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June 2022 Meeting Minutes

Published on Jun 22, 2022

Minutes of the Committee Meeting of the DBA held online 7 June 2022

The meeting opened at 3.30pm.

Present: Doug Dunn (DD), secretary; Neil Marsden (NM), treasurer; Jean Harrison (JH), East Section; Jacqui Munns (JM), North Section.

1. Previous Minutes

Minutes from the May meeting were reviewed and agreed as accurate.

2. Matters Arising


3. Section Reports

North Section (JM & NM)

  • North AGM took place 6 June f2f. An important area discussed was how to increase attendance at clubs. A newsletter is being created to help new members see opportunities and our connection with the EBU   

South Section

  •  Newton Abbot BC at new venue - the Recreation Trust, Marsh Road. Relaxed session Tues 1.30, competitive session Thurs 6.45pm.

  • Torquay BC numbers are starting to increase on Tuesday evenings 6.45pm, at Zion Hall. Alternate Wednesday evenings for new members, Wednesday afternoon bridge at the Precinct Centre includes a host.

  • Teignmouth and Shaldon BC are holding their Swiss Teams on Saturday 11 June. (Congratulations to Heather Mather and Ferai Akyol for winning the event. Thanks to both Avril Turnbull and Alan Foan for catering/ arranging and raising £316 for Air Ambulance).

East Section (JH)

  • Introduction to Directing course run by Jeremy Child went well with 13 people attending.

  • At Exeter BC attendance f2f is 5.5 to 7 tables.

  • Eastern Section Spring league continues over RealBridge. 

  • Annual accounts to April to be compiled. 

4. Treasurer's Report

  • The current account holds £11,121. End of year accounts are being prepared and will be presented prior to County AGM in July.    

5. Competitions

  • (i) Garden Cites Final to be played f2f in Coventry Saturday 18 June. Good luck to Torquay BC representing Devon.

  • (ii) Torquay Congress – DD to check availability at the Grand Hotel and speak with the previous hotel co-ordinator for Torquay BC (Sheila F).

  • (iii) Western League County Final. Well done Devon for reaching the final with 2 teams. Better luck next year! Thanks given to JM for co-ordinating this event and team selectors Warner Solomon and Stephen Rafferty.

  • (iv) EBU allowed same Pachabo team entry from last year to play as there was no knock-out teams event. Being held online 11-12 June. Thanks given to team captain Warner Solomon.

  • (v) DD to fix a date for Devon Congress 2023 with EBU. 

6. Devon Bridge Association AGM

  • Reminder that Devon AGM is booked for Sunday 17 July, 2pm at the Phoenix Hall, Bovey Tracey, St. John’s Lane, TQ13 9FF. 

  • Notices have been emailed to clubs. Follow up email to remind clubs and to enter on DBA website for the AGM Teams and send proposals by 19 June. 

  • AGM agenda finalized including nominations for Treasurer and Chairman. To be emailed and posted to clubs not online.

7. AOB

  • None

Meeting ended at 4.30pm.

Next meeting

Date of next DBA meeting: Tuesday 5 July at 3.30pm on Zoom