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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".

2020 Mull Pairs Winners

A very big congratulations to Elizabeth Peckham and Linda Delworth for winning the Pairs competition at the Mull Congress.

2020 Mull Pairs Winners
ED Bronze Team Heat Results

For section A results please click HERE.

For section B results please click HERE.

As this is a qualifying heat, qualifiers will be notified once results from all districts are known. For details of the final please see the SBU website.

Cowan Cup Final Results

For the final results please click HERE

Porteous Cup Results

A big congratulations to Derrick Pedan, Keith Youngs, Veronica Guy and Peter Moss for coming first in the Porteous Cup with 127 VPs.

In second place we have Catriona Gardiner, Linda Delworth, Neil Macpherson and Geoff Bailey with 89 VP's.

In third place we have David Kaye, Mike Baron, Irene Sime, Robert Gatliff and Jane Stephenson with 84 VP's.


Carlton members selected to represent Scotland

We are very happy to annouce that several of our Club members have been selected to represent Scotland this year.


Derrick Peden is playing at the 2020 Senior home internationals in Camrose, Gormanston, Rep of Ireland on the 15th -17 May, making his debut with partner Jim Hay.


Liz McGowan is playing at the 2020 Lady Milne on the 17th - 19th April in Coventry and European Ladies Teams Championships in Funchal, Madeira on the 20th - 28th June. She is playing with Fiona McQuaker.


Derek Sanders is playing the 2020 European Open teams Championships in Madeira on the 17th -28th June. He is playing with Alex Adamson.


All these events are available to watch live via Bridgebase Online.

Our Supported Charity

Our Charity for 2020 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.


The Christmas Raffle raised an amazing £524.13 for this very good cause. We will have a collection tin at the bar for the coming year and plan to have other fundraising events in 2020. 


The website can be found HERE


The Sutherland Quaich Results
The Sutherland Quaich Results

A big congratulations to Maurice Brady, Sandra Watson, Judith Smeaton and Dorothy Middleton who won the Sutherland Quaich with 88 VP's. 

In second place we have Linda Delworth, Clemmie Davidson, Kate Maxwell and Nicola Gray with 81 VP's.

In third place we have Heather Braid, Mary Stewart, Billy Mcgee and Frances Kay with 79 VP's.

Melville Christmas Congress

Congratulations to Carlton members Mike Baron and Veronica Guy who won the Melville Christmas Congress on Saturday 28th December.

 Harrower Cup Results

Congratulations to the No Fearties, Andrew Macleod (captain), John Pottinger, Alec Brown, John Sneddon and Polly Purvis, who retained the Harrower trophy with a decisive 71 VPs.

In a closely fought battle for the places, Bumpy Hands (captain Frances Kay) were second, just ahead of the Muppets (captain Marilyn McDonagh) who were third.

 Harrower Cup Results
2019 Christmas Party Pictures
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Children in Need SIMS

Children in Need SIMS

The Children in Need Sims was very successful raising an amazing £259 for needy children.

The winners of the raffle are as follows:

1st place: Hazel Kerr winning two bottles of red wine.

2nd place: Irene Sime winning the bottle of Prosecco.

3rd place: Pamela Wright winning the cheese hamper.

We would like to thank Jane for organising the raffle and Elizabeth for running the tournament.

The results for todays sims will be uploaded on 15/11.



On the very day when we had a Joint Management meeting with Goldenacre Bowling Club, some Wednesday afternoon players appear to have parked in spaces designated for GBC members. You may not agree with the regulations, but GBC need these spaces for occasional meetings.

If we continue to ignore the signage, we will almost certainly lose all the spaces at the front. So PLEASE do not park in GBC spaces. It should be noted that the space on the right hand side of the entry door is also a GBC space.

Duncan Cursiter


Halloween Party Pictures
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  • Halloween 3
  • Halloween 4
  • Halloween 5

A selection of pictures from the Halloween Party.

