Bendigo Bridge Club
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F2F Bridge Returns once more!

Victoria's covid restrictions were eased again on Friday 22 October and will ease further on Friday29 October. As a result, f2f play will return on Friday 29 but with one important new condition: if you wish to play you must be double-vaccinated (or have a valid medical vaccination exemption).  

Please read our revised Covid-safe Conditions of Play by clicking on the link below.

Places will be limited. You must use the booking system to secure seats for your partnership. But please do not place a booking unless you know that you are both fully vaccinated (or have a valid medical vaccination exemption).

With the return of f2f bridge, Club Pairs BBO events will be cancelled with effect from Friday 29 October.

Our Covid-safe playing conditions can be read here.

Covid-safe Conditions of Play - Revised Oct 2021


New "Let's Delve Deeper - October 2021"

This month's delve features Eddie Kantar's "Introduction to Defense". Check it out on our Library page.

ANC Australian Butler Pairs - November 13-16

This year this event is being run as an online RealBridge event. There will be Open and Restricted sections.  See calendar for details. 

New Club President

At our Management Committee meeting on September 21st, Janet Rogers formally tendered her resignation from her position as Club President. The Committee would like to express our most sincere thanks to Janet for her excellent service in the two years she was at the helm. They were a particularly difficult two years with several complex issues needing to be managed - not least the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and the need to offer on-line bridge alternatives to our members.  Janet has worked tirelessly and efficiently to ensure the club continues to thrive in these challenging times.

At the same meeting Ken Simpson was unanimously chosen as our new Club President. Welcome to the chair, Ken!

Sunbury Congress on BBO - October 24

Sunbury BC have moved their congress online this year. See calendar for further information

AGM 2021 Postponed

Due to the extension of the current Covid lockdown, our AGM, scheduled for Monday 6th September, has been postponed. A new date will be advised shortly.

AWOP Postponed

The Australia-wide Open Pairs event, originally scheduled for 27 August, has been postponed to 29 October.


Book a COVID vaccination



News (Alert!)

This page has items of interest to our members and friends. For a full list of coming events, see [Calendar].

Vale Barbara Conquest
You will be saddened to learn that one of our club members, Barbara Conquest, passed away on Saturday 17 April 2021 at her retirement home in Bendigo.
Barbara only recently joined BBC in 2020 but she will be remembered as a kind and considerate person who was dedicated to enjoying her bridge.
She was one of only seven "Bridge Teachers" accredited with the Victorian Bridge Association.
Although unwell, in recent months her health appeared to be improving and she was planning to resume face to face bridge in the near future, both at BBC and playing social bridge with friends but that, sadly, was not to be.
Her son advises that there will be a private funeral for family members only.
Last updated : 22nd Apr 2021 00:39 ESTA
Members return for face to face bridge

Friday 15th January 2021 was the day when our members could anticipate each other’s company at the bridge table after the COVID recess.  The counting down had finally come, no more sleeps - time for battle.

Friend and foe at the one time, oh what bliss.


5 ½  tables is a good start after 1 pair withdrew at the last moment.  We trust that the pace of reopening and the scheduled events meet our member’s needs.

Some people had not played for 10 months, some had managed a few social games with friends, while others had braved the online world.


The rules for playing under COVID are very important and listed on the website.

  • Do not play if ill
  • Wash and sanitize regularly
  • wear a mask at all times

Members need to book sessions through the new website, and be in attendance at LGCC at least 10 minutes before play starts.  This last aspect will be enforced to ensure everyone is QR registered, temperature tested and seated.  IF you arrive after the 10 minutes to go cut-off time you and your partner will be asked to leave.


For the online crowd, learning to count the cards, sort them into suits and hold them was an experience forgotten.  To alert your partner's bid is also a “new” experience for online players.

Our directors have a task to relearn the laws of bridge, since in the online world it is not possible to revoke, bid out of turn or play out of turn, the computer controls all that.


Thank you to our small subcommittee of Rosemary Monotti, Bernadette Wood and Paul O’Hare whose diligence and attention to detail made this recommencement possible after the Match Committee set the parameters and decided it was time.

We also acknowledge our Committee and also the LGCC executive and committee, who have done a great job working with council and cleaners to have the hall ready for our use.



Last updated : 2nd Mar 2021 00:02 EADT