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Report on joint AGM 2023    Held 18Nov23 at South Forest Leisure Centre, Notts.

 

25Mar'24 - Pages being updated.

The Constitution & Rules are being amended to reflect the decisions of the Nov'23 AGM. These warning messages will be removed once changes have completed & reviewed.

No Laws were changed.


 Incoming Junior Deputy Presidents are Ray Taylor (Derbyshire) and Jean Philips (Humberside).

Click on the options above (in "Article Index") for the text of reports that were circulated to the Counties prior to the meeting. 
The safeguarding report is yet to be included.


 Below is a summary of alterations to rules etcThis will be amended to identify the altered rules.

  • Ladies can now wear shorts, with restrictions on logo.
  • Shorts for men need not have the EBF logo, but must not have the Bowls England logo.
  • Coloured trousers/shorts now permitted.
  • An all-Lady team may enter enter the County competition that qualifies for the Durham Centenary.
  • There has been relaxation of restrictions as to who may play in the Eversley and Carver trophies.
  • Smoking and vaping will not be allowed on the green.
  • The age at which men may enter "veteran" comps has been brought into line with the Ladies, "60".
  • From 2024/25 the North group of the Derbyshire Trophy will be zoned, as per Adams & Newton.
  • The need to buy 2 copies of the National yearbook has been reduced to 1.

 


 

ENGLISH BOWLING FEDERATION

From Dave Woods

11, Ludford Close, Long Eaton, Nottingham. NG10 1PS.

Tel 0115-7836508. Mobile: 07810-196966. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JOINT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the ENGLISH BOWLING FEDERATION & ENGLISH WOMEN’S BOWLING FEDERATION will be held at: - at South Forest Complex, Robin Hood Crossroads, Clipstone Road, Edwinstowe,Notts. NG21 9JA.on Saturday 18th November 2023. commencing at 10.30am prompt.

Any member of a club affiliated through its County to the EBF & EWBF are entitled to attend the AGM, but eligibility to exercise voting rights is restricted in accordance with paragraphs 15.3 to 15.8 inclusive – page 35 of Year Book 2023. It is hoped all Counties will be fully represented.

Presenter of National Executive Notices of Motion: - Mike Carr

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO COUNTY SECRETARIES:

Please ensure that both your DELEGATES have a copy of this AGM material, as it is not intended to have any spares at the meeting. Officers, and Life-Members will have had or will get separate Notice.

FOR PROPOSAL OF VICE PRESIDENT(S) please ensure that Name Address (with post code) is given in writing before the commencement of the meeting..

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the English Bowling Federation/English Women’s Bowling Federation will be held at: - - at South Forest Complex, Robin Hood Crossroads, Clipstone Road, Edwinstowe,Notts. NG21 9JA.on Saturday 18th November 2023. commencing at 10.30am prompt.

Dave Woods

Secretary

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2023.

A G E N D A

SILENT TRIBUTE.

1. PRESIDENT'S WELCOME.

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

3. MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS (19th November 2022 ).

4. MATTERS ARISING. From Minutes

5. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT. (Circulated)

6. MEN AND WOMEN’S SECRETARY'S REPORT. (Circulated)

6. A. SAFEGUARDING REPORT (Circulated)

7. FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND REPORT. (To follow beginning November)

8. ENGLISH BOWLS UMPIRES' FEDERATION REPORT. (Circulated)

9. NOTICES OF MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS. (Some motions Gender specific only)

10. RETIRING PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO MEETING.

11. ELECTION OF OFFICERS.

Nominees

Chairman Mike Carr Lincolnshire

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. (Men)

President: Trevor Flatt Suffolk Deputy-President: David Thomas North Cambs.

Nominee

Junior Deputy- Presidents: Ray Taylor Derbyshire.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. (Ladies)

Presidents: Irene Ballam. Humberside Deputy-Presidents: Beryl Beresford Nottingham Nominee

Junior Deputy- Presidents: Jean Phillips. Humberside

Women’s Secretary Beryl Beresford Nottingham

12. NOMINATIONS OF COUNTY DELEGATES. (National Delegate Council) (Gender specific only)

NOMINATIONS OF WOMEN DELEGATES. (Women’s Delegate Council) (Gender specific only)

13. ELECTION OF TWO DELEGATES TO SIT ON THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. (Members who must be a County Delegate (1 Man and One Women) (Gender specific only)

14. OTHER ELECTIONS. VICE PRESIDENTS:

15. Auditor: Sadofskys Chartered Accountants. (Hull).

16. CLOSURE OF MEETING BY PRESIDENT.

 


ENGLISH BOWLING FEDERATION

Minutes of the Seventh Joint Annual General Meeting held at the South Forest I.B.C, on Saturday, 19th November 2022. Commencing at 10.30am.

Present: Mr. T. Hardingham (President) supported by, Mr. I. Bratton (Deputy President), Mr T. Flatt (Junior Deputy President), Ms. P. Gooch (President) supported by Mrs. E. Haddon-Holmes (Deputy President), Mrs. I. Ballam (Junior Deputy President), Mr. Mr. M. Carr (Chairman), Mr. T Roberts (Treasurer), Mrs. B. Beresford (Hon. Secretary EWBF), 48 other County Representatives, and Mr. D Woods (Secretary) - 58 in all.

Silent Tribute: - Before commencement of business, the Chairman, invited the assembled company to be upstanding in silent tribute to the memory of those who have passed-on since the last Annual General Meeting,

1. PRESIDENT'S WELCOME:

The Presidents Mr. T. Hardingham and Ms. P. Gooch wished a warm welcome to all in attendance, and hoped the Seventh joint meeting would be a problem free meeting. The meeting was then handed over to the Chairman.

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

Huntingdonshire Ladies, Cleveland Ladies, Suffolk Ladies President and Norfolk Mens Secretary.

3. MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON NOVEMBER 20th 2021:

The minutes, which had been circulated previously to everyone, were taken as read and accepted as a true record. Proposed by Humberside Ladies and seconded by Lincolnshire men.

4. MATTERS ARISING:

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

5. CHAIRMAN'S REPORT:

The Chairman’s report had already been submitted and apart from an apology to the ladies President for not giving her a chance to close proceedings at Skegness and explaining why some of the presentations at Skegness were completed outside the Tournament Office there were no questions raised.

6. NATIONAL SECRETARY’S REPORT:

The Secretary’s report had already been submitted and no questions were raised.

6a. LADIES SECRETARY’S REPORT:

The Ladies Secretary’s report had already been submitted and no questions were raised.

6b. SAFEGUARDING OFFICERS REPORT.

The Safeguarding Officer Jeanette had covered all items in her report, and no further questions were raised.

7. FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND REPORT;

The Treasurers report had already been submitted and a couple of questions were raised.

From Suffolk.

There has been no indication from the National Executive Committee that any increases to fees were being considered for 2023. They thought that any changes would be implemented in 2024.

As a County Association they are trying hard to reduce their running costs.

Suffolk organises its member registration and county competition entry process in July, requesting all information from clubs to be with their Area Secretaries by the end of October. These increases are therefore too late for Suffolk to collect from its bowlers and clubs this year and will therefore have to cover the increases themselves.

The Treasurer explained that if the costs were not increased this year then the Federation would have a considerable loss for the year. He had estimated that the costs to clubs would only be around £10 for men and £5 for the ladies clubs.

From Derbyshire.

Following a complaint from Derbyshire last year regarding the accounts, which had been sorted. Derbyshire would now like to say

after looking further at the Financial Report and the Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2022 and apart from some nit-picking faults which can be ignored, they were very impressed with what has been presented.

The Accounts were accepted, proposed by Nottinghamshire Ladies and Seconded by Humberside Men.

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8. ENGLISH BOWLS UMPIRES' REPORT:

The Umpires secretary’s report was taken as read and no questions were raised.

9. Notices of motions:

Following discussions on all of the motions, the motions listed below were all agreed

N.E.C. Motions.

The following motions from the N.E.C. were all agreed. (Changes are shown in Red)

1. Reason for proposal, to reduce the NEC, Ladies Delegates and NDC meetings to one a year (There were 8 apologies for the March NDC Meeting) this will reduce costs as most of the correspondence is now done by email.

1.a

Present

5.6 A Delegate Council of the English Women’s Bowling Federation, shall be appointed consisting of the President, Deputy President, Junior deputy President, Immediate Past President, Honorary Secretary, and Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (if appropriate), together with one representative from each county bowling association(Substitute representatives may attend). (See also 13.3 regarding Life members); each member shall have one vote, eight members shall form a quorum. This Council shall meet annually during March. Also prior to the Annual General Meeting to discuss the Agenda and Notices of Motion, and to determine voting priorities; additional meetings of the committee may be called if necessary, by the President and Honorary Secretary of the English Women’s Bowling Federation in consultation.

Proposed.

5.6 A Delegate Council of the English Women’s Bowling Federation, shall be appointed consisting of the President, Deputy President, Junior deputy President, Immediate Past President, Honorary Secretary, and Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (if appropriate), together with one representative from each county bowling association(Substitute representatives may attend). (See also 13.3 regarding Life members); each member shall have one vote, eight members shall form a quorum.

This Council shall meet annually during October prior to the Annual General Meeting to discuss the Agenda and Notices of Motion, and to determine voting priorities; additional meetings of the committee may be called if necessary, by the President and Honorary Secretary of the English Women’s Bowling Federation in consultation

1.b

Present.

6.1 The National Delegate Council shall consist of President, Deputy President, Junior Deputy President, Chairperson, Immediate Past President, one representative from the English Bowls

Umpires Federation, Honorary Assistant Secretary if appointed), Publicity Officer (if appointed), and Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (if appropriate), and one representative from each county bowling association. (Substitute representative may attend) (See also 13.3 regarding Life Members). 6. 2. Each member shall have one vote.

6.3 Nine members shall form a quorum. 6.4 The National Delegate Council shall meet on an agreed Sunday of March and on the first Sunday of October - and on such other occasions as may be necessary to fulfil its functions.

Proposed.

6.1 The National Delegate Council shall consist of President, Deputy President, Junior Deputy President, Chairperson, Immediate Past President, one representative from the English Bowls

Umpires Federation, Honorary Assistant Secretary if appointed), Publicity Officer (if appointed), and Safeguarding and Welfare Officer (if appropriate), and one representative from each county bowling association. (Substitute representative may attend) (See also 13.3 regarding Life Members).

6.2 Each member shall have one vote. 6.3 Nine members shall form a quorum. 6.4 The National Delegate Council shall meet on the first Sunday of October - and on such other occasions as may be necessary to fulfill its functions.

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The following motions from the Counties were all agreed

1.

North Essex Ladies proposed motion, for the AGM to change the wording in 7.22 (1) (h) to read.

'White bowling shorts in either tailored or comfort fit style as supplied by an EWBF bowlswear supplier, with or without EWBF/EBF logo

Present . 7.22 (1)

(a) Female players participating in Inter County matches and National Championships must wear the Ladies standard uniform that may consist of any combination of the following as agreed and approved by each individual County Bowling Association. (b) White or Cream Blazer. (c) Coloured Blazer (colour to be registered with the EWBF) (d) White, Cream or Coloured tops: Fleece/ Sports type Jacket/Cardigan/Jumper/Pullover/Sweatshirt, or Waistcoat, of a design to incorporate County Colours and /or Badge (colour to be registered with the EWBF). The County Badge must not exceed the area /size of the Counties Standard Badge. In an Individual or Team event, players must all have the same coloured tops, registered with the EWBF or must all wear White or Cream. (e) White or Cream regulation Bowling Skirt or Dress, having Two inverted pleats front and back, made of the correct material and be of a length to cover the knees. (f) White or cream Tailored or Casual Bowling Trousers as supplied by a Bowlswear Retailer. (g) White or Cream Cropped Tailored Bowling Trousers, as supplied by a Bowlswear Retailer. (h) White bowling shorts in either tailored or comfort fit style as supplied by an EWBF/EBF approved bowlswear supplier, with or without EWBF logo. (i) White or Cream Undergarments. (j) Brown or Beige Tights, Stockings or Footsies may be worn.

