Spade Heart  Diamond Club
Carlton Bridge Club
News and Recent Updates

You may have noticed a general tidying of web news items with older and out of date material disappearing. 

If you have any ideas pertinent to our web site or new material please send an email to


As an example something we might do see the News article "Defence Discussion Group" which proposes setting up such a group providing there is interest.


Recent Updates
News Page
23rd May 2018 16:26 BST
News and Recent Updates
23rd May 2018 16:23 BST
Home Page
14th May 2018 12:47 BST
Min Thomas
13th May 2018 18:10 BST
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2018
Membership Application Form

Click here to download form.

News Page

This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Carlton V Melville Match 2018

Carlton v Melville 2018 

A comfortable win for our opponents which was a reversal of fortune from last year 

Carlton Team best performers were

Liz McGowan & David Liggat NS +3770

Ian McCaulay & Hazel Brown NS +2430

June Morrison & Pam Mackie EW   -410

Cartiona Gardiner & Andrzej Judycki EW -1070


Last updated : 23rd May 2018 16:26 BST
Defence Discussion Group - any takers

I am thinking of forming a Defence Discussion Group.

I will set the agenda and lead the group.

I have a number of presentations in preparation under a general title of ‘Elements of Defence for Sophisticated People’.

The hope is to help people structure their thoughts in a difficult and mostly neglected area of the game of Bridge.


I have no wish to discourage novices but you will need to be comfortable with the game to prevent information overload.


I prefer to issue material well in advance of any actual presentation.

The hope is to eventually have a catalogue of cohesive material that people might read on their own should they choose.


The start point I have entitled


How to avoid psuedo-squeezes (as declarer chases an important extra trick or two)


- which may seem a non-standard introduction point but as you will find other titles might be equally appropriate.


If there is any interest in the group please contact me (Geoff Bailey)

Last updated : 23rd May 2018 16:05 BST
Wendy Gray 2018

Winners are: 

Catriona Gardner & Kenny Hunter; Dilys Gellatly & Nicol Taylor

Last updated : 9th May 2018 15:25 BST
Strathpeffer Winners
Strathpeffer Winners

Congratulations to Irene Sime and David Kaye for winning the Pairs Trophy at the Strathpeffer Congress 2018

Last updated : 4th May 2018 15:09 BST
Porteous Cup 2018
Porteous Cup 2018

Porteous Cup

Congratulations to Derrick Peden, Malcolm McCardle, Veronica Guy, Peter Moss and Keith Youngs for winning the Porteous Cup.

Click Here for the overall results.

Last updated : 3rd May 2018 13:37 BST
Cowan Cup
Cowan Cup

Cowan Cup

Congratulations to Derrick Peden and Malcolm McCardle for winning the East District Pairs.

Last updated : 3rd May 2018 13:35 BST
Dennis Wallace

Congratulations to Louise Kennedy, winner of this year's Dennis Wallace Trophy.

Click here for full results.

Last updated : 3rd May 2018 13:29 BST
Club Club Winners

Club Cup

Congratulations to Derrick Peden and Malcolm McCardle who won the Club Cup.

Congratulations also to the winners of the Handicap (Harry Stein Cup) Kenneth Latham and Eoin Rutter.


Last updated : 3rd May 2018 13:21 BST
Children in Need

The total raised from the Children in Need charity simultaneous event was an enormous £74,173.35!

The total raised over the years has now reached £956,122.84 and the team at ECats would like to thank the Carlton for our participation. They hope to hit the £1 million mark this year.

♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣   ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠  ♣  ♠ ♣ ♣  ♠  ♣  

Last updated : 13th Mar 2018 11:33 GMT
Bridge Classes

New Year – New Skill – New Friends

Make 2018 the year you learn to play Bridge. At the Carlton we offer lessons at all levels in custom built premises. Bridge is a great game which keeps the brain alert and can improve health and wellbeing.

