Newsletter - 7 September 2018

From the President:

Thank you to John Hempenstall and Patricia McDonald, who have, with the assistance of our newly acquired steam device, cleaned all the chairs in the Barry Turner Room. If spillages occur now, please put the chair aside and let the manager (or the director) know so that we can deal with it promptly.

I am looking forward to seeing some of you on Saturday morning.

Best wishes,

Flight Centre Voucher
Are you booking any travel with Flight Centre this year? If so, please talk to Kerry, Emily or Pam as we have a voucher in the office.

Working Bee

Tomorrow, Saturday 8 September at 9.30am for jobs inside and out.
An hour or two of your time would help greatly. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

AGM season is approaching:

To clarify for those who are unclear:

The Bridge Federation of the ACT is our ‘state’ body, to which we (Canberra BC), Capital BC, South Canberra BC, Cootamundra BC and Monaro (Cooma) BC are affiliated. BFACT’s AGM will be held on Sunday 16 September at about 5pm, at the conclusion of play in the Gala Pairs.

Please note that there will be a Special Resolution seeking to replace the BFACT Constitution. Read the new draft Constitution on the BFACT website; you can link to it from the CBC website.

This club is the Canberra Bridge Club.

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 September at 5.30pm. Nomination forms are available at the club. Please show your support for the club by coming along.

Beginners Lessons
The final set of lessons for 2018 are starting on:

  • Monday, Sept 17th at 7pm – 9pm     &
  • Friday, Sept 21 at 10am – 12pm

The six week course costs $75 & includes a text book, detailed notes and one free supervised play session.
The Club relies heavily on members helping to promote the lessons held at the Club.

Upcoming events

·         State Open Teams Championship

               Red Masterpoints
             Tuesday evenings Sept 11, 18, 25, & Oct 2. Entries close Midday Monday
             State Open Teams Qualifying, 4 weeks from 11th September, 7:30 pm, red points, an Honour Board Event
             Final Thursday 11th October 7:30pm

·         Gala Pairs – 16th September
Main event: 9:30am startState Gala Day Pairs, Sunday 16th September 9:30am, a Gateway Event for ALL Levels

             Beginners Championship: 1:15pm start
             Entry limited to players with <2 MP, who haven’t contested this event previously.

  • CBC Flight Centre Mixed Teams
    Thursday evenings Sept 20, 27, Oct 4, 11. Red Points

Canberra in Bloom

Don’t forget that at the end of September you can play in our home grown Canberra in Bloom congress, either pairs or teams - or both. If you’ve never played in a congress this is a great one to start with. Each event has novice, restricted and open categories. A fun way to spend the long weekend. This year it’s being held at a new venue, the Gungahlin Club, part of the Eastlake group. More information is available at the website, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or ask Justine Beaumont, or either Kerry or Emily (our managers).

Good luck to members travelling to Cowra this weekend for the Cowra & district congress.

Wanted: Spring produce

Thank you to all those who have brought in produce for sale at the Club! Lemons, Limes, Kiwifruit, Guava, Grapefruit, marmalade & more! They have been such a hit, and are going hotcakes!

Yes, we always want more! If you have an abundance of produce, please consider donating some to raise funds for the Club. We are grateful for every donation.

Thank you to our members & visitors for their honesty in paying for the produce on the foyer table.


Congratulations to Sean Mullamphy and Wendy Boxall, who won the Neura Bridge for Brains Research Challenge that was held in May. They scored 74.7% Australia-Wide.

Other Canberrans who scored well were Jim Ascione and Emlyn Williams 64.6%, Val Carmody and Margaret Kyburz 63.6%, Lyn Turner and Denise Gobes 60.6%, Maria and Vic Meakins 60.1%.


Lighter Moments
Another in bridge as in life situation:
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject.
(Winston Churchill)



Promotions for August
Graduate:                         Caroline Joske
Club:                                 Andrew Gibbs
Local:                                 David Hughes
*Local:                              Judy Perry
*National:                       Richard Neville
Bronze Life:                       Keith Mitchell


GNOT Qualifying Winners
Olive Lott Pairs:             Monday am:    1st Richard Hills & Chris Stead, 2nd Dan Danton & Odette
Qualifying Butler Pairs:     Tuesday pm:        1st   Ian Robinson & George Kozakos, 2nd Anne Powell & David                            
July                                                                                                                                                               Vaughan
Qualifying Butler:               Tuesday pm:       1st   Ian Robinson & George Kozakos, 2nd Hashmat Ali &
August Richard Hills
Qualifying Matchpoint:     Wednesday am:   1st Chris & Mark Sheen
Qualifying Matchpont:     Thursday am:       1st Norma Laing & Nancy Hitchcock, 2nd Doina Uzubalis &
Phil Young
Qualifying Butler: Thursday am: 1st Trevor Berenger & Ian Dalziell, 2nd Denis Grahame &
Stephen Carter

Eclectic Results for August

Saturday:                                       Ken Colbert & Lynne Moss
Monday Red:                                 Trevor Berenger & Ian Dalziell
Monday Blue/Yellow:                     Chris Sheen & Mark Sheen
Monday Evening:                             Geoff Hutchins & Helen Little
Monday Evening Handicap:           Jim Lawrence & Jeff Boag
Tuesday:                                             Heather Whitely & Dennis O’Connor
Wednesday:                                     Elspeth Saxby & Eric Glass
Wednesday Evening:                       Lesley Gunson & Keith Mitchell
Wednesday Evening Handicap:     Lesley Gunson & Keith Mitchell
Thursday Blue:                                 John Daly & Janet Norris
Thursday Butler:                              Niek Van Vucht & Tim Davis
Friday Morning:                              Richard Hills & Richard Neville  
Friday Afternoon:                           Ruth Gallagher & Keith Huggan                                          


Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills
Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members          

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Sept 12:

Transfers – “Minor suit transfers

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

High opening bids:Pre-empts

10th September

14th September

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings

17th September

21st September

Strong 2C opening

24th September

28th September


Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)

Advancing a Take out double

13th September

Negative & other doubles

20th September


27th September

- Barb, Ann and Jeanette