A REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE BURLEY BRIDGE CLUB
MARCH 2021 INSTEAD OF AN AGM
The committee held one meeting last year, during a lull in the Lockdowns. None of us thought we would be so inactive for so long but we hope the end is in sight. I know quite a few of you have been playing ‘On-Line’, thanks to the sterling efforts of Jane Mitchell – what a Star - I’m sure you’re all very grateful to her!
We are all sorry that our Secretary Ann Blake has now left us but we were able to give her a lovely leaving present of a specially commissioned water-colour painting of Burley Hall by local Waverton artist Peter Nell, which she thanked us for and said she would treasure – also a ‘Sorry you’re Leaving’ card which some of you were able to sign personally and others had their names added to it. I have taken back the Secretarial duties as before. The other members of the committee are all happy to remain on board.
Our Treasurer, Richard, has written a Report on our finances. On the 28th February 2021 our funds amounted to £290.97. If anyone should wish to have a copy of the accounts please contact Richard on email@example.com The outstanding debt to Fred is £300 and will be repaid as soon as funds allow.
Although we’ve been unable to hold any further committee meetings Fred, Richard, Jenny, Eric and myself have communicated quite often via email and phone. When we are able to re-start our Bridge sessions, it has been agreed that an adjustment will be made of the £10 Annual Subscription paid by some members last March but not by all i.e. those members who paid £10 in 2020 will not be asked to contribute again this year. The table money will be increased to £3 per session for the time being until we get on our feet again as we will have some expenditure such as Insurance, Bridgemate and Bridgeweb fees which have to be met. The cost of the hire of the Hall also has to be covered. However, we are filled with optimism that all will be well after a few months!
We would welcome any member who might like to take on the task of helping Fred with Bridgemate at our sessions. Fred will, of course, train up any volunteers nearer the time.
We have discussed the possibility of having afternoon sessions on Mondays or Thursdays. The outcome from the questionnaire sent to all of you, thanks to Jane Mitchell, was very interesting as about one third said Monday, another third said Thursday and the other third said Monday evening which wasn’t given as an option! What we eventually do is not entirely up to us as we are in the hands of the Burley Hall Management for any new hiring arrangements. However, Monday evening sessions will certainly continue, as before.
In the meantime, we would like to welcome you all back on Monday evening 21st June 2021, to celebrate Summer Solstice if nothing else - all being well!
Kind regards to all, Gill Harrand