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Round-up From The AGM

posted Jan 30, 2020, 12:29 PM by Malcolm Fletcher
2020 AGM on Tuesday 28th January at the Sir John Bayley Club (7pm) 

The chairman’s opening address was followed by a poignant tribute to former League treasurer Derrick Price by past president Jeff Hutchinson. Hadley USC legend Derrick has died aged 87 and his funeral is on Monday 3rd February at 3.30pm at Telford Crematorium, followed by a wake back at Hadley club. Derrick was a member of the first Shropshire team to win the Crosfield Cup in 1974.

Treasurer Celia Miles reported a surplus of £1,612 on last season due to the rise in match fees. Prize money levels for the 2020 season will now be looked at – as well as plans for a Junior Bowls discount scheme.

Fixture secretary Ric Hudson said divisions 1-2-3 would start on April 3 and finish on September 25 with two Wednesdays used 48 hours before Bank Holidays (ie Good Friday and May 8). Clubs voted for the Monday divisions 4-5-6 to start on April 20 and finish on September 28 while the 14 clubs in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division will be in action from April 2 to September 24. Sir John Bayley have withdrawn from the Saturday Division – leaving a vacancy - so the playing schedule will be finalised at the March executive meeting.

All rule changes proposed by the Future Ideas Sub Group (a £5 fee for transfers, tougher penalties for failure to fulfil a fixture and updated Harris Cup handicaps) were approved. But Newport’s bid for a new approach to help clubs with two teams in one division failed by a 10-9 vote while the Named Players rule changes proposed by Allscott Heath failed to get a seconder.

Chairman Sean Round and vice-chair Dave Evans both agreed to carry on for a three month term and, if their club issues are resolved satisfactorily, they will – with the unanimous backing of delegates – serve the whole year. All other officers were re-elected.

Sinclair’s Peter Spragg has agreed to become veterans inter-league captain and Phil King and Malcolm Fletcher will join Sean Round on the senior inter-league selection panel.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY . . . the date and venue of the February management committee has been put back 48 hours to avoid clashing with a certain FA Cup replay!

It will now be held on THURSDAY 6th FEBRUARY at BOWRING BC starting at 7.30pm