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Minutes On Website - But For Now . . .

posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:31 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
The minutes from this year's League meeting will be appearing on this website short under a new Icon above. They will then be available to download - as in the past - once a new system is sorted out with new minute secretary rob Buroiughs over the winter
But for now, please see below extracts from the Secretary's Report to the Ocotober Executive meeting:
"Ladies and gents, the season is over for the bowlers now but the work continues for your League officers. In fact the pace is about to pick up for some of them!! 

Following last month’s meeting, I have informed Wolverhampton-based ECC, who want to join our Friday night divisions in 2018, that the League require and official letter of application and assurances about player conduct. Nothing has been received as yet. I have contacted Staffs county assoc sec Mark Bircumshaw who, in his near 3 years in the role of secretary, has had no issues with ECC. But given the contacts for ECC from various websites, I am not actually sure who their bowls club secretary is! It could be Dave Taylor, or Cath Hyatt! Meeting informed other contact for ECC, Charles Evans, had died. 

The League proudly sent two teams down to Ludlow to take part in the Shropshire junior inter-league championship – making up a third of the entries! Both teams did us proud and the A team were mighty unlucky not to make the main final after drawing with hosts and red hot favourites Ludlow in their round robin group at Burway, where they took on a drew with five home bowlers out of six.

Sadly that match was marred by unacceptable language by a Ludlow team member , who after a protest made via the organiser, was made to offer a grudging apology to the lady marker he had abused. That cast a shadow over the day, but a never-say-die victory in the consolation final against Whitchurch A was a fantastic reward for the efforts of the youngsters, who were captained so well by league and county under-18 champion Harry Church. And big thanks to Brenda Slingo, Derek Killen and Phil Venables for all they did. 

Another big success from my point of view was the re-launch of the Dave Ellis Shield in its new guise as a Mid Shropshire League ladies versus gents challenge match. It was played on Saturday (Sept 30) at Sinclair with a 6pm start and, due to the lateness of the arrangements, it was mainly matches of family or club connections.

In the end there were 15 individual games and the men ended up winning by 33 shots. Despite it being a wet night, everyone seemed to enjoy it and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed – so I intend to stick with the same format next year and have asked Allscott to host it, hopefully in September. But for now my sincere thanks go to Sinclair for all they did and everyone who took part. 

And finally, perhaps the best news of all, just days after the September meeting I got mail from Sport England telling us that our second bid for a small grant to buy five sets of state of the art junior coaching junior equipment had been SUCCESSFUL.

We have been awarded £7,145 and to say I’m chuffed after so much hard work went into the bid is an understatement! It’s the culmination of three years work, which started with the Junior Development Policy that was eventually put into practice with the After Schools Bowls Club at Hadley Learning Community and Charlton. And that policy, with its lessons plans, is there for ALL member clubs who have the willingness to try and to boost their younger numbers to use when they approach their local primary school offering coaching for youngsters.

But this grant will help take the policy to a new level – and provide coaching for all ages at clubs not just in Mid Shropshire but all over the county.

There are still one or two things to iron out before we get the money – one being to go to the county association next week and the coaching body to set up a proper structure to implement use of the coaching equipment.

But this is a national first and my sincere thanks go to the likes of Steve Roberts and Rob Burroughs who worked so hard with me on the policy, the people and coaches who put it into practice at HLC, Joe Lockley at Energize and perhaps most of all my wife Marg who had to put up with all my moaning about the project taking up too much of my time.

I’m just so pleased to say we got there in the end!!! "