Pete Nicholson opened the meeting, welcomed those present to the final meeting of the season.
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
The minutes of the last meeting held on 13th January were approved as a true record.
Graham Pearson is recovering well from his heart problems.
GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT
Rob Batten was not present. It was noted that the refurbishment of the kitchen/meeting room is almost finished and will be finished shortly.
Pete Nicholson reported that our funds currently stand at approx. £14k. Major expenses since the last meeting include kitchen cabinets (£795) web site expenses (£108) repair of plaster (£165) and cleaning of H.Q. (£120). Income from practice fees average around £73 per week.
Most fines have now been paid.
Fees for next season will remain unchanged apart from any rise in T.T.E. individual subscriptions.
MATCH SECRETARY’S REPORT
The league programme is almost complete; the few outstanding fixtures will be played by the middle of next week. Divisional winners are: Div 1 Joola ‘A’, Div 2 Ivybridge & C. ‘C’, Div 3 Joola ‘H’, Div 4 Woodland Fort ‘C’, Div 5 Astor ‘F’. (All final standings and cup winners are on the website).
The Plymouth & District Table Tennis Club Questionnaire has been e-mailed to all members. The main topic being the make up of divisions to reduce the number of blank weeks as occurred this season.
With 71 replies to date the 8 teams per division arrangement (playing each other 3 times) seems to be the favourite format. Kevin Buddell said that due to the length of time matches take in Div 1 (where to date there is 57% in favour of a change of format) the suggestion is for a pairs competition comprising 4 singles and a doubles game playing ‘best of seven’ games as in major tournaments.
The Chairman said that he hoped that players who have not yet replied would do so and for those whose e-mail address is not on record the questionnaire is on the website.
60% of match results have been submitted using the Electronic Scorecard system.
The Evening Herald does not seem to be keen on regularly carrying our weekly write ups (saying it is a matter of available space). Nevertheless, reports are posted on our website.
Russ has reported that this season has been challenging for him in his first season and that he fully appreciates what John Norsworthy achieved over many years – without the use of computers. Keeping the website up to date is very time consuming, he is appreciative of positive comments from members.
Much talk during the season has been the poor quality of serving and the workings of the Handicap Points system.
T.T. England is undergoing a restructure and their funding is being reduced, many redundancies are being made in the organisation. Chris Brown who was our Regional Development officer is being retained but in a different role. Paul Whiting’s role as Plymouth Talent Centre’s head coach is still to be decided, funding being the problem for a set up which has provided many youngsters for the national youth squad.
Plans to expand facilities at Eggbuckland are still the subject of ongoing discussions which are largely positive.
The renewal for our Community Amateur Sport Club (CASC) registration has been submitted but has not yet been confirmed. This status is important as it ensures a rebate of 80% of the business rate levied our building.
The Chairman has contacted the Land Registry and spoken to solicitors regarding Trustees for the H.Q. building. This is proving a protracted exercise as no record can be found of arrangements made when the Club originally purchased the premises.
The H.Q. will be used as a polling station on 8th June for the General Election an as a result will not be available for practice on that date.
Our Social & Presentation Evening is to be held at The Railway Club (Pennycomequick) on Friday 12th May. The A.G.M. will be at H.Q. on Friday 14th July.
Kevin Buddell said that an end of season function is being held at Eggbuckland on Wednesday 3rd May at 6:30. It will be a ‘Club Pairs and Curry Evening’ and all are welcome, the entry fee will be £7.
There being no further business the meeting closed the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
The next meeting will be held at H.Q. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday 8th September 2017