(k) Pop socks or ankle socks may be worn with full length Trousers.

(h) White bowling shorts, as supplied by an approved bowlswear manufacturer (see below after Z)

(l) Girls 13 years or under may wear White or Cream ankle socks.

Proposed Changes to h only

7.22 (1) h

'White bowling shorts in either tailored or comfort fit style as supplied by an EWBF bowlswear supplier, with or without EWBF/EBF logo

2.

NOTICE OF MOTION FROM Nottinghamshire NORTHERN SECTION ONLY

REASON FOR NEW RULE The increased cost of coach hire and the overnight hotel charges if playing away on both Saturday and Sunday is a prohibitive cost to County bowlers. Counties cannot be expected to subsidise this or indeed expect their bowlers to pay substantial match fees to cover escalating costs for the privilege of playing for their County.

INSERT NEW RULE 8.2a

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PROPOSAL

To divide the Northern section into two areas for both the Adams and Newton matches as follows:

Zone A: Cleveland, Durham and Northumberland

Zone B: Derbyshire, Humberside and Nottinghamshire

Matches to be played on a home and away basis with a closing date of the last weekend in June for zonal rounds. The winner of Zone A to play the winner of Zone B in both Adams and Newton on a 3 rinks home and 3 rinks away basis on the second weekend in July. This will commence in 2024.

3. NOTICE OF MOTION FROM Nottinghamshire

RULE 9.8

Reason for Revision

Current ruling only allows counties to play indoor matches outside the County boundary where no indoor facilities exist within the county. The proposed revision would allow matches to be played outside the county boundary where an adjacent indoor green is over the county border.

Present existing rule 9.8

Matches shall be played within the boundary of the home county bowling association area: those county bowling associations with no indoor facilities available to them may play their home matches on a mutually agreed indoor green.

Proposed rule 9.8

Matches shall be played within the boundary of the home county bowling association area.

Those county bowling associations with no indoor facilities available to them or where residential proximity necessitates home matches may be played on a mutually agreed indoor green.

4. NOTICE OF MOTION FROM North Cambs. Finance Rule 4.1, page 30. Reason for motion – to clarify when County affiliation; Club Affiliation; and Per Capita fees are applicable and payable

Present

4.1 A condition of membership of any county shall be the annual payment by each member of the annual county affiliation fee, and any constituent club of a county bowling association shall be the annual payment by each club of the club management levy, and each member of the current per Capita levy of the English Bowling Federation or the English Woman’s Bowling Federation, regardless of whether or not that member plays in Federation competitions. Each County Bowling Federation shall pay such sums as The National Executive Committee of the English Bowling Federation shall determine within one calendar month of the issue of any invoice.

Invoices will be issued in accordance with the following schedule (EBF and EWBF) except where indicated.

Proposal

4.1 A condition of membership of any county shall be the annual payment by each member of the annual county affiliation fee, and any constituent club of a county bowling association shall be the annual payment by each club of the club management levy, and each member of the current per Capita levy of the English Bowling Federation or the English Woman’s Bowling Federation, regardless of whether or not that member plays in Federation competitions. Each County Bowling Federation shall pay such sums as The National Executive Committee of the English Bowling Federation shall determine within one calendar month of the issue of any invoice.

1.The Affiliation year for a County and a Club commences on the day following the Annual General Meeting, and the appropriate fees are due from this date.

2. The Per Capita fee is retrospective, and relates to the number of members a club declared on the Annual Return dated 31st August previous to the AGM; and the appropriate fees are applicable as per paragraph 1.

3. A new Club wishing to affiliate will be immediately liable for the appropriate Club levy, but not the Per Capita.

Invoices will be issued in accordance with the following schedule (EBF and EWBF) except where indicated.

5. NOTICE OF MOTION FROM Norfolk. Including the amendment from Nottinghamshire

Reason:-

To allow the National Secretary to prepare the programme earlier for Newark which will allow the bowlers participating more time to plan their visit to Newark.

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Present Rule 9.2

The results of all county bowling association competition finals and county association matches must be in the hands of the National secretary not later than the 24th March. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification.

Proposed new 9.2 rule.

The results of all county bowling association finals and county association matches must be in the hands of the National Secretary not later than the 8th March. Failure to comply with this rule may lead to disqualification.

6. NOTICE OF MOTION FROM Derbyshire

Reason : We feel the following proposals would help the smaller counties who have young and inexperienced teams and at the same time, could help them fulfill all their fixtures with a full team and even assist other counties in re-joining.

Present

Existing Rule 9. 12. Page 51

(a). Northamptonshire Trophy:- To qualify competitors must be at least 65 years of age on the first day of September of the season in which the competition is played.

(b). Rushbrook Bowl:- To qualify competitors must be at least 60 years of age on the first day of September of the season in which the competition is played.

(c). The Coleen and John Gooch Trophy:- To qualify competitors must be under the age of 25 years on the last day of the championships in the season in which the competition is played

Proposed 9. 12

(a). Northamptonshire Trophy:- To qualify competitors must be at least 65 years of age on the first day of September of the season in which the competition is played.

(b). Rushbrook Bowl:- To qualify competitors must be at least 60 years of age on the first day of September of the season in which the competition is played.

