Committee and Constitution

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

28TH NOVEMBER 2018

PRESENT
Ray Guthrie, Ric Clark, Ian Clement, Roger Stone, Rob Thain, Mike Hedges, Ray Vickers, Dave Millington

APOLOGIES
Phil Thompson, Alan Skivington

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted.

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
No separate report

SECRETARY’S REPORT
No separate report.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Ian Clement reported that we have received an income of £21361 and expenditure of £19656. We brought forward £7570 from last year so at bank we have £9275.
Of this there are earmarked balances of £4534 and thus are in a carry forward position of £4741. At present we are at a break- even point with last year in terms of our balances.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone gave a detailed report concerning the new handicapping and slope index system due for introduction in 2020. He attended a workshop on the issue at South Wiltshire Golf Club in the autumn. Anyone wishing further detail at this time, contact Roger, further work will take place to secure implementation during the forthcoming year.

FIXTURES
David Elliott reported that the list for next year has now been put to bed with the majority of starts being at 1000 with some exceptions commencing at 1100 for teams travelling from the Bristol area and beyond.

COMPETITIONS
Rob Thain will oversee the winter matches until the AGM and thereafter the immediate past Captain will take on this role.
The outline plan for next year’s Wednesday competitions was discussed and it was seen to achieve a balance between green and yellow tees for qualifiers and also between medals and stableford.

EVENTS
Mike Hedges and Rob Thain will arrange the seating plan for the Christmas Meal as in past years.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
- Fred Grist raised the issue of the winter tee position and put forward a proposal. This was discussed but it was decided to speak to Jon Cowgill to secure the tee position either on the forward tee or alternatively the ladies.( following the meeting Jon confirmes that the ladies tee will be used on Wednesday only).
- The time for the Wednesday competition start will be 0830 from 5.12.18 until at least 1.2.19.
- Phil Thompson has announced his stepping back from Committee work due to work commitments, the Committee wishes to thank Phil for his work and support.
- Ray Guthrie outlined his wish to make the 3 clubs and a putter Christmas event an enhanced Charity event and it was agreed that the entry fee the competition will be raised to £5 to secure an additional donation to his chosen charity.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
To be announced


Michael Hedges
Hon. Secretary.

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

3RD OCTOBER 2018

PRESENT
Ray Guthrie, Mike Hedges, Roger Stone, Dave Elliott, Ray Vickers, Ian Clement

APOLOGIES
Alan Skivington, Ric Clark, Chris Liberty, Dave Millington

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Ray updated the meeting on our friendly matches, we now have just three remaining, Cumberwell and Knowle at home and Wedmore away. Ray extended a vote of thanks to Fred Grist who has done an excellent job in producing our match day menus.

SECRETARY’S REPORT
No separate report.

TREASURERS REPORT
Ian produced a balance sheet indicating that the section account stood at £4594.57 uncommitted at present.

HANDICAPS
Roger stated that there will be a limited number of handicaps which will be reviewed by him and the Captain, any adjustments will be on a strictly evidence led basis.

COMPETITIONS
The final of the Rose Bowl against Wells has been played at the Mendip Club and regrettably we lost four and a half to a half. Winter knock outs including pairs will be played on the Duchy Course.

EVENTS
The Christmas dinner is our next main event and Ian reported that money is now coming in at £15 per head, meaning a section subsidy of £10 per person, there will be a free raffle and the competition will be the usual three clubs and a putter. We will be exploring whether we can make this a sponsored event to boost the Captain’s charity fund.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The provisional calendar for next year is made out and we are seeking a balance re matches off yellow and green tees plus some new formats for team games.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 28th November 2018

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS SECTION COMMITTEE MEETING

1ST AUGUST 2018

PRESENT
Ray Guthrie; Mike Hedges; Rob Thain; Dave Millington; Ian Clement; Roger Stone; Phil Thompson; David Elliott; Alan Skivington; Ray Vickers; Chris Liberty.

APOLOGIES
None

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted as a true record.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
No Report at his time.

SECRETARY
No separate report.

TREASURER
Ian produced a balance sheet with the following salient figures. £6653.61 @ the bank. Income £12401.97 expenditure £13319.32.
It should be noted that the accounts do not yet include the senior section membership fees collected with subs as these still have to be disaggregated and transferred to our account.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone addressed the issue of a half yearly review of handicaps; to do this he needs evidence of play and whilst he receives some roll-up cards, this is only a small proportion of senior members and it would be unfair to just address these, particularly when play in our qualifying competitions identify the need for movement in handicaps. After discussion it was decided not to carry out an interim review. Comment was also made that a number of players are struggling significantly to play to their existing handicaps and not only does this impact on their enjoyment of golf but also has impact on others when playing in team games. Roger agreed to run a review over the next month to examine the impact.

FIXTURES
David circulated the list of fixtures so far in place for next year; he has avoided two matches in a week apart from one occasion during the year and we currently have three clear dates. The quality of our fixtures is improving significantly.

COMPETITIONS
A lengthy discussion took place concerning the forthcoming Senior’s Open to be staged by the Section. We currently have only ten entries from away players and 29 from our Club . Indication has been given that with the Club-run senior’s open that has just taken place that some potential entrants do not feel there is value in coming to play again so soon afterwards. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to cancel the Open and to do so for the immediate future. A letter will be sent to those away players plus a refund.

Phil Thompson reported that all knock-out competitions were up to date.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Advice given by Chris that if in future new or additional trophies are to be purchased then go for square rather than round bases as the cost of engraving a flat surface is so less expensive.

A general discussion took place concerning the number of qualifying events taking place. The Section policy is through the summer months we play one medal and one qualifying stableford per month. It has, however, been noticed that with the playing of specific competitions like the Chairman’s Cup and the Jubilee Cup, these are played in addition to the two monthly qualifiers. It was decided that for next year we will not play the specific cup competitions in addition to the two monthly qualifiers but instead of.

Dave Millington raised an issue on behalf of some members who asked if there could be an additional roll up on a Monday and Friday starting at a later time – say 9.30am. It was stated that the existing roll ups are totally informal and tee times are booked through the Club system and that is open to any member or group of members to book tee times for the same purpose later in the morning.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
3.10.18.


Michael Hedges
Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIOR SECTION COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday 4th July 2018

PRESENT: Ray Guthrie, David Elliott, Ian Clement, Chris Liberty, Phil Thompson, Rob Thain, Roger Stone, Alan Skivington and Dave Millington

APOLOGIES: Rick Clark, Mike Hedges and Ray Vickers

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Accepted.

MATTERS ARISING: Mike Hedges to update on discussions with Fay on Wednesday dates for Christmas Meal.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT: The Captain welcomed Dave Millington to the Committee. Matches are going according to plan. Further complaints on meal quality have arisen and this is being raised with Fay. Dave Elliott mentioned that he had written separately to Jon Cowgill on the food quality following the recent meal in our match with Tall Pines. Outcomes to be advised but concern expressed about paying for sub-standard meals.

SECRETARY: No Separate report.

TREASURER: Ian Clement reported that our income so far had been £11,198 and expenditure £12,604. There is still approx £1,400 to come from the Club re Annual Subscriptions but as previously mentioned our income is lower due to adverse weather conditions in Spring.

HANDICAPS: Roger Stone reported that there had been issues with members entering their scores into PSI and he is keeping a close eye on this. Also he mentioned that there will be a half yearly review of handicaps in due course.

FIXTURES: Dave Elliott reported that there are home and away ties with Stockwood in 2019. He is moving around fixtures to ensure Wells do not play us when there is likely to be a shortened course given previous adverse feedback. Also the Wheathill and Shirehampton fixtures are now each one game annually. Dave will continue his attempts to include fixtures with Chipping Sodbury.
There was then a discussion about dress code for the matches. It was agreed that the current jacket, shirt and tie should continue for home matches but at the Captain's discretion this can be changed due to weather conditions and then with appropriate advice to all playing parties.

COMPETITIONS: Phil Thompson reported that all are on time.

EVENTS: Chris Liberty reported that so far we have 14 visitors who all wish to play after 10am. Currently all Farrington members signed up wish to play between 8am and 10am which causes an issue with allocating Farrington members to visitors. Concern expressed on the numbers particularly as the closing date is 31st July. Captain to write to Clubs on our fixture list with a flyer to try to drum up further support. A decision on the Seniors Open will be taken at the next Committee Meeting.
Meantime Captain to check with Jon Cowgill on green fee to be charged.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS: None

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 1st August 2018.

FARRINGTON PARK SENIOR SECTION COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY 2018

PRESENT
Ray Guthrie, Mike Hedges, David Elliott, Ian Clement, Chris Liberty, Ray Vickers, Phil Thompson, Rob Thain.

APOLOGIES
Roger Stone, Alan Skivington, Ric Clarke

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted.

MATTERS ARISING
Seniors won the first leg of the Rose Bowl against Mendip Spring three and one half to one and one half. Next round will be aginst Clevedon at Stockwood Vale.

Ric Clark has approached David Millington to be his vice captain in 2019 who has agreed. David to be invited to join the Committee.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Not a lot to report at this stage but reported that we had beaten Mendip Spring at their course 4/2 and lost away at Long Sutton.

SECRETARY
No Separate report.

TREASURER
Ian Clement reported that our income so far had been £9265 and expenditure £83678. We have lost six games this year to adverse weather thus we are between £450 & £500 down on income.

HANDICAPS
No report.

FIXTURES
David reported that we are well ontrack for next year and that he is endeavouring to avoid having two matches falling in the same week as we will experience next week. Next year we will have one match against Stockwood and Wheathill.

