Newsletter - 24 January 2020

In this week’s newsletter...

Upcoming Events

  • Valentines' Day Congress
  • BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1
  • CBC Egon Larson Pairs
  • Wednesday Night Pizza and Seminar


From the President:

Thank you to Rick Nehmy, CBC’s Pianola administrator, for all he does throughout the year, and this week especially for giving two helpful talks for members to learn more about how to best use Pianola.

The children who attended Bridge 4 Kids this week had a good time thanks to the support given in various forms by Patricia McDonald, Nikki Riszko, Andrew Struik, Margaret Kyburz, Susie Ryrie and Ross Crichton.

Best wishes,


Session Starting Times

Could members please be at the club at least 10 minutes before the start of play as this assists the director in setting up the movement.

Thank You to Standby Players at the Summer Festival

Many thanks top those members of the Canberra Bridge Club who not only volunteered as stand-by players but then turned up, often very much at the last minute. Without the willingness of players to put themselves through the uncertainties of will I or won't I be needed today, managing last minute fill-in players would just be impossible.... and they would even turn up with a smile on their faces. What more could I ask?

Again thanks,

Perelle Scales


Club members will be aware that we have been doing some work on our library. Ella Beer has been sorting the collection, discarding books that are very old, damaged or dirty so that we have some space for more attractive titles. If you have some recent books, fiction or general non-fiction, that are in good condition, we would love to give them a new home.

Please leave your donations in the box provided or give them to the managers.

Upcoming Events

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).

Sign up online or on the BT Room noticeboard.

Some helpers are needed for the lunch and drinks, and we are also looking for someone with a Costco membership to collect sandwiches on the Sunday morning. If you are able to assist, please contact Michele Grant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BFACT ANC Seniors Team Selection – Stage 1

Thursday Evening, 5th, 12th, 19th March 7.30pm

Pairs Qualifying Event. Entrants must be born before 1/1/1960

In addition there will be a 3 week Butler Pairs event for non seniors

Enter online by emailing the Managers or signing the entry sheet in the Barry Turner room.

CBC Egon Larson Pairs

Tuesday Evenings, 7:30pm, 3rd, 10th & 17th March

Entry form is in the Barry Turner room or enter via the website

Wednesday Night

Our first Pizza night will be held on Wed 5th Feb from 6.15 pm.

Richard Hills will be discussing some of the interesting hands he came across at the NOT.

Contact Jon Pike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or put your name on the list.

Calendar Booklets

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

Metal name badges

Another batch of metal name badges will be ordered soon. If you would like to get one, please contact Kerry or Emily in the office to add you to the list for this order. The badges cost $15, and must be paid for before ordering.


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?

Lighter Moments

Don’t be critical of your partner’s choices – remember that you are one of them.

Lessons & Seminars

Master the Basics

Master the Basics will resume on Wednesday, February 5

“Planning – Who’s got What?”

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