AGM Minutes 070914
Attendees: AnsteadJ BlewittS BrooksR BryantM BuswellP CaffertyB CarterK CloadA DriverJ EllistonR HossackK JellissG JozwiakU KellyP LuacesA LucasK McEvoyT MikurendaA MitchellM NorinkeviciuteR OakmanS PenfoldW RaynerF RichardsonR SharpJ SmartR SteuartL TebbsH WebbR WheelerJ WillsonG WillsonO WoodhamsM 
The Chairman opened the Meeting at 1430.
1 Apologies for Absence: DenmanB HoughtonE HudsonJ PenfoldA PickersgillA PowerC YoungM
2 Announcement of any proxies: JDriver-RHedges, CotterillS, BedboroughP
PBuswell-EHoughton, ELewis, CPower, JHudson, APickersgill
3 One Minute’s Silence for members who have died: John Felton
JDriver requests a lift home after the Meeting.
GWillson suggested 13 be moved to 23 Election Officers moved to end of Meeting, GJelliss/JDriver
proposed to leave as it is, Vote: for-clear majority, against 3
17 Game Fee before 16 Subscriptions, Vote: for-clear majority, against 1
PBuswell stand down from Chair items 19&20 – RElliston to take Chair – agreed
4 Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 15 September 2013 (previously circulated) – accepted, signed by
5 Matters Arising not otherwise on the Agenda
5.1 Minute 20: marketing the Club – passed over
6 Chairman’s Report – PBuswell – as Written Report, Surveyor’s Report – negative item
RBrooks pointed out ‘visual’ report only and further report needed, JAnstead requested copy of Report
PKelly agreed to send to any as requested, PKelly advised that Builder this morning suggested only ceiling
in Housekeepers flat was urgent, MBryant also agreed that ‘visual’ inspection insufficient, JSharp agreed
suggesting another qualified Surveyor, JDriver pointed out ceilings were done 5 years ago, PBuswell
advised Committee meet with Surveyor asap, RBrooks added that after 40 years in building trade the report
was not as bad as it seems………….
ALARM – at this point the smoke alarm went off – after investigation low battery warning
…………PKelly suggested Heritage Lottery Funding.
HMO – to be clarified.
7 Secretary’s Report – KLucas – as written, no questions, report noted.
8 Financial Reports
8.1 Treasurer – JWheeler
8.1.1 Report – as written – accepted
8.1.2 Accounts for the year to 30 June 2014 – examined by PSmith – accepted
Questions: MBryant asked about the drop in rent JWheeler explained 14 month period, and the junior costs
MWoodhams explained teaching resources, RSmart asked why Pelton House was under the new
Company and the Club JWheeler advised as note on Balance Sheet, RSmart asked about Corporation Tax
PBuswell explained we were liable for non-charity activities JWheeler will look into.
8.2 Accounts (provisional) of Junior Chess Educational Fund to 31 May 2014 – accepted
Questions: AMikurenda asked about the Junior Charitable Trust PBuswell advised still a separate charity…….
Alarm repeated – battery removed and to be replaced
………..MBryant gave a brief historical explanation of the Junior Charitable Trust.
9 Reports from other office-holders
9.1 Premises Officer – PKelly – advised: tree removed from back wall, new year storm damage insurance
claim, scaffolding, lead repair, water damage, additional rendering of chimney stack, buddleia
removed, plastic covering over bay area. PKelly estimated surveyor’s report could cost £30,000.
Questions: JSharp asked when the surveyor came advised few weeks ago, JDriver asked about fire
precautions PBuswell advised action to be taken after consultation with Junior Club Leader and
Premises Officer as elected.
9.2 Junior Organiser – MWoodhams – as written, read out glowing parental letter – accepted
Questions: JDriver suggested £2/session was too cheap, AMikurenda suggested the Club was
subsidizing this activity, GWillson was concerned his integrity was being challenged, RBrooks asked
about attendance and MWoodhams replied 12/week in Summer more in Winter, AMikurenda was
disappointed more didn’t join the Club and RSmart stated that the Juniors should be part of the Club,
KCarter commented on the vast improvement and SOakman added they were the future of the Club,
KLucas commented that only in this country do adults expect to make a profit out of children,
MWoodhams added that fees should be increased along with increase in benefits, PBuswell suggested
more active encouragement to membership.
9.3 Tournament Controller – RNorinkeviciute – reported: Championship won by FRayner, Pelton KLucas,
Rush shared by GJelliss and GChandler – accepted.
9.4 Librarian – BCafferty – reported no activity – accepted.
Questions: JDriver asked if the videos could be updated to CDs, RBrooks advised everything now on
the Internet, PKelly advised £100 had been spent.
