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Prestwick Riggs at 40

Prestwick Riggs Bridge Club was created on 28 September 1978. Gordon Smith ran a bridge class commencing in 1977. The club was formed by members of the bridge class. The Club continues to thrive and regularly has 30/40 players each Thursday night. The club meets in the Ayrshire Bridge Centre in Prestwick throughout the year.

The people in the photograph from left to right are:

  • Gordon Smith, teacher of the original class 41 years ago
  • Sharon Lindsay, President, Prestwick Riggs Bridge Club
  • Eddie McGeough, President of the Scottish Bridge Union
  • Muriel Forbes, Secretary, Prestwick Riggs Bridge Club
  • David Wiseman, President, Ayrshire Bridge Union

Scotland’s Women’s Team has qualified to play at the World Championships in China in 2019! They finished 7th out of 23 Teams at the European Championships in Ostend.

Now they need your help to raise funds for their world trip.

How can you help?

  1. We shall run a one-off Simultaneous Valentine’s Pairs on the week 11-15 February 2019. It would be nice if your club would run a heat – you can play on any afternoon/evening. Enter via Anna Gudge.
    If you cannot play on that week, there will be a copy of the hands with information about the hands and tips from the players for sale, which you can purchase for £1 per copy.
  2. The East District Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November 2018 will be thrown open to all comers. All profits will go to the Team fund. You can compare your results with those achieved by the team, but it will be scored normally by match points. To enter, or if you can’t manage on these days but would like to participate, please contact Liz McGowan.
  3. Liz McGowan will happily come along to your Club/District to give a coaching session, donating her fees to the fund. If you would like a visit from other team members – please ask!
  4. Give us your ideas for how to raise money, or just make a donation! (Maybe your club could run a raffle or two….)

Update: A Podcast interview with Sam by New Zealand Bridge is online!  Interest is being shown world-wide in the research that the SBU is helping to fund. Listen here (Starts about 2' in)

International Bridge player, Professor Samantha Punch and her colleagues at the University of Stirling are bridging the gap between generations - as well as the local community - by inviting people to join a new bridge club.The University Bridge Club has been set up as part of a series of research projects into the health and well-being benefits of playing the card game.

A study, funded by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED), found that those who play bridge have higher levels of well-being than those who do not play.

The new club will also help build intergenerational relationships within and beyond the University.

Professor Punch is leading the research together with Dr Caroline Small, an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London. The project will look at what drives people to take up bridge and keep playing throughout their lives. It will also explore the role a hobby can play in friendships and personal communities, as well as how it creates a sense of belonging and collective identity within and across generations.

In addition, the University, in partnership with EBED and the UK and Irish Bridge Unions, is funding a three-year PhD studentship in the Sociology of Bridge.

In June 2018 Professor Punch organised a short film evening to encourage people of all ages to consider taking up Bridge. The evening was very successful, and The Scottish Bridge Union is funding free taster bridge sessions in the University library on 25 July and 15 August, between 5.30-7.30pm. For more information about the Bridge Club, email: