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Minutes of AGM held on 23rd September 2013 at the Talbot
Present: Chris Barlow, Dave Cooper, Neil Davies, Shaun Done, John Kenyon, John Lea, Mike Peacock, John Pritchard (minutes), Ted Randles, Barry Tipton, Nigel Walker.
Apologies: Gordon Vickers, Margaret Walker, Pat Wallace.
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:-
Ray Lamb, Mike Turner, Gordon Vickers, Margaret Walker, Pat Wallace, Brian Welch and Billy Williams could not make the meeting tonight, but were nominated for the Committee again and were all duly proposed, seconded and elected. Chris Barlow volunteered to join the Committee as a representative for the Royal Oak and was duly elected. Welcome on board Chris!
2. Statement of Accounts
The Treasurer presented the Statement of Accounts for 2012-13 and copies were made available for those present. After everyone had had chance to look at the figures, Ted Randles proposed that the Accounts be accepted as a true record of the league's financial situation, this was seconded by John Lea and carried unanimously by all present.
3. Any Other Business
No formal written proposals were received for the meeting to consider, so the floor was thrown open.
First, John Lea brought up the subject of Away Team practice time and said that this was not being adhered to and may as well be scrapped. After some discussion, it was generally felt that the existing rule was ok as long as it was adhered to and respected by home players. The Secretary undertook to put out a sheet emphasising that Away Team practice time must be honoured by home players, and that Away teams must be allowed a minimum of 15 minutes free use of the table before the start of a match.
Second, Nigel Walker reminded the meeting that at last years AGM the Committee had undertaken to review the possibility of switching all league and cup games to Wednesday evenings and doing away with the summer league. He asked if any progress had been made. The Secretary said that, from a fixtures point of view, the idea was not very practical as he felt it would make the fixtures too complicated. Some general discussion took place, with Neil Davies pointing out that two teams do not play at all in the summer months (Union Vaults and St. Theresa's), and felt this might discourage them from entering anything at all.
Nigel Walker proposed that the meeting should vote on
whether bagatelle should switch entirely to Wednesdays and the proposal was
defeated by 4 votes to 3, with everyone else abstaining.
The possibility of playing some cup
games on Wednesdays was then considered, but the secretary pointed out that there
were only 4 spare Wednesdays between 23rd October (league start date) and 7th
May 2014 (Chester Races), so moving even one of the cups to a Wednesday would
mean there were no free nights for re-arranged games or a play-off game, if
required. Going beyond Chester Races could impinge on the Summer
League which normally starts in May.
The matter of "no-shows" in last
seasons cup competitions was raised, and it was pointed out that no 'Yes/No'
invitations were sent out last year, so teams could not indicate whether they
wished to enter or not. Treasurer Dave Cooper explained that, as the
£50 fee included entry to the League and all cup competitions, all teams were
automatically put into every draw, and no invitation sheets were sent out last
year. Secretary John Pritchard admitted this had
back-fired spectacularly with quite a few "no-shows", which is both
disheartening and inconvenient, especially where a landlord has prepared food.
The secretary undertook to send out a 'Yes/No' invitation sheet to all clubs.
In addition, it was proposed that an additional £2.50 fee be introduced for the two main cup competitions, namely the West Cheshire Shield and the Northgate Cup, and this was agreed unanimously.
The net result of the discussions is that the format for this season will be
the same as last year, ie. all cup games will remain on Thursdays, and a
separate Summer League will be retained next year. The start date
for the Winter League will therefore be Wednesday, 23rd October.
The 351 Competition will be retained this season, and Chris Barlow asked if a
separate scoring sheet could be done as it was confusing last year.
The secretary undertook to do this, and also suggested that to simplify the game
and possibly help with the scoring, that a "normal" first half should take place
with each player having two sticks until "half-time", and then when the
half-time scores are known the format switches to one stick per player until a
team finishes on exactly 351.
During the meeting, the Talbot served chicken nuggets with dips which were much
appreciated and went down very well with everyone. Thank You!!!
There being no other business, the Chairman thanked everyone
for attending and closed the meeting at 9.15pm.
Minutes taken by John Pritchard.
During the meeting, the Talbot served chicken nuggets with dips which were much appreciated and went down very well with everyone. Thank You!!!
There being no other business, the Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9.15pm.
Minutes taken by John Pritchard.
END OF MINUTES
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