COMPETITIONS
Phil Thompson reported that all are on time.

EVENTS
Chris Liberty reported that so far we have three away entries for 3.9.18. but it is early days yet.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Chris Liberty raised the question as to whether a two spot prize will be paid out to a competitor who scored a two but later in the round nil returned. It was confirmed that pay out will take place as the two spot is a voluntary competition running parallel to the event of the day.
Ray Vickers questioned when a three match suspension if imposed for non appearance would start to run, would it be the day of the N/A or the following Wednesday. It was confirmed that the latter is the case.
David Elliott spoke concerning the Christmas meal which this year is 19.12.18. he suggested that we try and keep this Wednesday in subsequent years. Agreed, Mike Hedges to liaise with Fay.
Rob Thain advised the meeting that Josh Hilliard will be playing in a number of events on the Euro Pro tour and will have seven starts on the Challenge Tour. A discussion then took place as to how the Senior Section could support Josh and the suggestion was made that we run a ‘one hundred club’ draw at say £5 per entry. Further enquiries to be made.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING 4.7.18.

Farrington Park Seniors Committee Meeting

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Minutes of Meeting of Farrington Seniors Section held on Wednesday 21st March 2018

PRESENT: Ray Guthrie, Alan Skivington, Dave Elliott, Roger Stone and Ray Vickers.

APOLOGIES: Phil Thompson, Mike Hedges, Ian Clement, Chris Liberty, Rob Thain and Rick Clark.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted.

MATTERS ARISING
None.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
RG reported that the match against The Kendleshire was cancelled due to the weather and had been rearranged for Tuesday 17th April. The large majority of the team selected for the cancelled match will play in the rearranged fixture.
There is some concern as to whether the Wells match will go ahead and RG will update on the position as soon as possible.
PT has organised a team to play in the Rose Bowl match against Mendip Spring.
Following feedback RG is to explore the possibility of commencing the Seniors' home matches at 10am this season with Jon Cowgill. DE will engage with all the clubs involved.

SECRETARY’S REPORT
None

TREASURER’S REPORT
None

HANDICAPS
RS distributed a paper with an announcement on the new World Handicap System being proposed with a projected launch in January 2020. Workshops on the proposals are being run with golf clubs in the Spring with golf clubs and much fuller details being released in late 2018.

FIXTURES
DE has been progressing 2019 fixture list and has been trying to avoid situations where 2 matches are played in the same week. A full discussion took place on the options but as it was only affecting 2 weeks over the period then it was agreed to leave matters as they are currently.
DE is exploring the possibility of a new fixture in 2019 as Wheathill have indicated a problem with one of their dates and have not come up with a solution so far. Clubs suggested to DE include Chipping Sodbury, Yeovil and Thornbury.

COMPETITIONS
None

EVENTS
A discussion took place on the Seniors Open and it was noted that the revised format had been communicated by CL.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
RG to speak to RC on nominations for Vice Captain in 2019.
A discussion took place on the sponsorship of Josh Hilleard to launch his career as a professional golfer on the Europro Tour. RG suggested that the Seniors Section sponsor Josh as a Silver Sponsor. This would include an 18 hole round with Josh. To support this RG suggested a raffle with the prize being a round of golf with Josh. All present were supportive and RG will speak with IC on the mechanics behind setting up the raffle.
Some concern expressed about the delay in Farrington Park updating both the Website and Answerphone on the Course Status this morning bearing in mind our first tee off time of 8am. RG to raise with Jon Cowgill.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 9th May 2018



Alan Skivington
Deputising for Mike Hedges, Hon. Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

14TH FEBRUARY 2018

ATTENDANCE
42 Members of the Senior Section attended the meeting plus Andy Grabham and members of the Greens Staff

APOLOGIES
Rick Clark, Tony Quinn, Bob McKeegan-Brown, Len Salter, David Millington, Mike Astle, Paul Thomas, Jim Farmer, Mike Henton.

MINUTES OF 2017 AGM
Accepted as atrue record.

MATTERS ARISING
None

PRESENTATION OF CHARITY CHEQUE
Helen Jefferies of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance attended the meeting and was presented with a cheque for £4242.78 by the Captain, Phil Thompson as the proceeds of the Captain’s Charity for the past year. It was notable that included in these monies was a donation from Bob Earney of £1000 from his sponsored slim and £100 each from Ken Hutton and Rob Thain.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Phil Thompson started his report by saying how the year had shot by, he started his year in the rain and he finished in the rain. He said that he had enjoyed his role as Captain and he thanked the key staff at the Club, Andy, and the bar and catering staff. We have played 32 friendly fixtures having won 20, Drawn 1 and lost 11. We have improved the quality of our fixture list with Cumberwell and Kendalshire added and the prospect of a new fixture with Kingsdown next year. Fifty two different members of the section had represented the Seniors during the course of the year some playing once or twice and others on many occasions. Phil went on to thank Ray for his ever present support in running the Wednesday events, Vice Captain Ray Guthrie and Fred Grist for his excellent work on the menu cards. Finally he extended his thanks to other members of the Committee who supported him during the year. He closed on a request to the membership to support the incoming Captain, Ray in the same way as he had received support.

TREASURER
Ian Clements provided his report on the section finances, a copy of which will be on the web site.
Commencing with the start of the year we had a bring forward of £8368 and ended the year with -£757.39. There had been in year expenditure of £25198 and income of £22440.
We now have 144 members, 16 less than the past year
A contribution from Club funds of £1742 for the Christmas Dinner and draw.
The Seniors Section Open provided a credit on income of £82 plus an income from the raffle of £477
Of the carry forward we paid £3419 to Wizzybugs, David Elliott’s Charity.
Our donation from the Air Ambulance was made up of the donations by Bob Earney, Rob Thain and Ken Hutton plus sponsorship from the Open. A special thank you went to Malcolm Brook who managed to get twenty sponsors for the event.
£5971 was paid out in prize money for the Wednesday events.

AUDITORS REPORT
Alan Skivington reported that he had examined all financial records and found them in good shape and a true record.

COMPETITIONS
Tony Clement reported that all had run to order.

SENIOR’S WEDNEDAY EVENTS.
Ray Vickers reported that by and large, all competitors had been very compliant. He suggested that where players were signing up late to try and get a game, whilst it was OK to sign at the bottom of the sheet, he was more than happy to receive phone calls on his home land line.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone referred to some of the changes to the system that had taken place during the year and in particular to the handing in of cards from casual play both home and away and competitive play in away Opens. He said that whilst he was regularly receiving cards from weekly roll ups, he had not received any cards from away visits. Such cards are used in connection with the annual review.
Moving on to the annual review, Roger reported that this had been carried out recently and that 29 changes had been made both up and down. He said that it was now possible for a handicap change to take someone to above 28. Steve Simmons requested that the new committee consider whether to place an upper limit on handicap allowance for some events.

WEBSITE
Alan Skivington reported that the site was working well and requested where possible photographs from events be posted to him for inclusion. He said that it would appear that we are by far the biggest users as a section of the Club web site.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Captain:- Ray Guthrie; proposed Rob Porter; seconded Steve Ball – carried unanimously
Vice Captain:- Richard Clarke; proposed Brian Brown, Seconded Alan Smith – carried unanimously
Secretary:- Mike Hedges; proposed Tony Clement, seconded Phil Thompson – carried unanimously
Treasurer:- Ian Clement; prfoposed Tony Waldron, seconded Nigel Savage – carried unanimously
Immediate Past Captain – Phil Thompson – carried unanimously
Seniors Competitions- Ray Vickers – carried unanimously
Open Competitions- David Elliott and Chris Liberty – carried unanimously
Handicaps and Diary- Roger Stone – carried unanimously
Media -Rob Thain – carried unanimously
Web Site- Alan Skivington – carried unanimously

INCOMING CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Ray Guthrie thanked the membership for their support and said that he would do all that he could to uphold the good name and respect for the Seniors Section. He thanked Phil for his excellent year in post and he also recognized the hard work of the Committee behind the scenes. He said that he was looking forward to working with all members of the section and closed by stating that his chosen charity for the year is the Children’s Hospice South West.

MATTERS FOR DISCUSSION
David Elliott drew the attention of the meeting to the fact that our own Josh Hilliard had turned professional and was joining the Europro Tour. There are significant costs associated with this and as he will be playing under the banner of Farrington Park steps are being taken to try and support him. A number of sponsorship packages are available and also a fund-raising dinner in support of Josh is being held at the Club, the cost is £50 per ticket and details are available from the Pro shop.

Roger Stone advised members that the diary will be printed and available within the next two to three weeks and that it was imperative that any changes in telephone numbers be reported to him as soon as possible.

Kevin Seery requested that the Committee consider introducing a veterans category for some events for players of or over the age of 70, this could be for stableford or medal competitions.

Steve Simmons requested that for the next AGM both Andy and John Cowgill be invited to attend so that we can have a question and answer session.

DATE OF NEXT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 13th February 2019


Michael I.I. Hedges CBE QPM LLB
Honorary Secretary

AGM 2018

Wednesday 14th February 2018 @ 2.15pm

Click here for Notice of AGM

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday 17th January 2018

PRESENT
Phil Thompson, Mike Hedges, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Alan Skivington,Dave Elliott, Ray Vickers, Chris Liberty, Rob Thain, Rick Clark.

