Newsletter - 6 March 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Gold Coast Congress
  • February Eclectics
  • February Promotions


From the President:

What wonderful rain we have had. Being at CBC enhances the pleasure because the nature of our roof means we can hear it so clearly.

Best wishes,


Coronavirus/COVID-19 & winter flu season

All members, staff and visitors to the Club are urged to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly. Please follow the hand washing guidance on the many posters on display and use the hand sanitisers at other times.

Please avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes, especially if you haven't washed your hands for a while.

As always, if you have respiratory symptoms, please stay at home and return to bridge when you are feeling better.

Let’s all stay well.

For those interested in more ways to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses, please see our new staying healthy webpage.

Interested to make your own hand sanitiser?
A member has suggested this How-To guide to make your own hand sanitiser.

New Library Books

Members should check out the library which has been rejuvenated with lots of new titles, especially in the Crime/Thriller category. Don't knock each other over trying to get to the new Lee Childs books

The books are all fairly recent publications, in excellent condition and with large print. I hope that this will encourage more people to borrow from the Club's leisure reading library. 

We would also very much appreciate it if you would keep books coming in, especially good quality books.

Working Bee

A Working Bee will be held at the club on Saturday 28 March from 9.30am.

There is a myriad of jobs to be done, inside and outside. It would be wonderful to have your help.

The Grange Health & Wellbeing Open Day

  • Location: The Grange, MacGregor St, Deakin
  • Date: Saturday 21 March:
    • 11am-1pm for the public,
    • 1-2pm for Grange residents

Free hearing and blood pressure checks on the day, along with a free coffee and a sausage sizzle (gold coin donation).

Those attending will include National Hearing Canberra, Downsizing With Care, Deakin Wellbeing House, Cota, Volunteer Radio, Just Travel, Back in Strength, Capital Chemist, Independent Care Solutions, Tender Loving Cuisine, Mobility Matters and last but not least, the Canberra Bridge Club.

Adventure Travel Afternoon Tea

Will be presented by Travel Associates

  • At: Canberra Bridge Club
  • On: Thursday 26 March, 1:30-3:30pm

Travel Associates will be joined by Adventure World Travel and Lindblad Expeditions.

Enjoy refreshments and travel-inspired conversation.

A lucky door prize to be won.

Please visit the event page for more details or to register. You may also register with one of the managers.

January Committee Minutes

The minutes from the January committee meeting are now available for download on our Committee webpage.

GNOT Canberra 2 Team – Changed Selection Methods

The Canberra 2 team to contest the 2020 GNOT National Final will be a team of six.  Three pairs will be selected, one pair from each of three GNOT qualifying events held in our clubrooms:

  1. the GNOT (Tue) Selection Pairs (Tuesday evenings 16, 23 & 30 June and 7 July);
  2. the GNOT (Thu) Selection Pairs (Thursday evenings 20 & 27 August and 3 September);
  3. the Gala Day Open Pairs (Sunday 27 September).

Upcoming Events

Beginners Bridge Lessons

Our next course for learning to play Bridge begins:

  • March 16th: Monday evenings, 7pm
  • March 20th: Friday mornings, 10am

The course contains 6 lessons (skipping the Easter long weekend), and includes a textbook, detailed notes and three free supervised play sessions.

The cost is $69, but pay before 9th March and only pay $59 (save $10).

To enrol, contact the office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (02) 6282 2382.

Travel Associates Seniors Matchpoint Pairs

  • Monday 10am, 16th & 23rd March
  • Walk-in event; no pre-registration.
  • There will be a brief break for morning tea on 23rd March

Donations of food will be gratefully accepted – please tell Pam.

ANC Women’s Team Selection

  • Weekend of Friday 20th – 22nd March
  • Friday 20th may not be required, depending on entrant numbers.
  • Register online

CBC Novice Matchpoint Pairs

  • Sunday 22nd March, 1pm for a 1:15pm start
  • Fewer than 100 MasterPoints per pair (as at 31st Dec, 2019) / Grand Slam <54.
  • Sign up online or on the BT Noticeboard
  • RED Masterpoints
  • Feature prize: Movie tickets to “Never too late” (session of your choosing!)

Never too lateIt has been a long time since Caine, Bronson, Angus and Wendell, AKA, ‘The Chain Breakers’, escaped the torturous Vietnamese POW camp. They now find themselves sharing a new prison, The Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans.

 Each of the boys has an unrealised dream they want to achieve before it’s too late. So, once again they band together to devise a plan to escape this new hell. But the rules of engagement have changed, in fact, they can’t even remember what they were and that’s half the problem.

Never Too Late is a cross between Grumpy Old Men and The Great Escape, about four mates reconciling after years apart to teach each other that it’s never too late, no matter how old you are, to chase your dreams.

Lighter Moments

If you boil a funny bone, it becomes a laughing stock.

That’s humerus.


Gold Coast Congress

Seniors Teams

Arjuna De Livera and George Kozakos, with Paul Lavings, Robert Krochmalik and Stephen Burgess, won the Seniors Teams Final.

Eclectics for February



Monday Mornings – Butler (Red)

Len Van Der Hor & Liz Van Der Hor

Monday Mornings – Matchpoint (Blue/Yellow)

Patricia Mulcahy & Geoff Hooper

Tuesday Afternoons

Keith Mitchell & Lesley Gunson

Wednesday Mornings

Sue Doyle & John Donovan

Wednesday Nights (normal only, handicap not done)

John Hempenstall & Clem Davis

Thursday Mornings – Butler (Red)

Sue La Peyre & Bob Cox

Thursday Mornings – Matchpoint (Blue/Yellow)

Denise McLellan & Doreen Hand

Friday Mornings

Lance McDougall & Harold McCormick

Friday Afternoons

Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy

Saturday Afternoons

Juliana Maher & Sue Coleman

Promotions for February

Graduate: Lindy Cullen, Fran Pollard, Graham Pollard

Club: Peter Jones, Rachel Kerrigan, Susan Price, Elizabeth Yoo

Local: Klaus-Peter Klaiber, Trish Pryor, Miklos Tifan

Regional: Sau-Yem Lo

State: Claire Marlow

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

  • Wednesday 11th March @  9:15am
  • Topic: “Responding to 4th Suit Forcing

Thursday "Covering the Basics"

  • Thursday 12th March @ 9:15am
  • Topic: “Defence – 1Nt & responses” 

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 March – Pre-emptive Openings
  • 16th & 20th March – Weak 2D/2H/2S opening
  • 23rd & 27th March – Strong 2c opening
  • 30th March & 3rd April – Slam Bidding - Blackwood

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students

Barb Toohey will run a 4-week course on Competitive Bidding and Defence.

  • 11th March to 1st April, on Wednesdays at 2pm
  • $15 per lesson, or $55 for all 4 lessons.


  • Week 1: Doubles
  • Week 2: Overcalls
  • Week 3: Leads
  • Week 4: Signals