ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD AT THE LAICHMORAY HOTEL, ELGIN
ON WEDNESDAY THE 6TH OF MAY 2015
Not adopted till next A G M
Forty one members attended.
Apologies were received from A Campbell, I Yeats, W Jaffrey, D Ross, D Clark, H Forrester and G Pirie.
The following bereavements were recorded; Peter Fulton and Donald Matheson.
- MINUTES OF AGM HELD ON 7TH MAY 2014
The Minutes of the previous AGM were approved, proposed by Hamish Clark and seconded by Alan Stanfield.
- MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising.
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Colin Macgregor gave his report as out-going President. (Appendix 1)
- CORRESPONDENCE AND SECRETARY’S REPORT
The Secretary read his report and relevant correspondence. (Appendix 2)
- TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasurer reported on the Province’s finances and circulated a copy of the accounts. (Appendix 3)
- MATCH SECRETARIES’ REPORTS
Moira Clark and Andy Cameron gave their respective reports for the West and the East. (Appendices 4 & 5) Andy asked the meeting to indicate whether the Nicol Quaich should be played for next season. Gavin Nicol said that the decision should be left to the Executive.
- AREA 10 REPRESENTATIVE’S REPORT
Ali Asher, the Area 10 Representative, gave his report on the activities of Area 10. (Appendix 6)
- ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
Colin, having completed his two year term as President, proposed the Vice President as his replacement; this was seconded by Hamish Clark. Neil then took the chair and thanked Colin and the other Office Bearers for their work and commitment over the previous two years. The position of Vice President now being vacant, Neil proposed Mark Fraser as his replacement, which was accepted; his election was seconded by Hamish Clark. The Secretary and both Match Secretaries all agreed to serve for a further year. In view of the amount of work that was envisaged for the forthcoming season, the Executive, in consultation with Gordon Scott, decided that it would be advantageous if the duties of treasurer were to be shared between the Development Group and the Province; this had been done in the past. Neil proposed Alastair Maltman, who had previously held the post, to take over as Province treasurer. Alastair agreed to take over in the short term. Colin Macgregor seconded the appointment.
The Treasurer proposed Frank Davidson as auditor, seconded by Colin Macgregor.
- ALTERATION OF THE RULES AND CONSTITUTION OF THE PROVINCE
The Secretary outlined the reasons for the proposed change to the Constitution. There followed discussion from the floor. Bill Nicol explained why he was opposed to any change, stating that he felt it was unnecessary. In his opinion, all that was required was to ensure that the Constitution was adhered to and feared that it was a slippery slope that could lead to more unnecessary changes. It was agreed that the club secretaries should be the point of contact and that their committees should appoint a club rep. As there were no counter proposals, the motion was carried.
- ELECTION OF CLUB REPRESENTATIVES TO THE COMMITTEE
The election of club representatives was not required because the motion was carried at item 11.
- ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS AND ENTRY FEES TO COMPETITIONS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON
The Treasurer proposed no change to the subscriptions and entry fees for the coming season; seconded by Colin Macgregor.
- HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
The Committee granted honorary membership to Alan Durno and Campbell Ross for their contributions to curling within the Moray Province.
- MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP CONVENER’S REPORT
Bill Duncan gave his report on the activities of the Moray Province Curling Development Group during the previous season. (Appendix 7)
- MORAY PROVINCE ICE4ALL REPRESENTATIVE’S REPORT
Campbell Ross, the Moray Province representative on ICE4ALL gave his brief report on the situation and timetable for the replacement of the ice plant at the Moray Leisure Centre. (Appendix 8) He also took the opportunity to ask for the Moray Province MLC Sub Committee Review Group to be reconvened because he felt that it was time to discuss the way forward now that the future of the ice rink had been assured. The Executive agreed to this.
- ALAN STEEL ASSET MANAGEMENT INDOOR GRAND MATCH 2015
Neil informed the meeting that the Indoor Grand Match would take place on Saturday the 24th of October at the MLC ice rink as well as other rinks throughout Scotland and asked for volunteers from the clubs to sit on an organising committee to be chaired by Ali Asher. Five members who were present agreed to sit on the sub-committee and the Secretary undertook to send a further letter to all club secretaries and club reps asking for more volunteers.
