Executive Minutes (Draft)- Nov 30th 2011


Draft Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee held in Durham on 30th November 2011


Present   Ken Spragg (Chair), Chris Benneworth, Ann Caygill, Sue Caygill, Bev Godfrey, John McCourt, Ian Rankin


18. Apologies. No apologies were received.

19. Minutes of Previous Meeting


That the Minutes of the Executive Committee held on Thursday 4th August  2011 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

20. Matters Arising. None


21. Draft Minutes of the NEBA Council Meeting held on 19 August 2011


There were no comments on these draft Minutes.

22. Minutes of EBU Northern Regional Club Committee Meeting held on 27 September 2011


There were no comments on these Minutes.


That the NEBA Representative on the Northern Regional Club Committee be co-opted onto the NEBA Council.

23. EBU Matters Resolved

That the NEBA element of the P2P charges remain at 3p per person per session and that the NEBA Club Subscription remain at £5.


That the Executive Committee congratulate Val Gibson on her election to the EBU Board.


That the draft minutes of the EBU AGM are now available on the EBU Website.

24. Congress Secretary’s Report

Noted That

 There were no Bridge related problems at the 2011 Congress

 There were numerous complaints about the quality of the food provided  

 There were positive comments about the Hotel Accommodation

 The congress made a small loss

 Some people stated they will not play at the Derwent Manor Again

 The Congress Secretary confirmed her intention to stand down at the 2012 AGM.



That in future congresses participants book hotel accommodation directly with the Hotel.

That we look to have more people involved in organising the congress

Someone to Organise Transport and Equipment

Someone to Handle Entries and Liaise with the Hotel

Someone to organise Prizes (if required)


That the Congress Secretary continues to investigate alternative venues.

That the NEBA Council be recommended to adopt Cash/Voucher prizes for future congresses.

That a simpler leaflet be printed 

The Executive thanked Bev for her work in organising this years congress


25. NEBA Competitions 


That already, this competition year, four competitions have had to be cancelled because of insufficient entries (32 players): - King Cup(Ladies Pairs), Seniors Pairs, Niman Israel (Pivot Teams) and the Autumn NEBA Simultaneous Pairs.

The Master Points Secretary reported that the EBU had advised her that the NEBA was not calculating the number of MP’s it awarded at the Chronicle Cups and Gazette correctly and was awarding too many, as a pair playing in more than one heat should only be counted as a single entry. The EBU expects NEBA to rectify this matter  for all future competitions. 

The Chief Tournament Director  confirmed it was permissible to use pre-duplicated boards in the Inter-Club League.

The NEBA Spring Simultaneous Pairs due to be held in February 2012 has been cancelled as the Competition Secretary is unavailable.


That the Executive Committee will prepare a suggested list of changes to next years NEBA Competitions which will be circulated to clubs and the discussed at the next NEBA Council Meeting in March 2012

That the Complaint ‘ALPHA’ be referred to a Conduct Committee.

26. Representative Matches


The NEBA has again qualified for the Final of the Tollemache Cup

That Liz Muir has resigned as a selector with effect from 31st March 2012


That the Chair congratulates the Team on their achievement.

That the Executive Committee  re-confirmed their earlier decision only to pay expenses for 10 people at the Tollemache Qualifier and final

27. 2012/2013 CalendarResolved

That the revised calendar for 2012/2013 incorporating the Executive’s proposed changes be circulated ahead of the March Council Meeting

28. St Georges ShareholdingNoted

The committee noted the letter from St Georges to Shareholders



That the Executive Committee are happy for the NEBA to remain as a Shareholder

29. Website


The Webmaster had purchased software to facilitate his management of the website


That the webmaster be re-imbursed for the cost of the software

That the Committee should meet with the Webmaster to discuss additions to the website.

30. Club Secretaries and Club Chairmans Meeting


The NEBA Council had asked for these meetings to be re-started.  


That a date for these annual meetings be reserved in the NEBA Calendar and that the meeting for 2011/12 be held in Durham on the weekend of 18/19 May – just before the NEBA AGM.31

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 26th April 2012.There being no further business, the meeting closed at 10:30pm