(c). The Coleen and John Gooch Trophy:- To qualify competitors must be under the age of 25 years on the 1ST September in the season in which the competition is played

7. NOTICE OF MOTION FROM Derbyshire

Present

Existing Rule 7. 26. Page 46

In order to qualify for any Under-25 competition the competitor must be under the age of twenty five on the last day of the championships

Proposed

In order to qualify for any Under-25 competition the competitor must be under the age of twenty five on the 1st May in the year of the championships being played.

The following motions from the N.E.C. and Counties after discussions were all Defeated:

1. Notice of motion from the N.E.C.

The introduction of a National Top 10 competition. Clubs play off within a County and the winners progress to an inter- county competition the following year. Much the same as the Durham Centenary competition with the final being played at the National Finals, possibly on the last Saturday morning of the championship.

2. NOTICE OF MOTION from North Cambs. SOUTHERN SECTION ONLY

To divide the Southern Section into 2 area’s.

The increased cost of fuel, the reluctance of bowlers to play away and subsidies by the county are getting too costly to maintain. Bowlers cannot be expected to pay substantial match fees to cover escalating costs for the privilege of playing for their County.

3. Notice of motion from Derbyshire

In Reg. Wright trophy matches, confined to players under twenty-five years of age (see rule 7.26), with the exception of one player on each rink being allowed up to the age of 31 years of age on 1st May in the year the championships are played.

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10. RETIRING PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS TO MEETING:

The Ladies president Paula Gooch said it had been a great honour and pleasure in representing the Federation, but couldn’t believe how quickly the year had gone. She said she had the best time ever and would like to thank all the Counties for their hospitality to both herself and sister Leslie during her County visits and dinner presentations. It has been a pleasure to work along side of the men’s President, between them they have raised £1392 for their charities, the Norfolk Heart trust and the St. Elizabeth Hospice. She wished all the incoming people on the Presidential ladder all the best in their year in office. Her final thanks went to her sister who had travelled over 3000 miles with her and was always at her side.

The men’s President Trevor Hardingham said he re-iterated all of what Paula had said and was disappointed that his term of office was now at an end, but hoped in the future he could serve the Federation in some capacity. He had made many friends during his year in office and believes that the Federation is the backbone of bowls. He said he had enjoyed working with Paula and she had been a pleasure to work with. He then went on to thank his County for nominating him, and also thanked his wife Sheila for her support.

He congratulated Elaine and Ian on becoming the Presidents and wished them good luck for the forthcoming year.

11. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

The following officers were elected: - Men:

President: I. Bratton. Humberside

Deputy-President: T. Flatt. Suffolk

Junior Deputy-President: Vacancy. To be confirmed.

Chairman: M. Carr. Lincolnshire

The following officers were elected: - Ladies:

President: E. Haddon-Holmes Derbyshire

Deputy-President: I. Ballam Humberside

Junior Deputy-President: B. Beresford Nottinghamshire Ladies Hon. Secretary B. Beresford Nottinghamshire

12. NOMINATIONS OF COUNTY DELEGATES FOR NATIONAL DELEGATE COUNCIL:

Cleveland R. Serginson

Derbyshire B. Bevans.

Durham. T.B.C.

Humberside I. Pringle. Huntingdonshire P. Hartwell. Lincolnshire S. Cornwell. Norfolk A. Sayer.

Northants M. Beck .

North Cambs. P. Bennett.

North Essex S. Botten.

Northumberland T.B.C.

Nottinghamshire M. Warriner.

Suffolk K. Dyer

12 (A). ELECTION OF DELEGATE TO NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

B. Bevans Derbyshire was elected.

13. NOMINATIONS OF LADIES DELEGATES FOR DELEGATE COUNCIL:

Cleveland M. Roberts. Norfolk J. Watson

Derbyshire M. Archer. Northants T. Handley

Durham. J. Diball North Cambs. C. Carr Humberside J. Murphy. North Essex M.Thompson

Huntingdonshire T.B.C. Northumberland T.B.C.

Nottinghamshire J. Croxall.

Lincolnshire J. Bates Suffolk T.B.C

13 (A) ELECTION OF DELEGATE TO NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

J. Croxall Nottinghamshire was elected.

14. Vice Presidents.

D Brownley

R Robson

M Raysom

W T Roberts

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15. OTHER ELECTIONS:

Auditor: - Sadofskys Chartered Accountants. (Hull).

16. The Chairman presented Ty Robert with the honour of being made a Life Member of the Federation for the service he has given over the last 20 plus years. Ty thanked everyone for giving him the Life Membership

17. CLOSURE OF MEETING: The meeting was closed at 11.40 pm by the new President’s Ian who said it was a honour and privilege to receive the position of National President. He said Bowls in general and in particular the Federation are facing difficult times. It is up to all of us to work together in strengthening the clubs and counties as well as bonding friendship which exists within the Federation.

In his year as President he hopes to attend as many matches as possible and at least visit all the Counties once. His charity this year will be the Dove House Hospice. He thanked his County and club for nominating him, also especially his wife Chris for encouraging him to stand.

Elaine thanked her County Derbyshire and her club for putting her forward and was looking forward to serving the E.B.F family.

She looks forward to the next year working alongside Irene, Beryl, Ian and his deputies. She said she will do the job to the best of her abilities and look forward to seeing everyone during the year.

Both Presidents said they were looking forward to being able to fulfill their duties as President’s, and wished everyone a safe journey home.

Signed: 18th November 2022

 


 

Presidents Address AGM

FIRSTLY, LET ME APOLOGISE FOR MY ABSENCE. UNFORTUNATELY I CAN NOT BE WITH YOU TODAY DUE TO A COMMITMENT WHICH COULD NOT BE ALTERED.