Carlton Congress Winners

A big congratulations to Sara Duncan and Tim Mckay for winning the Congress Pairs with a score of 64.33% and to Derrick Peden, Lucia Barrett, Veronica Guy & Rona Moss for winning the Congress Swiss Teams with a score of 61 VP.





2019 Congress Team Winners
Club/2019 Congress Pairs Winners
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New Chairman's Address

The new Board had its first meeting on Thursday 15th of August and elected Duncan Cursiter as the new Chair of the Board.

Some early thoughts from the new Board

Six of last year’s Board have just ‘retired’. Along with the four members who are continuing they have worked hard, particularly over the last six rather difficult months. On top of that, the AGM did not prove to be plain sailing either. The whole club should be grateful to them for their efforts at getting us to the current position.

Edinburgh needs two fully functioning major bridge clubs which need not be completely similar. The Carlton Bridge Club has always had a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the new Board is keen to try and increase the number of members, especially for the evening tournaments. This is probably the most challenging task and cannot be achieved overnight.

In addition the Board must attempt to

    • Encourage more students to attend classes.
    • Provide a pathway for improvers to practise what they have learnt in a non threatening atmosphere with advice and help.
    • Continue to develop Bronze tournaments, with a view to encouraging progression into full club tournaments.

All of this requires the help of club members. If you have views on how to help us achieve any or all of these aims, please let a Board member know your thoughts. With the assistance, cooperation and regular attendance of club members the Board is confident that the Carlton Bridge Club can continue to thrive.

Duncan Cursiter


Accumulator Final Results

The summer accumulator has finished. The final results are below.

For the full document please click here and for the abridged results please click here.

The top three results are as follows:


1st Place: Bill Brown

(Best 8 Results: 53.45, 51.00, 62.50, 52.38, 54.63, 67.50, 49.74, 60.42)


(Limit-Cap:     53.45, 49.00, 62.50, 50.38, 54.63, 67.50, 47.74, 60.42)

=445.62 / 8 = 55.70%

(Rank-H/Cap: 63.45, 59.00, 67.50, 60.38, 64.63, 77.50, 57.74, 70.42)

= 520.62/8    = (65.70%)

2nd Place: Norman Stewart

(Best 8 Results: 52.5, 57.5, 53.7, 50.6, 52.0, 60.19, 55.0, 48.96 = 430.45)


(Limit-Cap:     52.5, 57.5, 53.7, 50.6, 52.0, 60.19, 55.0, 46.96)

=428.45 / 8 = 53.56%

(Rank-H/Cap:  62.5, 67.5, 63.7, 60.6, 62.0, 70.19, 65.0, 56.96)

= 508.45/8    = (64.18%)

3rd Place: Peter &Heather Braid

(Best 8 Results: 65.63, 66.07, 59.38, 62.5, 62.5, 59.04, 75.0, 69.79= 519.91)

= 64.99%

(Limit-Cap:     65.63, 66.07, 57.38, 60.5, 60.5, 57.04, 75.0, 69.79)

=511.91 /8= 63.99%

(Rank-H/Cap:  65.63, 66.07, 57.38, 60.5, 60.5, 57.04, 75.0, 69.79)

=511.91 /8= (63.99%)


  1. Each Game result above 4 games with the same partner incurs a -2% Handicap. This after sorting into descending result order.
  2. For each Game result, there is an additional Ranking handicap adjustment ranging from +5% to -5%
  • Club/2019 AGM Elizabeth Peckham
  • 2019 AGM Liz Mcgowan + David Liggat
  • 2019 AGM Dilys Gellatly + Duncan Cursiter
  • 2019 AGM Pat Findlater + Eldrydd Robinson
  • 2019 AGM Geraldine Girvan
  • 2019 AGM Hazel Brown
  • 2019 AGM Heather + Peter Braid
  • 2019 AGM Margaret + Iain Ross
  • Dilys Gellatly, Irene Sime, David Kaye, Rosemary Steers, Jane Stephenson
  • 2019 AGM John Pottinger
  • 2019 AGM David Liggat + Liz Mcgowan
  • 2019 AGM Geoff Bailey and Elizabeth Peckham
  • 2019 AGM Hazel Brown and Claire Douglas

