Mins of 2016-17 AGM at Trimpell Social Club, Morecambe. Mon 8th May 2017 – 7.15 pm

Apologies from ETTA Rep Bob Williamson

Present: Tom Clark, Ken Richardson, David Hughes, Ray Gaskell, Graeme Moorby, Ray Carr, Dudley Jackson, Derek Metcalfe, Carl Stebbing, Phil Goymer, Ransford Amponsah

Clubs represented Garstang, Morecambe, St Lukes, Trimpell, University

 Not represented: 3-1-5 (Rule 5 non attendance)

 HGS paid tribute to the league’s 2 senior players Ken Riley and Brian Gourlay who sadly passed away.

 Matters arising from mins of 2015-16 included the pre-season rescheduling of University fixtures and confirmation that a donation had been made to the Garstang Regional Training Centre (RTC).

 HGS reported on a match incident involving a senior and junior player who lost his composure which resulted in the game being halted. After a short delay and a verbal warning the junior recovered his composure and the game recommenced. The break in play worked in favour of the junior who went on to win the game. Unfortunately the senior was not prepared to accept the outcome and duly resigned from his team. The matter was referred to the committee who initially banned the junior but this was later reduced to a suspended ban when it was realised that no rules had been broken. The final ruling was also confirmed by the league TTE representative who is a qualified international umpire.

 All teams are now using poly balls for matches.

 There was a good turnout for the annual tournament with all clubs except Garstang represented with the awards distributed amongst players from all the representing clubs.

 Treasurer circulated the financial summary of the league’s income and expenditure and gave detailed explanations of the various items. Overall the league recorded £17 income over expenditure which was in line with our predictions.

 Match Secretary/Development Officer reported a vibrant primary and junior school programmes with special mention of the Bay League for primary school players. The popular Bay League includes 45 teams from Lancaster, Morecambe, Garstang, Kirkby Stephen and Tebay. Matches are played over 4 Saturdays at a central venue and are well attended.

 The league continues to get good coverage in the local press with the change of reporting style  the senior reports now more interesting thanks to our new reporter Graeme Moorby.

 The final decision on Team Fees will be left until the pre-season meeting

 An explanation on the cup competitions was as follows:- The Kenon Trophy and Plate involved individual handicaps with games up to 11. The Coronation and Riley competitions involved team handicaps with games up to 21. The team handicaps were calculated on finishing positions in the division.

 The Vets team in the Lancs & Cheshire league division 1 found it hard going at this level due to a lack of strength in depth.

Promotion and relegation - HGS explained the regulation allows the committee to make the final decision after considering all the relevant factors and options. The regulation was introduced to create a more balanced set up in a small league. The actual number of teams entering next season will not be known until the pre season meeting. However, as University requested to retain 2 teams in each division it was agreed Championship runners up St Lukes C will be promoted to the Premier. 

AOB - A request from Garstang Regional Training Centre (RTC) for another donation i.e. £200 produced an informative discussion and exchange of views with the Grastang represntative.

There is no doubt the RTC is a positive and popular initiative that offers selective young players the next level of development after progressing through Ken Richardson’s school systems.

 There are currently 16 Lancaster & Morecambe youngsters attending the RTC but sadly only 2 of them now participate in the league. This is a concern for the future of our league especially when the RTC claimed we would see an increase in participating players. One of the reasons given is the players (or their parents) have been advised not to participate in the local league as the playing styles are not conducive to their future development within the RTC. The RTC representative confirmed the reasoning as valid. Potentially the situation could get worse for the league as the RTC targets even younger players with the possibility of them by-passing the league system altogether.  Morecambe HS are already experiencing this first hand by announcing they have had to drop 2 of their 3 teams.

 In conclusion no decision was made on the donation other than the league President stating the league was not getting value for money and recommended the Garsatng representative should refer the concerns back to the RTC.

 The final item was the presentation of the divisional awards and the meeting closed at 8.45 pm..           

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2015-16 AGM Trimpell Social Club, Out Moss Lane, Morecambe. LA4 4UP

(Downstairs Meeting Room)

Tuesday 3rd May, 2015 – 7pm

      Agenda

1.   Apologies

2.   Mins of 2014/15 AGM (see 365 website under INFORMATION)

3.   Matters Arising

4.   Executive committee reports

5.   Election of Officers:-

6.   Cup comps

7.   Team fees

8.   Rule & Reg Proposals

9.   Lancashire TTA

10. 365 Website

11. Regional Training Centre

12. AOB

13. Presentation of divisional trophies to Lancaster University and Garstang

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Mins of 2015-16 AGM at Trimpell Social Club, Morecambe. Tues 3rd May, 2015, 7pm

Apologies from Dave Hughes and Graeme Moorby

All clubs were represented with Ian Gee, Adam Cooper, Dave Smth, Ken Richardson, Martin Wakelin, Adam Stewart, Matt Simcock, Carl Stebbing, Bob Williamson.

