Newsletter - 23 March 2017


Seniors Day
Ist N/S Peter Anderson & Ruth Landau
E/W Helen Little & Geoff Hutchins

Senior's Day was an enjoyable day for the select group who came. Several chose to play bridge only but most went to the little "Italian Bistro" we established in the Olive Lott Room for the occasion. There they enjoyed pizza and salads (both provided by Locale Pizzeria) and fresh fruit served by Sue Scerri, Gwen Gray Jamieson and Chris Sheen with wine and other drinks served by Mark Sheen. Gwen, Chris, and Pam Crichton kindly supplied slices.

Open Teams Trial

1st Ian Robinson & George Kozakos
2nd Jon Hunt & Ian Thomson
3rd Andrew Creet & Peter Kahler

Upcoming Events

ACT Multiple Teams- Tuesday evenings
28 March at 7.30pm – 4 & 11 April at 7.00pm
This three week event has winners in various categories : Open, Women, Mixed & Restricted (less than 1000 masterpoints) This is a Red Masterpoint event.

Garden working Bee

Thank you to Catherine Cregan and Stephen Henningham who conducted their own working bee a week ahead of the scheduled event. A great job in removing the waist-high thistles under adverse conditions (it hadn’t rained in months).
On THE day, thanks to Peter Hughes, Malcolm Wood, Chris & Mark Sheen, Pam & Ross Crichton with follow-up to complete the job on Sunday Chris, Mark, Pam, Ross plus conscripted “volunteer” wheel barrower David Hoffman.
The southern aspect of the club’s gardens has had a facelift!

Membership Payments –

Are now overdue and will become inactive in 5 days if not paid!
When making direct bank payments please identify the payment with your ABF number or your name.
Members who have not paid their membership by March 28 will become INACTIVE with the ABF and will no longer be issued with Masterpoints.

Master the Basics

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late. The next lesson is Wednesday March 29, with Barb Toohey at 9.15am. The topic is “Opening the Bidding” – Strong Openings–2NT, 2C Balanced/Unbalanced! Stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Supervised sessions, with a lesson preceding the play, are on Monday nights at 7pm, and Thursday mornings at 9.30am.
Ann & Jeanette look forward to seeing you there.
Topics for March-
27th and 30th Etiquette, scoring & key bidding points
Topics for April-
3rd and 6th Opening Leads and signals
10th and 13th No Trump Play
17th and 20th Trump Play
24th and 27th Card Play - finesse

Further bridge lesson requirements

Please make you suggestion before Wed 5 April.
Put forward your suggestions to the committee in the suggestion box in the Barry Turner room.
The committee is preparing a programme for further bridge lessons for rising stars and would appreciate your advice about what you want to learn and when you would like the lessons. Obviously we will not be able to satisfy everyone; but your comments will be taken seriously.

Another Bridge Session?

Please make you suggestion before Weds 5 April.
The committee is considering opening up another session during the day later in the year. Could you please indicate in the suggestion box in the Barry Turner room the day and time that you would suit you as this will help with planning.

Other Events

BFACT is running the ANC Open Stage 2 & Restricted Butler Sunday 2 April at CBC
This is Stage 2 of the ANC trials and the first 4 contending pairs earn a place in the Open ANC trials final. There is also a restricted event (<300MP). The first contending pair wins free entry into the ANC restricted pairs. There are prizes for each category. All members are encouraged to play in this event.

Ballarat festival of bridge
Wednesday evening 5th April to Saturday 8th April with farewell dinner on Saturday evening.
Please contact Peter Giles on 0439469811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in coming. Last year it was a great occasion with a combination of bridge and tourist activities.
A farewell dinner will be held at Barkly’s Lounge and Bar 43 Main Street Ballarat, at a cost of $31.50 for a two course meal, (various choices) plus drinks.
Single entries are welcome and car pooling may be available.

Moruya Bridge Club
Keith Heron 21st Memorial Bridge Tournament
Swiss Red Point pairs event, Saturday 9th April, 2017 at Batemans Bay Bridge Club. Commences at 9.30am.
Cash Prizes. Only 18 tables. Entries close Wednesday 5th April. Contact Alan Booker ph 02 4474 2044 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bridge for Brains Food for Thought

Cook books
We still have a few for sale.

Lesley and Kerry


I felt it was time that I made some public thanks to various people.

These thanks are personal as well as on your behalf.

Firstly, to Gordon Henderson who willingly took on the unpaid job of Chief Tournament Director in March last year. He has decided that he wants to get back to actually playing more bridge and to more retirement. I thank him for his service and wish him well.

Secondly, to Ian Robinson who has agreed to take on the role vacated by Gordon.

Thirdly, to the trio who worked to clean the fluorescent lights in the Barry Turner Room. John Hempenstall, Neil Garvey and Susan Walters undertook this task. If you look next time you are in the room I am sure that you will be able to see the difference.

Fourthly, to the garden crew (Catherine Cregan and Stephen Henningham – who were so keen they turned up a week early, Malcolm Woods, Peter Hughes, Pam Crichton, Ross Crichton, Chris Sheen, Mark Sheen and David Hoffman) who gave up several hours last weekend to weed, prune, sweep, spread mulch and generally tidy the outside. I am sure they are feeling even better about their work now that it has rained. I suggest you take a quick stroll around the building to admire their work, when next you are there and tell them how good it looks..

Fifthly, to the “kitchen” crew who worked to present a delicious meal on Tuesday at the senior's day lunch. The workers were Sue Scerri, Gwen Gray Jamieson, Chris Sheen and Mark Sheen. Sue, Gwen, Chris, and Pam Crichton kindly supplied nibbles for morning tea.
The session director was the ever reliable Rick Nehmy.

Lastly, thank you again to John Hempenstall who spent a couple of hours last Saturday cleaning the faces of the Bridgemates. I am constantly amazed at how “grubby” we manage to get them just through normal use.

Just for your information, my desk is located in my “office” which is the blue seat in the foyer of the club. I seem to spend a bit of time using it for one reason or another so I have decided to refer laughingly to it as my office.

Enjoy your bridge

Perelle Scales

A Note from Colin & Gayle Webb

Dear members

We are now back in the UK after 3 most enjoyable months in Canberra.

We wanted to say thank you to all the members for making us feel so welcome and also to congratulate the committee in running such a thriving and well organised club. We are taking away several ideas to try to attract new members to our local bridge club.

Now we are both retired we hope to visit Canberra on an annual basis, and if anyone is interested in a house swap to the UK or would need anyone to housesit at anytime, do get in touch.

Also if any member is visiting the UK and would like any advice on where to play bridge, we would be happy to help.

See you in 2018!

Gayle and Colin Webb

Gayle Webb
4 Smallbrook Lane
Wiltshire BA12 9HP
Telephone: 01985 214102
Mobile: 07753 958681