Orange Country Bridge Festival

 We had a record number of tables for games and lessons at the Orange Country Bridge Festival.

We had a record number of tables for games and lessons at the Orange Country Bridge Festival.

It was wonderful to see 74 people from Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Central Coast, Condobolin, Wagga Wagga, Mollymook, Coonabarabran and Adelaide join some of the local residents for my Country Bridge Festival on April 20 -22.

The Queenslanders who came were thrilled to experience the Fall.  Others may be used to watching leaves turn a glorious range of colours, but for us it was a treat. On the first night we met up at the famous old Canobolas Hotel for a casual dinner and drinks, and on the Saturday we chose the Union Bank Building for dinner. After bridge on the Sunday we visited Stockman’s Ridge winery, which was a little out of town in the middle of glorious wine country.

The days were clear and blue, almost too good to be in the Orange Bridge Club all day… but nevertheless, there we were, at the bridge club to play and learn.

There were 18 tables for the lessons and games, which was a record number for my holiday events. I was so pleased to see how regularly the players used their workbooks, and how keen everyone was to improve their game.  Martin, my husband directed the games, and generally lent his expertise.

The level of experience ranged from new players to those with many years of skill. It was great to see a father-daughter (Don Hamilton & Nettie Locke) and a mother-son (Wilma & Andrew Laurich) combination each win a session too! Congratulations to the people who did well, and to everyone who did their best! You can view the results of the games here

 Dorothy Woodside and Joan Butts at the Orange Country Bridge Festival.

Dorothy Woodside and Joan Butts at the Orange Country Bridge Festival.

The weekend would not have been the success it was without the help and organisation of Orange club player Dorothy Woodside, who, with her partner, Diana Whiteley, ensured that the weekend went like clockwork.  Dorothy and I had been working on the event for some time, and to see it come to fruition was a thrill. It was the first time I’d used a local bridge club in country NSW for a weekend so I hope to do more.

I was also delighted to offer prizes for each of the games, thanks to TBIB (aka The Bridge Insurance Brokers). I recently partnered with TBIB to help my members access their first rate services for reliable travel (and other) insurance.  The winners received a month of free access to my Online School of Bridge. 

Thanks you to everyone who joined us in Orange, and thanks to all the people who helped make the weekend a success.  My next holidays are at Byron Bay (in the Byron at Byron resort) in the last week of May, and then in Sydney at the Langham Hotel in the Rocks area in mid-September.  I’d love to see you there!