Mins of 2014/15 AGM are displayed on the league website under INFORMATION

Table Tennis England Rep gave a demonstration of the correct use of the service law based on examples recently circulated by the ITTF. One member agreed that foul serves were common place in our lowest division but saw no evidence that anyone was gaining an advantage from them.

HGS reported the passing of long serving player Alan Whittaker and an update on the health of Ken Riley. The league received 2 complaints both of which were internal club disputes which was not a league matter. A decent turnout for the Senior tournament at MCHS which ran smoothly and to time. The prizes were shared amongst all the clubs who entered players. The Vets tournament for the Alan Hyde Trophy was held at a later date at Trimpell and in a break from tradition it was agreed to provide equivalent cash awards instead of trophies.

As we formulate the 2016-17 in early September the Univ have agreed to provide advanced information including contacts.

Treasurers report was circulated which showed that income over expenditure has dropped from £55.22 last season to £11.50. Income from Team Fees was up due to increased team entry to £50 although this now included entry to the tournament.

Expenditure increased with the purchase of better quality trophies along with the decision to provide similar awards regardless of profile. There was also a cost for work done on a couple of perpetual cups

Treasurer pointed out the cost of the hire of the Sports Hall for the Senior tournament i.e. £130 was  not recorded as Ken Richardson has been funding this from his junior set up. It was agreed that this will be included in future reports.

Match Sec reported on a good season for the juniors with regular weekly coaching at district schools e.g. MCHS, Ripley, LRGS, Garstang etc. There are lots of competitions including the hugely popular Bay League which includes teams from Lancaster, Kendal, Barrow and Garstang.

The ongoing issue in the senior league is how best to address the situation whereby the Univ teams are faced with the problem of trying to catch up too many outstanding fixtures. This season resulted in several non played matches being agreed as a 15-15 draw which many believe is not acceptable.

Weekly Press reports continue and it was agreed that Graeme Moorby would take responsibility for the Premier Division reports with Ken Richardson concentrating on the Championship and Juniors.  

All members of the Executive Committee were re-elected along with new addition Graeme Moorby.

A proposal for all clubs to switch exclusively to plastic balls next season was not approved. However, if a plastic or celluloid ball breaks during a match you must replace it with the same.

Lancs & Cheshire league - the Vets team finished 6th out of 7 in Div 1

Investment – A detailed request from Graham Coupe for the league to invest £200 in his (RTC) Regional Training Centre for Juniors was circulated to clubs prior to the AGM. Several responses/questions were received and discussed at the AGM. After extensive discussion it was agreed the league would support the investment and would offset part of the costs by increasing the team fees by £10. However, the          

TTE Rep, Chairman and Development Officer were not prepared to approve a payment to a company/          ody that does not exist i.e. RTC. As a result it was agreed to withhold payment until Graham or the league can find a way around this. For the league the HGS will approach other investing leagues to ascertain how they dealt with this.

There was no other business and the meeting closed at 8.35 pm followed by a presentation of divisional trophies to Lancaster University and Garstang.

 

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2014 -15 AGM Trimpell Social Club, Out Moss Lane, Morecambe. LA4 4UP

Tuesday 12th May, 2015 – 7pm

 Agenda

1.    Apologies 

2.    Mins of 2013/14 AGM  

3.    Matters Arising

4.    Executive committee reports

5.    Election of Officers:-

6.    Cup comps

7.    Team fees

8.    Rule & Reg Proposals          

9.    Lancashire TTA

10.  365 Website

11.  AOB

12.  Presentation of divisional winners to Lancaster University

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Mins of 2014 -15 AGM at Trimpell Social Club, Tuesday 12th May, 2015 – 7pm

Apologies from (President) Dave Hughes, Ken Richardson (Match Sec & Junior Development), David Bruce, Paul Stebbing

Present:- Ray Carr (Chairman), Carl Stebbing (League Sec and Treasurer),

Bob Williamson (TTE Rep), Adam Cooper, Daniel Jackson, Ken Riley, Ian Gee, Nicole Finn, Adam Forshaw.

