Wareham and Purbeck Badminton Club – Chairman’s Report

Wareham and Purbeck Badminton Club

Annual General Meeting – 29th June 2018

 Chairman’s Report

Welcome to our AGM, especially new members and thank you for coming.

Thanks to Kim for hosting our AGM once again here at Grand View we are very grateful.

Clubs like ours do not operate successfully without an enormous amount of hard work by a few individuals and we are very grateful to Kim, Bob and Brenda for their continuing hard work to ensure our badminton club continues to thrive.

We have just completed 4-years as a Club yet it feels like it is so well established club that it has been operating far longer. The success of our Club is down to good organisation but also reflects on our members who come together on club nights to make for a very enjoyable experience. I would like to thank all our members for attending club nights and helping to create a good atmosphere. Steve has been instrumental in reminding members about Club Night by sending out text messages on Tuesday mornings; I often hear my phone ping early in the morning and I often think who is messaging me so early! We have had some very well attended club nights this season resulting in us regularly booking a third court from 8.30 when the other group leave.

2016/17 season was very successful in terms of league and tournament achievements and  we knew that 2017/18 was going to be more challenging.

In the West Dorset Mixed League Yeovil entered a second team in Division 2 and because Wessex Wanderers had withdrawn their first team from Division 1 that meant two additional strong teams in Division 2. As a result Yeovil won the division and our team finished 4th.  In the Poole & District Friendly League our Men’s Doubles team finished runners-up.  Our Ladies Team struggled to compete in their division having been promoted last season. Similarly the Mixed team found it much harder in Division 2. However, well done to all those that played in our League teams this season and let us look forward to new challenges next season.

We had fewer successes in the League Tournaments than previous years, partly due to one of our most successful tournament competitors, Brenda not being able to participate. We are glad that she is now getting back to playing at Club again and hope that her progress continues next season

In the West Dorset Handicapped Tournament Louise and Kim were runners-up in the Ladies Doubles; well done to you both.

In the South East Somerset Miller Tournament Louise was partnered by Luli John and they were winners of the Ladies Doubles competition again well done Louise.

We have had to say goodbye to a few members this season; Josh Hodkin being a particular loss as he had become a popular club member and had done well representing us in League teams.

 I am however very pleased that we have been able to attract and keep the members we now have and hope that the Club continues to go from strength to strength in the coming years.

 I hope that all our members  attend Club regularly next season and continue to have an enjoyable experience playing at and representing Wareham and Purbeck Badminton Club.


Ron Fawcett


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