Co-op Sports & Social Club Minutes of the meeting held at
Dane Avenue 19th January 2017
Present: Mrs. B. Gillen (Chairperson), Ms. L. Chambers (Treasurer), Mr. A. Critchley (Co-Secretary), Ms. M. Thornburrow (Secretary), Mrs. J. Garner, Mrs. J. Hewitt and Mr. D. Pedley.
Mr. M. Gillen, Ms. K. Baker and Mr. M. Ellis.
1701 Minutes of Previous Meeting: ACTION
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 1st December, 2016 were
approved by the Committee and signed by the Chair.
1702 Secretary’s Report:
Rock Lea Development: Mulberry Homes Ltd., Blackburn,
have submitted Plans to the Planning Dept. Town Hall, to
build 14 detached houses on the former Rock Lea site. The
Application no. is 6/2016/0789 with a recent amendment of
- B07/2016/0789 and can be viewed at
www.barrowbc.gov.uk/papps/search.aspx. Representation on
behalf of the Club has been submitted to the Town Hall,
seeking reassurance and written confirmation that the
boundary wall position remain unchanged and would not
be breached by pedestrian access from the proposed site,
that any untoward damage to the Club’s boundary be
made good and that any disruption impacting on the Club
be minimised. Acknowledgement has been received from
the Development Services Manager, stating the the Club’s
views and concerns would be reproduced in full as part of
any report. It is understood that the Planning Committee
may discuss this Application on 7th March, 2017.
Website Update: A student from Channelside College
continues to assist the Club in its redevelopment of the
New Bar Prices: The implementation of the new bar prices,
most of which have been lowered, is proving profitable for the
Club. An account with Morecambe Bay Wines has been
opened in addition to those we have with Marston’s and
Booker. It was agreed that additional space was needed for
the storage of bar stock, and this would be looked into. AC
Members v Non-Members:A proposal to consider charging
non-members a small entrance fee was raised, this being
seen as a way of encouraging regular non-members who
visit the Club to become members, and lead to the possibility
of offering a free “trial membership” – maybe one month – to
outsiders. After discussion, the proposal was rejected.
The Committee considered how best to provide incentives
for Membership and agreed to return to this at the next
Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy Update: Due to the
complexities of current legislation, it was decided that the
Club’s ‘target’ group should be 18-30 year olds, and
communication would be made with Channelside College to
intimate the Club’s willingness to provide free ad-hoc bowling
tuition, with the use of the Club’s woods. MT
Driveway Lighting Update: Ongoing enquiries are being
made to identify the best way forward. DP
1703 Treasurer’s Report:
A Business Money Manager Savings Account has been opened
with a view to funding resurfacing of the car park. It was
agreed that local charitable organisations be contacted to ask
for possible help with funding.
The Year End accounts are with the Auditor.
There is an excess of Income over Expenditure. Exceptional
costs over 2016 have been: upholstering of internal seats,
maintenance of bowling green benches, verandah roof, new
door to greenkeeper’s store and refurbishment of the trailer.
1704 Bowling Secretary’s Report:
There is a date change for the Men’s Signing-on, from
9th February to 16th February.
Furness AGM have requested the use of our Club for the
26th October at 7pm.
Furness League Meeting was held on 18th January. The
Rules Committee would be getting together to provide
clarification to those bowlers who have misunderstood
the interpretation of the rules.
The Knock-Out Cup format will be reconstituted.
The Police are moving to Red River.
Due to work going on at Cavendish Park, leading to
possible car parking problems, it is advisable to either
walk or car-share.
No feedback has been received from the Cumbria AGM.
The £2.00 levy has been voted in.
No Treasurer has yet been appointed.
The Rotary Singles – possible dates of Sunday, 28th May
or Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May would be looked into.
1705 Bar Report/Cover:
A question was raised as to the possibility of the bar
opening each night. The Committee decided to wait for
the bowling season to start, before making a decision.
1706 Fundraising Committee Report:
The next Coffee Morning is on Saturday 24th June, at
9.30-11.30 am. Four volunteers to help in the kitchen
will be needed for this and future Coffee Mornings.
1707 Social Activities: Nil to report.
1708 Health & Safety Issues: Nil to report.
1709 ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Sadly, due to health reasons, Mr. M. Gillen has tendered
his resignation as both a longstanding Committee Member
and Maintenance Manager, with effect from 19th January,
- The Committee extended their grateful thanks and
gave their best wishes for Mr. Gillen’s future and for
improvement in his health.
With the much-anticipated return on 18th March of top-
class Cabaret Artist James Reay, it was considered
advantageous to promote this and other cabaret events
in the “Evening Mail”. Cost enquiries to be made. MT
There have been a number of requests by lady bowlers for
a bowling shelter. It was agreed to await the appointment
of a Maintenance Manager to discuss the matter further.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be 21st February at 7pm.
Four Committee Members are due for re-election, including
the position of Maintenance Manager.
DATE OF NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING is 23rd February at 6pm.
The Meeting ended at 7.45pm.