Cup Winners 2018/19                                                                                                  




A. Macleod & J. Pottinger,  J. Sneddon & A. Brown

Club Cup  E. McGowan & D. Liggat
Harry Stein Club Cup Handicap Hazel Brown & Clare Douglas
Dennis Wallace  M. Brady & G. Girvan
Sutherland Quaich E. Robinson K. Hunter M. McDonagh & T. Duffy
Min Thomas Ian & Margaret Ross
Porteous Handicap  K Hunter, D Gellatly, B McWhinney, N Taylor and D Cursiter
Porteous Cup D. Liggat, R. Bennett, H. Smith, E. McGowan, F. Marshall & P. Home
Mackenzie cup  Peter & Heather Braid
Bill Brown (Seniors)   G. Bailey & E. Peckham
Wendy Gray D. Kaye & I. Sime R. Steers & J. Stephenson and K. Hunter, N. Cooper, D. Gellatly, N. Taylor
Spring Pairs E. Peckham and A. Rae
Russell Cup B. Short
Carlton Congress Teams David & Shona Anderson, T. Bagnall & A. Harborow
Carlton Congress Pairs  Tom Allison & Janis Perry
Carlton Congress Handicap Pairs  G.Girvan & M. Brady







Election Results

Election Results

The results of the election where counted yesterday (13/8) and we are pleased to announce the following candidates have joined the board:


Maurice Brady. 

Duncan Cursiter 

Fiona Davies. 

Robert Gatliff.

Irene Sime. 

Jane Stephenson.


They join our returning board members:


Neil Macpherson

Marilyn McDonagh

John Pottinger

Eldrydd Robertson


We would like to thank all the candidates who stood. The new board has its first meeting on Thursday 15th August.

Kelso Teams 2019
Kelso Teams 2019

A big congratulations to Elizabeth Peckham, Alistair Rae, Irene Sime and Catriona Gardiner for winning the teams event at the Kelso Congress. 

East District Bronze Challenge Teams Results

Many congratulations to Alison Littleboy, Graham Dempsey, Clare Douglas and Maurice Franceschi who won the East District Bronze Challenge Teams on Saturday the 25th.


Oban Congress Results - Teams

A very big congratulations to Linda Delworth, Jim Wilkinson, Elizabeth Peckham and Catriona Gardiner who won the Oban Congress Teams.

Oban Congress Results - Teams
Oban Congress Results - Pairs

A very big congratulations to Dilys Gellatly and Bron MacWhinney who won the Oban Congress Pairs.

Oban Congress Results - Pairs
Carlton vs Melville 2019 - Result

The Melville retained the Jim Davidson trophy with a convincing win in this year's encounter 


Among the prizes for best NS, EW for each club were 

John Hamilton and Fiona Lawson [Melville North-South]

Elizabeth Peckham and Geoff Bailey [Carlton East-West] - and in spite of the torrid start at the hands of John and Fiona

Carlton best N-S pair were Veronica Guy and Carolyn Peploe. 

A special mention for the Melville's best E-W  Robert Waugh and Marina Evans with an enormous plus score


There were plenty of big hands on the night and some tricky decisions. All good fun particularly if the majority of the big swings fell your way.


Well done to the Melville team


Wendy Gray Result 2019

This seems to have been quite a close affair. In the first instance thanks to all who made the contest so interesting.

The full results can be accessed via the results calendar page.

After deliberation the official result is a tie

Congratulations to Kenny Hunter, Norman Cooper, Dilys Gellatly, Nicol Taylor and David Kaye, Irene Sime, Rosemary Steers and Jane Stephenson who all share first place.


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 phone 0131 339 5189 if you are interested in becoming involved. If you have a preferred school then add these details.