Newsletter - 29 December 2016

Club closures over the next few weeks for the open sections

(supervised sessions are discussed below)
All Friday nights until February 3rd
Tuesday evenings 10 and 17 January
Wednesday evening 18 January
Thursday evenings 12 and 19 January
Please note that daytime sessions are not affected.

Table money goes up $1

For all bridge players from Monday 2 January 2017

Trading Table

If you have any fresh produce for the trading table, please bring some in, as these items sell well.

Upcoming Evening Events

Summer Butler Pairs - Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 29 December also 3 and 5 January.
We had a great turn up of 7 tables on Tuesday 27.
This is a walk-in event. The cost is only $9. You can attend any number of these sessions but the winners will need to attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions. This is a great event to practise for the upcoming Summer Festival of Bridge in January. The club would appreciate a good turn out from members and visitors.

Southern Cross Club Community Rewards Program

With the Festive Season upon us, don’t forget to make use of your Southern Cross Club rewards program. Just swipe your card when making a purchase at the club for the Canberra Bridge Club to gain the reward benefit. If you have not yet registered your Southern Cross Club membership number with the CBC, just pop into the office with your number and the managers will assist you.

Membership Payments –Time is running out! Due Today!!!!

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.

Staying after Bridge Sessions

When staying and having a chat and drink after your session, please put your glasses, cups etc. into the downstairs dishwasher and leave the room tidy before vacating.

Master the Basics Lessons - Resumes February 1, 2017


Bridge Beginner Lessons 2017 – members please promote 

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.
Please let likely persons know about our upcoming lessons. We also have small brochures you can letter box drop in your neighbourhood.

Supervised Sessions

Arrangements Supervised Sessions over Christmas and January
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.

The duplicate/play and lesson sessions will commence on Monday 6th February and Thursday 9th February 2017.

An exception is 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.


From our President

Dear Members

I hope you have all had a safe and happy Christmas enjoying family visits and such forth. At the club yesterday I was involved in a number of conversations where members were saying how much they enjoyed family coming to stay and with the departure of families how nice it was to have the place back to themselves.

Now as we rapidly draw a close on 2016 it is time to wish you all a very happy New Year for 2017. From my perspective, 2016 was an extremely successful year in the club. Almost every element of the club saw growth and critically an area that saw big growth was the continuing and expanding involvement of members in their club. Without the involvement of our members in so many areas of the club we would not be in the sound position that we are.

The Committee with our wonderful managers and myself, wish you all the very best for 2017.

Peter Giles


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.