Roger Green TREASURER
Parsons VICE CAPTAIN
(as Vice Chairman)
Len Lofthouse 24 Kirkbymoorside Don
Boroughbridge Richard Kay 26
Marton Ray Goodbold
Raskelf Dennis Jarvis
Apologies 31 Riccall
Bernard Marshall 32 Sawley
Clive Scholefield 33
Les Hardcastle 34 St Cuthberts
Easingwold Dennis Mather 35 Stillington
36 Strensall Harry Welch
37 Sutton u Derwent
David Randon 38 Tate &
Derek Dowson 41 Welburn
John Bunting 43 Yedingham
44 Yoredale Brian Stoker
– Ken & Jean Calvert (Boroughbridge); Simon Holtby
(Boroughbridge); George Crosby (Crossgates); Andrew Mather
(Raskelf); Maureen Lilliman (Raskelf); Tony Hewlett (Kirkbymoorside);
Doreen Addyman (Darley); Keith Hardcastle (Darley); Tim Bowes
The meeting was
opened by the Chairman at 7.30pm with representatives from eighteen
member clubs, five officers and ten others in attendance –
thirty three people in total.
(1) APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
received from Graham Sherburn (Flixton), Ian Battersby (St. Cuthberts),
Allan Foxton (Pateley Bridge), George Stannard (Cayton), Barbara Topping
(Easingwold) & Elaine Clark (Tollerton).
(2) MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING AND MATTERS
The last AGM had
been held on 19th April 2004 and draft minutes had been distributed
shortly thereafter. After the Chairman checked that no corrections were
required, John Bunting proposed and Ralph Parsons seconded that they be
accepted as representing a true record of that meeting and this was agreed
unanimously. The Chairman signed the file copy.
No matters were raised arising
from those minutes.
reported that a summary list of all items sent/received since the last
(committee) meeting these would be sent out with the minutes. Further details
on any item could be obtained on request. The following five items were
– A cheque for £470 had been sent to the ESMBA - the largest amount we had
ever raised and the support of our members was to be commended. 34 clubs had
sold all their allocation of tickets – only 6 had failed to sell any. Being
second top selling county last year, we had asked for 50 more books to sell
but these were not forthcoming in spite of several follow up requests. A
letter of complaint had been sent to the ESMBA about their lack of response.
– All league Secretaries had been asked to canvass their members as to whether
this proposed new competition would receive their support. So far Selby had
replied positively and Ryedale negatively. Replies from the other leagues are
– Entry forms have been received for this annual open fours competition (3rd
July, Roade, Northants) – anyone interested should contact him.
– Dennis Maley (Ryedale League Sec.) had written to inform us that Mrs M
Dennison (01751 474438) was now the Secretary at Thornton-le-Dale, and Len
Bradley (01439 771501) had taken over the job at Helmsley.
– The ESMBA had circulated 33 proposals submitted from 9 counties for
consideration at this years Rules Revision Meeting (RRM) in July. 21 of these
had come from Avon (most aimed at clarifying some existing rules). Of the
remainder there were proposals to
reduce allowable “jack offs” from 3 to 2 (1 under 10 ends)
prevent all team members from standing on the mat discussing the head
allow leads/twos to move to the head after bowling their woods
allow threes to visit the head (in fours)
“fancy” stickers – only club/county/national to be allowed
allow for some consultation/agreement if head disturbed by wood touching block
it necessary to keep one foot in contact with the mat upon delivery
a wood “dead” as soon as it crosses the ditch line
allow the skip to appoint any member of their side to keep the
expand the “forcing shots” rules for safeties sake
Committee would be meeting to discuss all 33 proposals and decide on how our
votes should be cast at the RRM. If any member would like to see full copies
of any of these proposals and make comments on them please contact Roger.
These can then be taken into consideration.
