Minute of Annual General Meeting Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Held at the Golf view Hotel, Nairn.
Alastair Maltman, Neil Macarthur, Robbie Craigie, Abbie Duncan, John Wilson, Gordon Kennedy, Gordon Fraser, K Oswald, Jim Barron.
- Minutes of 2011 A.G.M
Proposed: Colin Macgregor
Seconded: Graham Grant
- Matters Arising
There were no matters arising.
- Bereavements Recorded
George Hook (Fochabers)
- Presidents Report
At last year’s AGM, President Ali Asher painted a somewhat gloomy outlook for the Moray Leisure Centre Ice Rink, however 12 months later here we are with another year of curling behind us.
As we know the wheels of administration in Moray turn slowly and we are little clearer on the future. I do know that MLC have plans for upgrading the ice plant at Elgin but all is dependent on the “Service Agreement” with Moray Council, whether there will be any changes after tomorrows council elections who knows? But you can be assured we will speak to everyone to press for the future of ice in Elgin.
Our thanks are due to many people who have given great service to curling, these include.
Campbell Ross for his work with the curling development group.
Alan Stanfield and Harold Forrester, our international curling umpires and time keepers.
Alan Durno who is currently RCCC Competitions Convenor and who will be RCCC Vice President after this year’s AGM.
Special thanks to Douglas Macarthur our hard working Province Secretary who is standing down after five years service. Also deserving a special mention is Graham Grant who despite a health scare continued to administer all East Competitions through to a successful conclusion.
I would also like to mention Eilidh Yates who along with Robert Bremner won the Province Mixed Pairs. Eilidh only started curling three years ago and is a product of the Curling Development Group, I am sure that there will be more curlers out of that group in the future.
In February the Province hosted the USA tourists and a great day was had by both teams, my thanks go to all those who gave up their time to play.
Another notable event was Dalcross Curling Clubs 50th Birthday.
Finally I would like to thank not only the Committee but everyone who supported curling over the past year.
- Secretaries Report: Douglas MacArthur
- As many of you will be aware tonight is my last meeting as Secretary of Moray Province.
The last five years has passed very quickly and I have enjoyed my term of office serving the Curlers of the Moray Province to the best of my ability.
I have enjoyed meeting many new acquaintances over those years and have particularly enjoyed working for my three chairmen in Gavin, Alistair and Mike each of them who has their own unique style.
I was very fortunate in following a very able secretary in Ian Macphail who had set up an excellent template for the post that I simply carried on.
This year in particular has been a fairly uneventful year as Secretary, as you all will know Moray Province did entertain an American Touring Team, the arrangements for that match were handled predominantly by Mike who by all accounts did a good job.
I have also managed to distance myself from the developments surrounding the ongoing situation at the Moray Leisure Centre which rightly so has been taken on by the local users of that facility under the stewardship of Bill Nicol who has spent countless hours fighting the cause on behalf of the local curlers.
Hopefully this will reach a positive resolution in the near future and the subject of our meetings can return to that of the game of curling.
I would also like to pay special thanks to Graham Grant for his attention to detail, I’m sure that everybody involved in the running of Curling in Moray would agree that Graham is the very heartbeat of the Province.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish my successor and all the Curlers in Moray Province all the very best in the future.
- Treasurers Report (See attached).
- Match Secretaries Report Graham Grant & Colin Macgregor
West Match Secretary Report:
Colin Macgregor informed the meeting that the competition s in the West of the Province had passed without any incident and all finished within time, the winners were.
West Division One: Blair Fraser, Dalcross
West Division Two: Rhuriudh Greenwood, Highland Juniors
West Division Three: Dean Clark, Nairn
Moray Province K.O: Ally Fraser, Ardclach
Other results of note:
James Greenwood won the Inverness Skins:
Ally Fraser, Runner up Scottish Curling Tour:
Neil Macarthur, Runner up Edinburgh International
East Match Secretary Report:
Graham Grant, Another season over with surprisingly few major problems as far as I am aware and long may that continue.
