Newsletter - 26 October 2018

From the President:

We have a team, led by Mary Tough, which is currently dealing boards for the Swiss pairs at the Summer Festival of Bridge.

We are very grateful to Mary and the following people, who are thereby earning income for our club:

Bruce Crossman, Roger Curnow, Clem Davis, Jan Johnson, Keith Jorgensen, Margaret Kyburz, Tim Mather, Bob Nairn, Rick Nehmy, Jon Pike, Mark Sheen, Paul Sullivan and David Thompson.

Are you able to help on Melbourne Cup Day or the day before? Please see below for details.

Best wishes,

Helpers needed – Dealing boards for SFOB

If you are NOT playing in the Swiss Pairs events at the Summer Festival of Bridge, and are willing to help with dealing boards, we would love your help! Training will be provided.

Helpers are needed especially on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

There will be 2 sessions for dealing per day:

AM – 10am – 12pm

PM – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Contact: Mary Tough - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Standby Players wanted for SFOB

‘Summer Festival of Bridge’

If you wish to be a ‘Standby Player’, please contact Perelle Scales on:

Mobile phone: 0450 961 935 or by e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Farewell for Ann Pettigrew – This Thursday

Please don’t forget the morning tea to farewell Ann Pettigrew on Thursday 1 November.

Let Pam know if you are able to bring some food to share.

For those who may drop in just for the farewell, we are planning the short festivities for about 11am (movement dependent).

Last few MS Society items for sale

As our fundraising for the MS Society has come to an end, we need to sell the last few items left.

Upcoming events

Hugh Hudson Pairs (Butler)

  • Tuesday 7:30pm: 30th October, 6th, 13th & 20th November
  • Honour Board event
  • Enter online or on the sheet in the BT Room by Monday 29th October 1pm

Summer Butler Pairs

  • Thursday 7:30pm: 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th November
  • Red Masterpoints

Wednesday Night Bridge – this Wednesday

The last Wednesday session for the month on 31 October will be a Butler Pairs event.
If you want to practice playing in a team situation here is your chance.

No need to book, just turn up.

It is a normal pairs movement, however it is scored as a team event. Your scores are compared against the average across the room and converted to IMP scoring.

Pizza Night

Our next Pizza night will be on Wednesday 7 November with Richard giving a talk on conventions on signalling in leading and discarding.

If you wish to partake in Pizzas please contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Midday 7 November.

Directors Weekend of Seminars & Workshops – 17 & 18 November, 2018

The Australian Bridge Directors Association (ABDA) will hold a weekend of seminars & workshops for directors.

Date:   Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November, 2018
Time:   Saturday 10am – 4:30pm; Sunday 9am – 3:30pm
Venue: Canberra Bridge Club – 5-7 Duff Place, Deakin ACT 2600
Cost:    $55 for both days, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea/coffee each day.

Intermediate Lessons with Jodi Tutty – Improve your Bridge skills

  • Saturday 3rd November, 10am – 12:15pm. Topic: Hand analysis
  • Saturday 17th November, 10am – 12:15pm. Topic: Declarer Play

$20 per session for members & interstate visitors; $25 for non-members residing in the ACT.
Payment collected on the day.

Please sign up on the noticeboard, or register online.
Find more details on the Improve Your Bridge Skills flyer (PDF).


Sydney Spring Nationals

Congratulations to Marianne Bookallil, Margaret Bourke and Jodi Tutty who, with Candice Ginsberg, Jane Reynolds and Barbara Travis, made the final of the Women’s event at the Spring Nationals in Sydney. A New Zealand team won the event.

Gateway Pairs

1st  Stephen Mendick and Bernie Waters
2nd Michael Cullen and John Dunn

Lighter Moments

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

            - George Bernard Shaw

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members          

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Oct 31:

Opening the Bidding– “Hand Evaluation”

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Opening Leads & Signals

29th October

2nd November

No Trump Play

5th November

9th November

Trump Play

12th November

16th November


Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)



1st November


Rule of 15, Rule of 20

8th November


Weak 2s and Pre-empts

15th November


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students – with Barb Toohey

  • Tuesdays: 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December; 10am – 12pm
  • $15 per lesson or $55 for all four.

Enter online or on the noticeboard sheet in the BT room.

Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne Cup is on Tuesday, 6th November, and the session will start at 10.00am.
Please note there will NOT be a Tuesday afternoon session on Melbourne Cup Day.

Any cancellations require two full days notice, i.e. 1.00pm Friday, 2 November. Cancellations after that date will require full payment.

A signup sheet is in the Barry Turner Room.

Flowers Please – To brighten up our club rooms for this event, could members please bring flowers to the Club on Monday, 5th November.


  • Donate flowers
  • Assist in arranging flowers
  • Help in the set up of rooms
  • To prepare for lunch on Tuesday


  • Help with the setting up for lunch
  • Assist with the clean up

Details in the CBC Booklet

If your phone and email details are not up-to-date & correct in our blue book, please let Kerry or Emily know by Wednesday 31st October so we can ensure they are correct in the 2019 book.

Table money – notes & gold please

A friendly reminder of the request to pay the table money in notes and gold coins as much as possible. This assists us in many ways, including reducing the coin bag weight to prevent it breaking & to prevent injury from carrying such heavy bags to the bank.

Kitchen cleanliness

A big thank you to all the members who clean up their spills & messes on the kitchen benches, and return their dirty cups to the kitchen dishwasher/tray.

Unfortunately not all players are remembering to clean up after themselves, and we would like to remind everyone that it is not the role of the directors or managers to clean up the bench or your tables – it is everyone’s responsibility to do so. This includes:

  • Putting your cup in the dishwasher or on the tray provided
  • Wiping spilt coffee/sugar/hot chocolate off the bench
  • Wiping lipstick off cups

If you have a major spill in the kitchen (especially on the floor or a breakage), please let the manager or director know, so we can help you as needed.