AGM 2007 Minutes

The Minutes of the Dodgers Cricket Club Annual General Meeting held on at 18:00 Wednesday 24 October 2007 at The Barley Mow, Westminster, LONDON SW1.

Those present:

John Carr
John Cooper
Phil McBarron
Guy Westhead
Robert Fox
John Hilary
Kim Matthews
Simon Cousins
Tawhid Qureshi
Rod Paterson
Mike Dollin
David Lowe
Jude Brierley
Franca McBarron
John Doyle

1. Apologies for Absence

These were received from the following:

Peter Lee
Neil Priest
Sian Priest
John Adey
Damian Radcliffe
David Pope
Nick Sandamas

2. Minutes of the last AGM:

These were made available to all present. There were no matters arising.

3. Finance Report

The Treasurer John Cooper gave his report. As at October 2007 the Dodgers account was in credit by £530. This represented a loss of £96 over the year, after various loan repayments. Membership fees will remain at £10 each & there were 18 paid up members in 2007.

4. Election of Officers for 2008

The following were elected unopposed for the posts as indicated:

John Carr (Captain)
Neil Priest (Vice Captain)
Phil McBarron (Chairman)
John Cooper (Treasurer)
Robert Fox (Secretary)
Kim Matthews (Fixture Secretary)
Peter Lee (Committee Member without Portfolio)

Thanks were given for their efforts during the year.

5. Subscription, Match & Net Fees for 2008:

It was agreed that these will remain as follows:

- Dodgers Membership = £10.00
- Evening Match (No Tea) = £3.50
- Afternoon Match (No Tea) = £4.00
- Afternoon Match (With Tea) = £5.00
- Evening Nets @ The Oval = £5.00.

Away fees are to be the same as those of Home games.

6. Selection Policy for 2008

It was agreed that nobody should have to miss 2 games in a row that they are available for, except possibly for the few higher profile games where the opposition are particularly strong. This will be proportioned to general availability, to try & prevent any last minute withdrawals. Consideration will also be given by the committee to having a balanced side, & to occasionally allow batsmen to bowl & for bowlers to bat higher up.

7. Recruitment

New Dodgers Recruitment posters designed by John Cooper will be distributed to Tawhid Qureshi (LDA), Guy Westhead (HMRC), Phil McBarron(SS), Simon Cousins (TFL), Sian Priest (EH), Mike Dollin (GMH) & Rob Fox (GOL-RWH) in January 2008 to display in their respective buildings. The Dodgers website ( is maintained by John Cooper, who was thanked for his efforts. The domain name is paid for up to 2009. He will circulate details of how to post match reports on it in due course. The website also has the relevant details for anyone interested in joining up. There were no serious enquiries about joining via the website during 2007.

8. 2008 Fixtures

Kim Matthews has taken on the Fixture Secretary role again & thanks were duly given to him for all his sterling work. He mentioned that the fixtures for the coming year are going to similar to those in 2007, but a couple of new ones are planned. Rob will try & resurrect the Audit Commission fixture, as he has a contact there. A special 2 innings all-day game v Superstars is also a possibility next summer, & the CSSC Sports Day in July, incorporating the 2009 St.Lucia Challenge, was also mentioned.

9. Closed Season Activities & Other Social Events:

Various social events were put forward, including greyhound racing at Walthamstow or Wimbledon, a day out at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court, and cricket-watching days. A pre-Christmas drinks evening in December in the Borough Market area is also planned. Details of this & other events will be circulated in due course.

10. 2007 Awards

Player of the Season: Robert Fox
Best Batsman: Robert Fox
Best Bowler: Robert Fox
Best Fielder: Tawhid Qureshi
Most Improved Player: Mike Dollin

11. Any Other Business:

i) As usual, there was no Dodgers Cricket Tour in 2007. However, the Superstars team is touring over the early May Bank Holiday weekend in 2008, & anyone interested in going should contact Barry Gigg. A Dodgers Tour to Ireland in either 2008 or 2009 was mentioned as a possibility by Rob, & he will report back to the next committee meeting on the costs & feasibility of it.

ii) New equipment was purchased during the year consisting of a bat, some pads & new balls. Kim will check if anything else needs replacing. Some of the old kit needs weeding out to thin out the kitbags (which are in Kim's garage).

iii) Rod looked into the purchase of Dodgers Caps in either baseball or baggy style, but due to the high costs involved, it was agreed not to buy them at the moment. The idea could be revived if anyone knows where a good discount can be arranged.

iv) Honorary Life Membership of Dodgers was proposed by the Chairman for John Adey & Neil Benn, in respect of all their past endeavours. This was unanimously agreed at the meeting.

Rob Fox (Secretary) [agreed by the Committee w/e 30 November 2007]
November 2007