Newsletter - 13 July 2017

Upcoming Events

Nation Wide Pairs for July is being held tomorrow, Friday 14 July at 1.00pm
This is the day before the ANC commences in Canberra, so there will NOT be a discussion forum at the end of play this month.
But, it WILL be a great chance for you all to have a "practice" and get yourselves some RED Master Points before you head off to Thoroughbred Park in Mitchell on Saturday 15th July to play in the event.


Ted Crichton Matchpoint Pairs
1st Margaret Bourke & David Hoffman
2nd George Kozakos & Ian Robinson

The next two series of Beginner Lessons 

Monday August 21 at 7.00pm and Thursday August 24 at 10.00am.
Please let your friends know.
CBC is offering 10% off beginner lessons for those with a seniors card.

Master the Basics

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. The next lesson is Wednesday July 19 with Barb Toohey. The topic is Signals – Signals again”. 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.
Barb and/or Jeanette & Anne look forward to seeing you there.
Topics for next week – 17 & 20 July – No Trump Play.

Australian National Championships requests and information

15-27 July 2017
Thoroughbred Park Function & Convention Centre, Randwick Road, Lyneham

Are you a Restricted or Novice player who wants an occasional game at the ANC?
In Week 1 (15-21 July) there are several matchpoint pairs events, just as in the bridge club. There will be prizes for Novice and Restricted players. Please enter now.
In Week 2 there will be Walk In matchpoint pairs: on Saturday 22 July, Sunday 23 July, Tuesday 25 July at 10am, on Monday 24 July and Wednesday 26 July at 2.00pm. Just turn up. We look forward to seeing you there.

Interclub Teams Sunday 16 July
The Canberra Bridge Club would like those interested in playing in this team event and representing the club to sign up on the signup sheet in the foyer.
The categories are –
* Novice those with fewer than 100 masterpoints as of 31 March 2017
* Restricted - those with fewer than 300 masterpoints as of 31 March 2017
* Intermediate - those with fewer than 750 masterpoints as of 31 March 2017
* Senior - All team members must be born before 01/01/1959.
It is an all day event commencing at 10am to 5.30pm. The fee is $80 per team
It is being held at the same venue as the ANC Thoroughbred Park Function and Convention Centre, Randwick Rd, Lyneham.

Information in regard to the ANC event
You have a once in eight years opportunity to play in this tournament, at home.
* Events range from one-session pairs to two-day or longer Butler pairs; with categories including Novice, Restricted, Open, Women and Seniors. We look forward to seeing you there.
* Brochures are available on the table in the upstairs foyer.
The website is
If you have any questions, please ask
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ANC : 15 – 27 July



The Canberra Bridge Club lost one of its stalwarts this week and we as a Club are all the poorer for it.

Val Hopwood was a regular at the club over many years and she gave generously of her time. She was a passionate bridge player, bridge teacher and bridge director. She loved playing and wanted others to share her passion for bridge and so...
• she taught beginners on behalf of the club over several years;
• willingly and patiently acted as a mentor to other players both during our specific mentoring period as well as at other times;
• directed Friday afternoon sessions for some years;
• came in on a Friday morning to count the week's takings and bank them;
• served on the sub-group established to vet prospective life members and offer advice to the committee about their suitability for this honour; and
• cleaned the silverware in the club.

She did all of this and yet still found the time to play competitive bridge at the highest level when she represented the ACT in 2006 as a member of the Womens Team for the ANC. It is somewhat ironic that she competed in the selection trials for this year's ANC earlier this year and won the event; although she and her partner, Lesley Gunson did not choose to represent the ACT on this occasion.

Val “bridged” (pun intended) the gap between the daytime players and the competition players by playing a couple of daytime sessions each week as well as most Tuesday and Thursday nights.

One of my fondest memories is from last November when I was part of a team with Val, Di Hawke and Elspeth Saxby. I messed up the accommodation bookings with the result that Val and Di had to share a bed; but they forgave me. We laughed a lot during our meal on Saturday night and almost the whole trip home from Mittagong. It was great fun.

Perelle Scales



Val was one of those best of friends who had an enormous zest for life. Nothing she loved more than chatting, laughing and swapping stories. All this necessarily accompanied by a glass or two of her favourite wine. She was a wonderful and generous entertainer with all the culinary skills of a girl brought up in the country.

She was a passionate and good bridge player who would rush to the phone after a session for a revisit of hands and other interesting titbits that may have occurred. Teaching was her profession and she was again more than generous in helping and mentoring new players. Her patience was legendary. She knew just about everyone in the Club and was universally liked and respected. It was a lucky day for us when she decided to move from Wagga to Canberra about fifteen years ago. An important part of the essential fabric and good heart of this Club has been lost.

Travelling was another of Val's passions. She often visited family in the UK and was a foundation member of a group of us that decided to go on our first Mediterranean bridge cruise about twelve years ago. What great fun we had! We were all hooked and have since repeated our group travelling as often as our finances allowed. Our last trip was to Canada/Alaska last September.
Goodbye dear friend. We have loved you and will miss you.

Janet Kahler