Chairman’s Address 2019

Our membership, on our records now after removing some non-attendees, stands at around 139. We have had 15 & 16 tables for a few weeks, and though one or two more tables are quite manageable, to guard against suddenly getting a sudden influx the committee have decided to restrict the total membership to 150.  

The Committee is continuously investigating methods for dealing and scoring events. By sharing the cost with Heighington Bridge Club it gives us the opportunity to consider more systems. In the past couple of months we have obtained “Handydup” dealing system and been using it. Print outs of the hands have been available after each session. Preparing the hands each week is quite labour intensive, so my thanks to those who have been doing this. In particular Dave, Andy, Tony and Barry. I shall be taking a straw poll of member’s views especially whether they want the printed copies available or whether they would be content to view them on the website.

Our Charity Bridge day this year is in aid of Age UK. My thanks to all the members and non-members who are involved in all the preparations and running of the event and providing the refreshments. We would always welcome some more volunteers. Please contact your committee if you can help out, especially over the lunch period.

The usual ancillary events have been held during the year and enjoyed by all who attended.

The two curry evenings at the Newark Golf Club had maximum attendances. The Panto evening with after theatre refreshments at the Leveretts was well attended as was the strawberry and xmasmince pie evenings. Dave again organised two Norfolk bridge breaks

Our thanks go to all the various organisers.

A round up of this year’s competition winners is:

Nov RST :- Bill & Shirley Holmes, John Collins, Carmen Howard,

Feb RST:- Roger & Margaret Shelley, Roger Baker, Iain Dalziel

Pairs Trophy:- Roy Hughes & Derrick Hickson

Individual Trophy:- Final to be played on 24th April

Founder’s Trophy (Handicap):- Bob & Kathy Davies

Tom Semens Trophy (Most Slams):- Carolyn Morant

Mary Spittles Trophy (KO):- Final Shelley v Hughes to be played on 23rd April

League:- Roy Hughes, Andy Milner, Jayne Barrett, Debbie Locker

There are two motions re competitions for the AGM one for the Individual and one for the league Since Lesley’s proposal was circulated re the Individual there have been several amendments. I would like to have this matter cleared up before the first heat is due on the first Thursday in May. Normally, dependent upon the views of the meeting, the final outcome wold go back to the committee for finalising.

The second proposal from Nigel Haslam is too restrictive, The ranking grade will vary quite noticeably over a season. Pairs should be graded into different bands teams paired with pairs from a set band, allowing some teams to form geographically. The committee has already agreed to introduce substitute monitoring which should satisfy the perceived disadvantage that could be given to a team. \lsdpr