Newsletter - 13 December 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Seniors


From the President:

Our calendar booklet is at the printers. Compiling it is not a simple job and is done under time pressure. When it is available, if you notice significant inconsistencies please let us know and we can rectify any problems on the web calendar.

Thank you to David Hoffman, Ian Robinson, Niek Van Vucht, John Donovan and Kerry Butcher, who worked on aspects of it, and our major appreciation goes to John Brockwell and Claire Hughes for all their effort.

Congratulations to George Kozakos, Jodi Tutty and Marianne Bookallil will be representing Australia in 2020 (please see details

Best wishes,


Bridge Sessions over Christmas & New Year

Bridge Sessions over Christmas & New Year period

Over Christmas/New Year the club will be OPEN for all usual DAYTIME sessions, except on 24 and 25 December.

However, the club will be closed for the following EVENING sessions:

  • Tuesdays 7.30pm: 24 & 31 December
  • Wednesdays 7.15pm: 25 December & 1 January
  • Thursday 7.30pm: 26 December

Putting Christmas Tree & Decorations Away

Monday 30 Dec 1.15

Please help to take down decorations at the end of the session if you are able.

Message from Peter Giles

Dear Members,

New Travel Sponsor for CBC

20191213 newsletter img1As you know, we have had a travel sponsor for a number of years. From 1 January 2020 we will have a new sponsor. The new sponsor is Travel Associates. They have 5 different shopfronts in the ACT. Members, their friends and family and next door neighbours can all deal with any shopfront. As long as the traveller informs Travel Associates that they are dealing with them because of some association with CBC, the club will obtain a trailing commission.

Tokyo2To launch the new arrangements we have scheduled a major event for Monday 6th January (day session). All CBC Members who are “financial for 2020”, and “playing” will be eligible to win the exciting prize. Both rooms will be set up to accommodate what I hope is a large number of members. The prize will be
via a lucky ticket handed out on the morning and not the winner of the bridge session(s). A number of Travel Associates staff will be on hand to
introduce themselves and to conduct the lucky draw.

There will be “one only prize” of a trip for “two” people to Tokyo, including airfares and four nights accommodation. The prize is not redeemable for cash or any other alternative trip. Please see below.

Tokyo3A light morning tea will be provided and assistance with slices or cakes would be greatly appreciated. I will be making my usual scones.

The details for the prizes are as follows

  • 2 x return economy class airfares from Canberra to Tokyo with Virgin Australia.
  • 3 nights in 4 star accommodation in Tokyo with return shared transfers from Tokyo Airport to Accommodation.
  • 1 full day Tokyo private guided tour.
  • Return home to Canberra Airport Limousine Transfers.
  • Please contact Travel Associates Belconnen on 02 6199 9400 to claim your prize.

Please see below for conditions of use:

  • Valid for travel 12 April - 30 September 2020
  • Blackout dates 28 April - 10 May 2020, 13 July - 18 Aug 2020.
  • Limo transfers valid for travel within a radius of 40kms from Canberra Airport
  • Voucher may only be used once and is not redeemable for cash.
  • Bookings are subject to availability

Merry Christmas to all!

Peter Giles

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.

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.

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)

Nationwide Pairs

Friday December 20 @ 1.00pm

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 peopleYou 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

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.

Full event and subsidy funding details, see the APBF Championship page on our website.

Help Needed

Good-hearted members of this club help every year to set up the rooms for the Summer Festival of Bridge. The club is remunerated for those efforts.

We would appreciate the assistance of many volunteers on Tuesday 7 January at about midday at the Rex Hotel, Northbourne Avenue.

On Thursday 16 January at about 6.30pm we need to reverse the process Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to help.

"How to get the most out of Pianola 101"

Would you like to learn more about how Pianola can best serve you?

Rick Nehmy will run a session on Monday 20 January and repeat it on Wednesday 22 January from 9.15am to 9.45am in the Olive Lott Room at the Club. It will be a step by step run through of the basics and projected on the TV screen.

It’s not essential, but if you have one, please bring your internet enabled device to whichever session suits you better

Lighter Moments

What is claustrophobia?

Fear of Santa Claus


Australian Seniors and Women's Teams playoffs

Canberra Bridge Club was well represented in the playoffs for the Australian Seniors and Women’s teams.

Playoffs for the Australian Seniors Team:

1 st . George Kozakos playing with George Smolanko, Robert Krochmalik, Paul Lavings, Stephen Burgess and Gabi Lorentz, defeated

2 nd . Arjuna De Livera playing with Andrew Braithwaite, Pauline Gumby, Warren Lazer, Avinash Kanetkar and Nigel Rosendorff

Playoffs for the Australian Women’s Team:

1 st . Marianne Bookallil and Jodi Tutty, playing with Sophie Ashton, Lauren Travis, Jessica Brake and Susan Humphries. Julia Hoffman (npc), defeated

2 nd . Elizabeth Havas, playing with Di Smart, Barbara Travis, Candice Ginsberg, Rena Kaplan and Giselle Mundell The two successful teams, if ratified by the ABF, will form the Australian team in that category for 2020.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The last lesson for 2019 will be on December 18, 2019 @ 9:15am

“Bidding – What Shape am I?”

Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Master the Basics will resume on Wednesday, February 5

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:
    19th December - Declarer Play Challenges

In 2020 the format of the Thursday lesson will change to incorporate some play.

The title will be Covering the Basics; it will start at 9.15am and the price will be $6 (members); $8 non-. members.

These lessons will start on Thursday 6 February

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.


  • 16th December 2019 – 31 January 2020.

Supervised sessions will continue uninterrupted on Monday night and Friday morning, with a lesson as usual, through December and January. Chris Stead will oversee these groups from Monday 16 December.

Kind regards,

Kerry & Emily