Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association
Buckinghamshire Short Mat Bowling Association
Minutes of 2017 Annual General Meeting
Date 3rd May 2017 Venue: Winslow Bowls Club
Present : 21 People – Bob Hine, Peter Coker, Malcolm Richards, Barry Somers, Linda Coker, John Thompson, , Ian Forbes, David Gander, Brenda Gander, June Swash, Len Ward, Eric Smith, Derek Turner, Ann Smith, Tony Lee, Chris Barksfield, Pete Barksfield, Doris Brooks, John Brooks, Derek Carter, Victor Griffiths
1. Apologies for absence: Brian Latham, Val Latham, Mervyn Wilson, Hilary Richards, Sheila Ward, Alan Egleton, Sue & Ken Leaver.
2. Minutes of last meeting 16th April 2016
approved as a true and accurate record .
Proposer: David Gander
Seconder: June Swash
Unanimous vote in favour.
Collection of registered BSMBA members email addresses is underway.
4. Chairman’s Report
Thanks to Winslow for providing the venue.
We had one committee meeting to discuss how to attract more registered bowlers to play in friendly games and competitions. Otherwise no meetings were necessary.
It has been another enjoyable year’s bowling; thank you to members for their support and to the Committee for their hard work in making it a friendly and active County. We are pleased that Hertfordshire also support our friendly games, and invite BSMBA members to theirs.
On behalf of all members, Bob Hine, Peter Coker and Brian Latham were thanked for all the hard work they put n to organising County events.
5. Membership Secretary’s report
Report submitted in his absence:
Numbers: Clubs remain at 24
Registered Players down 5 to 547
Player Registration -
ESMBA Registration Fees -
See Appendix for details.
There was some discussion on the acceptability of a fee increase for insurance some believed they already had through club insurances. It was pointed out the ESMBA scheme provided personal accident cover for members additional to any other cover clubs provided.The scheme, if accepted by a majority of Counties at the EGM would be mandatory for all clubs.
The proposal, together with details of the insurance, was put to the Committee who, as the elected representatives of registered members, decided to vote for the insurance scheme at the ESMBA EGM. The ESMBA vote was 31 to 16 in favour of the insurance proposal.
Email Addresses -
6. Team Manager
Inter County Games: won all qualifying games and beat Essex in the preliminary round of the knockout phase. We then beat Avon in the quarter-
Friendly Games: played two against Essex B and won both.
Handy Cross offers good playing conditions and visitors have complimented us on the venue.
ESMBA; ICC Group 4: London County have withdrawn so we will play Herts, Northants and Oxford in 2017-
Some players have left the County team but a few more have joined, so strength remains satisfactory and numbers are such as to ensure all players get a fair share of games.
We have 183 email addresses so far but would like as many as possible so that all members can be directly informed of County events. Hopefully more members will join in.
7. Treasurer’s report
The accounts for year ended 31st March 2017 were presented.
We still have a substantial surplus. The friendly competitions make money, helped also by the raffles.
Handy Cross hire is £170 a day and these costs are included in the individual events and competitions expenditure.
The accounts were offered for approval.
Proposer – Len Ward
Seconder – John Thompson
Nothing to report. It is proposed this role be combined with that of another committee member.
9. National competition organisers
It was disappointing that entries for the County heats for the National Championships were down on previous years. In the event, 13 members progressed to the finals at Melton Mowbray providing 2 in the singles and 2 teams in the pairs, triples and fours with one team in the mixed fours. Congratulations to both pairs for getting through to the KO stages and to the triple of Arnie Jaffe, Malcolm Warwick and Ian Forbes for progressing to the third round of the KO stages.
A plea to members – the more who enter the trials, the more we get through to the national championships. Please support it next year.
It is proposed that this coming season BSMBA will change the way these heats are used. We will introduce a new County competition – the Buckinghamshire Championships -
It is proposed to keep match fees unchanged; that is £5 for a home game, £3 for an away game.
The annual registration fee of £6 is currently comprised of an ESMBA charge of £3.00 and a BSMBA charge of £3.00. The insurance element increases the ESMBA charge for 2017-
11. Election of Officers
There were no new nominations and all the current committee members have agreed to stand for re-
It was proposed to elect the existing committee on this basis en bloc
Proposer: Ian Forbes
Seconder: Len Ward
Vote – unanimous.
The Committee members therefore for 2017-
Chairman/Secretary Malcolm Richards
Team Manager Bob Hine
Membership Secretary Brian Latham
Treasurer Peter Coker
National Competition Organisers Peter Coker and Brian Latham
13. Date of next AGM
Wednesday 2rd May 2018 7:00 pm at Winslow Bowls Club.
The AGM closed at 7:55 pm.