Newsletter - 3 January 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • SUPER special bridge session
  • Bridge For Kids
  • Summer Festival of Bridge



From the President:

Are you too hot and sick of the smoke?

Come to our air-conditioned club, especially on Monday 6 January 10am when you could win a huge travel prize (see below), courtesy of our new sponsor, Travel Associates.

Please consider bringing a plate of food to share for morning tea on that day.

Thank you to all the helpful people on Monday who deconstructed Christmas - a very efficient mob.

Happy New Year,


Summer Festival of Bridge

  • 8-19 January, 2020
  • Rex Hotel, Braddon

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.

Please note that all events commence at 9.45am every day this year.

CBC Sessions in January

The club will be OPEN for all sessions during the Summer Festival of Bridge except Tuesday evenings 7 & 14 January, and Thursday evenings 9 & 21 January

2020 Calendar

We are hopeful that the Club's printed Calendar will be available from Saturday 21st December.

Message from Peter Giles

Dear Members,

New Travel Sponsor for CBC

20191213 newsletter img1As you know, we have had a travel sponsor for a number of years. From 1 January 2020 we will have a new sponsor. The new sponsor is Travel Associates. They have 5 different shopfronts in the ACT. Members, their friends and family and next door neighbours can all deal with any shopfront. As long as the traveller informs Travel Associates that they are dealing with them because of some association with CBC, the club will obtain a trailing commission.

Tokyo2To launch the new arrangements we have scheduled a major event for Monday 6th January (day session). All CBC Members who are “financial for 2020”, and “playing” will be eligible to win the exciting prize. Both rooms will be set up to accommodate what I hope is a large number of members. The prize will be
via a lucky ticket handed out on the morning and not the winner of the bridge session(s). A number of Travel Associates staff will be on hand to
introduce themselves and to conduct the lucky draw.

There will be “one only prize” of a trip for “two” people to Tokyo, including airfares and four nights accommodation. The prize is not redeemable for cash or any other alternative trip. Please see below.

Tokyo3A light morning tea will be provided and assistance with slices or cakes would be greatly appreciated. I will be making my usual scones.

The details for the prizes are as follows

  • 2 x return economy class airfares from Canberra to Tokyo with Virgin Australia.
  • 3 nights in 4 star accommodation in Tokyo with return shared transfers from Tokyo Airport to Accommodation.
  • 1 full day Tokyo private guided tour.
  • Return home to Canberra Airport Limousine Transfers.
  • Please contact Travel Associates Belconnen on 02 6199 9400 to claim your prize.

Please see below for conditions of use:

  • Valid for travel 12 April - 30 September 2020
  • Blackout dates 28 April - 10 May 2020, 13 July - 18 Aug 2020.
  • Limo transfers valid for travel within a radius of 40kms from Canberra Airport
  • Voucher may only be used once and is not redeemable for cash.
  • Bookings are subject to availability

Merry Christmas to all!

Peter Giles

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.

Help Needed

Good-hearted members of this club help every year to set up the rooms for the Summer Festival of Bridge. The club is remunerated for those efforts.

We would appreciate the assistance of many volunteers on Tuesday 7 January at about midday at the Rex Hotel, Northbourne Avenue.

On Thursday 16 January at about 6.30pm we need to reverse the process Please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to help.

Upcoming Events

Monday 6th January – SUPER Special Session of Bridge

The club will be launching a major new travel arrangement from 1st January 2020.

At Monday’s morning session on 6th January we will be conducting a “Financial Members only” draw of a “FREE” major travel prize for 2 people. You will need to be there playing on the day to win. It will be lucky draw, not the winners of the bridge session.

We will have both rooms in play to accommodate the expected interest plus a light morning tea will be provided as part of the celebrations.

BFACT Open Teams Selection Stage 1

Tuesdays 21, 28 January, 4, 11, 18 February - 7.30pm

Bridge for Kids

The next session of bridge for kids will be held on Tuesday 21st January 2020 from 10am until 12pm midday, but is subject to registrations from at least 8 to 12 participants. A parent or guardian will need to accompany each child or group of children. Card games including mini-bridge will run for about 2 hours followed by pizza and ice cream.

The sign-up sheets will be on the notice board from Monday 9th December. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when you register.

Valentine's Day Congress

Sunday 9 February, Canberra Bridge Club, 2 sessions starting at 10.00am, entry fee $38 includes morning tea, a light lunch and drinks at end of play. There are 3 events:

  • The Grange Open Teams
  • The Grange Novice Pairs (fewer than 100 masterpoints)
  • The Grange Restricted Pairs (fewer than 300 masterpoints)


The winning pair gets airfares and free entry to the ANC 2020 RESTRICTED BUTLER PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP, to be held in Adelaide 18-19 July 2020 (previous winners ineligible).

Calendar Booklets

Calendar Booklets are available for collection from the table in the foyer


"How to get the most out of Pianola 101"

Would you like to learn more about how Pianola can best serve you?

Rick Nehmy will run a session on Monday 20 January and repeat it on Wednesday 22 January from 9.15am to 9.45am in the Olive Lott Room at the Club. It will be a step by step run through of the basics and projected on the TV screen.

It’s not essential, but if you have one, please bring your internet enabled device to whichever session suits you better


One of the very necessary jobs in the club, increasingly so, is watering our plants. We appreciate Gordon McAlary, who does this superbly on Mondays. Is there someone who could do this before or after they play on Thursdays?

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

Master the Basics will resume on Wednesday, February 5

Thursday Intermediate Lessons

In 2020 the format of the Thursday lesson will change to incorporate some play.

The title will be Covering the Basics; it will start at 9.15am and the price will be $6 (members); $8 non-. members.

These lessons will start on Thursday 6 February.

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.


  • 16th December 2019 – 31th January 2020.

Supervised sessions will continue uninterrupted on Monday night and Friday morning, with a lesson as usual, through December and January. Chris Stead will oversee these groups from Monday 16 December.

Kind regards,

Kerry & Emily