HEMEL HEMPSTEAD BRIDGE CLUB
Minutes of 56th
AGM held on Monday 29 June 2015
Attendance 32 members
1 Apologies for Absence
Fiona and Paul Littlewood, Margaret and David Goodwin, Tim Cooper, Pat Henry, Jane
Farndon, Rodger Livesey, Clive and Jean
Walters, Barbara and Terry Neal, Joanne Turner, Lesley and Derek Peers, Chris
Eveleigh, Graham Morton and Tom Banks
of Last Meeting
Copies had been available on the website and these were
accepted as a true record.
reported that although we try to organise Bridge on Bank Holiday Mondays, this
year we had to cancel Bridge on May Day as no Director was available. We also
had to cancel Spring Bank Holiday week while the premises were rewired.
He thanked David
Blasebalk for running the Duplimate machine, used for all sessions The
club’s membership is in line with last year and the average number of tables
per week has risen slightly due to a
rise on Monday evenings. We did experiment with a standby system on
Thursdays, and he thanked Pat Hogger, Jane Farndon, Clive Walters, and Peter
Thomas for volunteering to be a standby.
We ran a Swiss
pairs event on Sunday 22nd February and with a larger entry than in previous
years. Those playing enjoyed the day
and therefore we will be running the event again in Februay 2016. Thanks to
Derek Peers for organising the event.
He thanked Susie Bond
and Pat Henry for organising the Christmas Party. The committee felt
it would be good to introduce one or two more fun items to the bridge element
of the party this year
The Club won the
Herts Eccles cup for the first time in many years. Congratultions to Lesley
Peers, Naomi Gibbs, Derek Gowlett, Patrick McIntrye, Jonathan Harris, Barry
Moule and Paula and Graham Morton. We also came second in the Desmond Flockhart
trophy, having won the trophy in the previous year.
He thanked all
those who have served on the Committee;
Cliff Short, Paula Morton, Lesley
Peers, Susie Bond, David Blasebalk, Pat
Jacobs, Jean Walters and Naomi Gibbs. Susie, Pat and Jean are all retiring after many years of
dedicated service. If anyone would care to join the committee it would be much
He also thanked Derek Gowlett for organising Tuesday’s bridge; all our Directors; Roger Edmonds for the web site; Anne Short as our membership secretary
and Cynthia Wheatley for acquiring our
provisions. The Club couldn’t function without their help.
4 Treasurer’s Report
Cliff Short reported that this year we had made a bigger profit than last year
as some costs had gone down. The hall cost
was reduced as it had been unavailable for one week. We were also receiving
income for Leverstock Green’s use of our Duplimatinig machine and we had bought
no new equipment. The increased cost for trophies was catching up on those that
had been missed in previous years. The
Treasurer reported that the accounts had not yet been audited but asked
they be accepted subject to auditing.
It was proposed by Roger Edmunds
and seconded by Fred Atkinson that the meeting should accept the Accounts and
this was agreed.
5 Appointment of Auditor
The Chair asked that the
appointment of an Auditor be left in abeyance until he had spoken to the
current auditor and he would report in the
next newsletter. This was agreed.
6 Election of Officers and Committee
Proposed Chairman: David Stimson.
Proposed Treasurer: Cliff Short.
Proposed Secretary; Paula Morton
Other committee members who had agreed to serve for 2015/2016
David Blasebalk, Lesley Peers and Naomi
Gibbs. New committee members were Barry
Moule, Joanne Turner and Roger Edmonds
The Chairman asked that the existing officers and committee
members be re-elected. This proposal was carried unanimously, and those listed
above were duly elected to serve for the coming year.
Susie Bond thanked the Chairman and the committee for all
their work on behalf of the Club and its members.
7 Any Other Business
Reid asked that the bidding box cards be replaced as they were getting tatty
and the Treasurer agreed to cost this with a view to getting new cards.
B The Chair
reported on the latest situation regarding Bridgemates. There had been no improvement to these since
the last AGM and there were now three new systems. We had been in contact with other clubs who
were evaluating them. If the situation
changes, the purchase of any automated scoring system would be put to a vote by
The meeting closed at 19:30 and trophies were awarded as
listed on the website.