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Reflections On The AGM

posted Jan 19, 2016, 12:10 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 5:07 AM by stephen wall ]
A changing of the guard was confirmed at the league's annual meeting - on a night when member clubs voted to get tough on bad behaviour.

Jeff Hutchinson stood down as Mid Shropshire president after more than four decades of loyal and outstanding service in many roles.

He was presented with a silver salver to mark the occasion by league chairman Sean Round before handing over the presidential chain to Mike Potter, who is nearing the end of his term as County President.

All proposed rule changes put before delegates at Wellington’s Sir John Bayley Club on January 12 were passed, the most significant being the motion from Hadley USC to clamp down on unsociable behaviour and bad language.

Seconded by Albrighton, it gives the league the power to deduct points from teams and ban players who continually bring the game of bowls in the league into disrepute.

League officers will now work on a method of operation before the season starts and aim to use it alongside the code of conduct that that is going before the county association AGM on February 1 (at Bagley BC in Shrewsbury, 7.30pm).

Other changes approved include a new 24 hour rule for registration of players, bigger fines for failing to fulfil a fixture, alterations to handicaps in the Harris Cup and an opening of the door to the Senior Merit for all bowlers playing regularly in the league.

The league's management structure was changed too, the management committee being consigned to the history books and, starting in 2016, there will be no monthly meetings in January and August.

Treasurer Celia Miles reported a profit of £701 on the 2015 season and former league treasurer, David Winwood of Bridgnorth, was welcomed back into the fold as auditor.

All officers, Hutchinson apart, were re-elected and honoraria increased by five per cent, but the final make-up of all divisions and their start dates will be confirmed by fixture secretary Ric Hudson in the countdown to April.

AND AS FOR THE ANNUAL DINNER ON JANUARY 16. . . . just look at the pictures on Facebook!