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1989-1994
1989-1994

 1989.  Derek Marshall was elected Chairman and David Hutton was elected Secretary. 

 

The surplus for the year was £250 leaving a balance of £1327.  Club membership now stood at 72.  The B team won Division 4.  Annual subscriptions were increased from £3 to £4 and the table fees were increased to 60p. 

 

The club received a letter from Transmitton regretting that they were no longer able to make premises available to the Bridge Club.  Transmitton had been taken over by BICC which restricted the use of their facilities by non-employees.

 

As a consequence 14 tables had to be stored at members' homes whose names were recorded for future information.  It is understood that one member was extremely reluctant to return one of the tables when this was requested at a later date.

 

1990.  The club carried out a comprehensive review of alternative venues that could be used by the club.  The conclusion was that the club agreed to use The Royal British Legion Club rooms for bridge on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and match Wednesdays at a fee of £520 p.a.  The introduction to the RBL had been made by Margery Hopkinson who was a member of the RBL.  The annual fee of £520 represented subscriptions to the RBL for all Ashby Bridge Club members.

 

As the club was using the same venue for both club and match nights the extra 14 tables were now surplus to requirements.  They were, therefore, sold to members for a nominal fee.  Such was the demand that a ballot was held to allocate the tables. 

 

Simon Sparrow and Andy Woodward won the Gimson Trophy (this is the county championship event for pairs).  Arthur Stanley donated the Stanley Trophy to the club.  The committee turned down a suggestion that rubber bridge be played for limited stakes. They also agreed to the introduction of a host system.

 

The surplus for the year was £727 leaving a balance of £2055.  Annual subscriptions were increased to £5 in view of the increased rent.

 

1991.  Don James was elected Secretary.  The B team won Division 3.

 

Club nights were changed to Monday and Thursday at the request of the Royal British Legion.  As the RBL were experiencing financial difficulties venues were once again under review.

 

The surplus for the year was £293 leaving a balance of £2348.  Annual subscriptions were increased to £6 and table fees were increased to 50p (£1 for visitors).  Membership was down from 74 to 64.

 

1992.  Margery Hopkinson was elected Treasurer.  The club offered to lend the RBL £1,000 but the RBL Club was closed down in 1992.  Following the demise of the RBL, new venues were urgently sought, including Ashby Grammar School, Measham Community Centre and Ashby Library.  Matches were played at the Grammar School.  Table fees were increased to £1 to cover the move.

 

The Silver Jubilee Dinner was enjoyed at the Fallen Knight.  After the AGM a cake and wine celebration was held to mark the club's 25 years.  The cake was provided by Frances Criddle.  In addition the Jubilee Bowl competition was inaugurated during 1992.  This trophy was presented to the club by Vera McDonald and Doreen Hunt, both of whom are founder members.

 

The surplus for the year was £909 leaving a balance of £3258.  Annual subscriptions remained at £6.  The A team finished in the middle of Division 1 but the B team was relegated to Division 3.  The A team captain was Elaine Hampton and the B Team captain was Robert Missenden.  Derek Marshall wrote the club newsletter and Robert Missenden edited it and arranged for it to be printed.

 

1993.  Gordon Grimley was elected Chairman. 

 

Playing in the Library of the Grammar School was proving very unsatisfactory.  Tables were placed between racks of books six feet high thus destroying the ambience of the evening. 

 

It was decided to lease a room above the Coach House, in South Street.  This room had been leased by St Helens Church but as the Church no longer needed this room it was taken over by Ashby Bridge Club.  In addition to the quarterly rent, set-up costs were considerable including legal costs, insurance, carpet, curtains and chairs.

 

There was a loss for the year of about £900 leaving a balance of £2360.  Table fees were increased to £1.25.  Afternoon sessions were proposed to help meet fixed room costs.

 

There was only one team in the leagues (playing in Division 2) captained by Robert Missenden.  Jessie.Hall donated two trophies (both called the Charlie Hall Trophies), one for an evening individual competition and one for the Afternoon Club.

 

1994.  John Taylor was elected Chairman.  It was agreed that the second Charlie Hall trophy be given to the runner-up in the individual competition.  The team was relegated from Division 3.

 

The surplus for the year was £1200 leaving a balance of £3536.  It was noted that "considerable effort from the Committee and Members was required on maintenance of premises".