IT HAS BEEN BOTH AN HONOUR AND A PRIVELEDGE TO SERVE AS YOUR PRESIDENT FOR THE LAST YEAR.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE EXECUTIVE FOR THEIR HELP AND GUIDANCE IN THE LAST THREE YEARS BUT IN PARTICULAR THIS LAST ONE. YOU HAVE ALL MANAGED TO KEEP ME ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW……………. WELL, MOST OF THE TIME.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LADIES PRESIDENT ELAINE AND HER PRESIDENTIAL TEAM FOR THEIR SUPPORT THIS YEAR AND WISH IRENE THE VERY BEST FOR HER YEAR ONCE SHE HAS TAKEN OVER THE CHAIN FROM ELAINE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY DEPUTY PRESIDENT TREVOR, AND JUNIOR DEPUTY DAVE

I AM SURE THEY WILL HAVE A GREAT YEAR NEXT YEAR.

I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HANDED OVER THE CHAIN PERSONALLY TO TREVOR WHO I KNOW WILL MAKE AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT. I WISH HIM AND HIS TEAM ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE COMING YEAR

DURING THE YEAR I ATTENDED THE EBF WEEK AT POTTERS, THE INDOOR FINALS AT LINCOLN, MANAGED TO SEE ALL OF THE COUNTY TEAMS PLAY AT LEAST ONCE AND OF COURSE THE YEAR CULMINATED AT SKEGNESS.

MUCH HAS, OR WILL BE SAID REGARDING THE GREENS AT SKEGNESS AND WHAT DECISIONS ARE MADE REGARDING THE GREENS AND OUR NATIONAL FINALS IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE A GREAT BEARING ON THE FUTURE OF THE FEDERATION.

I HAVE PARTICULARLY ENOYED TRAVELLING AROUND THE COUNTIES AND AT THIS POINT WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE COUNTY PRESIDENTS AND OFFICIALS FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY TO BOTH CHRIS AND MYSELF ON MATCH DAYS AND AT THE VARIOUS PRESENTATION EVENTS WE HAVE ATTENDED.

IT HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE OPINIONS OF COUNTY OFFICIALS AS WELL AS THE PLAYERS REGARDING THE FUTURE OF BOWLS IN GENERAL AND THE FEDERATION IN PARTICULAR.

ALTHOUGH OPINIONS AND SUGGESTED COURSES OF ACTION VARY GREATLY THE ONE THING EVERYONE HAS HAD IN COMMON IS THEIR LOVE FOR THE GAME AND FOR THE FUTURE OF THE FEDERATION.

FROM MY TRAVELS I HAVE FOUND THAT WHILST SOME COUNTIES ARE THRIVING, A NUMBER ARE STRUGGLING TO ATTRACT NEW PLAYERS AND KEEP EXISTING PLAYERS, THIS IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR SOME COUNTIES AND IT IS UP TO US ALL TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND LOOK FORWAD TO THE FUTURE KNOWING THAT HARD DECISIONS WILL HAVE TO BE MADE, AND THAT CHANGE IS INEVITABLE IF WE ARE TO SURVIVE.

SO RATHER THAN SHUN CHANGE, WE SHOULD EMBRACE IT AND MOVE FORWARD UNITED IN OUR PURPOSE OF CREATING AND EXPANDING OUR BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN ASSOCIATIONS, COUNTIES AND EVEN CODES,WHICH WILL LEAD TO A STRONGER FEDERATION FOR THE FUTURE.

IT ONLY REMAINS FOR ME TO THANK EVERYONE AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING YOUR PRESIDENT AND TO WISH YOU ALL AND THE FEDERATION THE VERY BEST FOR THE FUTURE

IAN BRATTON

EBF NATIONAL PRESIDENT

 


  

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT ON THE 2023 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SKEGNESS In my first year as Chairman, the weather was the major challenge that we had to deal with, and in the true spirit of the EBF, we managed it. In this my second, it was the state of the greens at Skegness which dominated not only the National Executive Committee’s thoughts, but was the main topic on everyone’s lips, and understandably so. If I had a magic wand, for sure I would have used it, but what we had was all we could work with, and we had to try and make the best of it all. Unfortunately, we are getting to the point of ‘no return’, and I can assure all EBF members that the NEC are doing everything possible to put pressure on East Lindsey District Council to rectify the years of neglect at the Sun Castle greens, and if we cannot get the assurances we require, then next year could be the last time we use Skegness as a venue. I sincerely thank all the players and officials for the patience shown and for playing on rinks that were certainly not up to Championship standard.

Getting back to business, and with anew format for the opening Saturday, we were honoured not only by the presence of the Mayor of Skegness Councillor Pete Barlow, but also ‘Jolly’ the Fisherman, who officially opened the Championships. The Mayor then in the customary fashion rolled the ‘first woods’ of the tournament, before he was then introduced to the teams playing in the days Finals before he and ‘Jolly’ left.

The popular Reg. Jackson competition took place on Sunday and Monday morning with the winners this year, after a close race coming from Suffolk. We were blest with good weather all week, and this was some consolation for the state of the greens (but enough said about them for now).The habitual and ever increasing number of duplications again was one of the biggest issues in trying to organise the Championships. This has been mentioned now many times before and unfortunately is a problem that is not going away, and it ultimately leads to many TBA’s on the semi-final and finals schedule which is never a good situation, but unavoidable. Again I thank the Tournament Committee for their organising ability (and late night scheduling during the week) and the players involved for their patience.

This year’s ‘Young player of the Championship’ chosen by our two Presidents was Jorgia Jackson (Huntingdonshire). As always, thanks to the sponsor Fred Winter (Winter and Co. Insurance) for his continued support. To conclude the Championships on the final Saturday and just before the concluding trophy presentations, addresses were made by our Presidents and by East Lindsey District Council’s Chairperson (Councillor Dick Edginton).

