Newsletter - 23 November 2018

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

Helpers Wanted

  • Christmas Working Bee
  • Supervised Play Dec & Jan
  • SFOB standby players

Community Announcements

  • DORO Easyphone
  • Position Vacant
  • Lost property


  • Hugh Hudson Butler Pairs

Lessons & Seminars

  • Improve Your Bridge evaluations
  • More Bridge Basics
  • Master the Basics
  • Supervised play Important announcement

From the President:

I have been disappointed not to meet Paddington Bear’s relatives; not so disappointed not to have eaten guinea pig (Peru’s national delicacy) yet.

Best wishes from Peru,


Lighter Moments

Experience is merely the name that we give to our mistakes.

- Oscar Wilde

Christmas Raffle

CBC has a tradition of present giving at Christmas. This year we would like to direct this to Barnardos. If you wish to help, please bring a donation towards their Christmas hampers – presents for teenage boys aged 14-18 (e.g. vouchers for movies or sports stores, t-shirts, food such as Christmas puddings & more standard items such as jam, cereal, Milo...). We need the donations by Friday 14th December. Please place under our Christmas tree, which will be put up on Monday 3rd December.

Christmas raffle tickets are available just inside the Barry Turner room, $2 each, or 3 for $5, to benefit CBC and Barnardos.

Upcoming Events

Alan McArthur Teams

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

CBC Medley Teams

  • o Thursday 7:30pm: 6th, 13th & 20th December
  • o Red Masterpoints, Butler scoring
  • o Pre-entry essential. Enter online or on the sign-up list in the BT Room.

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.

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.

Helpers wanted

Working Bee - Monday 3rd December at 1:30pm

Principally to erect the Christmas tree and decorations.
The more the merrier (and quicker).

Helpers required for Supervised Play in December 2018 and January 2019

We are in need of helpers to assist with the supervised play at the club on Monday nights (from 17th December 2018), Thursday mornings (from 6th December 2018) and Friday mornings (from 21st December 2018)  until 1st  February. The supervised sessions are for practice play only. You are not required to teach.

If you are able to help out, please contact Margaret Kyburz email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on: 62413107 or 0406379290.

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.

Community Announcements

Do you have a DORO Easyphone (or similar)?

Terri Henderson is wanting to have a look at the phone prior to purchasing one. Please contact her on 0410 882 321 if you have one she could look at.

Position Vacant

A position will soon become available at the club to assist with the dealing of boards. This is a paid job and is extremely attractive to later year high school and university students with some spare time (about 3 to 5 hours) on alternate Saturdays.

The position would suit someone with an eye for detail, good concentration skills, reasonable maths, and computer literacy skills.

If any of our members have children or grandchildren in need of pocket money while avoiding the McDonalds/Delicatessen option, they can contact Ian Robinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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.


Hugh Hudson Butler Pairs

  1. Tony Marinos & Peter Grant

Lessons & Seminars

Improve your bridge skills – Jodi Tutty

If you are interested in the summary of the Evaluation of these sessions they are on the Improve Your Bridge notice board.

More Bridge Basics for Continuing Students – with Barb Toohey

  • Tuesdays: 27 November and 4 December;  10am – 12pm
  • $15 per lesson

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 28:

Declarer Play – NT – “Hold-up Play – Danger Hand”

Notice for all Supervised Players, December 2018 - January 2019

Monday & Friday Sessions ONLY

Supervised sessions, with a lesson beforehand, will continue in December until, and including, Monday 10th December and Friday 14th December.

  • Normal supervised sessions, with lesson, will resume on Monday 4th February (7pm), and Friday 8th February 2019, with Friday commencing once more at 9.30am.

Following those dates, your teachers will take a break over the summer period.  However, supervised play will continue, but without the lesson beforehand. There will be a volunteer to look after you, an experienced player who will be there to help the Director to organise the session and to assist you.  These sessions are designed to give you lots of play practice over the summer period.

  • Monday evenings will still begin at 7pm.
  • Friday mornings will commence at 10am.

It is important that you arrive at the Club and are seated 15 minutes before the start of the session, so the Director can arrange the movement.

Monday at 7pm                                 Friday at 10am

17th December 2018                           21st December 2018

24th December Club closed                28th December

31st December Club closed   


Monday at 7pm                                 Friday at 10am

                                                            4th January

7th January                                           11th January

14th January                                         18th January

21st January                                         25th January

28th January                                         1st February

Note that the CBC Christmas Party is being held on Thursday 6th December, with play commencing at 10am. You may wish to come along that day and play – don’t forget to sign up on the noticeboard!

Thursday sessions only - December 2018 and January 2019

Lessons prior to play will cease on Thursday 29th November. From that date, there will be play only, at 10am, in the usual section. You will have a volunteer to look after you, an experienced player who will be there to help the Director to organise the session and to assist you. These sessions are designed to give you lots of play practice.

Thursday at 10am, 2018

6th December CBC Christmas Party*, play commencing at 10am.

13th December

20th December

27th December

Thursday at 10am, 2019

3rd January

10th January                            

17th January                                        

24th January                                        

31st January                                        

NEW: Thursday sessions 2019

From Thursday 7th February there will be a new format for Thursday sessions.

There will be a short lesson from 9.30-9.50, followed by duplicate play. There will be a charge for this lesson, of $5 for CBC members and $6 for non- members. This is similar to the format of Master the Basics (on Wednesday mornings.)

These Thursday lessons will be different topics, at a more advanced level than the Monday evening and Friday morning lessons.

There will be a supervisor for duplicate play commencing at 10am, but it will no longer be the teacher but a volunteer who will help the players and assist the Director.

Monday evening and Friday morning supervised players are welcome to attend the Thursday lesson, and/or the subsequent play session.

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Better Minor – Rebids

26th November

30th November

Doubles & Overcalls

3rd December

7th December

Higher Level Opening Bids – Summary

10th December

14th December

Lessons cease for Christmas/New Year. Play ONLY at 7pm (Monday) & 10am (Fridays)

Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)


Hand evaluation

29th November


Thursday Lessons Cease. Play ONLY at 10am.

(New format Thursday lessons will begin 7th February 2019)


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette