RENFREWSHIRE BOWLING ASSOCIATION
MINUTES OF THE 138TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
WELLMEADOW BOWLING CLUB – WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2016
President Raymond Hill opened the meeting by welcoming all who had taken the time to attend and then asked for a minutes silence to be observed in memory of all Association members who had passed away during the last year, particularly County player Colin McKay.
Apologies were received on behalf of Hon. Presidents J. Bell, G. Cochrane and director D. Todd. The following clubs also tendered their apologies: J.G. Fleming, Ferguslie Inchinnan, Lady Alice and Wellington Park.
There were 34 clubs in attendance.
The minutes of the AGM held in 2015 were handed out and had been read. The minutes were adopted by S. Reddy Grosvenor B.C. and seconded by W. Brown Wellmeadow B.C.
ANY MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising
Season 2015 began as all others before it, with the Annual General Meeting, which was followed by the annual friendly between Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire, which was played at Paisley Indoors. This resulted in a win for the Renfrewshire Bowling Association.
As is the norm the first piece of business is preparing the county teams for another tilt at the Andrew Hamilton Trophy. Again the emphasis was put on youth and a total of 10 players from the under 25 team were again selected to play for the county teams.
The West team won 5 games out of 7 and qualified in 2nd place and played Edinburgh & Leith in the quarterfinals winning by 2 shots. In the semi finals the West team were narrowly beaten by the eventual winners Lanarkshire South.
The South team won 3 out of the 7 games .A point of note on the AHT; the two finalists this year were Lanarkshire South and Wigtownshire, both of whom qualified from the South section.
As was mentioned in last years minutes the AHT trophy will continue in its current format for 2016. Bowls Scotland had intended to change the format to sections of 4 teams but after discussions with all the Associations have decided to remain with the current format.
There were two players who reached the landmark of 100 appearances for the county teams, they were,
Billy Wilson Priorscroft
Stevie Fisher Anchor
Unfortunately after their very successful season in 2015, the under 25’s were unable to repeat their success in 2016.They failed to qualify in the Inter County but did manage to reach the semi finals of the Renfrewshire Top Ten. On another bright note two players from the Under 25 team were selected for the Scotland Junior team, so congratulations to both John Fleming Jnr (Wellington Park) and Stephen Lowry (Pollokshaws). Another 3 players were also selected to attend the trial.
Only last week John Fleming jnr won the Scottish Seniors indoor singles Final.
The under 25’s concluded their season with another successful trip to Dublin.
So to end the County team input I would like to say a very well done to David Todd and Ian Brown for their running the Under 25’s.
Personally I would also like to thank all the clubs that held County games and Under25 games during the season, I am aware of the work that is involved in hosting these games and the Association would like to thank you all for your support in hosting the games. Also a special thank you to Ralston B.C. who took a postponed County game at the last minute saving me all the problems of having to try and rearrange the fixture.
36 teams entered this year with 1 club failing to turn up on the day 3 clubs withdrawing a few days before. It would obviously be helpful for early notice of withdrawals. The winners of the County Cup in 2015 were Wellmeadow Bowling Club. The highest up rink for the Hall Salver was Blacklandmill B.C. at plus 2
30 teams entered this competition the winners were Blacklandmill B.C. at plus 31 with the runners up Lochwinnoch B.C.
Winners for the Mr and Mrs J Bell Trophy were Caledonia B.C. who defeated Charleston B.C. in the final at Gourock Park.
Caledonia will now represent Renfrewshire Bowling Association in the Inter County Top Ten where they will play Busby at home.
Inter County Cup
Dunbartonshire Association won this again with the highest up Renfrewshire rink being Gourock Park.
The Championships are the highlight of the season for a lot of people. May and June are busy months for the cream of our bowlers and it all culminates at the end of June in our Finals day.
The finals were held at Charleston bowling club.
Well done to all the clubs who played in the finals and also to all of the clubs who gave up their greens and supplied us with facilities, markers and umpires throughout the season.
SINGLES(Sir Hugh Shaw Stewart Trophy)S. Wotherspoon Port Glasgow
RUNNER-UPC. McLeod Thornliebank
JUN SINGLESA. Hargan Thornliebank
J. Fleming jnr Wellington Park
PAIRS(Daily Record Trophy)Wellington Park
TRIPLES(Dr. D. Turner Trophy)Kingswood
FOURS(Paisley & Renfrew Gaz Trophy)Gourock Park
SENIOR FOURS (Mr. J. Millen Trophy)Giffnock
SPON FOURS(Brown & W. Cope Trophy)Neilston
Under 45’s(Mr A. Cann Trophy)Gourock Park
Regarding the Championships due to the withdrawal of clubs from the Association, there is now an imbalance within the 4 sections for the Championships.
At present they are; Section 1 (11), Section 2 (13), Section 3 (20) and Section 4 (15).
This shows that the imbalance shows that the Championships are not equal and therefore biased against the larger sections that have to play more games to win the same trophy.
So with regards to this, the sections will be re-arranged to;
Section 1 (14), Section 2 (14), Section 3 (16), Section 4 (15)
This will be done geographically so that there is no extra travelling incurred by the member clubs.
We believe that this would ensure fairness where all clubs play the same number of games and will also simplify the draws.
We have 3 member clubs of the Association celebrating anniversaries this year, they are;
Ardgowan 175 years
Gourock 150 years
Ralston 50 years
On a personal note I would like to thank both Assistant Secretaries David Perrit and Arthur Buchan for all their help throughout the season. David has done all the draws for all the cups and ties ably assisted by Roger Black whilst Arthur has taken care of the finances.
