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If you need a partner for a bridge game, please contact Barbara Smith on 4948 2929 or by email at


Meet your President, Josephine Most. If you have any issues you would like to discuss with her, Josephine can be contacted on 0434 400 395 or via email at:


Welcome to Toronto Bridge Club Inc
Important Information
Important Information

 The Toronto Bridge Club meets in the Carey Bay Village shopping centre.

The Club is tucked in behind Cellarbrations. There are front and rear doors. The rear door has a ramp for people with mobility issues. 

Whether you are new to the area or just passing through, we would love to meet you. You will be made to feel very welcome.

Teacher Accreditation Beryl Jackson!

You have now gained teacher accreditation.

You are an enormous benefit to the club and do us proud.

Thank you from all of us!




Grand Opening

All members are invited to the official grand opening of the Toronto Bridge Club on Saturday 28 July at 11 am.

There will be a short speech by a club official followed by the cutting of the ribbon by Mr Greg Piper MP, Member for Lake Macquarie, followed by light refreshments. 

There will be other official visitors including Councillor Wendy Harrison, Paul Roncolato our solicitor, officials from other bridge clubs and our fellow Carey Bay shop owners.

Members will commence their usual Saturday afternoon bridge session at 1 pm.

There will be no table fees and no partners are required however it would be very helpful if members could complete the sheet in the club house so that we know how many people to cater for.


GNOT and Club Teams winners
GNOT and Club Teams winners

The Club has run 3 weeks of competitions on both Thursdays and Saturdays recently. 

Congratulations to the winners of the Grand National Open Teams (GNOTs) - Ben Mursa, Alan Bryce, Margaret Ingold and Andrew Toyne

Congratulations to the winners of the Club Teams - Chris Williams, Margaret Geddes, Ronda Young and Rosemary Lovell.

AND a big thank you to Tony Parrott who gave up his time to run these two events after stepping down as Tournament Director at the end of 2017. As no-one has volunteered to take on this role, Tony graciously agreed to do it one last time. We appreciate the amount of time and effort Tony puts into organising these events.

Winter scarf and hat sale

A wonderful display of scarves and hats has been created thanks to some creative ladies in the club.

All hats and scarves are for sale for modest prices and are selling well.

Have a look and see if there is something you would like to add to your wardrobe the next time you play bridge.





Successful grant submission again vice president Henry Wellsmore has come through and secured another grant for the Club. This time it was $2,000 from the Lake Macquarie City Council to go towards payment of the disabled parking. The previous grant was from Greg Piper for $15,000 for the club house renovations.

Henry has also submit another grant application this week for $10,000 for the disabled toilet. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Go Henry!!

Hunter Inter-Club
Hunter Inter-Club

The Toronto Bridge Club is excited to announce we will host the first round of the Hunter Interclub team event Sunday 22 July

Venue: Rathmines Public School

Secret Corner Road


Registration 9.00 for 9.30 start

30 tables only

Competition in 3 divisions to be divided at Director’s discretion

Cost $35 per player BYO lunch, morning/afternoon tea provided, wine/nibbles after play.

There will be a form for Toronto teams to fill in at the club house or simply email: Toronto Bridge Club with the four names and ABF numbers.

Great Trash'n'Treasure sale Sunday 20 May

Well done Henry and the fund raising team for running a successful trash'n'treasure stall at the Toronto Lions Markets this morning.

They raised $550 for the Club!

Thanks to everyone who helped on the day, plus those who donated and those who bought!

Very special birthday wishes

We would like to wish Evelyn Petherbridge and Maureen Dalziel very happy birthdays!

Certificate of Achievement in Teaching

Today the Club received a Certificate of Achievement in Teaching through the efforts of Josephine Most who has completed the accreditation course run by Joan Butts. Congratulations Josephine and thank you from all of us.

A job well done!

RIP John Hall
RIP John Hall

It is with great sadness that we report to members that John Hall died yesterday 12 April.

Although John had only been a member for a few months, he had made himself a part of the club and regularly turned up to busy bees to help with renovations in the club rooms.

Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Judith and his family.

Supervised play sessions

Supervised Play sessions will commence on Friday 6 April at 12.30 PM.

 The sessions are suitable for new players and those who wish to brush up on their bidding and play techniques.

 The cost of each session will be $7.00 We will aim to play 24 boards per session.

Boards 1-4. Making a plan - Winners & Losers

            Boards 5- 8. Taking tricks - Making more through promotion

            Boards 9- 12. Making tricks through length

            Boards 13- 16. Mastering the finesse

            Boards 17- 20. Making tricks by trumping

             Boards 21-24. Discarding losers & combining your chances

No partner required

For enquires please contact Josephine on 0434 400 395


First match in our new rooms

There was cause for celebrations yesterday when we played our first match in the new club rooms.

There are still some items to be ticked off and completed but all in all, it was a great start and a new chapter starts for the Toronto Bridge Club. 


Many thanks to Judy McDonald for creating our beautiful banner in the entry. Many hours of hard work!




Here are a selection of photos of some well known club members.





Peg Armstrong

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peg Armstrong, one of the Club's founding members. Peg was 96 years old.

AGM, Annual presentations and Christmas Party

Saturday 16 December was a great afternoon beginning with the AGM where a new committee was elected. See the Committee page for details.

Presentations followed with prizes being presented by the outgoing President Margaret Ingold and the incoming President Josephine Most.

A great round up to a fabulous year.

