STOKE POGES BRIDGE CLUB
Minutes of the AGM held
at St Andrew’s Hall on 21 January 2013
Present: Twenty three members
Minutes of the
last AGM and matters arising: These were
agreed as a true record. Proposed by Ken
Butcher. Seconded by Chris Payne. There were no matters arising.
Chairman’s Report: The club has an average of six to seven
tables. Ideally Roger would like to see an increase in table numbers. With him and Joan proposing to relocate to
Wales, the committee had put their minds to the running of the club once the
move was ‘fait accompli’. He had
contacted members to help with the directing and a rota would immediately take
effect. Also he hoped members would get
involved with board dealing, scoring and the website. Obviously two extra members would be required
on the committee when the move happened.
We had donated monthly to charities but it was now open to
debate (when it comes up later on the agenda).
The anniversary lunch was held last February at the ‘Fox and
Pheasant’ and seemed to be enjoyed by all.
This year it is on 18 February.
The summer evening meal took place on a rare glorious summer’s evening
last August at the ‘Jolly Woodman’. The
club bought the first round of drinks. He
appealed to members to suggest another location for this year.
Audrey and Jeff won the Pairs Cup. Well done to them. However the committee has decided to change
the date of the competition to 29 July as that is statistically our best month
for attendance, as opposed to the usual November which is often our worst.
He reminded players that membership (£5) was due if they had
not already paid.
He thanked the committee, Joan as secretary, Val for all her
hard work, Audrey for wonderful catering on many occasions and to Bruce for his
excellent skills as treasurer. Also
thanks to Val Wright for scoring. Last
but not least he sincerely thanked the members for their unstinting support in
keeping Stoke Poges a thriving club.
Treasurer’s Report: (Hard copy on file.) Bruce reported a very similar year to
2011. As we’d had a large surplus in
2011 the committee had decided to make monthly donations to charity.
The surplus for 2012 was £386.84, leading to a cumulative
total of £2162.62. The Nat West account
had earned a princely 91p interest! The
club had paid more for wine prizes, the annual lunch and the summer drinks
party and given two free weeks. The
attendance record followed a similar pattern to previous years.
Roger thanked Bruce.
Committee: The committee was willing to serve another
year. There were no nominations.
Charities: In accordance with the members wishes at the
last AGM the subject was up for debate.
There was much discussion with varying opinions.
Betty Simpson hoped the practice would continue. Jean Chandler suggested that if the sub was
reduced to £3 the club might gain more members.
Cherie Chapman reported that the Gerrards Cross club charged £4 and regularly
got in excess of twenty tables. Eryl
Morris presumed people came to a bridge club to play bridge not raise money for
charity and that maybe the club could improve its facilities. He noted the Chalfont club only charged £2
There were suggestions we could alternate the months when we
donated to charities (Chris Payne) or reduce the weekly sub and donate to
charity for a year (Jonathan Lewis).
Hans Mastenbroek suggested thinking of different ways to make the club
more attractive – the cold hall (sometimes) and the state of the cups we used
were less than satisfactory. Roger
replied we offered weekly prizes, paid for a free lunch and a drinks party in
The question of donating to charity was therefore put to the
vote. Fourteen members voted for it,
three against and six abstained.
Roger promised the members views would be taken into
Jean Chandler asked why E/W nearly always sat
out. It was explained that when the club
had an odd pair with an even number of tables it negated the need of ‘sharing’
boards which often caused the movement to be slow. Where possible NS would also ‘sit out’.
Chris Payne thanked the committee for its hard
work throughout the year.