My very grateful thanks go to: Dave Woods (National Secretary), Ty Roberts (Hon. Treasurer) and Beryl Beresford (Hon. Secretary EWBF) who do work tirelessly, not only during finals week but all year round and do their very best to keep me in order (as much as possible). Barbara Rushbrook and Brian Bevans (Tournament Directors) who manage to always cope with issues and problems as they arise, and in most cases keep a smile on their faces. To all of the Officers of the Federation, Umpires and Markers. To Stuart Croxall who kept our website fully up to date. To Richard Coles (our official photographer), Elsa (our first aider) and all the District Council Staff. To our willing volunteers who sell programs, raffle tickets and keep us supplied with tea and coffee, all the players and supporters around the greens who do make Skegness a special place, and I sincerely hope it will continue to be so in the future. Finally our sponsors, viz. Potters, Winter and Co. Insurance and the Suncastle.

Mike Carr. Chairman.


EBF SECRETARY’S REPORT 2023.

This being my thirteenth Annual report, as we reflect on the past season, sadly we have to remember a few of our friends and colleagues who have passed away during the year.

The Presidents this year have been Elaine Haddon Holmes, Derbyshire and Ian Bratton Humberside and like all their predecessors, Elaine and Ian have served the Federation in their own ways. They have been ably supported by their Deputy Presidents. Trevor Flatt and Irene Ballam. I would like to thank all four for the support they have given me and also for the generous time they give up in working for the Federation.

Last year’s Indoor Championships took place at our new venue at Lincoln and I would like to thank the staff at Lincoln for making us very welcome. The championships were once again a huge success. Potters remains a very popular week in the calendar, and we raise quite a bit of money from this event both for the E.B.F., Counties and Clubs. I can honestly say how enjoyable it is and would say to anybody who has never been, you are missing out on some very good bowling and entertainment.

Once again I would like to thank Lincoln who provided us with some excellent facilities for our indoor Championships in April this year, hopefully we will be there again next April.

The number of duplications seems to be increasing every year, and this caused us a few problems when allocating times, however with the help of the players we were able to complete the games on time.

The main business of the Federation, the Outdoor Competitions. Skegness began with the opening ceremony on the Saturday with the Mayor (Councillor Peter Barlow) in attendance. The team events followed on the Saturday afternoon with some very close matches. On the Sunday morning the Reg. Jackson Tournament began finishing on the Monday resulting with the winners coming from Suffolk. Unfortunately this year’s championships, was marred by people playing in early rounds and then not turning up for their next game, this being very unfair to the players being knocked out. We also had players and rinks who did not turn up notifying us prior to the tournament owing to other commitments again this is unfair to the players who lost in the County finals. Fortunately the weather was kind to us and we managed to complete all the games and finals by Saturday Morning.

It does seem every year the amount of duplications increases, and this causes the finals committee with an impossible task in allocating times for some of the semi-finals and finals. There were so many competitors in 2, 3, and four competitions we even had two in 5. It has now become necessary to play some late session during the week. If the results had not gone our way we could have had to play 4 sessions on the Saturday, but as results went, only 1 session was required. One of these years we are not going to be so lucky and will be playing until late on Saturday afternoon. I would like to thank the majority of the players for the patience and understanding given to Barbara and Brian in the tournament office.

My thanks go to all the National and County officials responsible in making the Championships possible and for the work they put in throughout the year. Barbara and Brian

for all the help they give me in pre-arranging the event and for all the hard work in the Tournament office. I would also like to thank Beryl, Mike, Keith and Ty for helping me during the week. Mick and Paul for arranging the presentations, Elsa for helping out on first aid duties, Stuart for keeping the website updated on an hourly basis, Richard who acted as our photographer and is doing a fine job, and to the Umpires and Markers who generously give up their time to officiate. Also to all the players and spectators who created the brilliant atmosphere throughout the week.

Once again we enjoyed the sponsorship of Jack High, Potters Bowls, and the Suncastle. In addition to his sponsorship of our team events, Fred Winter has also sponsored the under 25 player of the year award since he first attended our championships. No doubt bowlers were pleased to see Potters Bowls with us after a very successful time last year.

Can I thank everyone for the continued support they have given me over the last 13 years, I have made many friends during this time, and it has also been a pleasure working closely with the National Executive team, NDC and all County and Match Officials.

Last but not least may I offer my best wishes to the incoming Presidents Trevor Flatt and Irene Ballam and hope they both have an enjoyable and memorable year.

Dave Woods

EBF Secretary

 


EWBF Secretary’s Report 2023.

With Newark Indoor Bowling Club suddenly closing, the year started with a quick decision as to where we could hold the Indoor Championships, and after a discussion with Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club, they were very pleased to allow us to hold the Championships at Lincoln.

Lincoln. President Elaine Haddon-Holmes opened the Finals which commenced with The Harry Carver Ladies Team Competition. This was won by Norfolk by just half a point with Huntingdonshire runners up. During the week some wonderful bowls was played by the competitors in all the competition and after many late nights the Championships finally came to a conclusion on Sunday.

The Stuart Waites trophy was shared by Huntingdonshire and Lincolnshire.

We have finally started to enjoy the 2023 outdoor season. The Donald Steward and the Silver Jubilee Vase matches this season were a very close fight in all sections. The outdoor competitions were organised and took place with the winners playing in the National Finals at Skegness.

Skegness 2023.The National finals now complete and it was wonderful to see fellow bowlers again. A full entry in the individual competitions with many duplications. The week started with the team games, in the Donald Steward, Humberside v Suffolk, and the Silver Vase, Lincolnshire v Suffolk. Both matches were excellent with Humberside winning the Donald Steward and Suffolk winning the Silver Jubilee Vase. With all the problems scheduling owing to many players being in up to 5 events the week started well and the organisation of the programme by Dave was first class and he put in many late hours to have a program ready for the Championships. Thank you Dave for the hard work.

With the help of the Tournament Directors, Barbara and Brian, and the Tournament Committee, the tournament came to a successful completion with finals on Friday and two sessions Saturday.

