Newsletter - 22 November 2019

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Upcoming Events


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From the President:

The club was again humming last Sunday morning with 40 participants at another Kantar lesson. Ditto to the Thank You’s from last week, especially to Jodi this time.

Our ability to use our club at any time of the week, day and night, is due to the fact that not only do we own our own premises, but we have 2 large areas available. Let’s remember with gratitude the farsighted people decades ago, some of whom are still members, who ensured that we are in this wonderful position.

Best wishes,


Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle tickets are now on sale, and the raffle prizes on display for your enticement.

Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5.

50% of the proceeds will go to Barnardos, and 50% to the Club.

October Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the October committee meeting are now available for download on the CBC Committee webpage.

Barnardos Christmas Gifts for Kids

Our Club will be collecting toy donations or monetary donations towards the Barnardos gifts for kids. Please leave all gifts unwrapped, before 16 Dec, to assist Barnardos staff with determining a suitable recipient for the gift.

An alternative way to donate a gift to Barnardos for a disadvantaged Australian child is through their online purchasing option. You can choose a gift from their ‘gift store’.

Working Bee

Saturday 30 November 9:30am, the Club needs helpers to setup Christmas decorations and other things. Please write your name on the sign-up list if you are able to come and help, to let us know roughly how many to expect.

All levels of ability are appreciated – whether you are able to climb ladders, or just advise on decorative positioning whilst sitting in a chair! Show some Spirit and lend a hand or an eye.

Southern Cross Community Benefits Program double bonus value

Members are reminded that they can give an early Christmas present to CBC. By eating and drinking at any of the Southern Cross Clubs during November and having assigned their Community Benefits to CBC ensures, that we receive double value for this month (November).

Assigning your benefits to CBC can be facilitated at any of the Southern Cross Clubs, or online direct and/or via our managers. If you are not already a member please consider joining Southern Cross Club and your family and friends can also assign their benefits to CBC as well.

This program serves as a very effective outside source of aid to CBC and very much equates to Santa coming early.

Renewing membership – new bank account

Membership renewals have now been sent out. Please note that this year the Club has a new bank account, and the BSB and account number for direct deposits has changed. If you renew by direct deposit, please ensure to check and update our bank account details that will be included on the renewals email.

Unknown Membership Bank Deposit

If you have made a $35 deposit to our Westpac Bank Account without a name or ABF number, please contact the office. It appears to be from an IMB Bank.


We are currently replenishing the stock in our library and would appreciate any recent good reads.

Standby Players needed 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.

Upcoming Events

CBC Christmas Party Lunch - 4th December, 2019

Christmas time is here!  Come along and celebrate the festive season with your bridge partners and friends at this year's CBC Christmas Party on Wednesday 4 December.  

The day will begin with the regular bridge session at 10:00am, with a relaxed lunch to follow from around 1:00pm.  

This year everyone staying for lunch is being asked to bring a plate of food to share.  The small additional charge will help cover the cost of drinks and other treats provided by the Club.  

  • Members $12 (play and lunch)
  • Concession Members $11 (play and lunch)
  • Non-members $15 (play and lunch)
  • Regular table fees for play only

Gold coin for charity competitions will be held throughout the day.  

If you would like to join in the lunch, please sign up online or on the BT Room notice board, indicating if you will be bringing a savoury or dessert dish. No sign up is needed if you would just like to play bridge that day.  If your regular partner is unable to play, please contact the Managers who can help organise a partner for you.

Wednesday Night Bridge Xmas Party

There will be a Xmas party on Wednesday night December 4th. All welcome. Please bring a plate and drinks.
Party will commence at 6.15 pm with bridge to follow from 7.15 pm. This is in addition (not instead) of the CBC daytime Christmas Party

CBC Christmas Pairs (Butler)

  • Tuesday evenings 7:30pm: 10th & 17th December
  • Gateway event suitable for all players
  • Walk-in event (no pre-registration required)

CBC Gateway Pairs (Matchpoint)

  • Thursday evenings 7:30pm: 12th & 19th December
  • Suitable for all players, and is a great introduction for those who normally don’t play in the evening competitions
  • Walk-in event (no pre-registration required)

Asian Pacific Bridge Federation Championships

The APBF Championships are being held in Perth from 15th-22nd April, 2020. BFACT will send one subsidised ACT team. Nominations of teams with 4-6 members should be sent to Niek Van Vucht at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or enter on the signup sheet on the noticeboard by 5pm Sunday 15 December 2019. Note that the CBC office is closed from 2pm Friday until 9am Monday, and any noticeboard signups need to be done by 1pm Friday 13th December, to be included in the list submitted to Niek Van Vucht.

Full event and subsidy funding details, see the APBF Championship page on our website.

2020 Calendar / Booklet – dates preview

Producing the booklet each year is a time-consuming task for several people. It is being prepared at present but it will be some time before it is printed. To whet your appetite a list of the expected major events early in the year are below:



ACT Open Team Selection Stage 1

Tuesday 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18 February 7.30pm

ACT Open Team Selection Stage 2

Sunday 26 April all day

ACT Open Team Selection Final (pre-qualified pairs)

22-24 May

Women’s Team Selection

20-22 March

Seniors Team Selection Stage 1

Thursday 7.30pm 5, 12, 19 March

Seniors Team Selection Final (pre-qualified pairs)

15-17 May

Youth Team Selection (if needed)

16-17 May

The Grange Valentine’s Day Congress

Sunday 9 February 2 sessions

Open Teams and Restricted & Novice Pairs

Novice Matchpoint Pairs

Sunday afternoon 22 March

Restricted Matchpoint Pairs

Sunday afternoon 26 April

Restricted & Novice Butler Pairs

Sunday afternoon 24 May

Lighter Moments

What do you call a runaway parrot?


What do you call a parrot in a raincoat?



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Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

The next lesson will be on November 27, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Competitive Bidding - Michaels Cue Bids”
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:
    28th November - Stayman
    5th December - Responses to 2NT
    12th December - Transfers after 2NT
    19th December - Declarer Play Challenges

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.


  • 25th - 29th November – Card Play #2 Finesse
  • 2nd - 6th December - Better minor - rebids
  • 9th - 13th December - 10% Higher level opening bids summary