Newsletter - 6 December 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • GNOT
  • Alan McArthur Teams
  • CBC Medley Teams
  • Eclectics
  • Promotions


From the President:

Thank you very much to all those who helped at the Working Bee last Saturday: Catherine Cregan, Maureen Copping, Marie Digman, Maureen Doszpot, Stephen Henningham, Julia Hoffman, Anne Powell, West Savery, Liz Van Der Hor, Len Van Der Hor and Susan Walters.

The Christmas elves that we need to thank for making the daytime Christmas Party happen were Michele Grant and Mary Tough. The Wednesday evening players had a nice cooperative effort to celebrate their year on that evening.

Best wishes,


Bridge Sessions over Christmas & New Year

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:

  • Tuesday 24 December CLOSED  1pm &  7.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 December  CLOSED  10am & 7.15pm
  • Thursday 26 December    CLOSED           7:30pm
  • Tuesday 31 December  CLOSED           7:30pm
  • Wednesday 1 January   CLOSED           7:15pm

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle tickets are now on sale, and the raffle prizes on display for your enticement.

Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5.

50% of the proceeds will go to Barnardos, and 50% to the Club.

Barnardos Christmas Gifts for Kids

CBC has a tradition of present giving at Christmas. This year we would like to direct this to Barnardos.

If you wish to help, please bring a donation towards their Christmas hampers – (not wrapped) brand new presents for teenagers aged 13-18 (e.g. vouchers for movies, music or sports stores, t-shirts, hygiene products, food such as Christmas puddings & more standard items such as jam, cereal, Milo...).

We need all donations at the Club by Friday 12th December.

Please place donated gifts under our Christmas tree.

An alternative way to donate a gift to Barnardos for a disadvantaged Australian child is through their online purchasing option. You can choose a gift from their ‘gift store’.


A friendly reminder to please not wear perfume whilst at the Club, as some members have serious allergic/asthma reactions. We have had two incidents this month alone, and would appreciate everyone’s continual assistance with this recurring problem.

Renewing membership – new bank account

Membership renewals have now been sent out. Please note that this year the Club has a new bank account, and the BSB and account number for direct deposits has changed. If you renew by direct deposit, please ensure to check and update our bank account details that will be included on the renewals email.

Unknown Membership Bank Deposit

If you have made a $35 deposit to our Westpac Bank Account without a name or ABF number, please contact the office. It appears to be from an IMB Bank.

Upcoming Events

CBC Christmas Pairs (Butler)

  • Tuesday evenings 7:30pm: 10th & 17th December
  • Gateway event suitable for all players
  • Walk-in event (no pre-registration required)

CBC Gateway Pairs (Matchpoint)

  • Thursday evenings 7:30pm: 12th & 19th December
  • Suitable for all players, and is a great introduction for those who normally don’t play in the evening competitions
  • Walk-in event (no pre-registration required)

Monday 6th January – SUPER Special Session of Bridge

The club will be launching a major new travel arrangement from 1st January 2020.

At Monday’s morning session on 6th January we will be conducting a “Financial Members only” draw of a “FREE” major travel prize for 2 people. You will need to be there playing on the day to win. It will be a lucky draw, not the winners of the bridge session.

We will have both rooms in play to accommodate the expected interest plus a light morning tea will be provided as part of the celebrations.

Thursday Evening – 2nd January

  • One-session, walk-in

2020 dates preview



ACT Open Team Selection Stage 1

Tuesday 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18 February 7.30pm

ACT Open Team Selection Stage 2

Sunday 26 April all day

ACT Open Team Selection Final (pre-qualified pairs)

22-24 May

Women’s Team Selection

20-22 March

Seniors Team Selection Stage 1

Thursday 7.30pm 5, 12, 19 March

Seniors Team Selection Final (pre-qualified pairs)

15-17 May

Youth Team Selection (if needed)

16-17 May

The Grange Valentine’s Day Congress

Sunday 9 February 2 sessions

Open Teams and Restricted & Novice Pairs

Novice Matchpoint Pairs

Sunday afternoon 22 March

Restricted Matchpoint Pairs

Sunday afternoon 26 April

Restricted & Novice Butler Pairs

Sunday afternoon 24 May

Bridge For Kids

The next session of bridge for kids will be held on Tuesday 21st January 2020 from 10am until 12pm midday, but is subject to registrations from at least 8 to 12 participants. A parent or guardian will need to accompany each child or group of children. Card games including mini-bridge will run for about 2 hours followed by pizza and ice cream.

The sign-up sheets will be on the notice board from Monday 9th December. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when you register.

Summer Festival of Bridge

  • 8-19 January, 2020
  • Rex Hotel, Braddon

Parking at the Summer Festival of Bridge

Arrangements for parking have changed. Canberra players have one week to apply for a permit before information goes up on the SFoB website. You should have received an email earlier in the week with full details, or contact the office for full details of how to apply.

Standby Players needed for ‘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.

Asian Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

The Asian Pacific Bridge Federation Championships will be held in Perth from 15 – 22 April 2020.

BFACT will send one subsidised ACT team. Nominations of teams with 4-6 members should be emailed to Niek Van Vucht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Sunday 15 December 2019 or placed on the signup sheet at Canberra Bridge Club by 1pm Friday 13th December.

Lighter Moments

As a follow-up to last week:

How do you describe a parrot twitching after getting her feathers ruffled?


(Thank you, Earl.)



The Canberra 2 team – Tony Marker, Bill Tutty, Stephen Fischer and Jodi Tutty - came second in the Grand National Open Teams held at Tweed Heads last weekend. A wonderful performance – congratulations!

Alan McArthur Teams

  1. Chris Stead, Richard Hills, John Brockwell & Michael Cullen

CBC Medley Teams

  1. Tim Davis, David Randles, Niek Van Vucht, Patricia McDonald, Peter Grant




Monday Morning – Red

Geoff Hayes & Bill Tutty

Monday Morning - Blue

Jill Cromer & Ella Beer

Monday Evening

Ian Thomson & Justine Beaumont

Tuesday Afternoon

Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Wednesday Morning

Tim Davis & Tony Jowett

Wednesday Evening

Deborah Milner & Andrew Kettle

Thursday Morning – Red

Peter Kahler & Liz Van Der Hor

Thursday Morning – Blue

Leonie Della & Edith Blumenthal

Friday Morning

Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick

Friday Afternoon

Elspeth Saxby & Lisa Westwood

Saturday Afternoon

Ken Colbert & Lynne Moss





Clare Hobbs
Philippa Wickman


Peter Clarke
Yvette Gilroy
John McGarva


Andrea Twell


Andrew Gibbs


Claire Hughes

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on December 11, 2019 @ 9:15am
“Competitive Bidding - Unusual 2NT overcall”
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

  • Every Thursday Morning at 9:30am SHARP
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members
  • Come alone, with a friend or your partner
  • Program:
    12th December - Transfers after 2NT
    19th December - Declarer Play Challenges

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 9th - 13th December - 10% Higher level opening bids summary