Clubs not represented:- Morecambe, St Lukes.

Mins of the 2013-14 were accepted on block

Matters arising required a Handicap Singles event to be reinstated in the Annual Tournament. This was included in the 2014-15 tournament.

Ken Richardson’s comprehensive report included league tables, cup finals and tournament stats for all junior and senior events. Special mention was made of the highly successful Bay League and of the number of local juniors who have progressed via the league to achieve local, county and international success. The latest being LGGS who are now English schools U16 champions with Great Wood 3rd in U11.

Carl Stebbing reported that TTE (Table Tennis England) was now under threat of a takeover from a consortium including former CEO Alex Murdoch who were currently canvassing leagues for their votes. Our only concern with the current management was their misinformation on the introduction of the new balls. In contradiction of the ITTF they incorrectly insisted it was mandatory for all leagues to switch to the new ball next season. This has now been resolved and as both celluloid and plastic balls are approved we will leave it to individual teams.

We attempt to put as much info on the league website as possible but in response to several requests we will also produced some basic hard copy fixture booklets.

There was a reasonable turnout for the annual tournament despite the absence of a number of our top juniors who were playing in the Blackpool Grand Prix.

The league is also looking at the possibility of starting next season’s fixtures a week earlier to provide more flexibility to accommodate half terms and the University teams.

Income over expenditure has dropped from £200 last season to £50 primarily due to the additional cost of trophies as a result of additional competitions.

We registered more players this season but all those fees go to TTE.

For several seasons the league has frozen the team entry fee of £40 but for next season this will be increased to £50 per team which includes free entry for all players to the annual tournament.

The only item significantly different to last season was an income item of £1000 development grant which after recording was transferred to the Development Officer’s account.

As at the 11th May the bank balance is £2640.65, any items after this date will be recorded in the 2015-16 accounts.

All members of the Executive Committee were re-elected

A new format was introduced for the end of season cup competitions i.e. Coronation and Riley Cups. The team handicaps were calculated on the final league positions. This produced a last game finish in the Coronation but a one sided result in the Riley. On reflection each team has to field their strongest 3 players to accurately reflect the handicap and an eligibility rule on player appearances needs to be introduced. In the Riley final the winning team influenced the result with the introduction of a strong registered player who had not played any league games all season. It was agreed to resolve this at the next pre season meeting.   

In the Lancs & Cheshire league the Vets team finished 5th in Div 1 but have qualified for the Denis Smith Handicap Cup final. Having won the cup last season the team will be defending the trophy albeit with a much changed team.

We try to put as much information as we can on the 365 website and welcome any suggestions. Recently we introduced an Honours list of individual and Team competitions since the early fifties. This is a work in progress with lots of blanks as we don’t have the records especially in the early years. If you can fill in any of the spaces contact the League Secretary.

The Premier Divisional winner trophies were presented to Lancaster University

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Minutes of the 2013-14 AGM

Garstang, Morecambe, Trimpell and University were represented at the meeting.

Apologies received from Bob Williamson, David Hughes and Angela Knowles-Cooke.

Barbarians, St.Lukes and 3-1-5 failed to send anyone to the meeting and were not represented which was disappointing.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS - HGS congratulated Ken Richardson for winning the Morecambe Sunshine Award for an individual or team who has excelled in the sporting arena.

The decision to play a league fixture on one or two tables is the responsibility of the home team.

The league President wants the end of season cup competition matches to be played during the week and not on a week end day. This will be decided at the pre season meeting.

The Annual tournament held at MCHS is held on a Sunday from 9.30 - 3 pm. There was a proposal to extend the time to include a ko handicap singles to include all entrants on which opinions were divided and will be looked at next season.

The experiment to provide general practice facilities at St.Lukes albeit on Tuesday afternoons was a moderate success and may be looked at again. The absence of a club providing general practice facilities is an ongoing issue.

The Match Sec/Development Officer reported he was pleased with the high numbers enthusiasm and success of the junior section. He gave an extensive report of league, school, county and national junior competitions and activities. Weekly coaching sessions for primary and junior players continue at Ripley and MCHS.  

2014 Summer League - He reported difficulties obtaining his preferred venues, club unco-operation and a lack of player enthusiasm had left him with no choice but to cancel the summer league booking.      

Copies of Income and Expenditure were circulated and discussed. The income 200 for the season therefore it was agreed 15. There is no information at this time regarding player registration fees from the ETTA.    


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