Whether you have no card skills or have a little experience, you will be welcome to join the Beginner’s Class where you will be supported at all times

Classes start on Wednesday 10 January at 13:30

Contact  552 3122 or

Last updated : 6th Feb 2018 16:14 GMT
Harrower 2017
Harrower 2017

Congratulations to the Merchistonians, Alison & William Littleboy,  Norma & Alec Kerr who won the Harrower Cup with a total of 111 VPs.  Susan Gilchrist and Pam Martis also played for the team.

Flat Hands, Norman & Mary Stewart, Frances Kay, Billy McGee and Geraldine Marshall were second with a creditable 95 VPs.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2018 16:14 GMT
Personal Analysis on the Web Site

You can get a graph of your scores at the club with different partners and over different periods in Personal Analysis.  It is a sub-menu in Results Calendar, click here.  Select your name to see your scores.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2018 16:09 GMT
2017 Carlton Congress Winners
2017 Carlton Congress Winners

Congratulations to Jeff Bond and Jim Sharp who won the pairs at the congress - we now have a picture of the victors!

Last updated : 20th Dec 2017 22:14 GMT
Carlton Members are East District Winners
Carlton Members are East District Winners

Congratulations to Elizabeth Peckham who won the East Swiss Pairs on Sunday with Andrew Harborow.

Cogratulations to Catherine Hepburn & Margaret Ross who won the East District Sims.  

Last updated : 3rd Dec 2017 15:04 GMT
September Newsletter

Click here to see the latest club Newsletter.  

Last updated : 23rd Oct 2017 12:05 BST
Grenfell Tower Fire Pairs - Note from the Organisers

Fellow bridge players

I am pleased to inform you that the Grenfell Sim Pairs run during August raised a total of £7066.80 which will be donated to Grenfell Tower appeal as part of the charity “The London Community Foundation” (Registered Charity No. 1091263) which has been set up to directly help the victims of the fire.

I am humbled by the amount of money raised. The idea for this sim pairs was from David Spalding of the ABC(Cymru) Bridge Club (in Menai Bridge, Anglesey) who was distressed to see this tragedy unfolding in London.

I am deeply indebted to the clubs who took part in this sim and would like to thank both David Spaulding for his support in this and also Anna Gudge of ECats  for her hard work in making all this possible. I would also like to thank all the players who took part and I hope by this contribution we can in some way help the victims and their families

Paddy Murphy

(Chairman North Wales Bridge Association)

Last updated : 23rd Oct 2017 12:04 BST
Russell Cup 2017 Results

Congratulations to Brian Short  - this year's winner of the Russell Cup.  Congratulations also go to Christine Walker who won the handicap competition.  The final results and the prize money list are here

Last updated : 26th Sep 2017 22:37 BST
Clarendon Bowl Winners
Clarendon Bowl Winners

The Clarendon Bowl is an invitational event run by Dundee Bridge Club for the winners of Club team Championships.

Congratulations to the Carlton team of Roy Bennett, Harry Smith, Derrick Peden, and Liz McGowan who won the event this year with 154 VP out of a possible 220, just ahead of Aberdeen Phoenix on 153.

The holders are usually invited to the event the following year, so the Carlton may get two teams next year.

Last updated : 8th Sep 2017 05:38 BST
AGM 2017 Prize Winnners
  • Club Cup Mike Young
  • Dennis Wallace and McKenzie Dougie Kemp
  • Min Thomas Catriona Gardiner
  • Porteous Handicap Heather Peter Braid
  • Sutherland Quaich Maurice Brady
  • Wendy Gray David Kaye Irene Sime Michael Baron
Last updated : 14th Aug 2017 10:33 BST
Carlton Members do well at Kelso Congress

Congratulations to Dilys Gellatly & Derrick Peden who won the pairs and Iain Ross, Margaret Ross, and Jim Wilkinson, (playing with Willie Wilkinson) who won the teams.  

