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Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on

Monday 9thMarch, 2020 at 2.00pm

 Present:

Mr S Renold               -           Chairman

Mr J Neilson               -           Secretary

Mr R Blofeld

Mr P H Jackson

Mrs Jean Garside

Mrs G Keating

Apologies for absence:        

Mr. L Monkhouse

Mrs M Whiting

Mrs B Day

Mr Allan McRitchie

Ms H Morrow

Mrs A Cowan

  Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 27thJanuary, 2020 were accepted as a true and correct record.  They were accordingly signed for publication.

 Matters Arising

There was discussion on the matter of the Annual Dinner. It was agreed that it was a good event but that it was disappointing that more members had not attended. A number of possible changes were discussed to enhance the appeal of the event, examples included limiting the menu to two courses, reducing the headline price by doing without the included glass of wine, avoiding half term week, changing the start time. It was agreed that members would be consulted and that Jean would do this informally when she collects the subscription monies and then new proposals would be made.

Robert Lowery was incorrectly referred to as Robert Laurie in the previous minutes

Treasurer's Report

There was nothing of note to report.

Membership

There were no new members.

  Upcoming Events

The programme of events was up to date. There was nothing significant to highlight.

Teaching/Classes

Both Wednesday evening learning sessions were going well. Beginners are to be consulted as to whether they wish to have a break or to carry straight on.

Website

The working group had met and had started the process of looking at requirements for a Bridgewebs trial. Progress would be reported on at the next meeting

Possible Sale of Premises

As reported at the last meeting it is believed that the premises have been sold but there is no further news.

Coronavirus

Government medical advice has been posted on the notice board, and the club will follow all the advice that is recommended. Other than that members are expected to act responsibly and stay away if they are unwell.

Any Other Business

There was some discussion regarding changing card packs for morning sessions

Next Meeting

This will be held on Monday 27thApril, 2020 at 2.00 pm 

The meeting closed at 15:10 pm.

Jim Neilson

11 March 2020

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on

Monday 27thJanuary, 2020 at 2.00pm

Present:

Mr. S Renold               -           Chairman

Mr. J Neilson               -           Secretary

Mr. L Monkhouse       -           Treasurer

Mr. R Blofeld, Mr. P H Jackson, Mrs. M Whiting, Mrs. B Day, Mrs. J Garside, Mr. A McRitchie

Apologies for absence:         Ms. H Morrow, Mrs. G Keating, Mrs. A Cowan

 

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 25th November, 2019 were accepted as a true and correct record.  They were accordingly signed for publication.

Matters Arising

It was agreed that the 75th anniversary of the Club’s founding would be linked with the Summer Party and the event would be highlighted to members that haven’t attended for some time.

Membership

There are 7 new members to report:

            Lauren Robertson

            David Cross

            Alison Stroud

            Beatrice Ollerenshaw

            Robert Laurie

            Stevie Ayres

            Ray Ayres

A tribute was given to Mike Stanbury a long standing member of the Club who had died suddenly. In addition to being a top player Mike had previously been a Committee member, dealer and Director. The Committee wanted to record its appreciation of his considerable contribution to the Club.

 Upcoming Events

Arrangements for the Annual Dinner are all in hand.

Tuesday Morning Dealing

Phil confirmed that he would be dealing boards for the Tuesday morning sessions.

Additional Dealers

Robert Blofeld put his name forward as a dealer. Steve raised the need for new Committee members and Directors as well as dealers and he would be following up on this in the coming weeks. Committee members were also invited to suggest possible candidates at the next meeting.

Teaching/Classes

With respect to the new Wednesday evening classes, it was noted that:

§  The classes started on 15th January.

§  There were 10 fully paid up members and potentially 2 more

§  Others were still interested and consideration should be given to providing another course starting in the autumn.

With respect to the continuation learners class also held on a Wednesday evening, attendance was averaging 6-7 tables and the course will continue to run until May

Website

There was a discussionconcerning the possible use of Bridgewebs carrying on from the previous meeting. Committee members had looked at Bridgewebs sites as used by other NEBA clubs and it was noted that:

§  A key advantage of Bridgewebs is that several people could be involved in updating the site

§  Bridgewebs is also more uptodate with respect to mobile phone access etc., and it could be used for members to find partners for sessions.

§  The current website had a number of attractions including the easy access to online results, although it was acknowledged that Bridgewebs does allow for the automatic posting of results on the web.

§  The expected cost of Bridgewebs would be about £100 p.a., with a maximum of £150 p.a.

