Minutes of the Meeting on Thursday 18th November 2010 at 8.00pm
– MORAY PROVINCE –
Sunninghill Hotel Elgin
Bill Nicol, Alastair Maltman, Gregor Ewan, Ali Asher, Douglas Macarthur, Colin Anderson, Morag Cumming, John Downie, Marlyn Mackenzie, Mike Watt, Neil Durno, Alan Durno, Graham Grant.
1. Apologies for absence.
Janet Burns, Ken Greenwood, Alastair Robertson, Colin Macgregor, Alan Campbell, Hugh Robertson, Willie Cameron, Douglas Howie, Dave Macpherson, Stewart Baird, Gordon Kennedy, Gavin Nicol.
2. Adoption of Minutes of the Province Committee Meeting dated 18/03/2010.
Proposed by: Graham Grant.
Seconded by: Mike Watt.
3. Matters arising from these minutes not covered in the Agenda.
There were no matters arising.
4. President’s Report.
President Ali Asher informed the meeting that he had very little to report other than what would be discussed later in the meeting regarding the future of Elgin Ice Centre.
Ali then went on to mention the recent Indoor Grand Match which had been held in Elgin and that it had been a successful day and passed on his compliments to Mike Watt and Alan Durno for their efforts in making the day run smoothly.
5. Secretary’s report.
Secretary Douglas Macarthur informed the meeting that he also had very little to report. He did take the opportunity to formally record the sad passing of Forres member Kenny Macdonald and recorded that the Province had lost one of its true characters and gentlemen.
He also noted that this was the first time that he had arranged a Province Meeting in Elgin and hoped to hold the corresponding meeting for next season again in Elgin.
6. Match Secretaries Report.
East Match Secretary Graham Grant raised three points in his report,
A) Open Knockout:
Seven teams did not take part in the opening round of the Open Knock Out, Graham asked if there was a historic reason why the Open K.O started so early and suggested moving the competition to a later date. Neil Durno proposed moving the K.O to later in the season with a bigger gap between rounds, this was seconded by Gregor Ewan. Graham then suggested that he would raise this point at the A.G.M.
B) Game conceded after three ends:
Graham informed the meeting of a game that Gregor Ewan had conceded after three ends. It was decided that the score should stand as Gregor had conceded the game, the same night other games had been brought to a close as both skips had agreed that the ice was unplayable, under these circumstances those games would be replayed at a later date. Gregor accepted the decision graciously without further ado.
Graham then went on to confirm that any team pulling out of the Province League would be placed in the bottom tier of competition should they re enter the league next season, this was agreed by the committee present.
C) Rule regarding games must be played before due date:
Graham asked the question whether the above rule should stand as there was a possibility that some games may have to rearranged later in the season and that the reduced availability of ice at Elgin may become an issue. Bill Nicol felt that this rule should stand, Mike Watt suggested that the interpretation of the rule regarding “exceptional circumstances” should be left to Grahams discretion. President Ali concluded that the rule could not be changed mid season and that it should be raised at the AGM should it be felt an amendment was required by the end of this season.
As Colin Macgregor had tendered his apologies there was no Match Secretaries report from the West of the Province.
7. Treasurers Report.
Treasurer Alastair Maltman reported that:
The Province currently has £2079.00 on deposit and that the Development Group have £3615.00 available to them. At this point in time 99% of levies and entry fees had been collected for season 2010/11.
Alastair reminded the members present that the Province and Development Group were currently sharing the same bank account which did not pose any problems at the moment. Morag Cumming noted that the Development Group may have to set up their own bank account in the future if they were applying for funding but agreed with Alastair that in the mean time the joint bank account did not cause any problem to either party.
Alastair then .went on to point out an inaccuracy in the daft AGM Minutes that stated that Junior Clubs were exempt from entry fees, this was not the case and that the minute would have to be amended prior to adoption at the next AGM, this was noted by the Secretary.
8. Area 10 Report.
Alan Durno had nothing to report on the activities of Area 10 as there had not been any meetings so far this season.
Mike Watt in his capacity of Area 10 Match Secretary informed the members that there may still an opportunity to enter the Area 10 Bonspiels scheduled for January and beyond and that anyone interested in submitting an entry should contact him directly and that he would be delighted to help.
9. Website Report.
Webmaster Bill Nicol informed the meeting that everything was very much “as it was” with the Website and everything was going well.
Bill did point out that the style of the Website would eventually change in line with the new RCCC website which was supported by Sport Focus.
As ever Bill appealed to the members for news content to populate the site.
10. Province Contribution to Moray Junior Curling Club.
The Secretary reminded the Committee of the request for funding submitted by Alan Campbell on behalf of the Moray Junior Curling Club at the 2010 AGM.
After a very brief and positive discussion it was agreed that the Moray Junior Curling Club would receive a one off payment of £250.00 from Moray Province.
Proposed by: Gregor Ewan
Seconded by: Alastair Maltman
There were four items to be dealt with under this heading.
A) Letter received from Barbara King re Ladies Canadian Tour:
The Secretary read out a letter received from Barbara King thanking the Province for their support to fund the recent Canadians visit to Elgin Ice Rink, which was a great success.
