Present. Fred. Swarbrick; Reg. Robinson; John Powell; Ian Cosens; Jon Daldry; Howard Hughes; Craig Hine; Greg. King.
Apologies. Tommy Hughes (rep. Lancs. C B) Andy Thompson; Peter Rhodes.
Meeting Opened 19.10hrs.
Matters arising: None
Finance: John Powell reported a healthy balance in the League funds. There was a further £7059.12 in the separate account for the Benevolent Fund. This could be regarded as a little less than might have been expected after last year’s increase in fees and more sponsorship. However increased attendance at the Presentation Dinner and a general increase in costs caused outgoings to be greater than last season.
Sponsorship The committee expressed its thanks to Ian Cosens for his efforts in finding sponsors for our cup competitions and for his continuing efforts to increase numbers of sponsors for individual leagues and referees. It is understood that a possible sponsor for referees has been identified and negotiations are ongoing. Ian has agreed to undertake invoicing of sponsors and liaison with same.
Finals Finals at both Preston and Burnage passed off successfully with winners and runners up celebrating together in the true spirit of our game. Congratulations to all involved.
Dinner The Presentation Dinner passed off with great success and merriment with 271 attending which was the most ever. The occasion was graced with the President of Lancashire who had agreed to say a few words. However, when the moment came he threw away his prepared text and spoke from the heart declaring that the evening was the finest gathering of rugby persons that he had ever attended. The 2015 dinner will be held on 8th May 2015 at Bowdon RFC.
Applications Reg. Robinson reported that 9 teams had been lost during the past season for various reasons but to date only 4 applications to be included had been received. A number of applications were on the table from teams in Cumbria but as decided at the last meeting these will deferred for another season. An exceptional case was Kirby Lonsdale3 who were unable to find a place in the existing Cumbria set up. It was agreed by majority vote to allow them to re-join NOWIRUL providing the Cumbria CB would allow it and agree to a 5 year term.
AGM Proposals Only 2 proposals were on the table at this time. These were in regard to a change in the roles played by certain committee members and a change to the wording of Rule 8 regarding replacement front row players in cup competitions. Neither proposal was likely to be controversial so they would be put to the AGM as written.
Meeting closed 19.25.