That would not be anything to do with the organisers. That would be a matter surely for the AEBBA Officers to discuss. I am not an AEBBA Officer and therefore cannot say. I would also have thought that it would need to be a proposal put up for the AGM so that all AEBBA members can vote if they wish.
Compulsory residency at the Queens does not currently need an AGM decision as complulsory residency (as used to be the case) is not in the rule book. It would only become a rule either way if proposed and passed at the 2013 AGM.
Yes I met with the Queens management on Sunday whilst you were all winging your way home. I have discussed this year with them and various options for next year. One of the requested quotes is to offer bed and breakfast as well as half board, with a REDUCED price commensurate to giving the Queens sole residency rights. Speaking personally that is my preferred option, but I am only one member of the AEBBA committee. I also got a quote from the hotel next door that undercut the Queens, but the Queens facilities and services are far superior. We put great emphasis on the quality of service at the Queens Hotel in pre competition meetings and I feel it was back where it should be this year, superb!.
I await the Queen's Hotel proposals which will be discussed by the AEBBA committee to decide on how we proceed. I will negotiate further with the Queens as you would expect any business manager to do after the first offer from them.
The Bournemouth accounts have now been completed and all monies banked with the exception of the Queen's £250 sponsorship cheque that I still await. There will be a profit but it will be below my budgetted target of a £750 profit, as it should have been last year, due to lower sales of raffle tickets than was I expecting and a higher than anticipated trophy bill. I will announce the final figures upon receipt of the Queen's cheque.
I must stress, on behalf of myself and Chrissie, that every decision made this year has been to try and benefit the players, despite falling numbers. Room rates were reduced, cheaper bar prices, trophies awarded more than doubled, all organisers freebies surrendered (except a free room for Dave Alder who does so much) and heavy pressure put on the hotel to look after the guests. We now need your support in order to hope to be able to offer another superb package next year.
Inventor of the Triangles version of Bar Billiards. Highest England away aggregate 2013 and 2014, 10 - 0 last 10 England singles legs, seventh reserve 2015. Jersey Qtr final 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guernsey Plate Winner 2014, Main Final 2015, 2017. First person to have won both four pin opens.
For those who aren't aware of the full history of the Competition, the first ten British Open Pairs (1983 - 1992) were held at Eastbourne (the Lansdowne Hotel, I believe).
For the eleventh (on 13/14th March 1993) it was switched to the Queens Hotel, Bournemouth (under Eric Hill's organisation) where it has been held ever since. Though of course Sav and Chrissie have helped to perpetuate it for the last two years.
In those early days (when at Eastbourne) I remember that it was too pricey for me to consider entering, residency being a condition of participation - even for those living in Sussex.
Nowadays the Bournemouth weekend certainly seems to be one of the most popular on the calendar.