Newsletter - 6 September 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • Bygone Beauties Congress
  • Promotions


From the President:

Here is an unusual moment:

I have nothing to say, except

Best wishes,


Shuffle hands

If you pass in a board when playing, please remember to shuffle the hand before putting it back in the board.

What’s your favourite thing about playing Bridge?

We want to know what your initial attraction to playing Bridge was, and what you love about it now, keeping you wanting to play. Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to give your story!

Understanding your motivations can help us gain insights into how to promote the Club to future Bridge players.

Working Bee

Want to help at the Club, but can’t make an ongoing commitment?

Looking for something to do in the morning of Saturday 14th Sept?

The Club will be having a ‘working bee’, and we need helpers!

Saturday September 14th, from 9:30am

Suitable jobs can be found for any person willing to lend a hand – from wiping down bridgemates, to painting or lifting.

Contact the office if you have any questions.
Please put your name down on the sign-up sheet in the FOYER if you are able to help!

Coughs & Colds

With the cold weather still with us the need for proper Hygiene Protocols in relation to coughs, colds and flu like conditions is essential. Although the club would miss you, it is better to miss a session of bridge than share the condition with others and increase the risk of lots of us missing a bridge session. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated by all. Please be mindful of touching your face with cards, use the sanitiser frequently and discard tissues in the waste bins.

The club has placed a container of hand sanitiser on the bench top under the big screen to aid in the containment of infection.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Intermediate Lessons starting next Tuesday

Bridge Basics for Continuing Students with Barb Toohey

  • Tuesday Sept 10, 17, 27 & October 1
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm.
  • $15.00 per lesson, or $55.00 for all four.

Sign-up sheet is up in the Barry Turner Room

Beginners Lessons – Start this week

The next course of beginners lessons start on Monday 9th (7-9pm) & Friday 13th September (10am-12pm).

$75 for the 6 lessons, including the textbook and all notes.

Please encourage your friends to learn.
Contact the office to enrol. Ph: 6282 2382 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State Open Teams (Qual)

  • Tuesdays at 7:30pm – Sept 17th, 24th, Oct 1st & 18th
  • Semi-Finals: 30th Oct; Finals 6th Nov. (Flexible dates)
  • Sign up online

Undergraduate & Graduate Masters Championship

  • Gateway event for newer players
    • o Undergraduate: Less than 2MP
    • o Graduate: Less than 5 MP
  • Sunday 29th September, 1:15pm (seated by 1pm)

BFACT State Gala Day Pairs

  • Sunday 29th September, 9:30am
  • Open & Intermediate (combined) – Beverley Carmichael Trophy (under 1000MP)
  • Restricted (less than 300MP) – Valerie Mitchell Trophy
  • Provincial & Novice (less than 50MP) – Earl Dudley Trophy

Canberra in Bloom

  • Eastlake Football Club, Gungahlin
  • October 4th - 7th
  • Events for players of all standards

Standby players will be required to make this event run smoothly. Please contact Perelle Scales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0450 961 935 with your availability.

Helpers for setup are required on Thursday 3rd October 4:30pm, and helpers for packing up/take-down are needed for Monday 7th October 4:30pm.
As always, many hands make light work!
Please contact Justine Beaumont by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0414 637 075 if you can help.

It’s “Annual General Meeting” Season!

Canberra Bridge Club

The AGM of the Canberra Bridge Club will be held on Tuesday 24 September at 5.30pm

Nomination forms are available at the club. Please show your support for the club by coming along.


You may appoint a proxy to vote for you if you cannot attend, but any attending member can only hold ONE proxy vote. Proxy forms are available in the club and must be given to the Secretary 24 hours ahead of the AGM.

Bridge Federation of the ACT (BFACT)

The Bridge Federation of the ACT is our ‘state’ body, to which we (Canberra BC), Capital BC, South Canberra BC, Cootamundra BC and Monaro (Cooma) BC are affiliated.

Members of the Canberra Bridge Club are members of BFACT by virtue of their CBC membership. 

BFACT’s AGM will be held at CBC on Sunday 29 September at about 5pm, at the conclusion of play in the Gala Pairs.

Lighter Moments

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.

- David Frost


Promotions for August




Susan Johnston
Ivan Johnstone
Philip Mitchell
Rae Pottenger


Marie Digman
Pamela Lookwood


Jennifer Carter


Ros Webb


Fae Layland
Sue Stacey


Peter Hughes


Paul Nelson


Rowan Corbett

Silver Life

Lesley Gunson

August Eclectics

August Eclectics will be published in next week’s newsletter, due to some minor reviews to ensure correct recognition.

Blue Mountains 2019 Bygone Beauties Congress Teams

2nd        Peter & Janet Kahler, Len & Liz Van Der Hor

Lessons & Seminars

See “Upcoming Events” section for the Tuesday Intermediate Lessons “Bridge Basics for Continuing Beginners”

Master the Basics 

The next lesson will be on September 11, 2019 @ 9.15am
 “Transfers – Showing a second suit”.
Cost: $6 for members, $8 for non members

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

  • Every Thursday Morning at 9.30am SHARP
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost $5 for members, $7 for non-members
  • Come alone, with a friend or your partner
  • Program:
    12th September – Second hand play
    19th September - Third hand play
    26th September - To Cover or Not to Cover
    3rd October - Planning, play points

Supervised Play & Lessons

  • Monday evenings, 7:00pm
  • Friday mornings, 9:30am
  • 20 minute free lesson, then play in the Supervised Play section to reinforce your learning (normal table fees apply).
  • You do not need a partner for Supervised Play.


  • 9th - 13th September - Rule of 20 & Rule of 15
  • 16th - 20th September - High opening bids: Pre-empts
  • 23rd - 27th September - Weak 2D/2H/2S openings
  • 30th September - 2nd October - Strong 2C opening