9.5 Membership Secretary – CPower – no report. KCarter advised not correctly listed as Full Member.
9.6 Equipment Officer – GWillson – reported all clocks checked and batteries replaced – accepted.
9.7 Summer Tournament Controller – JSharp – as written – accepted.
9.8 Publicity/Press Officer – vacant – GWillson thanked PBuswell for his Observer reports.
9.9 Website manager – GJelliss – reported ‘maintaining it’. RBrooks offered to assist GJelliss and
10 Match Captains’ Reports
10.1 McArthur Cup – BCafferty – as written – accepted. PBuswell appealed for drivers.
10.2 Mid-Sussex League
10.2.1 First team – HTebbs – reported 2nd to Brighton, successful especially FRayner JSugden.
10.2.2 Second team – GWillson – reported 2nd Team improvements.
10.2.3 Third team – RSmart – as written – 4th in 2nd division
10.2.4 Fourth team- PBuswell – reported 2nd place
10.3 Kent League
10.3.1 average <=170 – RBrooks – reported disappointed, now no grade limit, thanks to RElliston
and JWheeler drivers
10.4 Paul Watson Trophy – JSharp – reported lost in first round
10.5 Friendly matches – PBuswell reported several had taken place
11 Other reports
11.1 Representative on Committee of the Hastings International Chess Congress – RElliston reported
There were Rail problems and bad weather but about as many competitors as last year. HBC
funding continued despite cuts in resources.
11.2 Delegates to Mid-Sussex Chess League – PBuswell, RSmart, HTebbs, GWillson – PBuswell
reported several proposals at AGM but all rejected.
11.3 Delegate to Sussex Chess Association – RElliston reported Mr Plumb’s excellent Sussex Chess
News has full reports of last season’s events. AGM next Tuesday at Lewes chess. Entries for
County competitions by 26 September please.
12 Vote of Thanks to Retiring Officers – RElliston ‘They have worked hard for us and the club. This is our
chance to thank and applaud them.’ – Applause.
15 Integration into new Company
Proposal from Mr Buswell, seconded Messrs Anstead, Lucas, Sharp, Penfold, Wheeler, and requiring a ⅔ majority as an effective amendment to the Constitution (various Clauses):
That this AGM, having regard to the assurances given by Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club Ltd, resolves
to integrate the Chess Club’s procedures with those of the limited Company and from 1 October 2014 to
merge its governance and procedures into those of the limited Company.
PBuswell gave further explanation, Pelton House now wound-up (BCafferty June 2014) new company owns
the building. Vote: for unopposed.
17 Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Secretary
‘that entry to the Club Championship, Pelton, Rush, Winter rapid-play(s), Anslow, Bradley-Martin, Whyte,
Rider, Winser, and Dent be restricted to members who are either members of the ECF (or who undertake to
become so during the season) or who undertake to pay the ECF Game Fee incurred by their games.
Chairman’s note: this is proposed to focus members’ minds on the issue and several alternatives may
present themselves in dealing with the imposition of ECF Game Fee; so it is my intention to extend some
latitude in accepting amendments or alternative proposals. See also (18) below.
PBuswell explained this was payments for grading.
Questions: JDriver stated that proposal was not inclusive, PBuswell advised that the Questionnaire results
asking if grading was important – 3 out of 4 to pay game fee, AMikurenda did not think there would be
enough entries for 2 competitions, RNorinkeviciute advised not play if not graded, RBrooks suggested that
not graded games were just ‘skittles’, PKelly suggested a tournament just for those not wanting grading,
MBryant request move to a vote. Tournaments be restricted as above – Vote: passed.
RSmart suggested if there was a demand for equivalent ungraded tournaments- Vote: 19 for 6 against.
18 Proposed by Mr Kelly, seconded by Mr Penfold
that the lowest section(s) of Club tournaments be not graded.
– included in above.
PBuswell relieved by RElliston in the Chair for item 19 and 20
19 Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Secretary
that the AGM endorse the decisions of the Committee to give the Junior Club 90 minutes exclusive free use of the two club rooms once a week in term time, permitting entry only to tutors, students, parents, adults in loco parentis, the Club’s child protection officer.
PBuswell reported that there had been some grumbling when this had been agreed as Wednesday would no
longer be available to adult members. The Juniors have been highly successful. Inclusion of adults was
unsafe and would disturb the teaching. GWillson advised would not continue if condition changed. PKelly
advised he would continue whatever changes were made. JDriver wanted transparency, open access.
PBuswell replied it was inconsistent to have unchecked entry. GWillson believed his integrity was being
challenged, RBrooks wondered why the Club could not close for 90 minutes once a week, ACload reminded
members of our duty of care, MWoodhams thought the current system was good for children and adults,
GWillson added that for two and half years used both rooms without complaint, JDriver stated that a DBS
check was not necessary, LSteuart replied that it was. Vote: 29 for 1+3 against.
20 Proposed by Mr Driver, seconded by Sig.ra Pontonutti, Messrs Blewitt, Bryant, Mikurenda & Quintos.
‘that the Club should remain open to Members while the Junior Club is in session, or that the Junior Club shall
be run as an autonomous organization contributing financially to the Club, with the Club providing equipment
and safe premises’.
JDriver explained this was to avoid liability, AMikurenda added the Junior Club would become autonomous,
GWillson replied that this would close the Junior Club, SBlewitt asked if members still had access to the
kitchen, MBryant explained he had seconded the motion as everyone had a right to express their opinion.
