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Leighton Buzzard Bridge Club
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 30 March 2015 at the Rugby Club
The meeting commenced at 7pm.
1. Apologies for absence
Received from Martin Evered & Pam Mason
2. Minutes of AGM held on 4th Mar 2014
The minutes were read and approved. Approval was proposed by Stephen Bligh and seconded by Mike Bluett.
3. Matters arising
There was a short discussion regarding the Teams events which had been replaced by Butler scoring pairs events. An explanation of Butler scoring was given.
It was agreed to reconsider the situation in the next few weeks and report back to the members.
4. Chairmans Report
The chairman commented that the year had once again been settled for the club. A new venture where the BBA held one of its County events at the club during the normal
Monday evening meeting had worked well and had benefited both the BBA and LBBC financially.
Membership had dropped from 61 to 43 although this was not seen as a particular problem at the moment as it was felt that the clubs finances were on track.
The club continued to enter teams into the BBA teams of 4 and 8. Thanks were given to Peter Malpass who organises and cajoles members into taking part.
The committee worked on 2 projects during the year, teaching and applying for a lottery grant. The teaching did not proceed as the teacher felt unable to continue
with the project and sadly our lottery application was turned down.
The present chairman was stepping down and extended her thanks to several members of the club who had helped with various tasks throughout the year.
Thanks were also extended to all members for their support throughout her period of chairmanship.
6. Treasurers Report
Copies of the accounts were distributed to the meeting. The treasurer advised that our income had increased from that of the previous year and that it would not be
necessary to make any further increases in membership subscriptions or table money this year. The treasurer thanked Cameron Cooke for auditing the accounts.
Approval of the accounts was proposed by Peter Malpass, seconded by Stephen Bligh
6. Election of Officers
Alan White was elected as chairman. Proposed by Judi Malpass, seconded by Peter Malpass.
Ron Goddard stood down.
The following were re elected as members.
Judi Malpass - Secretary
Alex Jones - Treasurer
Lorraine Curry, Penny Bligh.
Andrew Mason and Tony Bolton were elected.
Proposed Stephen Bligh, seconded Peter Malpass.
The constitution calls for 3 officers and 4 members so the committee is now complete.
7. Presentation of Trophies.
The following trophies were presented
Howell Trophy Bob Brown & Peter Malpass
Charity Shield David & Anne Gilling
Gilling Trophy Roger Gregory & Lorraine Curry
Slammer of the Year Bob Brown/Peter Malpass, Roger Gregory/Lorraine Curry
Ascenders (last 6 months) Mike Bluett & Alex Jones
Club Championship John Cardiff & Peter Taylor
10. Any other business
There was no other business.
The meeting closed at 7.30pm.
AGM Monday 30th March 2015
To be held at LB Rugby Club at 7pm
2. Minutes of the AGM held on 4th March 2014
3. Approval of minutes
4. Matters arising
5. Chairmans Report
7. Election of Officers
8. Motions to the Meeting
9. Presentation of Trophies.
Chairman - Lorraine Curry
Treasurer - Alex Jones
Secretary - Judi Malpass
Members - Alan White Ron Goddard Penny Bligh
The Chairman will be standing down this year but is happy to remain on the committee for a further year to help the new chairman. Ron Goddard is also standing down this year.
The remaining members are prepared to stand for re-election. Alan White is prepared to stand as chairman.
The constitution calls for 7 committee members and since we are already one light we are seeking to elect 2 further members. Nominations for new members and for any officer posts should be given to Judi Malpass before the meeting, ideally the week before.
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 3 March 2014 at the Rugby Club
Received from Janet Derek Tony Hilary Ted Ian and John Brown
2. Minutes of AGM held on 4th Mar 2013
Approval was proposed by Stephen Bligh and seconded by Peter Malpass.
There were no matters arising
The chairman commented that last year had been much less eventful than the previous one. We had now settled down in our new venue and thanks were given to Eric for the interface he provides between us and the Rugby Club and to Dave the caretaker for all his help. The biggest change was the clubs decision to play on bank holidays and this has proved viable socially if not financially and is therefore expected to continue.
Membership has stayed fairly static at around 60 members. We continue to enter teams into the BBA teams of 4 and 8 and LB is always represented in all BBA events. Thanks go to Peter Malpass who organises and cajoles members into taking part.
The committe are currently working on 2 projects. Firstly the possibility of bridge lessons in the bar area and secondly the completion of a lottery grant application. Rising costs cause us to look at ways of increasing our takings and trimming our expenses.
Thanks were given to all the directors throughout the year, to those who ensure the boards turn up, to Penny for supplying our food and drink, and to the committee and all helpers who do the jobs which enable things to go smoothly each week. Special thanks to Stephen for his scoring, uploading results, ascenders and slammers competitions.The club is very appreciative of his skills.
5. Treasurers report
Copies of the accounts were distributed to the meeting. The treasurer advised that our income had decreased by £300 during the year.
