Chats Palace Community Centre
42 Brooksbys Walk, Homerton E9
19 February 2002 at 8 p.m.
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Present - Nigel Richards (Victoria Lounge), Peter Hollman &
David Murray (Pacific), Joe Phelan (Hackney Grasshoppers 1), Tim Castle (Old
Fallopians), Bert Vandermark (President), Johnny Hodgkinson & Gary Horsman
(Chats Palace), Patrick McGuiness (Hackney Grasshoppers 2), David Blundell
(Access to Sports / Stoke Newington CC), Mark Lawrie (Hackney Council / Victoria
started 8:35 pm
- Apologies - Caledonian Conquerors, Tower Ravens, Rose & Crown and Mola Jutt.
- Coaching - DB representing Access For Sports who have been
commissioned by Hackney Council using regeneration money informed those present
that if anyone is interested Level 1 coaching courses commence in Stoke
Newington & round on consecutive Saturdays with effect from 9/3/03.Nets are
also run for youths at London Schools, Gossett Street site. There are currently
16 youths participating & they will be looking for sides to play for this
advised that in addition, there are sessions on Saturday mornings, which include
Under11, & under 13s sides at Victoria Park. Fridays at 5pm & Sundays at
11am. There is also a meeting for all Hackney based sides or those seeking
pitches on Tuesday 26th February at Pub on the Park in London Fields.
Mark is on 020 8986 2987.
- Matters arising from AGM 2001
to follow later.
agreed to shelve plans for a 3rd division this year.
Crescent. Discussed later.
All expressed disappointment that last yearís motion to expand boundaries had
no effect & that the opposite in fact took place. BV agreed to do all he
could to ensure that even if there was 1 short boundary Ė shared with adjacent
pitch, the rest would be enlarged as agreed in 2001. PH added that if need be,
the Council can draw 2 boundaries so both the juniors & seniors could be
Nothing new to discuss.
teams. See below.
& bowling points were discussed but unanimously rejected. JH proposed to
reduce points to 2 for a win & 1 for a no result. 2nd TC. For 4,
1 against, 0 abstention. Passed
game. This will take place again when Mola Jutt play BVís selection. The cup
draw will take place immediately afterwards.
of Officers. See below.
Fees. See below.
- Chair's Report
wished it to be noted that he was disappointed with the poor turnout &
stressed that teamís reps should ensure that if they cannot attend, a deputy
Sarah Barnard was
not present to advise. PH gave Fixture Secís report. Despite problems PH was
happy with arrangements at Wray crescent although popular consensus was a
preference to play at VP. Additionally, there was little to report apart from
the boundaries discussed above, stumps which were no longer available at the
Firkin Pub. Indeed, Phil Barrass (Old Fallopians) was given dispensation to
represent the League with a view to approaching they new pubís owners &
establish any possible sympathies they may have & whether stumps can again
be left or of fixtures can be posted.
to the absence of the incumbent, a general discussion of the Leagueís finance
took place. Only 1 teamís fees were banked although pitches were paid for
using the credit balance that there had been. Consequently, it was agreed
unanimously to set this seasons fees at £200. JP summarised ďthat
all teams that paid by cheque last year played for free. Their cheques were not
cashed. That all teams who paid by cash will play for free this year. That was
Grasshoppers 1. NB - Old Fallopians have since informed the treasurer that last
year they paid by bankersí draft. Assuming this tally with VPCCL accounts Old
Fallopians will also play for free this year.
- Election of Officers
TC proposed that the Webmaster should be
recognise as a bona fide position. 2nd PH. Passed unanimously.
Nigel Richards, Joe
Phelan, Tim Castle & Peter Hollman, filled the positions of Chair,
Treasurer, League Secretary, and Fixtures Sec respectively as no other
9:10 pm Drinks
9:15 pm Resumption
8 - New teams & teams retiring
disappointingly, despite several leads, only 1 team was confirmed at the AGM Ė
Graces. It was agreed that in the interest of balance, Graces should be fast
tracked to Div 1. NB internal politics
within Graces has meant that they have requested a postponement of their
confirmation to join when they hold a EGM on 7/3/02.
DB did not rule out the prospect of Stoke Newington getting involved this
the divisions were drawn up as follows.
Jutt, Hackney Grasshoppers 1, Rose & Crown, Tower ravens, Pacific &
Victoria Lounge, Caledonian Conquerors, Chats Palace, Hackney grasshoppers
2, Old Fallopians.
Stoke Newington do join, they will be places in Division 2 but should Graces
pull out, a decision will have to be made as to who should join the 1st
was also concern that teams were being offered the opportunity to play in the
cup when emphasises should always be made on teams joining for both wherever
possible. PH noted this & in context advised that a team who had contacted
him via the league would not consider playing regularly & were currently
contemplating the cup Ė Brixton casuals.
has not replied to numerous attempts to contact them.
said he would attend the following week's meeting at Pub on the Park & would
seek to recruit new additions.
- The League Secretary will circulate an
updated list of contacts include phone numbers & emails addresses.
was agreed that Wray crescent will be used by the teams who wish to play there
for their home games as most sides prefer to play at VP. TC had provided all
those present with contemporary pictures of the 3 pitches at VP & although
Tower Hamlets have given assurances that all 3 will be useable for the season,
it was agreed that fixtures should only be arranged for 2 (the 2 nearest as one
walks in from then East gate). In addition, it was agreed that the closest pitch
(pitch 2) would be used for 1st division & the pitch closest to
the tennis courts (pitch 1) for the 2nd division wherever possible.
Grasshoppers teams requested that wherever possible they would like their
matches to take place on the same evening.
was a discussion into the costs of laying pitches & PM believed that this
may be undertaken more cheaply ourselves. On behalf of IBC, he will investigate
- Tower Hamlets Sports Council membership. Proposed joining by Dan Bird
(Victoria Lounge) via NR. Cost of £5 to be met by League. Agreed & was
passed. NR said he would attend if Dan Bird incapacitated.
- Points amendment agreed. See above
- TC to submit expenses related to website. Agreed unanimously.
- Pitches agreed. See above.
- Boundaries. See above.
AOB already discussed.
pm Meeting adjourned.