Stroud BC's new Monday afternoon session - details here.
Latest draft of GCBA Strategy added - read it here.
Saturday Team Training CANCELLED for March 2nd. New date March 23rd
We are very sad to announce that Ian died on Monday afternoon 4th February.
Ian will be missed by so many of us. We send our thoughts to Val and all their family.
The Funeral is on Friday 1st March at 11.00am at Cheltenham Crematorium. There will be refreshments afterwards at the Ellenborough Hotel and everyone is welcome. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to Sue Ryder or the Blue Cross.
For Ian's Obituary click: Ian Constable Obituary.pdf
10 Feb 2019 : committee minutes from 04 February out.
09 February : moved the Newent Bowl advert to the Upcoming Special Events page
27 January 2019 : latest newsletter - Jan/Feb 2019
Minutes from 4 Febuary 2019 and 7 January 2019
Minutes from 3 December 2018. Minutes from 6 November 2018. Minutes from 1 October 2018. Minutes from 3 September 2018. Minutes from 6 August 2018.
Minutes from 2 July 2018. Minutes from 21 June 2018. Minutes from 04 June 2018. Minutes from the 13 May 2018 AGM.
Minutes from 26 April 2018. Minutes from 01 February 2018. Minutes from 30 November 2017. Minutes from 28 September 2017.
GCBA Committee Meeting 8 June 2017.
1. Apologies had been recived received from David Simons, Ashok Kwatra and Patrick Shields. Jim Simons, Anne Swannell, Richard Harris, Tony Hill, James Hastie, Paul Denning and Peter Swales were in attendance.
2. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
3. President’s report and objectives. Jim presented his shareholder’s report.
Action: At the next EBU meeting, Jim to raise the change in format of English Bridge putting all County News only on the online edition, citing the show of hands at the AGM, where apparently only 2 people look at the on-line edition.
Jim said that his objectives for the years were for us all to support the strategy work being led by Patrick.
4. The AGM and the bridge that followed was regarded as a success. Some people though had not realised that the meal break would be at tea-time rather than a late lunch. There was a discussion about the possibility of making it a lunch in the future. We agreed that making the AGM and bridge free should be repeated. Action: Tournament subcommittee to take account of this for next year.
5. Appointment of sub-committee Tony expressed himself as willing to serve on the tournament sub-committee. Action: Paul to set up a suitable sub-committee drawn from Tony and and the current members (Alan Wearmouth, John Councer and John Skonnemand.) We did not know the status of the Representative Events Committee. Action: Jim to ask Richard Butland whether he is willing to continue and whether he need new members of his team.
6. Treasurer’s report James had nothing to report, but thanked Val for her help during the handover, and Peter Waggett for collecting the table money.
7. Strategy Patrick had circulated a discussion document, attached. The main discussion was about youth bridge, and the need to get schools and in particular school teachers involved. (It was observed that Nigel Pitel is a teacher.) Tony, James and Anne were keen to help, but felt the need for a greater sense of direction and leadership. Action: Patrick and Ro to satisfy this need.
There was a discussion about the clubs league. We agreed it needed to be reinvigorated, but the starting point is to understand more about how it currently works, including where it isn’t working well (keeping the on-line scores up to date is apparently an example of the latter). Action: Richard to draft a set of questions for Jim to forward to David Hauser.
