Newsletter - 6 October 2016

Daylight Saving

Please remember that daylight savings started on Sunday October 2. The Tuesday to Friday evening sessions will start at 7.30pm, with the Monday evening session to remain at 7.00pm.


Monday Daytime Olive Lott Pairs
Winners - Bill Pattinson and Paul Sullivan
Runners up - Colin Davidson and Peter Kowald (Blue Section)

Thursday Evening Spring Butler Pairs
Winners - Bill Hunt and Chris Quail
Runners up - Anne Pettigrew and Adrienne Stephens

Eclectic Results for September
Saturday Gan Woo Kim & Arjuna De Livera
Monday Bill Pattinson & Paul Sullivan
Tuesday Adam Robinson & Sue Coleman
Wednesday Bev Crossman & Mary Tough
Thursday Ian Dalziell & Trevor Berenger
Thursday Blue Eta Rogoyska & Basil Rebera
Friday Bev & Bruce Crossman

Canberra in Bloom Bridge Festival
Royal Bluebell Matchpoint Swiss Pairs-
1 Stephen Mendick & Bernard Waters
2 Arjuna De Livera & George Kozakos
Golden Wattle Open Teams-
1 Ian Robinson, George Kozakos, Khokan Bagchi & David Lilley
2 Anne Powell, Earl Dudley, Stephen Mendick & Bernard Waters
3 Margaret Bourke, Arjuna De Livera, Peter Reynolds & Michael Smart
Silver Wattle Restricted Teams -
3 Ella Beer, Jill Cromer, Margaret Carr & Karin Irvine
Canberra Bells Swiss Pairs -
2 Ian Robinson & George Kozakos
4 Sebastian Yuen & Johnno Newman

Upcoming Events

Nation Wide Pairs - Friday afternoon 14 October. The Panel discussion at the end of play will be led by Chris Quail.


The BFACT AGM will be held at abouot 4:30pm, Sunday 30 October 2016 in the CBC Club Rooms immediately following the BFACT Gala Gold Point Pairs. Contact the club for further details.

Master the Basics Lessons

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late.
The next lesson is Wednesday October 12 with Barb Toohey at 9.15 am. The topic is Slam Bidding – Bidding Big Hands. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Held on Monday evenings (7pm) and Thursday mornings (9.30am).
Each session begins with a short lesson, followed by duplicate play. There is a set of lessons for these Supervised sessions which run throughout the year.
Next Topic
Monday 10 Oct - Thursday 13 Oct. Opening leads & signals (simplified)

Bridge For Kids

Bridge for Kids was very successful with 38 children and their guardians turning up. This looks like turning into a regular school holiday event.

Contact Details

Members please advise the office of a family or friends contact details in case of an emergency.

September Green Masterpoints

Processing difficulties have meant that September's GREEN Masterpoints were not uploaded to the ABF before the monthly processing deadline. This means that they will not be visible to members until after the October processing is complete, ie early November.
We regret any inconvenience.

Contributions of lemons, vegetables etc for our produce stall would be much appreciated.

President's Corner

Week 2 – 10/10/2016
CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

Week Two of a new committee year and I have to say that activities in the club seemed to be flat out. On Friday we had members from the Ballarat Club visit and play the afternoon session. That was followed by a quick trip to the War Memorial to see the closing ceremony and then back to our club for our hosted dinner. It was a great dinner with Adrienne Stephens heading up the kitchen, Keith Mitchell, Lesley, Kerry and others providing great assistance. Already the Ballarat people are working on returning next year with more people.

In all probability from 5th to 9th April 2017, CBC will do another trip to Ballarat. More effort with future trips at either city involving billets to keep costs down is an aim. A very big thank you to Kerry and Dorothy for providing billets over the weekend. I am not sure I count myself as a billet when it involved my brother. Photo is Ballarat Group and me, my elder brother on the end.

The Ballarat people mixed a CBC session and Canberra in Bloom Congress with tourism. A great experience for all and two ladies, came second in the Novice Pairs, picking up Gold Master Points. Overall a great long weekend for them.

Moving onto this week, on Tuesday morning we had a repeat of the previous highly successful Kids for Bridge program. The various photos give an insight into just how dramatic this program is. If you are short on energy, then I suggest you get involved as a helper for the next program. You will come out totally energised from the involvement. Additionally, this program is ideal for those willing to help but don't want a heavy, lengthy or complex task. I was even used for a short period to balance numbers. Please consider putting your name down to help on future programs. There are lots of photos on the notice board in the foyer.

Members are aware of the situation regarding Sean and his ongoing health situation. In recent weeks Sean has enjoyed some improvement in that he is now in a Rehabilitation Ward and some of our members have visited him there and even played some rounds of bridge. This is indeed encouraging news. However, it will be some time before Sean is in a position to return to a director role at the club.

In the meantime we have operated with temporary arrangements utilising Gordon Henderson in the CTD role with other directors assisting with the heavy lifting. Our ongoing appreciation and thanks continue to be extended to these directors.

The opportunity has arisen where the club may obtain the services of another very highly regarded director in the role of CTD. I am extremely keen to push forward and engage the services of this director. Hopefully by next week either via the weekly newsletter or by a special post, I can provide the detail of this plan.

The proposed CTD will be looking for an apartment to rent. Details of the requirements are

• Modern apartment, lift, 2/3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2 garages/parking spaces, fully a/c'd, furnished.

If a member has any contacts that can assist in the provision of a suitable apartment, please email me with details ASAP at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sean's rehabilitation and potential return to the club is important to us. The plan is that Sean will be provided with regular bridge session(s) when we collectively agree he can undertake the task. The situation will remain fluid until it becomes clear how well Sean has recovered.

It is my assessment that the above plan provides for the effective directing services that are required in a club such as CBC, but also provides a practical ongoing engagement with Sean into the future.

Unfortunately our Produce Table has been short on contribution for many weeks. Normally there are lemons, herbs and such like going to waste in gardens at this time of the year that could be provided for sale. So if you can eat it, we can sell it. It is amazing how quickly the money adds up.

Last week I made a comment about general hygiene involving colds, flu, etc. My objective with the comment was to improve the standard of hygiene. It appears from the comments/complaints made to me this week that the reverse has applied. Frankly, if people are going to act in gross ways, then they can expect that somebody is going to take them to task.

Lines for this week:

• Many people are alive, only because it's illegal to shoot them.

• Condoms do not guarantee safe sex. A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman's husband.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles
October 2016