BWRA AGM , 14th January 2018, Holiday Inn, Burton on Trent.
Meeting opened 12.25
Tony opened the meeting by wishing everyone a happy new year
and thanking the committee foe all of their hard work
throughout the year and also to everyone else who has worked
or helped and supported the BWRA during 2017 it is very much
appreciated as without these people we cannot do what we do.
2017 minutes as a true record proposed Linda Broom seconded
Phil asked why the cost of the testing kits was so high,
Alison explained that the costs were for the kits plus the
cost of the samples taken and tested from the straight
Doreen asked what the £270 other championship cost was for,
Alison told her this was for the cost of the free hampers
that were drawn as a thank you to members at all of the
national events in 2017.
Tony asked if there was anyone willing to take on the task
of internal auditors to check the books a couple of times
throughout the year, Irene Cunningham and Claire Smith
volunteered to do this.
Phil asked why there was such a loss at the Jack Cadman, on
looking at this it was obvious that is was an error, and as
Ray Bourne ( resigning treasurer ) was not present it could
not be explained , other than that Phil thought that
auditors and treasurers reports were very good.
Alison thanked Phil for his help in organising the filming
of the anniversary straight champs weekend and also for
doing the dvds for us, it was greatly appreciated.
Registrars report = No concerns or questions.
Tony then welcomed Neil Gilbert who was taking over as vice
chairman from Mark Jones and Sharon Fletcher who was taking
over as treasurer from Ray Bourne , a vote of thanks was
given to both Mark and Ray for all of the work they have
done on behalf of the BWRA.
Dates / Venues.
The dates and venues were given out for those who were in
the reps meeting.
We then went on to do discuss the IBM/Grasscutter open.
Two venues were put forward for this event Fordingbridge and
Barleylands ( south east )
Doreen said that in the past Thurrock had not put for the
IBM as they were not bothered about hosting it, and that she
had spoken to Pat Stayte and she had told her that they were
not ready to hols an open event at the new track.
Claire replied that they had spoken about it and they
willing to host it and were open to any dates.
Steve and Jane were asked if they wanted to take the open
and run it as a regional or club open or leave it as a
national event, after further discussion it was decided that
it would remain as a national event and it was put to a vote
which went in favour of Fordingbridge
13 to 4 votes.
Linda then asked that as the pup/yearling spring
championships were a week than usual would we giving an
allowance to the pups.
Yes we would be giving a weeks grace for this event only.
Phil Milner then brought up the dope testing and said that
we need to make everything clear and that we should have a
list od banned substances.
Bill pointed out that when he went to the Newmarket labs
years ago that they could not give a list, Alison agreed
with this as she had been told the same from the HFL.
A very lengthy discussion followed with different views and
opinions on the subject.
Tony said we would try and look into this as to what is
Several other topics and ideas were mentioned, mainly about
sponsorship, websites, advertising etc. Tony said that he
would speak to Malcolm regarding the existing website and
database , regarding bringing it more up to date. New ideas
are needed to move forward.
Phil asked if it would be possible to have a national
presentation, most felt it would be difficult to do this.
Mark Warren felt that we needed to be more safety conscious
at the finishing end of the track with extra fencing after
the finishing line to stop people wandering across and
causing possible accidents. He also asked if the BWRA had
any plans to introduce any other dog classes to their
events. Erica said that there was nothing stopping the host
clubs doing this as long as it didn't interfere with the
running of the BWRA event.
Tony said that lurchers etc, the BWRA championships was not
the place to do it.
Phil also asked about pre entry to stop the time waiting
about for the programmes to be done, it was pointed out
that this was not a new thing and had been done in the past
and didn't make much difference as dogs still had to be
weighed and you end up with dogs not turning up and
programmes having to be changed, and some felt that this
time was a chance to socialise and see to your dogs
especially for the workers.
Meeting closed 3.05