8. The CTD’s report is attached
9. CBC Representative report NTR
10. Dates of next meetings: 28 Sept and 30 Nov at Cheltenham Bridge Club.
MINUTES OF EXECUTVE MEETING
April 12th 2017
1 Present: Jim Simons, Val Constable, David Simons, Paul Denning, Patrick Shields, Anne Swannell, Peter Waggett, Peter Swales, James Hastie, Ashok Kwatra
2 It was proposed that James Hastie be co-opted to the committee and this was approved nem con
3 The minutes of meeting held on 26th January were approved
4 Patrick, at the behest of the committee, has started a process of leading a review of defining the most appropriate strategy for the county organisation. Patrick is currently seeking to engage with clubs and individuals and circulated an initial document seeking input and discussion from committee members
5 Val circulated a set of accounts for 2016/17 subject to audit. There were a small number of questions to be resolved and the likely surplus for the year is c £2800. There followed a general discussion on how best to use surplus funds including paying the affiliation fees for clubs, reducing P2P county charges and how best to support clubs financially. The Treasurer together with next year’s Treasurer and Jim to put forward suggestions to the next committee meeting
6 There was also a lengthy and constructive discussion regarding the AGM on May 21st and in particular how to encourage greater attendance. The post AGM Bridge will be free to all players, will be a pair’s event for players of different levels, and will include prizes and a free high tea. It was also decided to move the clubs meeting previously scheduled for May 10th to the morning of the AGM. A lunch will be provided and club representatives will be encouraged to stay for the AGM. The AGM will include on its Agenda an initial presentation from Patrick regarding future strategy and in addition there will be an agenda item on how best the county can provide financial support for the development of bridge through clubs
7 Peggy Phillips has accepted invitation to present the prizes at the AGM.
8 The CTD report had previously been circulated. In addition the following are the latest Midland Counties League results since the last meeting
February 19th 2017 v Derbyshire; Dawes 14/6, Porter 2/18, Markham 16/4
April 2nd 2017 v Nottinghamshire; Dawes 10/10, Porter 15/5, Markham 17/3
The Nottinghamshire match was the last in the season and the final positions are Dawes 2nd, Porter 4th and Markham 1st, having been unbeaten all season
9 Date of next meeting 8th June at 6pm
GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
26TH JANUARY 2017
Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held at Cheltenham Bridge Club
Wednesday 28th September 2016 at 6pm
Present; Jim Simons, Val Constable, David Simons, Anne Swannell, Paul Denning, Peter Swales. In attendance; Ashok Kwatra, Judy Sanis (Item 9 only)
1 Apologies; non received
2 Agenda item 9 (Publicity) was taken out of turn to allow Judy to participate.
a) Judy outlined the programme and steps taken to publicise with clubs across the County
b) The website needed some updating especially with regard to weekend events
c) Judy to talk to Richard Butland and clarify both training events and Fourth Wednesday squad practice and to ensure these are publicised. Also necessary for booking of rooms at CBC
d) It was agreed that Paul should approach Avon with intention of organising a friendly match against them for the Everett Cup
e) Judy discussed use of Pianola and invited anyone on committee who wanted to know more about use to contact her
3 The minutes of the meeting held on the 16th June 2016 were approved and signed
4 The only matter arising was affirmation from Jim that he would like to be involved in the shaping of weekend events
5 The Presidents report had been circulated. Jim highlighted the key issues. There were no questions or comments
6 Treasurer’s report had been circulated. Val explained that financial position remains healthy and whilst there were some outstanding items from the account, she would give more comprehensive report at next meeting
7 CTD report; There was extensive discussion of the Breedon Vale event and agreement for GCBA to partially subsidise to attract greater participation
8 Representative Events. In the first Midland Counties match of the season against Staffordshire (11th September) both Dawes and Porter won their matches 16/4 and Markham tied 10/10
9 Youth Bridge; Jim reported that the recent event held at CBC and with support from the Lades College had been very successful and all involved should be thanked and congratulated
10 CBC representative; Ashok reiterated need for bookings for training etc to be made. He advised committee that CBC would be registering for VAT. He also indicated that he would discuss with Val the issue of unused or events cancelled at short notice, specifically weekends. Both Jim and Ashok highlighted issue of club being left unsecure and need for committee duty members to undertake this task
11 The committee discussed the number of committee vacancies and some suggestions of people to approach were agreed
12 Monday night rota agreed
13 Dates of next meetings November 24th and January 26th
14 The only item discussed was the Clubs League organised by David Hauser and the need for greater publicity. Jim to put David in touch with Judy
The meeting finished at 7.05pm
[Older highlights : from 2014/15 season from Alan Wearmouth]
Highlights from the GCBA Committee Meeting December 2015 - from Jim Simons, GCBA President
Our Youth Officer Ro Kaye has been very busy organising events, but she is in need of support. It is great fun working with kids – they learn terrifyingly quickly! If you’d like to help in any way, please contact Ro by emailing email@example.com.
Our publicity has been in parlous state since we failed to recruit a new publicity officer. Now Judy Sanis has agreed to return to doing most of the job, whilst I shall be writing the article for English Bridge, the first to appear in February.