Welcome to the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society web site. The club meets for duplicate bridge every Thursday afternoon at the Henfield Hall, Henfield. Click "information" for a map and details. Visitors are always welcome, even to club competition sessions. Join us for a competitive, friendly game of bridge on Thursday afternoons. We look forward to seeing you.
To all members of HDBS
As you are aware from Sue's email in early September, your committee has been very concerned by decreasing numbers at our Thursday sessions, and the consequent costs and reductions in the reserves that we have available. Sue has received responses and some suggestions from a minority of our paid-up members and these have been considered by the committee - our paid up membership has reduced to 37 and this also does not augur well for the future of the society. As you know we have also had difficulty recruiting any new members to the committee.
Unfortunately the reduction in attendance has continued and has recently been just 3 or 4 tables, or even less, and this reduction is self-defeating for the society's future. Your committee (Sue Cottrell, Hugh Doohan, Hazel David and myself) has reluctantly decided that we have no alternative but to give notice that the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society should close down in its present format, and the society should be wound up by 31st March 2019 at the latest. This is particularly sad for me as one of the founders of the society in 1976, and a member of the committee throughout the past 42 years.
This closure will require a Special General Meeting of the Society which will be convened by the Committee in due course in accordance with the Constitution. The committee will be considering further the terms of the resolution for the Society to be wound up that will be put to the Special General Meeting, and you may care to look at the current Constitution as agreed in April 2008, particularly Section 17 regarding 'Winding Up'. The Constitution may be found on the HDBS website under the section headed Information. The committee plans to meet next after bridge on Thursday 25th October and would welcome any thoughts and observations that you may have before that date. Please address these to myself or any member of the committee, or if by email to all four of us - see email contact details below.
With all good wishes and thanks for your past support, but with a very heavy heart,
Peter (Bates) - HDBS Chairman
The Committee has decided that there will no longer be free play prize vouchers for winners of a session. This new decision will take effect from 1st June 2018.
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