Archive for October, 2007

Elephant News

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

The Elephant Trophy was passed from Son to Father on Saturday night as the Beamers celebrated the season at the Red Snapper
Simon Brett brushed off heavy competition from other newcomers John Riches and Maff for silliest of the season – the Churney Moment – for his, er, interesting approach to things gastronomic.
And of course to finish things off, an anthem ((c) Parrot):

Elephant News

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

The Elephant Trophy was passed from Son to Father on Saturday night as the Beamers celebrated the season at the Red Snapper
Simon Brett brushed off heavy competition from other newcomers John Riches and Maff for silliest of the season – the Churney Moment – for his, er, interesting approach to things gastronomic.
And of course to finish things off, an anthem ((c) Parrot):

AGM

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

John Riches reports:

Brighton Beamers AGM, The Battle of Trafalgar, 11th October 2007

(NB: Maf and John R showed their naivety and first-year enthusiasm by turning up ‘8 for 8.30pm’, whilst the Chair, Siddo, strolled along at something approaching 8.45. Maf and John R have learned their lesson.)

In attendance: Maf, Jonners, John R, Andrew, Steve E, Simon Smith, Siddo, Frank, Rob N, Jeremy, Hugh

1) Minutes of Last Meeting: Last Year’s minutes were nowhere to be found.

2) Apologies for Absence: Pete, Wayne, Niall.

3) Treasurer’s Report: Jonners managed to lose the bit of paper with the vital numbers on it on the way to the pub, but a quick recount on his part revealed that we have a bank balance of 614.00, plus 153.00 in cash. Musso still owes 9.00 subs. We have a 245.00 bill for pitches, but as we didn’t play two of the matches we should be able to reduce it by £98.00. This means we have a balance of £620.00.

Subs will therefore stay the same: £5.00 games, £3.00 nets.

Jonners brought up lack of people who have paid their 25.00 yearly subs – with Mark, Wayne, Gordy and Riggers (with a student rate of 15.00) to be shamed into paying – and it was decided that we should continue with the present policy of giving an ‘introductory offer’ of one year’s free membership subs.

Jonners was thanked for his sterling (Geddit?!) work over the past year.

4) Kit: Dave Arthur is current Kit Monitor. We have 450.00 to spend on bats, balls etc, and Simon Smith will do this, as well as researching cost of a bag. Jeremy will store the kit.

5) Fixtures: Musso read from the fixture sheet for 2006, which rather made a point about where we’re all at with communication…

All fixtures were enjoyed, and sanctioned for next year, except for Ham and Petersham, who we should move to another date (i.e. not the weekend after Northants tour, which we should leave blank or have a very local game), and Mountfield, who we should try at home and earlier in the season.

Maf complained of a number of people stealing his cigarettes.

Northants should go ahead as usual. Devon should be moved back by one week. Rob Benfield is The Beast.

Musso was thanked for his matchless (Geddit? Geddit??!) Fixture Secretaryship.

6) Communication: the Big Issue is that the round-robin e-mail method of recruitment – which ‘operates’ alongside the declarations of player availability on the website – is deemed by some of the Captains – especially Simon S – to be cumbersome, not very useful and a pest to all those who gets the e-mails who aren’t concerned with the actual selections.

Frankly, the following 30 minutes started to get hazy due to the large jugs (stop it, now) of the local brew which were starting to appear ever more regularly. Highlights and actions were:

  • Simon Smith optimistically stating that he should be able to name the team that he wants to play the week before, and everybody to know where they stand.
  • Rob N, magisterially echoing Plato or somesuch, declaiming that ‘the system is ok, but only as good as the people who use it’.
  • The Captains will be selected in February.
  • An EGM will be held halfway through next season, to confirm future Captains.
  • We all need a hard copy of the Fixtures.
  • Frank currently has the Captain’s Log.
  • We should try and enforce people declaring availability on the website database.
  • The Captains should use whatever selection method – e-mail, telephone, website – suits them best.
  • Jonners offering a chastening rejoinder to Rob’s earlier political declamation: ‘There’s no perfect system’.
  • Steve is going to strip down the website and make it simpler to use, and somebody mentioned some sort of nebulous ‘Spirit of the Website’ gubbins.
  • Andrew will manage website content.

7) Officers confirmed for next year: Jonners as Treasurer, Musso Fixtures Secretary, Webmasters Steve E and Andrew, Rob N Nets (and will book some winter ones), Siddo Secretary, Simon Smith Tour Manager Northants, The Beast Tour Manager Devon, and Siddo Devon Selector.

8) A.O.B.: *We should maintain recruitment drive.

* Where’s the fucking scorebook???

* When & where the Cocktail Party: most likely is the 22nd December, Siddo (I think) John R and Hugh said they may host, and Jeremy offered organisational help.

For some reason, Simon S mentioned here that he is still Membership Secretary, but he’s not happy at the moment…

Beamers 2007 season: P15, W8, L3, D5, 8 lost to rain.

As is traditional, Hugh closed the evening with a beautifully rendered poem, summing up the evening – and, indeed, the indomitable spirit of the hallowed Beamers – with 5 verses delivered as only a man of the cloth can; slurred.

End.