AGM Nov 2020 Minutes

  Minutes of Meeting at    Brighton & Worthing Badminton Association, held via Zoom  
  Date    11th November 2020  
Meeting Purpose     Annual General Meeting    
    Those Clubs Present      Arcadians, Brighton Bats, Brighton Valiants,  Bognor, Chanctonbury, Chichester, Forest, Hassocks, Homestead, Littlehampton, Longhill, Seaside Smashers, Stanford Penguins, Steyning Phoenix, Virgin, Juniors      
1.     Apologies   Lancing, Chi Wing  
 Distribution                             All Clubs in the Brighton & Worthing League    
Item No 
 The Chairman welcomed everyone to the 2nd AGM of the Brighton & Worthing Badminton Association.   Everyone was put on mute except the Committee member speaking. Everyone was asked to put any questions or comments in the “chat”.  
2.Minutes of the last Meeting & Matters Arising
 Minutes from the last AGM were agreed.    
3.Matters Arising  
4.Election of Officers
 The Officers proposed by the Committee are now appointed, as no one else had put themselves forward prior to the meeting.   Anyone interested in being a general committee member was asked to make themselves known.   The following were proposed and seconded. Phil Lim – Brighton Bats (Proposed by David Taylor, seconded by Sara Addison) Ian Shek – Stanford Penguins (Proposed by Paul Fletcher, seconded by Val Trysted) Andrew Lock – Homestead (Proposed by Sara Addison, seconded by Julia Alkema)  
5.Chairmans’ Report
 Current website address is This will change to in the next few weeks.   The Instagram profile is @brightonworthingbaddersleague   We are also looking into changing the name of the Facebook Page from Worthing Badminton League to Brighton and Worthing Badminton Leagues.  
6.Secretary’s Report
 A reminder to clubs to advise if their contact details have changed.   Minutes from this meeting will be circulated to all clubs and placed on the website. Highlights from committee meetings will also be put on the website, as will the Joint Association Rules.   The 3 series will not go ahead this season. Hopefully it will return in 2021/22.  
7.Treasurer’s Report
 Accounts have been signed off by Steve Webber our Accounts Examiner. These were shared onscreen for everyone to view.   Brighton League bank account has £3504.60 & £78 in savings Worthing league bank account has £827.99.  
8.League Secretary’s Report
 2019/2020 league was made void due to Covid 19. Trophies/ certificates were not awarded and no movement of teams between divisions.   The plan is to restart the league in September 2021. Any requests for teams to change divisions will be looked into.   The new platform is working well and will continue to be used.   The committee encourage clubs to arrange friendly matches when restrictions allow, but to ensure that correct guidelines are followed. The committee will not be organising any friendly matches for clubs.  
9.Proposed new rule: Clubs should address individuals’ complaints. Club complaints regarding matches or fixtures should be emailed to the League Secretary, club complaints not related to matches or fixtures should be emailed to the Secretary. The committee will then look into these.  
 It was agreed at the meeting that this rule would be added to the Joint Association Rules  
 Ian from Littlehampton asked about BE club membership. The committee recommended that all clubs renew membership to support BE, keep informed and for the insurance cover.   Paul from Homestead asked if clubs should insist that individuals pay membership. The committee encourages this.  
 Close of Meeting 8.35 pm.

M. Allen Eulogy.


As President of Sussex County Badminton Association, I would like to put on record the significant contribution that Mark made to badminton in Sussex, and nationally with his work as an umpire.

His played a major role in his work for the Bognor and Chichester League, and the County Association in Sussex.

I found a ‘gem’ of information about him in that in 1963 he first started playing badminton on an outdoor court in Singapore.

Bognor and Chichester League

The first record I can find is for the season 1988-89 when he was Treasurer. By 2002 he was Chairman, a position which he held until now. My appreciation was the time given to support Colin Morris in running the 3 Series Tournaments, held in October/November for many years at Arun Leisure Centre. These events always ran smoothly and attracted good entries. He was a founder member of Arun BC.

Badminton Umpires Association of England 

This is an extract from an e mail from Badminton England-

‘Mark joined the BUAofE in May 1984 and, after progressing through the grades, was awarded International Umpire grade in November 2008. He was awarded BEC Accredited Umpire status in April 2009, and retired from this role at the end of 2012. Mark took on the role of South Region Secretary in 2017, and in July 2018 was elected as Chairman of the BUAofE. In addition to this, Mark was also a Regional and National Assessor’.

Sussex County Badminton Association

By 1999, Mark was a member of the County Committee, representing the Bognor and Chichester League, and the Umpires Association. That year, when I was elected Chairman, it left a vacancy for Deputy Chairman and I was pleased that Mark accepted the position that he occupied until now. Following me as Chairman was Tony Browne and now Mark Russ. He was an able deputy to all of us and made a strong contribution to the management of county badminton as a member of the Management Committee.


It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone of the passing of Mark Allen.

Mark was a true champion of all things badminton especially Sussex Badminton, Mark was vice Chairman of the County for a number of years and officiating, Mark was the current Chairman of the  Badminton Umpires of England.

Mark’s passion for the game was boundless.  It didn’t matter what level the game was being played at, be it local club or the Yonex All England, Mark’s love for the game always shone through.

Personally I will greatly miss his common sense approach to badminton matters and the clarity that he brought to the many discussions that we had.

As a County I would like to pass on our dearest thoughts to Maggie, Mark’s wife and his family at this time.

Mark Russ
Sussex County Badminton