Newsletter - 15 December 2016

Our Giving Christmas Tree requires more unwrapped gifts for Marymead please.

The last chance to deliver presents is Monday 19 at 12 noon.

Our Christmas Hamper is now up and running with tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.

The raffle will be drawn Monday 19 at 12 noon.
First prize is the hamper, followed by Christmas Cake, Bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, Bottle of De Bortoli 8 year old port and Christmas Crackers.


State Butler Pairs
Winners Margaret Bourke and David Hoffman

Upcoming Events

Nationwide Pairs
Friday 16 December alongside the 1.00pm session. A Red Masterpoint event, the fee is normal table money plus $1. At the conclusion of play Richard Hills another who has represented the ACT will lead the panel discussions on some of the hands.

Summer Butler Pairs
Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 evenings December. This is a walk in evening and a good time to practise for the Summer Festival of Bridge in January.

Membership Payments

When making direct bank payments please identify the payment with your ABF number or your name.
We have a couple of payments without ID. Please check on Pianola and if you think it is you please contact the office Monday – Wednesday and we will check against banking dates.


RE Personal Information.
One of the many advantages of our Pianola Club Management software is that members control and manage their own information and communication preferences. If you wish to update your address, email, gender or whatever just log into your Pianola account and make your desired changes. You may also control and change which (if any) Club emails you receive, and who (if anyone) sees what (if any) of your personal information.
If you make any changes please contact the office and let them know, so as that records can be kept up to date in the calendar.

Boxing Day

The Club will be open for the 10.00am session on Boxing Day but closed for the evening session.

Friday Night Bridge

This Friday, December 16, will be the last Friday night for a game of Bridge until February 3rd. There is no bridge from December 23rd. Friday night Bridge resumes again on February 3rd

Master the Basics Lessons

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late. The next lesson is Wednesday December 21, with Barb Toohey at 9.15am. The topic is Play Problems – Declarer play challenges. Stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Arrangements Supervised Sessions over Christmas and January
The last lessons for Supervised for 2016 will be held on Monday 12th and Thursday 15th December. But do not despair - bridge will continue! However, Barb, Ann & Jeanette take a break over the summer period.
The Supervised sessions will continue as usual, but without a lesson preceding play. A volunteer from the club will be in attendance to give advice, answer questions and help you as much as you need, but they will not give a lesson.
In other words, you will be there to play your normal duplicate Supervised session.
For this reason, the Thursday time will change, and you will begin duplicate at 10am, as you do now, but you do not need to come at 9.30 for a lesson. Please bear in mind that it is polite to arrive by 9.45, so the Director can plan the movements for the whole session.
These duplicate play sessions will commence on:
Monday 19th December (7pm) and Thursday 22nd December (10am), and continue thus until…
Monday 6th February and Thursday 9th February 2017.
In that week, normal lessons and duplicate play will resume.
There are two exceptions during this period.
Monday 26th December: The CBC will be closed on Boxing Day during the evening, so there will be no bridge session that night.
Thursday 26th January: As this is a public holiday, we are not asking for a volunteer to come to this session. For this day, we suggest you still come along, and play in one of the other duplicate movements.
We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to play in these sessions over the summer period. This system was trialled last year and participants found it helpful to continue to play, if commitments allowed them to do so.

Barb, Ann & Jeanette look forward to seeing you in February.
Best wishes from us all.

Bridge Beginner Lessons 2017

These lessons commence on Monday 6 February 2017 at 7.00pm and Thursday 9 February at 10am. The fee is $72 for seven weeks of lessons. You may like to consider getting a voucher for these lessons from the club for someone near and dear as a Christmas present.
Please let likely persons know about our upcoming lessons. We also have small brochures you can letter box drop in your neighbourhood.

Table Money

Please pay in gold coins and notes. Silver coins are both time consuming to count and heavy in mass to carry.

Message from, the archivist (David Hoffman)

If you have any material relating to bridge in the ACT (especially old bulletins or newsletters), the club would appreciate the material to augment the records which are stored in the club’s archives.




The Summer Festival of Bridge is fast approaching. It will be held at the QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit from the 10 – 22 January 2017. There will be no cost (unless you wish to make a small payment) and gold masterpoints to be won.
This year Perelle Scales and Justine Beaumont are managing the partnership desk on behalf of the Canberra Bridge Club (CBC). The CBC will earn money for undertaking this activity. You do not need to commit to an entire event; although you are welcome to do so. If you are free to be on standby for even one session it will appreciated. Players of all levels, including novice are needed.

Please advise Perelle 0450961935, Justine 0414637075 or the managers 62822382 if you can assist.