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www.thewellingtonian.co.nz Bridge to retirement
By TALIA CARLISLE
Farewell: Dot Proctor has retired
after 18 years as club manager at
Wellington Bridge Club.
Photo: TALIA CARLISLE
tournaments to selling car
parks, Dot Proctor knows that
being the manager of Wellington
Bridge Club can be a busy task.
Mrs Proctor is retiring after
18 years of managing the club,
but said she never had an inter-
est in playing herself.
I can see what the fascination
is [but] I would rather be sewing
or knitting or gardening,'' she
I did have a go playing with
friends, but at night I would be
trying to remember what [cards]
I had and what I bid.''
Mrs Proctor said her husband
Nelson would also give her
advice on what she should have
He is one of a few players of
grand master ranking in New
Zealand and has been playing
for nearly 50 years.
Mrs Proctor took the job as
club manager in 1993 after her
youngest son had started school.
The part-time hours suited
her and she already knew many
of people in the club.
She describes bridge as a
game that sharpens the mind,
concentrates the thoughts and
develops some logic.
Her role in the club means
finding people partners for
games, managing events at the
club, and sorting out finances
and maintenance on the build-
She has also been secretary
for the bridge club's committee
for the last six years.
After retiring, Mrs Proctor
will keep busy with gardening,
sewing, tapestry and reading
Mrs Procter and her husband
are also preparing for an eight-
week trip to Europe to visit
The club held a goodbye din-
ner for Mrs Proctor at the club a
She received flowers and a
special certificate from the Wel-
lington Bridge Club stating she
was entitled to a set of
beginners' lessons for free.
rink may return
A temporary ice-skating rink on Wellington's
waterfront proved so popular last year that
Wellington Waterfront officials are working
to bring it back.
The Wintergarden rink was erected
beneath the sails on Queens Wharf last
Waterfront Wellington chief executive Ian
Pike said he hoped the rink would be avail-
able later this year.
We are in discussions with the people who
brought it to Wellington last time and we are
hoping to have it return to the waterfront,''
Mr Pike said.
Christchurch events promoter Douglas
Webber Group, in conjunction with Ice World
International from the Netherlands, brought
the rink to Wellington.
Wellington City Council provided the site
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