It was agreed that there should be a 3 months trial and Steve would pull together a group to undertake the necessary work – JN, RB, LM and AM agreed to be involved. It was agreed that members groups would be asked for their opinions during the trial period.

Kitchen Refurbishment

This will be considered later in the year

Possible Sale of Premises

The premises have been sold and the sale is expected to complete in 2-3 weeks. It is understood that the, so far unnamed, buyers are purchasing the property as an income investment. It is expected that out new landlord will be in contact with us in the weeks ahead.

Any Other Business

The Chairman raised the issue of the boiler which is now more than 10 years old. Consideration may have to be given to replacing it eventually at an estimated cost of about £1,600.

Next Meeting

This will be held on Monday 9th March, 2020 at 2.00 pm

The meeting closed at 11.50 am.

Jim Neilson

2 February 2020

 

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club

 Minutes of Committee Meeting held on

Monday 25th November, 2019 at 10.00am

                  Present: 

Mr S Renold           Chairman

Mr J Neilson          Secretary

Mr L Monkhouse  Treasurer

Mr R Blofeld,   Mr P H Jackson,   Mrs A Cowan,   Mrs B Day,  Mrs J Garside,   Mr A McRitchie

Apologies for absence:

Ms H Morrow,   Mrs G Keating,   Mrs M Whiting

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd September, 2019 were accepted as a true and correct record. They were accordingly signed for publication.

Matters Arising

2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the Club's founding and ways in which the Club can celebrate this will be considered at the next meeting.

The Honours Board reinstatement is underway.

Membership

There are 3 new members to report:

Tom Killgallon,   Tony Riddle,  and  Martin Huttley

It was agreed that members of the committee would follow up on those that have not played recently and find out why they were no longer coming to the club.

Upcoming Events

A reminder of upcoming events for December and January was tabled; a copy will be placed on the noticeboard. 

Arrangements for the Xmas party are all in hand.

The Treasurer advised that he will no longer be chasing up on lists of those qualifying for events and will rely solely on the responses given on the lists that are put up on the noticeboard.

Teaching/Classes

A number of people have already been in touch regarding the possibility of a beginners course running at the club. Additionally adverts will be placed in the Whitley Bay Guardian. The target will be for a maximum cohort of 16 people.

The course will start on 15th January.

Website

There was a discussion about our current website versus the possibility of using one based upon the Bridgewebs platform. The main points raised were:

     Bridgewebs would make it easier to communicate with members; allow for the automatic uploading of scores to the Web; mean that several people could have the ability to upload material to our website; it is relatively inexpensive; does not require extensive training or software skills to use it and is widely used by other clubs.

      Our current website has served the Club well; it is liked by many and the committee appreciates the effort that Phil has put, and continues to put, into the development and maintenance of the site.

It was agreed that members of the Committee would look in detail at other clubs website that use Bridgewebs and that there would be a full discussion at the next meeting.

Kitchen Refurbishment

This will be looked at in the New Year.

Possible Sale of Premises

There is no further news to report.

Any Other Business

There was discussion regarding a complaint received. It was agreed that the Secretary would contact those concerned.

There was a request from some members to make use of the club premises on New Year's Eve when no other sessions are scheduled at the Club. This was agreed on the condition that attendees would all be current club members.

It was agreed that the annual dinner would again be held at Whitley Bay Golf Club.

Phil Jackson reported that those attending Tuesday morning sessions now required less assistance and he recommended that all sessions should qualify for the National Grading Scheme and the award of Master Points, rather than just alternate weeks, which is the current position. This was unanimously agreed.

There was some discussion regarding Table money and it was agreed that this should not change as long as the club continues to break even.

The Chairman reported that repairs to the stair lift had been completed (cost £468); the Hamlyn Board had been updated (cost £340); the boiler has been serviced and has broken down twice (cost £150); work on the front door has been completed; we have a new electricity supply contract with Npower and we have a new smart meter.

Next Meeting

This will be held on Monday 20thJanuary, 2020 at 2.00 pm

The meeting closed at 11.45 am.

 

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club

 Minutes of Committee Meeting held on

Monday 23rd September, 2019 at 10.00am

 Present:

Mr S Renold                          Chairman

Mr R Blofeld

Mr P H Jackson

Mrs M Whiting

Mrs Jean Garside

Mrs G Keating

 Apologies for absence:

Mr J Neilson                          Secretary

Mr L Monkhouse                  Treasurer

Mrs A Cowan

Ms H Morrow

Mrs B Day

Mr A McRitchie

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 12th August, 2019 were accepted as a true and correct record. They were accordingly signed for publication.

