The AGM is to be held on SUNDAY, 1st SEPTEMBER 2019
at Wolverhampton Bridge Club, 4 Shaw Park, Shaw Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE.
at 1.30 pm
followed by bridge (for the Phoenix Trophy).
Nominations (or Volunteers) for the Committee
Chairman, Treasurer, Competitions Secretary,
County Captain & Membership Secretary;
(current holders of these posts are prepared to stand again);
Proposals (from a Proposer & a Seconder)
and other items for the Agenda
To be sent to Mrs. Judy Mitchell by 24th August
at 6 Hexham Way, Shrewsbury, SY2 6QX or to
It is time to be entering the following events (click the links for the posters):
The top teams in division 1 of the league go on to compete for the Midlands Counties Challenge Bowl, 2 teams from each of the Midlands Counties Group, played this year on July 7th at Spondon where the SSCBA teams were placed 4th and 13th.
The winners of the 2018/19 Staffs cup went on to compete for the National event the Pachabo Cup, a team from each County, on 8th and 9th June where SSCBA were placed 15th.
Three clubs, Oswestry, Stafford and Tettenhall, totalling 26 tables took part in this event. The overall winners were Michael Lucas & Jolanta Coggle playing at Oswestry, second were Rosie & Mike Ingle also playing at Oswestry and third were Geoff Davies & Anne Seymour playing at Stafford. The best placed Tettenhall pair were Cecil Mottram and Brian Huntbatch. Congratulations all.
The next SSCBA sim pairs is planned for Monday 27th January, please put this date in your club calendar now to be sure that all 7 clubs that play on Mondays take part!
Andrew Robson will be giving a seminar on 31st October 2019 at the Stone House Hotel, ST15 0BQ.
Tickets are available from Kath Adams, £15 per session or £25 for both. Click here for details and booking form.
If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2019/20 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
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 EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
The Spring 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - https://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=45
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 www.ebu.co.uk/members/v2/, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.
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.
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.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in July 2019
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, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.
Another Hackett family success story. Jason, Justin, David Mossop and Paul have won the Brighton teams played on 11th August 2019. The home of the congress is now at Eastbourne but the name lives on! Congratulations all in the team.
Jason Hacket was in the winning team in this event at the Scarbough Summer Congress, 24th - 28th July 2019
Jason and Justin Hackett were in the winning team in Turkey at the European Championship Open Teams competition representing England. The event started 15th June 2019 in Istanbul.
Jason and Justin Hacket were in the winning Spring Foursomes team. On May 12th 2019 Dave Debbage and Paul Hackett finished second in the National Swiss Teams with team mates Croz Croswall and John Sansom. The Hackett family much involved in the European team taking part in the Buffett Cup April 2019 in China, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province. Paul was captain and Jason and Justin both in the team. The final result was down to the last board with Europe finally losing to the USA and China coming third.
Lessons usually start in September. Courses are being run at Newcastle, Oswestry, Shrewsbury Improvers, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Newcastle reports a thriving beginners class with 20 pupils and not too late to join as of 24/9/18. Stafford has an equally popular intermediate class. Click the link here for more details.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.
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.