THE WILSON NORTHAMPTON LAWN TENNIS LEAGUE
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Monday November 10, 2008 at County LTC...
MEMBERS PRESENT: Barry
Searle (BS) Chairman, Mark Beesley (MB) Secretary, Clive Geddes (CG) Treasurer,
Brian Tunbridge (BT) Fixtures’ Secretary, Tim Graham (TG).
REPRESENTED: Abington, County, Duston United, Harpole, Kettering,
Northampton, ONs, Rugby, Rushmere, Wollaston.
Margaret Green (NLTA), James Roberts (Ferrers), Gill Smith (exec’
committee and Heyford), Aub Draper (President), Brian Perry (Kilsby), Alex Dunn
OPENING REMARKS: BS welcomed everyone to County LTC and said any club
with adequate facilities which wished to host the AGM could offer to do so in
future. He announced that David Barr had brought a questionnaire which clubs
were welcome to fill in regarding a potential new indoor tennis facility in
OF THE 2007 MEETING: These were proposed by Tim Walden (Abington),
seconded by Graeme Baker (Rugby) and adopted as a true and correct record.
ARISING: BS said the Singles League had been tried but had not
seriously got off the ground, with few matches played. However, in conjunction
with TG he voiced the opinion it had not been completely abandoned but suggested
there might be too much tennis in some cases and perhaps the timing was just
ADDRESS: With Aub Draper tendering apologies, BS said the President
had asked to pass on his congratulations to all divisional winners. Kettering
had swept the board at the top in 2007 while Northampton had won the men’s and
mixed titles in 2008, taking 2/4 (men’s) and 2/3 (mixed). County had weighed
in with 2/3 in the ladies. However, smaller clubs such as Harpole, Corby and
Brackley had also won titles. He also congratulated Ferrers & Rushden who
had finished as runners-up in Division Three and who would therefore be
contesting Division Two tennis in 2009.
BS also thanked Ram Gallo and Northampton LTC for all the
work they had done in organising the Mellor Cup and Stevens Shield. It was
generally felt more matches could be played and Ram said it was frustrating to
have so many walkovers, not just in the early rounds, but at the semi-final
stage where a club the size of Dallington had forfeited. A suggestion that it
might all be played on one day was vetoed on the grounds it would involve too
much tennis but a plan to organise matches on set weekends for 2009, in the same
fashion as the FA Cup in football, was put forward. BS also thanked Rosemary
Swallow and Sharon Constable who had helped organise the Dinner/Dannce in
October. A fresh venue was being explored for 2009. Concern was then expressed
over the LTA’s recent e-mail to smaller clubs with less than 20 members
refusing an affiliation at this level for what was chiefly believed to be on
financial grounds. BS said he would write to the Northants LTA to express the
REPORT: MB noted correspondence arising from the late August title
decider in Men’s Division One between Northampton and County which had been a
tremendous spectacle and advert for the league. He also expressed a desire for a
greater variety of clubs to take part in the League, avoiding too much monopoly
from a few clubs.
REPORT: CG said it had been a relatively quiet year, revealing a
small trading loss but one he described as ‘inevitable’ as the £650 sponsor
money from Wilson’s which had now been received, was not included. He stated
team entry fees had not risen for many years but agreed in response to a
question from Ram Gallo that they would need to be reviewed in the near future.
FOR ALTERATIONS TO RULES: A proposal from Abington LTC which had been
circulated to the clubs over rule 11B (player eligibility) was discussed and
voted upon. It replaced the old rule by stating players could only play one team
down from the highest represented (movement up unaffected). This was passed by
nine votes to eight. Tim Graham asked BS if he was not going to raise the issue
of divisional reformatting under this agenda item. It transpired that the
chairman had not received a proposal from Northampton LTC via e-mail due to a
computer problem. After some discussion it was agreed Northampton LTC would
re-submit the proposal and that BS would consider how best to take it forward.
OF OFFICERS: The existing
members of the Council were re-elected in a motion put forward by Carole Bird
and seconded by Dave Mundy. Colin Chapman (Abington) had now joined the
committee in his capacity as Winter League Fixture Secretary while Alex Dunn (Dallington)
had also agreed to join the committee in place of Beth Spicer-Freeman
(Kettering) who had emigrated. Roger Pinnock and Andy Trott were no longer
members of the Executive Committee.
BS said that BT continued to consistently run and update the web-site
which was a useful tool in promoting the league while he also thanked MB for his
tennis reports in the Chronicle & Echo and the Kettering Evening Telegraph.
AOB: Rosemary Swallow (Northampton) thanked BS for all his work with the League Dinner-Dance, and the League for subsidising it. Harpole expressed a wish that certain clubs could be more accommodating in re-arranging fixtures when they were given plenty of notice. The meeting closed at 9.25pm with the Chairman thanking County LTC for hosting the meeting.