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Welcome to Carlton Bridge Club

At the Carlton, we pride ourselves on welcoming all levels of players. Visitors can join any of our Tournaments and we will try to find a partner if needed. Our custom-built bridge Centre provides excellent playing and teaching facilities. Tournaments are scored using interactive technology and results are displayed promptly. We are pleased to offer our catering team, Westmains Catering who will be providing a range of soups, sandwiches and amazing baked goods as well as the normal range of teas, coffees, soft drinks and a selection of alcoholic drinks.

We are located just to the North of Edinburgh city centre.

Details of the regular tournaments are available here.  We offer classes on five days each week - details here.  

Wednesday 11th December

Please remember there is no Bronze tournament or Year 1 class on Wednesday 11th December as the club is closed to allow for Christmas Party setup.

The final Bronze tournament and Year 1 class this year will be Wednesday 18th December. 


Christmas Party Charity

Our Charity for the Christmas party will be

"The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian"

Mission Statement of the MS Centre: To deliver coordinated, holistic and person - centred support services and therapies to people living with MS and other neurological conditions assisting them in making informed decisions about their lives.

One of the Club’s members writes: I live with a progressive form of MS, diagnosed 26 years ago, and have attended the MS Therapy Centre for around 15 years. The Centre is a small local grassroots charity and the therapies provided offer me the chance to take some control in alleviating my symptoms and trying to manage a very unpredictable condition. The mutual peer support is also hugely beneficial, both with those living with MS as well as those with other long term conditions who also benefit from the therapies. Life would undoubtedly be a lot tougher without it.


A raffle will be held at the Christmas party to raise funds for this charity. Please can members donate prizes for the raffle and give them to Andrew. Raffle tickets will be on sale from Wednesday the 27th of November.


The website can be found HERE


Christmas Party
Christmas Party

Christmas Party

Wednesday 11th December 2019 - 6pm onwards

Our Christmas Party tickets are now on sale, they cost £25 each and can be bought from Andrew. On nights when Andrew is not in the Club (Wednesday and Friday) they can be bought from the bar. If you have any allergies or dietary preferences, please let us know when you buy your ticket. There will be a charity raffle and all donations will be gratefully accepted. We have standby players so even if you don't have a partner please come along and you will get a game.

Carlton Bridge Club Christmas Party Menu

Upon arrival there will be a selection of Canapés and a glass of Prosecco. There will be a selection of white, red wine and soft drinks available throughout the night.

Hot Dishes

Seafood Pancakes with Herb & Cream Sauce

Chicken, Mushroom & Pancetta with Madeira & Cream Sauce & Rice

Assorted Warm Vegetarian Quiches (v)

Cold Buffet

Baked Dressed Ham

Coronation Chicken

Smoked Salmon

Vegetarian Tortilla (v)

Assorted Breads & Butter


Beetroot, Mint & Feta (v)

Bulgur Wheat with Seeds/Nuts (v)

Orzo Pasta & Seafood

Potato Salad (v)

Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Salad (v)

Jewelled Cous Cous (v)

Green Salad (v)


White Chocolate & Baileys Cheesecakes

Anglo - Italian Trifles

Chocolate Roulade

Honeycomb Mousse

Warm Mince Pies with Christmas Cream

Cheeseboard (Served with grapes, chutney, celery & a selection of cheese biscuits)

Coffee / Tea served with Mint Thins & Turkish Delight Thins

and Christmas Cake

2019 Masterclasses

2019 Masterclasses 

Monday 11th Nov has been CANCELLED. Please see below for the updated lesson topic.

A series of Masterclasses will be held for experienced players who wish to review and refine their systems.

These will be free, although there will be a collection for a local charity. As numbers are restricted please sign up for these classes either at the Club (there is a sign up sheet on the notice board) or by emailing Andrew, Club Manager at:

Classes will run from 11.30am to 12.45am in Room 2.

Date 2019



Thursday 24th Oct

Liz McGowan 

Slam bidding, Cue Bids, Splinters, 2NT as strong raise, RKCB

Monday 28th Oct

Liz McGowan

UPDATED: Slam Bidding 2 and Splinters

Thursday 7th Nov

Derrick Peden

UPDATED: Checkback

Monday 11th Nov

CANCELLED. Due to the Aviemore Congress this session has had to be cancelled. We will run this class in the New Year. Dates to follow soon.

Thursday 21st Nov

Derrick Peden

Weak NT – extended bidding

Monday 25th Nov

Geoff Bailey

Long suits and overtricks

Monday 2nd Dec

Liz McGowan 

Takeout doubles and responses

Thursday 12th Dec

Derrick Peden

5 card spade suit system


Whats on at the Carlton (Jan)

Dennis Wallace Cup

On Thursday 9th January at 7pm the competition begins. This competition's trophy is awarded to the member who wins most master points on the first ten available Thursdays of each calendar year.

The Sutherland Quaich

The Sutherland Quaich will now be held on Friday 17th January. There is a signup sheet on the noticeboard in the club. We encourage anyone interested to sign up.

Winter Swiss Teams

On Sunday 19th January is the SBU Winter Swiss Teams. Registration starts at 11am. For more information please see the SBU's website.

