From the President:

As a positive start to 2018, I will make my first big Thank You to our wonderful managers, Kerry and Keith.

Please remember that no one wants 700 bosses. When you need help, by all means ask the managers courteously, and also please let them know of things like lights or toilets that are not working.

However, if you are unhappy with the directions in which the club is heading, please tell me or another committee member about your concerns.

Thank you also to the workers last Saturday: Catherine Cregan, Stephen Henningham, Sanya Ritchie, Janet Kahler and Ross Crichton for putting away Christmas and for weeding.

Good luck to those of you playing in the Summer Festival.

Happy New Year!



Bridge Sessions over Christmas and New Year Period

Please note: The Canberra Bridge Club will host all normal sessions for each day and evening except for the following, which are the days and sessions the Club will be closed:

Thursday 11th January 2018 – EVENING SESSION

due to Summer Festival of Bridge

Tuesday 16th January 2018 – EVENING SESSION

due to Summer Festival of Bridge

Thursday 18th January 2018 – EVENING SESSION

due to Summer Festival of Bridge


Upcoming Competitions:

  • CBC Summer Singles Butler Pairs (Green Masterpoints) - walk-in event on:           Thursday 4th January 2018 and Tuesday 9th January 2018 commencing at 7.30pm.
  • CBC Butler Pairs (incorporating Ted Crichton Mixed Pairs & Red Masterpoints) - 4 Tuesday evenings, starting at 7.30pm, and commencing on 23rd January through 30th January, 6th and 13th February. A Butler pairs event open to all-comers. The entry list is on the BT Room Notice Board.
  • State Matchpoint Pairs (Red Masterpoints) - 4 Thursday evenings, starting at 7.30pm, and commencing on 25th January through 1st, 8th & 15th February. A matchpoint pairs event open to all-comers. The entry list is on the BT Room Notice Board.
  • Summer Festival of Bridge – 10th January to 21st January 2018

For all the information on this event, including on-line entry, please visit the web page at:

Don’t forget the events for Super Novices and Rising Stars.

Also, please note the Education Program for Players, Teachers and Directors.


Standby Players are wanted for the above, ‘Summer Festival of Bridge’

If you wish to be a ‘Standby Player’, please contact Perelle Scales on:

Mobile phone: 0450 961 935 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • FRIDAY AFTERNOON – 19th January - Nationwide Pairs

Next event 19th January 2018
Red Masterpoints,
Test your play against players of all calibres Australia wide,
No entry requirements, just walk-in, no additional cost,
Click here to see the ABF Nationwide Pairs site including results. 

  • Ballarat Festival of Bridge 2018 – 11th April to 14th April

For all the information on this event, including on-line entry, please visit the web page at:


Ballarat Festival of Bridge - Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th April

In recent weeks a number of Members have asked me about the 2018 Ballarat Bridge Festival.  Please note the dates in your diaries.  You are welcome to partner with a buddy from another club as you are also welcome to play all events or just some.

There is much to do in Ballarat, surrounding areas and in particular various scenic ways to get there by car.  There are brochures on the hallway table, contact myself or my brother direct by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. 

In the previous two years most Members have stayed at the Lakeview Motel (03 53388344) however, you are welcome to try other options.  Please indicate you are booking due to the Bridge Festival, Lakeview have ground floor and 1st level rooms.  Rooms are equipped with fridge, microwave, jug, toaster and crockery.  Generous sized rooms.  My brother will be happy to assist you with accommodation information.

The bridge program is:

  • Wednesday 10.00 start
  • Thursday 1.30 start (includes refreshments after play)
  • Friday10.00 start (includes lunch and after play refreshments).
  • Saturday 1.30 start.  Social Dinner on Saturday evening at players expense.

Please note, there is no evening play.


Peter Giles


Reminder – renewals of membership – NOW OVERDUE!

Please note, renewal of 2018 membership is now overdue. If you have not already renewed your membership, can you please do so ASAP. You can pay by EFTPOS (on-line banking  direct to CBC Bank account), details being:

Account name – Canberra Bridge Club

BSB – 062 919

Account no. 00920020

Please include your ABF no. (and surname if possible)

Alternatively, you can pay your renewal membership by ‘cash’ or ‘cheque’ at the Club.

Thank you for your assistance here.


Heard this one – Ha ha ha?

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon.  As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.  After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?".  "Yes, I am sure.  Your duck
is dead," replied the vet. " How can you be so sure?" she protested.. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something".

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room.  He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever.  As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom.  He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.  The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room.

A few minutes later he returned with a cat.  The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot.  The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.  The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.  The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"  The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the CAT scan, it's now $150.".

Happy Bridging



Master the Basics –

Will resume again on Wednesday, January 31st 2018.


Supervised Sessions – Notice for all Supervised Players

December 2017 - January 2018

Please note, Barb, Jeanette and Ann are taking a break over the summer period.  However, supervised sessions will continue throughout, but without the lesson beforehand.

There will be a volunteer to look after you, an experienced player who will be there to help organise the session and to assist you.

These sessions are designed to give you lots of play practice over the summer period.

Monday evenings will still begin at 7pm and Thursday mornings will commence with duplicate at 10am.

It is important that you arrive at the Club and are seated 15 minutes before the start of the session, so the Director can arrange the movement.

Monday’s at 7pm                                          Thursday at 10am

2018                                                                2018                                                               

8th January                                                       11th January

15th January                                                     18th January

22nd January                                                    25th January

Please Note:

Normal supervised sessions, with a lesson, will resume on Monday 29th January 2018 and Thursday 1st February 2018, with Thursday commencing once more at 9.30am.

Barb and/or Jeanette & Ann look forward to seeing you there.


Eclectic  Results for December

Monday Morning  Red                                 Judith Anderson & Nick Ware

Monday Morning Blue                                 Barbara Pass & Edith Blumenthal

Monday Night Handicap                             Annabelle Boag & Jeannette McCorriston

Monthly Night                                             Adrian O’Leary & Peter Kowald

Tuesday Afternoon                                      Claudia Whitty & Arjuna De Livera

Wednesday Morning                                   Wendy Boxall & Sean Mullamphy

No Wednesday Night due to insufficient number of Matchpoint sessions in December

Thursday Morning Butler                            Anne Powell & Earl Dudley

Thursday Morning                                        Geoff Hooper & Tim Mather

Friday Morning                                              Sue Doyle & Val Carmody

Friday Afternoon                                           Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy

Saturday                                                          Sue Kesson & Jean Wilson


Kind regards

Kerry and Keith