Alton Social Bowling Club - Presidents Report 2014/ 15

AGM – 4TH November 2015

The New Premises

Building and Construction

  • Looking at my report for last year the position was that Molson Coor’s planning application for the Anstey Road site was being relisted for the 20th November 2014. At that stage the Sport England objection was a major stumbling block.
  • Clearly since then we have come a long way.
  • Work is progressing well. The plan was to start work on the green first so that the turf could be laid by the end of September. This has slipped but the turf is now down. How the turf grows and how playable it will be early next season depends very much on the sort of winter we have. The Sport Turf Research Institute (STRI) who have prepared the specifications and are supervising say that in all likelihood we should be able t o play at or near the beginning of next season.
  • The green and surrounds are being built by M.J. Abbott and the pavilion by N.J. Richards. You have seen the plans and will know that everything is high spec.
  • George Roberts and I have been the contacts for the project and I wish to thank George for his help, enthusiasm and expertise. We have had many meetings with all concerned. To some extent the project has been a moving feast. For example we did not know until quite late whether we were going to get the 2.4m surround fence and yew hedging we wanted. MC have been very helpful and agreed to most of what we want including George’s central sprayer. I want to record our thanks to MC  for the way they have dealt with the quality of the build.
  • There are more formal monthly site meetings which we are attending.
  • Thank you to Flo Ward for putting regular photos on the web site to keep it updated.
  • a)     The Lease
  • We have been negotiating with The Alton Town Council on our lease. The Council has been helpful and is in the course of drafting with the following as the main terms:-
  • -        Term – 35 years with an option to renew for a further 35.
  • -        Start date – 1st April 2016.
  • -        Rent - £250 p.a. for 3 years. To be reviewed then and after that every 5 years.
  • -        Repairs – we are responsible for all repairs and have to cover insurance and liabilities.
  • -        Each side bears its own legal costs.
  • -        We have to commission and decommission the watering system each year.
  • -        Alton Town Council have access across the car park for maintenance and future use.
  • -        We will have an area for composting.
  • -        With this rent level we can be financially viable but will have to increase our subs by increments over the next few years. Flo will cover this in her report and her recommendation will be in line with a modest business plan we provided to Alton T.C. a year or so ago.
  • b)     The Move
  • We will have to move fairly soon. We have been given notice to get out by. the 19th November 2015.This is the result of a separate agreement reached with MC in the last year whereby notice would only be triggered by work actually starting on the new club.
  • Interim storage has been agreed with MC and the move is arranged for Sunday 15th and Monday 16th November. If you are able to help please do come along. We will take what we want and leave the rest.
  • c)      Furnishings and Fitting Out
  • We have been able to agree with the MC depot a fairly generous package of basic thing we will need including at least10 tables, up to 60 chairs ( we saw 30/40), dishwasher, glass washer, two chiller cabinets etc. This will save us a large expense but there will be things that we have to buy such as fridge, freezer etc.
  • e)Constitution
  • There is a need for a new set of rules .The existing date back to when we were a section of The Alton Sports and Social Club. This item appears later.
  • d)     Licensing
  • We will need a licence either a full on licence or a club certificate. The latter will probably serve our needs.
  • e)     Transition to the new club.
  • We have to assume that play at the new club may well be limited in the first half of the season2016. We may have to play as many home matches away in the first half. Alton B.C. and Four Marks B.C. have agreed to help us out with green time where they can.
  • Thanks
  • I wish to thank all the officers for their work and support over the last year:
  • Secretary and Whitchurch League – Dick Holden
  • Treasurer( and web site) – Flo Ward
  • Vice Captain and BH delegate – John Fensom
  • Match secretary – John Norris
  • Competitions secretary and ladies captain – Brenda Plumpton
  • Band D delegate – Malcolm Henderson
  • BH delegate – Hazel Marke
  • Stan Hardman league – Marjorie Rowledge
  • Thank you to George for his work as green keeper and to Chris Barlow for his tea rotas.
