Newsletter - 9 November 2018

From the President:

Thank you very much to Margaret Kyburz and Mary Tough for running a terrific Melbourne Cup Day. I hope all the players enjoyed themselves. Please see more below.

Best wishes from Chile,


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.

To register, please complete the registration form.
CBC directors – please contact Emily in the office, who will organise this for you.

Melbourne Cup

We would like to express a big thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to once again help out the Club and run the Melbourne Cup Event.  As we all know, without their help it would be impossible to run these events.

The below helpers worked hard over two days preparing rooms, shopping, arranging flowers, preparing food on the day, selling sweeps, selling raffle tickets for our charity, and cleaning up afterwards:

Chris Sheen, Susan Walters, Christine Donovan, Jenny Brogan, Ella Beer, David Thompson, John Hempenstall, Lyn Turner, Margaret Kyburz and Mary Tough.

Flower arrangement was again wonderfully organised by Adrienne Stephens, Maureen Hickman and Marlene Jeffery, with a big thank you to all our wonderful gardening members who provided all those amazing flower donations.

Justine Beaumont did a fabulous job with a general tidy up of most areas around the club.

Thank you also to Jan Johnston for running a raffle for CBC’s charity Barnardos.

Unfortunately the Dress and Hat parade was cancelled due to lack of entries; two members were awarded prizes for being stalwarts and staying until the end.


Melbourne Cup Day Bridge Results

  • Red section: N/S Alan & Bea Duncan and E/W John Daly & Adrienne Stephens
  • Blue section: N/S Denis & Jeanette Grahame and E/W Peter & Faye Grant.

Tumbarumba Congress

  • Christy Geromboux, Sebastian Yuen & Andrew Spooner together with Keiran Crowe-Mai won the Swiss Teams.
  • John Brockwell & Michael Cullen placed second in the Swiss Matchpoint Pairs.

Mudgee Congress

  • Niek Van Vucht & Vicky Lisle for won the Swiss Pairs – Open.

CBC Christmas Party

The CBC Christmas Party will be held on Thursday 6th December.

Play starts at 10am sharp, and lunch will be served afterwards.

Cost: Members - $36, Non-members - $43.

Have some fun as the year draws to a close.

Helpers needed; please email Pam Crichton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming events

Alan McArthur Teams

  • Tuesday 7:30pm: 27th November, 4th, 11th & 18th December
  • Red Masterpoints
  • Honour Board event
  • Pre-entry essential. Enter online or on the sign-up list in the BT Room.

Bill Hunt Matchpoint Pairs – Gateway event for all levels

  • Tuesday 1:00pm: 13th, 20th, 27th November & 4th
  • Red Masterpoints
  • Walk-in event (no pre-entry required)
  • Winner is the pair who play the best 3 sessions over the 4 weeks of the competition

Wednesday Night Bridge – Christmas Party

For those who have participated in Wednesday Night Bridge during the year, we invite everyone to a Christmas Party from 6pm on 5 December in lieu of a bridge talk and Pizza.

Members are asked to bring a small plate of food to share, and there will be a lucky door prize. No need to book.

The Wednesday Night Bridge Committee, on behalf of the Wednesday night players, would also like to thank Richard Hills for his time and insights in his talks during the year. Hopefully we can restart them in the New Year.

Lighter Moments

Progress might have been alright once; but it has gone on for too long.

            - Ogden Nash

Intermediate Lessons with Jodi Tutty – Improve your Bridge skills

  • 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).

Standby Players wanted for ‘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.

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.

Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

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

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, Nov 14:

Slam Bidding– “Roman Key Card Blackwood”

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Trump Play

12th November

16th November

Card Play – Finesse

19th November

23rd November

Better Minor – Rebids

26th November

30th November

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)


Weak 2s and Pre-empts

15th November


Strong Openings

22nd November


Hand evaluation

29th November


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette

Looking for your lost glasses? Keys?

Have you misplaced your reading glasses at the Club?

We have a box full of little bits of lost property – with many pairs of glasses looking for their owners. We even have some sets of keys!

Please speak with Emily or Kerry during the half hour before/after sessions, or to your director if outside office hours, and we can give you access to the lost property box to see if you can find your long lost items.