The treasurer thanked Cameron Cooke for auditing the accounts.
Approval of the accounts was proposed by John Bateman and seconded by Alan White
6. Club Finances
The club needs to balance the books and a review of the finances suggests that we need an average of 9 tables per week to cover all our costs. It was proposed to put up the table money to £3 per week and to reduce the amount of prize vouchers. Some discussion took place about increasing the membership subscription next year if needed. The meeting voted in favour of the increase.
7. Lottery Grant Application
We have applied for approx £4000 and can only hope that we are successful.
8. Changes to the Constitution – Membership
Rule 5. was amended to read that membership of the club commences on receipt of the annual subscription.
The changes were agreed. Proposed P Malpass. Seconded Stephen Bligh
9. Changes to competition rules – Club Championship
It was proposed that the club championship should be a single winner Howell movement. The winner would take the Trophy and the runners up the plate.
Proposed Colin O,Hara, seconded Stephen Bligh
Howell Trophy Bob and Terry
Charity Shield Alison and John Brown
Gilling Trophy Liz Dawes and Tony Bolton
Slammer of the Year Janet and Derek Marsh
Ascenders (last 6 months) Bob Brown
Club Championship Janet and Derek Marsh
8. Any other business
The meeting closed at 7.35pm.
Annual General Meeting Monday 3rd March 2014 7pm at L.B. Rugby Club
1. Apologies for absence
2. Minutes of AGM held on Monday 4th March 2013
7. Club Finances
8. Lottery Grant Application
9. Changes to Constitution - Membership
10. Changes to Competition Rules - Club Championship
11. Election of Officers
12. Presentation of Trophies
Chairman Lorraine Curry
Secretary Judi Malpass
Treasurer Alex Jones
Vice Chairman Alan White
Membership Ron Goddard
Catering Penny Bligh
Leighton Buzzard Bridge Club
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 4th March 2013 at the Rugby Club
Received from Cathy & Peter Ross, Maureen Westley, Eric Cohen, Peter Taylor & John Cardiff
2. Minutes of AGM held on 30th Jan 2012
Approval was proposed by A Mason and seconded by Peter Malpass.
It was mentioned that the timing of the display of the results had been changed as agreed.
No other matters arose.
The chairman thanked all those who had helped and advised her during her first year of chairmanship. The major issue during the year had been yet another change of venue but the move to the Rugby club had been very successful and it was hoped that we would now remain settled for many years. Thanks were given to Dave and Eric for all their help.
The second important change had been the introduction of a new competition rule requiring a set amount of attendances by members to enable them to qualify for winning club trophies.
Membership had remained stable averaging between 8 and 9 tables per week and team evenings had proved popular. Thanks were given to the people who took turns to direct the evenings. A new competition had been introduced , the Handicap pairs playing for the Gilling Trophy.
Externally, teams had been entered into the BBA teams of 8 and 4 events and 2 teams were presently playing in the league competition with one team in the knock-out Cup. Thanks were given to Peter for coordinating these teams.
Thanks were also extended to John for preparing the boards, to Stephen our permanent scorer, to Eric, Alan, Peter & Judi for opening and closing the clubhouse and to all the members of the committee in particular to Roger our retiring secretary. In conclusion thanks were given to all the members for their support of the club and a belief was expressed that the future of the club now looked very positive.
Copies of the accounts were distributed to the meeting. The treasurer advised that our income had increased despite spending £500 on new tables during the year and that this increase was attributable to the reduction in the rent paid.
Approval of the accounts was proposed by Alan Williams and seconded by George Goddard.
6. Motions from members
No motions were put forward
Roger Gaudoin resigned from his position as secretary and also from the committee.
The rest of the committee were re-elected. Proposed Stephen Bligh, seconded Peter Malpass.
Existing member Judi Malpass was elected as Secretary. Proposed Alan Williams, seconded Chris Watson.
Penny Bligh was elected on to the committee. Proposed Andrew Mason, seconded Roger Gregory.
The constitution states that there should be 7 members on the committee but in the absence of any other members wishing to stand, it was agreed to continue with 6 at the present time.
8. Presentation of Trophies
Howell Trophy Anne & David Gilling
Charity Shield Derek & Janet Marsh
Gilling Trophy Chris Watson & Ian Wilson
Slammer of the Year Lorraine Curry & Roger Gregory
Ascenders (last 6 months) Stephen Bligh
Club Championship John & Ros Bateman
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It was suggested that in view of the number of evenings lost because of bank holidays and also through bad weather that we should consider playing on bank holidays in future. Some discussion took place regarding the weather issues that had arisen and also the problems of poor attendance where we had previously played on bank holidays.
It was agreed to discuss the possibility of opening on bank holidays with Dave the caretaker and also at committee with a view to putting a proposal to the members in the near future.
Andrew Mason gave a vote of thanks for the sterling job done by Lorraine and team during the year.
The meeting closed at 7.25pm.