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Scotland win the Lady Milne Trophy

Congratulations to the Scotland players who have won this year’s Lady Milne competition in Dublin, winning every match along the way.

  1. Scotland 82.04 VP
  2. Ireland 61.25 VP
  3. Wales 54.19 VP
  4. England 42.03 VP
  5. Republic of Ireland 40.00 VP
  6. Northern Ireland 21.16 VP

Scotland were represented by Anne Symons, Sheila Adamson, Liz McGowan, Sam Punch, Maida Grant, Sheila MacDonald and NPC Brian Short.

Tournament website at CBAI

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Falkirk Summer Teams

Falkirk Bridge Club’s Summer Open Teams of Four (for the Bridie Power & Ross Woodburn Trophy) starts on Monday 28th April at 6.45 pm for 7 pm start. The competition is then played over the summer, and the best 7 scores will count. Substitutes will be allowed for 4 of these scores. Scoring will be VPs converted to percentages.

Colinton Castle Bridge Club

Colinton Castle Bridge Club have relocated, and now meets at the Braid Hills Hotel, 134 Braid Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6JD (0131 447 8888) every Tuesday evening (19.00 to 22.30) between September and June.

To quote from their entry on the Clubs page, “Our club ethos is to offer a reasonable standard of bridge in a very friendly environment. Although not able to cater for beginners, we offer a particular welcome to players who are familiar with Rubber Bridge and would like to see if Duplicate is for them. Do contact us, and come along to try us out without commitment.”

Let’s Do Better

Law 74 — Conduct and etiquette

A2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.

There has been a lot of correspondence recently complaining about bad behaviour at the table. Unfortunately it is difficult for the powers that be to take any action after the event – both sides must be heard and the facts are difficult to establish. We need everybody to co-operate in a two-pronged attack on unpleasantness:

Let us all make an effort not to interfere with others’ enjoyment of the game:

  • Be quiet – no shouting at partner/opponents, no yelling for the Director
  • Be calm – no emotional outbursts
  • Be considerate – bad language and cutting remarks may upset opponents even when they are directed at partner
  • Be nice – if an opponent is clearly upset an apology may help, even if you feel you have done nothing wrong

The other prong requires us to be tolerant of the foibles of others: we should not have unreasonable expectations of how others should behave.

  • If someone has annoying habits try to explain that these upset you before you actually become upset – they may not realise that their behaviour is upsetting
  • Give the offender the benefit of any doubt – take the kinder view
  • Remember – no-one is ‘right’ in these situations. You cannot excuse your own bad behaviour by citing bad behaviour from someone else

A full archive of the Better Behaviour articles can be found here.

MacLaren Cup Final

The knockout cup for league teams has reached its Final Match, where Pied Pipers will play Orion. Pied Pipers have won the trophy twice before, but Orion bring a two division handicap to the table and will be aiming to lift the cup for the first time.

Dunfermline Congress

The Dunfermline Bridge Congress will be held at The Halfway House Hotel, Kingseat on Sunday 1st June 2014, with a 10:30pm start (registration from 9:30am).

Here is the congress entry form and poster.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the East District of the Scottish Bridge Union will be held on Wednesday 30th April 2014 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.

Not less than 21 days notice of such Meeting shall be given by the Secretary to each affiliated club. Clubs shall be responsible for informing their members of the date and venue of each meeting.

Nominations for the offices of chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer should be lodged with the secretary at least 7 days before the Annual General Meeting.


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 1st May 2013
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Statement of Accounts
  5. Presentation of Trophies
  6. Election of Office Bearers and Executive Committee
  7. Election of Delegates to the Scottish Bridge Union
  8. Election of Auditor
  9. Any Other Competent Business

For reference here are the minutes from the 2013 AGM.

New Melville April Congress

The New Melville Bridge Club is pleased to announce a Bridge Congress to be held at The New Melville Bridge Club, 1 Pinkhill, Edinburgh EH12 7BA, on Saturday 26th April, 2014. Play starts at 1.00 p.m.

Here is the congress brochure and entry form.

Please note that the club has changed its web address to

Berwick Congress

The 32nd Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Congress will be held at Berwick Rugby Club, Scremerston on Sunday 18th May 2014, with a 1pm start.

Here is the congress brochure and entry form.

Please note that the congress is being held two weeks later than in previous years.

Results Board

Freddie Short Quaich

Congratulations to Tony Wilkinson and Bob McPaul who lifted the Freddie Short Quaich for Senior Pairs on Saturday 5th April at the New Melville.

Results from the tournament are here.

National Pairs

The new format for the National Pairs appears to have been very successful — so much so it was necessary for all seven Districts to hold a semi-final. We have been told that the East District will supply 5 pairs to the Final on Sunday April 27th at the New Melville Bridge Club.

