Northamptonshire Short Mat Bowls Association
Minutes of committee Meeting held at Chicheley on 13th December 2021
Brian Nelson, Chris Weston, Bob Clarridge, Dave Ekins, Brenda Hart and Jean Foster.
Brian opened the meeting at 10.30am and thanked everyone for attending.
The minutes of the previous meeting having been circulated to all club contacts, were proposed by Brenda seconded by Dave, confirmed and signed by the Chairman
The NSMBA bowl stickers are still in the process of being obtained.
B.B.C. to be contacted and enquiries to be made what safe bowl certificate they may hold, or any safe bowling documents they have to enable ESMBA safe bowls approval.
The treasurer presented a statement of accounts showing income and expenditure up to the end of November 2021.
A cash sum of £80. was given to the treasurer from monies raised from the raffle, leaving a balance of £33.40 for future prizes.
Entry monies from various competitions held at B.B.C. were also passed to treasurer from the County Manager.
A discussion was held on the County league entry fees for the season 2021, which due to Covid and the lack of a League Co-ordinator, the league was late in being arranged and implemented. The priority was to get the clubs interested in the various leagues together with getting the necessary forms, dates, and score cards out to the clubs.
It was finally agreed that for this season alone the fees would be waived.
Committee members expenses were approved and submitted to treasurer.
The acting membership secretary will produce an up to-date list of club’s registrations for the committee.
It was agreed that in the new year to endeavour to encourage more clubs to join the NSMBA with some follow up calls to past clubs not at present registered.
County Manager and Captains Report
The captain /acting league organiser stated that the league is up and running with some games being played with the results coming in and being posted on the website.
With the Country now in “Plan B” some matches may have to be rescheduled and it is hoped this will not cause to many problems and that club fixture secretaries be understanding and accommodating.
A return match was played at High Wycombe against Buckinghamshire on the 5th December, resulting in Bucks being the winners by 6 shots 30-24.
The Pairs competition was played on 12th December at B.B.C. with 17 pairs entered and the final was between Chris Weston/Dave Ekins and Steve McCallister/Ed Sawbridge with Steve and Ed being the victors
It was stated that the arranging of players for the County friendly match against Oxford on the 8th January was in progress.
A discussion followed on implementing a date at the B.B.C. for players who only wanted to play and enter the nationals qualifying games. It was agreed to continue with the arranged games this season but to consider the proposal for 2022-23.
Any clubs entering NSMBA games on 23rd and 30th January and the 13th and 20th February are required to send their forms and cheques back ASAP.
A match between B.B.C. and NSMBA consisting of long mat and short mat games to be arranged if a suitable date can be agreed after April 2022.
A great deal of work has been involved in building the website and as of today, the site is now live and any member can now view it on www.NSMBA.co.uk therein you will find information on competition, league results, future events, fixtures and decisions made by the committee on behalf of its members, including these minutes. We hope all members will be able to access the site which we will endeavour to update as and when information comes in.
Match rules to be sent out to club secretary.
Date of next Meeting 14th February 2022 at 10.30am.
Brian Nelson Chairman