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Treasurer’s Report

Banking details remain the same for Members wishing to pay by telephone banking or internet banking.

Name: Braille Chess Association; Sort Code: 405240; Account Number: 00082456.

A basic description indicating what you are paying for, e.g. Solihull 07 or 75th Anniversary etc. will be helpful.

Do not hesitate to let the fundraising sub committee know of ideas to either raise funds or raise the profile of the BCA.

Please contact either Julia Scott or myself if you think of or know about a potential donor.  Any ideas on fundraising are most welcome; an idea does not necessarily have to be a money raising idea but might simply start to open a door for the future or encourage new members.

Millennium prize draw.  Recent winners during 2006 – 2007 financial year include:

September:

R. Harrington no. 5;

August:

S. Lovell no. 36;

July:

S. Watkins no. 17;

June:

C. Brown no. 4;

May:

A.T. Mordue no. 25.

April:

P.Price no. 78.

March:

R.Waters no. 67.

Thank you to all once again for your continued support.  Your number remains in the draw and payment remains due unless you advised otherwise.

Subscription for the year ahead remains at £7 and can I ask you to pay promptly to help with administration.  Remember you can join as Life Member at a discounted rate during Jubilee Year

Fundraising Sub-Committee:

With the busy activity of Tournaments during the financial year together with those on the horizon, it has been an extremely busy time.  Whilst more of the detailed figures will appear in the annual accounts suffice is to say that your Fundraiser, Julia Scott, has been very very successful.  Not only in accessing funds but in the breadth of accessing funds from far and wide.  I know you will join all committee members in thanking Julia for these endeavours and for going not just the extra mile but the plural thereof.

Richard Kidals, BCA treasurer, B.A. (Hons), ACMA.

Last Call for Haaksbergen

The annual IBIS chess tournament in Haaksbergen, The Netherlands, will take place from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April 2008 and all those wishing to go should contact myself, the organiser, either by telephoning 01926 425803 or by writing to: 44 Moorhill Road, Whitnash, Warwickshire, CV31 2LN, by no later than Saturday 29th December 2007 with their names and hopefully a sighted guide.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to give a price for this trip at present.  This is because the Stenaline price brochure for 2008 is not available until the end of December.  The high-speed ferry has now been replaced by the overnight ferry, so if the organised party travels by ferry, it will be necessary to arrive at Harwich on Thursday evening 17th April 2008.  It would also mean returning to Harwich Tuesday morning 22nd April 2008.  I am also looking into the possibility of flying from Birmingham airport leaving on Friday 18th and returning on Monday 21st April 2008.

Should you wish to make your own travel arrangements this is acceptable, but you still must notify the organiser of these details.

David Hodgkins.

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