Edinburgh 2019

The 2019 FOCAL calendar will include a fixture north of the border in Scotland’s capital city…


Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019
Venue: The New Melville Bridge Club, 1 Pinkhill, Edinburgh EH12 7BA
Admission: £13, preferably by PayPal please.
Refreshments: Unlimited tea/coffee/water included in the price; catered lunch available for small supplement; cash bar also open.
Start time: Doors open 10.30am for 11am start
Presented by: Innis Carson and Zarte Siempre
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes

To follow Hogmanay and Burns Night in January, FOCAL is bringing Countdown back to Edinburgh in February 2019!

As in all such events, you’ll get the chance to test your Countdowning skills with friends and foes alike. There will also be a variety of side competitions and diversions, and a range of weird and (arguably) wonderful prizes to be won.

The event will take place at the New Melville Bridge Club in Corstorphine, a short journey by bus or car (or a somewhat longer walk) west of the city centre. Doors open from 10:30 for an 11:00 start. There is also a Holiday Inn located just across the road for those of you travelling from further afield.

Unlimited tea and coffee is included in your admission fee and there is a cash bar, too.

…will be provided for a small supplement — options will include sandwiches, soups, wraps and baked potatoes. If you have any specific queries or dietary requirements, please email host Innis for details.

You are otherwise very welcome to bring your own lunch, but we would recommend sorting this before arriving at the venue as options in the local area are limited.

If there is enough interest at lunchtime, we can accommodate a quick game of bridge.

We will use the three-to-a-table format, originally invented by the Edinburgh Countdown Club in the 1980s and latterly adopted as the Lincoln format. Everyone plays six 9-round games over the course of the day, and hosts another three on their tables. After six games, the top two players will be invited to contest a Grand Final to decide an overall winner.

Entry is £13, payable by PayPal to Innis Carson. If you have any queries, please email Innis.

The venue is really well served by public transport. Lothian Buses stop outside the front door; the venue is also on the line of their route 100 between the Airport and City Centre — have a look at their website or download the Transport for Edinburgh app.

Staying over?
As you’d expect in any capital city, there is a wealth of guesthouses and hotels, as well as the Holiday Inn across the road from the venue. If you need any pointers, feel free to contact Innis, who hails from Edinburgh, to see if he can help: innis_carson@hotmail.co.uk.

Page last updated 2/10/18.