Present: Billy Bell, Sheila Brown, Rosie Buxton, John Davidson, Linda Dixon, Eddie Fitch, Geoff Harrison, Gill Howells, Terry Howells, Sue Lant, Frank Mansfield, Jenny Pollock, Sheila Robertson, Judy Robson, Martin Turner.
Apologies: Jan Ainsley, James Bateman, Margaret Davidson, George Stokoe, Merry Thompson, Audrey Vince.
Approval of the minutes of the last AGM (15th October 2019 at 6.15pm) - Accepted unanimously.
Report from the Treasurer - There has been great difficulty dealing with HSBC and many emails and phone calls have been made in order to stop them just closing the account through lack of use. Currently the charge is £5 per month for inactivity. If the club is closed, and the majority of the balance withdrawn, there would be enough residual monies for pay to play which is retrospective. Insurance is included with EBU membership and the website will continue until the annual fee is next due (September). Currently there is approximately £2,600 in the account.
Discussion and decision regarding closure of Alnwick Bridge Club - The Chairman reiterated the reasons for closure which had been emailed to members prior to the meeting. Falling roll numbers indicate that the club is not viable. Therefore there are options open to members as to the disposal of the money. In line with the constitution there are three options:
- Give to another bridge club or charitable institution
- Give to the EBU
- Divide between members
The Chair indicated she favoured the third option. Some members wanted to donate any 'share' to charity. This could be done having received any monies.
After discussion the motion to divide the money between members was proposed by Terry Howells and seconded by Judy Robson. The motion was carried unanimously
It was proposed that Alnwick Bridge Club be formally closed by Geoff Harrison and seconded by Billy Bell. The motion was carried unanimously.
A motion was proposed that a cheque would be made out to each member and any residual after all invoices had been paid would be divided equally between the Foodbank and the Air Ambulance. This was proposed by Terry Howells, seconded by Sue Lant and carried unanimously.
The Chair has been in contact with the EBU about the possibility of selling the Bridgemate but has not had any reply as yet.
10 bridge tables would be offered to all members. Bidding boxes and table cloths likewise.
Stationary will be sold to Warkworth Bridge Club.
Rosie will contact the EBU on 1st July to inform them that Alnwick Bridge Club is closed. They will contact members afterwards.
The website will have a note on the front page to inform people that the club is now closed. Minutes will be on the news page.
Meeting closed at 5.50pm