SHROPSHIRE CHESS HISTORY
- 120 YEARS AGO
Extract from Wellington Journal 12/05/1894 courtesy Alan Brisbourne
FORMATION OF A SHROPSHIRE CHESS ASSOCIATION.
A meeting was held on Thursday afternoon at the Shrewsbury Chess Club's Room, for the above purpose. These were present:- Rev.H.J.Alcock, Messrs.C.Groom and Jas.France (representing Wellington),Rev.E.E.Cunnington and Mr.Altringham (Much Wenlock), Mr.F.H.Joynson (Bridgnorth), Mr.Baddeley (Newport), Mr.J.S.Barker (Dawley), and Messrs.G.H.Lock, M.A., W.Stevens, Wright, Hawker, Smith, Rowland, and Turner (of the Shrewsbury Chess Club). Mr Groom was elected chairman. – The following resolutions were carried nem.con. :- Proposed by Mr.Jas France, seconded by Mr.Turner, that the Shropshire Chess Association be now formed. Proposed by Mr.Clement Groom, seconded by Mr.Joynson, that Mr G.H.Lock be president. Proposed by Mr.Turner, seconded by Mr.F.G.Rowland, that the five M.P.s for Shropshire be elected vice-presidents, subject to their sanction being obtained. Proposed by Mr.J.S.Barker, seconded by Mr.J.H.Lock, that Mr C.L.Smith, of 13, Wood Street, Greenfields, Shrewsbury, be honorary secretary and treasurer. Proposed by the Rev.H.J.Alcock, seconded by Mr.Baddeley, that the committee consist of a delegate from each of the chess clubs in the county. Proposed by Mr.Turner, seconded by the Rev.H.J.Alcock, that the subscription for each club be 5s. per annum. Any person wishing to become a member of the association can do so by joining the nearest chess club. The objects of the association are to promote properly organised matches between the various clubs on the same lines as the football matches conducted with so much success by the Shropshire League, and also to play inter-county matches.