Newsletter - 20 September 2019

From the President:

Thank you very much to the hard workers at our Working Bee last Saturday:
Anne Baldwin, Margaret Bourke, Kerry Butcher, Maureen Copping, Catherine Cregan, Tim Davis, Michele Grant, Simon Grant, Lesley Gunson, John Hempenstall, Terri Henderson, Stephen Henningham, Rick Nehmy, Judy Netting, Anne Powell, Sue Pushack, Perelle Scales, Allen Scerri, Susan Scerri, Nick Vonthethoff, Susan Walters and Tony Webb.

What a team! They fitted in tidying of bridge equipment, cleaning and gardening in the midst of health problems, grandchildren’s sport and their generally busy lives.

For our newer players with < 2 masterpoints and < 5 masterpoints: don’t forget to sign up for one session on Sunday 29 September.

For the more experienced upwards: BFACT Gala pairs for two sessions on 29 September, with category prizes.

I often thank members for specific jobs they do, but as the committee year is ending, I thank all committee members for their myriad of jobs and responsibilities over a year: Ian Robinson, Lyn Turner, Sue Pillans, John Brockwell, Cathi Bywater, John Hempenstall, Richard Hills, Claire Hughes, Margaret Kyburz, Patricia McDonald, Perelle Scales and Mary Tough. The club has been very lucky to have them.

See you at the AGM on Tuesday 25 September at 5.30pm.

Best wishes,


Chewing Gum

The Working Bee uncovered chewing gum that had been deposited in inappropriate places.

Please place chewing gum in the many rubbish bins available in the club.

Table Money

It is highly appreciated if players could pay table money with notes or as few coins as possible. The weight of coins makes the banking difficult, due to heavy bags tearing and difficulty carrying.

Metal Name Badges

Final call for the year for those who would like to order a metal Club name badge, $15 each. Magnetic back, so you don’t need to put pin-prick holes in your clothes. If you would like a metal name badge, please see Kerry or Emily in the office, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name as you would like it printed on the name badge.

Committee Minutes for June and July available

The minutes from the committee meetings of June and July are now available for download on the Committee page.

Upcoming Events

Bridge for Kids

The next session of bridge for Kids will be held on Tuesday 8 October from 10am until 12pm midday. Card games such as mini bridge and hearts will be played, along with other card games the kids may wish to play.

Interested members should register their children’s names, ages and any special dietary requirements on the registration sheets at the club, as well as the carer’s name. A grandparent or carer should accompany the children to this event, and may also be needed to assist with the games.

The cost will be $5 per child and fruit, pizza and ice cream will be provided at the end of play.

Further enquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Patricia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday Intermediate Lessons

Bridge Basics for Continuing Students with Barb Toohey

  • Tuesday Sept 27 & October 1
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm.
  • $15.00 per lesson

Sign-up sheet is up in the Barry Turner Room.

Wednesday Nights

Our next Wednesday Night Pizza night and talk will be on 3 October. Richard Hills will give a talk on
“Taking advantage of your opponents’ infractions”.

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.) or leave your name on the list on the board. Pizzas from 6:15pm.

CBC Spring Pairs

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. There will be a vote for committee members. 

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

Why should you worry about the maths teacher holding graph paper?

Because she is definitely plotting something.


CBC Pairs (Matchpoint) incorporating Von Der Pahlen Mixed Pairs

  1. Elizabeth Havas & Stephen Mendick
  2. Tim Davis & David Randles

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 25, 2019 @ 9.15am
 “Transfers – Super Accepts”.
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:
    26th September - To Cover or Not to Cover
    3rd October - Planning, play points
    10th October - Take out double
    17th October - Advancing Take out doubles

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.


  • 23rd - 27th September - Weak 2D/2H/2S openings
  • 30th September - 2nd October - Strong 2C opening
  • 7th – 11th October – Slam bidding, Blackwood
  • 14th - 18th October - System Card