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The Formby & District Bowling League run two divisions, playing on Wednesday evenings. Please scroll down for news and notices.
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It is planned to start the FORMBY LEAGUE as soon as the Maghull/Mini League ends in June. An outline of plans and a questionnaire have been sent out by email to club captains and secretaries, and a response is requested no later than 15th May. In particular, confirmation of teams who will be playing.
Ken Buckley 4/5/2021
MAGHULL / FORMBY MINI LEAGUE - STARTS MONDAY 26TH APRIL
As there are still clubs/players who do not feel comfortable resuming bowls until when all restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on June 21st, we have set up a mini league with the Maghull League to get some bowls in in the meantime.
The league starts Monday 26th April and will consist of three 8 a side divisions and one 6 a side division, playing on Mondays and Wednesdays, and occassional other days also. The last fixtures are on Monday 14th June. The fixtures and results can be viewed on both the Maghull and Formby web sites, under the heading Maghull/Formby.
Well done to Andy Howie, Chris Ellis and Chris Willan for setting this up. A lot of hard work went into it.
DIVISIONS 1 + 3 - Winners: £110.00, Runners Up: £70.00, Merit Winner: £25.00
DIVISIONS 2 + 4 - Winners: £125.00, Runners Up: £85.00, Merit Winner: £25.00
Prize money subject to completion of all fixtures.
Merit winner based on most wins. If tied, then goes on win % then best average.
You can find further info on our guidance here.
All clubs have had to complete and sign a risk assessment. A copy can be found here.
All other normal Maghull league rules will apply except two temporary alterations:
1. RULE 28 - CLUBS WITH TWO TEAMS
Clubs with two teams may pool players, however, a player may not play more than four games for BOTH teams.
2. RULE 34 - PLAYING TWICE IF SHORT
If any team are one player short on any occasion a supplementary draw may be made from the players listed in games 1 to 3 to play again in order to complete the fixture.
Any home player redrawn against a player who has not previously played forfeits 5 chalks per game.
In the reverse case 3 chalks to be forfeited per game.
When both teams use the same home green or a neutral green, 3 chalks to be forfeited by the team per game.
The captain must let the opposing captain know before the start of the game and then must offer the opposing captain the choice of drawing the players from the 3 already drawn to play twice; Only the player’s first score will go towards the averages.
The rule would be firm but in the spirit of the game discretion may be applied by agreement of both captains. This rule does not apply for cup matches.
Good luck to all teams.
NOTES IN LIEU OF THE JANUARY 2021 AGM
Please scroll further down to see these notes
George Gough has informed me that he is resigning as our league treasurer. If anyone wishes to take on this role, please let me know. Our thanks to George for his work during his time in this role.
Any subs paid in 2020 will be held over to next season or on request be refunded this season.
Chairman: Dave Butterworth
Secretary: Ken Buckley 01704 872834
Results Secretary: Chris Willan 07960267261
Treasurer: George Gough County Delegate: David Halewood
BCGBA REGISTRATION FORMS CR1/CR2 and BCGBA/COUNTY INVOICES
The FORMBY LEAGUE AGM was held Monday January 20th 2020.
The following are the main points arising.
· It was noted that the relocated Brooke Hotel club is now called Brownmoor Brooke.
· It is currently believed that we will still have 24 teams for 2020.
· For 2020, team fees will be halved from £60 to £30 per team.
· The Spring Registration meeting will be on Monday 16th March, 8pm, Northern. It is hoped Pat Crowther, Merseyside County Secretary, will be in attendance with handbooks.
Proposals and rule changes (as proposed by the Exec Committee, unless stated otherwise)
· Rule 19 Change the last date for new player registration from June 30th to “July 31st”. Accepted
· Rule 22 Delete the last sentence regarding play off matches deciding key league positions and replace with “In the event of two or more teams in key positions scoring the same number of league table points, their positions shall be decided by the results of the head to head games of the teams involved. The positions will be decided in the following priority order.
a) Most league points scored in the head to head games.
b) Best cumulative aggregate chalks difference in the head to head games.
c) Most individual player wins in the head to head games”
· Appendix 2 Acari, Butterworth and Sykes cup - Rule 3
Change this rule so that only the finals are played on neutral greens. Thus the proposed new rule to read “Up to and including the semi finals, matches are to be played on the basis of five individual matches on each of the two opposing teams’ greens. The Finals matches shall be played on neutral greens, with the host clubs providing standard jacks, footers, scorecards and measuring equipment. Where matches are split between the two greens, the away team players have the jack. Where matches are played on neutral greens, captains will toss for the first five jacks.” Accepted
Also, associated with this proposed change to cup Rule 3, then Rule 7 is to be changed to read
“No practice is allowed in any round”. Accepted
· Change start time in April from 6.30 to 6.15 (proposed by Hightown) Rejected
It was noted that there is nothing to stop individual match captains mutually agreeing an earlier start time.