A total of 49 teams started in the leagues 2 down on last season West 1 up East 3 down. 19 teams in the West Section (2 Divisions of 6, 1 of 7) and 30 teams in the East Section (5 Divisions of 6.)
As usual some very closely fought leagues in fact as last season most Divisions were not resolved until the last round of games.
Div.1 won by Kenny Oswald (Elgin) by 1 point.
Div.2 convincing win by Abbey Duncan (Fochabers) by 8 points.
Div.3 Dave McPherson (Elgin Tennis) and Mike McDonald (Forres) were tied on 14 points each but Dave McPherson won by a mere 1 shot.
Div. 4 won by Lynn Scott (Ballindalloch) by 4 points.
Div.5 won by George Elder (Forres) tied on 14 points with Moray Junior but 22 points clear. Well done Moray Junior winning promotion to Division 4.
West Leagues – report attached.
The top two teams in the leagues were therefore Kenney Oswald (Elgin) in the East and Bill Fraser (Dalcross) in the West with Bill Fraser winning the play off in Inverness by 1 shot to win the Nicol Quaich.
Dalcross will now go on to represent Moray Province in the Scottish Province Championships and there is every chance that Elgin will also be invited to play.
Open Knock Out.
A total of 25 teams entered the Open Knock Out 5 teams down on last season. This year the final was held in Inverness an all West affair between Ali Asher (Nairn) and Ardclach with Ardclach winning the Dalcross Salver.
7 teams entered the competition this season same as last season.
The Ladies final was between Louise Marshall (Elgin) and Lynn Scott (Ballindalloch) with Louise winning the Ladies Rose bowl for the fourth year in succession.
9 teams entered 1 up on last season with Gordon Kennedy (Ballindalloch) winning the Gammack Bell. As I said last season hope for a better entry next season.
This competition had an entry of 10 pairs 2 down on last season poorest entry ever. Good competition however won by Robert Bremner and Eilidh Yeats (Ballindalloch) by 1 shot from Neil and Susan Durno (Fochabers).
Played on Elgin Ice with only 11 players taking part same as last season another poor entry. Won by Ruth Kennedy 34 points from Mike Watt 32 points and Jim Thomson and Lynn Scott 31 points each.
This year Moray Nairn Ladies represented the Province in Inverness. I will be approaching clubs in alphabetical order to see who is willing to represent the Province in Perth next season.
This annual competition took place in Inverness with a straight playoff between Moray and Grampian Provinces won I understand by Moray Province. Thanks to the Fochabers club for arranging the players from the East this season. I will be asking Forres to arrange players from the East for next season.
Area 10 KO Play Off
The Christie of Fochabers, K.O. Play Off was won by
As usual during my report I am sure you will have noted the number of times I have indicated a reduced level of participation in competitions in some cases quite considerable. Some of you will be aware that this prompted me to send an e-mail to a number of committee members at the end of last season which I was unaware would eventually end up in full on the Web site – Thanks Bill. Also thank goodness I controlled the language used. This e-mail to some extent resulted in the President including a letter for inclusion with the AGM paperwork but until all East and West returns are received I cannot confirm whether competition entries have increased to any extent. Initially however a word of thanks to the Junior Clubs for increased entries.
Next Season Entries
As I said a number of returns for next season are still awaited but I would hope that entries to the various competitions will be at least similar to last season or in some cases hopefully improved?
The format for the allocation of ice will as far as possible be similar to last season with the October school holiday period left clear.
- Area 10 Report Alan Durno
Alan Durno had little to report other than Area 10 were looking for a new Rep and that the AGM was to be held the following Tuesday at 8.00pm at Inverness Ice Rink.
Bill Nicol raised and asked Alan if he was happy that Area 10 were running their A G M a month later than they should be and that it should have been held on the 14th of April. Margaret Pottie advised that the new date clashed with the Ladies Branch AGM.
Alan agreed to raise the matter of the AGM date at next week’s meeting.
Mike Watt informed the meeting that the Johnston and Carmichael would be returning to Elgin Ice Rink for next season.
