MINUTESOF THE 56TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
THE LOUGHBOROUGH BRIDGE CLUB
THU 17TH MAY 2012 AT JOHN STORER HOUSE
In attendance were the Chairman and 51others.
Apologies. Apologies were received from:
SBarney J Wilcox T Glover J Starkie
GJones T Jarvis P Stockdale C Bray
JWorters J Taylor S Mensley R Page
The Minutes of the last AGM had been emailed to members and were not read out.
Matters Arising from Minutes of Last AGM. There were no mattersarising.
Chairman’s Report. Easily the mostsignificant event this year has been the change of venue. After many good years at the Grammar SchoolCentre they changed their requirements at exam time meaning that we were notallowed access. This meant no bridge forus in January and the first week of February for mock exams and then at leastthat length of time again for the proper exams in the summer – some 10 weeks orso in total. The only alternative wewere offered in January was a squash court which we tried but which was not atall satisfactory and we decided to consider other alternatives. JSH was our first enquiry and they were ableto offer us accommodation for all our nights albeit in a variety of differentrooms depending on their previous bookings together with good toilet and coffeemaking facilities. We provisionallyaccepted these whilst other venues were considered. However none of the alternatives suggestedwere very appealing with the main consideration being whether they could offerus all the nights we required. We werealso concerned not to lose JSH through procrastination. As time went on and JSH realized we wereserious about our bookings being for the long term they started to give uspriority, opened up the café area for our use and provided us with storagespace for out tables and other equipment. Our relations with them are excellent and the only times we shall nothave access are on about three Tuesdays each year immediately after some Bank Holidays when the buildingwill not be open.
Over the last year the number of regularplayers has stayed exactly the same at 88 but with 12 new names replacing 12others. The total number of club membersis higher than this due to occasional players and also because the Universityused the Scout Centre up to Christmas to play their league matches and werequired that all their league players became member of our club.
In league both teams had a satisfactoryseason finishing mid-table in divisions one and four respectively.
We shall shortly have a notice on the boardasking players to sign up for the teams for next season and I would urge youall to consider playing in a team even if you have not done so before. You are all members of the EBU & LCBA andno further payment is involved. Howeverplayers at home matches will now be required to pay table money which will be£2 as for normal club nights.
There have again been several noteworthyperformances by some of our regular players
SusanStockdale continues to be a regular member of theEngland Women’s team and was part of the team which finished 3rd inthe Women’s world championship held in Holland and 2nd in the WorldMind Games in Chinas as well as being involved in a competition in Japan.
DickPathan, usually playing with Alan Langley ofPhoenix, has regularly represented the County first team.
TimGlover, playing with Peter Neville from Glenfield,regularly represented the County Second team.
Brianand Sheila regularly played for the County, splitbetween the second and third teams and JohnWilcox, playing with Robert Northage from Glenfield, regularly representedthe County third team.
The County introduced a new competition, apair’s league, which comprised four divisions of six pair. The event was run over five evenings and thewinners of the first division were Dickand Lucy Pathan with Brian andSheila Stockdale runners-up.
DianaBowden and Richard Rees, representing Bradgate, wonthe Hyman Crammer Trophy which is competed for by the club champions from each clubwishing to be represented.
Sheilaand Susan Stockdale finished runners-up in the OlgaCup, which is the County Ladies Pairs competition.
As usual both the Christmas and summerparties were well attended and were enjoyed by all. We have again booked the usual room for theChristmas party but, as part of the matters arising from my report, wouldwelcome your views on whether to hold a summer party. The room used for the Christmas party will notbe available to us but we would be able to use the café room as usual and toset out our food, drinks etc in the receptions/hall area outside the café.
I would like to thank all the committee forthe work they have done over the years. Hughie was the leading light in our urgent and time consuming negotiationswith JSH and as I have said earlier our relations with them are excellent. Bob and Hughie have also continued to carryout their key roles very capably and conscientiously, rarely missing anevening, and Paul has taken over the responsibility for collecting table money. Barrie joined the committee last year and hasdone a great job in regularly fixing up partners for players in need – even tothe extent of being on call, and used, when he was on holiday in Lanzarote.
All the committee, but particularly Hughieand Bob who organized the bought in food and drink, and Paul who verycompetently ran the raffle at the Christmas party worked hard to make theparties a success. As well as thecommittee John Wilcox ran the bridge at the Christmas party and many of youmade both parties a success by contributing food and prizes.
Following the unexpected loss of Steve dueto work commitments Sue has taken over the responsibility for Scorebridge,including trying to keep Bob and I on track, and has also taken over themanagement and indeed development of our website. Her work is invaluable.
Stuart took over the captaincy of thesecond team and has carried out a difficult job, certainly more difficult thanthe first team, very well. He alsoorganized the Sim Pairs events which were both for charity.
Finally, on the question of Sim Pairs, wewould welcome your views, again as matters arising from my report, on whetherwe should continue to hold them. If wedo then table money would be £5.00
Matters Arising from Chairman’s Report. Sheila Stockdale asked ifthe intentions of the club were to stay at JSH on a permanent basis. The chairman said the answer to that was yesand Hughie Cairns added that we were contracted to JSH for 1 year but if afterthat time somewhere better was brought to the attention of the committee thenit would be looked into. It wassuggested that some of the tables were not the best shape for bridge. The Chairman was sympathetic with this butinformed the meeting that JSH were not too keen on us moving their tables andin any case we would have no place to put the moved tables during theevening.
On the matter of the summer party theoverwhelming feeling of members was that they wished this to continue. The new committee will be tasked witharranging this.
On the question of Sim Pairs the membersindicated that they would like the club to continue with these.
Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer reported anoverall loss of £912.74 for the year, mainly due to the loss at the ChristmasParty and the highly increased rental as a result of our move from the GrammarSchool. To stem this drain on ourfinances the Treasurer had taken the step of increasing table money to £2.00soon after our move from the school. Heassured the members that he hoped there would be no need of having to further increasethe table money or the subscription in the coming financial year. However he will monitor the impact of ourfinances over the first and second quarters of this year to see if the £2.00per head table money is matching the cost of the room hire and P2Pcharges. Hopefully it will suffice butif not the question of raising table money will be discussed by the committee.
He asked those in attendance to accept thereport and acceptance was proposed by Lynda Simmons and seconded by BrendaStead.
Motion. A motion put forward by Sue Hardieand seconded by Su Northam stated that:
As from 1st June results would only bedisplayed on our website and no longer be emailed to members.
Sue explained her reasoning for this andthe motion was overwhelmingly accepted.
Election of Committee. In an unopposedelection the following members were voted on to the committee:
Chairman Geoff Shaw
Treasurer Hughie Cairns
Secretary Bob McCulloch
GeneralCommittee Paul Anderson
The trophies were then presented by IrisWalker, the winners being:
AliceCup H Cairns J Worters
JacksonCup D Pathan L Pathan
LoughboroughCup S Stockdale S Stockdale
PStockdale B Stockdale
SharandaCup C Bray A Khan
DorisFawcett Cup L Pathan D Pathan
SHardie J Northam
JohnDixon Cup S Perrett R Page
Palfreymancup J Lloyd
The meeting closed at 7.30 pm and wasfollowed by a session of bridge.