Presidents Cup

Margaret Geddes and Chris Williams (Absent)

Presidents Plate

Diane Tait and Deirdre Rheinberger (Absent)

Club Teams

Margaret Ingold, Alan Bryce, Ben Mursa (Absent), Andrew Toyne (Absent)

Presidents Teams

John Robinson, Noel De Losa, Josephine Most, Brenda Wright (Absent)

Autumn Pairs

Andrew Toyne and Alan Bryce

Spring Pairs

John Robinson and Ben Mursa (Absent)

The inaugural Anne Reilly Achievement Award was won by Beryl Jackson - a very popular choice. Anne's husband Keith and daughter Julia were on hand to present the magnificent cup to Beryl.


Sad news

It is with great sadness that we learnt of  the sudden death of Gail Stahmer's husband, Peter, on Thursday 14 December. 

Our thoughts are with you Gail.

Spring Pairs

Congratulations to John Robinson and Ben Mursa who recently won the Spring Pairs competition that was held over three Tuesday nights.

Coming second were Tracey Evans and Ronnie Antill, followed by Margaret Ingold and Hans Tiller in third place. 

Well done all who particiapted!

Club teams 2017
Club teams 2017

The Club teams event was held over the first three Saturdays in September.

Congratulations to the winning team: Ben Mursa, Alan Bryce, Margaret Ingold and Andrew Toyne.

Coming a close second were Josephine Most, Brenda Wright, John Robinson and Noel De Losa; followed by Lyle Snell, Kerrie Stien, Loretta Grahame and Ross Bennett in third place.

Well done to all teams that participated!

Pictured - Club President Margaret Ingold on mop duty following her win.

Joan Butts Professional Development Day
Joan Butts Professional Development Day

Today, 10 September 2017, we were privileged to have Joan Butts hold a professional development day on Modern Bidding Methods. The course was sponsored by the Toronto Bridge Club and held at Club Macquarie.

Thank you Joan for your words of wisdom which every one who attended will benefit from and thank you everyone who attended.

GNOT Regional Finals
GNOT Regional Finals

The GNOT Regional Finals were held in Newcastle on Sunday 27 August. TBC had two teams entered - Ben Mursa, Julie Fraser-Easton, Margaret Ingold and Josiephine Most (all pictured above) and Chris Williams, Margaret Geddes, Loretta Grahame and Kerrie Stien. Well done all.

Toronto Congress 2017
Toronto Congress 2017

The Toronto Bridge Congress held last Sunday 20 August was a great success.

Winners in the Open section:

Warren Dobes, Witold Chylewski (Jun), Sally Clarke and Garry Clarke

Winners in the Restricted/Novice Section:

Carol Parker, Linda Smith, Wanda Little and Merlyn Morris

Best Toronto team:

Margaret Ingold, Andrew Toyne, Helen Wilkinson and Ben Mursa

Winners of the Elsie Jenkins prize (best Toronto restricted team):

Gaye Hancock, Anne Taylor, Henry Wellsmore and Philip Badham (pictured above (P. Badham absent))

Many thanks to the players who travelled from far away and also to our sponsors the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, who donated pens and pads to the event, and Centennial Coal.


Margaret De Pear, John McColl, Alan Steele and Trish Thomas enjoying the day.

Hilda Spence

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the first president of the Toronto Bridge Club, Hilda Spence.

Hilda was one of the original founders of the club and was elected president on 9 November 1971. She served in that position in 1972 and 1973, then again 20 years later in 1992 and 1993. Hilda was also one of the first club directors.

In 2009 Hilda was confirmed as a life member of the club.

Anne Reilly
Anne Reilly

Today we have lost one of our own - yes an addicted player and even more passionate bridge teacher.

Anne started playing bridge in the year 2000, joined TBC in 2003 and commenced teaching in 2007. Anne believed in her system with strong conviction and gave endless time and assistance to her numerous students.

Anne also inspired a team of teaching assistants who will no longer have her wealth of knowledge to draw upon.

TBC members say "Thank you Anne Reilly for being a Toronto member and friend".

Grand National Open Teams (GNOT) winners
Grand National Open Teams (GNOT) winners

Congratulations to our 2017 GNOT winners: John Robinson, Margaret Geddes, Chris William and Noel de Losa.

In second place were Ben Mursa, Alan Bryce, Andrew Toyne and Helen Wilkinson; followed by Margaret Ingold, Anne Reilly, Josephine Most and Julie Fraser-Easton in third place.

Presidents Teams
Presidents Teams

Congratulations to John Robinson, Josephine Most, Noel de Losa and Brenda Wright (absent from picture) who won the recent Presidents Teams event.

They were closely followed in second place by Ben Mursa, Margaret Ingold, Alan Bryce and Andrew Toyne.

      In third place were Anne Reilly, Beryl Jackson, Leila Heikkonen and Yvonne Grant.

Local congresses

Newcastle Bridge Club Swiss Pairs and Teams 16-17 June

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Brisbane Water Bridge Club (Woy Woy) Super Congress 7-8 July

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Central Coast Bridge Club Novice & Restricted Congress 11-12 August

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Toronto Bridge Club Teams 26 August

17th July 2018
Tuesday Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: B. Wright
19th July 2018
Thursday Pairs
Director: C. Williams
21st July 2018
Saturday Pairs
1.00 pm
Director: B. Mursa
Saturday Pairs
Director: Tony Parrott
Scorer: Alan Bryce
Thursday Pairs
Director: Ben Mursa
Scorer: Alan Bryce
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Brenda Wright
Scorer: Tony Parrott