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Freddie Short Quaich (Senior Pairs)

Congratulations to Tony Wilkinson & Bob McPaul (59.52%), who successfully defended the Freddie Short Quaich for Senior Pairs on Friday 10th April at the New Melville Bridge Club.

Harry Smith and Finlay Marshall were runners up on 58.10% and Alan Goodman & Iain Sime third on 56.19%.

Senior Pairs results at the Melville site.

Atholl Cup Final

Walker, Steel, Wiseman, Barton and Corry - Atholl Cup Winners 2015

Congratulations to Yvonne Wiseman, Jake Corry, Les Steel and Dave Walker — winners of the Atholl Cup for Pivot Teams of Four. Paul Barton subbed for Dave in the final. Runners up by 20VP were Iain Sime, John Murdoch, Simon Gillam and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder.

Other News

Annual General Meeting

The District AGM will be held on Wednesday 29th April 2015 in the Carlton at 7.30 pm. All District members are entitled to attend and vote. See the Notices section for the full intimation.

If you have won a tournament this season it would be very much appreciated if you could come on the night for the Presentation of Trophies.

Men’ Teams

We will soon have the Men’s Teams event for the Bowman trophy. This will place over two nights: 15th and 22nd April. £50 per team, all inclusive.

Multiple Teams of 4, each team can have up to 6 members. The men should head for the Melville BC at 7.00pm, entries to Jake Corry, 07563503159 or .

Women’ Teams

We are also about to launch into the Women’s Teams event for the Jacqueline Bruce Smith Vase. Also over two nights: 15th and 22nd April. £50 per team, all inclusive.

Multiple Teams of 4, each team can have up to 6 members. For the ladies it’s the Carlton BC at 7:00 pm, entries to Liz McGowan on 0131 667 2432 or .

Hunter Cup

The Hunter Cup is the East District Swiss Teams competition, and will be held on Sunday 31st May 2015 (1:00pm start) at the New Melville Bridge Club in Edinburgh. This event will be run as Swiss Teams if there are sufficient entries. If not, it will run as a normal teams event but there will still be master points for each match won – a good incentive to enter!

Bronze and Silver prizes will be awarded if there are sufficient teams in these categories so get your entries in and encourage your friends to enter a team too. Entry Fee £50 per team including table money. Entries to Fiona Greenwood 07796 264671 or .

National Pairs Update

The semi-finals for the National Pairs are now both in Glasgow at St Andrew BC so is no longer at the Carlton as expected. Apparently there were a lot more people from the West in the preliminary events, so it was decided to move them both to the same venue.

SBU Treasurer

After more than 13 years, Tim Wickens is standing down from the post of SBU Treasurer.

We are therefore looking for someone to take over this role. The post attracts an honorarium and would suit a retired accountant or someone who has undertaken a similar role for an organisation in the past.

Tim has indicated that he would be happy to assist the new treasurer with the handover process.

If you think you might be interested in this position which contributes to the running of the SBU for the benefit of all members, please contact Fiona Greenwood on 07796 264671 or by Friday 20th March 2015.

SBU Summer Congress

The programme for the Summer Congress in Peebles is now available.

Lady Milne Trophy

Scotland will be represented at the Lady Milne in Birmingham (April 17-19) by Sam Punch & Paula Leslie, Anne Symons & Helen Kane and Liz McGowan & Michele Gladstone, with Alan Goodman as NPC.

Important Change to MP Claims

Please be aware that the arrangements for sending in Master Points (including League Claim Forms) has changed.

With immediate effect (8 April 2015) any paper points, email queries, cheques, and all correspondence related to SBU Master Points must now be sent to the following address:

SBU Member Services,
Dept #16,
196 Rose Street,
Edinburgh EH2 4AT.

Any email communications relating to Master Points should be sent to

Better Behaviour at Bridge

The April edition of Better Behaviour at Bridge is out! Please see Please Ask Nicely!

Melville One Day Congress

The New Melville Bridge Club is hosting a One Day Congress (starts at 1pm) on Sunday 19 April. There will be Congress Pairs in the afternoon and Swiss Teams in the evening. Cash prizes will be awarded including Bronze and Silver prizes. Entry form and details.

Recent Promotions

Congratulations to Liz Henderson, now a Scottish Master, and silver ranked. Other promotions can be perused at the MEMPAD web site.


Norma Bain has been appointed as the new Education Officer for the East District. Please contact Norma concerning matters of education, including the mini bridge initiative, at or 0131 6614345.

The SBU are encouraging the teaching of mini bridge in primary schools. Many of the skills developed in playing bridge are included in the National Curriculum and other regions have found that schools are delighted to have our input. At present there are very few schools in Edinburgh participating and we would like to encourage more to take part. We need volunteers to go into schools, deliver the course, and support the pupils. At the end of the first course we hope to arrange a mini event for all participating schools. Eventually our schools will participate in the Scottish schools event.

