Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Monday 17th July 2017
Present:– Keith Tabner (Chairman), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, John Bashall, , Quentin Mills, Dennis Bonner. Nick Holmes, Trevor Everall, Graham Shepherd, Martin Ayres, Josh Cockburn.
Apologies:– Matthew Clark, John Casewell, Vinny Crean, Nigel Ferrington, Tony Jones.
Review of Last Year
Last season for the first time we entered five teams in the Shropshire League aided by the arrival of 5 players from Church Stretton following the closure of their chess club. However this stretched our resources to the limit and we did not win any of the trophies on offer during the winter season.
Our A team were runners up in Div 1 and Quickplay, C team relegated to Div 3 and D team narrowly missed out on promotion to Div 2.
The summer cups were an entirely different matter. Although outgraded in the finals, with games broadcast via internet, Telepost A won the Cox Trophy and Telepost B won the Minor KO.
The Cox Trophy (shield) and the KO Cup will now be on display in our clubhouse and the winning team members were presented with engraved whisky glasses.
JW presented accounts for 2016-17
Although there was a net loss of £67.61 for the year, this included a one off purchase of clocks (£50). Nevertheless club funds at £177.81 remain healthy prior to purchase of trophies.
It remains the responsibility of each player to ensure that he is a paid-up ECF member before playing any game to be submitted for grading.
Chess club fees for 2016-17 will remain at £5-00 per member, to cover running costs. Team captains will again be responsible for collecting subs on behalf of the treasurer.
All players must of course join Telepost Club .
The meeting thanked JW for his 10 years of service in the role of treasurer.
2017-18 County League Teams
Agreed that we will field four teams in the county league this season – A in Div 1, B in Div 2, and both and D in Div 3. The club officers and captains will finalise teams and nominated players once the new grading list becomes available.
As last year, MC and DB will captain A and B teams in the rapidplay league.
DB advised that the competition is now better organised following a somewhat chaotic first season which may persuade more of our members to take part.
Officers / Captains – For the 2017-18 season :-
The meeting thanked KT for some 20 years service as Secretary and agreed that he move to a new position as Club President. DB agreed to take on the role as secretary.
KT and DB to agree duties and to complete the handover in due course.
President – Keith Tabner
Secretary – Dennis Bonner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain – Matthew Clark.
B Team Captain – Peter Crean – (Rapidplay– Dennis Bonner)
C Team Captain – Dennis Bonner
D Team Captain – John Casewell
League AGM Matters Arising
DB detailed rule changes agreed at the league AGM (see Shropshire Chess website for details). It is no longer possible for players graded above 125 to play for more than one club in the league. Thus those players who will now return to Church Stretton for league chess cannot double up for Telepost in the league or summer cups. However they are welcome to remain members of Telepost club if they wish as they can play in club competitions, Shrewsbury Town championships, and other county competitions (possibly rapidplay, quickplay etc if Church Stretton don’t enter) as well as social chess.
KT reported a record entry of 18 players –
Congratulations to last year winners –
NF champion 5 / 5, SK U140 winner 3.5 / 5, and NH U100 winner 2 / 5.
Shrewsbury Town Championship
Only 11 entries this year – Agreed that it should continue as at present – KT to organise a five round Swiss during summer months.
Agreed that we ask KW to once again arrange a pre-season curry night.
CM – to continue the Xmas event that proved so popular last year.
DB to put notice on notice board explaining digital clock use, and to organise an equipment stock check.
KT – to discuss with DB possible handover – may need tech support from VC.
Dates for the Diary
25th July 17 – Grading List Due.
6th August – notify league controller of any no go match dates.
31st August ECF annual fees due.
4th Sept (provisionally)- Pre-season friendly v Shrewsbury
11th September League Season starts.
October – club championship begins.
NH – Broken Heater – Val has promised KT that it will be repaired
Reminder – visitors to Brian Holford at Coton Hill House residential care home
are welcome other than mealtimes.
Only disabled parking (limited) is available on site.
The Div 3 cup – Neal Allen Trophy – is found – DB to liaise with Priorslee for a handover.
KT to arrange pre-season friendly with Shrewsbury
Keith Tabner 20/07/2017