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EBU News Beyond the green baize

BILL GARDNER

A NEW ERA FOR YOU AND THE EBU ON 7 May 2008, bridge player Bill

by Sally Bugden Gardner became the Mayor of . . . Deal

in Kent. An absolutely apt town name

As promised, we will be giving our members an update on our activities for a man who has been playing bridge

in the August issue of English Bridge each year. for many years.

All Systems Go for our club and county repre- with their own premises,

Universal Membership sentatives but the moment clubs that rent, clubs that

we do, we will publicise them have teaching, clubs that do

SINCE the EGM on 4 June, a on the EBU website. Our not.

group of us from the Board committee will hold its first EBU Committee members

have been working to set up meeting in August 2008 and will be Sally Bugden, Barry

the committee – the Project will meet every few months Capal and Krys Kazmierczak.

Board – that will deal with throughout the implementa- The Club Committee will

all the aspects of the imple- tion period up to April 2010. identify issues important to

mentation of universal mem- There will be regular up- the club player and feed them

bership through Pay to Play. dates at the Board and Share- into the Board, Tournament

We have also been working holder meetings and in this Committee, Laws and Ethics

closely with our General magazine. Committee and Project Bill is 55 (although he admits that the

Manager, Barry Capal, who Board, and review matters white beard makes him look older) and

has set up a team of existing Club Committee referred to it by these com- has had a varied career before becoming

staff members at Aylesbury. Getting Ready for mittees. It will also provide the Mayor of Deal. After university, Bill

This group will be working Action! input on topics, features and taught Mathematics for seventeen years

on the technical implementa- articles for Club Focus as well in Hillingdon (West London), Wilming-

tion of the scheme and they We have already started as helping us here at English ton and Folkestone (Kent) but eventually

are very experienced in the gathering volunteers for the Bridge ensure that we are gave it up, as he puts it ‘when the kids

areas we need to address. Club Committee, which will covering subjects that are of were allowed to run the schools rather

There is a great deal of work have its first meeting in importance to clubs. Any than the teachers.’ He then worked for

to do and two detailed September 2008. significant planned changes the Post Office as a counter clerk until

project plans have been pro- I am delighted to report that affect club players will three years ago when he gave it up to

duced: the top level plan that Graham Jepson will be come before this group for look after his mother. Since then he has

that the Project Board will chairing this committee of comment before being ap- become a councillor in Deal and was in

work to, and the detailed IT eight club representatives proved, for example changes that position for a year – until he was

implementation plan that from around the country. to regulations. elected as the Worshipful Town Mayor.

Barry’s team will be putting This first Club Committee At the time of going to On the bridge side, Bill set up a

will be an interim group, press – end of June – we still bridge club in Deal with three others

in place.

responsible not only for all have five vacancies left to nearly twenty years ago. He is also a

I will be chairing the

matters club but also for fill. If you are involved with Tournament Director and directs in

Project Board, a committee

a club, or clubs, in your Deal, Ashford and Dover. In recent

of ten including two club re- setting up a regional struc-

county, have good experience years, Bill has been a regular attendee of

presentatives, two county re- ture which will (i) enable the

the highly successful overseas congresses

presentative, Andrew Petrie, Club Committee to provide of all the aspects involved in

and it was while playing at the Luxor

Board member responsible effective representation, and running a club and want to

congress two years ago that he gained

for Human Resources and (ii) allow communication help clubs provide the right

the necessary 1/4 green to pass the 600

Organisation Development, from clubs through counties services for their existing

mark and gain the rank of Grand

Michael Hill, Treasurer, Barry through regions to the Club members and to attract new

Master. His friend, David Jones (the

Capal, Krys Kazmierczak Committee itself. The Com- members, please contact me

Chief TD at the event), announced this

and John Carter, the Board mittee will be meeting three at sally@ebu.co.uk.

change by emphasising that the win

member who will be coordi- times a year in September, Please provide a few lines

was gained at the second-to-last table!

nating the creation and im- January and May. We need explaining your experience

Deal is situated near Dover and Rams-

plementation of the National all the different types of clubs and the contribution you

gate, and is a ‘thriving town in which to

Rating Scheme. At the time represented here – small, feel you would like to make

live and work.’ Bill would welcome you

of going to press we do not medium and large, commit- to this important new to come and play some bridge in this

have formal confirmation of tee run and proprietary, clubs initiative. brilliantly named town whenever you

are passing. (Matt Betts)

FOR UP-TO-DATE NEWS AND RESULTS VISIT www.ebu.co.uk

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