President — June Buckland
Chairman — Gavin Wilson 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer — Muriel Hodder
Secretary — Kay Wilson 📧 email@example.com
Refreshments — Yvette Barton 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership — Pauline Harris 📧 email@example.com
TO BE AGREED — Julie Minards 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org
TO BE AGREED — Vicky Bevan 📧 email@example.com
The Director team comprises:
The Scoring Team comprises:
Carol Wildig (Team Leader)
In 2018, Claygate will start rolling out the wireless scoring system called BridgePal, which runs on smartphones and tablets. The implementation team today consists of Gavin Wilson and Carol Wildig, but more volunteers will be very welcome. We will provide as much help and training as each North needs to enter the scores into the handset.
Further information about BridgePal can be found here.
Subject to the approval of our Finance team, the AGM evening will be a freebie for all attendees. Don't forget that the meeting starts at 7pm.
Congratulations to our habitual winning pair, Phil and Nigel, for another convincing top position in the 18-19 Club Championship. Many thanks also to all of you who slugged it out for up to seven sessions to try to prevent the inevitable from happening:
I gather there were problems with the handsets last night, for which I apologise. Some of the boards need to be scored manually. If you notice any results that are incorrect, please send details of the correct score to me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I cannot update the scores until Sunday, but I will do my best as soon as I have my hands on the club's PC.
At the most recent committee meeting, we discussed formally declaring Claygate a Level Two club. There are just two levels defined for clubs by the EBU's Blue Book, and Level Four allows many more complex, artificial conventions. (The Blue Book can be read online at https://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/blue-book/blue-book-2017.pdf .)
My own experience is that everyone currently playing at the club uses only Level Two systems and conventions, and I feel this fits in well with our not insisting on pairs having system cards at the table. The committee could be persuaded to allow the Two Diamond Multi, if any member would like to use that gadget.
Please get in touch, either face-to-face or by emailing email@example.com, if you have an opinion on this matter.
The committee agreed by a unanimous email vote on 13th August 2019 to co-opt Julie Minards and Vicky Bevan onto the committee. Roles have yet to be agreed. That makes seven in total. (Males are still eligible to join the committee.)
June Rose died on Saturday. Our thoughts are with Tony and her family. The funeral arrangements, sent by Tony, are as follows:
June's funeral will be at Putney Vale Crematorium (West chapel) at 16:00 on Wednesday 3rd July, arrival by 15:45 being recommended. Any tributes will be received by Lodge Brothers in Thames Ditton.
The family will be hosting a celebratory gathering at the house in Thames Ditton afterwards and will be pleased to welcome everyone.
If you want to check your BridgePal number, it should now be listed at https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwom/bw.cgi?club=claygate&pid=display_page66
Let me know if you want me to change anything on the list.
This year's AGM is scheduled for 7pm on Monday 11th March.
Please come along. The AGM is only as exciting as you make it. If you would like to add an item to the Agenda, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to stand for a committee position, please let Kay know.
At this distance from the meeting, there looks to be nothing too dramatic to report. A provisional draft of the 2018 accounts is already on this website. There are no plans to increase subscriptions or table money. All the existing committee members are happy to stand for re-election. Our biggest structural problem comes from having just two regular directors. And with at least one committee member saying "Just one more year", the club needs an inflow of replacements to keep the committee thriving.
This year's charity teams event, organised by Claygate's own Ian Cave, costs £80 per team, and will be held at Cobham Rugby Football Club on Fairmile Lane.
Refreshments are included.
The competition starts at 1pm and is expected to end at 7pm.
Steve Foster will be the director.
We have a few entry forms at the club, which will be available on Monday evenings. If you need one in the mean time, no doubt you can ask Ian or the registrar, Bill Stevenson, by email at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had four incidents on Monday evening of handsets needing to be replaced because they had lost contact with the WiFi signal. The scoring team is trying hard to identify what is causing the problem. It could be a WiFi hardware error, a WiFi setting problem, a scorer error, a user error, or a number of other root causes.
Just in case one of the factors is user error, I will list a few recommendations here, day by day:
Gavin and the rest of the Scoring team
A few Norths have been entering hands as 'Not Played' when what actually happened was that the hand had been passed out. Please use the 'Pass' button to enter this contract; otherwise, you'll get the wrong score for the hand.
There is just one more round left in this members-only tournament. Remember that your pair needs to play at least four of the seven rounds to qualify.
This league is compiled manually by the chairman, not automatically by computer. So there is plenty of scope for error. If you find a mistake, please let me know at email@example.com before 1st February.
In recent weeks, the caretaker at the Day Centre has had to dip into his own pockets three times to cover the cost of boxes of eggs that have gone missing on Monday evenings. Last night the President reimbursed him to spare the club further embarrassment.
You are very welcome to buy these boxes of eggs, but please make sure you pay for them.
Around 36 members haven't renewed their annual subscriptions yet. Put it down to forgetfulness in the chairman's case. Others may simply not have been aware, as our communications officer (aka the chairman) has been busy doing other things. We will endeavour to provide an up-to-date list at the next few club sessions, so that you can rectify the situation where needed.
The committee has received notification from Elmbridge that 'the council's policy is to prohibit the use of all e-cigarettes and vaping devices in ‘No smoking areas’ in all council buildings. This means that smoking inside a council building will not be permitted.'
Our apologies to members affected by vaping or its banishment. We hope members will understand that all we can do is to abide by the rules.