Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - May 2001

Edited by Peter Price
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.


Congratulations to Frank Atherton who, at an impressive ceremony on 6th December last, was made a freeman of the borough of Wigan - the largest metropolitan borough in England. On that great day, Frank and his wife had tea with the Mayor in the Mayor's parlour; and later that evening at a gathering at the town hall, photographs were taken involving all of the family.

This honour was bestowed in recognition of his many public services including: 16 years as a borough councillor; chairman of Access for 21 years; a trustee of Shop-mobility, which he always insisted should include the needs of visually-impaired shoppers; and a governor of various schools. Yet Frank, in his modest way, reckons the greatest honour he ever had was to be made a governor of the school at which he was once a junior.

As he steps down from all these activities, we wish him better health to enjoy a quieter life.

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When two members of the BCA are engaged in an over-the-board game, it is customary for them to announce each move so that the opponent will be aware of the change in the position.

Our publicity officer, and eager chess player, Richard Murphy has just announced his move from Oxford to Macclesfield to take up a new position. We wish him well in his new abode.