Newsletter - 31 May 2018

From the President

Workers refuelling at the working bee

The workers refuel

Lovely things have been happening in the club this week: beginners’ lessons, mentoring, a 90th birthday celebration and a working bee.

Thank you to the hardworking band last Saturday morning – Margaret Bourke, Catherine Cregan, Ross Crichton, Tim Davis, Lesley Gunson, John Hempenstall, Stephen Henningham, David Hoffman, Julia Hoffman, Rick Nehmy, Anne Powell, Meg Price, Perelle Scales, Sue Pushack, Allen Scerri, Susan Scerri, Bill Tutty, Jodi Tutty, and Lisa Westwood. They swept, weeded, raked, cleaned kitchens and bridge mates and bidding boxes, and organised boards. I would like the kitchen cleaners to come to our house. No favouritism, just that I don’t have bridge equipment that needs cleaning, and one of the gardening team already takes care of our place.

I have heard good reports of mentoring arrangements in the club this month. Thank you very much to Margaret Kyburz , who organised it all, and to our ever-willing mentors.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions for the future. There is another opportunity for something similar with the Teams of 3 on 1 July.

Best wishes,

Peter Andersson’s 90th birthday

Peter 90 years young with Jade and Alexis

Peter Andersson, 90 years young, with Alexis and Jade

Friends of Peter Andersson, a long term and much-loved member of the club, joined together last Saturday to celebrate his 90th birthday. The occasion encapsulated all that is good in our bridge community. The ages of those present at this happy occasion ranged from 9 to 96. Please see the lovely photo of Peter with Jade and Alexis, who, with (slightly) older teammates, will represent the ACT in our Youth team at the Australian National Championships in 2 months’ time.


We are sad to announce the death of two of our members, Peter Carter and Dorothy Manocha, and express our condolences to their families and friends.

New website photo gallery page

Please check our website for the new Gallery page, with photos of recent events.

Good luck in Goa!

Bon voyage and good luck to our players who are going to Goa, India, to play in the Asia Cup next week. Jodi Tutty will play in the Australian Mixed Team and Sheila Bird and Karen Creet will play together in the Australian Women’s team.

Upcoming Events

Lendlease Retirement Living - Saturday 16th June 2018

  • Date:               Saturday, 16th June
  • Time:               10:30am – 11:30am
  • Location:         East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue
  • RSVP to Lyn Chambers on 0429542839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 13 June

Lendlease Retirement Living has exciting plans to deliver a luxury over 55’s village to the community of Narrabundah. We invite you to join us for an informative morning tea where we will share our vision for the village, give you a sneak peak of the home designs, resort facilities, building timelines and give you the opportunity to register for VIP updates on how to buy.

Free parking will be provided at The East Hotel. Enter the carpark underneath the hotel from Oxley Street. Please report to hotel reception when you are leaving and you will receive your free ticket to exit the carpark.

Not only will you learn something about future accommodation options in the inner south, but the attendance of each individual CBC member will be financially beneficial to CBC.

Lighter Moments

The Director to a table that is running late: "please pull trumps and claim"
Declarer: "but I'm in NT"
Director: "Excellent! Just skip to step two"

"Four hearts is a very good bid - but on some other hand." - Edgar Kaplan

Wednesday Night Bridge

Our next pizza night will be Wednesday 6th June with Richard Hills giving another insightful talk.

The title for the June talk is: The road to Hell is paved by good conventions.

We will also be running the session on this night as a Butler pairs competition. This is where you play as a pair but the score is as if you are playing as part of a team.

Hence you play team tactics rather than matchpoint.

Pizzas from 6.15 pm. Bridge from 7.15 pm.

If you wish to partake in pizzas please contact Jon Pike by Wednesday lunchtime (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Come and join us.                  

- Clem Davis


Bill Gray Pairs

  1. Pamela McKittrick & Richard Johnston
  2. Prue Friend & Trish Pryor

CBC Mixed Teams Final

  1. Sally Barber, Sue Coleman, Chris Stead, John Brockwell, Richard Neville
  2. Tony Marker, Bill Tutty, Sunny Campbell, Jan Davis, Gordon Henderson

State Matchpoint Pairs

  1. Margaret Bourke & David Hoffman
  2. Julia Hoffman & Christopher Quail

Leeton Congress

Pairs - 3rd - John Brockwell & Chris Stead

- Find the monthly eclectic results published in next week’s newsletter. -

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

The next lesson will be on Wednesday June 6, with Barb Toohey.

“Defence – Opening Leads against NT”

Supervised Session 2018 – all Beginners should attend

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)

Thursdays & Fridays

(starting at 9.30am)

High opening bids:Pre -empts


1st June (Friday)

Weak 2D/2H/2S openings

4th June

7th June (Thursday)

8th June ( Friday)

Strong 2C opening

11th June

14th June (Thursday)

15th June (Friday)

Slam bidding, Blackwood

18th June

21stJune (Thursday)

22ndJune (Friday)

- Barb, Ann and Jeanette