AGM 2022

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 5th September 2022

Apologies were received from John Clarke, Paul Bizzell, Andrejs Olehnovics, John Golding

Chair: Mark McLeod

Minutes of last meeting

These were read and accepted without amendments

Chair’s comments

Mark McLeod highlighted the contrast between the immediate post-pandemic period where the club struggled competitively (see Team Captains’ reports) and the more recent months where visitors and membership numbers have risen significantly. The future for the club looks very positive, and a 3rd team will be proposed for the 2022-23 season.

Treasurers Report & Membership Fees for 2022-23

Andy Robins provided the Treasurer’s report for the meeting

The club made a cash surplus of £214 in the year

Membership income was £730 and Marlborough Club fees were £516

End of year bank balance was £301.44

It was proposed and agreed that subscriptions for the 2022/23 season will be £30 for adults, £10 for juniors, £20 for students, pensioners & unwaged and £60 for family memberships

Marlborough Club membership fees are included in club membership fee.

Fees are to be paid to Andy Robins who will pay the MC fees by January 2023

It was agreed that appropriate funds be allocated to the purchase of boards, sets, clocks and scoresheets as needed to cater for a 3rd team.

Didcot I Team Report – Gary Reynolds

Gary reported that the 1st team performed very well against consistently stronger opposition, having remained in Division 1 due only to league restructuring!

However, despite winning 2 matches and drawing 1, the team finished 7th of 7 teams and will (probably) be relegated. Top scorers were new member Joe Conlon 3.5/6 on board 1, Nick Gough 6/11 and Florian Deconick 4/8.

Didcot II Team Report – from Mark McLeod

Many thanks to all 12 players who represented Didcot 2 in the 2021/22 season.  

The 2021/22 season was a particularly challenging one for the Didcot 2nd team.  Despite a number of hard fought and close matches we sadly finished bottom of division 2 with just 2 draws and 2 points from our 10 matches.   

It should be noted that in the vast majority of our matches, the players were heavily out-graded and the team were perhaps a victim of being placed in too high division as a result of the re-distribution of teams following the global pandemic.   

Despite the finishing positions, there were some notable performances from:  

Michael Fitzgerald – scoring 6.5 points from 9 matches  

Sanmi Rotimi – scoring 3 points from 5 matches  

Victor Csajka scoring 3 points from 7 matches  

Keith Forman scoring 2.5 pints from 7 matches  

Average grading of all 12 players = 1580  

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing everybody at the Monday club nights  

Thanks, Mark McLeod  

2nd Team Captain  

Club Tournaments

John Richards Cup – not held but Gary will organise for 2022-23

Martin Sheridan Shield – not held but Mark will organise for 2022-23

Christmas Blitz 2021 – congratulations to winner Joe Conlon

Club Nights & number of teams.

Gary estimated that we now have 32 players available (to varying degrees). Hence it was proposed & agreed to enter 3 teams in the ODCL for 2022-23.  It would be requested of the ODCL organiser that Didcot 1&2 would have Monday as “home match night” and Didcot 3 Wednesday, and that clashes of 2 home matches on the same Monday should be avoided in the fixture list. [This was agreed by the ODCL]

[Following the OCA AGM, it was confirmed that Didcot 1&2 will be in Div 2 and Didcot 3 will be in Div 3]. At the time of writing, league fixtures have not been finalised

Election of Officers

After reorganisation from 2 to 3 teams, the following positions were returned unopposed.

Chair                                       Mark McLeod

Treasurer                                 Andy Robins

Secretary                                 John Harvey

First Team Captain                 Gary Reynolds

First Team Vice Captain         Andy Robins

Second Team Captain             Keith Foreman

Second Team Vice Captain    Vacant – please talk to Keith if interested

Third Team Captain                Mark McLeod

Third Team Vice Captain       Paul Bizzell

Any Other Business

  1. Oxfordshire County team in Chiltern League. Team captain Nigel Moyse has appealed for more players. Gary to email all Didcot members encouraging participation and asking that those interested should contact Nigel.
  2. Club Website. Paul Bizzell will be asked to update the club website
  3. Club Junior players. A discussion took place around the potential to attract more junior players to the club. It was recognised that the 7.30pm club start time is not suitable for many juniors/parents (but that this time is not flexible given the opening time of the Marlborough Club). We are also short of qualified coaches. In the short term it was agreed that Gary would circulate club members to gauge interest in becoming junior coaches

There being no further business, the Chair closed the meeting.

Meeting Closed 8:30 pm.                              John Harvey, Secretary.         

Old Photo

This is a picture of members of our club in the mid 1950’s. It seems to show a simultaneous display in which a master plays many members at the same time. We believe one of the players is Sammy Trehearne, but have no other names.
If you can identify any of the players or have any other pictures you would like to share let me know.