Minutes of Regional Meeting held on Friday 30th January 2009
8.00pm Northampton Boat Club.
Members Present. Paul Le Blique, Chairman, TBC, John Brown Vice Chairman, ANRC and NBC, Jenny Sullivan, Sec. OCC, Ralph Sullivan OCC, Clive Rowlands OCC, Quartermaster, Mick Blackwell NBC, Arthur Kersey LCC, Alan Kemp DDBC, John Penn SECC, Ian Clipstone WMCC, John Crisp PYC, Eunice Crisp PYC, Alan Ross TCCC,
Apologies John Henley WMCC,
Minutes of Previous Meeting. These were agreed as a true record.
Proposed : Clive Rowlands
Seconded: Ralph Sullivan
• It was agreed that we had a successful and enjoyable social outing to Foxton. A report would be put on the regional website of the AWCC
• OCC. A meeting took place at OCC on 16th. November and it was possible to see damage done to the bank for which the contractors are being blamed. John Brown had nothing to report from the EA and Fairline who own the land are not interested. I would follow up with Harry Wright Commodore re: meeting on the 8th Feb.
• Other matters would be discussed in other items in the agenda.
• I’ve have circulated club details and I would update and circulate again.
• I have received details of proposed changes to the AWCC Constitution to be discussed at this meeting and then to be discussed at national level.
• Received a sample club contact sheet which clubs are to complete and then send to me. Several clubs have already done this.
• Received copies of ALERT and Pennant from PYC.
(See attached copy from P.LeB.)
Paul read out a draft of a letter to the EA to suggest the instigation of User Group Meetings similar to those organised by BW with various navigation user groups involved including AWCC reps.
1. Good Christmas party support.
2. The club was open for Christmas Day where a lunch was prepared and also for the New Year .
3. Brian of the Nene. A quiz night with supper was held to enable a team to be chosen for the ANRC Brain of the Nene. The team came 3rd on the night, a much improved performance on last year’s result. Middle Nene Cruising Club came first.
4. Club events for the year are on OCC’s website.
1. A successful Annual Dinner was held.
2. Mince pies/mulled wine and quiz evening took place in December.
3. There was a cruise on 17th January to Weedon with a meal. In the end only one boat cruised.
4. A full calendar of events is planned for the year.
5. The club has gained in membership.
1. A pre season lunch took place at The Wharf at Bugbrooke in January with 28 members
2. The AGM and meal is planned for 21st March and is to take place at The Boat at Stoke
3. A calendar of future events is being planned.
1. The AGM took place in November.
2. Lift Bridge. BW are thinking of making this semi automatic along with others on the Oxford Canal.
3. Pumpout. The club now own this. There has been a user who moors locally who is proving to be unpopular and is abusing the facilities.
4. It is predicted that there could be problems with parking with Heyford Boats who now own some moorings nearby.
1. A Laying Up Supper was held.
2. Members joined in a bell ringing event at the December Christmas evening.
3. AGM was held in December with some changes to the committee.
4. A Valentine’s Night is planned.
5. Alan Kemp is looking to pass on the club newsletter for inclusion for the Inter Club Magazine Competition. It was suggested the PYC should do the same for their copy of The Pennant.
1. The AGM was held at the end of January and Arthur was happy to report that the committee
was happy to continue in their posts. The Handbook details are still up to date.
2. Not much happening event wise.
1. The Christmas Dinner took place with 90 members attending. This included visitors coming
in from elsewhere.
2. General work parties are planned.
3. Preparation for the ANRC Rally is to begin.
4. Groundwork for the 2011 rally has started when the club will be celebrating their 100 years anniversary.
5. This year’s events are on the ANRC website. There are problems with the NBC website.
1. There was a fireworks outing on 15th November(?)
2. Carols night was on the 13th Dec.
3. Brain of the Nene warm up was held with a supper on 10th Jan.
4. A Valentine’s party is planned for the 14th Feb.
5. A Knot and Splicing evening is planned.
6. £35,000 has been spent on tarmacing moorings and there are plans to do the slipway and hardstanding.
7. The club is being well used at weekends.
1. A good Annual Dinner which was well supported took place at The Barley Mow at
2. The Rear Commodore is planning a club cruise for the spring.
3. There are plans to revive the inter club/ social competitive activities.
Treasurer’s Report. No report this meeting but in an e-mail John Henley reported that there are only 2 clubs yet to pay their subs, Taverners and PCC.
Quartermasters Report. Any requests send an e-mail to Clive Rowlands who will arrange to have it sent on. It was suggested that individual membership cards could go out with club membership. Clive said that he would order more cards. A reminder that clubs buy in cards at 10p and sell at 25p. There was a request from John Brown for 50 cards.
Change in Constitution.
Resolution One. Proposed in changing the wording of the Constitution.
• Affiliation is being welcomed generally.
• Presidents and Vice Presidents. Not clear on voting rights as they are not elected members which creates a dilemma.
• 1.3 (a) (d) and (e) Add ‘and affiliated’ to organisations.
• 2.2 Remove the word ‘member’ from the second to last line.
• 3.4 As stands.
• 4.6 Important that boat club members keep their boating rights.
• 5.1 Affiliated ‘member’ to be removed.
• 5.4 Add ‘affiliated’ organisations.
• 2.1Clive Rowlands questioned wording of this clause.
Paul Le Blique explained that at present there was 1 President and 5 Vice Presidents who tended to be ex regional Chairmen. It was needed to look at their voting rights and a discussion followed on the rights and wrongs of this. The committee were split on this but when it was held to the vote it was felt that they should not have voting rights. The main reason for this decision was the fact that the combined voting power of the Presidents is greater than that of the Regional Chairmen. I questioned the need to have so many vice presidents. Paul explained that they do attend meetings where their experience and knowledge was both helpful and appreciated. Vice Presidents are very supportive of AWCC activities such as manning the stand at rallies and shows.
The place of volunteers on today’s waterways.
(This item to be left until next time).
• The report on Foxton to send to Ian to go on the website, possibly enhanced with photos. Send any photos to Ian Clipstone.
• November Minutes to go on.
• ALERT was being sent out in the post but it was suggested by Clive Rowlands that to save money that copies should be circulated electronically and also to go on the AWCC website. Several of the committee said that they do not see copies. Could they not go to reps rather than club secretaries?
• Alan Ross said copies of WIDEVIEW from Thrupp were available and to ask him for copies via e-mail.
• I questioned the lack of a Handbook for this year but Paul said that it was expensive to produce and updates would be available.
• It had been suggested that clubs would come forward to volunteer to host an NEC Meeting.
• Northampton Boat Gathering. Ian handed out posters for display in clubs and asked if the AWCC and ANRC could have a Stand. (Crick Boat Show would be on the Agenda for the next meeting).
Dates of Future Meetings.
Sat. 14th March 2009 AGM at Stafford Boat Club.
SE Region Dates:
Fri. 6th Mar 2009 at NBC Fri 24th April 2009
Fri 12th June 2009 Fri 25th Sept 2009
Fri 13th Nov 200 Fri 29th Jan 2010
Jenny Sullivan SE Region Secretary