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League news and administration

Notes from the AGM

Full minutes of the AGM will be provided at next year’s AGM as is standard practice. Here are some notes of immediate importance.

Phil Bond (Chairman) and Alan Glover (Secretary/Match Secretary) both stood down at this meeting.

The new Chairman is Tim Rutland (Craufurd Crusaders) and returning Secretary/Match Secretary is Brian Bannister who held the position prior to Richard Pither. Phil Bond agreed to act as Vice Chairman to ease the transition.

Emily DeFraine continues as Treasurer.

It was proposed and accepted that the 50p Pennies contribution be increased to £1 since the 50p figure has remained unchanged for many years.

It was proposed and deferred that the League should consider funding an additional charity. Under rule 1.2 of the Constitution this can be discussed during the season by calling an EGM.

Brian Bannister provided new contact details for sending results etc. If any team captain missed that at the meeting contact me and I’ll provide the contact details.

John Bannister, RIP

I’m sad to announce that John Bannister, formerly a player and past captain of the Craufurd Arms crib teams, passed away on July 7th.

There is an announcement on page 71 of the current edition of the Maidenhead Advertiser.

New Secretary/Match Secretary Needed

My partner and I have decided that the time is right for a move to Cornwall. Consequently, I will not be standing for re-election at this year’s AGM although I will do all the usual design work in advance of the AGM to prepare the next season’s fixtures and venue bookings.

If you’re a team member or team captain and interested in taking the role on for the next season and beyond please get in touch by email or via your team captain.

While computer skills are a bonus, the most important thing is an understanding of how a league operates together with periodic competitions.

While any successor would not be confirmed until the AGM, I’m happy to spend time with any candidates to explain how I’ve run things and some of the techniques I use to help everything run (fairly) smoothly.

Trophy Return / Team Registration

A reminder that registration for the next season takes place at Desborough Bowling Club on July 24th from 8pm. The usual fee of £30 will be payable.

Those teams holding cups or shields from the previous season are reminded these need to be returned on July 24th or earlier by arrangement. These are:-

Pairs Shield Desborough B
Tony Blay Shield/Presidents Waggon & Horses/Boundary Arms
Secretary’s Cup Waggon & Horses/Boundary Arms
Singles Shield North Star
Play To Lose (Already returned) Bird In Hand
League Cup Bourne End
Team Trophy (Already returned) Former Bridge House team
R Pither Cup North Star

Tonight’s League Meeting

Usually, we can get into the business of the League Meeting as soon as enough of the committee are present.

Tonight is going to be a little different. The Committee has two matters to discuss which we’ll consider from 7.30pm.

As soon as we have resolved those we’ll get on with the normal business of the League Meeting so please arrive promptly for 8pm (or 7.30pm for Committee members) but bear with us if we are still in the Committee phase at 8pm.



An administrative announcement

Just over two weeks ago I changed web servers. Whilst this is mostly transparent to users of the web site it does mean that my server’s reputation for sending spam-free emails has gone back to zero in some cases due to a change in the network identity (IP number) being used to send emails

On top of this, using mailing lists as I did before is not compatible with some of the more advanced server protection features that I want to use on the new server.

I’ve set up an alternative to the mailing list using mail forwarding. This means that there is no longer an automated interface for self-service suspending or removal, instead you’ll need to contact me.

Due to the change of IP address a number of mail servers are not accepting email messages sent from the server at present. I am working to get that resolved where I can.

If you used to get emails associated with new postings on this site and no longer do so please wait until next Tuesday – after I’ve done Monday’s results which should trigger an email – and let me know. I’ll investigate and find the cause. On the other hand, if you’re seeing this message as an email all is well and it’s working for you!

Sorry for the inconvenience!


Ark Raiders withdraws from league

The Ark Raiders have decided to withdraw from the league due to difficulties in getting a team together.

Their future fixtures will become byes for the opposition and the league standings will be updated to take out the Ark Raiders’ results so far (per rule 2.15 in the Constitution).

Looking for a team?

Are you a crib player who’d like to get back into regular play?

Some of the league teams are keen to bolster their numbers and can offer regular opportunities to play on Monday nights.

If you’re interested get in touch with me at alan AT chorazin DOT org and let me know which area you’d like to play in so I can suggest the nearest teams who are recruiting.



Week 26 – Delayed + Meeting Reminder

I’m still waiting for one result and it could have quite an effect on the top half of the league so I’m going to wait until I have all results before publishing anything.

The Advertiser’s deadline is midday tomorrow, so if I don’t have the missing result by then I’ll publish what I have.

Meanwhile, a reminder to team captains that tomorrow’s meeting includes registration for Play To Lose (32 pairs maximum, initial limit two pairs per team which will be expanded once I know how many teams are not taking up their allocation) and is also the Secretary’s Cup tournament which will begin shortly after the meeting business is concluded.