Minutes of the BTTL Committee meeting held at 7.30pm on Monday 18th April 2016 at Meadow Hill Tennis Club.

Present: Messrs. Barker, Bolton, Bradshaw, Caswell, Chauhan, Haslam,

D Scowcroft, J Scowcroft & Mrs Scowcroft.

Apologies for absence: Berry, Bertrand, Bradbury & Brown.

Minutes of the last meeting: These had been circulated and were agreed.

Matters Arising: A first aid course had been on the agenda for some time. However, it was thought this may have now been overtaken by events. The Hilton Centre had had its own course and a defibrillating machine fitted as had another club. It was recommended that clubs should have these and have a player trained in first aid.

We had not got very far with our visit to Canon Slade to discuss the facilities. D Scowcroft would provide some available dates and the General Secretary would try and resume contact.

The Lancashire Association result was discussed. In particular, how had we overlooked the fact that the home team captain had not been in contact with the Match Secretary to keep him up to date with developments?

Correspondence: There had been a recent article which appeared to be more mischievous in purpose rather than focusing on table tennis content and there had been some sort of disagreement with Bolton News. The article had caused quite a lot of concern in different quarters. The Press Officer had resigned and the Bolton News had confirmed that there would not be any more reports. The Press Officer had since said he would continue to post on the website if required. A long discussion took place on whether it was feasible for an article to be seen by two Committee members before posting. In the end it was decided that it would be better if the Press Officer now stepped aside.

General Secretary’s Report: The latest position with fines was enquired upon. The Match Secretary said these would be sent out within the next two weeks.

The rules meeting was due in May and clubs and individuals had till the last Saturday in April to get them in. Two particular rules were mentioned where the wording could be improved.

There had been a complaint received from one team about one of the last matches of the season. Since over half those in the room were involved either directly or indirectly there was nothing to discuss or on which to make any decision. The General Secretary said that it was rather unfortunate that somehow the impression had got around that the Lancashire Association were going to investigate and make a decision. This was not correct. Advice had been sought, which is one reason we are associated. Amongst the advice was that statements should be sought from the players. Any decision would be made under rule 3 on page 8 of the handbook with Premier Secretaries not involved invited to make a decision. The Lancashire Association had asked us to add this into the rules sometime in the past when a similar situation had arisen involving Committee members.

Match Secretary’s Report: The three special prizes were discussed and nominations agreed.

Treasurer’s Report: There were two advert payments outstanding. These were the two table tennis equipment adverts. Also we had not yet received payment from our main sponsor as yet.

Inter-league Secretary’s Report: It was reported that Bolton Vets had come second in Division 1 and should therefore be in the Premier Division next year.

Tournament Secretary’s Report: A full report on the Individual Divisional Championships would be in the Bolton News and on tt365 News.

The Closed Championship entry numbers are with last year in brackets:

Singles                                      24 (24)

Handicapped Singles                28 (27)

Doubles                                      11 (11)

Handicapped Doubles             11 (11)

Vets 40                                       18 (15)

Vets 60                                       10 (6)

Juniors                                          7 (6)

AOB: None

Date and venue of next meeting: Tuesday 10th May at the Beaumont Arms, Ladybridge.

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