Composition of league for 2020
The proposal to have three divisions was rejected, so the league will continue with two divisions, with the calendar similar to 2019. First league games 1st April, last league games 9th September, cup semis and finals on Weds 16th and 23rd September.
County (re Merseyside County AGM held in Jan 2020 )
· There was a ‘Bowls for Health’ presentation, promoting Training & Coaching at Bowls Clubs throughout Merseyside as part of a Programme to improve health in all age groups and abilities with the aim to get more people playing Bowls initially at a Social level but ultimately to join clubs at a competitive level. Any Clubs interested should contact the MCCGBA Development Officer (details will soon be posted on MCCGBA Website) or by using Google “Bowls for Health”
· Roy Cooke (07990 764143) is now the county Safeguarding Officer. There is a D B S accreditation meeting on 2nd February at Heswall RBL, but nothing so far in our area (minimum 10 required).
· Of 200 Merseyside clubs, about 20 have no Safeguarding Officer, and invoices for fines have been issued. Any Club not paying these fines and not providing details of a Safeguarding Officer would not be allowed to play Bowls under BCGBA. Leagues would be advised of clubs in the area being barred.
· The County Treasurer said that she would publish on the Web Site invoices which Leagues and Clubs could either print off to send payment of fees due or just make payment by Direct Bank Transfer ensuring that League/Club name and registration number were quoted. There would be no reminders.
· It is likely that sandals would not be allowed to be worn on greens without a medical certificate.
· Ron Holt is now the County Web Master. He said he had plans to improve the site and would ensure that it was brought up to date quickly and notices would appear on a regular basis.
If anyone would like a full copy of the AGM minutes, please contact the Secretary, Ken Buckley.
ROLL OF HONOUR
The 2019 roll of honour has been added to the website, please scroll down the page to view.
FEB 2021 NOTES IN LIEU OF THE AGM
FORMBY AND DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE - FEB 2021 NOTES
In the absence of an AGM in January 2021, these notes have been produced.
Billy Evans, Ian Delooze, Tom Jones, Ron Storey, Colin Corless, Dave Barton, Tony Cooper (please let me know of any omissions)
After the loss of the 2020 league season, let’s hope that at some time this season we can restart in a safe manner and with as many of our bowlers as possible.
These were circulated to all delegates in January 2020 and are taken as accepted, there being no subsequent comments.
· Our Ladys, Northern, Meadows each paid £30; Formby Village, Brownmoor Brooke each paid £60 for season 2020. These sums will be carried forward into 2021, unless a refund is requested, total £210.
· An anonymous donation of £200 was received.
· £1 paid into account to produce a bank statement at year end.
Expenditure (note the first four items were not included in the 2019 accounts)
· £360 prize money for 2019 season paid out at the 2020 AGM.
· £60 engraving for 2019 trophies.
· £750 honoraria for 2019
· £7.50 county affiliation for 2019.
· £10 room hire for 2020 AGM.
· £7.50 county affiliation for 2020.
· £64.50 for printing of 2020 fixtures.
· £65.01 insurance for 2020.
· At the 2020 AGM George believed that we had more funds in hand than necessary, so recommended that we reduce our team fees from £60 to £30 until our balance is reduced to a more reasonable amount.
There have been none since those tabled at the AGM of January 2020.
The BCGBA web site issued a statement dated 22 Feb. The key words on it are
“The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29th March. We understand today’s developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications. As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the BCGBA website”.
It is not yet clear to me to within what parameters we can restart on 29th March, and further detail is awaited to see when and how league bowling as we know it can restart. In the meanwhile, I have sent out an email on 24 Feb to all clubs to assess how ready they will be to start. It may be that, at least just for 2021, we will need to implement some temporary measures, such as team and division sizes.
Please let me know of any changes to club captains/secretaries.
The BCGBA have decided to reduce their club fee for 2021 season to £20 providing clubs had paid their 2020 fee by January 2021. They have also stated that any club in arrears for 2020 cannot play this year until such fee has been paid.
The position of President remains vacant. George Gough has resigned as Treasurer, so a new Treasurer is required. Any suggestions/volunteers?
None sought for the 2020 season. This will be clear in the 2021 accounts.
