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Minutes of the 31st Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 7 December 2010, 8.00am

The 31st Annual General Meeting of Stoolball England (SE) was held in the Renshaw Room at Wivelsfield Village Hall, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex on Sunday 28 November 2010 at 11am.

1. Present

Stoolball England Officers:

  • Shirley Reed (President)
  • John Price (Chairman)
  • Kevin Hilliard (Vice-Chairman)
  • Kay Price (Hon. Secretary)
  • Trevor Parsons (Hon. Treasurer)
  • Rick Mason (Website Administrator)
  • Michael Ledwich (Insurance)
  • Becky Hull (Coaching Development)
  • Ruth Arthur (Coaching Development)
  • Peter Cheesman (Vice-President)
  • Keith Younger (Vice-President)
  • Barbara Fitzpatrick (Equipment Agent)

Leagues, associations and clubs represented:

  • Mid Sussex Mixed Stoolball League (Rick Mason)
  • Lewes Mixed Stoolball League (Rick Mason)
  • Surrey Ladies Stoolball Association (SLSA) (Michael Ledwich)
  • Sussex County Stoolball Association (SCSA) (Kay Price and Doris Younger)
  • Mid Division (SCSA) (Daphne Hunt and Karen Speirs)
  • West Division (SCSA) (Kevin Hilliard, Fred Newland and Rosemary Newland)
  • North Division (SCSA) (Sybil Voller)
  • Sussex County Umpires Association (John Fitzpatrick and Kelvin Speirs)
  • Wessex Friendly Group (Shirley Reed)

Apologies for absence:

  • Melissa Mantle (Stoolball England Coaching Development and Chief Coaching Examiner)
  • Mr and Mrs B Bertin (Sussex County Stoolball Association)
  • Jenny Keates (West Kent Ladies Stoolball League)
  • Cindy Cavie (Eastbourne Red Triangle League)
  • Pat Wyatt (Coastal League)
  • John Pritchett (Vice-President)
  • Anne Peck (Vice-President)
  • Marion Stanbrook (Vice-President)
  • Gwyn Griffith (Vice-President)
  • Edward Keates (Vice-President)

2. Chairman’s welcome

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the 31st Annual General Meeting of Stoolball England .

3. Minutes of the 30th Annual General Meeting

The Chairman briefly went through the minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting. It was pointed out by Fred Newland that his name was missing from the list of umpires who officiated at the under 14 schools tournament at Waterhall, Brighton. Apologies were given and the omission rectified. Acceptance of the minutes were proposed by Ruth Arthur, seconded by Kevin Hilliard and unanimously approved by the meeting.

4. Matters arising

It was agreed there were no matters arising from the minutes.

5. Chairman’s report

The Chairman’s report had previously been circulated with the meeting agenda to all the affiliated leagues and associations in membership and further copies were made available at the meeting. The Chairman quickly went through his report mentioning the most important events. Top of the list was the approval of Stoolball England as the recognised governing body of stoolball. He also highlighted the three coaching initiatives for which funding was received from Sport Unlimited in 2010. He particularly congratulated:

  1. Angmering Stoolball Club for supplying coaches at five schools in an initiative organised by Inspire Leisure, Littlehampton
  2. Oakwood Hill Stoolball Club – five of whose members coached at Hazelwick and Oriel High School in Crawley. These schools then took part in the Sussex Schools Tournaments for Year 7/8 at Waterhall, Brighton and Year 9/10 event at Plumpton
  3. Stoolball England Development Coaches Becky Hull and Ruth Arthur who carried out an extensive programme at nine schools in the Horsham area and then organised an end-of-term tournament with 20 teams at Horsham Cricket Club

John Price spoke about the amount of work which had been done by the Officers of the Association and he thanked them all for their whole-hearted support during the year.

Other items of interest during the 2010 season were the first ever umpires’ course, held at Alfold in April, with tutors Kelvin Speirs and John Price, which was very well attended . Further courses which are planned for 2011 include:

  1. a six hour Level One course at Alfold Stoolball Club on 20 March 2011, starting at 9.30am with a break for lunch. The tutor will be Helen Murdock.
  2. a pre-season scorer’s course being planned for 2011 and a date and venue are currently being finalised
  3. another umpires’ course being considered for the March/April period, and details will be put on the Stoolball England website.

