Minutes of the Meeting on Thursday 23rd February at 7:30 pm
– MORAY PROVINCE –
Newton Hotel Nairn
Present: Heather Billet, Ken Greenwood, Alastair Maltman, Hugh Robertson, Bill Nicol, Colin Macgregor, Mike Watt (Chairman), Mike Pickthall, Douglas Macarthur (Secretary), Neil Durno.
- Apologies for absence.
Graham Grant, Alan Campbell, Janet Burns.
- Adoption of Minutes of the previous Province Committee Meeting.
Proposed: Colin MacGregor
Seconded: Ken Greenwood
- Matters arising from these minutes not covered in the Agenda.
There were none.
- President’s Report.
Mike advised the committee that Moray Leisure Centre Consultation was gathering pace and that the Moray Council had arranged two public meetings to discuss the matter on Tuesday 28th February (Elgin Town Hall at 7.00pm) and Wednesday 29th of February (M.L.C at 1.00pm).
Mike was going to attend the meeting on the 29th and urged as many curlers to attend either of these meetings and that they ask for a guarantee from Moray Council that they will continue to provide an ice rink.
The President then went on to congratulate Gregor Ewan and Jim Gault for their part in representing Scotland in the recent World Wheelchair Championships in Korea. Closer to home he congratulated Gordon Kennedy and David Mcgann in getting the semi finals of the Scottish Senior Men’s Championship.
- Secretary’s report.
Douglas Macarthur intimated that he had very little to report as it had been a relatively quiet spell since the last meeting. That would change in the near future once the arrangements for the AGM and prize giving were formalised.
The Secretary reminded the committee that he was resigning at the AGM and that they should have a replacement in place by then.
- Match Secretaries reports.
West: Colin Macgregor reported that all was well in the West of the Province with no issues and that the leagues were approaching their conclusion.
East: Graham Grant was not present at the meeting. He had however asked Mike Watt to inform the committee that he had to issue a revised draw for the mixed pairs that were now down to a disappointing entry of only 10 pairs. Graham was also looking for volunteers to help with the point’s competition at Elgin on the 13th of March.
- Treasurer’s report.
Gordon Scott was not present and no Treasurers report had been submitted.
- Area 10 Report.
Alan Durno through Mike Watt advised the Committee that there was little to report from Area 10. He did however comment on the successful recent American Tour Match at the M.L.C and that the Area 10 Bonspiels had enjoyed an increase in entries this season.
- Web Site Report.
Bill Nicol Submitted the following “Following my written report on the Province Web Site to the meeting on 1st December 2011 I noted from the minutes that following a brief discussion the committee decided that I have a free hand to research an alternative website and report back to the Province.
To date I have not spoken to any new suppliers but have been watching the development of a few other club websites including Nairn CC (Harold Forrester) who is using Google’s free site builder as well as getting a feeling for our present operators Sugar Rush Creative.
To be fair to keep my report short I must state I have not come off the fence as the more I see the National Shinty club website (by Sugar Rush the more I see the potential in “Word Press.
I certainly will be coming off the fence prior to the Province AGM so as the site we have can be brought up to date or be able to recommend a supplier where we can build a site from scratch over the closed period in preparation for the 2012 / 2013 season.
I would also indicate at this point depending on various personal reasons I may not stand for election to the web masters position at the next AGM, and so I would ask the committee to find an assistant or /web master prior to the issue of the 2012 AGM agenda going out to the clubs
I am happy to take any questions on the web site now how ever just before that I would recommend Alister Asher for the Annual Achievement Award as he is the one and only person to have supplied information to the web site for a number of years!!:- The Open K.O results + picture.
- Curling Development Report.
Morag Cumming was not present and no report had been received.
The Secretary advised the meeting that no correspondence had been received.
- Update on MLC Consultation.
Bill Nicol submitted the following: “Firstly apologies for not having a meeting of the Moray Leisure Centre Review Group before now but a great deal of the information we had available to us was obtained off the record from many of the contacts that we have made so there was nothing that we could usefully discuss in open meeting.
However with the recent issue of the “Moray Leisure Centre Service Level Agreement – Community Consultation” it was felt we had to make contact to brief everyone as far as we could and also to ask for your co-operation in encouraging all individual curlers to complete the questionnaire; the last thing we want (although the form is for the Leisure Centre as a whole) is a poor response from curlers.