18. DATE OF NEXT AGM
The date of the next AGM was set for Wednesday the 4th of May 2016.
1. Alan Stanfield, who sits on the Royal Club’s Rules Committee, advised that a number of rule changes were due to be voted on on the 13th of June and explained two of the proposed changes; he urged members to vote on line in support of these changes.
2. Andy Cameron outlined the difficulties he experienced organising the annual Tomnavoulin Competition because clubs were not letting him know whether or not they wished to participate. The same difficulty applied to the Grant Cup. Sandra McIver suggested that the competitions should be added to the Match Secretary’s Annual Returns and if a club didn’t enter a rink then it should be removed from the list of entrants. Andy agreed to add the two competitions to the returns.
There being no further business, Neil thanked all those present for attending and the meeting closed at 8.20pm followed by the prize giving.
M A Pickthall
Presentation to M Lackie ??
I will keep this very brief. As many of you know I have not been in attendance at a lot of the meetings lately due to family reasons, and cannot thank the rest of the executive for not only covering for me but doing a sterling job in running the province. They have been brilliant over my two years and considering where we were then, it is a testament to them the turnaround; hopefully going forward everyone involved will support them and make life easy for them to continue in their roles with little or no interference.
It is nice to finally report that Moray Leisure Centres future seems secure and quality of ice has been exceptional. Hopefully this will take it, out of committee agendas for the foreseeable.
I am not going to do the usual of running through the various items that I know the other reports will be covering, but would once again say thank you to Mike, Neil, Andy, Moira and Gordon and wish them well for the future. Finally thanks to the curling fraternity for having allowed me the privileged of having been its president.
The Executive held three meetings since the last AGM; in August 2014 and in January and April 2015.
Two Committee Meetings were held as per the Constitution, one in November 2014 at the Laichmoray Hotel in Elgin and one in February 2015 at the Newton Hotel in Nairn. Six club representatives attended the meeting in November; also in attendance were the Webmaster, Bill Nicol, who updated the Committee on the website and Campbell Ross, the Province representative on ICE4ALL who reported on the progress being made by the MLC management and the Moray Council to replace the plant at the ice rink. The second Committee Meeting held at the Newton Hotel in Nairn in February 2015 was once again poorly attended with only six clubs being represented. The Committee is established to conduct the business of the Province on behalf of the clubs. Its membership, in addition to the office bearers, is comprised of representatives from each club within the Province; it is a sad reflection on those clubs who consistently demonstrate a lack of interest and commitment through their lack of support.
Correspondence was received from Alan Stanfield, thanking the Committee for their presentation at last year’s AGM.
A letter was sent, at the request of the Committee, to the Board of Management at Moray Leisure Centre asking them to convey to the ice rink technicians the appreciation of the curlers for the consistently good quality of the ice during the previous season. A letter was received from the Chairman thanking the Committee for their positive comments and promising to pass those comments on to the relevant staff. A further letter was sent at the request of the Committee to the MLC Chairman expressing disappointment when it was learned that the expression of thanks and appreciation did not appear to have been conveyed to the relevant people. A further letter received from Mr Drew Baillie promised that the positive comments would be passed to all staff involved.
Emails from the RCCC were circulated to all club secretaries relating to the 2015 Indoor Grand Match, the Ladies Section AGM and the Standing Committee Review Group Questionnaire.
The Province’s finances are now back on track with healthy balances. With the Province and the Development Group both showing surpluses for the year, it will now be possible for some expenditure to be considered. A major source of income for the Development Group derives from the RCCC and there were sufficient funds to purchase an Ice King and pay for the visit of an icemaker to train MLC staff.
PROVINCE ACCOUNTS 2014-15
Match Secretary West Report
In Inverness the season got under way with the League Winners competition in September and this saw the second division playoff trophy return to Moray, or Nairn to be precise, courtesy of Mike McInnes whose rink won this section. The proposed change to play this event at the end, rather than the start of the season did not materialise but it is still hoped to change to this format in the future.
In the Moray Province West leagues, the top division was dominated once again by Neil MacArthur’s Ardclach rink of Ally Fraser, Ruairidh Greenwood and Neil Campbell who alternated with Grant Fraser. They have won the first division title for a record-breaking third consecutive season, only having lost one league game during these three years – a very impressive achievement. The runners up were Dean Clark’s rink, thanks to a superior shot difference of one over third placed Ross Fraser from Dalcross.