Thank you Barbara, Brian, Dave, Ty, Mike, Keith for the hard work you all put in during the week. Thank you to the ladies who sold the programs and raffle tickets, the first aid lady for their help during the week..

The Victrix Ludorum was won by Huntingdonshire.

I thank all our sponsors, your sponsorship is appreciated by members of the English Bowling Federation.

Finally I thank all the EBF, EWBF, EBUF and County Officials for all your help and hard work in 2023.

Best wishes to all for 2024.

Beryl Beresford.

EWBF Hon. Sec

 


 

E N G L I S H B O W L I N G F E D E R A T I O N

FINANCIAL REPORT -- 1ST OCTOBER 2022 - - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023

AGM NOVEMBER 2023 W T ROBERTS HON TREASURER

I submit the AnnualReport and Accounts - (14th year) – for the period ending 30th September 2023.

As a result of the many changes made to fees and expenditure - as reported and approved at the 2022

AGM - our finances are now back on aneven keel.

There will be no changes to fees to counties next year except for the purchase of Black/White Blazer

badges to £12.50 (increase in purchase price).Umpire/marker allowances at National Championships will

be increased from next year.

All fees/expenditure will be reviewed by the finance committee next year

Hopefully we will continue to benefit from the EBF week at Potters (this year £4,480); but we no longer

receive the £5,000 grant for Skegness.

The Indoor Championships at Lincoln resulted in alower overspend of £3,760 (last year £4,684); and

Outdoor at Skegness of £2,777 (last year £3,602).

Income 2022 – 2023 £62,883.452021 – 2022 £ 64,039.01

Expenditure 2022 – 2023 £61,814.462021 – 2022 £73,561.53

This year’s expenditure is lower than that presented to the NEC as a result of the adjustment for the

Skegness Green hire not invoiced in 2022.

Overall:surplus of £ 1,068.99 2021 - 2022 deficit£9,522.52

Our overall fund stands at £ 80,516.63

Both income and expenditure were lower partly because there were 2 indoor championships covered by

last year’s account (2021 – 2022).

INVESTMENT

As reported last year; the two-year investment I originally made with Lloyds in 2011 (£ 52,500)only

resulted in interest of £ 56.48 over the past two years. The Bond matured in June this year; and I have re

invested £50,000 - again with Lloyds, which will give us interest of £3,404 over the next two years. The

timing coincided well with the high interest rate at the time.

I thank Counties for settling their invoices early which helps cash flow - even though the increased fees

imposed were made at short notice.Looking at the last two-year comparisons - the overall effect of the

fee increases to counties was approx. £11 to Male clubs and £8 to Ladies clubs.

The Accounts have been audited by Sadofskys – Hull – and they are happy to continue.

W T ROBERTS HON NATIONAL TREASURER November 2023


 

E N G L I S H    B O W L I N G    F E D E R A T I O N
               
Income and Expenditure  1st October 2022 to 30th September 2023
               
2021/22 2021/22    Income / expenditure   Income / expenditure Ledger 2022/23 2022/23
Expend Income         Expend Income
££ ££         ££ ££
  390.00 County EBF   1   520.00
  390.00 Affiliation EWBF   15   520.00
  4,060.00 Club Levy EBF   2   4,312.00
  3,200.00   EWBF   16   3,542.00
  11,587.50 Per Capita EBF   3   13,020.00
  3,805.00   EWBF   17   4,415.60
  30.00 V Pres     30   50.00
4,400.00 8,800.00 Sponsors Potters   39 4,480.00 8,960.00
  1,500.00   Winter   82   1,500.00
  200.00   Suncastle   82   200.00
  900.00   Potters shop Lincoln 75 Potters shop Skegnesss  750 80. 82   825.00
900.00 1,695.00 R Jackson Prizes 900 Entry bf 1560 + 90 81. 32 900.00 1,650.00
520.00   NEWARK Comp prizes EBF Comp entries EBF 81.7    
280.00     Comp peizes EWBF Comp entries EWBF 81. 19    
275.00   Apr-20 Team Prizes EBF Team entries EBF 81. 4    
125.00     Team prizes EWBF Team entries EWBF 81. 18    
    played   Team match levy EBF 5    
2,287.32     Travel / accom   81    
    Oct-21 Coasters Tumblers/goblets 81    
150.73 641.00   Br/swingers Recvd Counties 81. 80    
1,075.75     Newark IBC Misc 81    
1,897.64     Umpire Newark Umpire DBY nil 81    
30.00     Cheque diff        
  840.00   Program sales Raffle 80    
520.00 787.00 LINCOLN Comp prizes EBF Comp entries EBF 81. 7 520.00 911.40
280.00 162.00   Comp prizes EWBF Comp entries EWBF 81. 19 280.00 231.00
275.00 300.00 April  Team prizes EBF Team entries EBF 81. 4 220.00 100.00
125.00 275.00   Team prizes EWBF Team entries EWBF 81. 18 100.00 275.00
  100.80 2023   Team match levy  EBF 5   100.80
        Team entry Eversley 6   200.00
  195.00     Umpire levy Dby 11   290.00
2,098.60     Accom/travel 2113.29   81 2,113.29  
824.88     Salvers 629.16   81 629.16  
478.96 723.29   Br/swingers 917.60 Rcvd counties 987 81. 80 917.60 987.00
1,046.95     Lincoln IBC 900 Misc 25 + 120 81 1,045.00  
2,540.37     Umpire Lincoln 1793.04 DBY  137.43   1,930.47  
20.00     Cheque diff        
  879.00   Program sales 110 Raffle nett 780 80   890.00
  5,000.00 Skegness Grant received   82    
1,375.00 3,976.00   Comp Prizes EBF Comp entries EBF 83. 12 1,000.00 4,922.40
880.00 1,404.00 2023 Comp Prizes EWBF Comp entry EWBF 83. 26 640.00 1,640.40
810.00 905.00   Team prizes EBF Team entry EBF 83. 9 660.00 910.00
450.00 200.00   Team prizes EWBF Team entry EWBF 83. 23 360.00 200.00
  510.60     Match levy EBF 10   489.60
  258.00     Match levy EWBF 24   252.00
  555.00     Umpire levy EBF 11   990.00
  400.00     Umpire levy EWBF 25   720.00
2,683.78     Salvers/platt/glasses 1837.20 Pennants 397.80 83 2,235.00  
2,155.38 2,449.00   Br/swingers  2707.96 Rcvd Counties 2731.00 83.82 2,707.96 2,731.00
6,665.65     Travel/Accom 4590.02 Green hire 1359.96 - 1000 83. 83 4,949.98  
1,925.00     Tour directors 1400 Programs 545 83. 83 1,945.00  
803.76     Gratuity/Pl year 570 Sundry 169.66 83. 83 739.66  
5,594.05     Ump/mark 2699.44 Umpire cty mtch 1154.56 83 3,854.00  
  2,312.50   Program sales 678 Raffle nett 1765 82   2,443.00
212.40   President EBF   63 719.28  
301.30   Visits EWBF    64 239.59  
900.00   Accounts Annual Accounts   65 960.00  
189.12   Payroll Monthly Payroll   65 202.92  
10,752.00   Officials Sec Salary   53 12,900.00  
4,500.00     Treasurer Honoraria   55 3,600.00  
5.30     Tax Int   54 0.00  
850.00     EWBF Hon 500 Chair Hon  350 55 850.00  
1,040.00     Home alowance(5)   55 1,040.00  
79.06   Website Licence fees   71 127.00  
600.00     Web Manager   71 600.00  
84.00 28.32 Banking Bank Charges  Bank (Bond interest) 35 84.00 28.16
172.51   Admin Postage    69 143.78  
383.70   Misc Stationary/printing   70 273.63  
500.00     Retirement gift        
51.00     Engraving/repair   72 95.00  
713.62     NDC   57 626.74  
731.00     NEC   58 211.90  
402.68     AGM   59 503.14  
433.86     DC   60 278.86  
37.20     Misc   62    
180.98   E B U F Meetings / admin   75 229.69  
780.00     Honoraria   75 440.00  
    Safeguard     73 77.76  
854.60   Insurance     67 859.60  
    Licences Paid Received 68.37   10.00
295.66   Laws of Printing / Collect   44 194.00  
  422.00 the Game Sales EBF 156 EWBF 52  Misc 37 13.21   245.00
  4.50   Stock Movement        
2,858.44   Yearbook Printing / Collect   45 2,642.95  
  125.00   Adverts   38   25.00
  2,782.50   EBF 2049 EWBF 669  Misc 99.50 8.22   2,817.50
      Stock - new die   40.00. 156.00  
1,509.35 1,246.00 Stock Stock Purchase Stock Sales 40 1,531.50 824.00
649.93     Stock Movement       135.59
73,561.53 64,039.01   Total     61,814.46 62,883.45
  9,522.52   Deficit Surplus   1,068.99  
73,561.53 73,561.53         62,883.45 62,883.45
               