The Chairman concluded his report on a more sombre note when he spoke about the Government spending cuts which would affect the schools sporting network that had been built up over the last five years. He said that stoolball had greatly benefitted from this network and thanked in particular the Schools Competition Managers who had worked with Stoolball England personnel to set up and run the highly successful Sussex Schools Tournaments which have taken place in 2009 and 2010. He promised that Stoolball England would work hard to make sure these competitions continued in 2011. It was recognised that the year ahead was likely to be equally challenging and exciting as the last 12 months and he asked for comments from the floor, but none were forthcoming.

Acceptance of the Chairman’s report was proposed by Michael Ledwich, seconded by Shirley Reed and was unanimously approved.

6. Treasurer’s report

The Treasurer, Trevor Parsons, told the meeting that the Stoolball England accounts were in a very healthy state showing a total profit for the year of £3,935, down on last year but still very satisfactory. He said that currently Stoolball England relied a great deal on the sales of equipment so that it had sufficient money to fund the DVDs, publicity leaflets etc., and more recently the coaching manual which was an excellent publication produced by Melissa Mantle.

The Treasurer also reported that it had been decided to reduce the price of the two Stoolball DVDs to £8.50 (plus postage and packing) for the “Let’s Play Stoolball” DVD and £10.00 (plus postage and packing) for the two coaching DVDs. The coaching manual will cost £8.50.

The Treasurer was given a vote of thanks by the meeting, and acceptance of the accounts was proposed by Becky Hull, seconded by Kelvin Speirs and unanimously approved.

7. Presentation of President’s Award

This award was presented for the first time in 2009 to Keith Younger and this year, the President, Shirley Reed, announced that the 2010 award would go to Melissa Mantle for her services to stoolball both on and off the field. Shirley spoke of Melissa’s involvement in the production of both the stoolball DVDs and more recently the coaching manual.

Melissa is captain of the successful Angmering team who again completed stoolball’s equivalent of the Grand Slam – winning the SCSA West Division league title, the Sussex County tournament at Seaford, the Sussex County Knockout Cup and the Sussex County League Championship. She is also Secretary of West Division, one of the five divisions in the Sussex County Stoolball Association and a regular member of the West Division representative side. It was agreed that Melissa Mantle was a very deserving winner of this award.

In conclusion, Shirley pointed out that she would like to continue to present this award on an annual basis and would welcome any input from members of the stoolball world.

8. Election of officers

  • President: Shirley Reed, proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee
  • Chairman: John Price proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee
  • Vice-Chairman: Becky Hull proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee, seconded Rick Mason
  • Hon. Secretary: Kay Price proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee
  • Hon. Treasurer: Trevor Parsons proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee
  • Officers: Melissa Mantle, Toni Wheatley, Michael Ledwich, Rick Mason, Kevin Hilliard and Ruth Arthur proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee

A new Management Committee member, Kelvin Speirs, who is Chairman of the Sussex County Umpires Association and a member of Plumpton Stoolball Club, was proposed by the Stoolball England Management Committee, seconded by Daphne Hunt and unanimously approved..

Following the election of Becky Hull as Vice-Chairman and Kelvin Speirs as a member of the Stoolball England Management Committee, the remaining officers were elected on bloc, proposed by John Fitzpatrick, seconded by Rosemary Newland and unanimously approved.

8. Election of new Vice-President

There were no new Vice-Presidents proposed.

9. Independent examiner

Stoner, Cottingham of Horsham were proposed by Michael Ledwich, seconded by Becky Hull and were unanimously approved.

10. Any other comments

  1. Shirley Reed asked about the future of the bi-annual newsletter. It was agreed that the newsletter would be discontinued and the website could take over in this department.
  2. Rick Mason spoke of the additional data which had been added to the website match results and said that he was amazed at the number of members now using this facility.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 12 noon.

John and Kay Price
Stoolball England
29 November 2010

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