Newsletter - 29 November 2019

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events


  • >80% on Wednesday!


From the President:

I look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow, Saturday, morning at the club to put up the Christmas tree, among other things.

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.

Barnardos Christmas Gifts for Kids

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 – (not wrapped) presents for teenagers aged 13-18 (e.g. vouchers for movies, music or sports stores, t-shirts, hygiene products, food such as Christmas puddings & more standard items such as jam, cereal, Milo...).

We need the donations at the Club by Friday 12th December.

Please place donated gifts under our Christmas tree.

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’.


A friendly reminder to please not wear perfume whilst at the Club, as some members have serious allergic/asthma reactions. We have had two incidents this month alone, and would appreciate everyone’s continual assistance with this recurring problem.

GNOT 2019

Good luck to our local teams playing in the GNOT in Tweed Heads this weekend!

Canberra 1: David Hoffman, Margaret Bourke, Elizabeth Havas, Stephen Mendick, Peter Reynolds, Bernie Waters.

Canberra 2: Stephen Fischer, Tony Marker, Bill Tutty, Jodi Tutty.

ACT Provincial: Michele Grant, Simon Grant, Geoff Hooper, Patricia Mulcahy.

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.

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

It's Christmas time! Come along next Wednesday 4 December for a morning of bridge and stay on to celebrate the festive season with your bridge partners and friends at this year's CBC Christmas Party.  The more the merrier!

The regular bridge session will begin at 10:00am with lunch immediately following from around 1:00pm.  

This year an old tradition has returned and lunch is being organised as a bring a plate of food to share event.  Drinks and other small treats will be 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.  Remember that 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)

Monday 6th January – SUPER Special Session of Bridge

Put the date in your diary. More details to come.

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

As a follow-up to last week:

What do you call an excessively cheerful and optimistic female parrot?
A Pollyanna.
(Thanks, Susanita; others feel free to keep them coming.)

Changing species:

What do you call a monkey that sells potato chips?
A chipmunk.

Why did the monkey like the banana?
Because it had appeal!


Over 80% in Duplicate Wednesday!

On Wednesday morning, 27th November, Brian Thorp & Elspeth Saxby scored 80.67%. The club keeps no long-term records of high scores, however we believe that 80.67% is the highest score obtained in a large section in open competition since the Club was formed in 1965.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

There will be no lesson next Wednesday, 4 December, due to the Christmas Lunch Party.

The next lesson will be on December 11, 2019 @ 9:15am
 “Competitive Bidding - Unusual 2NT overcall”
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:
    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.


  • 2nd - 6th December - Better minor - rebids
  • 9th - 13th December - 10% Higher level opening bids summary