In a brief report, in which he commented on a “peaceful year”, NC thanked all
his “staff” for the work they had done and George Crosby for the assistance
he had given to the Competition Secretary. Reg Tilley was still in hospital
awaiting a second heart operation and he asked that the Secretary to send him
a card with best wishes from the Association.
reported on the activity during a “stable” year and commented on the increased
workload in running the Association arising out of developments and expansion
over the previous 6 years. This was the main reason that the Executive
Committee would be recommending the alteration of the Constitution to include
two additional posts later in the meeting. He concluded by saying that he
considered the job of Secretary as being mainly one of communication. He felt
there was no excuse for any of our members not knowing what the Association
exists for and what it spends its time doing. However he was aware of several
clubs where information is often not passed on fully or in good time but had
no control over this. Clubs with inefficient Secretaries must put their own
house in order. (Full report below)
circulated a Statement of Accounts which showed our final balance to be
£1893.17 – a £50 increase over last year. This was in spite of increases to
the cost of the Handbook, Website and Insurance and the need to replenish our
stock of Association ties. We had also made a loss of about £100 on the 2004
Dinner – something that will not happen again as this turned out to be the
last such event to be organised. He therefore recommended that the NYSMBA
portion of members subs. remain at 50p for the next season. The meeting was
reminded however that the ESMBA portion is to rise to £2 for 2005/06.
pleased to report that the County Team has managed to do well enough this year
to ensure that they will remain in Division 1 for next season – the first time
this had ever been achieved. The season had started well with four good wins
out of five and although they had them lost the final three games the very
last game against the Champions (West Yorkshire) had only just been lost by
two shots. He thanked all those that had contributed to this success and also
Arthur Jackson for his assistance as Vice-Captain.
BB reported that the membership for last season was a new record of 984 – a
net rise of 17. This small increase hid the fact that there was, as usual,
quite a large turnover of members but enough new people are still coming into
the game to keep the overall total rising.
(6) CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES:
There were five
changes considered – all proposed by the Executive Committee. The Secretary
explained that the first was a matter of necessity but that the other four
related to the introduction of two new Executive Officers. The creation of an
“Assistant Competition Secretary” formalised what had in fact been
going on for several years since the job had expended to be too big for a
single individual. The creation of a “Publicity Officer” was to
recognise that the production of the annual Handbook, the maintenance of the
Website and any other ideas to raise the profile of bowling in the county, was
not really part of a Secretaries function and so should be considered as a
separate job. There were no queries from the floor and voting to accept all
the changes was unanimous.
- Replace “Northern Zone” with “NESMBA”.
Seconded by John Bunting
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– Change “seven” to “nine”
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– Insert “Assistant Competition Secretary, Publicity Officer”
after “Competition Secretary”
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– Add “He shall be assisted by the ASSISTANT COMPETITION SECRETARY who
will deputise for him in his absence”
– Insert a new section as follows. “The PUBLICITY OFFICER shall be
responsible for promoting and publicising the activities of the Association.
This shall include the preparation of an annual Handbook and the maintenance
and development of the Associations web site”
2-5 above were
seconded “en-bloc” by David Randon.
(7) ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
No ballots were
required as no post was contested by more than a single nominee. Voting for
all posts was unanimous with no abstentions. In the absence of the
Vice-Chairman, the Secretary temporarily took the chair to take
nominations for the post of Chairman. Noel Clark was proposed by Noel
Herbert and seconded by Ken Calvert.
Resuming the chair
he then informed the meeting that Reg Tilley had indicated that he wished to
stand down as Competition Secretary but would like to carry on as
Vice-Chairman. His position was then endorsed after a proposal from Clive
Scholefield which was seconded by the Chairman.
Treasurer, Captain and Vice-Captain were all re-elected
in a block vote proposed by John Bunting and seconded by Dennis Jarvis.
position of Competition Secretary and the new position of Assistant
Competition Secretary had no nominations. Ralph Parsons asked whether
George Crosby would be interested in either position having been involved with
Reg in an unofficial capacity over the past few years. However George declined
the invitation due to his involvement in other areas and lack of available
time. Both posts were therefore left unfilled.
The Secretary said
that he was happy to take on the extra role of Publicity Officer now
that it was being recognised as a separate function to that of the Secretary.
Proposed by Ralph Parsons and seconded by Harry Welch.
The recent death
of John Harforth meant that it was necessary to appoint a third Trustee to
fulfil the requirements of our Constitution. Brian Stoker had expressed his
willingness to stand and he was proposed by Richard Clark and seconded by
Ralph Parsons. The other two Trustees, appointed in 1993 (Arthur Rathmell and
Don Glensor) had confirmed their willingness to carry on and the Secretary
expressed his thanks to them.
In the absence of
the Competition Secretary the following reports were all presented by the
Secretary except for the Juniors which was presented by the Chairman.