Ken Buckley. Secretary 25/2/2021
Executive Committee; Club Secretaries; Club Captains on email list.
|(Thursday 4 March 2021)|
RULES FOR 2020
FORMBY AND DISTRICT BOWLING LEAGUE
CONSTITUTION AND RULES JANUARY 2020
Rules 19, 22 and Appendix 2 updated as underlined following AGM January 2020.
Penalties for late submission of a Scorecard will be:
(a) First instance, the League Secretary will issue a warning to the Secretary of the offending Club.
(b) Second instance, the League Management Committee will impose a deduction of 2 points for every occurrence within a season.
29. Any team member (player or spectator) being guilty of disorderly conduct, using objectionable language or violating the rules of the League may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the League.
30. Protests of any such Match must be made to the League Secretary within seven days. The Club protesting must accompany the protest with a deposit of £10. The representatives of the Clubs concerned must leave the room after giving their evidence until the Executive Committee have arrived at their decision. The Executive Committee decision shall be subject to the right of appeal, and should they consider the complaint frivolous, The £10 shall be forwarded to the League.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
The Player of the Season award is open to all registered players, and shall be awarded for each division of the league.
TOTAL AVERAGE = 2.270
Rule 1 Updated January 2016
ARCARI, BUTTERWORTH and SYKES CUP RULES
Cup Rules 3 and 7 updated Jan 2020
** - Handicap Plate games excluded
|(Friday 24 January 2020)|
2019 ROLL OF HONOUR
League winners: Our Lady; Runners up: Brooke Hotel A
Cup winners: Our Ladys; Runners up: Brooke Hotel A
Merit winner: Mike Davies; Runner up: Steve McManus
(both Our Ladys)
League winners: Northern; Runners up: Crescent A
Cup winners: Moorside Tigers; Runners up: Meadows
Merit Winner: Alex Anderson (Northern); Runner up: Ian Hill (Hightown)
|(Saturday 28 September 2019)|
BCGBA MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Requests for membership cards must be accompanied by a BCGBA Membership Application Form. (Follow the links on http://merseysidebowls.co.uk/)
The current fee for a BCGBA Membership Cards is now £12 (£4 for replacement cards) and all cheques must be made payable to Merseyside CCGBA.
Send to: Linda Howard, 65 Prospect Vale, Wallasey, CH45 6TG.
|(Monday 25 February 2019)|
From BCGBA: All clubs must have a Safeguarding Official by 1st March 2019. If the official is a member of more than one club then they can cover all clubs they play for. If not, such clubs will be subject to a £25 fine, increasing by a further £25 for each succeeding 3 months without such a person, with the ultimate sanction of being barred from playing.
Just to remind you all, the recommended Action Plan for Clubs is as follows:
1. Identify an individual
2. Arrange for a DBS application to be completed through the BCGBA
3. Show the certificate to the County Safeguarding Officer / Evidence Checker / Counter Signatory.
4. Advise Club Members who the nominated Safeguarding Officer is. This can be done by printing a copy of the Safeguarding Policy from the Safeguarding Website, adding the name of your Safeguarding Officer and then posting it on your Club notice board.
5. Ensure your Safeguarding Officer has a place on your committee to feedback any updates in policy.
6. Let the Merseyside Registrar have full details of the Safeguarding Officer for your Club. (This must be done by 30/6/2019 to avoid a fine)
|(Thursday 14 February 2019)|
The 1933 Race for Honours
Earliest records found indicate that the Formby and District bowling League was founded in 1933, as shown by the first league winners inscribed on the Lister Cup, which is still awarded to this day for the League Division 1 winners. (See also the Archival section on this web site).
In fact the race for honours in 1933 was described in a 1933 newspaper article, as reproduced on a pillar in the Railway Hotel, Formby, and shown as follows:-
With only four more games, Formby Conservatives have a lead of four points. Their position was strengthened by the defeat of the Southport team, Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who lost by one in their game with the Railway Hotel, Formby. There were several games decided by one or two points only, and the decision was in doubt to the last end, Ainsdale doing their utmost to save a point, or get both, in order that they should retain their position in the race for honours.
A four a side knock-out competition on neutral greens is attracting great deal of attention, and the surprise of the first series of games was the defeat of Formby Trinity ‘A’ by Formby Trinity ‘C’ by six points.’’
(KB note. The Lister Cup shows that the 1933 league winners were the Railway Hotel, Ainsdale, who in fact were league winners fourteen times between 1933 and 1959).
|(Monday 19 March 2018)|
You can now view the history of league honours, going back to when the league started in 1933. To view, click the honours link in the links section. If you can help to fill in the blanks or have any further info, please let me know. Thanks to Phil Howlin for all the info.
|(Wednesday 5 March 2014)|