On Wednesday, 27th February 2019 we had the Annual General meeting of Windle Bowling Club Ltd at the Club premises, the registered office. Nearly fifty members attended. This is a short summary of the meeting.
The format followed past AGM agendas with the Acting Secretary opening proceedings with apologies and then a minute’s silence in remembrance of those members, past and present, who had passed away since last year’s AGM.
Individual Board members then presented their reports. We hit a few milestones in our history. A lady member on the board, Pauline Henderson, and two lady member competition winners, Kathryn Gee and Rita Jenkinson. Well done to you all.
We will be marking our 125th Anniversary in March with a celebratory dinner and entertainment at Haydock Golf Club. It promises to be a great night for those members attending.
We had two significant donations from Norman Thomas’ estate from Audrey Bacon. The £20,000 will be used in support of the building project. We also had new snooker lights installed thanks to Mary Glover in memory of Ken Glover. They are a big improvement on the old units.
We had fantastic news that Sport England will be supporting our Project to improve toilet facilities, mobility access and new heating and plumbing systems. The award is for £75,000. Sport England, through the Community Asset Fund, will support us up to a maximum of £50,000 with the Club putting £25,000 into the Project. Wally Ashcroft and Ron Jackson were thanked for their hard work when meeting with the council and funding providers in the formation stages of the process to get us to a position where the Board could write a credible submission.
Although very good news, it now presents us with a new set of challenges. We need to meet very strict conditions with the management of the Project. We will meet these challenges and, hopefully, can deliver the Project within the twelve month period required by Sport England. Members were asked for their support and understanding during any building work.
Although we are a relatively small company we are covered by much legislation. Last May, the Government introduced the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Any organisation holding individual personal data has to comply with these regulations. We now have most of our members details updated, including email addresses, on computer which will make communication with members and shareholders so much easier, faster and at minimum cost. Bill Harrison was thanked for his hard work and expertise in ensuring we met them. Pam Harrison was also thanked for her help in preparing shareholder packs, over two hundred of them. We have to ensure that we continue to meet the regulations and that we don’t fall foul of the legislation.
We have launched a monthly Club Newsletter, edited by Pauline Henderson, to keep members up to date with respect to Club news, sports and social events.
Thanks, was given to Linda and Jayne, for keeping us fed and watered, and all those who give up their time freely in support of the Club. It certainly helps in keeping costs to a minimum.
Shareholders were informed that costs were rising, particularly energy, however, the Board will endeavour to control these costs to keep increases to a minimum.
Jeff Lawrenson and Pauline Henderson were re-elected to the Board. We welcomed four new directors to the Board, Jim Davies, Bernard Graney, John Greer and Eric Henderson.
The highlight of the evening was the election of the new President. The Chairman thanked Eric Henderson, with support from Pauline, for his successful year as President. Eric gave a farewell speech where he thanked those who had helped make his Presidential year a success.
The Chairman took great pleasure in proposing Bernard Graney as our new President. Members approved this popular choice. Bernard gave a brief introduction and thanked the Board for the great honour of proposing him as President. Bernard then invited all members and shareholders to join him in a drink at the bar.
Members then voted to accept the change in Rule 12.8 regarding visitors. The Club Rules will now be updated to reflect this.
There being no further business, the Chairman thanked those attending and declared the meeting closed.