APOLOGIES
Ray Guthrie

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
None

SECRETARY’S REPORT
Mike Hedges referred to e mails received from the National Seniors Competition Secretary regarding this year’s events and it was decided that as in past years we would not be entering the competition.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Ian Clement outlined the salient details as follows:-
The accounts for 2017/18 have been completed and handed to Alan Skivington for audit and these will be presented to the AGM. We currently have £7610 at the bank but of this amount £4235 is committed expenditure and this will be going to the Captain’s chosen charity, the Air Ambulance who will be invited to the AGM to collect the cheque. Of the latter sum, £1070 was derived from sponsorship of the Seniors Open, £1036 from Bob Earney from his sponsored slim and £100 from Ken Hutton. This leaves £3375 uncommitted in the account.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone reported that the annual review will be carried out next week with the Captain and Chris Liberty.

FIXTURES
No report until after the AGM>

COMPETITIONS
All knock outs are on time. One player failed to turn up for the Wednesday Competition and no telephone call was received. The Captain was asked to contact the player concerned to ascertain if there were any emergency reasons received for non-appearance.
(Following the meeting a conversation took place and as there was no reason or urgency the rule of suspension for three Wednesdays was invoked).
The ruling concerning non-appearance was set by the Committee last year and was posted on the notice board. In accordance with the rules of the EGU the committee overseeing Competitions can set such rules as they think appropriate for the good conduct of competitions. The rule is set out below to ensure clarity and will be entered in the Seniors Diary.

“WHERE A PLAYER HAS SIGNED UP ON THE APPROPRIATE SHEET TO TAKE PART IN A WEDNESDAY COMPETITION AND WITHOUT NOTICE BY WAY OF A PHONE CALL TO THE ORGANISER, RAY VICKERS, OR THE LEAVING OF A VOICE MAIL, OR OTHER EMERGENCY SITUATION, FAILS TO TURN UP TO PLAY, A SUSPENSION FOR THREE WEDNESDAY COMPETITIONS WILL BE PUT IN FORCE.”

EVENTS
The Seniors Open scheduled for Monday 3rd September 2018 was the subject of lengthy consideration following which it was decided that there would be an amendment to the details of the event which have been released. The competition will now be an individual stableford with a maximum handicap of 28. There will be separate prizes for home players and visitors and the game will be played from a one tee start – from the 1st between 8am and 2.30pm and where possible Farrington players will feature alongside visitors as in past years. The cost to visitors will be £15 the cost to home players is still under consideration by the treasurer. Catering facilities will be available on the day for payment and the usual raffle and nearest the pin prizes will also be featured. Chris Liberty agreed to amend the flyers to go out to other Clubs inviting entries at the earliest opportunity.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Secretary outlined the necessary paperwork and notifications for the AGM and after discussion the Committee nominations for posts was decided and will be posted on the notice board along with invitations for further nominations, proposals for rule changes etc.

Roger Stone confirmed that work was ongoing to complete the diary for the forthcoming year.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
14th March 2018


Michael Hedges
Honorary Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday 8th November 2017

PRESENT
Phil Thompson, Mike Hedges, Dave Elliott, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Ray Vickers, Chris Liberty, Fred Grist, Ray Guthrie, Alan Skivington, Roger Stone.

APOLOGIES
Rob Thain

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAINS REPORT
A year end report on our inter club matches is up on the notice board and it was noteworthy that this season we won seven and drew 1 away from home.

TREASURERS REPORT
Ian Clement reported that we have income of £22319 and expenditure of £21120 – positive margin of £1198. We have a bring forward from last year of £8368, which includes our donation to the Captain’s charity. It was decided that the winners of knock out competitions will have their prize money put on their club cards.

SECRETARY
Mike Hedges read out key issues from the minutes of South West Seniors Golf Conference held on 19th October 2017 at Chipping Sodbury.


HANDICAPS
Roger Stone referred to proposed rule changes due in January 2019 and also that there is a new maximum of 54 for competitive handicaps. Those now currently playing off 28 will go up .1 on every occasion that they exceed the buffer zone for their handicap. It was now also possible to do as many supplementary cards as a player wishes providing the round is played on a measured course.
Concerning the maximum score medal experiment it was decided not to pursue this format in future. A Handicap review will be carried out in January 2018. Details of this years most improved player has been passed to Tony Clements.

COMPETITIONS
Draws have been made and the list is up on the notice board.

EVENTS
There are currently 104 sign-ups for the Christmas Dinner. Several yet to pay, the seating plan will be organized by Mike Hedges and Rob Thain.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Roger Stone agreed to take on the task of compiling the Diary.

A sub-committee of five has been set up to organize the open which will be held on 3.9.18, this will be an individual stableford played in groups of four at a cost of £32 for non members and £20 members, however, it was decided that the sub-committee will come back to the next meeting with costed proposals.

The first tee time for Wednesday events will be put back to 8.16am in two weeks time

Dave Elliott sought suggestions for potential new matches and Enmore and Worlebury were put forward.

The AGM will be held in February, date to be decided, and committee nominations will be put forward at the next meeting.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
17.1.18.

FARRINGTON SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2017

PRESENT: PHIL THOMPSON; RAY GUTHRIE; IAN CLEMENT; DAVID ELLIOTT; ROGER STONE; CHRIS LIBERTY; ALAN SKIVINGTON; ROB THAIN; RAY VICKERS; TONY CLEMENT

APOLOGIES: MIKE HEDGES; FRED GRIST


MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: READ AND ACCEPTED


CAPTAINS REPORT:

SENIORS MATCHES GOING VERY WELL 7 CONSECUTIVE WINS, SENIORS REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR THE SOMERSET COUNTY COMPETITION ON THE FRIDAY 6TH OCT. COMMITTEE TEAM WILL BE ENTERED. SPECIAL THANKS TO MALCOLM BROOKS FOR THE AMOUNT OF SPONSORS RECEIVED FOR THE OPEN.

TREASURERS REPORT:

IAN CLEMENT REPORTED ALL GOING WELL, BALANCE OF £8,575-24, A VERY GOOD CHARITY DONATION FROM BOB EARNEY OF £1,036.OO WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE CAPTAINS CHARITY. DISCUSSION ON MEMBERSHIP TO THE SENIOR SECTION ,YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE 18 HOLE COURSE TO QUALIFY FOR THE SENIOR SECTION (9 HOLE MEMBERSHIP ONLY DOES NOT COUNT). JOHN COWGILL COLLECTS THE £10.00 ALONG WITH THE MAIN SUBS. A NOTE OF THE ABOVE WILL BE PUT IN THE DIARY FOR 2018, ALSO A NOTE ON THE SENIORS BOARD, A LIST OF 22 MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT PAID ARE UNDER REVIEW. CHRISTMAS LUNCH LIST IS NOW ON THE NOTICE BOARD £10.00 FOR MEMBERS, FOR NON MEMBERS £24.00, IAN CLEMENT TO COLLECT THE MONEY.

COMPETITION REPORT:

ROGER STONE REPORTED ON THE E.G.U. CHANGE OF RULES TO BE OPERATIVE FROM THE 1ST JANUARY 2019, AS A RESULT OF THESE NEW RULES ROGER PROPOSED WE TRY TWO NEW SCORING METHODS FOR A MEDAL AND A TEXAS SCRAMBLE GAMES, A NOTICE IS ATTACHED TO THE MINUTES SHEET AND ALSO ON THE SENIORS NOTICE BOARD.

DAVID ELLIOTT HAS ARRANGED THE FIXTURES FOR 2018, A NEW FIXTURE WITH KINGSDOWN GOLF CLUB, NOW PLAYING KNOWLE HOME AND AWAY, UNABLE TO ARRANGE DATES WITH LONG ASHTON/BRISTOL CLIFTON FOR 2018, THE FIXTURE WITH BREAN HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE FUTURE, AND WE NOW PLAY MINCHINHAMPTON ONCE A YEAR ONLY.



ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

A DISCUSSION ON NEXT YEARS OPEN WITH A VIEW TO CHANGING THE FORMAT TO A SINGLES COMPETITION AND ALSO PROVIDE A FOOD AND DRINK PACKAGE, RAY TO LOOK AT THE COMPETITION CALENDAR REF. DATE TO PLAY, PHIL, RAY, FRED, CHRIS, ROB, TO DISCUSS ABOVE AND REPORT.

ALAN SKIVINGTON SUGGEST THAT NOT ALL MEMBERS ARE AWARE THAT THE ISLAND BETWEEN THE 8TH AND 17TH FAIRWAYS IS IN
THE HAZARD AND RED STAKE RULES APPLY, PHIL TO MENTION THIS
TO MEMBERS ON THE NEXT WEDNESDAY GAME.

KEN HUTTON TO BE PROVIDED WITH A NEW SHIRT/PULLOVER REF. HIS ORDEAL AT WELLS.

THE HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE ON THE 16TH FAIRWAY IS NOT MADE BY A RABBIT, MEMBERS SHOULD TAKE A DROP UNDER PENALTY.


NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER


MEETING CLOSED MINUTES TAKEN BY TONY CLEMENT

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE 2017

PRESENT
Phil Thompson; Mike Hedges; Alan Skivington; Tony Clement; Ian Clement; Roger Stone; Ray Guthrie; Chris Liberty; Ray Vickers;

APOLOGIES
Dave Elliott; Fred Grist; Rob Thain

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Phil reported back on the recent General committee meeting. A new Director of Operations has been appointed by the Club, he is Mark Wintersgill and will commence work on 1st August 2017. The planning application for extra holes etc., has not yet been submitted to Mendip Council. The new Ladies Vice-Captain is Rosie Brown.

SECRETARY
No separate report.




