Newsletter - 10 January 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • Bridge For Kids
  • Summer Festival of Bridge
  • Valentines' Day Congress


  • December Eclectics
  • 2020 Youth Championships
  • Summer Festival of Bridge


From the President:

Thank you very much to the wonderful Travel Associates team who came to the club last Monday. We very much appreciate their generous support of our club.

Please see below for the winner in the draw and for details of how to access their service.

Peter Giles has worked hard to organise this support. Thank you also to Mary Tough, Ian Robinson, Michele Grant, Simon Grant, Bruce Crossman and Kerry Butcher for helping to handle the large number of players.

A willing, cheerful and competent team – Justine Beaumont, Ross Crichton, John Donovan, John Hanks, Geoff Hayes, John Hempenstall, Margaret Kyburz, Tim Mather, Patricia McDonald, Marilyn Miller, Paul Nelson, David Thompson, Ian Thomson, Bill Tutty, Jodi Tutty, Len Van Der Hor, Liz Van Der Hor, Niek Van Vucht and Susan Walters -- did a great job setting up the playing areas for the Summer Festival.

I also thank two of the other bridge clubs in Canberra, South Canberra BC and Capital BC, who have cheerfully provided us with backup equipment recently when we have needed it.

Thinking of everyone in the bridge community and beyond who are having such a devastating time in the fires,

Happy New Year,


CBC Sessions in January

The club will be OPEN for all sessions during the Summer Festival of Bridge except Tuesday evening 14 January, and Thursday evening 16 January

Anticipated Vacancy

BFACT has an anticipated vacancy for one of two Councillors it appoints as its representatives on the ABF Council, and is inviting expressions of interest. The appointment would be for two years, and the Councillor would be required to attend two ABF meetings each year and regularly attend BFACT meetings. Functions and duties of the position can be found at the ABF website. Expressions of interest may be forwarded to John Niven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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


Meurine Thomas was the lucky winner of the magnificent travel prize, donated by Travel Associates, airfares for two and accommodation in Tokyo. Sue Hegarty won second prize, a $200 travel voucher.Our new sponsor, Travel Associates, has 5 different shopfronts in the ACT. Members, their friends and family can 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. CBC members can obtain a proforma from our managers to have the booking flagged at the point of booking.

"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?

Relationships are a lot like algebra: have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?


December Eclectics

  • Monday day session overall: Gita & Roger Curnow
  • Monday evening: Atul Hajela & Terri Henderson
  • Tuesday: Bob Quach & Dennis O’Connor
  • Wednesday day session: Leonie Della & Edith Blumenthal
  • Wednesday evening: Chris & Mary Tough
  • Thursday day session: Geoff Hooper & Tim Mather
  • Friday morning: Richard Hills & Richard Neville
  • Friday afternoon: Arjuna De Livera & Sean Mullamphy
  • Saturday: Robin Erskine & Rob Hurst

2020 Australian Youth Championships


  • Final 3rd: Andrew Spooner with Renee Cooper
  • Consolation 3rd Joshua Tomlin with Paddy Taylor


  • 1st Andrew Spooner with Renee Cooper, Jamie Thompson and David Gue

Australia-New Zealand test match:

  • Australia won with - guess who – Andrew Spooner in the team

Summer Festival of Bridge

Penline One Day Swiss Pairs:

  • 2nd Colin Webb & Gayle Webb
  • 3rd Denis Grahame & Jeanette Grahame

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