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October Bulletin


This new competition is being run as a social occasion with home-baked nibbles and bubbly at the end of the competition to toast the winning pair who will be presented with the cup by Mike's widow, Mary. The normal table charge is being waived.

We have had a good response, but there is still time for pairs wishing to take part by adding their names to the list on the notice board in the club room.


As discussed at the AGM, the club is in the process of installing the BRIDGEMATE scoring system. This is being organised by Tony Smith. Tony has already got the system up and running successfully on Tuesday evenings and it is planned to roll it out to all regular club sessions. The system, although technologically complex, is very simple to set up and run and takes about ten minutes at the start of a session to enter players SBU numbers and names. Tony is in the process of training potential operators and if anyone is interested in becoming an operator (ideally we need two operators for each regular session) would they please contact Tony.

BRIDGEMATE has several distinct advantages over the current traditional way of travellers and scoring:

  • Easy to use
  • No need for travellers and scorers
  • Results are produced immediately at the end of competitions


As no classes are being run till the New Year, it is proposed to run two workshops for club members in October and November (dates to be deciuded) on two of the following topics:

  • Weak twos
  • Defending no trump
  • Slam bidding

Anyone interested in attending any of the workshops are invited to put their name on the list which will shortly be up on the notice board.

Forthcoming dates to note are:


1. Tuesday October 21 - SBU Simultaneous Pairs

2. Monday/Tuesday 3/4 November

SBU West District Congress for beginners and improvers at the Seamill Hydro Hotel. Details on the notice board.

2. Monday November 10 and Thursday November 13

ECATs Simultaneous Pairs for Children in Need

3. December 14 Club 12.00 for 12.30

Christmas lunch at the Cornhill Hotel. The menu will be put up on the notice board.


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.

22nd October 2014
Director: Roma Crone
Scorer: Ruth Bryden
21st October 2014
Director: Tony Smith
Scorer: Tony Smith
21st October 2014
Director: Gavin White
Scorer: Beth Wilson
20th October 2014
Director: Beth Wilson
Scorer: Archie Hunter
17th October 2014
Director: Mary Alessi
Scorer: Beth Wilson
16th October 2014
Director: Wallace Leadbitter
Scorer: Archie Hunter
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