TREASURER
Ian reported that we had made a surplus on the Seniors Open of approximately £1500, of which £1070 was derived from sponsorship and the raffle of £475; the golf cost and income were neutral. Following discussion it was decided £1070 should go to the Captain’s Charity, the Air Ambulance. We currently have £11080.35 at the bank which of course includes committed spends – the accounts are on track.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone reported that he has been collecting in cards from both formal and informal events where the player concerned had scored better than the CSS to assist as evidence of play at the time of reviews. It was decided that six monthly review would take place at the end of August.

FIXTURES
Dave Elliott provided a report that the majority of the 2018 fixtures had been confirmed also that efforts to get fixtures with other clubs had not borne fruit as yet with Kingsdown still being outstanding and negotiations to secure two games a year with Knowle looks promising.

COMPETITIONS
Ray Vickers reported that the field for Wednesday mornings was getting bigger and bigger and this needs to be kept under review. He also reported that following the revision of Division one to 16 handicap and under, Division two was now too large so it was decided to revert to Division one comprising players of 17 handicap and under.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
There was no additional business.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
30.8.17


Michael Hedges
Hon. Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

Friday 28th April 2017

PRESENT
Phil Thompson; Ian Clement; Mike Hedges; Ray Guthrie; Alan Skivington; Ray Vickers; Fred Grist.

APOLOGIES
David Elliott; Tony Clements; Rob Thain; Roger Stone.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted as a true record.

MATTERS ARISING
In relation to Senior’s Club Caps. After discussion with the Club it was decided that we would stay with the existing tree logo for polo shirts and jumpers but for the hat having simple wording of Farrington Park Seniors.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Phil reported that matches are going well having won 3 and lost 3, the most recent being against West Wiltshire.

SECRETARY’S REPORT
No Separate report.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Ian Clement produced a detailed balance sheet which indicated that we started the year with £13225 at the bank but this now stands at £7138.96. Projections for year end indicate that we will be £4598 in credit and thus on target for budget.

FIXTURES
Mike Hedges read out an e-mail from Dave Elliott which recommended that we consider dropping West Wilts following some issues with their Seniors last year. After discussion and our fixture with them on Wednesday past it was decided to retain the fixture. It was further decided that we discontinue the Brean fixture and scale back the Weathill fixture to an annual event. In terms of other Clubs to approach for a fixture, Dave was asked to consider, Burnham and Berrow, Kingsdown, Enmore Park and Mendip.

EVENTS
The major business of the meeting was the forthcoming Senior’s Open. Chris Liberty updated the Committee on entries and reported that we have 46 visitors and 78 Farrington Park Seniors. The starting intervals will be 10 minutes and Ray Vickers agreed to do the starters job. Sue Foreshaw and Linda Rogers will be doing the Reception role the first tee time is 0750 and the first visitor will start at 0930. The Club will be opening from 0730 and are considering doing an Open Special of a bacon roll and coffee for £5.
A discussion then ensued concerning sponsors and whilst we appear to have a healthy number signed up Ian has only received payment from two. Fred Grist reported that he has prepared signs from the sponsor list and he and Rob Thain will seek out the sponsors boards from last year, these will be put out around the course on the night before as in past years. Ian Clement reported that he has purchased 24 bottles of wine and golf balls for raffle prizes plus we will seek donations after next Wednesdays stableford.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Ray Vickers made it known that he has no objection to players who wished to be put on the Wednesday list as a reserve to contact him by phone.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
21ST JUNE 2017

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH 2017

PRESENT
Phil Thompson, Dave Elliott, Ray Guthrie, Mike Hedges, Alan Skivington, Rob Thain, Tony Clement, Ian Clement, Roger Stone, Ray Vickers, Chris Liberty.

APOLOGIES
Fred Grist

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted as true record.

MATTERS ARISING
None

SECRETARY
See any other business.

TREASURER.
Ian Clement reported on our finances. Our income has been £6102 and expenditure £1245; we have £13225 at the bank but thissum includes specific spending commitments. £8368 was brought forward from 2016. We are committed to presentation of £8752.70 to Wizzybug on the night of the Dinner in April.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone reported that Dave Taylor will be having his handicap increased to 24. Roger will be away in April and Chris Liberty will deal with handicap issues. We were then reminded of the new obligation to provide Roger with Cards from non-qualifiers in respect of the first five places where the player also returned a score in excess of the competition standard scratch for that event.

FIXTURES
All current year fixtures are now in place including the new fixtures against The Kendleshire and Cumberwell Park. We need to keep on the look out to improve our competition list and Long Ashton, Bristol and Clifton and Kingsdown will be well worth sounding out.

COMPETITIONS
All up to date – semi final stage for Winter knock-outs and lists for the Summer events are going up on the board today.

EVENTS
Chris Liberty reported that we now have 52 pairs signed up for the Seniors Open in May.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Secretary brought to the attention of the Committee a letter he had received from a member questioning whether the Committee had the power to impose a suspension penalty for failure to appear for a Wednesday match without proper notice. It was stated that this had not been subject to a vote at an AGM and suggested that if the penalty was to stand then an EGM should be called. A long discussion ensued in which the Committee was reminded of action taken. The matter had been discussed at the 2015 AGM on 11.2.15., when Mike Henton became our Captain. Under the heading matters for discussion it was recorded ‘It was also emphasized that players should not just fail to turn up – it is bad manners and lets other players down. This course of action received full support of the AGM and will be subject to further discussion in Committee as to possible sanction for failure to comply.’
For several subsequent Wednesday meetings the Captain advised players that failure to turn up would result in a suspension and on 1st August 2015 a Red Notice was placed on the notice board signed by the Captain to the effect that the penalty would be a three match suspension.
The notice was placed on the notice board prior to any such action being taken as none had arisen. Some time after this date action was taken regarding a player and the matter was discussed in full in Committee but was not minuted as the matter was still active. In the discussions that ensued it was also pointed out that in our Seniors Handbook there is a clear statement of the Committees’ responsibility to use its best endeavours to ensure that the Section achieves the highest possible standards of quality and service to all Senior Members … and to support the …General Committee on matters regarding members behavior and etiquette. After further discussion it was decided that the Committee was acting within its powers particularly as the English Golf Union and CONGU state that any committee administering any organized golfing event can take such decisions as appear proper for the running of that event.
Phil Thompson asked the Secretary to reply to the member to this effect but did undertake to review the practical working of this approach at a near future meeting.

Ian Clement then suggested that we seek prices etc for a new Seniors Cap with the preferred logo to be our old Seniors’ roundel with the Gurney coat of arms. Agreed.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Friday 28th April 2017 2pm


Mike Hedges Hon. Sec.

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS AGM MINUTES

15th February 2017

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
2.30PM 15.2.17

MINUTES OF MEETING

ATTENDANCE
As detailed on separate sign up sheet.

APOLOGIES
Bill Sims, Geoff Kelly, Alan Skivington, Ken Hutton, Ray Guthrie, Tim Waller, Adrian Miller, John Holland, Paul Thomas, Kevin Gould, Pierce O’Shea, Steve Cook.

MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
Accepted as accurate – proposed Rob Thain, Seconded Chris Liberty.

MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Dave Elliott reported that the year had passed by very quickly and that we had played 28 inter club matches and that of these we had won 17, halved 2 and lost 9. For these matches 48 members had participated and of these 14 had played 12 plus games. As a Club we have a very good reputation as far as playing and hosting are concerned. For the forthcoming year we have some new Club matches in the calendar, including Cumberwell and the Kendleshire. David reminded everyone that our Seniors Open is early this year so get signed up as soon as possible, last year our open raised £800 and requested that every member be on the look out to raise sponsorship for the event. He then turned to our operation of the Wednesday Senior Days; we now have such numbers entering that the Committee members are taking their turn in a rota to assist Ray in the checking of cards and doing the draw for the following week. David then thanked Ray for the work he puts in support of the section and also to those others who have supported him during the year. He closed by wishing Phil well for his year to come.

TREASURER
Ian Clement took members through the balance sheet for the year just past and referred to the separate accounts sheet. He précised the figures by stating that we brought forward £5059 from the previous year, we had expended £20813 but had received £24158 income- a balance of £3344. Our current asset base is £8404 of this we include £3344 for the Captains Charity so our bring forward to the new year is £5022 – a virtual standstil and break even on our years activities.
Ian went on to report that of our 44 games played on a Wednesday our average entry was 73. The Christmas dinner had been subsidized as per previous years and that the net profit on the Open was down slightly but £1025 from sponsorship and £417 for the raffle boosted our income.
Ian then went on to explain that as from 1.7.17 the £10 Seniors subs., will be taken by the Club at source when members pay their green fees and that this will then be passed to the Senior Section. Ian also explained how the existing scheme and the new scheme will be phased in and out.

AUDITORS REPORT
The auditor, Steve Cook produced a receipt duly signed to the effect that the accounts were a true and accurate reflection of activities over the past year. The meeting accepted the proposal made by Jim Farmer and seconded by Alan Elkington.




COMPETITION REPORT
Mike Henton reported that there had been a great improvement in punctuality of play and that very little chasing up had been required.

SENIORS WEDNESDAY PROGRAMME
Ray Vickers thanked everyone for their support over the past year everyone seems pretty much on the ball. He emphasized that players should not be worried about contacting him – he would rather hear about late cancellations or requests for a game than to have to deal with no shows on the day.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone spent some time outlining important changes to CONGU Rules which deal with what can be taken into account when carrying out a handicap review. From now on consideration can also be given to scores in non –qualifying events eg swindles – when playing for money, scores from non-qualifying opens eg 4BBB and Bowmakers IF the player concerned finishes in the top five competitiors and plays better than standard scratch for the event. Reporting this to the handicap secretary will become an obligation. See back of Seniors Hand Book for full details.

