Draft Council Minutes - 12th March. 2012


Draft Minutes of the Council Meeting held at Newcastle on Monday 12 March 2012 at 19:30

Present Ken Spragg (Chair), John McCourt (Secretary), Ian Rankin (Chief Tournament Secretary), Ann Caygill (Vice Chair and MP Secretary), Betty Spragg(Hartlepool), Tony Watson(Wearside), Jocelyn Gordon (Tournament Secretary), Peter Sykes (Durham), Laurie Monkhouse (Whitley Bay), Dave Dansie(Ryton)


16. Apologies

That the apologies for absence from B Godfrey, M Page, P Proctor, A Kemp, D Joy, B Hooper, S Caygill, B Pacey, P Dodds, M Owen and C Owen be received and accepted

17. Council Minutes

The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 19th August 2011 be confirmed and signed by the Chair

Matters Arising

MP’s for County Events are still not being awarded
The transition of new players from ‘classes’ to ‘clubs’ still seems to a problem

That the Vice chair will arrange a meeting of Bridge Teachers with the aim of getting more students to move into clubs.

18. Executive

That a date has been set for a meeting of Club Chairman and Secretaries(Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 May)

That the Secretary contacts clubs to get numbers who will attend and proceeds with the arrangements if at least 10 clubs will attend. Agenda items should include Membership, NEBA Event Attendance/non-attendance, and Council Meetings)

County and District Status Nights

The present system of clubs running District and County Status Nights will end on 31st March

That the Secretary contacts those clubs involved to make sure they are aware of this.
That the Secretary checks if we can award Clubs County Status to any one day congresses they hold

NEBA Competitions and 2012/2013 Calendar

The draft calendar for 2012/2013 was examined and some changes made to it. It was suggested club congresses should be included in the Calendar.
The Tournament Secretary explained the problems she had in organising this year’s Chronicle Cup competition. The major problems had been in getting the results of the Darlington Semi-Final in a timely manner and the large number of players who did not want to play in the St Georges Shield even though they had qualified for it

That the format of the Chronicle Cup in 2012/2013 be left the same as 2011/2012

21.NEBA Congress

 There had been a large number of complaints about the food at the 2011 Congress and it would be unacceptable to members to hold another congress there

 The NEBA Exec had agreed with the Tournament Secretary’s recommendation to hold the 2013 Congress at The Marriot Hotel in Gateshead(Adjacent to the Metrocentre)

It was suggested members be made aware of the new venue as soon as possible by putting a news item on the web site

The Derwent Manor should be informed of our decision

22. EBU Matters Noted

 The letter from the EBU Chairman concerning Clubs Disciplinary Procedures was circulated

That the next meeting of the EBU Regional Club Committee will be held on 26th March. No one had any matters that they wanted discussed at this meeting

The EBU has developed a new model Club Constitution and this is available on the ‘Official Documents’ page of the EBU web site

The Secretary stated that he has not submitted a News Item for the April Edition of the EBU Magazine as he had been on holiday and had not been able to get the closing date extended

That the NEBA Representative on the EBU Regional Club Committee be co-opted on to the Council

Items Raised by Clubs


A club asked if it was possible for the hand printouts provided at NEBA events could be enhanced – e.g. by the inclusion of ‘Deep Finesse’ information. The Chief Tournament Director will be asked for his thoughts on this.

24. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Friday 7th September, at St Georges.
There being no further business, the Chair thanked Newcastle for their hospitality and closed the meeting at 21.10