Thanks to both of you for all your assistance during the year.
The Secretary’s report was adopted by C. Reddy Barrhead B.C. and seconded by D. Faulds Caledonia B.C.
President Raymond Hill confirmed that a copy of the balance sheet had been handed out to all clubs present. President Hill then asked Hugh Balfour to deliver the report in the absence of Treasurer Arthur Buchan. Hugh Balfour ten went through the balance sheet and then went onto explains why the funds of the Association were low at present.
The main reasons for the reduced balance can be summarized as;
1/ Reduction in Annual subscriptions and entry fees. -£350
2/ increase in winner’s presentations -£380
3/increase in meal costs for Hamilton trophy games - £1100
4/Increase in travel costs -£630
5/ Secretaries Honorary -£1200 (not taken in 2014).
With the number of affiliated clubs decreasing every year this is going to have a knock on effect on our biggest source of income subscriptions and competition entry fees year on year.
Travel is becoming increasingly expensive and we are taking measures to address this by reducing the number of buses we hire each year and requesting players and Directors take cars to away fixtures to games against Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. The West team also had a fantastic run to the Semi Final of the Hamilton Trophy, but with great success comes the need to fund two additional buses for the Quarter and Semi finals offset with a contribution from Bowls Scotland.
We are also trying to reduce the cost of meals at Hamilton Trophy games by offering a finger buffet instead of a two-course meal for associations that request this.
We have to support our under 25 team and their fixtures have increased with the introduction of the Scottish under 25's cup in addition to the League they participate in.
We are grateful for the support of our two main sponsors Peter Stewart and Calcluth and Sangster for the contribution they make to our funds.
With everything considered we still have funds in the bank and with reduced costs expected this year the accounts should be in a healthier position come the end of the financial year for this season.
The balance sheet was proposed by Neilston B.C. and seconded by Hawkhead B.C.
Jim Glen spoke on behalf of the auditors and said that the accounts were satisfactory. Jim Glen did bring up points for consideration
: No audit of the under 25 accounts have taken place as no evidence of receipts or payments were prepared or presented
: Within the associations accounts, there are items of expenditure for the under 25 team, without corresponding income, it would more transparent for member Clubs going forwards if either all income and expenditure or none were included in the Association accounts
: The current financial position of the association looks precarious, running at year on year losses and without addressing its present falling income and rising cost it cannot continue. These points cannot be looked at in isolation but must both be addressed
: A breakdown of stock items and associated costs should be provided as part of the accounts process
Kerr Livingstone (Gourock) then stated that in 2013 the Association had over £5,000 in the bank and stated that to find the balance as low was worrying.
K. Livingstone also asked if the issues brought up by the auditors would be addressed.
H. Balfour replied that there would be substantial savings involved in transport and meals in the coming year, which would put the Association in a healthier position by this time next year.
Annual Subscription Rates 2016
To remain the same as 2016.
Election of Office Bearers
Before demitting office, President Raymond Hill paid tribute to the many people who had helped him during his season and to his club Charleston BC for the tremendous support he had received throughout his year in office. He also thanked everyone who had come onto the Committee.
President: I. Brown Gourock Park BC Pro. R. Hill Charleston BC
Sec. H. Ramsay Gourock Park BC
President Ian Brown then presented outgoing President Raymond Hill with his Past President badge.
Vice President: Peter Guthrie Elderslie Wallace BC Pro. I. Brown Gourock Park
Sec. L. Dick Elderslie Wallace BC
JunV. Pres: J. McElwee Rankin Park BC Pro. I. Brown Gourock Park BC
Sec. P. McElwee Rankin Park B.C.
Secretary / Treasurer: A. Moran Elderslie Pro: I. Brown Gourock Park BC
Sec. Status Quo
Ass Secretary (Bowling) D.Perrit Elderslie Pro. I. Brown Gourock Park BC
Sec. Status Quo
Ass Secretary (Finance) J. Wilson Charleston Pro. I. Brown Gourock Park BC
Sec A. Hill Charleston B.C.
Election of Directors
S. Lowry PollokshawsStanding Director
D. Todd Anchor BC Standing Director
A. Gemmill Abercorn BCStanding Director.H. H. Balfour Giffnock B.C.Standing Director
J. Fleming Wellington Park BCStanding Director
Election of Auditors
J. Glen Meikleriggs BCStatus Quo
C. ReddyBarrhead BCStatus Quo
Secretary / Treasurers and Assistants Secretary’s Honorarium
President Ian Brown then informed that meeting that he was delighted to hold the position of President of the Association, as he had been involved as a player for a number of years. President Ian then asked Bill Knox of Bowls Scotland to say a few words.
Bill Knox congratulated Ian Brown on becoming President and wished him all the best for the coming year. Bill also highlighted the fact that the finances were low and stated that falling memberships of the clubs and Associations were the main cause. Bill further stated that he was delighted that the AHT was continuing in its current format. He also urged the Association to work on getting more sponsorship if possible.
Bill finished by thanking the President for being invited to the meeting on behalf of Bowls Scotland.
Vote of Thanks
There being no further business, the meeting was brought to a close with a vote of thanks to the chair by Vice President Peter Guthrie who thanked all the representatives and Honorary Presidents for attending and getting the business concluded. He also thanked the auditors for their hard work and time. To Secretaries Alan David and Arthur for their work throughout the year. To Past President Raymond Hill for his hard work throughout the year and especially on Finals day. He also wished President Ian Brown all the best for his year in office.
To Wellmeadow B.C. and President Bill Brown for hosting the meeting.
Vice President Peter again thanked all the representatives and wished them all a safe journey home.