Standby Players

Please help the club by volunteering to be a standby player on Monday & Wednesday afternoons and on Thursday & Friday evenings at least once a year.

You will be given a free game or a voucher for a free game if it turns out you are not needed.

Click below to visit the Sign Up website.

Sign Up!

Welcome to The New Melville Bridge Club

The place to learn and play the game of Bridge in Edinburgh.

As enjoyed by 509 members and over 250 students in our Academy.

Click on 'About our club' in the left hand menu to read more information.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the club.

Last updated : 7th Jun 2019 13:36 BST
Scotland Ladies Bridge Team Fundraising Event
Scotland Ladies Bridge Team Fundraising Event

Support the Scotland Ladies Bridge Team at the World Championship Finals

The Scottish Ladies Team has qualified for the World Championship Finals in China for the first time. The New Melville Bridge Club wants to celebrate their success in reaching the finals AND support them in their efforts to raise over £10,000 to fund the expensive trip.

The New Melville Bridge Club is holding a:

Bridge Pairs Tournament and Afternoon Tea on Saturday July 20th 2019

1.30pm -5.30pm.

The afternoon will consist of a Pairs tournament of around 20 boards followed by a sumptuous tea and raffle. A facilitated discussion will then be held, to review some of the more interesting hands of the afternoon. These discussions will be led by International players – and some of the Ladies Team – hear about some of their disastrous bidding and play, as well as success stories!

Open to all abilities, from those taking lessons at the MBA up to International and Gold standard players.

Please note all players will be playing against those of matching ability (minnows will not be playing against sharks), it’s a FUN afternoon!

Places are £10 per person and we would ask you to sign up as a pair, if at all possible. We will try and arrange pairings if you want to sign up as an individual.

Sign up online HERE or there are sheets on the club noticeboard.

Last updated : 15th Jun 2019 07:56 BST
Learn To Play Bridge

Are you interested in learning to play Bridge? If so, we offer a full range of classes extending over six terms (three years) which take you from absolute beginner to club player.

Our classes for the Autumn Term of 2019 are now announced. Click HERE to download an application form.

More information about our Academy and classes can be found in the Melville Bridge Academy section of our website (see left hand menu) where you can also submit an enquiry.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2019 14:25 BST
Gentle Pairs Bridge
Gentle Pairs Bridge

On Wednesday afternoons we run a Gentle Pairs Bridge Session starting at 1.30 pm.  These are aimed at players who are currently in the second year of classes and above or for those people who have completed all sixty lessons but are not yet ready to take the plunge into tournament bridge.

About 10-12 hands are played under the supervision of an experienced player who will help with the bidding and play.

You can come along without a partner and will either be matched up with another person in the same position or the experienced player. The session cost £3 per person. Non members of the club are welcome to come and give this a try!

Last updated : 28th Mar 2019 16:39 GMT
Some Bridge DOs and DON'Ts - General Bridge Procedure

An occasional series of articles for newer (and some experienced) players.

General Bridge Procedures and Etiquette 

  • DO make your opening lead face down
  • DO call the TD when something goes wrong
  • DO make your opening lead before filling in your score card or operating the Bridgemate
  • DO keep your eye on the timer for your section and try to keep to time
  • DO make sure your cards are returned to the board in the correct slot
  • DON’T ask questions about the bidding after the auction until your partner has the opening lead face down on the table
  • DON’T pick up your cards and return to the board until everybody at the table agrees the result
  • DON’T pressure your opponents into accepting your interpretation of the rules (call the TD)
  • DON’T make comments about the opponents bidding or play (unless invited).
Last updated : 26th Jan 2019 13:49 GMT
Monday Afternoon Pairs
Monday Evening Match Point Pairs
Monday Evening Cross Imp pairs
Friday evening matchpoint
Thursday morning
Thursday Evening Match Point Pairs
Thursday Evening Cross Imp pairs
Gentle Teams
Tue 18th Jun 2019
Cross IMP Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Wed 19th Jun 2019
Cross-Imp Pairs
Starts at 13.00
Host: Standby Player
Wed 19th Jun 2019
Gentle Pairs
Starts at 13.30
Host: Yes
Wed 19th Jun 2019
Accumulator Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: None
Thu 20th Jun 2019
Match Point Pairs
Starts at 19:00
Host: Standby Player
Thu 20th Jun 2019
Cross Imp Pairs
Starts at 19.00
Host: Standby Player
Annual General Meeting Notice

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 6.00 pm


  1. Apologies

  1. Minutes of the AGM held on 19 June 2018

  1. Matters arising

  1. Chairman’s report

The Chairman will be happy to take any questions or receive any comments

  1. Treasurer’s report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019

  1. Election of new Board members. The nominees are:

      1. Ann Lyon
      2. Alan Ainslie
      3. Bill Aitken

  1. Election of reporting accountants

  1. Presentation of Trophies

  1. Any other business
Last updated : 13th Jun 2019 14:15 BST