|1972||Dr J D McDonald||2000||Bill McCreath|
|1979||Mr W H White||2002||Colin Edney|
|1982||Mrs M Calder||2004||Marguerite Robson|
|1985||Brian Thomas||2006||Terry Harris|
|1988||Jim Lindsay||2008||Ros French|
|1991||Rita McCreath||2010||Marjorie McDonald|
|1994||Alan French||2012||Gerald Sandwith|
|1996||Robin Pearson||2014||Jean Mole|
|1998||George Martin||2016||Garneth Ellis|
|2020||Revd Canon Christopher Smith|
The history of the club has been recreated from the minutes maintained by various club secretaries.
Club history 1972-2021 (PDF) (updated 4 July 2021)
This constitution was approved at the AGM on 12 May 2016. The previous constitution is available here.
PDF version for download and printing.
Constitution of the Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club
The Club shall be called the "Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club".
The object of the Club shall be to provide facilities for its members for playing Duplicate and other Contract Bridge.
The headquarters of the Club shall be situated at the Parish Church Centre Meeting Room, The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1DF, or such other place as the Club in General Meeting shall decide. The Committee may arrange for the playing of bridge for members at such additional place or places as it may determine from time to time.
The Club will be affiliated to the Scottish Bridge Union and will be considered to form part of the geographically defined East District of that organisation.
This Constitution is based on the EBU Model Club Constitution and used with its kind permission.
This Schedule is referred to under clause 15 of the Constitution of the Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club (hereafter referred to as the Club) and prescribes the powers and procedures for enforcement. It will comply with and follow the SBU disciplinary procedures and any variations thereof that are made from time to time. The Club shall act through its Conduct and Disciplinary Committees for the enforcement of standards prescribed in clause 15 of the Constitution. The Club shall have additional powers as set out in the clauses below.
Any person making a complaint against one or more members of the Club under the terms of clause 15 of the Constitution, must do so in writing to the Honorary Secretary or the President of the Club. Normally no action will be taken in respect of a complaint relating to an alleged offence which occurred three months or more prior to a formal complaint in writing made to the appropriate officer.
The Committee of the Club shall appoint, when required, its Conduct Committee through its powers to appoint subcommittees under clause 7.6 of the Constitution. The Conduct Committee shall be responsible for investigating complaints against the Club’s members and to determine whether a disciplinary offence has occurred, and whether the matter should be referred to the Club’s Disciplinary Committee.
The Conduct Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members of the Club and no more than five. A quorum for any meeting shall be three of its members. It shall act by simple majority vote and its appointed chairperson, or whomsoever in the appointed chairperson’s absence the Conduct Committee shall select to chair its meeting, shall have a second, or casting vote in the event that there is parity of voting.
The Committee of the Club shall appoint, when required, the Disciplinary Committee through its powers to appoint subcommittees under clause 7.6 of the Constitution. The Disciplinary Committee shall determine sanctions for offences admitted by the defendant, hear charges of offences and determine whether those charges are proved and if proved, determine the sanction to be imposed.
The Disciplinary Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members of the Club and no more than five. At least three of its members must be present when it makes a decision to uphold a complaint and impose sanctions on the offending member. It shall act by simple majority vote and its appointed chairperson, or whomsoever in the appointed chairperson’s absence the Disciplinary Committee shall select to chair its meeting, shall have a second, or casting vote in the event that there is parity of voting.
Any member of either the Conduct or Disciplinary Committee who is in any way personally involved in the allegations within a complaint will be disqualified from participating in either Committee’s handling of the complaint.
A member of the Club cannot be a member of both the Conduct and Disciplinary Committees.
1. Notice of Meetings
Subject to the provisions of clause 2 hereof where a written complaint is made, or a matter otherwise comes to the attention of the Conduct Committee, it shall first consider whether such complaint or matter falls within the scope of the Disciplinary Rules and whether further action is warranted. If it does, the Conduct Committee secretary shall first write to the Defendant, seeking the Defendant’s comments on the substance of the complaint or matter that has been raised. The Conduct Committee shall also be entitled to make such further investigations and enquiries as it in its absolute discretion considers appropriate. The Conduct Committee shall also be entitled to seek advice both from within the Club and from the SBU Laws and Ethics Committee, and to obtain external legal advice.
2. Complaint not justified
If the Conduct Committee decides that the complaint is not justified, all parties shall be notified and the matter ended.
3. Complaint justified
If the Conduct Committee decides that the complaint is justified, it may, in its absolute discretion, offer a verbal caution to the offending member, which if accepted, ends the matter.