               
    Balance Sheet 30th September 2023      
               
               
  900.00   Sundry Creditor - Auditor       960.00
  1,000.00   Sundry Creditor - Greenhire       1,359.96
  254.20   Sundry Creditor - Pay/NI       275.00
        Sundry Debtors - nil      
  1,560.00   Reg Jackson       1,515.00
757.11     Stock Saleable     861.45  
35.70     Stock - laws of the game     66.95  
  762.40     Cheques not presented     180.00
12,906.30     Nat West Current Account     13,708.90  
13,903.32     Lloyds Current Account     20,169.29  
56,321.81     Lloyds Corporate Market     50,000.00  
  88,970.16   Income/Expenditure b/f       79,447.64
  -9,522.52   Deficit for year Surplus     1,068.99
83,924.24 83,924.24         84,806.59 84,806.59
               
               
W T ROBERTS         13th November 2023
EBF Treasurer            
               
ACCOUNTANTS REPORT TO THE ENGLISH BOWLING FEDERATION
               
In accordance with instructions given to us we have reviewed the annexed financial statements and checked them to the underlying accounting checked  
records and the information and explanations supplied to us.      
               
D YOUNG         13th November 2023
               
Sadofskys            
Princes House            
Wright Street            
Hull              
HU2 8HX              

 


ENGLISH BOWLS UMPIRES FEDERATION

SECRETARIES REPORT TO EBUF AGM – 2023

National Presidents, Chairman, Fellow Umpires,

This year has been a reasonably successful year for us in the EBUF with things getting back to normal. This year we had a reduction in peoples availability which meant some county matches were uncovered. We have lost some members through various reasons, to those who have chosen to retire, I thank you for the services you gave over the years and wish you the best for the future.

The Skegness Championships took place under a new format, and I believe they were played in a sensible way like in the past, yes there were difficulties due to extensive damage to one of the greens. The weather was kind to us this year and my thanks go to all members who officiated at Skegness for all your hard work and commitment whether you were playing or not.

We moved to Lincoln IBC this year for the Indoor Finals in April, and they were reasonably successful from our point of view although we were short of numbers at the crucial later part of the week when so many singles take place my thanks to those who stood in at the last minute. Once again late nights for bowlers meant late nights for officials and even with games affected by withdrawals prior to the matches taking place it is inevitable that these championships are going to take much longer to play. Even so I want to thank ALL Umpires for their help whether they were actually playing in the Finals or not.

For those Umpires that were able to assist in all matches played that required our members services, I offer you my sincere thanks. Your contribution is invaluable to the game of Federation bowls no matter which part of the Country you officiate in.

In conclusion, my thanks to all umpires for their continued support and dedication in carrying out their duties on the county circuit, at Lincoln and Skegness, also to the Committee for all their help, support and advice.

Keith Fox

Hon Secretary EBUF