After a total entry of 107 in the Heats at Bubwith, we had been allocated two
places in the Finals in the Pairs, Triples and Junior Singles and our full
team therefore consisted of 21 qualifiers. With two exceptions none of our
players had progressed beyond the initial round-robin stage. Geoff Whiteheads
Triple reached the last 32 but in a close game were knocked out by
Worcestershire, skipped by the National Pairs Champion from the last two
years. Our best effort was by Gareth Townend in the Juniors who reached the
Semi-Finals where he fell to the eventual winner – only the second time anyone
from this county has progressed so far. A great effort and with several Junior
years ahead of him he may yet become our first National Champion. Although
there were no prizes, Colin Rapers Four once again managed to pick up a Hot
Shots 8 – for the second year in succession!
It was proposed
that the Heats for the Nationals next season should again be played at Bubwith
(subject to availability) on the following dates (all to be confirmed at the
November: 12th (Singles) 19th
December: 3rd (Triples) 10th
(Fours) 11th or 17th (Mixed Fours & U18s)
No objections to
these proposals were voiced.
Another good entry of 267 this year resulted in four new County Champions
being crowned at Swinton. These were Fred Wood (Singles); Paul
Williamson/Roger Green (Pairs) - after a measure on the last end; Colin Raper/Janet
& Noel Clark (Triples) and Colin Raper/Jill Newsome/Janet & Noel Clark
It was proposed
that the 3rd County Championships next season should again be
played at Swinton (subject to availability) on the following dates (all to be
confirmed at the next meeting).
January: 7th (Singles) 8th
(Triples) 21st (Pairs)
February: 4th (Fours)
received last year, we would be looking at making sure that no club team would
find themselves drawn against another team from the same club in the first
round. No objections to these proposals were voiced.
A record entry of 16 took part at Easingwold and the eventual winner was
Richard Powell from Great Ouseburn who beat Crossgates Ben Render in the
Final. It was proposed that the 4th Junior Championships next
season should again be held at Easingwold on February 18th (which
has already been tentatively booked).
The 8th Inter-League Cup is to be held this coming Saturday and all
three captains have provided a list of their 12 Triples. Arthur Jackson’s Kyle
Valley team will be going for a fifth consecutive win. The request that the
order of lunches be rotated so that the same league was not always last (made
at the AGM last year) has been complied with.
The 4th Cameo Shield is to be held this coming Sunday and the
NYSMBA team of 8 Triples will be looking for a third consecutive win over the
York & District IBC. We are currently one person short and the Secretary asked
to be contacted urgently by anyone who would like to play.
The County Team would remain in Division 1 for next year (see Captains report)
and fixture dates would be agreed with opposing counties over the summer. We
would attempt to keep to the 8 dates provisionally agreed with the Yorkshire
(North) League to reduce clashes but are obviously in the hands of our
opponents to a certain degree. We are considering playing one of our home
fixtures at a location other than Bubwith to see how this would work out.
England (NESMBA) Championships:
With 4 places in each discipline, we had sent a team of 40 (chosen from the
results of the County Championships) to Barnard Castle this year. However, we
had no great success up there although Anne Ridge (Singles) and Alan Banthorpe
and Rose Haynes (Triples) all reached the Quarter Finals.
For 2006, the
Secretary had requested David Rutt (NESMBA League Secretary) to hold these a
week later than this year to extend our season by an additional week. David
had agreed to this and confirmed that he had now provisionally booked the
Barnard Castle venue for the 25th/26th March.
– David Randon reported that the main league had been won by Market
Weighton ‘C’, with Tate & Lyle second. In the second division
Riccall ‘A’ had lost only 1 of their 18 games to come first followed by
Holme Moor ‘B’. These two would be promoted with Holme Moore ‘A’
and E Cottingwith being relegated from division one. In the Tuesday
Triples league, Escrick came first having only lost 1 of their 15 games with
Tate & Lyle as runners up. In a close KO Cup final, Tate & Lyle
beat Holme Moore ‘B’.
– No report was made.
