The Gazette - May 2020

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

Treasurer’s Report

I was sad to know I would not be meeting up with BCA friends at our AGM and Chairman’s Cup events. Several participants for the events chose not to be refunded but to leave their funds with the BCA to go towards future events. If the BCA holds your funds and you decide at any time that you would like it paid back to you please ask and I will arrange a payment.

As our accountant was retiring and I always worried about putting a year’s worth of financial paperwork in the post it was agreed with the committee that I would find a new service. I have signed up with Dunkleys, an award-winning accountancy firm local to me. The annual independent examination of the accounts has been carried out and they have been accepted. The accounts will be published on our website as usual. If anyone has any questions about the BCA’s finances, or any suggestions, please contact me or anyone else on the committee.

Since Julia Scott’s retirement we have received further grants from her applications totalling £8,020.

Our new fundraiser, Linda, has drawn up a fundraising strategy with input from the committee and has been submitting applications for funding. One such application was about to secure support for our participation in an overseas event. The event has been postponed but she is hopeful that we will receive the grant when the tournament is rescheduled.

In February the BCA received a final cheque from the solicitors who were managing Brian Perham’s estate. In total we received £17,971.90, a very generous legacy.

The Worth Wayneflete Foundation recently gave us £500, which they do every year. They very thoughtfully sent us a cheque earlier in the year than usual because they know that some organisations are struggling to keep going during the current pandemic.

If you are shopping online please remember that at no cost to you there are fundraising initiatives available to raise funds for the BCA. Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of a purchase price and Give as you Live allows you to shop with many different retailers, including holiday firms and utilities companies, and a percentage of the total is given to the BCA.

Gill Smith, Treasurer