District Final of National Pairs

On Sunday 26th January is the East District Final of the National Pairs. Registration starts at 12pm. For more information please see the East District's website.

Club Cup

The third heat of the club cup is Monday 27th January. The best three results with the same partner determines the winners. There is a handicap prize for less experienced players. 

Harrower Cup

Harrower Cup

What is the Harrower Cup? 

The Harrower Cup is a team’s competition for lower ranking club members, 

Teams are made up of 4 Carlton members (District Master or below) with up to 6 members per team allowed. 

Teams play in 24 board matches between each team. The team with highest VP total wins.  

When is it played?

The Harrower Cup is played every other Tuesday starting in October. The exact dates are 1/10/2019, 15/10/2019, 29/10/2019, 19/11/2019 and 10/12/2019.

All matches must be played by the last Tuesday of the competition. There will be no Bronze event on nights the Harrower runs.

How do I sign up?

There is a sign-up sheet on the clubs notice board. Alternatively, you can email Andrew at and he will happily sign you up if you can’t make it into the club.

If you are having problems finding a team there is a second sign-up sheet in the club for members looking for a team

Learn as you Play

Learn as you Play

Just finished lessons and not sure how to continue? Want some specific revision with hands to play and practice? Want some help with bidding and/or play and a note of suggested bidding?

If so, Thursday afternoons at 1.30pm is the place to come!

Each lesson will have a theme, followed by a series of hands to play on this theme. You can have as much or little help as you wish, and you will always get suggested bidding sequences as well as a hand record of the cards in each deal.

Topics for the next week are:

Thursday 12 December – Christmas Tournament

This class will run in conjunction with Margo’s second year group. Cost is £5 or £3.50 for members.

Come regularly or just for particular lessons.

Disabled Parking Wheelchair Users UPDATE

Disabled Parking – Wheelchair Users

The Board has decided to designate the space nearest the kitchen as a parking space for members who require a wheelchair to access the club.

To reserve the space please contact the Club Manager who will use a traffic-cone to reserve it. Andrew is very happy to give out his mobile number, please ask him in the club if you need it.  When not required the space will be available to all members.

The Club control the space and therefore are not liable to follow the rules and regulations of Edinburgh City Council Blue Badge holders.

Wednesday Evening Tournament

Wednesday Evening Tournament


The summer accumulator has drawn to a close. Starting on Wednesday 4 September, the tournament will be run with aggregate scoring

Why aggregate?

In aggregate bridge the most important feature is to make your contract. The overtrick(s) are not of paramount importance, unlike match pointed play. Aggregate scoring is the format used for League Team matches.

You score each board at your table in the normal way. At the end of the evening, all your scores are added together, both plus and minus scores, to give you a simple total. Only the total counts, rather than the score on each individual board.

This total is compared with everyone else playing in your direction and the highest score wins. There are two winners, one North-South and one East-West.

If there are two or more Bronze 1 or Bronze 2 pairs, there will be a prize for the highest placed Bronze 1/2 players.

There will always be a standby pair available, so there will never be a half table.

So, please come along, practise for your League team matches, or just take part in a traditionally enjoyable form of bridge.

This format will be the same until at least Christmas time.

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.

Car Park

Members are kindly reminded to adhere to the speed limit when driving into the premises and respect the parking restrictions when using the car park.


Is available in Warriston Gardens [meter parking until 17:30 then free] and in Ferry Road [free]

Afternoon Start Times

Afternoon tournaments will start at 13:15.

Please be seated by 13:00. The director may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive late.

Please remember that the Tuesday Bronze tournament starts at 6:45pm and you should be seated by 6:30pm.

Please phone the Club if there are traffic problems.

Fire Assembly Point

All Club users should be aware that if the fire alarm sounds they should leave the building and go to the the Assembly Point signed at the bottom right hand corner (as you leave) of the car park.  

Contact Us

Telephone: 0131 552 3122

Duncan Cursiter

Carolyn Dempsie

Maurice Brady

Info on Lessons etc

Web queries

Andrew Bailey

Master Points Inquiries

Catering Inquires

Any other queries

2019 Classes

Please find the link for the online 2019 classes application form HERE. Alternatively you can pick up a paper application in the club on the noticeboard.

Membership Application Form

Click here to download form.

Friday Evening MPP
Thursday Afternoon
Celtic Sims
Wednesday Bronze 1-2
Tuesday Bronze
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Fri 6th Dec 2019
Friday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Mon 9th Dec 2019
Monday Afternoon
Rm 1 13.15
Mon 9th Dec 2019
Monday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Tue 10th Dec 2019
Harrower Cup 6 of 6
Rm 1 18.45
Wed 11th Dec 2019
Christmas Party
Rm 1 18.00
Thu 12th Dec 2019
Thursday Afternoon
Rm 1 13.15
Thu 12th Dec 2019
Thursday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Fri 13th Dec 2019
Friday Evening
Rm 1 19.00
Mon 16th Dec 2019
Monday Afternoon
Rm 1 13.15
Tue 17th Dec 2019
Tuesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 18.45
Wed 18th Dec 2019
Wednesday Bronze 1/2
Rm 1 13.15
Wed 18th Dec 2019
Wednesday Evening
Rm 1 19.00