On a negative note Barbara outlined in the letter her disappointment at the lack of help received from Area 10 re the provision of promised financial support for the event.
After lengthy discussion it was agreed that Alan Durno would liaise with Ormond Smith (Area 10 Secretary) to resolve this matter and secure the funding of £200.00 which Area 10 had eventually agreed to support the Moray Firth Ladies in hosting the Canadian visitors.
B) Development Group report submitted by Morag Cumming:
Les Morgan has recently qualified as a Technical (level B) coach – only the 2nd person in Scotland to do so under the revised coaching structure.
Two others are continuing along the way, one with only a few tweaks to make to his log book before his practical assessment, and the other just a short step behind that.
Much quieter here than in previous years – funding being a big hurdle for schools – particularly in relation to transport costs to get the kids to and from the rink. To this end the group is looking to apply to Awards for All to cover transport costs for next season. Having said that, 25 children from Rothes Primary School are just 1 week into a four week block and Speyside High have booked for a repeat of last year’s three session event in March.
Moray Junior Curling Club now established in its own right with a number of successful young curlers already winning competitions, notably the Under 15 North of Scotland Funspiel held in Forfar at end of October. The Moray Under 13 team also performed very creditably, just missing out on winning their age group.
A visit to Stirling earlier in October for the Skills Award Competition saw the Elgin team again be just pipped to place in the final.
The team playing in the Moray Province League are playing well, too and a team is entered for the Province Ladies Knock-out..
All in all a great performance in their first competitive year.
Coaching continues on a Wednesday evening aswell with about 20-30 youngsters turning up each week. Of those about 10 are ready to go for their White RCCC Skills award and other 10 for the red award.
Come and Try:
23 people came along to the TryCurling event staged on 30th October, leaving very favourable feedback on their enjoyment of the event. Of those about 8 have returned on a Monday for weekly tuition
A further C&T for a pack of 30 cubs is planned for early December.
Monday Night Adult Beginners Sessions:
A smaller group than the juniors but nevertheless the attendees are very enthusiastic, and 4 or 5 are now at the point of joining, or have recently joined, some of our local clubs.
Arranged in conjunction with MLC for Saturday 11th December, several junior teams and an adult beginners’ team are anticipated to be taking part in what continues to be a fun annual event. Replies from other teams are due in by tomorrow (19th November).
Child Protection / Protecting Vulnerable Groups:
A short introductory course was run at the start of October and was attended by 7 of our coaches and helpers along with a number of MLC staff. A further SportScotland RCCC accredited course is booked for 22nd January, again in MLC. That certificated event, open to all, is nationally accredited and transferable across Sports. Booking for it closes c15th January. See RCCC website for further information.
Elgin Ice Rink:
As part of the Communities 2014 sports legacy initiative, Sport Scotland is actively trying to promote the formation of Community Sports Hubs within every Scottish Local Authority area. With one eye to that, and another on the further proposed budget cuts hanging over Elgin Ice rink, initial contact has been made with representatives from local Ice Hockey and Skating Clubs in order to gauge the interest in organising a meeting with representatives of the three sports to discuss the best way forward to press the case for continued funding for, and investment in, the ice rink. First indications are that all think it could be beneficial and the Ice Hockey contact is particularly eager to be proactive and to ensure a strong united case is made to both the council and MLC Board of Directors to try to secure the rink’s long term future.
C) Received from Bill Nicol, the issue of Moray Province adopting the RCCC stance of one member one vote.
It was agreed that this would be adopted as an agenda item for further discussion by the committee at their Spring Meeting.
D) Received from Bill Nicol, The future of the Ice Pad at Moray Leisure Centre:
Bill had submitted a written request to the Committee asking to air the facts and to discuss a campaign in an attempt to safeguard the future of the Ice pad at Moray Leisure Centre in the face of impending Council cuts.
Mike Watt informed the meeting that at the President’s request he had attended an initial meeting of representatives from the various disciplines that make use of the Ice pad at Moray Leisure Centre on the previous Sunday night to discuss a “multi user strategy to safeguard the future of the said facility at Moray Leisure Centre and to hopefully prepare a positive package to deliver to the Leisure Centre Board at their January meeting.
After a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion the committee decided that the beast way forward in this case would be to create a subcommittee from within Moray Province to appoint at least two representatives to a multi disciplined group made up of all the interested parties that make use of the Ice pad at Moray Leisure Centre which would hopefully be headed by the Curling Community to liaise and/or present a case to the Management Board to hopefully safeguard the future of all ice sports in Moray.
To this end the Secretary was asked to contact all Club Reps immediately asking for nominations for members of the said subcommittee by the 29th of November to take this forward
After further discussion the members present were not left in any doubt as to the seriousness and possible impact that the pending negotiations will have on the future of both Curling in the area and Moray Province as a whole.
The Secretary informed the treasurer that there will be a charge for room hire for tonight’s venue.
13. Date of next meeting.
To be confirmed.
The meeting closed at 9.35pm with a vote of thanks to the Chairman proposed by Alastair Maltman.