– Ray Goodbold reported that the first division winners were Flixton
with Barn ‘B’ as runners up. Division 2 had been won by Marton ‘C’
over Barn ‘A’ whilst the third division had been headed by
Crossgates ‘B’ with Crossgates ‘A’ in second place. In a rerun of
last years Final, Flixton once again beat the Scarborough Hawks
in the KO Cup whilst Kirkbymoorside ‘A’ were again runners up in the
Plate this time being beaten by Marton ‘C’.
mentioned that he was aware that schools in his area (Pinder and Lady Lumleys
were cited) had been allocated £1 million for “alternative sports”. The
Scarborough club had already taken mats into Raincliffe school for a
demonstration of Short Mat where there had been a good turnout and some school
children had also visited his club. However he was not aware of any further
developments. He wondered whether the Association could latch on to this
initiative and the Secretary said that maybe this was an area the Publicity
Officer could follow up.
– Brian Bennett reported that the league had been won for the first time by
Great Ouseburn ‘A’ with Hambleton ‘B’ runners up once again. In
Division 2 Raskelf ‘B’ and Easingwold ‘C’ had earned promotion
whilst Raskelf ‘A’ and Easingwold ‘A’ would drop down from
Division 1. This was the first year in which the two divisions were merit
based and at tomorrows AGM the league would decide whether to continue on this
basis or revert to a geographical split. The Challenge Cup day had been won by
Hambleton for the first time and the Knockout Cup was won by Boroughbridge
‘A’ – last years runners up.
– Les Hardcastle reported that Ousedale had won for the second
consecutive year after pushing Scarborough into third with a very heavy defeat
in their last game and leaving Selby as runners up once again. It had
once again been a very good season especially in view of such a close finish.
(f) Vale of
– No report was made.
– Doreen Addyman reported that after the collapse of the Dales league at the
beginning of the season a meeting was held to decide the future. At this all
five clubs expressed a desire to continue with regular fixtures as they felt
that competitive play was preferable to just playing friendlies. Under their
new name the five clubs entered seven teams and completed a very enjoyable
season played in a very friendly manner. The final winners were Pateley Bridge
who just pipped Darley by a single point.
– John Bunting
reported that last seasons activities will be repeated with the first fixture
in May. Social events will again be staged by Hambleton (BarBQ) and
Knaresborough (Buffet) alongside “fun” competitions. The end of season
Challenge in which the winners play against the rest, will be moved to a new
venue due to the unsuitability of the new floor at the Lookers showroom (Northallerton)
– the previously used venue.
cancellation of this year’s Belgian trip, it is probable that the Belgians
will send a team to us in 2006. They already have annual contests against
Sussex and Norfolk where the journey and costs could be kept down to a
Committee meeting will be on 23rd September. The mid season
Committee meeting and the AGM have yet to be arranged. All would need to be
confirmed together with venues. The proposed dates for the National Heats and
the County Championships had already been announced above.
In the absence of
the Competition Secretary, the Secretary had studied next years calendar and
had written to the Yorkshire (North) League Fixture Secretary with a proposal
for the allocation of weekends for the YNL and County ICC games. Les
Hardcastle had agreed to these with one change. Assuming all the regular
annual club open competitions would go ahead on the equivalent dates to this
year he could therefore see no big problem areas. It was hoped that
Scarborough would be able to use their traditional slot of the first weekend
in the year for their Open Pairs in spite of New Years Day falling on the
Sunday. Edwin Smith had not looked at this yet so could not comment although
he felt it would not be popular.
Secretary asked if anyone wished to see any changes to next seasons Handbook.
None were voiced so he would go ahead with a similar offering as last year.
Edwin Smith asked
why there had not been a reply to his letter regarding a game between a YNL
team and the County Team. He read out a subsequent letter sent by him querying
this (dated 14th March). The Secretary said this had never been received but
in any case he had replied to the original letter which had come
from Ann Thompson (2nd November). He read this reply, dated 7th
November, to the meeting. In this it had been re-iterated that a game against
the formal County Team was not considered possible (for reasons already
discussed at several previous meetings) but that there was no reason why an
informal game could not go ahead as in past years. It had been suggested in
the letter that Noel Clarke and/or Ralph Parsons be approached directly to
discuss teams and agree details. However neither of them had heard anything
further. Ralph Parsons said he was still prepared to get a side together and
he would speak with Edwin at the end of the meeting on the matter.
There being no
further business raised from the floor, the Chairman thanked all those present
for attending, wished them a safe journey home and closed the meeting at 8.58