- Report on Progress of Coaching and Development at Elgin Ice Centre Morag Cumming
Another year has passed quickly with MPCDG continuing to try to promote curling in Moray Province and the group can be very satisfied I think with how things have gone over the season. I must record our appreciation of the organisers, coaches and helpers, both on and off the ice, who generously gave their time over the season to assist with the group’s programme of events Your support helps many more to enjoy the sport which is essential for its long term future, so Thank You it’s much appreciated. There remains though a need for more people to assist with the groups endeavors so if anyone else would like to give something back to the sport by giving up just a little of your time please don’t be shy at coming forward to speak to us.
So, curling development opportunities this season included:
The RCCC Try curling morning in October followed up by an Ice4all afternoon which was good fun and enjoyed by over 50 folk young old, fit and not so able, and also a number of taster sessions were offered for corporate and youth groups throughout the season
Curling’s Cool sessions ran during the day on Wednesdays for school groups and culminated with a hotly contested challenge match between two of the participating schools (Bishopmill Primary and New Elgin PS).
Adult beginners’ sessions early evening on Mondays and while numbers of attendees throughout the season were small all have now joined local clubs
Junior curling sessions early evening on Wednesdays were extremely well attended and enjoyed by 40-50 youngsters per week. As well as simply having fun, playing in “friendlies” against Inverness and Aberdeen and enjoying curling 15 newcomers passed their red RCCC skills award, a further 21 youngsters achieved the white award, another 11 passed the blue award with 10 of these able to “double up” to gain their bronze award as well. Tightly contested Local Play downs for the Scottish schools championships were also staged with a Forres Academy team going on to play in the final stages in Edinburgh.
The Christmas bonspiel held in conjunction with MLC was a success and it was particularly rewarding to see 6 teams of Moray Juniors taking part. It was in equal measure disappointing that only 4 senior teams took part. Notifications for the 2012 bonspiel on 15th December 2012 were sent out with the Province’s list of events this year so hopefully that will bring it further up your clubs’ agendas. It is one to be actively promoted by all if you can – it’s a very enjoyable event and a first introduction for some to playing bonspiels and meeting other curlers in the area.
The North of Scotland under 15 and Under 13 funspiels were hosted by MPCDG and staged in Elgin for the first time and although the ice was challenging to say the least for our visitors, it was nonetheless a great event enjoyed by the 8 teams taking part from Forfar, Aberdeen Inverness and Moray.
Junior curling is still the busiest area for the development group and as well as the weekly sessions we continue to work very closely to support Moray Junior Curling club as it develops – this being only its second year in existence but with a membership of 53 already it had a very positive season. The 4 young curlers in their first season on the RCCC talent Programme had a very encouraging first season playing in the under 17 slams; the juniors secured promotion from division 5 of the province league, teams were entered into the ladies Knock out and province pairs, several teams enjoyed playing in a number of bonspiels, a Junior club league was run for the first time, and a young Under 14 team played in the slams in Aberdeen and accredited themselves well.
Campbell Ross has put in a power of work leading the coaching of and supporting the juniors over the season and I’m delighted to say this had seen him shortlisted onto the final three nominees for RCCC Grassroots Coach of the Year. Voting for the winner of this accolade is via the RCCC website and is open until this Sunday 6th May so could I encourage you all to consider showing your appreciation and support of his tremendous work and vote for him before then.
Finally, I am standing down as convenor of MPCDG after two years in the role but Bill Duncan who has been vice-convenor agreed to take over the role and was duly elected at the development group’s annual meeting. Obviously as the development group is a sub-committee of Moray province however that decision requires to be homologated here. So can I now formally propose to province the approval of the appointment of Bill Duncan as my successor? Thank you
- Website Report Bill Nicol
Bill had little to report on the Website other than he hoped to have it sorted and running to full capacity by the start of the season as ever he was looking for more input to make it interesting and asked that the results from the West come through on a more regular basis in the future.
