I echo everybody's comments about you Dave. You are No.1 in bar billiards and our world is a sadder place without you at the helm. The good work you have done is immeasurable. Happy retirement you deserve it.
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Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Sorry to hear this Dave and I wish you had been afforded the distinction of being able to retire in good spirits rather than in disappointment. We're all guilty in your case but anyone who "puts the hours in" in bar billiards can only be assured of personal pride because thanks from anyone is a very rare thing and the longer you do it, the less the praise becomes...
Enjoy the rest.
When religious people ask me "But don't you believe there's something better than us in the universe?", I answer, "Yes, most dogs." (R.Gervais)
I for 1 dave hope you still attend tournaments and you do a fantastic job and have my full respect sadly in barbilliards there are alot of lazy people that dont help wont help and have never helped and sadly this is why the game is dying. Enjoy a nice deserved rest
I would have entered the over 50's but not old enough and i would have entered the under 30's but im too old .
Finally hit 1st 20k break (20670) v kt sussex interleague 2013
Highest break and score 22830 Brighton singles @ Albion fishergate First 20k against the break 20400 v Colin southouse Surrey open 1st round 2017
Post by gandalf the untidy on Nov 6, 2017 21:02:28 GMT
Really sad that you have taken this action Dave, you have taken this personally which is understandable, but i don't see the numbers in the AEBBA over 50's are anything unusual at the moment, the Sussex mixed doubles, captains and over 50's currently have 2, 3 and 1 entrants respectively which when you consider how many could be available is a sad indictment of BB in Sussex, but its a reflection of the number of comps that are available to enter in one season and most of us have other commitments that limit which comps we enter and its the "smaller" events that generally suffer.
I hope that you reconsider your course of action at least till the AEBBA AGM where hopefully a solution can be found, hopefully there will be plenty of offers to ensure the AEBBA continues to the benefit of ALL and not at the expense of a few.. or One!
Post by Martin Pellett on Nov 7, 2017 13:28:38 GMT
Very sorry to here about your decision but I fully understand it, one man should not have done as much as you have on your own. As usual it is always left to a few dedicated people to keeps this game going.
Could you or someone from the AEBBA please contact me so that we can see what we can sort out about the tables for our comp on the 18th November.
Thanks from all at the RDBBL for all your hard work.
Post by Martin Pellett on Nov 11, 2017 0:52:45 GMT
We have decided to use tables from our own venues for this event, your offer for reducing the price slightly for diesel costs was not even considered as we would have needed to hire a van, plus pay for someone to collect and then return the tables.
We have already booked tables for next year with Dave Alder and are very concerned that you will not be able to honour these commitments, please could you let us know asap what the AEBBA is going to do about the situation with the delivery and hire cost of the tables, our next competition weekend is mid January and we need to know if you will be able to provide the tables for this event and future events.
Thanks for letting me know. Can I just point out though that van hire would not have been necessary. It would have been a case of collecting the van, offloading it and then returning it back loaded. The van is insured for anyone over 25 to drive.
Re the future...
As Dave has said, he will be running the AEBBA events next year, so I assume the van will probably remain with him. I may be wrong here but will be talking too him this weekend. It does mean that the National Tables will remain as the National Tables which I for one am very pleased about.
If it could, for at least one year remain with Dave, then it would lend itself to each organiser of non-AEBBA events collecting the van from Reading and returning it to Reading. The receipt for any fuel put in being paid back to the organising county. Tables remaining at the same cost as now?
It could be that the van passes from event to event, County to County. This though would mean that each county would need an identified secure place to store the van on until the next event and for some may mean a greater distance to travel in getting it?
It could be that someone out there is willing to take on the non-AEBBA events and deliver during the year?
Having said the above, my greatest fear is for the tables, which if not loaded correctly will get damaged and we have had all but two/three recovered last year. This could though be overcome by some training from Dave possibly?
Hopefully after this weekend at Jersey there may come some more concrete answers, the AEBBA Committee is working on finding a solution, this solution may though, given the possibilities above, require greater commitment from County Organisers to sort their own collection/return of the tables. This would though share the load and take the burden off of it being one persons time.
So no answers yet Martin to your question and no guarantees of delivery.
It does appear to me that the AEBBA Committee will have to make an announcement by the day after the AGM. Just my personal opinion here.