David with a pair from Worcestershire retained the Worcestershire league in the 2023/24 season.  Heavily disguised as "Noble Rot" the results can be seen here. Many congratulations both

Three SSCBA Clubs have moved

Border, Stafford and Wolverhampton have either moved or are about to move from premises that they have had a long association with.  Please note the new venues that may or may not be better for you.

  Move  New Address Start time (normally to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier)
Border 1st May 2024 Bicton Village Hall, 71 Church Lane Bicton, Shrewsbury,  SY3 8EL Friday 7:00
Stafford 3rd June 2024 Haling Dene Centre,  Cannock Rd, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5DT Monday 1:30, Tuesday 7::00, Friday 7:00
Wolverhampton July 2023 Windmill Community Church Centre, Henwood Road, WV6 8PG Tuesday 7:00, Thursday 6:30, Friday 12:40


Pairs Staffs and Shrops
Scorer: Martin Church
Pairs Staffs and Shrops
Scorer: Pete Illsley
Pairs Staffs and Shrops
Scorer: Stephen Kennedy
24th July 2024
Pairs Staffs and Shrops
6:45 for 7 p.m.
31st July 2024
Pairs Staffs and Shrops
6:45 for 7 p.m.
7th August 2024
Pairs Staffs and Shrops
6:45 for 7 p.m.

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, Eccleshall, Nantwich, NewcastleOswestry, StaffordTettenhallWolverhampton (note new address July 2023) and Wrekin


Wednesday Evenings 7 p.m.

Regular SSCBA Virtual Bridge Club

SSCBA  set up a virtual “Club” with the help of the EBU and Bridge Base Online (BBO), holding sessions on Wednesday evenings (a traditional County night). The first SSCBA Club on line session was on  Wednesday, 10th June 2020, at 7 p.m. There are still regularly around 7 or 8 tables each week even though some clubs have opened up. Click here for information on how to join the group.

From Online Membership Secretary's Newsletter of 29th November 2021

Robots:  We believe that when we set up the online club on Wednesdays we stipulated that robots would only be used in an emergency:  loss of partner or to complete a full table (BBO can’t cope with half-tables). No one likes to meet a robot at the table so we have asked our current TD to tweak the rules of our game to exclude starting to play with a robot. The county has to pay the BBO fees and the P2P fees for stand-in players and robots. 
“Partnership Desk”:    If you are without a partner for the evening, I understand that this site is a place you could try to find one. Such a partner has to be a member of our club though: so that means other members have to use that system too. Alternatively, if you are prepared to play with another person or a robot, the TD might invite you to be part of that standby pair.
Alerts & Explanations:   These are much improved, but don’t forget to add an explanation if you click on Alert.
System cards:   You can complete any number of convention cards, one for each partner, and your opponent can look at yours by clicking on one of the white lines in the blue box at top left. A shorter version can be completed under Account to the right of the page, and opponents can look at that by clicking your user name.
Names:   How nice and friendly it would be if we had a name for each player rather than a blank. Someone might greet you by name! You can presumably delete it if you are playing elsewhere and you want to remain anonymous.