David Pardoe wrote:
Regarding Mid Wales...yes, a good fit next to Shropshire.. complements North Wales who tie in with Cheshire... who sadly dont participate particularly actively these days in county events.
North Wales fit in with Cheshire due to a historic anomaly, I think. They probably don't participate actively because most of their chessplayers live in a region otherwise known as Greater Manchester. Cheshire & NW played at the NYCA U18 event last week, and most of the people in it were from Greater Manchester.
David Pardoe wrote:Yes, the ECF Exec is rather heavily weighted in the South, I believe.
The ECF Board of Directors cannot be blamed for being from the South. People from the North are quite entitled to stand for election. If they don't put themselves forward, how can they ever be on the Board?
David Pardoe wrote:Also, I feel that the ECF company status is a questionable situation....we seem to be trying to force ourselves into a misfitting straight jacket. We need to be classed more as a normal (mainly amateur) Association. But I definately believe that such bodies, which are essentially cultural and social, should get special tax exemptions on those grounds. Now that grants are tighter, I wonder if we are gaining anything for all the efforts.
Well, its company status isn't questionable. It is a company. Whether the ECF should be a company is debatable, but given this decision would have been made by Council when the new ECF was set up 6 years ago, I'm sure all the possible avenues were investigated by Council at the time.