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Minutes of AGM held on 24th September 2012 at the Talbot
Present: John Clarke, Dave Cooper, Neil Davies, Craig Lamb, Ray Lamb, John Lea, John Pritchard (minutes), Ted Randles, Barry Tipton, Gordon Vickers, Margaret Walker, Nigel Walker, Pat Wallace, Dale Williams.
Apologies: Billy Williams.
The Chairman opened the meeting at 8.10pm, welcomed all those present and thanked everyone for attending. A brief resume of the Agenda was given to those present.
1. Election of Officials
The first item on the agenda was the
Election of Officials and the following people were nominated / elected:-
Mike Turner, Brian Welch and Billy Williams could not make the meeting tonight, but were nominated for the Committee again and were duly elected.
2. Statement of Accounts
The Treasurer presented the
Statement of Accounts for 2011-12 and copies were made available for those
present. During the discussion of financial matters, it was felt
that the league fees should be raised for the forthcoming season due to the
anticipated reduction of donations received. Ted Randles
proposed fees should be raised to £50, this was seconded by John Lea and carried
3. Any Other Business
One formal written proposal was received from John Clarke, also a letter commenting on the proposals from Dave Jones, but before these were discussed, the Chairman gave a quick summary of news to the meeting.
First, (and depending on outcome of John
Clarke's 2nd proposal) the Winter League will start on
Wednesday, 24th October 2012, and the format will be the same, ie. minimum of 6
players to play, up to two lowest scorers can play again, if required. There
are 10 confirmed teams so far:- Bawn Lodge, Railway, Royal Oak,
St. Theresa's Club, St. Werburgh's Club, Spital Vaults, The Talbot,
Union Vaults, United Services Club and Ye Olde Cottage.
Second, Singles and Doubles entry forms will be distributed shortly, with the league fixtures.
Third, Mark Williams and Abbey Taxis have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the league, and the Abbey Taxi logo will appear on all sheets. Thank you Mark!
John Clarke then took the floor and introduced each of his four proposals in turn for discussion / voting. Copies were given to all present, plus the letter of comments from Dave Jones.
John's first proposal was to introduce a
new rule on the subject of coaching / supporting. The new rule
would state that team-mates are allowed to support / encourage a player, but
cannot offer any comment that could be considered advice. Some
discussion took place and examples of comments were discussed. John
Clarke then formally proposed the new rule, Ted Randles seconded, and it was
carried unanimously. The Committee will work on the exact
wording to be introduced to the rules at the next meeting.
John's third item was to propose changing the 5-a-side competition to a 351 'exact finish' format, rather than total team score. It quickly became apparent that the majority present wanted to keep the 5-a-side competition in its traditional format, but everyone agreed that a new competition in this format was well worth trying. After further discussion, it was proposed that a new 4-a-side competition be introduced, with teams playing to a 351 exact finish. Players would play alternatively, one stick at a time, and the winning team would be the one who reached an exact score of 351 in the least number of balls. Entry would be £4 per team. This amended proposal was put to the meeting and carried unanimously in favour of a new 4-a-side '351 competition'.
John's fourth suggestion was to re-introduce a Presentation Night at the end of the season, to be held on a Wednesday night with "Killer Bagatelle" being played. It was felt a biggish venue should be chosen so that everyone could see the table when killer was being played. The United Services was suggested as an example of a good option. This proposal was voted on and carried 13-1.
After the formal proposals, the floor was thrown open, and Ted Randles asked about the website hosting. The Chairman confirmed that formal notification had recently been received from BT that the free web space was being withdrawn soon, and a new hosting would cost £2.49 a month, or £30 a year. Barry Tipton kindly offered to sponsor the website for the forthcoming year.
The Chairman raised an idea for a Handicap Cup to see what people thought of the suggestion. Basically, teams would be handicapped, based on their position in the league the previous year, as follows:-
1st place 0 points, 2nd place 10 points,
3rd place 20 points, 4th place 30 points, 5th place 40 points, 6th place 50
points etc down to the team in 11th place who would receive 100 points.
This, if the team that was 3rd played the team that was 6th, the team that was
6th would have 30 points added to their score. In theory, the
idea seemed to be acceptable, so it may be proposed next year.
Some general discussion about bagatelle continued until 9.30pm. when, there being no other business, the Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting.
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