In the last two months I have attended a weekend course for juniors and younger at Stirling run by Anne Symons with plenty of volunteer helpers.

It was great to see the enthusiasm of these young players and we hope to run more of these training weekends.

During the months I have played in our local clubs with Irene. We also played in the Central District congress, which had 31 tables. This was a very pleasant weekend and with the help of 3 others I won the major event-the 2 board Knockout, otherwise nothing went well. A well-run congress with Derek French as convener.

Irene and I entered  Edinburgh district  Watson Trophy and we made up a team unfortunately without success but an enjoyable day.

In the SBU our master point committee has been busy rewriting the rulebook for master points, trying to make it easier to follow and standardise the awards.

 The tournament committee and Congress committees have both had meetings in September followed by a game of bridge in GBC which made a nice finish to the evening.

As you will see on our website we are in need of volunteers for both the Education Committee and a Congress Convener.

There must be someone out of our 6000+ members who can help. Please contact me or our secretary Cathy Ferguson. Our email addresses are on the SBU website.

I had intended to play in the Stirling pairs but unfortunately a medical problem arose and I could not make it nor will I make the Edwin Berry next month but I hope to welcome many of you to our Peebles Congress 21st to 23rd October. There are still places available.

To all our bronze players I would like you to take time to look at the events you can enter listed on the SBU website.

To find it go into the SBU website and go down to the bottom of the home page and there you will find an item in blue “Bronze Players”, click on that and it will take you to another page and there if you click on Summary of events it will list all the competitions some of which are only for bronze players and all others where there are bronze prizes.

Ian Hunter