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Kennedy heats

There are heats of this being held at the Carlton on Weds 25th March at 1.30pm and the Melville on Thurs 26th March at 7.00pm – any Novices, Club Masters or Local Masters are welcome to go along and join in either of these heats – national points awarded and top 14 or 16 scores from all heats invited to play in Final on Sunday April 26th at the Melville.

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Over Sixty?

This is followed on Friday 10th April by our Senior Pairs event, for the Freddie Short Quaich. There will be 2 sessions starting at 2.00pm at Melville BC. The competition is open to anyone who had their 60th birthday before January 1st 2015.

Entry fee is £20/pair (includes table money). Entries to Liz McGowan on 0131 667 2432 or .


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 .


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 .

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.

International lineups

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

Scotland will be represented at Camrose weekend 2 in Belfast by Iain Sime & John Matheson, Phil Stevens & Frazer Morgan, Phil Morrison & Jun Nakamaru-Pinder, with Sandy Duncan as NPC.

Good luck to both teams!

MacLaren Cup

The MacLaren Cup Knock Out is now reaching its final stages with just four teams left standing.

The final will be contested between Carlton Camden and either Phoenix and Marmion B, date tbc.

Good luck to all the teams.

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 Archie Leith, now a Senior Life Master, Lucia Barrett (now a Life Master, and gold 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.

Better Behaviour at Bridge

February edition of Better Behaviour at Bridge is out! Please see Don’t Abuse the Bidding Box!

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Atholl Cup latest

Yvonne Wiseman will play Iain Sime in the final, Iain having defeated Harry Smith.

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.


Last weekend saw the closing Camrose weekend with Scotland turning to perhaps our youngest ever team, as Phil Morrison and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder made their débuts in the event, joining Iain Sime & John Matheson and Frazer Morgan & Philip Stephens who played in January. Scotland started and finished fourth, some way behind Wales, Ireland, and England.

The Scots recorded wins against both Northern Ireland teams and Wales, but lost heavily to England and the Republic of Ireland to deny them any chance of climbing the leaderboard. The team scored 4 VP more than the January weekend and against stronger opponents, but the final table shows that there is still plenty of improvement possible for our Open team.

News from the Borders

The Borders Association ran their Teams of 4 Competition at Jedburgh on Sunday 1st March. Seven teams took part, 2 Berwick Teams coming out on top, and a Kelso/Jedburgh team 3rd. Here are the results.

No Fear and Next Step Pairs

Congratulations to Arnott and Heather Kidd (right), winners of the No Fear pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with a big score of 70.83%. Runners up were Gordon Philip and Tierna Browne (left, 54.76%). Full No Fear results on the Carlton website.

Congratulations to Nicola Dean and Fiona McElhinney (right), winners of the Next Step pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with 61.01%. Runners up were Norma Kerr and Clare Douglas (left, 58.63%). Full Next Step results on the Carlton website.

Older Results

Details from last season.

Coming Soon in the East District

Today is Sunday 29 March 2015

  • 10/04 Freddie Short Quaich (Senior Pairs) (New Melville 14:00) info
  • 15/04 Men's Teams (Bowman) (1) (New Melville 19:00) info
  • 15/04 Women's Teams (Bruce Vase) (1) (Carlton 19:00) info
  • 19/04 New Melville BC 1 Day Congress (New Melville 13:00)
  • 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)

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments 2014-15

East District League & Cup

Updated 28 March 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.

27/03 D1 Dundas 16230 Nomads 15840 (2)*
27/03 D2 Dunfermline A 14680 Scramblers 14340 (2)*
26/03 D3 Dunfermline B 14080 Peebles A 14930 (3)
26/03 D4 Marmion A 12670 Acolytes 13280 (3)
26/03 D5 Optimists 16000 Warriston 11400 (10)
26/03 CS Phoenix 16120 Marmion B 12790
25/03 D2 Berwick A 10650 Linlithgow 12020 (6)
24/03 D1 Falkirk A 15660 49ers 15590 (1)*

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

27/03 D1 Dundas 16230 Nomads 15840
27/03 D2 Dunfermline A 14680 Scramblers 14340
26/03 D3 Dunfermline B 14080 Peebles A 14930
27/03 D5 Optimists 16000 Warriston 11400
26/03 D4 Marmion A 12670 Acolytes 13280
27/03 CUP Phoenix 16120 Marmion B 12790

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.



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.