WEB SITE
Now up and running, Alan Skivington is lead on entries but is supported by Phil Thompson. Roger Stone was thanked for the work he has put in over the years on the old web site.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
All nominations as per the Nomination Sheet separately publicized were duly carried unanimously by those present. Captain – Phil Thompson; Vice Captain- Ray Guthrie; Treasurer – Ian Clements; Secretary – Mike Hedges; Immediate Past Captain & Fixtures – David Elliott; Tony Clements – Competitions; Chris Liberty – Opens Secretary; Roger Stone – Hnadicaps; Alan Skivington – Web Site; Ray Vickers – Wednesday Organiser; Rob Thain – publicity and PR; Fred Grist – Committee Member and Open assist.

INCOMING CAPTAIN’S COMMENTS.
Phil Thompson thanked everyone for their support; he said that his chosen charity for the year would be the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. He said that the sign-up sheets for March and April were up and that he would try and involve as many players as possible. He is looking at re-introducing a yellow ball competition and that he would like to stage a Captain’s drive in on the 6th. He wished a good year’s golf to everyone and looked forward to their support.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
A number of issues were raised including the provision of a rain shelter and request for further particulars on the collection of subs by the Club. These were fully discussed and explained.


Michael Hedges
Honorary Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING

18th January 2017

PRESENT
Dave Elliott, Phil Thompson, Mike Hedges, Roger Stone, Alan Skivington, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Ray Vickers,
Rob Thain, Ray Guthrie, Chris Liberty.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
David reported back on the Club’s General Purposes Committee meeting including further proposals for the development of the Club as reported in the Captain’s Blog. The draw for the past couple of Wednesday Competitions had been carried out by Ray assisted by David and David said that he would continue this for the next couple of weeks whilst he regained his mobility but after this there will need to be a Rota of Committee members to assist Ray and that he would circulate members.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Ian Clement provided the following financial update for what will be effectively the end of year situation which will be fully reported at the AGM. We hold £8404.35 at the bank with a committed element of £3403.70 leaving a year end figure of £5000.65. This compares to the yearend figure in 2016 of £5059.41 thus a pretty consistent state of affairs. In terms of expenditure during the year Ian drew attention that £1530 was paid out by way of subsidy for the Christmas Meal.
He then went on to report on the regular difficulties he has when collecting Annual Senior Subscriptions of £10 per head, where this can take several months to achieve and also some disputes as to whether money had been paid or not. To overcome this situation, Ian has been in conversation with the Club and has come up with the following proposal:-
The Club will collect the £10 Senior Section Subscription as and when it bills and collects for overall Annual Subscriptions in July each year and then transfer the subscription element to the Senior’s account. For the first year there will be a transition arrangement put in place since monies have already been paid for the forthcoming Senior’s Year. The additional funds that will have been collected for the period July – February will be returned to members by way of enhanced prize money, then as from July 2018 the situation will be back on an even keel. For Senior members who join the Club post July each year, Ian will collect a pro rata fee and for those Senior aged members who do not wish to join the Section, they will be reimbursed the £10 element by the Section. The proposal was fully discussed and was unanimously accepted. Details of this change will be presented to the AGM.

SECRETARY’S REPORT
See AGM below.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone informed the meeting that the recent Annual Review resulted in 21 handicap changes both down and up and details are displayed on the notice board. He also reported that it has been emphasized by the EGU and at a recent County Seniors meeting held at Wincanton that there is more flexibility to change handicaps during the year based on exceptional performance, rather like the old Rule 19.
Roger also reported that a process known as slope indexing has now started in Somerset through the Golf Union. This in effect assesses the difficulty of the various courses and holes and determines a slope index for each course. This could mean that a member from our course playing say at Fosse Way would have to play off a lower handicap on that course than they do on their own. Roger is to liaise with John Cowgill as to the likely timing of our course being assessed.
Another change to the competition process has been introduced by the E.G.U., this requires any player who enters a Club organized non-qualifying competition eg an open Bowmaker, to notify their home club of their scores, there is therefore a reciprocal responsibility on open competition organizers to notify home clubs of results.

COMPETITIONS
All knock-out competitions are progressing on time. Chris Liberty reported that we have received our first entries from other club players for our Senior’s Open on 10th May 2017. Members are encouraged to put up their entries on the list on the notice board as soon as possible.

EVENTS
Details of arrangements for the AGM were given by the Secretary and all documentation has now been pinned to the notice board and entered on the Club Website.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
David Elliott reported that the fund –raiser in April has now sold out with 120 attendees and that we are on track to raise £2000 in sponsorship.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
1st March 2017




Michael Hedges
Honorary Secretary

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS SECTION

MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING 30TH NOVEMBER 2016

PRESENT
Dave Elliott, Phil Thompson, Mike Hedges, Rob Thain, Ray Vickers, Chris Liberty, Tony Clements, Roger Stone, Mike Henton.

APOLOGIES
Ian Clements, Alan Skivington, Ray Guthrie.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted.

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Dave Elliott reported that Phil Thompson had taken on the role of card checker for today’s event and noted that the accuracy of completion is getting better but there remains some errors which need to be corrected. Moving on to next year’s fixture list Dave said that we have improved our list with fixtures against the Kendalshire and Cumberwell Park but that we will continue to look to improve and clubs such as Kingsdown were mentioned. With David due to have his operation within the next week, Phil Thompson will take over for the next three weeks but hopefully David will be back with us for the 21st December and Christmas Lunch and then each Wednesday until the AGM.

SECRETARY
No separate report.



TREASURER
With Ian being away in Teneriffe there was no report on this occasion.

HANDICAPS
Roger Stone reminded the meeting that he will be carrying out the Annual Review in January.

COMPETITIONS
Mike Henton confirmed that the Winter Knock-Outs were running on time.
The discussion then moved to our senior’s Wednesday events. It has become apparent in discussions with Ray and the Committee that with the increase in membership and demands on tee-times pressures on Ray are increasing particularly in the period on a Wednesday morning immediately prior to and for a period following the first tee time. The Committee agreed that from next Wednesday a Committee member will work with ray between 0745 and 0830 to help in checking in players and receiving monies whilst Ray is fielding phone calls and dealing with the cards. For the forthcoming weeks this will be undertaken between Mike Hedges, Roger Stone and Rob Thain.
Moving on to the next point there has been a desire amongst members to see a return to a draw being carried out for team games such as Bowmakers and Texas Scramble to create the teams, rather than going down the order on the sign-up sheet. It was agreed that we would revert to the drawing of numbered balls from the bag on a Division by Division basis and for next week’s Scramble this was done by Phil Thompson and for forthcoming events this will take place during the Wednesday morning by a Committee member working with Ray Vickers. This may mean that the start list for the following week does not go up on the board until later in the day or indeed the following day, however, it will be on the Senior’s Web Site as soon as posted.
The issue of reserves was discussed and the situation will be monitored until the New Year.
EVENTS
-The Christmas Dinner is virtually in hand with Mike Hedges and Rob Thain doing the seating plan taking into account wishes expressed by members as to with whom they wish to sit. (Carried out 1.12.16). There will be a raffle as usual – Ian and Tony Clements are arranging for the raffle prizes. Trophies for presentation have been identified and will be made available for the Captain to present; Roger Stone will use the handicap system to identify the most improved golfer. Chris Liberty will be our official photographer on the night.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
-the Quiz night at Farrington Club raised £342 for the Captain’s Charity
-In relation to the 2017 Sportsman Dinner there is hoped to be eleven tables of ten either men or women. So far all tickets bar 8 have been sold. We have received some excellent sponsorship and prizes.
- Our Seniors Open has been entered in the Seniors Digest prepared by Long Ashton

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 18.January 2017


Mike Hedges
Hon. Sec.

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING 19TH OCTOBER 2016 MINUTES

PRESENT
Dave Elliott, Mike Hedges, Phil Thompson, Ray Guthrie, Roger Stone, Tony Clements, Ian Clements, Alan Skivington, Chris Liberty, Ray Vickers, Mike Henton, Rob Thain.

APOLOGIES
None

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted as accurate

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Our last fixture of the season will be Thursday 20th October against Woodspring – our lasr fixture with the Club. Our performance over the year is that we have played equally as well away from home as at home. The Captain then reported that Rob Porter was unwell and everyone wished him a speedy recovery. A discussion then took place concerning fixtures for future years and it was reported that subject to committee agreement that we have arranged fixtures with Cumberwell and Kendalshire. To make the space in our calendar it is proposed to play Minchinhampton and Brean once per year, alternatively home and away. After some discussion it was agreed unanimously to accept these fixtures. There is to be a quiz night on 26th Novemeber to be held at the Farrington Gurney Social Club with funds raised being split between the Captain’s Charity and the Social Club – posters are going up on the notice board. It was also reported that there is early planning takng place for a possible fund-raising evening after Christmas.

TREASURER
Ian Clement reported that we have received £2013 income and expended £14562 leaving a balance of £5450. This when added to a bring forward of fund of £5047 leaves a total at bank of £10497 of which there are commitments of £5940.85 thus leaving £4557.37. Included in this latter figure is the fund for the Captains Charity. Ian reported that the cut off date for the Christmas dinner is 7th December.

SECRETARY
No separate report.

HANDICAPS
No report at this stage

COMPETITIONS
The name for entrants to the Winter Competitions has been on the board for some time and the draw is awaited. Regarding the Summer Competitions, Singles of the Duchy – Barry Hall beeting Steve Symonds; Manor Singles winner – Roger Stone beeting Bev Woodland; Duchy Pairs winners – Rob Thain and Ken Hutton beating Pierce O’Shea and Steve Cook.

