Present. Fred. Swarbrick; Reg. Robinson; John Powell; Ian Cosens; Craig Hine; Andy Thompson; Jon Daldry; Greg King; Tommy Hughes (rep. Lancashire CB.)
Apologies. Tony Ayin; Peter Rhodes; Alan Johnson (rep. Cheshire CB.)
Meeting Opened 1930.
None other than those to be dealt with on tonight’s’ agenda.
John Powell reported a healthy balance in the funds including the benevolent fund of £4240. Our bank account has been moved and is now held in a community account with Barclays. Two out of three signatures were required for cheques and as Treasurer John holds a debit card for the account. Approved signatories are Fred Swarbrick, Reg Robinson and John Powell. It is expected that by the time of the AGM in May the bank balance will be reasonable. Craig Hine suggested that the Benevolent Fund should be moved to a special account whereby Barclays will allow any member of staff to organise a fund raising event for charitable and community good and any funds raised will be matched by the bank. Craig himself had already used his 3 available opportunities and therefore the Committee would like to identify any member of any Club in our leagues who is also a staff member of Barclays who may be able to take up this opportunity. Any volunteer to contact any member of the Committee.
Meeting with Premiership clubs.
Greg King reported on the meeting with Premiership clubs as promised at the AGM last May. This was held at Tyldesley RUFC on 26th November 2012. This discussed at length the future of the Premiership and in particular the concerns raised by Liverpool St. Helens and others regarding safety of players in what they see as serious mismatches in abilities and fitness of players. 28 persons attended from most of the Clubs concerned. After a good open discussion it was agreed that no vote would be taken at this stage and delegates would report back to their clubs and bring proposals to a further meeting on Feb. 5th 2013. The main ideas so far are;
1 leave things as they are.
2 Return to a full league for the full season
3 Split Premiership for full season.
When decision is reached it will be put to next AGM.
Whereas the current web site works well enough the committee sanctioned Pitchero to design an alternative which is currently running in parallel with the Double 6 site. Barry Allen believes that the new site is now able to provide most of our requirements and soon will do everything we ask of it. Barry recommends acceptance. However, some Committee members fell it may hinder our ability to attract sponsorship. Furthermore the Pitchero site will not be able to support a Pool of a Forum and there is a fear that the Committee will lose a certain amount of control over content. No decision will be made until Barry Allen, Tony Ayin and Howard Hughes are available to discuss.
Sale Sharks outstanding account.
It was noted that the account for advertising on our web site on behalf of Sale Sharks is still outstanding after more than 12 months. The agreement was made with Adam Jude who is no longer with Sale Sharks. Numerous telephone calls have established that an invoice has been received but no funds have been forthcoming. Fred Swarbrick volunteered to chase this one up.
This season there is a requirement for 2 clubs to host cup finals and 4 bids have been made to host. Thanks go to Preston Grasshoppers, Caldy, Aspull and Wilmslow for all producing excellent bids. Fred Swarbrick, Reg Robinson and John Powell will arrange to visit all four clubs and choose the final two. It will not be until after the results of the semi-finals are known that the decision will be made as to which matches are played where. This year medals will be awarded in lieu of printed shirts. Referees to be appointed nearer the time and Fred Swarbrick will source medals and additional trophies.
It was noted that this will be the 10th anniversary dinner for the leagues and will be held at Bowdon RUFC as last year. Fred Swarbrick and others will meet with Bowdon Chairman, Tom Sloan and House Manager, Mark Fenby, to ensure all arrangements are met correctly. Efforts will be made to contact and invite previous Committee members and hopefully identify a guest of honour.
A.O.B It was noted that at a recent committee of Lancashire CB certain criticisms were levelled at our association referees. This was not well received by your Committee who point out that the same people would probably be controlling games if no association existed but few would be neutral to both sides. The four referee associations of NOWIRUL welcomes new recruits to the art of refereeing, whatever their age, and will give all help possible in training and support.
Meeting closed 2110.