 Matters Arising

A mortice deadlock has been fitted to the back door of the premises. Keys are held by Steve Renold and Robert Blofeld. A spare key is held in the safe.

The club program for this season has now been published. It was decided to renew the regular announcing of the upcoming events on the notice board.

Treasurer's Report

Attached.

Membership

We welcome returning Sonia Grey to the club.

 Upcoming Events

 
Teaching/Classes

Phil has started the EBED "Continuing Bridge Book 2" course on Wednesday evenings.                                  

The cub has now planned a new course, based on the EBU "Fast track model. The committee agreed the following:

Maximum 16 participants, Course to start Wednesday, October 23rd, to run over two 8 week terms.

Teachers will be John Paton, Steve Black and Robert Blofeld + up to 6 assistants

Cost £40 per term, payable in advance. The EBU Fast Track booklet will be provided

Publicity will be by flyer, initially within the club and then spreading further afield

Kitchen Refurbishment

There are a number of options covering replacement of the working tops, cupboard doors, sorting out the plumbing and redecorating. Costs are likely to be in the range £2-3000.

Possible Sale of Premises

There has been a potentially serious buyer looking at the property but we understand no offer has yet been made. After discussion it was decided that no serious contingency planning is necessary at this early stage. The matter will be readdressed at the next meeting with the treasurer present. Our current lease runs until August 2021.

Any Other Business

We congratulate Linda Pyke and Bernard Shepherd on their victory in the NEBA Senior Pairs event. Pam Gladwin and Rhona Stead were runners up, and Margaret and Neville Davies came third.

The committee has been asked to replace the honours boards removed during the hall refurbishment. It was agreed that some of them should be. Steve will look into this.

Three members have written in complaint to the committee on an incident concerning the handling of noise while others are still playing. Steve will follow this up. We would remind members to show courtesy to others by talking quietly between rounds.

The Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 18th Ann Cowan will take responsibility for the arrangements.

Next year will see the 75th anniversary of the club's founding. The committee will explore suitable ways to celebrate.

The frequency of uploading the results to the EBU (currently weekly) was discussed.

Next Meeting

This will be held on Monday November 18th at 10:00 am

The meeting closed at 11.15 am.

Robert Blofeld

September 30th, 2019

 

 

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on

Monday 12th August, 2019 at 10.00am

Present:

Mr S Renold              -           Chairman

Mr J Neilson              -           Secretary

Mr L Monkhouse      -           Treasurer

Mr R Blofeld,   Mr P H Jackson,    Mrs G Keating,   Mrs B Day

Mrs M Whiting,   Mrs Jean Garside,   Mr Allan McRitchie

Apologies for absence:

Mrs A Cowan,   Ms H Morrow

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 1st July, 2019 were accepted as a true and correct record. They were accordingly signed for publication.

Matters Arising

Options for playing cards for the visually impaired that are compatible with the Club's dealing machine are still being investigated.

With respect to the use of aggregate scoring, opinions were sought from the Wednesday and Saturday players, and a small majority were in favour of Match pointed scoring It was decided that the choice between aggregate and match pointed scoring would be made on an occasion by occasion basis.When there are full tables.

The stair lift contract has been renewed and the stair lift has been serviced.

A new lock is still to be fitted.

Membership

There are no new members to report.

Upcoming Events

A draft programme for 2019/2020 was produced. Some amendments were made and the revised version will be put on the notice board and the website.

Teaching/Classes

Phil Jackson will run the EBED 2nd year Wednesday evening classe this Autumn.

Four members of the Club attended the EBED training course in Halifax with a view to forming the nucleus of a group that will offer intensive courses to absolute beginners. The timing, precise format, start date and marketing programme for such a course is still to be decided. A number of helpers will be required to assist in the delivery of the course.

Kitchen Refurbishment

A small sub group consisting of Steve Renold, Robert Blofeld and Jean Garside will be considering options and will report back at the next meeting.

Possible Sale of Premises

The Clubs's landlord is putting on the market the bridge club building (including the shops on the ground floor, nos. 218-228 Whitley Road). If it is sold, we will not be affected until our lease runs out in 2021. There is a possibility that the club could buy our part of the premises (the top floors). This is assuming that the whole building is not sold.

Any Other Business

It was agreed that following the release of the draft minutes of the Committee meeting that members would respond within 7 days with any corrections or amendments; after which a finalised version would be put on the noticeboard.

Next Meeting

This will be held on Monday 23rd September at 10:00 am

The meeting closed at 11.40 am.