- Election of Office Bearers and Auditor
President: Mike Watt
Vice President: Colin Macgregor
Treasurer: Gordon Scott
Match Secretary East: Graham Grant
Match Secretary West: Vacant
Auditor: Bill Young
Proposed: Ruth Kennedy
Seconded: Bill Young
- Nomination of Club Representatives
The Secretary notified the meeting of the following nominations for the coming season.
Aberlour: Willie Cameron.
Ardclach: Ken Greenwood.
Ballindalloch: Gordon Kennedy.
Bank of Scotland: Alastair Maltman.
Buckie: Sandy Mackintosh.
Cawdor: Hugh Robertson.
Dalcross: Brian Spence.
Darnaway: Gavin Nicol.
Elgin: Mike Pickthall.
Elgin Junior Curling Club: Mark Jacklin
Elgin Rotary: Brian Cantlay.
Elgin Tennis and Curling: David Macpherson.
Fochabers: Mike Watt.
Forres: Scott Henderson.
Grampian Police: Alister Robertson.
Highland and Moray Juniors: Janice Macarthur.
Moray Firth Ladies: Susan Cooksley.
Moray Wheelchairs: Gregor Ewan.
Nairn: Hamish Clark.
Nairn Ladies: Moira Clark
Sunninghill: Jonathon Orr.
The above nominations were proposed for election by Mike Watt and seconded by Alan Stanfield
- Annual Subscription and Entry Fees.
|Current||Proposed for 2012-2013|
|Province Levy||£2.00 per member||Remain the same.|
|League||£7.00 per team||Remain the same.|
|Ladies KO||£7.00 per team||Remain the same.|
|Open KO||£7.00 per team||Remain the same.|
|Points||£10.00 per person, max 2||Remain the same.|
|Mixed KO||£7.00 per team||Remain the same.|
|Mixed Pairs||£3.50 per team||Remain the same.|
Proposed by: Gordon Scott
Seconded by: Morag Cumming
There was no correspondence.
Alan Stanfield expressed his concerns that interest in the Mixed Pairs had fallen away and that perhaps con side ration should be given to changing this to a mixed doubles competition, this would require the Grants approval who donated the salvers.
Sandra MacIver urged the Province not to disregard the pairs without giving it serious thought.
Bill Nicol informed the meeting that he was keeping an eye on the Moray Council Website and that there had been no update re the consultation on the MLC .
Morag Cumming raised the point that the prize board in Elgin needed updating, Mike agreed to undertake this task.
Margaret Pottie thanked the Province for their contribution toward the Henderson Bishop and informed the meeting that the Northern Ladies were holding a Court on the 27th October 2012, Mike informed the members that Fochabers were also holding a court on the 10th of November 2012.
Sandra MacIver intimated that the Moray Juniors were running a Duck Race on the 22nd of June at Scotties Bridge in Forres.
The meeting closed.
Appendix One Moray Province Treasurers Report 2011-12
This is my first report as Treasurer. (Gordon Scott)
The accounts are split into three funds, the main province fund, the development groups funds, and we also held funds on behalf of a group young curlers in Elgin, who are involved in the RCCC talent group programme, and received sponsorship from various external benefactors.
The Province started the year with £1,699, but this was before the payment of the 2011 prizes which cost £1283 and this left only a balance of £416 last year.
The 2011-2012 seasons finished up with a balance of £1,625, but again this is before paying for the 2012 prizes. Full details of income and expenditure for both Province and the Development Group can be found overleaf.
The Development Group started the year with £4,006 and ended up with £4,174. They continue use their funds to provide a coaching programme in Elgin. Morag Cumming will report later on the progress of the Development Group.
As reported by Alistair last year the Province levy and competition entry fees do not fully cover the usual operational costs. The main one being Trophy costs. Even after last year’s increase subscriptions, there is still a deficit for 2012. There was a fall in Members returned from 366 to 355 in the year, and a fall of 13 into league competitions, and a fall of 16 into all other competitions. All of which has reduced has effectively cancelled any increases in income anticipated from the rise in subscriptions and competitions fees, in the year.