The Nairn rinks of Ali Asher and Larry Kerr will both be returning to the top division after one season away from it. The Asher rink won the Division 2 title having only lost one game. The Division 3 champions were not decided until the final night of the season and the winners were Ian McPhail’s team from Dalcross. They will be promoted along with David Torrance from Nairn. We only had five teams playing in Division 3 this past season but Nairn have entered a new rink, to be skipped by Seamus McArdle, which is most welcome. It will be great to have three leagues of six teams again.
The new format for the Open Knock-out resulted in 8 entries from the West so we only had one round in Inverness before meeting up with the East teams in the quarter finals. Ali Asher’s rink went on to win this competition.
Our junior curlers have done very well this season. Ellie Fraser from Dalcross, playing for Katie Murray, won the overall under 21 slam event with victories in Greenacres and Lockerbie. Ellie and Ross Fraser along with Callum Greenwood from Ardclach all qualified for the Scottish Junior championships where they all gave very creditable performances. Ross also skipped the winning rink in the Inverness Super league, which given the high calibre of curler playing in this, is a great achievement. Similarly, Sandy Scott from Nairn skipped Mike McInnes’s team which won the Elgin Superleague.
Ally Fraser and Ruairidh Greenwood of Ardclach along with Blair Fraser of Dalcross all qualified, in different teams, for the Scottish Men’s Championships. Blair, playing for Bruce Mouat was a beaten semi-finalist whilst Ruairidh went one step better. Playing in Ewan MacDonald’s rink, they beat David Murdoch in the final to be crowned Scottish Champions and went on to represent Scotland in the World Championships in Halifax, Canada. Well done Ruairidh.
Moray Province East
Match Secretary Report for Season 2014-15
Moray Province East season went with no major problems although ice problems in the East did cause some programme rescheduling difficulties in the last couple of weeks of the season. In general I thought the season went very well.
Province East Leagues
A total of 29 teams started in the leagues, Down 4 on last season. Teams in the East Section consisted of 4 Divisions of 6 and 1 of 5.
As usual there were some very closely fought leagues with some Divisions final winners were not decided until the final round of games.
Div 1 was a two horse race between Alan Campbell (Buckie) and Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) with Alan Campbell (Buckie) winning by 2 points.
Div 2 Was a battle between Kenny Oswald (Elgin), Neil Durno (Fochabers) and Bill Jaffery (Fochabers) over the season with Kenny’s team breaking away to win the league by 4 points. Neil and Bill’s teams were tied on 12 points with Neil’s team having a greater shots difference to go up.
Div 3 Had a very tight finish with the choice of 4 teams that could win the league in the closing games of the season but the league was won by Andy Cameron (Aberlour) how saw off Donald Ross (Sunninghill) by 7 Shots to win the league.
Div 4 Had a very close run in to the end of the season between Robert Stewart (Elgin), Ronald Christie (Fochabers) and Amy MacDonald (Forres) with Amy’s team falling behind Robert and Ronald in the last few games of the season with Robert’s team winning the league over Ronald by 2 points.
Div 5 Was pretty much a 1 horse race with Brian Cantlay (Elgin Rotary Club) winning by 3 points over Callum Jacklin (Ballindalloch) who closed the gap over the last few games.
The top two Div 1 teams in the East and West Leagues were Alan Campbell (Buckie) in the East and Neil Macarthur (Ardclach) in the West. Unfortunately the Nicol Quaich did not take place due to having to rearrange date of other games and competitions in the East so Div 1 could be finished to find out the winner of Div 1 for the Nicol Quaich game to go ahead. This was due to the problems with the Elgin Ice Plant. Two dates where given to both teams and both teams could not raise a team on the same night.
We trailed splitting the Open Knockout in the earlier rounds before the quarter finals to try and get more teams to entry. A total of 12 teams entered the Open Knockout from the East 2 teams up on last season.
This year the final was held in Elgin between Ali Asher (Nairn) and Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) with Ali Asher winning the Dalcross Salver.
3 teams entered the competition this season, 1 down on last season.
The ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Ann Munro (Forres) with Louise winning the Ladies Rosebowl.