Berwick Congress

The entry form for the Berwick Congress in May is now available.

Results Board

MacLaren Cup

Congratulations to Carlton Camden, who have won the MacLaren Cup Knock Out event for the first time, beating Phoenix over 32 boards by 20420 to 18290 after handicap.

The champions were represented in the final by Graeme Williamson, Alison White, Christine Flannery, Moira Robertson, Hasan & Julie Choudhury, Alistair Rae & Maurice Franceschi.

En route they knocked out Ratten, Waverley, Hermitage and Scramblers with appearances by Peter Wright, Jim Herbert, Linda Delworth, Maggie Greer, Willie McGruer, Felicity MacGregor and Jessie Foulner.

East District Leagues

Congratulations to all of the division winners:

The victorious 49ers class of '15 included Iain Sime, John Matheson, Les Steel, Dave Walker, Paul Barton, Brian Spears, Stuart Pinkerton, Ian Cowper, Tony Wilkinson, Nigel Morecroft and Alex Wilkinson (with Julia Palmer appearing as reserve).

Atholl Plate update:

Allan Flitch

Congratulations to Andy and Jan Philip, winners of the Allan Flitch trophy for married couples. Full results.

Silver prize went to Peter and Heather Braid, with the bronze winners Jane & Andrew Carnegie.

Older Results

Details from last season.

Coming Soon in the East District

Today is Sunday 19 April 2015

  • 22/04 Men's Teams (Bowman) (2) (New Melville 19:00)
  • 22/04 Women's Teams (Bruce Vase) (2) (Carlton 19:00)
  • 26/04 National Pairs Final (New Melville)
  • 29/04 East District AGM (Carlton 19:30)
  • 03/05 Berwick Congress (Scremerston 13:00) info
  • 31/05 Hunter Cup Swiss Teams (New Melville 13:00) info

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments 2014-15

East District League & Cup

Updated 15 April 2015

League wins score 3-0 except * 2-1
AMPs shown in brackets for league matches. Newly submitted results should appear futher down this column.

09/04 D1 Phoenix 18130 Dundas 24620 (9)
08/04 D2 Iconoclasts 13600 Linlithgow 16320 (7)
07/04 CF Carlton Camden 20420 Phoenix 18290
01/04 D3 Athenians 11510 Marmion B 6640 (12)
31/03 D1 Livingston 11420 Merchiston 15550 (9)
30/03 D2 Pentland 15420 Pied Pipers 16030 (2)*
27/03 D1 Dundas 16230 Nomads 15840 (2)*
27/03 D2 Dunfermline A 14680 Scramblers 14340 (2)*

Results | Tables | Next matches | Submit result

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Linlithgow
Div 3: Colinton Castle
Div 4: Comiston
Div 5: Berwick Bears

MacLaren Cup page, MacLaren Cup Wall Chart

Breaking results

15/04 D4 Brave Knaves 13280 Marmion A 17140
14/04 D1 Falkirk B 15290 Nomads 15200

These are results which been submitted within the past 7 days. The league tables will only reflect these results once they have been processed and appear in the main list. A more detailed log of all recent results to be submitted is available.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the East District of the Scottish Bridge Union will be held on Wednesday 29th April 2015 in the Carlton Bridge Centre, 36B Warriston Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5NE at 7.30 pm.

All members of the East District are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Please consult the full notice of AGM here

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Wednesday April 30th 2014.


Here is the Constitution of the East District as approved at the AGM in May 2011.

A list of all recent MP promotions is held on the main SBU site, as is a full list of East ranked players.

The Official History of the Scottish Bridge Union

176 pages of fascinating information and photographs for just £10. The Book will be on sale at all major SBU events. Or contact Liz McGowan or Anne Perkins to arrange collection.

The Laws of Bridge

The SBU implemented the new laws on 1st September 2008. Copies of the Laws are available from Anne Perkins at a cost of £3

Master Points Database


This season we have a new combined membership and master points database named MEMPAD. Visit it here.

MEMPAD gives every SBU member their own area where current Master point totals and rating can be seen. This information will be updated daily. In the new season clubs will submit master points on-line (only for club one-session events at first) so you will be able to see your MP totals updated relatively soon after you have played at your local club. There’s also various other information available about members, clubs and SBU competitions.

This really is an excellent system, and very easy to use. email the Master Point Secretary () and ask for a login.

Remember to quote your MasterPoint number; you can then register, update your personal details (address, telephone number, email address etc.) and change to your own personal password. Ultimate objective after successive phases — no more wee pieces of paper!

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Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.