EVENTS
Phil Thompson and Ray Guthrie will be playing in the Somerset Seniors Committee Competition following which will be the usual Meeting to discuss 2017 season.
A discussion took place concerning the timing and format of our Seniors’ Open for 2017. With agreement of the Club it been agreed to bring the date forward to 10th May 2017, with a similar format – 4BBB, at the cost of £26 per pair but no coffee included to fall in line with other Clubs. Chris Liberty agreed to lead on this, Dave Elliott will coordinate sponsorship.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Captain reported that he is due to have a hip replacement on 5th December so as a result his golf will be severely curtailed for the end of his Captain’s year but that as soon as able will be attending the Wednesday events in a non playing role.
Alan Skivington reported that the Club web site was now up and running and that from Wednesday 2nd November the current seniors web site will close down. The Committee passed on their thanks to Roger Stone for running and developing our current site over many years.
A discussion ensued concerning start times on a Wednesdays during the Winter and it was decided that they remain as at present until the 1.1.17, following which they will come forward to 8.28am to address the issue of light.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
30.11.16.


Mike Hedges
Hon. Sec.

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING 31ST AUGUST 2016


MINUTES

PRESENT
Dave Elliott, Mike Hedges, Mike Henton, Phil Thompson, Rob Thain, Roger Stone, Ray Vickers, Chris Liberty, Alan Skivington, Ian Clement, Tony Clement.

APOLOGIES
None

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Accepted as a true record.

CAPTAIN’S REPORT
Dave reported that we were tight on numbers for September matches particularly on 20th & 27th. A discussion ensued concerning issues with the meal following the Seniors’ match against Knowle, for some reason the match had been removed from the Club diary and therefore the kitchen were not aware of the need to provide the post match meal. Short term solution was put in place and Dave is to speak further with the Club concerning this.
It was reported that Cumberwell Park had now confirmed a fixture with us for 2017 and that we have now been approached for a fixture in 2017 by the Kendleshire.

TREASURER’S REPORT
Ian had provided a full report only two weeks past and there had been little change since. A full report will be provided at the next meeting when the outcome of the finances following the Seniors Open will be known.

SECRETARY
No separate report.
HANDICAPS
Roger reported on the handicap review last Wednesday; three playes have had their handicaps increased – Jim Farmer, Ken Stokes and Roger Cockhill. With a cut for David Millington. A detailed discussion then took place on the mechanics of the review process and Chris Liberty made it clear that casual play such as roll-ups cannot count towards the process but that performance in eg Bowmakers, Better ball etc., organized by the Club or Section could be taken into account when assessing suitability of handicaps.

COMPETITIONS
Ray Vickers reported that the weekly Seniors Day sign ups etc were working well. Mike Henton reported that the knock out competitions were running to time.

EVENTS
The main focus of this meeting was to determine the level of entries and the actions to be taken for the Seniors Open due on 7th September 2016. The discussions were led by Chris Liberty and the Captain.
Entries – 29 tee times have been reserved at 10 minute intervals running from 8am – 12.50pm. we have a total of 116 players which comprises 41 visitors (74 last year), 75 home players.
Registration Desk – to be run by Jean Sage and either Jane Richardson or Mary Hobbs.
Starter – Ray Vickers
Meals – a daily special will be offered
Setting Up – this will take place on Tuesday evening – Rob Thain, Chris Liberty & Tony & Ian Clement will organize placing of sponsor signs on the course.
Setting up Club – Registration Desk, Prize Table will be put in place by Ian Clement and the coffee will be set up by the Club.

Sponsorship – Dave Elliott reported that there were 33 sponsors – 31 @ £25, 1 @ £35 and one @£100 donated by Philip Michael.
A discussion took place concerning the money raised by sponsorship and it was decided that a significant proportion would go the Captain’s Charity.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Dave Elliott discussed the possibility of a fund raiser in the Autumn and said that he had contacted a number of people who had agreed to assist in organizing the event. Some were members of the Seniors Committee but that this was an event that would draw support on a wider basis and was not another responsibility on the Committee. He did say however that whatever was raised would be added to his Charity.

Roger Stone raised a point concerning the team selections for our Wednesday events – he asked if we could go back to having a draw for the teams based on the three divisions rather than the order in which people signed up. Ray Vickers stated that he did take this approach and later produced the team sheet for the day to demonstrate that there was fair balance. Roger, however, felt that there need to be a fair distribution of start times with this being subject to the order of the draw. It was agreed that there will be occasions when special events require eg either an early or late start. It was agreed that the approach will be monitored.

Alan Skivington said that he was ready to make the migration to the new Club Website as and when this was available but at present development work continues

Ian Clement reported that the Christmas Dinner list was going up on the notice board at the close of the meeting. The date is 21.12.16. and the cost £10 per head with the cost being subsidized as in past years. Maximum number 110.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
19 OCTOBER 2016

COMMITTEE MEETING 17th AUGUST 2016

PRESENT Dave Elliott, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Chris Liberty, Ray Vickers, Mike Hedges, Phil Thompson, Rob Thain.

APOLOGIES
Roger Stone, Alan Skivington.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Approved

MATTERS ARISING
None

CAPTAINS REPORT
Dave gave feedback from the recent General Committee Meeting. The Club intend to introduce a new logo as from April 2017, Dave said that from the Seniors position that we are satisfied with our existing kit and will not be changing en bloc. The web site is due to go live from the end of the week but it is clear that there still remains significant work to be completed before it is the finished article. The new site will include a weather report. Dave then discussed the issue of slow play and how this was raised at the General Committee, he has sent out a blog to all members with tips as to how to avoid unnecessary delays. He also suggested at the meeting that one area of course management that would assist in reducing lost ball hunts is to reduce the very long grass between the 11th and 13th fairways. Plans for the two new holes at the end of the 6th green will be going for planning authority in the next few weeks. It is not clear as yet how this will reshape the course or just provide additional options for play. Further work will be carried out on the bottom five holes over winter to help improve drainage and the area in front of the 3rd green. It is intended to replace the sleepers around the tee boxes on the 12th hole.
On general matters Dave reported that match results were going well and that our latest encounter with Clevedon GC at home ended in a four all half. It was confirmed that our Christmas Dinner will now take place on 21st December and that the numbers limit will rise to 110.

TREASURER
Ian Clement made the following report – We have received £14101 income and had expended £10504 leaving a balance of £3596. When added to our bring- forward money from last year we have £8643 at the bank. Of the latter figure we have £4084 of committed spend. The Captains Charity stands at £1070 plus £353.

SECRETARYS REPORT
No report.

HANDICAPS
No report as Roger is on holiday.

COMPETITIONS
All up to date.

EVENTS
In terms of our Wednesday Competitions, when we are due to offer the opportunity to play off the White Tees, a list will go up for sign up three weeks before the event.

In terms of the Open, Chris Liberty reported that we have 19 visitor and 29 home pairs signed up so far with tee times so far booked being between 0820 and 1250. Jean Sage and either Mary Hobbs or Jane Richardson have agreed to do the check in and Ray Vickers will be doing the starting. A seniors special will be offered on the day and the coffee is to be charged at the same rate as last year. At our next meeting on 31 August 2016, we will have the final detailed briefing and allocation of responsibilities. We currently have 33 hole sponsors at £25 per head.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Confirmation was made as to the change in prize allocation for the Club Championship on the main course. There will be prizes for about 1 – 8 net and similar for gross score. As the winner of the gross competition will come from Division one, all Division one players will start from the first tee. The same will apply for the Manor Course competition. Clearly no one will be able to win both a gross and a net prize.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING 31 August 2016

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MINUTES - 18TH MAY 2016

PRESENT

Dave Elliott, Mike Hedges,Rob Thain, Chris Liberty, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Roger Stone, Ray Vickers.



APOLOGIES

Alan Skivington, Mike Henton.



MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Accepted



MATTERS ARISING

None



CAPTAIN'S REPORT

Dave reported that he had attended the General Committee meeting at the Club where information was given concerning the Club's Four Year Plan. Much of this has been previously reported but the start will be on the two new holes to the rear of the 7th tee. Regarding the half way house, due to the re-positioning of the pro-shop, the majority of golfers were purchasing sweets, drinks and chocolate bars there rather than at the half way hut, as a result the vending machines will be moved but the coffee machine will remain. Information was given concerning the launch of a new customer incentive, similar in many ways to the supermarket store card where purchases add points; this will start on the 1st of July. The Head Greenkeeper gave a report on the condition of the course, Andy accepted that communication with members could have been earlier and better concerning the state of the greens but now that we have warmer, damper weather the greens were improving rapidly. He said as a result of the combination of low temperature and on occasions low rainfall when rain was need, he will undertake the heavy greens work later in the year than this in future.

The Captain reported that he had received a letter from a member who had been penalised for crossing out his name on playing lists and not informing Ray, the member had felt that his suspension for three games was an inappropriate punishment. Dave said that he would would deal directly with the issues raised with the member concerned.



SECRETARY'S REPORT

Mike referred to several items of correspondence received including Open entries and prize vouchers for the Captain's Day.



TREASURER'S REPORT

Ian Clement produced a detailed print out of the current year's accounts the main points of which were that we had received £7710 income and expended £4918. The Captain's Charity stood at £671 with £353 brought forward from last year. The Captain is supporting the WizzyBug Project this year.



HANDICAPS

Roger advised the Committee that he had received one request for a handicap increase and that after careful consideration this had been declined as the person concerned had been returning scores within the general range of his current handicap. Roger confirmed that there will be a half yearly review of handicaps in August.



