Newsletter - 17 January 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • Bridge For Kids
  • Summer Festival of Bridge
  • Valentines' Day Congress
  • Wednesday Night Pizza and Seminar


  • December Eclectics
  • 2020 Youth Championships
  • Summer Festival of Bridge


From thane President:

Thank you to the many CBC members who have assisted at the Summer Festival – as removalists and standby players. Perelle Scales as Partnerships and Standby players organiser, Neil Garvey and David Thompson as bus drivers, and Niek Van Vucht as removalist all did a marvellous job. We will talk more about the standby players next week. We are lucky to have a major tournament in our city and you can all be pleased that you helped to facilitate it.

The workers last night did a terrific job, especially John Hempenstall, Margaret Kyburz and David Thompson.

Don’t forget that next week you have a chance to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Pianola! Please see the item below.

Best wishes,


Anticipated Vacancy

BFACT has an anticipated vacancy for one of two Councillors it appoints as its representatives on the ABF Council, and is inviting expressions of interest. The appointment would be for two years, and the Councillor would be required to attend two ABF meetings each year and regularly attend BFACT meetings. Functions and duties of the position can be found at the ABF website. Expressions of interest may be forwarded to John Niven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Renewing membership – Now Overdue

Membership renewals are overdue. 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.

Upcoming Events

BFACT Open Teams Selection Stage 1

Tuesdays 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18 February - 7.30pm

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.

Valentine's Day Congress

Sunday 9 February, Canberra Bridge Club, 2 sessions starting at 10.00am, entry fee $38 includes morning tea, a light lunch and drinks at end of play. There are 3 events:

  • The Grange Open Teams
  • The Grange Novice Pairs (fewer than 100 masterpoints)
  • The Grange Restricted Pairs (fewer than 300 masterpoints)


The winning pair gets airfares and free entry to the ANC 2020 RESTRICTED BUTLER PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP, to be held in Adelaide 18-19 July 2020 (previous winners ineligible).

Wednesday Night

Our first Pizza night will be held on Wed 5th Feb from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will be discussing some of the interesting hands he came across at the NOT.

Contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or put your name on the list.

Calendar Booklets

Calendar Booklets are available for collection from the table in the foyer

"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

Metal name badges

Another batch of metal name badges will be ordered soon. If you would like to get one, please contact Kerry or Emily in the office to add you to the list for this order. The badges cost $15, and must be paid for before ordering.


One of the very necessary jobs in the club, increasingly so, is watering our plants. We appreciate Gordon McAlary, who does this superbly on Mondays. Is there someone who could do this before or after they play on Thursdays?

Lighter Moments

Love is a Many Splendorous Thing ...

A woman, cranky because her husband was late coming home again, decided to leave a note, saying, "I've had enough and have left you...don't bother coming after me" Then she hid under the bed to see his reaction.

After a short while the husband comes home and she could hear him in the kitchen before he comes into the bedroom. She could see him walk towards the dresser and pick up the note...

After a few minutes he wrote something on it before picking up the phone and calling someone... "She's finally gone...yeah I know, about bloody time, I'm coming to see you, put on that sexy french nightie. I love you...can't wait to see you...we'll do all the naughty things you like." He hung up, grabbed his keys and left.

She heard the car drive off as she came out from under the bed. Seething with rage and with tears in her eyes she grabbed the note to see what he wrote... "I can see your feet. We're outta bread: be back in five minutes."


2020 Australian Youth Championships:

Andrew Spooner, with Renee Cooper, won the selection event for the Australian Youth team. Congratulations!

Summer Festival of Bridge

Seniors Teams:

Michael Cullen, David Hoffman, Peter Grant and Tony Marinos qualified for the semi-finals, as did Ian Thomson. David Lilley and George Kozakos qualified for the finals in their respective teams.

The Seniors Teams championship was won by the Lilley team.

Women’s Teams:

Judith Tobin and Elizabeth Havas in their respective teams qualified for the semi-finals

Margaret Bourke was in the team that finished second in the Women’s Teams Championship

Red Plum Life/Non-Life Masters Teams:

2nd John Donovan, Terry Heming, Trevor Berenger and Ian Dalziell

Chris Diment Matchpoint Swiss Pairs:

2nd Daniel Geromboux and Matthew Raisin

South West Pacific Teams:

George Kozakos, in the Buchen team, qualified for the quarter finals of the National Open Teams

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

Master the Basics will resume on Wednesday, February 5

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

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 – 31th 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