We would ask you to encourage curlers as individuals and clubs to complete the consultation in full and also to be constructive with your comments because this is so important. We have never had the opportunity before. It is already clear that some people think this is a futile exercise.
What’s been going on meantime?
ICE4ALL has been meeting regularly (i.e. all ice users Ice Hockey, Figure Skating & Curling)
- We have continued to maintain contact with Steve Ash, General Manager MLC.
- We have had verbal and written contact with Drew Baillie Chairman MLC.
- We have had verbal and written contact with 2 Councillors.
- We have had verbal and written contact with Bruce Crawford CEO of the Royal Club.
As a result of the continuous pro active approach by ICE4ALL and the MP Review Group the Moray Council has now become actively involved in developing a Service Level Agreement between The Moray Council and Moray Leisure Centre Ltd.
The time scale for the consultation is extremely short and therefore it is vital that as many curlers and clubs as possible respond.
The questionnaire must be submitted by Thursday 1st March and it would be very beneficial if as many curlers as possible attended one of the Consultation meetings;
Tuesday 28th February at Elgin Town Hall between 7pm & 9pm
Wednesday 29th February at Moray Leisure Centre between 1pm & 3pm
Following the distribution to the Group members we have circulated every club in the East and West of the Province and at this point apologies to some who may have got more than one copy as the MLC & TMC did not keep us informed until today who they had circulated so at the time we felt every avenue had to been covered with a particular reference to the West clubs:-
West clubs what I am after is to make it known your club used to book ice in Elgin but now you don’t. Your club used to enter Province competitions which involved curling in Elgin NOW not so many. Please say as it is in Q 5 & 6.
And for the sceptics all I can say is
“It is better to have tried and failed than have failed to try”
In saying that the last Moray Province / Moray Leisure Centre meeting was on 11/07/11 with the next one to be called in approximately 3 months. The onus was on the Province to be arranged by Mike Watt but unfortunately this has not taken place.
If there are any points you wish to discuss please direct them through the chair “thank you”.
At the conclusion of his report the Secretary handed Bill a signed mandate authorising Ice For All to negotiate on behalf of Moray Province signed by the Chairman and Secretary.
Mike Pickthall handed the Secretary a copy a personal letter that he had written to the Moray Council pointing out his personal concerns on the governance of the MLC (a copy of Mikes Pickthall’s letter will be attached to this minute),
- AGM & Prize giving.
The Secretary advised the meeting that the AGM and Prize giving would hopefully take place at the Golfview Hotel, Nairn on the first Wednesday in May. Member Clubs would be advised after the hotel had been booked
Action Douglas Macarthur:
- Report on American Tour.
The Chairman informed the meeting that the day at MLC against the touring Americans had been a great success.
The tourists had been treated to a visit to Benromach Distillery followed by lunch at Johnston’s Woollen Mill prior to the match at MLC. The game started at 2pm, with the teams being piped onto the ice. A tough match followed that the Americans won 35 shots to 21 (Stephen Rankin was the only Moray Skip to win his game).
After the game both teams spent some time at the Thunderton where friendships were forged before enjoying a splendid meal at the Sunninghill which the American Tourists reported as being the best meal of the entire tour
The Chairman concluded his report by informing the members present that a commemorative plaque which had been received from the Americans would be put on display at the Sunninghill Hotel as a memory of the day.
- Nomination for 2011/12 Moray Province Annual Achievement Award.
Three nominations were made for this year’s presentation of the Achievement Award. After discussion Mike Watt proposed Graham Grant for the award for 2012, this was seconded by Alastair Maltman.
There was no counter proposal and meeting was in total agreement that Graham was most deserving of the award.
The Chairman advised the meeting that he had still not got a replacement Secretary, Colin Macgregor reminded the committee that the Province would also require a Match Secretary for the West of the Province as he would be moving to the Chairman’s position the season after next.
The Secretary advised Mike Watt that he was in possession of a stock of Province enamel pin badges that he would give to Mike for safekeeping at the AGM
Colin Macgregor was nominated to up date the Moray Province prize boards in Inverness Ice Centre, Mike Watt agreed to undertake the same job at the MLC.
Action Colin Macgregor and Mike Watt:
- Date of next meeting.
October 2012 to be confirmed.