Vote: on that the Junior Club shall be run as an autonomous organization…… 5 for, rest (~25) against
Further acrimony ensued.
21 Premises: re-location, or not?
to take the sentiment of the meeting on whether the Club should seek to find new premises.
PBuswell (returned to the Chair) advised that one third members wanted to seek new premises, one third
didn’t, one third only if circumstances made it necessary.
Questions/comments: JDriver wanted to increase subscriptions, MWoodhams advised a commercial property
would be cheaper, KCarter noted that better access would help obtain grants, PKelly that access was a high
priority, RSmart said that after the failure of an EGM the surveyor’s report made this more important, etc
Agreed to pass to new Committee.
16 Membership Subscriptions and related matters
16.1 It is proposed by the Committee to increase subscriptions for Full Members from £60 to £70, and all
other subscriptions pro rata.
16.2 Sub-Committee on discretionary subscription reductions. At the 2011 AGM it was resolved: “That this
Annual General Meeting shall for 2011/12 appoint a Sub-Committee which shall have sole and final
discretion to decide whether any particular individual member shall be permitted to pay a reduced
subscription (and/or to pay their subscription by extended installments…) on grounds of financial
The AGM will be invited to resolve whether or not to continue this arrangement for 2014/15 and, if so, to
then appoint the said Sub-Committee.
MWoodhams suggested increasing child to junior rate, AMikurenda suggested £80 seconded by RBrooks,
RNorinkeviciute advised Eastbourne was £60 for one evening, JDriver asked about keys.
Vote: that Child subscription be increased to Junior subscription – majority for, 2 against.
that the Full Member subscription be £80 per year – 17 for, 10 against
Sub-Committee: WPenfold, JDriver, SBlewitt, APontonutti – agreed uncontested (confidential to Treasurer,
Chairman, Membership Secretary).
22 Date of Annual General Meeting 2014
to give any direction or guidance to the Committee that the AGM may see fit.
AGM 2015 first Sunday in September – agreed
23 Any Other Business
MWoodhams gave a brief report on Chess.com and Club progress.
JDriver advised £135 donation from the Friday Raffle
13 Elections of Officers, Committee Members, delegates, others:
Post Candidate Nominated by Seconded by
Chairman MBryant JDriver RBrooks uncontested
Secretary no nomination received
Treasurer JWheeler BCafferty MBryant uncontested
Premises Officer PKelly PBuswell WPenfold uncontested
Committee Members MBryant PBuswell withdrawn
at large (5 posts) JDriver APontonutti MBryant 13 for, 12 against
JHudson KLucas PKelly unanimous
JSharp KLucas RBrooks unanimous
LSteuart KLucas RElliston unanimous
KLucas will undertake the duties of Minutes Secretary if so invited.
Junior Officer PKelly PBuswell RBrooks not contested
Tournament Control’ RNorinkeviciute BCafferty RBrooks ~
TControl’ Summer JSharp BCafferty RBrooks ~
Membership Sec’y CPower RBrooks PBuswell ~
Website Manager MWoodhams RBrooks RElliston ~
Equipment Officer SOakman MWoodhams KCarter ~
Representative on the Committee of the Hastings International Chess Congress: RElliston (RB/WP) ~
Delegate to Sussex Chess Association: RElliston (KL/JW) not contested
Delegates to Mid-Sussex Chess League: the MSCL match captains ex officio – not contested
Match Captains: in line with the decision of the 2011 AGM, match captains will be appointed by the Committee “who shall have regard to the likelihood of any team fulfilling its fixtures and to its captain’s ability to carry out all administrative tasks required by the competition or by the Club”. – agreed uncontested
13.2 Tournament Sub-Committee: Tournament Controller ex officio and BCafferty, JSharp – agreed
14 Appointment of Auditor – PSmith (KL/WP) not contested
Thanks and applause to PBuswell
24 Presentation of Trophies
24.1 Club Championship Francis Rayner
24.2 Pelton Cup Ken Lucas
24.3 Rush Cup Greg Chandler/George Jelliss
24.4 Anslow Cup 2014 (summer tourney) still in play
24.5 Bradley-Martin 2014 (summer tourney) Rob Smart
24.6 Winser Trophy 2014 (summer K.O.) Ken Lucas
24.7 Dent Cup 2014 (summer K.O. Plate) Adrian Cload
24.8 Winter rapid-play A Alfredo Luaces
24.9 Winter rapid-play B Alfred Mikurenda
24.10 Whyte Cup 2014 (summer quickplay) Rasa Norinkeviciute
24.11 Rider Trophy 2014 (summer quickplay) Anna Pontonutti
24.12 Ladder tournament Roy Webb
24.13 Shadforth-Boger Trophy (merit in matches) Bernard Cafferty
24.14 Starling Cup (10-minute) not contested
24.15 Glyde Cup (lightning) not contested
24.16 Lewis Cup (time handicap) Francis Rayner
24.17 Busbridge Shield (pairs) not contested
24.18 the Kriegspiel Cup (kriegspiel) not contested
The Meeting closed at 1835