One year gone and to be honest due to the resignations a difficult year and my thanks are due to my team for doing the extra work required.
I know results, including posting and tournament directing involving starting times and lack of Wi-Fi, have spoilt some of our tournaments, these are on our urgent list for improvement.
I have to say our web page is not the easiest for finding items. Currently research is proceeding on finding a more user friendly format with a better layout but as my computer knowledge is limited I cannot supply any technical details.
In April Irene & I played in the CD charity Pairs which raised over £1500 for Marie Curie. A very friendly event with a mixed standards of players.
Unfortunately we did not qualify for National Pairs or Spence cup at the end of May.
Due to our departure on Monday 8th May to Isla Canela we did not manage the Scottish Swiss Pairs but hope to manage next year.
With regard to our well attended overseas congress I can report that the Hotel staff and catering were excellent. The Hotel had three show cooking stations plus an amazing display of other dishes. We had mainly good weather though our visit to Seville, a beautiful city, was a bit uncomfortable at 33 in the shade.
The bridge was very enjoyable well run by our TD’s Duncan & Russell assisted by their spouses. We also had the assistance of Joan who, though retiring as congress convener, was still helping with the assistance of Jack.
Many of those at the congress have already made bookings for next year at Paphos in Cyprus. The hotel is our players favorite hotel, even better than this years hotel.
Back when I was Convener of the Tournament Committee we were considering scrapping the individuals due to lack of support but this year we were over subscribed and my apologies to those who were not accepted.
The problem with an individual is the players expect to play with all the other players and 25 is the ideal number. We will look at the possibility of a different format where players play with a reduced number of players. I myself played in the Benjamin, which was also fully subscribed.
Players please note that if you can’t attend it is important to let the TD or organisers know as soon as possible due to the problems in setting up movements especially for an individual.
I have only played locally and at a teams event in Stirling but will I hope get round more clubs this season.
We are now looking for an individual to take responsibility for our trophies as so many are left at the AGM or not even returned. This position will have expenses paid but has no responsibility for the theft of trophies. Please apply to myself, George Plant or Avril Sloane our secretary in the first instance.
During the last period we have had the mens pairs and teams which I had to miss plus our ladies weekend and we had an increase in the number of teams playing even if only by two. Was it a success? I don’t yet know.
Unfortunately I have played in fewer competitions than I hoped this season. Hope for more involvement next year.
The dates have now been published for the National League together with the venues on our web site. On improving our web site still awaiting further information.
In Dundee Bridge Club they had a very successful schools mini bridge tournament. The youngsters (primaries 6 & 7) really enjoyed the event. Bridge mates were used to score with an adult at every table to assist.
A new event was trialed in March. A national bronze teams event with heats in various parts of the country, which has had favourable comments from the participants.
Sadly Bill Clow an ex president of the SBU died in March. My best wishes to Molly and his family. I always remember how kind Bill and Molly were to Irene and I when we first attended congresses. I was pleased there was a good attendance at the memorial service.
Please note that all league players must be members of the SBU plus if required by their district members of a club within the district.
I have seen a growth in afternoon tournaments which is alright for clubs with their own premises and possibly afternoon events should be advertised in all the clubs in their locality. The downside is it may take a few away from evening tournaments.
Our best wishes for our Lady Milne and Senior Camrose teams in their forthcoming matches.
Ian Hunter SBU President
Best wishes for a happy new year for all our members.
The Scottish Bridge Union is going through difficult times due to the lack of volunteers coming forward to assist in the running of our organization. We may have to make major changes in how the SBU is run if we cannot find these volunteers. We have a number of members currently doing extra work but we cannot carry on at this level without errors and omissions occurring. I know some have already been noticed.
I am sure there are recently retired people or others looking for something to give them an interest and you would be helping to promote our wonderful game. Your own bridge standard is not relevant for these advertised vacancies. Nowadays with computers, location is not so important.
Please feel free to contact me at .
I would like to thank Sandy Forbes and Norma Bain who assisted as secretary until our new secretary Avril Sloane was appointed.
My activities over the last couple of months included the December Congress in Peebles with Irene but our bridge was unfortunately mixed and ended up in the lower half of the field for the teams and above the middle in the swiss pairs.
The hotel was again in good form with their new chef continuing to provide a good standard in the dining room. This is the first time for many years that we did not have a complaint against the hotel.
I also went to Coventry to support our teams in the Camrose. What can I say! but they did get I feel more than their share of bad luck. I did notice that the bidding was very competitive and in one match both pairs bid on every board. Frequently the bidding was pre-emptive forcing the opponents to make difficult choices at a high level. However the hotel selected by the EBU was very nice and the train journeys were pleasant.
I intend going to the holiday Inn in Edinburgh too, to watch the second half of the Camrose and I do hope they can improve.
I do hope to get to visit more clubs over the March & April but something always seem to disrupt my plans.
The last two months have given myself and the SBU major problems due to the sudden departure from our ranks of Cathy Ferguson who was our secretary, tournament convener plus entering competition results and Bob McKinnon our magazine publisher to add to our already depleted ranks with the previous departure of Ann Wickens and Joan Lees. Unfortunately it seems we have no one willing to come forward to replace them. I must thank the existing committee conveners and committee members who are all doing extra work but this is very short term as it is too great a pressure on them.
I have managed to play in the Diamond Trophy, the Autumn Congress at Peebles where I must say the catering standards have improved with all the meals supplied to our table of eight being very good.
I missed the National League and the Arthur due to a family holiday but was back in time to go to Aviemore. A very well organized and run congress, which I will return to, I hope next year.
I visited clubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh during this period in league matches.
I was at the Rayne final as director as again our holiday interfered with the local heats and all bar one district took up their places in the final.
Irene and I played but failed to qualify for National pairs.
We are looking forward to the Winter Congress at Peebles and hope to see many of our members there.
I have been getting good reports on Isla Canella Hotelour SBU overseas congress in Spain. Both the hotel and its catering are good and the situation is convenient for trips to Seville and Portugal.
Ian Hunter 5/12/16