4 Teams entered this season 4 down on last season. The final was played between Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) and Mike McInnes (Nairn) with Gordon Kennedy retaining the Gammack Bell.
There was 14 pairs 4 down on last season. A good competition was had by all with Neil Durno (Fochabers) and Amy MacDonald (Forres) winning the competition.
Moray Province Points
Played at Elgin with 21 players taking part 3 up on last season and the best entry since season 2003-04. A good competition was had by all. (9 shots were played in all) With Dean Clark (Nairn) winning.
During my report I am sure you will have noted the numbers of times I have indicated a reduced level of participation in competitions in some cases quite considerable. I sincerely hope that this situation will improve next season. I would ask all clubs even those who have already completed returns to consider again their entry levels. I can always be contacted if further entries are forthcoming.
Amy MacDonald (Forres) and Eilidh Yeats (Ballindalloch) both played in the Scottish Junior Finals Championships in Aberdeen. Amy and Eilidh were both playing in different teams. Eilidh’s team had a good event but could not make the top 4 places. Amy’s team made it through a tie-breaker and the Semi-final to make the Final against Gina Atkin which went to the last stone in the last end with Gina’s team winning. It was a great achievement for Amy and her team winning the Silver medal.
Scottish Schools Competition took place at Murryfield with Elgin High School, Elgin Academy and Forres Academy taking part. Forres Academy managed to get to the quarter finals of the competition before getting knocked out. Forres Academy was skipped by Amy MacDonald.
Andy Cameron, Kenny Oswald, Amy MacDonald and Eilidh Yeats played in the Scottish Mixed Championships at Aberdeen Curl a great competition was had but they didn’t qualify to the knock-out round.
Next Season Entries
I have am still waiting on competition returns for next season. The format for the allocation of ice will as far as possible be similar to last season with the October holiday period left clear. I would stress to all teams playing in Elgin in whatever competition that they check their diaries as if they cannot play on a particular date alternative ice could be a problem due to reduced ice availability and early reorganisation of any games is preferable. It is also a 2 week cancellation policy at Elgin so cancellation within 2 weeks prior to the scheduled game may result in you being liable for the ice fees for the game (as well as those for the rescheduled game).
AREA 10 ReportAs area reps, our role involves attending ASC & RCCC meetings & sub-committee meetings to assist in the running of our sport. Also to report back to members on issues that matter to them by whatever means practicable. The RCCC website also contains most of that information so I’ll not bore you with all the activity but try to summarise the key points and happy to take questions after.
Between my junior rep Ormond and I, we’ve attended meetings in Perth, Hamilton, Kinross, Edinburgh, Stirling & obviously Inverness.
The ASC sub committees consist of;
- Club & member development
- Marketing & communication
As well as incoming tours or indoor grand match when required.
Topics discussed over the year have included;
- Points system for Scottish Championship qualifying
- AGM voting procedures
- The completion of the restoration of the Lees painting and subsequent public display at the national portrait gallery
- And strategy the new draft of which is available to view on the RCCC website
Of utmost relief to all local curlers last summer was the saving of Elgin ice rink from the Moray council axe. No doubt there will be more challenges ahead but credit to all those through there who fought to keep that essential facility open.
- Our Area 10 bonspiels have been largely successful again this year; thanks to Mike Jack for not only his excellent organisation but also in raising some funds and covering costs in raffles on the day. Mike will cover the bonspiels in his report.
In terms of the big events held in the area the Skins, Highland Junior Invitational, Highland Week & all met with success but all mostly could handle more entries to get back to full numbers. The Moray International Bonspiel was fully subscribed again so it’s great to see Andy’s event go from strength to strength.
The incoming Swiss tourists had a great time in the north both on & off the ice & an excellent evening at the Kingsmills was enjoyed by all those attending.
A document for providing guidance on organising incoming tours is now in place and available from the RCCC for future reference.
The Tamnavoulin Trophy was held in Perth in January & won by the RCCC. Disappointingly there were no teams from Ross or Moray Provinces despite the date being circulated well in advance. A request has been made for this to go back to its previous February date which we’ll certainly consider.
