Ipswich & District Bowls League
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday,
3rd November 2011, at the Ipswich & District Indoor Bowls Club
Present: G. Wiseman (Chairman & Treasurer), D. Lyas (President), T.W. Swift (Fixtures & Results Secretary),
H. Swift (Secretary); B.Rushbrook, C.Rushbrook, A. Lyas, list of attendees in register
1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks: Chairman George Wiseman (GW) welcomed everyone and thanked them
for coming. There was a respectful minute’s silence for remembrance.
2. Apologies for absence: J. Thorp, Peter Catchpole (Old Newton), Frances Wiseman (Capel St Mary)
3. Minutes of last AGM: Minutes were approved and signed as being a true record. Proposed: B. Rushbrook
(Stonelodge); seconded R. Gibbs (Bourne Vale); all in favour.
4. Matters Arising from the Minutes: There were no matters arising.
5. Hon. Secretary's Report / Dinner Dance: Secretary Helen Swift (HS) reported that, once again, the
presentation dinner had been a great success and it is hoped that there will be the same support for this season’s
event which is to be held on Saturday, 18th February 2011. The tickets will, again, remain the same price and the
committee would welcome receiving notification of numbers by early January. GW thanked HS for her work
during the year.
6. Hon. Results Secretary's Report: Results Secretary Terry Swift (TS) reported that the league had run
smoothly until the end of the season when bad weather had caused games to be postponed. He stressed that any
game postponed due to shortage of players would result in a £10 fine and a 4 point deduction. However, if clubs
know at the start of the season and they will be short of players for a particular match then they can re-arrange
the game well in advance, notifying the Fixtures Secretary. Generally there had been a good response from team
captains completing cards and returning them on time. He suggested that, to save on postage, the home club
could return both cards but all rink cards must be retained in case the cards were lost in the post.
At present it would appear that there will be 65 teams in the league but one club still has to confirm their
registration after their AGM at the end of November, thus the draft match schedule included in the packs may be
amended. GW thanked TWS for his hard work throughout the season.
6(a) GW introduced a statement by TWS re an incident which occurred, and stressed that no questions would be
accepted. TWS made a statement concerning the serious incident which has been addressed under point 7 of the
Rules of Play whereby, from experience, the league will, in future, rely on clubs to monitor their own players.
TS emphasised that a final decision had been taken this evening and the matter is now closed. All parties
involved would be informed immediately. GW thanked TS and the committee for their diligence concerning this
matter (amidst a round of applause).
7. Treasurer's Report: Copy of accounts circulated which show a healthy balance of £2,494.87. The league is
therefore able to absorb the extra administrative costs which have occurred. With regard to the Dinner/Dance
account, there was a loss of £18 this year. However, the healthy balance absorbed the additional cost of the meal
and, again, this year the cost of tickets will remain the same for this event.
Proposer for accounts to be adopted B. Page (Ipswich BC); seconded G. Barrell (Marlborough), all in favour.
8. Accounts Checker's Report: In Norman Bugg’s absence GW thanked him and confirmed that the
subscription will remain the same for 2013.
9. Presentation Dinner: President David (DL) thanked everyone for supporting this event, especially the club
whose members have attended three times, and hoped that this enthusiastic support would continue. He
particularly thanked the club secretaries and team captains for organising the support, and for returning the
trophies. GW thanked DL for all his hard work.
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10. Inter-league Captain’s Report: Gerry Barrell reported that the team had won one match but lost three. It
is difficult to pick teams and he emphasised just how helpful it would be if secretaries could return the form
distributed (which can also be found on the website) with names of interested bowlers. A complete rink of
names would be a bonus. If 50% of the clubs in the area responded it would alleviate the stress in organising the
inter-league team. Also GB felt that other areas give more priority to their inter-league teams and players appear
looking very much smarter than the Ipswich area team. Ideally a Vice-Captain is required to help out,
particularly for the six weeks of the summer when GB is working around the county. If the 2012 season proves
to be as difficult for him as 2011, he will have no option but to resign. GW mentioned that he could obtain inter-
league shirts for a cost of £8 which would be loaned to players, collected up, washed and returned to central
stock for the next game but we need the support before purchasing shirts. Please return the relevant form, duly
completed. Perhaps these could be displayed in the clubhouse for a good part of the season if sent out when
returning the registration of players forms before the start of the season.
At this point Stuart Walsh enquired if there were any clubs with possible players for the Marie Denny game
against the ladies at the start of next season.
11. Proposal from the Executive: The first proposal concerning addition of the word “Appeal” was withdrawn.
The second proposal, requiring the quorum to be five members of the management committee, as the total
number on the committee has diminished, was discussed. Proposed B. Rushbrook (Stonelodge), seconded S.
Walsh (Margaret Catchpole), all in favour.
12. Election of Officers:
President: David Lyas (proposed A. Offord, seconded C. Rushbrook, all in favour)
Chairman/Treasurer: George Wiseman (proposed B. Rushbrook, seconded A. Offord, all in favour)
Hon Secretary: Helen Swift (proposed M. Powell (East Bergholt), seconded R. Utteridge
(Waldringfield), all in favour)
Hon Results Sec.: Terry Swift (proposed S. Walsh, seconded G. Barrell, all in favour)
Inter-league Manager: Gerry Barrell (proposed R. Utteridge, seconded T. Swift, all in favour)
Accounts Checker: Norman Bugg (proposed R. Henbury (Kesgrave), seconded H. Swift, all in
Executive committee: Colin Rushbrook, Barbara Rushbrook, Ann Lyas, J. Thorp (proposed G.
Wiseman, seconded D. Williamson (Holywells), all in favour
In addition S. Walsh was nominated and accepted on to the committee
(proposed G. Wiseman, seconded C. Rushbrook, all in favour.
Any Other Business the Chairman will allow: B. Page (Ipswich BC) raised the question of returning two
result cards. After considerable discussion, M. Thomas (California) confirming that it is difficult only having
one result sheet and involves a lot of extra work, it was decided to keep the same system which enables
comparison of both cards when one has a query on it.
S. Walsh proposed a vote of thanks to the committee.
The date of the next AGM will be Thursday, 1st November 2011, at 7.30 p.m. at Ipswich & District Indoor BC.
There being no other business, Chairman George thanked everyone for attending the meeting and wished them a
safe journey home. The meeting closed at 20.45 hours.
Signed: ………………………………………… Date: ………………………………………..
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