Last updated : 12th Jul 2017 20:48 BST
Carlton v Melville Match May 2017

This years match was won by the Carlton with a score of 7870.  The highest scores for each club and orientation were:

Carlton: N/S Ron Mccarron & Jack Edgar; E/W Elizabeth Peckham and Geoff Bailey

Melville: N/S Julia Palmer and Laura Middleton; E/W Iain Sime and Fiona McQuaker

Last updated : 27th May 2017 15:17 BST
Wendy Gray 2017 Winners

Congratulations to Irene Sime, Jane Stephenson, Julie Palmer, David Kaye and Michael Baron this year's winnners.

Congratulations to Hazel Brown, Norma Kerr, Janet Appleton & Clare Douglas who won the Bronze Prize

Last updated : 29th Apr 2017 16:55 BST
Dennis Wallace 2017

Congratulations to Dougie Kemp this year's winner of the Dennis Wallace Trophy.

This trophy is awarded to the member who wins the most master points in the first ten Thursdays of the year.

Last updated : 14th Apr 2017 17:48 BST
Bill Brown 2017

Congratulations to David Kaye and Irene Sime who are the winners of the Bill Brown Senior Pairs.

Last updated : 14th Apr 2017 17:47 BST
Wendy Gray - Thursdays 6th & 14th April

The Wendy Gray is the club teams tournament that only players ranked Life Master and lower can participate. 

Last updated : 8th Apr 2017 14:05 BST
Wilma Thomson

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Wilma Thomson. Wilma was a member of the Carlton for over 20 years and played mainly in the afternoons. Her funeral service will be in Lorimer Chapel at Warriston Crematorium on Saturday 4 March at 12 noon 

Last updated : 10th Mar 2017 11:15 GMT
Thea Teale

Thea Teale is a much missed Carlton member.  She left a generaous legacy to the SBU.  Click here for more information.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2016 23:02 GMT
Mini Bridge in Schools

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.

You only need a little bridge experience and lots of enthusiasm. 

Please send an email to June Morrison ( or phone 0131 339 5189 if you are interested in becoming involved. If you have a preferred school then add these details. 

Last updated : 16th Apr 2015 10:59 BST
Andrew Robson OBE

Andrew Robson, a top English player and teacher and the bridge correspondent of the Times, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.  He commented:

"Dear Fellow Bridge Players, I would like to say how excited I am to receive this award, which I do on behalf of all Bridge players, whether a serious tournament player a beginner or social player. I hope that in its small way, the award will help to further advance the profile of the game we all love. Happy New Year and thank you."

More information at
Last updated : 6th Jul 2013 03:48 BST
Message from Australia addressed to Woman Bridge Players

Hello from Australia,

 I have written a bridge book for women...ISBN 978-0-646-59165-0; Free Range Bridge Not For Chickens.

Very few women have written bridge books; a mere handful worldwide ever!

As the name suggests it is a bit different (but so are women).  Itís time women started writing books that are appropriate for them, and sharing some of their ideas.

 I have written it specifically for women at intermediate or advanced level who are interested in becoming more aggressive at the table, and also using their feminine skills of craft and multi-tasking more effectively.

 I also address a clean up of ethics and body language, so that more serious bridge can be considered.

 My book is a frolic; itís feisty, controversial and a ďfunĒ read, whilst full of juicy tips and useful info.

 I have just printed the 2nd Edition.

 Ebooks and kindles (both $10) can be purchased, along with hard copies, from my website with MC or Visa (go in via Pay need to have a PP account).

 Would you mind pinning up my attached flyer at your club. My book makes a perfect Xmas present @ $16 plus $7 postage, but much cheaper if 2+.

 Kind regards

Mary Lynch
Ph. 0430895799
Free Range Bridge Not For Chickens

Last updated : 26th Nov 2012 16:34 GMT
We have an author in our midst

Margaret Forrester has just published a new story book for children, "Mac's Christmas Star".  It is aimed at 3 to 9 year olds and would make an excellent addition to the Xmas stocking.  The book retails at £5.99 but she is making it available to Carlton members for £5.50. to take advantage of this offer, pick up a flyer at the club or ask at counter.  More info at

Margaret Forrester; Illustrated by Sandra Klaassen - Mac's Christmas Star


Last updated : 23rd Oct 2012 11:30 BST