At that first meeting, Stan Pytel, Eddie James, Richard Clifton and Ted Searle became the founders, and in the following week Brian & Duncan Webb and Tyson Mordue joined the ranks. Now we have between 25-30 members on our register.
In the following season, 79/80, this team won the Sixth Division Championship. In the latter half of this season, when the mini-Seventh Division was created, we provided support with a second team: our B team was created.
For the 80/81 season, the A Team established itself in the Fourth Division, as did the B Team in Division Six.
Last year the club was successful in winning the Fourth Division Championship with the A Team. The B Team continued in Division Six and our C Team, in its first year of existence, found its feet in Division 7. Our record stands at two championships in four seasons of League play!
In September 1981, we lured Shaun Taulbut, an International Master of no mean standing, to Winterbourne one Monday evening for a simultaneous display. 35 boards were filled with our club members, as well as guests from Downend, Keynsham, and Hanham & Kingswood clubs. This turned out to be a most successful evening.
During the summer months we run various events. This year, for instance, a 4 Round Quickplay Competition was a particularly well-supported feature.
1997 postscript: Winterbourne folded in the summer of 1991. - JR