EVENTS

Chris Liberty gave an update on the Seniors Open and reported that we had received entries from 16 pairs from other Clubs and 12 pairs from Farrington Park. Sponsorship per hole for the open will be A minimum of £25 per hole.



ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Dave Elliott spoke concerning fund raising for his chosen charity and he said that he had some ideas in mind that he was developing one of which was the possibility of a Barbecue.



Roger Stone gave a report back on a training day he had attended into the use of the new Club Corporate web site which is due to go live on 1st June. He highlighted the upside of the move including the overall Corporate Style and that each section would have its own pages he did state, however that one of the down sides was that he would be unable to set up Tables as at present, there work arounds but these were time consuming. Work is still on going and it was decided that Roger should continue to maintain the current Senior's web site until such time as the new one was fully established.



Phil Thompson confirmed that the next round of the Rose Bowl will be against the Mendip Club at Orchardleigh on Monday 6th June.



Tony Clements raised concerns about members who bring dogs with them when playing golf; he felt that this should not be permitted. It was accepted that any such decision would lie with the Club but that if supported by the committee this could be taken by the Captain to the general committee. A vote was taken and failed so the matter will remain as at present.



Rob Thain queried when we would be holding the optional white tee competition and was decided that this would be on 15th June; 17th August and 26thOctober, Chris Liberty will run the computer for this competition and Roger for the general competition.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING 6th July 2016

FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 30TH MARCH 2016



PRESENT

Dave Elliott, Mike Hedges, Ian Clement, Tony Clement,Chris Liberty, Ray Vickers, Rob Thain, Phil Thompson, Mike Henton & Alan Skivington



APOLOGIES

Roger Stone



MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Accepted as correct



MATTERS ARISING

The Rose Bowl first round will be held at Saltford Golf Club on Monday 18th April 2016. The issue of Seniors providing or working with other sections to provide a weather shelter will be raised at the next Club General Purposes Committee.



CAPTAIN'S REPORT.

Dave Elliott reported that our first match against Wells was rained off and that he had now put up the sign-up sheet for May. He said that he had organised his diary to ensure that he was now present and available throughout the summer. Regarding costs associated with matches – the cost of the meal was now £14.50; he had also arranged with the Club that a bottle of wine per groups of four would be put on the table so that the total cost per player would be £14.50. He also reported that in pursuance of improving our match list he and the Secretary are due to play with two members from Cumberwell Park with a view to gaining a fixture between the Clubs, this to take place on 11th April weather permitting. He is hoping to arrange a similar meeting with Bath GC.



SECRETARY

No separate report.



TREASURERS REPORT

Ian reported that we held £5047 at the start of the year and that since then we had received £2978 income. Our expenditure has been £1706 so we are currently £1272 in credit on the year.



HANDICAPS

No report as the annual review had taken place and individuals affected have been notified.



FIXTURES

No issues reported by Tony who has started to get the 2017 list in place.



COMPETITIONS

In general all competitions are on track bar a couple which are out of time. After discussion there was agreement that the rules in place should be enforced and a couple of matches were excised and teams or individuals put through to the next stage.



EVENTS

The Captain's skittles evening at Farrington Social Club has 33 members signed up.



ANY OTHER BUSINESS



Dave Elliott reported that he was considering which Charity to support and at present his thoughts were on either Wizzybugs or Swallow – both local charities.



Chris Liberty reported that Open entries were trickling in with 13 pairs signed up from other Clubs. He said that we would be using 10 minute start intervals.



It was decided that the Seniors Winter tee times would take effect from 1st November rather than the 1st December.



Tony Clement said that he would ensure that we get the plaques for our latest deceased members completed and fixed to the remembrance seat.



Alan Skivington reported on the Seniors Web Site and said that the developers were in the process of completing the main site for the Club and that he would do the work for the Seniors section. No date yet available for completion but possibly May/June.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING

4th May 2016








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FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS COMMITTEE

MINUTES WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2016



PRESENT

Dave Elliott, Rob Thain, Phil Thompson, Ian Clement, Tony Clement, Mike Hedges, Ray Vickers, Mike Henton, Roger Stone



APOLOGIES

Chris Liberty



MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Accepted



CAPTAIN'S REPORT

Dave Elliott welcomed everyone to his first meeting as Captain. He reported that he had attended the General Committee with John Cowgill and had met Andy, the new head green keeper. He had outlined their priorities, subject to funding, and explained that they were starting work clearing ground to the rear of the 7th Tee box with the intention of creating two new holes and to use the area as a turf nursery. Work will continue on improving the greens and providing additional drainage on the bottom five holes. John Cowgill also reinforced the ruling for the drop zone on the 5th hole and that is to PLACE the ball on the mat not drop it. There was discussion regarding rakes and bunkers and it was the Committees view that for Seniors at least, rakes should be placed within bunkers within reach from the side. David informed the meeting that the Club Captain now has a Charity Bunker of £1 for going in the left hand front bunker on the 18th hole. The Club is holding a Quiz Night on 26th February and that there is draw for car parking in the parent/child space. The Club Captain said that he was looking to gain sponsorship for each of the 18 holes throughout the year. After discussion it was decided that the Seniors would have their own Captains Charity which would be a local deserving cause.



SECRETARY'S REPORT

None



TREASURER'S REPORT

Ian stated that things were as reported at the AGM and that we start the year with £5059.



HANDICAPS

Roger Stone presented a fairly lengthy report as a result of his attendance at a meeting in Wincanton with Chris Liberty and John Cowgill.

Firstly in relation to Competitive Handicaps he explained what these were and the fact that 6 or 7 members of the Seniors were in danger of losing competitive status unless they provide supplementary cards prior to 1st March. He said that he had put a notice on the board with the names of those affected and had spoken to most.

Turning now to the update to CONGU Rules as explained at Wincanton. From 1st January 2017 Competitive handicaps will run on a Calender year (this year from 1st March to 31st December). Players with a non-competitive handicap of 1 -28 can submit up to 1 supplemental card per week. He reminded the Committee that our current rule is that no one with a non-competitive handicap can enter team games. Another major change was that for match play and better ball the difference in handicap allowance will change from three quarters to nine tenths. There will also now be a continuous review of handicaps throughout the year and after a run of seven point one increases there will be an automatic review – this will be alerted by the computer system. Perhaps the biggest change is that both men and lady players may now have a handicap allowance up to 54 and for players who currently are on 28 then they will be reviewed IF THEY SO REQUEST. An important point to note is that anyone granted a handicap above 28 either on review or as a first time assessment – their handicap will not be competitive. For the purposes of our own section rules it was decided that for team games they will be treated as eligible to compete. In relation to players with handicaps in excess of 28 – they can submit as many supplemental cards as they wish with no limit.



FIXTURES

All settled.





COMPETITIONS

Mike Henton will now take on the responsibility of monitoring timeliness from Jim Farmer. With frequent closure of parts of the course during the winter months for knock outs the course will be played as it is open but in relation to the determination of a squared game after the open course has been played then the extra deciding holes will be played from the first hole open on the day e.g., often the 6th.

EVENTS

None but two away weekends have been organised by Ian.



ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Items from the AGM to finalise included confirmation that the issue of yellow/green tees on the 13th was voted on at the meeting and that it will remain as at present. Dave Elliott also said that his preference for playing friendly matches was to play from the yellow tee boxes. The suggestion that was made by Bob Earney that we look to providing for or contributing to a weather shelter or further benches was considered and Dave Elliott said that he would discuss this with John Cowgill.



Dave Elliott said that he had been in conversation with Eric Nott who acts as our Almoner and Eric had agreed to continue in this role and Dave asked that he be kept informed in all cases.



Rob Thain said the diaries were now in and that he and Roger Stone will bring them to each of the next two meetings.



A discussion then took place at Tony Clements request concerning our start times on a Wednesday in winter months and it was decided that from December to March our first tee time will be 8.28am, other months we revert to 8.04am.



Phil Thompson reported that our first Rose Bowl game was against Tall Pines at Saltford on either 7th or 18th April.



Phil Thompson offered the use of the Farrington Social Club for the section to hold a charity skittles night on any Friday in April. This was accepted as a good idea and Dave Elliott is to liaise with Phil concerning a night.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING

30th March 2015 @ 2.15pm.











FARRINGTON PARK SENIORS MINUTES OF MEETING HELD 13TH JANUARY 2016



PRESENT

Mike Henton; Dave Elliott, Mike Hedges, Roger Stone, Ray Vickers, Rob Thain, Ian Clements, Tony Clements, Chris Liberty, Phil Thomson.



APOLOGIES None received.



MINUTES OF LAST MEETING Accepted as a true record.



MATTERS ARISING None



CAPTAINS REPORT None



SECRETARYS REPORT

Mike Hedges outlined the arrangements for our forthcoming AGM to be held on Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 2.15pm in the Montgomery Suite. Notice of AGM, Agenda, minutes of last AGM, nomination forms and proposal for rule change forms have all been prepared and will be posted on the Seniors Notice Board.



TREASURERS REPORT

Ian advised the meeting that the accounts were with the Auditor – Steve Cook for examination and approval prior to the AGM. He then produced up to date accounts indicating that our total income had been £24064.25 and total expenditure £24994.12. a £38 loss on the year. Full report with minutes.



HANDICAP SECRETARY REPORT

Roger Stone advised the committee that there had been significant changes to the CONGU rules and that he and Chris Liberty will be attending a regional meeting at Wincanton at the end of the month for a briefing on implementation. As a result the handicap annual review will not take place until after this meeting. The major changes involve a change to the handicap allowance for 4BBB competitions where the allowance has changed from three quarters to point nine, and that the upper allowance for men will move from 28 to 36. There will also be a continuous review of people have seven consecutive 0.1 increases. This will take place throughout the year rather than at the January review.

