Newsletter - 15 March 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Batemans Bay Congress
  • Wellington Congress


From the President:

Some more progress has been made on the solar panels project. Our electricity smart meter has been installed and we expect the whole system to be inspected next Tuesday morning.

I hope to see some of you on Monday at the Seniors Pairs morning tea; and also some of you at the end of the session on Monday and on Tuesday morning as we move chairs and tables (please see below).

Best wishes,


Monday Seniors Pairs - Ambrosia

On Monday 18th March - this Monday, the first session of the two-week Seniors Pairs we will have short break for morning tea. We would appreciate donations of something sweet or savoury. Please let Pam know if you are able to contribute on that day.

Carpets – Please help this week!

We have plans to have our carpets stretched – to eliminate bubbling and falls – and cleaned; a 2-step process.Please contact John Hempenstall if you can help.

Stretching will be done by a commercial company from 7.30am on Tuesday 19 March.

We need furniture-moving helpers on:

  • Monday 18 March at 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 March from 7.30am

Cleaning will be done by a commercial company from 3pm on Friday 5 April.

We will need furniture-moving helpers from:

  • 2pm on Friday 5 April; and after the afternoon session i.e. about 4.15pm
  • 30am Saturday morning 6 April – also a general Working Bee at that time

Lighter Moments

Doing nothing is hard; you never know when you're done.

Reserving Tables

Please return “Reserved” table signs back to the front bench when you have secured your table (or at end of session). Do not leave them out after session as this has caused confusion for future sessions about whether the table is available.

Upcoming Events

CBC Seniors Walk-in Red Point Pairs - Starts this Monday

  • Mondays 10am, 18th & 25th March
  • Walk-in – no pre-entry required!

State American Whist Teams - Starts this Thursday

  • Thursdays 7:30pm, starting 21st March for 3 weeks
  • Register online or on the notice board

Egon Larson Butler Pairs - Starts next Tuesday

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm, starting 26th March for 3 weeks
  • Entries close Monday 25th March, 10am.
  • Register online or on the notice board

Upcoming BFACT events

Dates for the 2019 ANC Trials

Open – Stage 2

24 March

Open – Final

12-14 April

Seniors – Qualifying

Monday evenings 8 & 15 April

Seniors – Final

26-28 April

BFACT Restricted Championship

Win a trip to Melbourne!

If you had < 300 Masterpoints on 31 December 2018, enter the BFACT Restricted Championship; a two-session event held on Sunday 24 March 2019. The first two contending pairs will be offered a subsidy to enter the TBIB Restricted Pairs held on 20-21 July 2019. Conditions apply.

Wednesday Night Bridge – Pizza Night

Our next Pizza Night will be on 3 April from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will give a short lecture on ‘When to stop in contested contracts’ and he has some simple easy to remember rules as guidance.

If you want to partake in Pizzas please put your name on the list or email Jon Pike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by lunchtime on 3 April.


Batemans Bay Congress

Walk-in Pairs:

N/S  1st Claire Hughes & Cathi Bywater
        2nd Richard Hills & Brian Thorp
E/W 2nd Tim Davis & Robert Van Der Hoek

Swiss Teams:

1st David Lilley, Khokan Bagchi, Arjuna DeLivera, George Kozakos
3rd Bruce & Bev Crossman, Rosa Mishkin, Alan Hoseph

Wellington Congress

2nd John & Val Brockwell teamed with Richard Douglas & David Weston

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics 

Master Basics will resume on March 20th, 2019.
“Bridge Terms - Common Sayings”.

Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members 

Supervised Play

Week of

Monday / Friday


18th – 22nd March

Introduction, Etiquette, Key Points

Defence – Third hand play

25th - 29th March Opening Leads & Signals Defence – To Cover or Not to Cover
1st - 5th April Doubles & Overcalls Competitive Bidding - T/O double
8th - 12th April No Trump Play #1 Competitive Bidding - Advancing T/O double