From the President:

I am delighted to announce that Jodi Tutty will be one of CBC’s two Recorders, starting from 1 March, and Peter Grant is continuing in this role.

For anyone not familiar with this concept, our By Laws state that:

The role of the Recorder is to receive and investigate grievances presented by bridge players on matters that are not strictly within the normal province of the Director.

We are lucky that our bridge club owns its own premises and can thank the foresight of those members who were responsible. However, with that comes a constant need for maintenance. In this area I acknowledge the ongoing work of John Hempenstall and Neil Garvey on the building. We are fortunate that Gordon McAlary and Colin Beaton water the garden beds to keep plants alive and Ross Crichton wages war on the weeds.

The Valentine’s Day Congress ran smoothly thanks to a great team of Stephen Fischer, John Brockwell and Mary Tough. Many others helped with their labour and cooking, especially Meredith Hayes, Lesley Gunson, Sue Pillans and Sue Coath. And a special thank you to all those that donated their cooking skills and effort to provide cakes, slices and other eateries for the day.

Thank you to all the club members who continue to support the club in so many ways.

Best wishes,



Valentine’s Day Results:

 Novice Pairs –        1st:     Jon Pike & Rowan Bergin

                                  2nd :  Lee Egerton & Trish Arnold

Restricted Pairs -   1st:    Pamela McKittrick & Judy Netting

                                  2nd:   Terri Henderson & Atul Hajela

Open Teams -         1st:    Leone Moffat, Richard Brightling, Pam & Ross Crichton

                                  2nd:   Marianne Bookallil, Peter Reynolds, Julia Leung & Terry Pearson


Tuesday Evenings – CBC Butler Pairs incorporating Ted Crichton Pairs:

1st -  Adrienne Stephens, Peter Kahler

2nd - Tony Marinos, Peter Grant

3rd -  Julia Hoffman, Jodi Tutty


Upcoming Events:

Friday Afternoon – 16th February - Nationwide Pairs

Red Masterpoints,
Test your play against players of all calibres Australia wide,
No entry requirements, just walk-in, no additional cost,
Click here to see the ABF Nationwide Pairs site including results.


Tuesday Evening event:

State ANC Open Teams Stage 1

Red Masterpoints,

4 weeks commencing Tuesday evening 27th February

Entry List on BT Noticeboard and Club Website

Thursday Evening event:

CBC Point-a-Board Teams

Red Masterpoints,

3 weeks commencing Thursday evening 1st March

Entry List on BT Noticeboard and Club Website


Regional Events: 



Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson is Wednesday 21st February, with Barb Toohey.

  • The topic is Declarer Play – “Play points – Promotion, Length, Finesse”


Supervised Session 2018 – all Beginners should attend

Supervised lessons will resume on Monday 29th January (7.00pm) and Thursday 1st February (9.30am).

We hope you have enjoyed the Summer Sessions as well as your holiday time, and we look forward to seeing you again in the 2018 Supervised sessions.

Supervised session topics

Monday’s starting 7.00pm

Thursday’s starting 9.30am

  Slam bidding, Blackwood

19th  February

22th February

  System Card

26th February

1st March


Barb, Ann and Jeanette


Club Advertisers - Flight Centre

From time to time members ask me about the current arrangement with Flight Centre.  Most would be aware that Flight Centre is a major sponsor of the club and Edwina has returned as our Account Manager.  I am pleased to tell you that everything is back on track and we have reverted to the original model where you can deal at any of the ACT and Queanbeyan Flight Centre outlets.  However, it is most effective if you indicate at the outset that you, your family member or friends are dealing with Flight Centre due to the “Trailing Commission” agreement that we have in place. 

It is pleasing to see that some of our members have returned to dealing with Flight Centre after the hiccups we experienced in 2017 whilst Edwina was on leave.  We need many more people to be booking with Flight Centre to ensure the ongoing success of this arrangement.  As you would all appreciate, funds raised indirectly remove pressure from other means such as “Table Money”.

Please inform the managers when you commence your travel discussions with Flight Centre so that the information can be captured to aid reconciliation of commission’s payable.


Dear Hilda Lirsch,

Can you please provide some guidance here:

"Pass, Pass, Pass, .........I have 12 points. I assume my partner has 6 - 11 points.

Should I 'pass in' the hand or make a bid?

Best wishes,

"You Shall Not Pass."


Dear "You Shall Not Pass,"

Yes and No.

Add your number of your high-card points to the number of your spades. If the grand total is 14 or more, then You Shall Not Pass. The reason for this rule-of-thumb is that spades is the so-called "boss suit"; the side which holds the spade fit can outbid the other side without having to go to a higher level.

Best wishes,



Fyshwick Trash & Treasure Stall

The Club will be holding a fundraising stall on Saturday 28th April.

Donations from club members would be most appreciated. Relatively small portable and saleable items only are what we need – books, CD’s, DVD’s, jewellery, vases, kitchen items, collectables, toys, games, etc. etc.

If you have any questions or would like to help on the day please contact:

Janet Kahler – ph. 6239 7268 or Gwen Jamieson Gray – ph. 0405 193 584 or Sue Taylor – ph. 6295 6691.


Old Bridge paraphernalia for sale

The particulars are:

 Australian Bridge: 

A complete set covering the period February 1985 and ending with June 1993 (55 issues).

They are stored in 5 official Australian Bridge loose leaf binders.

Bridge Basics:

A first edition of Ron Klinger’s classic book published in 1972 (or thereabouts).

It is signed by the author.

A set of 16 Boards

Made of heavy-duty waxed cardboard – suitable for teams matches at home.

All contain cards, though the quality of these is variable.

I am downsizing and this collection is among the material that has to go. 

I am hoping someone would like to buy the magazines and/or the book from me.

Price to be by negotiation.

If anyone interested, please contact me by email or by telephone:

  • My email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • My `phone number (until I move in a couple of months’ time) is: 6241 1140.


Stella McLaughlin


Kind regards

Kerry and Keith