Roger is taking this forward and a full paper is on the web site and a hard copy is attached to the minutes at the Club.



FIXTURES

Tony reported that all have now been organised and that we have advised Wellow and Woodspring that this year will be our last fixture with them. Longer term, Dave Elliott is exploring the possibility with fixtures with Bath and Cumberwell for 2017.



COMPETITIONS

All on time. MEMBERS WERE REMINDED THAT FOR KNOCK OUTS THE COURSE IS PLAYED AS IT IS IE IF THE BOTTOM FIVE ARE SHUT THEN THE GAME IS PLAYED OVER 13 HOLES,NO DELAYS OUTSIDE OF CUT OFF DATES ARE ALLOWED FOR THIS REASON.



EVENTS

Feedback on the Christmas Dinner have been favourable with the round table format being well received. The food quality was good, however, it was noted that there was quite a delay for the higher number tables receiving their meals – logistic al issue.



ANY OTHER BUSINESS

- the seniors handbook is on track and will go forward for printing following the AGM. Members who have not paid their subs by the print date will not appear in the Diary.

- Roger spoke to the Club proposal to incorporate the Seniors Web site into a new Club web site so that there is a common house style. Roger said that he would work with the Club and the web designers to get our site up and running but that following the introduction we will need to identify a volunteer who will be prepared to update the web site with results, meeting minutes etc.

- a discussion was held concerning the introduction of new members to the section into the Club and it was decided that that for the first event the member signs up for Ray will put them out with the Captain, Vice Captain or Committee members in appropriate Wednesday events., This is agood way of introducing them to the section.

- Phil Thompson advised that our Rose Bowl first round is against Tall Pines at Saltford and that with the Captain he will take care of team selection.

- In terms of the AGM all current post holders are prepared to put themselves forward for the appropriate positions, the only member to stand down will be Jim Farmer and he will be replaced by the Immediate Past Captain who will be Mike Henton. If of course there are other nominations for membership of the Committee there will have to be a ballot.

The situation on proposal for existing committee members was proposed by the Secretary and unanimously accepted by members present so as to ensure that nomination rules are followed.



DATE OF NEXT MEETING 17th February 2016





Changes announced to handicap system by EGU



The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) has announced that the Unified Handicapping System has been revised and the changes will take effect on 1 January 2016.



The changes include:



Four Ball Better Ball Handicap Allowance: In both stroke play and match play the back marker will concede strokes to the other three players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps rather than 75% (3/4) as at present.



Continuous Handicap Review: The introduction of a process to flag players with seven consecutive 0.1 handicap increases so that Handicap Committees can review and apply an immediate handicap increase if required.



Club handicaps: A new ‘Club Handicap’ of up to 54 will be introduced for adults as well as juniors. Handicaps higher than 28/36 will only be valid at the player’s home club for use in club-run events and cannot be used in opens etc.



Nine holes: It will be possible to put in Supplementary Scores over nine holes for handicaps. Nine-hole scores will also be taken into account for an Exceptional Scoring Reduction.



Reinstatement of Handicap Status: The reinstatement of a competition status handicap requires a player to submit three qualifying scores, which could be 18-hole competitions, 9-hole competitions or Supplementary Scores both at home and/or away.



Dates: The handicap year will now follow the calendar year of 1 January to 31 December, and a player’s handicap will be based on scores returned within that period.



Agreement confirmed of the following:



We implement 90% difference for 4BBB rule immediately (including senior matches – but not for existing winter 4BBB KO).



We review all 28 HCP seniors at the January Annual Review with a view to allocating higher club HCP’s for any of our seniors who can’t play to a 28 handicap.



We operate the continuous handicap rule for any seniors having seven consecutive 0.1 increases. Suggest start date this year.

Constitution of Farrington Park Senior Section


DEFINITIONS

1. In this Constitution, the terms “Farrington Golf Club Seniors Section”, and "Section" refer to the section consisting of the Senior Members of Farrington Golf Club. Senior members of Farrington Golf Club are male members of the Club who are aged 55 years or more.

PURPOSES OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SENIORS SECTION COMMITTEE

2. The Governing Constitution of Farrington Golf Club, of which this Constitution is an Annex, lays down the authorative framework under which the various Section Constitutions of Farrington Golf Club shall operate. The purpose of this Section Constitution is to set out the framework within which the Farrington Golf Club Seniors Section shall operate.

3. The purposes of the Farrington Golf Club Seniors Section Committee are:

•·to use its best endeavours to ensure that the Section achieves the highest possible standards of quality and service to all Senior members and their guests;


•·to represent the interests of all Senior members in the running of the Section and of Farrington Golf Club;


•·to use its best endeavours to support the Farrington Golf Club General Committee on matters regarding members’ behaviour and etiquette;


•·to further the interests of golf and to sustain affiliation with the EGU and Somerset Golf Union.



STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE SENIORS SECTION COMMITTEE

4. The Farrington Golf Club Seniors Section Committee shall consist of the following elected Officers:

The Senior's Captain
The Senior's Captain Elect
Competition Secretary
Treasurer
Senior’s Secretary

In addition there shall be two "Additional Committee Members".

5. The Senior’s Captain will chair the Seniors Section Committee. In his absence the Captain Elect will chair the Seniors committee. The Chair of the Committee will have a casting vote. There shall be at least 4 elected Officers or Additional Committee Members present to constitute a quorum.

RELATIONSHIP OF THE SENIORS SECTION COMMITTEE WITH THE FGC GENERAL COMMITTEE

6. Within Farrington Golf Club, the separate Section Committees shall administer and control all affairs within their respective sections in accordance with their own Section Constitutions. The General Committee shall be called upon to make decisions on issues beyond or outside the Section Constitutions and to provide advice and guidance to Section Committees on matters affecting more than one Section. In the event of any dispute within one or more Sections of the Club, the decision of the FGC General Committee elected Officers, as representatives of the whole membership, shall be final.


7. The representative of the Seniors Section on the General Committee shall be the Senior’s Captain and the Senior's Captain Elect.

8. Any proposed changes to this Section Constitution shall be formally advised to the General Committee.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

9. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Seniors Section of Farrington Golf Club shall take place in October each year and before the Annual General Meeting of Farrington Golf Club. The purpose of the Seniors Section AGM is to:

Receive reports from the Committee on the operation of the Section

Elect the Seniors Committee Officers and Additional Committee Members

10. Any proposed changes to the Section Constitution must be lodged in writing with the Seniors Section Committee at least twenty-eight days before the Seniors Section AGM. Any motions for decision must be lodged with the Seniors Section Committee at least twenty-eight days before the Seniors Section AGM. The Seniors Section Committee shall circulate copies of such proposals or motions to all Senior members at least fourteen days before the date of the Annual General Meeting. In the event of a motion or proposed change to the Constitution being voted on at an AGM, a majority vote will carry the decision.

11. At an AGM there must be at least twenty Senior members present to constitute a quorum.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

12. All Senior members wishing to be elected as Officers or Additional Committee Members of the Seniors Section Committee shall be required to be proposed and seconded by different Senior members. Only Senior members present at the AGM shall be entitled to vote.

13. The election of officers shall be carried out on a post by post basis in the order that the posts are set out in paragraph 4 of this Section Constitution. In the event of more than one nomination for any single post, there shall be a secret ballot. The election of Additional Committee Members shall be carried out in one round. In the event of more than two nominations for Additional Committee Member posts there shall be a secret ballot with Senior Members attending the AGM casting a maximum of two votes each.

14. The retiring Senior's Captain is eligible to be nominated for another post provided be has not served on the Committee for three or more consecutive years at the time be stands down. He will still be required to seek re-election to the Committee if he is nominated for any post.

OFFICERS AND ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS PERIOD OF OFFICE

15. The term of office of all Officers and Additional Committee Member shall be one year running from AGM to AGM and re-election shall be sought for all posts on the Committee.


16. Officers and Additional Committee Members may serve a maximum of three consecutive years in any combination of posts with the exception of the post of Senior Captain. An Additional Committee Member may serve beyond the three years maximum provided the additional year is served in either the Senior Captain or Captain Elect posts. In all cases the Annual General Meeting shall elect the Senior Captain and Captain Elect.

17. In the event that an Officer or Additional Committee Member is unable to serve the full term of office, the Seniors Section Committee may co-opt a replacement member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the current year.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS

18. An extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called by the Seniors Section Committee at any time provided they give all members at least twenty-eight days notice of the meeting. Senior Members may require the Seniors Section Committee to call an EGM either to consider a proposal from outside the Committee or to change the Seniors Section Constitution between Annual General Meetings. The Seniors Section Committee shall only be obliged to call an Extraordinary General Meeting if a full written explanation of any proposal is submitted to them in which a motion is proposed by a Senior member of Farrington Golf Club and counter signed by at least ten other Senior members. The Seniors Section Committee shall give all Senior members full details of the proposal or change to the Seniors Section Constitution at the time notice is given of the EGM. In the event of a motion or proposed change to the Constitution being voted on at an EGM a majority vote will carry the decision.

19. At an EGM there must beat least twenty Senior members present to constitute a quorum.

BANK ACCOUNT

20. The Seniors Section shall operate a separate bank account to manage the funds of the Section. Authorised signatories for the account shall comprise any two officers from the following:

Treasurer
Senior’s Secretary
Senior's Captain

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