Since my last newsletter in May, we have had another Committee meeting and there are a few items to share with you and members of your Club/League team.

Website

After many years in the same format, Alan Officer has been busy upgrading our website and shortly you will find a new layout with some nice new features. It will be much easier for the committee to add news items. Once we have events to book that will now we done within the East site itself so according to Alan everything should be smooth! Our website address remains the same.

Committee matters

Bill Whyte stepped down as Vice Chairman and I’m pleased to announce that Katharine Bailey (our Bronze Convener) has taken on this role. We have also split our Education Convener post into two with Sarah Gunn in overall charge but focussing on adult education and Marina Evans looking after schools and minibridge. A complete list of Committee members with contact information can be found on our website.

AGM

This was due to take place at the end of April and Sandy Kirkwood has the accounts all good to go. However there seems little point in trying to organise this via a Zoom conference and it will take place probably sometime in 2021.

Completion of the League season

Undoubtedly this is the item that has generated the most correspondence since Lockdown commenced. I know that there is a body of opinion that we should be completing the league season by playing online matches. However the Committee is of the unanimous view that this is very unfair to teams that have players who have not – and have no wish - to play online. Given that it seems highly unlikely that we shall be back playing face-to-face bridge before the end of the year, we are proposing that we simply extend the 2019/20 season to become 2019/21. Outstanding matches – or at least those that the Committee deem to be important for promotion and relegation issues - will be played hopefully in the new year between January and the summer at which point master points will be issued.

McLaren Knock Out Cup

The final between Craigleith and Skateraw will be played beyond ‘lockdown’ at a date which is convenient to both teams.

Education

Joan Forsyth (SBU President) has been leading a group looking at the education materials the SBU has on offer. There is a course that has been developed in Perth which is a condensed course designed to be covered in 1 year. The existing SBU course is in need of a refresh, so it is being revised by Nigel Booth and David Briggs of the Melville Bridge Academy into a more up to date format which will cover the course materials for the whole 3 years. In order to be able to disseminate information, Sarah Gunn is intending compiling a list of tutors working throughout the East District. If your club has someone who leads classes, please ask them to get in touch with Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they can then be put on her mailing list.

NEBA match

The annual East District v NEBA took place online at the beginning of July. Paul Gipson has to be thanked for organising and running the event for the first time in its history in this format. The ‘A’ match was won by the NEBA team with the East team winning the ‘B’ match.
East District Online Club: This recently came into existence, but as of yet we haven’t run any tournaments – however that is about to change! The SBU has been using the income from their online tournaments to train online TDs for individual clubs and Districts. To date the following clubs are running online tournaments – Carlton, Berwick, Melville, Kelso, Tryst, Peebles, Dunbar, Marmion, Longniddry & Colinton Castle and a dozen or so people within the district have been trained to run tournaments. If anyone requires further information on this, please get in touch with me at Anne Perkins.

Once one or more of our committee members have been trained in organising and delivering tournaments online on the BBO platform, we intend to run some of our existing annual competitions online. We also plan to have some new ‘one off’ events to compensate for the lack of the district-wide league.

Our first online District tournament is likely to be the McGregor Mixed Pairs event and we are also considering holding a Bronze Swiss Pairs and a KO team event. Hopefully these will start by September.

In the meantime I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well.

Anne Perkins (East District Chairman)