If the caution is not accepted by the offending member, or the Conduct Committee does not feel a caution is appropriate, it shall refer the case to a hearing by the Disciplinary Committee. The Defendant shall be notified, in writing, within two weeks of this decision and of the Defendant’s right to make a written submission to the Disciplinary Committee and to attend the hearing. The Defendant shall have the right to be represented by legal counsel of the Defendant’s choice or may be accompanied by a person to speak on the Defendant’s behalf. The Disciplinary Committee shall give at least two weeks' notice of the hearing to the Defendant.
4. Disciplinary Committee’s Sanctions
If after the hearing the complaint is upheld, the Disciplinary Committee may in its absolute discretion:
(a) Give a written reprimand to the offending member(s), or
(b) Suspend the offending member(s) from all or some of the competitions sponsored or licensed by the Club for such period as it shall determine.
(c) Expel the offending member(s) from the Club.
If the complaint is against a member of the Committee then in addition to any other sanctions applied, the Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend such member from the Club’s Committee and any of its subcommittees for such a period that it shall determine.
Any sanctions imposed by the Disciplinary Committee must be communicated to the offending member(s) in writing within twenty-one days of the hearing
Any Sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee shall take effect as soon as time for appeal has elapsed except that if the Defendant has filed Notice of Appeal within the time allowed the Sanction shall not take effect until such Appeal has been determined
Every Defendant found guilty of an offence by the Club Disciplinary Committee has the right to appeal to the East District Committee. Appeals must be in writing and lodged with the Secretary of the Committee within twenty-one days of the written communication of the Club’s Disciplinary Committee’s decision to the Defendant.
The Scottish Bridge Union is the Regulating Authority under the 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge and it devolves some responsibilities to the East District.
The Tournament Organizer under the 2017 Laws is the Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club.
As Tournament Organizer the Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club has established the following regulations:
Law 78D: Conditions of Contest
The current SBU Competition Handbook (August 2018) defines the Conditions of Contest for the club, subject to the following:
The Correction Period for correcting an error in recording or computing the agreed-upon score, whether made by a player or an official, is seven days from the start of the session. This is the period referred to in Law 79C1.
Approved by the Committee on 10 July 2017.
Law 5A: Assignment of seats - Initial Position
In club pairs events, pairs must toss a coin and the winners must sit North-South, although exceptions may be made for those with mobility concerns.
Motion passed at the AGM on 17 May 2018.
Online bridge has forced all national bridge organisations, the World Bridge Federation and European Bridge League to update their disciplinary policies and procedures.
The SBU updated its disciplinary code in December 2020 and this can found on the SBU website.
In particular, the procedures with respect to online cheating are new and are available here (PDF).
In essence, the SBU is taking responsibility for the conduct of SBU members online and will investigate all cheating allegations against SBU members, wherever they occur online. If any club member raises a potential cheating allegation with the Committee or with a Tournament Director, then they will be directed to this policy and told to raise it with the SBU.
Slow play is the bane of most bridge clubs. Nobody likes it, no-one admits to it, yet it remains as issue. The Committee would like to draw your attention to the following.
Slow play, especially habitual slow play, is a violation of law and subject to penalty. When a pair has fallen behind, it is incumbent on them to make up the time lost as quickly as possible whether at fault or not. All players are expected to make a concerted effort to catch up when they have fallen behind, regardless of the reason for their lateness.
In the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, the director will presume that a pair finishing a round late by more than two or three minutes on more than one occasion during a session is responsible for the lateness. There is a strong expectation that the director will penalize such a pair. The size of a penalty will tend to increase for subsequent instances of slow play and for chronic or egregious slow play.
While warnings typically will be given before a penalty is assessed, failure to do so in no way limits the director’s authority to issue a penalty. Players are expected to be aware, in a general sense, of time used and remaining in a segment in which they are playing regardless of whether a clock is in use or a time announcement has been made. An excuse of “no announcement” or “no clock immediately visible” will not be considered persuasive.
The TD may choose to ignore an occasional minor late finish. The TD may remove one or more boards from a table. In a teams event the TD may award no score (when neither team is more at fault), an assigned score (when a result already exists at one table which the TD wishes to preserve) or an artificial score. Every reasonable effort will be made to remove boards before they can be played at either table, but not having done so does not preclude removing one or more later.
As a matter of principle, a TD should not remove a board from a table because it is late once an auction has commenced, unless the table was told not to play the board. In the latter case a procedural penalty for both sides should be issued and the board cancelled.
A TD is entitled to be stricter with a pair known to be slow. Inexperienced players, the infirm, and the elderly will be treated less strictly.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is not North's responsibility for the pace of play at the table, it is the director's and everyone has a responsibility to try and make up time
If you have any questions or comments about this, please contact a member of the Committee