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AGM Minutes





Friday June 21st 2019



 Gavin and Manel Tringham, David Horton, Colin Clark, Georgina and Ian Lineker                                                     

Minutes of AGM of June 2018                                                     

The minutes were approved unanimously   

Chairman’s Report

Our Chairman, Linda Wright, said that since, undoubtedly, everyone would wish to start the bridge session as soon as possible, her report would not be a long one.

The Chairman reported that we have seen some dips in numbers in both Thursday and Friday sessions and it could be that in the future we may need to consider an amalgamation of the two sessions.

However, there is good news. We have welcomed 8 new members this year, some from U3A.  In addition, on Tuesday afternoons, Roy Withers has a class of 10 learning to play Bridge. This is a large number to teach and anyone willing to help should contact Roy.     

Further, Georgina Lineker and Linda Wright will be attending an EBU course on Bridge teaching and are hoping to set up another regular teaching session    

Linda was pleased to report that there is more support from SISC for the Bridge Section and, thanks to Peter Adam’s paper to the Institute Committee, the Institute has agreed to pay up to £500 towards the purchase of a new laptop.

Linda concluded by urging members to support Club Championships.                                                

She thanked everyone who helps to run our club - committee members, directors, scorers, duplimators and those with computer skills.  Special thanks were given to Peter Adams who does so much to maintain our system and sort out computer problems.         

A vote of thanks was proposed by Brian Craddock and seconded by Sue Craddock

Adoption of 2018 Accounts and Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer, Sally Johnson, said that the accounts had been audited by Ian Lineker

Sally explained that SISC have changed their accounting system and so the format of our accounts has changed to income and expenditure accounts on an accrual basis rather than a cash basis

Sally pointed out that, unfortunately, declining numbers mean lower income.

The accounts were approved unanimously


Election of Officers and Committees

Once again there were no proposals for new officers or committee members




Sally Johnson

Glo Jackson

James Taylor


Glo Jackson

Angela Cowdry

Linda Wright


Ian Lineker

Sally Johnson

Angela Cowdry 

Committee Members

Linda Wright Georgina Lineker

James Taylor

Margaret Hanson

Gavin Tringham

Sally Johnson

Glo Jackson


Any other business

  • Angela Cowdry proposed that our Christmas party be held on a Thursday this year.        

The vote was 16 against and 4 in favour so the motion was defeated

It was then agreed that the Christmas party would in future be held on a Friday evening and that in addition a Social Bridge event might be held close to Christmas/New Year

 Presentation of Trophies and Prizes

Before presenting the trophies, Linda Wright announced that in future the Improvers Cup will be awarded at the discretion of the committee, to the player considered to have made the most progress.




Afternoon Order of Merit

Brian Nightingale & Ann Nightingale

Evening Order of Merit

Gerald Hill and Nigel Walters

Gordon Genner Improvers Cup

Mike Heard

Individual Championship

Runners Up

Brian Craddock

Tony Norgrove & Peter Williams

Mary Stevens Hospice Plate

Pauline Perry & Paul Sansom


Georgina and Ian Lineker

Mixed Pairs Championship

Gavin & Manel Tringham

Ladies Pairs Championship

Linda Wright & Angela Cowdry

Mens Pairs Championship

James Taylor & Gavin Tringham

Teams Championship

Colin Clark, John Hayward,

Ian Lewis, Peter Williams

The Chairman closed the meeting by thanking members for attending and wished everyone an enjoyable evening of Bridge

The meeting ended at 7:20pm