MINUTES OF THE 26th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE STAFFORD 55 BOWLING LEAGUE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2017
Members Present Nev Ward Chairman
Ned Elcock Treasurer
Brian Belfield Secretary
Sylvia Ward Vice Chairman
The Chairman opened the meeting at 2.01pm and a minute silence was held in memory of absent friends.
1 – Apologies
The following apologies were received: Ann Evans, Irene Stevens, Ted Turton, Sheila Fenna, John Andrews, Derek Skinner, Mick Hill, John Simkiss, Derek Hancock, Alan Green, Derek Hughes, Ted Rees, Betty Elcock, Maureen Kyte, Pauline Dunn
2 – Approval of 2016 AGM Minutes
The minutes were approved : Proposed: Graham Webb, Seconded : Rod Ewan
3 – Matters Arising
4 – Correspondence
Extracts from the County :
new female registrations will have the prefix ST,
there is a new county blog website fingerorthumb.proboards.com
clubs should have a welfare officer,
new individual registrations will cost £15
5 – Chairman’s Report
Good afternoon and welcome to the 26th AGM of the Stafford 55 League. This year is a sad time for the league as we are no longer being sponsored by Delia and Jesse Brough. We are extremely grateful for their contribution to the success of our league and their sponsorship for the last fifteen years. Thank you both! We hope to see your continued presence on the greens in the 2017 season.
Many thanks to Brian Belfield for his excellent work in his first year as our league secretary – a sterling job in your debut year! As you know, we did not have a competitions secretary for last year and so I would like to thank all those people who made it a successful running of our league competitions.
Thanks to Clive Alderman for supplying a trophy and sponsoring a new Champions competition.
The 2016 season saw the closest finish to the first division on record with Rowley Park topping Amasal Universal by aggregate only after being level on points.
In closing, may I wish you all a healthy and successful 2017 season.
6 – Treasurer’s Report
This is the report for the year ended 31st December 2016.
Despite a slight overall shortfall of £23, the financial year has been quite satisfactory.
Reserves now stand at £1106.59
As the duties of the Competition Secretary were undertaken by a number of members, it was decided that the honorarium of £60 be put towards buying two more shields to complete the set. Accordingly, £100 was spent on suitably inscribed items.
The considerable sponsorship assistance provided by Jesse and Delia Brough over many years has come to an end and our Chairman will no doubt have a few words to say on the matter. However, it does leave us with the need to find another sponsor.
The new arrangements for the competitions worked well with only a small drop in entries.
Once again, the Auditors did not take their honorarium and, on your behalf, I thank them for their help and Clive Alderman for providing the prize money for the new competition.
On the expenditure side, our Secretary, whilst doing an excellent job, also kept the outgoings well under control, mainly through his own endeavors.
We tried, successfully, this year, to bring the engraving up to date. Hence the costs increased.
Prize money also increased due to the new competition.
That the Treasurer’s report be accepted as a true record :
Proposed by Frank James
Seconded by Albert Ruttledge
7 – Secretary’s Report
I feel we had a good season last year with little interruption. I may be biased but I am sure most of the bad weather reserved itself for the Wednesdays!
Congratulations to the Division one winners Rowley Park, and runners up Amasal Uni.
Commiserations to the wooden spooners, Alstom B and Stafford A who are relegated to Division Two.
Congratulations to the Division Two winners Phoenix A and runners up Phoenix D who are promoted to Division One.
Thank you Captains for embracing the results website.
I was poised to receive calls for help during the first two weeks of the season – but had none!
There were one or two teething problems during the early stages but the webmaster, Mike Beckett, always fixes the problems within hours!
Generally, all the results are in by the Saturday morning (many on the Thursday night)
which means I have most of the weekend to prepare the submission to the local press.
However, if your match is cancelled, please let me know immediately so that I am not waiting around unnecessarily for a result which will not be coming.
Also, please let me know of the rearranged date so that I can change it on the web.
I am pleased that the local press published the league results and competition draws and results almost every week.
The lack of an official Competitions Secretary last year did not prevent us from successfully running all the competitions. Thank you especially to those who volunteered to run each competition –
Anne & Kit, Barry & John, Nev & Sylvia, Ned & Betty, Andy Waters & Pauline Harris. We did not fix the details and venues until mid-season and so it was mostly left to the captains to print off the entry forms.
However, we have already fixed everything for this year and so all details will be on the fixture cards and the entry forms will be distributed along with the fixture cards.
I am pleased to announce that we have sponsorship for this year from ADLINGTONs who are building the retirement complex on the Brooklands site.
Jesse and Delia Brough were invited to attend the meeting for us to give thanks for their support for the last 15 years, but they are on a cruise. We hope to invite them along to one of the competitions.
8 – Election of Officers
The Chairman, Vice-chairman, Treasurer and Secretary indicated that they were willing to serve for another year.
There were no takers for the job of Competitions Secretary.
It was proposed that the committee be voted in en block.
Proposed by Frank James, seconded by Derek Bunting.
The committee is :-
Chairman Nev Ward
Vice Chairman Sylvia Ward
Treasurer Ned Elcock
Secretary Brian Belfield
Competition Secretary vacant
Plus a single representative of each Club
9 – Appointment of Auditors
The auditors Alan Green and Brian Aldridge have agreed to stand for this next year.
10 – Proposal to apply 5 point penalty to the score card
A proposal has been put forward by David Kelsall (Stafford B), seconded by Mike Bosson (Phoenix A), to revert the scheme from the past to apply the 5 point penalty, for a player playing twice, to the individual score card. The current scheme is to apply the penalty to the team aggregate.
David’s argument stems from the feeling that the opponent should benefit from the penalty.
The opposing view, put forward by the Alstom D captain, condemns the idea of punishing the individual who has reluctantly agreed to play twice to save the team’s blushes.
The Secretary also pointed out that the current scheme is automatically handled by the web, even if the captains forget or get it wrong. The score card scheme relies totally on the captains!
The proposal was put to the vote :- For 10, Against 48, Abstain 2. Thus the proposal was rejected.
11 – Dates
The fixtures cards, match cards, scorecards and the entry forms for all the competitions will be available for collection at Alstom Bowls Club on Friday 10th March from 10.30am till 12pm.
Note that each team’s Non-Winners entry form will list those team members who are ineligible to enter this competition as a result of previously winning a 55 league competition.
Closing date for Non-winners competition 29th March
Non-winners competition 6/7th April at Alstom
First match of season 13th April
Last match of season 10th August
12 – AOB
The meeting was closed at 3pm.
|STAFFORD 55 BOWLING LEAGUE|
|Sponsored by Jesse Brough|
|Receipts and Payments Account|
|For the year ended 31st December 2016||2016|
|Last Year||Last Year|
|20||Hire of Hall||30.00|
|the year||for the year|
|As at 31st December 2015||2016|
|This year's||23.00||Bank A/C||1106.59|
|Checked and found correct||Hon Treasurer||Ned Elcock|