Here are the National Pairs semi final results.

The Top 5 pairs were Brian Short & Alan Goodman, Troy Van de l'Isle & Jake Corry, Brian Thomas & George Martin; David Brayford & Gordon Kirk, John Murdoch & Iain Sime.

Johnston/Kennedy Pairs

Here are the final results from the Johnston and Kennedy tournaments.

Jesner Pairs

Here are the revised final Jesner pairs results.

East District Leagues

With almost all matches now completed, congratulations to the Champion teams from this season’s leagues.

Special mention to Randolph, who posted a perfect 10 out of 10 victories.

As usual, promotion and relegation issues will only be confirmed once the makeup of next year’s competition is known in September.

Ranked Master Pairs

The East heat for the three ranked simultaneous pairs events for Bronze tier players took place at the Carlton on Sunday 23rd March 2014.

The Jesner heat for Masters and Senior Masters was won by Nicol Taylor & Robert Dickson tying with Catriona Gardiner & Jane Harper (both pairs on 57.50%, pictured bottom). Jesner heat results.

The Kennedy heat for registered players up to Club and Local Master level was won by Alexander Sutherland & Anne Young (63.04%, pictured, top) from Stewart Morris & David Land (56.48%) with Brydon McLafferty & Barbara Pine third on 56.02%. Kennedy heat results.

The Johnston heat for District Masters was won by Tom Bagnall & Andrew Harborow (63.69%, pictured, middle) from Dilys Gellatly & Alan Armit (53.57%). Johnston heat results.


The individual competitions form Masters and below took place at the Calton on 11th March. First in the combined heat was Bland Brown (67.08%), 2nd Jim McDowall (62.50%), 3rd Bob Williams (61.67%). Nationally scored outcome still awaited. The full heat results are on the Carlton website.

Allan Flitch

The Allan Flitch event for married couples took place on Saturday 8th March at 6pm at the New Melville. Lucia Barrett & Ian Crorie were the winners with Bron and John McWhinney runners up and Jan & Robin Sharp third (and Bronze prize winners). Full results are on the New Melville website.

National Men/Women Pairs

Liz McGowan (playing with Sam Punch) won the Women’s National Pairs in Perth on 1st March. The Men’s event was won by Roy Bennett & David Liggat.

Cowan Cup

Congratulations to Liz McGowan & John Matheson who won the Cowan Cup at the New Melville on Sunday 23 February, with a score of 64.06%. Runners up were Mike Ash & Alan Goodman (63.91%) and Iain Sime & John Murdoch third with 61.72%

Here are the full results from the Cowan Cup Final.

The Silver prize was won by Ron McCarron & Jack Edgar (52.34%). The Bronze award was won by Jan & Robin Sharp (49.06%).

Older Results

Details from earlier in the season.

Coming Soon

Today is Thursday 24 April 2014

  • 26/04 Melville Bridge Congress (Melville 13:00)>
  • 30/04 East District AGM (Carlton 19:30)
  • 18/05 Berwick Bridge Congress (Scremerston 13:00)>
  • 01/06 Dunfermline BC Congress (Dunfermline 10:30)
  • 08/06 Hunter Cup (Carlton 13:00)
  • 08/06 Kelso BC Congress (Kelso)

Full district (and other) calendars

ED Tournaments

District League & Cup

Updated 22 April 2014

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 49ers 17780 Nomads 16470 (4)
27/03 D1 Falkirk B 14430 Merchiston 14310 (1)*
26/03 D2 Dunfermline A 12240 Linlithgow 13390 (5)
26/03 D4 Acolytes 13070 Gullane 12540 (3)
24/03 D1 Berwick A 22560 Scramblers 22510 (1)*
24/03 D2 Skateraw 13600 Falcon 10980 (8)
20/03 D1 Grosvenor Aces 14260 Craigleith 16940 (7)
20/03 D4 Longniddry Bees 14280 Carlton Camden 16080 (5)

Results | Tables | Next matches | Submit result

Current League Leaders:
Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Phoenix
Div 3: Pentland
Div 4: West Calder
Div 5: Randolph

MacLaren Cup page, MacLaren Cup Wall Chart

Breaking results

These are results which been submitted within the past 3 days. The league tables will only reflect these results once they have been processed and appear in the main list.

Atholl Cup

  • 17/05 Goodman v Sime (final)
  • TBA Wiseman v Williams (plate final)
  • 06/04 Sime beat McQuaker
  • 06/04 Wiseman w/o Barr (Plate)

Follow the action on the Atholl Cup and Atholl Plate Wall Charts.

All the Atholl Cup news.


Committee Meetings


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!

Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship

The SBU is hosting the 4th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship in September 2014.

More details.

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Design & updates for East District by Alan Officer.