  • Ladies Captain’s Report
  • -        National Top Club – we won through to represent Hampshire but lost to Surrey in the first round.
  • -        County
  • -        Triples – Hazel, Brenda and Margaret lost in the semi.
  • -        Pairs – Hazel and Margaret won but lost in the QF of the Nationals at Leamington Spa.
  • -        Singles – Margaret was runner up and lost in the first round of the National finals.
  • -        -Two wood singles – Hazel lost in the QF.
  • Thornbery
  • This we won for the second year running. A special mention should be made of Margaret’s brilliant last end.
  • North Hants
  • -        Margaret’s rink played Caroline’s rink in the semi and Margaret lost in the final.
  • -        Pairs – Margaret and Hazel won.
  • -        Singles – Hazel won.
  • -        Two wood singles – Hazel won.
  • -        C of C’s – Margaret won.
  • -        Kath McFauld pairs – Brenda and Doreen were runners up.
  • Walker Cup
  • We had four ladies selected to play and lost in the semi finals of the Nationals at Leamington Spa.
  • This was the first time in24 years that Hampshire have got this far. Well done to Rosemary, Hazel, Margaret and Brenda.
  • This was another very good year for the ladies and well done to all the ladies.
  • Men’s Competitions
  • This is an even smaller section than last year.
  • We got to the 6th round of the National double rinks.
  • We just managed to stay up in the Friday evening B and D league.
  • I cannot report any successes in either the county or district competitions.
  • We had four players in the Gwm Guy but Basingstoke district came its usual 3rd out of four teams. The following represented the Basingstoke district – Lesley Johnson, Brian Edwards, Danny Nolan, Malcolm Henderson and Gary Johnson.
  • Leagues
  • a)     Men’s Friday evening Band D division 1 – we were 5th out of 8 with 31 points. A late surge just kept us up. St Mary Bourne and Alton went down. For much of the season we were at the bottom.
  • b)     Men’s Monday evening triples Band D division 2 - we went out in the Q/F of the knock out stages To Marnell having lost two games in the league.
  • c)      Mixed Wednesday Whitchurch triples division 2 – we were 6th  out of 9 with 37.5 points. We achieved our target of staying   this division. At present division 1 would be too strong.
  • d)     Thursday afternoon Stan Hardman triples – we t able to get into the knock out stages this year. These are enjoyable matches.
  • e)     Friendlies – a total of 18 friendlies were arranged and the results were cancelled 9, won 5 and lost 4.Friendlies have been a problem. We have not had a club captain over the last year and getting teams has usually been difficult or impossible. Lists go up in mid April and it is disappointing to see only 2 or 3 names up for matches several months down the line. With our uncertainties over the next year we have decided to have no friendlies next season.
  • f)      The position with friendlies and to some extent leagues and particularly men’s leagues reflects our large problem of lack of sufficient members to fulfil our obligations. Hopefully things will improve.
  • Cup Competitions
  • a)     Petersfield Cup – we were knocked out in the final by Alton. An enjoyable match.
  • b)     Hants and Berks Cup – we lost in the S/F to Basingstoke Town but I am not sure there was the same level of enjoyment.
  • Club Competitions
  • Thank you to Brenda for organising. Everybody kept to the time limits. The weather was good for the finals w/e and was all the more enjoyable for Ken’s BBQ and Doreen’s cakes. It was the last event on the old green
  • Social Events
  • Presentation evening – this will be on Saturday the 23rd January 2016. Please put it in your diaries. We have tried this event in a few ways, an evening with music and dancing and a lunch time with no music. 2016 will be an evening meal but no music.
  • Quiz evening – this is arranged for Friday 18th March at CPIBC. There will be a fish and chip supper.
  • Green report
  • Thanks to George who has done a marvellous job. Thanks also to his helpers John Fensom, Ken Ward, Denis Hough, Derek Ham and Gary.
  • We have had a good year and the green has received favourable comments from members and visiting players. Costs have been kept to a minimum but stocks for future use are running low. Our new green will be about double the size of the existing and we will need at least 3 more people to help on a regular basis, one on Monday, One on Friday and one to help as and when. George would like to thank all previous green keepers and would like to invite them to our opening to show them what their work has made possible for present and future bowlers.
  • Hamblin Trophy
  • We have entered again and you will be hearing more shortly.

 

  • Gary Johnson