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August Bulletin


As discussed at the AGM, the club is in the process of installing the BRIDGEMATE scoring system. This is being organised by Tony Smith and it is planned that Tony will concentrate on getting it up and running with a view to it being eventually used by the club in all regular club sessions. This will do away with the need of individual scorers and the use of travellers.

Mike Turnbull Challenge Cup - Sunday October 26, 2.00pm

This is a new pairs competition for club members in memory of Mike Turnbull whose widow Mary is donating the cup. A scoring system will be used to identify the winning pair who will hopefully be announced at the end of the afternoon and the cup presented. It is intended to make this as much a social occasion as possible and pairs wishing to take part are invited to add their names to the list on the club notice board.

Bridge Classes, Wednesday evenings (7pm) from October 1.

Cathy Cursiter will resume the second phase of the SBU course on Wednesday evenings throughout the winter. Participants who attended the first phase last winter (2013/14) are encouraged to sign up as this will complete the full SBU course.

As these classes are at intermediate level, club members who feel the need of refresher training are also welcome to sign up and should contact Cathy. The cost of the classes will be the same as last year, £50 for a block of ten classes which includes refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits).

Lanarkshire Bridge Association Knock-out Competition

The club are putting up two teams under the captaincy of Cathy Cursiter and Archie Hunter. The first round matches will be played at the Hamilton Bridge Club on Tuesday October 28, thereafter teams drawn against each other will play at a venue of their chosing.

By good fortune, Archie's team has got a bye to round 2, the only team to do so.

Other Forthcoming dates to note are:

1. September 8-14; Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship  Members may be interested in the 1-day Open Pairs. Details can be found on the dedicated website

2. October 21-22 SBU Simultaneous Pairs

3. November 10-14 ECATs Simultaneous Pairs for Children in Need (dates to be confirmed)

4. December 14 Club Christmas lunch at the Cornhill Hotel


As required by the SBU, the club has now registered with MEMPAD, a computerised data base with information on SBU districts, clubs and members including their Master Points ranking. For those who have not already done so and wish to log on to MEMPAD, send an Email to Janet Rixon at quoting your Master Points number (its the same number as your SBU membership number on your membership card). Janet will send you a temporary password and you can log on using your Master Points Number as your user name.


As discussed and agreed at our AGM on March 16, the following are the arrangements for the administration of Club Local Master Points Certificates.

  • Certificates will be awarded for all club sessions except Wednesday evenings.
  • Certificates will be sent in batches to Janet Rixon once a year for registration in the SBU Master Points scheme
  • Members who wish to administer their certificates by themselves to notify Archie Hunter so this can be arranged
  • Master Points Certificates awarded by other means (e.g. Simultaneous Pairs Competitions) will be placed in the small filing box in the club room for members to collect. Any uncollected certificates will be included in the annual batches sent to Janet Rixon.


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Biggar Bridge Club General Information
Biggar Bridge Club General Information

The purpose of the site is two fold.  Firstly to provide a convenient point of contact and information for existing members and secondly to spread the word to the larger community that Bridge is alive and well in Upper Clydesdale. 

Founded in 1997, the club has a membership of around 100 coming from Biggar and many places in surrounding areas. The club moved to the upper floor of the Biggar Business Park in June 2012, where it enjoys modern comfortable accommodation comprising a main playing room for up to 9 tables, a small side room used for small groups, classes and committee meetings plus a well equipped kitchen and toilets. 

The club runs regular weekly sessions in the evening (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and afternoon (Monday and Friday). Classes based on the Scottish Bridge Union Curriculum are held for beginners and those who want to just brush up their Bridge each year; these run from September through to April. In addition the club runs two league teams, "Biggar" and "Tinto" in the Lanarkshire Bridge Association; the teams are currently competing in the first and second divisions respectively. Other activities include participation in periodic national simultaneous pairs competitions and occasional workshops for more experienced members.

The picture shows the club's main playing room.

Dealing Machine
Dealing Machine
Apart from league matches, all hands are prepared in advance on the club's dealing machine for club sessions. The hands are prepared by a small group of volunteers and the picture shows two of  the volunteers, Carola Craise and Eleanor Weir, in action.

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Biggar Bridge Club Location

The club is located in the upstairs of the Biggar Business Park Building in the centre of  Biggar in the county of South Lanarkshire. The building is in Market Road, off Station Road. For directions, on the menu to the left please click on "Information" and then "Where and When" for a detailed map, and "How to Find Us" for detailed directions.

The club is affiliated to the Scottish Bridge Union and is a member of the West District.

1st September 2014
Director: Beth Wilson
Scorer: Beth Wilson
1st September 2014
Director: Gavin White
Scorer: Beth Wilson
28th August 2014
Biggar Bridge Club
Director: Archie Hunter
Scorer: Archie Hunter
27th August 2014
Biggar Bridge Club
Director: Roma Crone
Scorer: Archie Hunter
26th August 2014
Tuesday evening
Director: Tony
Scorer: Tony
25th August 2014
Director: Gavin White
Scorer: Beth Wilson
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