The RCCC continue their search for bigger premises having outgrown Cairnie House
2018 World Juniors
2019 World Wheelchairs
2020 World Men’s [Glasgow Hydro]Scotland is to host 4 major curling championships in the near future;
2016 Europeans at Braehead
2018 World Juniors at Aberdeen
2019 World Wheelchairs at the Peak
2020 World Championships at the Hydro in Glasgow
UK Sport & Event Scotland have awarded significant funds towards the running of these events.
An important point to remember is that the RCCC is actually a relatively small cog in the big wheel of curling these days. The modest subs we pay just equate to the amount of money it takes to run the RCCC competitions, which are open to all of us keen enough or fortunate enough to be able to compete in them. And they’re still constantly on the lookout for new sponsors.
To all the curlers who took part in any RCCC event, including the Province Championships at Greenacres, The Henderson Bishop, Scottish Championships at all levels, thanks for keeping Area 10 to the fore and hopefully you enjoyed the experience.
All members are welcome to attend the AGM on 13th June at Murrayfield curling rink. President David Henderson passes on to Billy Howat & Clive Thomson is the nominated incoming vice. And that concludes my report
MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT
Convenor’s Report To Province April 2015
The MPCDG has again had a busy but successful season as it works hard to promote and develop the sport of curling within Moray.
A total of 58 youngsters from 3 Primary Schools attended Curling’s Cool . The season finished with a 3 way bonspiel with Botriphnie being the winners. In addition 48 children attended sessions of Kurling within their own school. This is very much a weak alternative to Curling’s Cool, but we hope it will generate interest in curling amongst the children. 3 Moray Rinks qualified for the finals of the RCCC Schools Championship at Murrayfield. Forres qualified for the quarter finals, loosing to the eventual winners.Sandra McIver and her team of coaches have done a great job, – Well done to all.
Campbell Ross and his team have again worked wonders with the Juniors Club. It increased its number to 45 and remains the second largest Junior Club in Scotland. Many of us will have encountered and been impressed by these youngsters playing in the Province or Superleague competitions. They have also entered and won various competitions . The most notable success being Amy McDonald and Marren Nicol reaching the finals of two Slam events, while Amy was narrowly beaten 7:6 in the final of the under 21 Junior Championships in Aberdeen. In addition, Campbell has provided coaching / tactic sessions to existing curling clubs , as well as taster sessions to interested groups. Very well done to Campbell and his team for all their work.
Les Morgan has again lead the sessions of Try Curling and Adult Training., with 10 -12 regularly turning up on Monday night. This resulted in the formation of a Virtual club, with 8 participating in the RCCC Virtual Club Bonspiel at Braehead on Saturday 28 March. Curlers can remain in the Virtual Club for two seasons, although most are looking to join one of the established clubs. If they contact your club, I suggest you welcome them in as they will not let you down. Les is stepping down from the role of Lead Coach after a number of years. Thanks Les, you deserve your break, and thanks to all the others who supported him throughout the season.
Speaking of Coaches and helpers, we are always looking for others to come forward and help share the load. Please give this your consideration , it need not be every week , but what you feel able to offer.
The Development Group has been delighted with the quality of ICE that Matthew and his team have produced, – well done the team. It certainly make for a more enjoyable game.
At our AGM on the 1 April, Lawrence Fraser, President of the Elgin Rotary Club, presented the MPCDG with a Community Group Award in recognition of the years of service given to the development of Curling within Moray. An unexpected award but very much appreciated by all, especially satisfying for Bill Nicol and Alan Campbell who started the journey some 10 years ago. A copy of the Certificate will be displayed at the Ice Rink for all to see.
At the AGM, Alistair Maltman was appointed Secretary, taking over from Iphthime Millward , while Campbell Ross was appointed Convenor replacing myself .
I wish them and the Group continued success, and thanks all for the support I have received during my 3 years in the chair.
Bill Duncan, Convenor.
REPORT BY MORAY PROVINCE REPRESENTATIVE ON ICE4ALL
Updates as follows;
April 29th- Meeting of MC to approve the options provided by the Consultant on 2nd July 2014.
After agreement of the options, a request to Sports Scotland for 50% funding. This with a report from Ice4All from each ice user.
July – Tenders issued and appraisals
August – Enabling works to the electrical system and pipework.
Nov, Dec- Work commences. Requires approximately one day for switch over.
Moray Province ICE4ALL Representative