Blakedown Short Mat Bowls club meets in the Parish Rooms every Thursday
from 7.30pm until 10.00pm.
The club owns 3 mats, which accommodates a full club membership of 24 players.
The club currently enjoys a full membership, but if you would like to enquire further
then send an e-mail to the Chairman, Geoff Elwell geoff-h@hotmail.co.uk




CHURCHILL & BLAKEDOWN

SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB

AGM   REPORT      2007/8

DATE     31st JULY  2008

Numbers present     24

Apologies for absence    Janet, Graham, Marnie

Minutes from the previous AGM read and passed.   These will be displayed on the Notice Board.

REPORTS

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman expressed concern about the ageing of club members -  we cannot turn the clock back.  
There are more ladies than men in the membership which leaves the setting up of the mats and the putting
away to just one or two men.  Only Terry and Richard are usually available at the end of games to put mats, 
blocks and score boards away.  Perhaps it will be better when John comes back in the winter.  
There are also people leaving at half time but this is another sign of the ageing membership.
However, Pat and Tony Oakey have joined us from Gilt Edge and Malcolm Saunders joins us whenever he is
here from his Holiday home in Spain, having discovered the club on the Internet.

We should advertise for younger members in local newspapers and magazines. 
Younger members are urgently needed to take the club into the future.

An EGM was convened in January 2008 to try to find a new Treasurer.  
Brenda Harding had taken on the role in 2006 on the understanding she would serve for 12 months in which time
a permanent Treasurer would be found.  This did not happen and so Brenda reluctantly stayed in position for a
second year but decided she definitely could not continue in the post any longer.

It was at the EGM that the proposal to discontinue weekly payments of £2 was made and a subscription system
would be introduced. This was adopted unanimously.  
We lost only two people since then, Catherine Ballantyne and Mac Day,  though M

David Jones Trophy, we had to try and make sure this competition did not drag on as it has been doing over past
seasons and an explanation as to how it is arranged was needed.    Everybody’s name is put in to the original
draw -  Brenda wondered if we could opt out before the draw  was made.    One suggestion to deal with absences
was to increase ends to possibly 9.   Rounds also have been suggested with a time factor giving a deadline when
they would be played by.  This will be looked at before start of next competition.

Because Malcolm spends half his time in Spain and John only plays in winter (his summer’s are spent playing outdoor bowls)
it was thought that some accommodation could be made towards their subscription.    However, Geoff Hayward thought
that if you are a member of a club you pay the full subscription.   
Malcolm said he agreed, and would pay the annual subscription. A vote on this issue was agreed by Club members.

Subscription fees agreed               Full year       £70.00       6 months         £36.00        3 months         £18.00

Membership card in preparation.

For visitors on the odd occasion the charge will be £2.   Juniors  £1.     Name to be entered in little book to be provided.

The meeting was closed at 8.10 pm allowing us time for a tea and coffee break followed by a few ends of bowls.

ac’s decision was only based on an issue he had with short mat bowls.

Personal thanks to  Chris, Gisela and Kath for their support on refreshments and to Brenda for her time as Treasurer. 
To Sheila as Secretary and John, Gilt Edge League Captain.

The David Jones trophy was played for with winners being Anne Rose & Dennis Deeley.

The Christmas Party was held at Blakedown Golf Club and was another successful evening with a negotiated
(by Geoff) at a lower cost than the previous year.   Everybody was again impressed and

We won the Parish Games at Gilt Edge for the third year running with Upper Arley second and Rock came third after
a thrilling finish with the Quiz. 

Treasurer’s Report

Mary Steven’s Lottery was set up by Dennis, after the Club agreed the £100.00 investment and we have 3 x £10 wins. 

There was a discrepancy on the accounts as presented, this was clarified by Brenda confirming that we may have
paid for four quarters, and due to the difference with the Parish Room sending their invoice one month into our last year,
this comment resolved the issue.
Adjustment to Christmas dinner cost will be presented at Christmas, should the need arise. 
If we are short of funds we can decide on the appropriate amount at the time.

Christmas card arrangement realised £79 and the balance to £100 was made up from club funds and sent to Kemp House.

Proposal to accept accounts by - John Beckley – seconded by Joan Billingham. Agreed by all

               Captain’s Report   -  Gilt Edge League

In the League we once again had a successful season, finishing 4th out of 16 teams, compared with 3rd last season.  
We achieved 60% of the basic points available, compared with a target of 50% and 65% in the previous season of 14 teams. 
I don’t anticipate bettering these results next time as we probably have lost Mac Day but we will do our best. 
We did this with 10 registered players so we will probably be down to 9 and if anyone would like to have a go, please
have a word with either myself or Geoff.

We also maintained our membership of the county premier and ‘A|’ sides and had some success in the county and
Gilt Edge league competitions, particularly Trish and Terry and one or two others.

It has to be said, however, that we are not getting any younger both in the team and the club generally and we need to
initiate and encourage some younger players if we are to secure the long term future of the club.

Our team in the Wyre Forest village games was unbeaten in the short mat bowls event and did our part in helping
Churchill and Blakedown win the trophy again this year.   All this improves the standard of lay in the club as the skill
and experience of the better players rubs off.

               Election of Officers                       

Patricia Clifford was proposed as Treasurer by Pat Oakey and seconded by John Beckley Accepted by all.

                               Chairman               Geoff Elwell

                                Vice Chairman      Richard Rose

                                Secretary               Sheila Booth

                                Club Member Rep Dennis Deeley

                                Team Captain         John Beckley

Proposed by -  Terry Clifford, seconded by Tony Oakey.   Agreed by all. Above details for the Bank.

EOB

David Jones Trophy, we had to try and make sure this competition did not drag on as it has been doing over past seasons
and an explanation as to how it is arranged was needed.    Everybody’s name is put in to the original draw - 
Brenda wondered if we could opt out before the draw  was made.    One suggestion to deal with absences was to
increase ends to possibly 9.   Rounds also have been suggested with a time factor giving a deadline when they would be played by. 
This will be looked at before start of next competition.

Because Malcolm spends half his time in Spain and John only plays in winter (his summer’s are spent playing outdoor bowls)
it was thought that some accommodation could be made towards their subscription.    However, Geoff Hayward thought that
if you are a member of a club you pay the full subscription.    Malcolm said he agreed, and would pay the annual subscription.
A vote on this issue was agreed by Club members.

Subscription fees agreed               Full year       £70.00       6 months         £36.00        3 months         £18.00

Membership card in preparation.

For visitors on the odd occasion the charge will be £2.   Juniors  £1.     Name to be entered in little book to be provided.

The meeting was closed at 8.10 pm allowing us time for a tea and coffee break followed by a few ends of bowls.















Each evening is very popular with at least 20 Club Members attending. A weekly sub of £1.50 helps pay for the hire of the Parish Rooms and coffee and biscuits.

The Club plays in the Guilt Edge League, and is shown here with the Consolation Shield.

In the team, from left to right, were Bill, Teddy, John, Geoff, Trish, Gisela and Kath

For further information please send a note to the Webster