May 27, 2019
Short Mat Agreement with NMSBA

The Board made an agreement with NSMBA (Northants Short Mat) in February allowing them to use two rinks on ten occasions during the period of August 2019 – February 2020, as they have been doing over the past few years. This was their home venue, and they had invested in it.

Last season the use of the club by ESMBA (England short mat) had started to impact the needs of DIBC members. The board was on top of the situation, and spent time producing and publishing new guidelines on the use of our club by outside organisations. This had the result that we told ESMBA that unfortunately we could no longer accommodate their needs. This was a big decision to take as DIBC members had benefited from the income from these events over many years. It also greatly impacted our very valued partner Alison’s Oven.

We believe our actions to the impact the short mat has had on our club was handled proactively, professionally, and in a timely manner. Some members did not agree that we had gone far enough. To further their ends, they deemed that we needed to be instructed on how to handle the situation and needlessly pushed through a Proposal that they knew would put us in a difficult situation. We fully understood the Proposal passed at the AGM but still believed it was unreasonable to ask us to renege on an agreement that was put in place by duly elected Directors.

Individually all the directors felt and still feel that morally and legally the correct stance to take was to honour the existing contract. The Board had expected that there would be some understanding and sympathy from the members given the difficult situation that we had been forced into. However, following further representations from a few members, who insisted we obey the Proposal to the letter, we are now left facing the more difficult decision as to whether we wish to continue as Directors. These actions have sent a negative and demotivating message to the Directors leaving the Board in a precarious state.

The consensus view of the Directors is that these actions clearly show there is a group of members who have a lack of appreciation and support for the work we do, and that their recognition of our successes over the years is given begrudgingly. Rightly or wrongly, we have taken this intervention as a vote of no confidence in our actions over this matter. The instigators of the Proposal will tell you that we have brought this on ourselves. They take no responsibility for the current situation and argue they did not mean to cause this much consternation. Unfortunately, life is not like that. It is not what you meant to do that matters but the consequences of your actions. Further, their clear disregard for us as people was apparent. They have to remember that whilst we are Directors we are still members, volunteers, and most importantly people who have feelings.

The club is in a great situation; all measures show we have been very successful. We are proud of our achievements and believe we have served you well.

We have decided to:

  • Cancel the short mat events with NSMBA
  • Consider our situation over the next few months to see if we can overcome our personal disappointments and re-established the level of enthusiasm that is essential to successfully manage and keep driving the club forward.





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