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18/11/08 - Broomfield's application to the Summit Garage Premier League for 2009 was rejected last night. Our application was a late one but was still considered on the grounds that the league wanted to make three divisions of ten teams. The feedback given was that our club was well regarded and many wanted us in the league.

The final format consisted of two divisions of ten teams and only eight teams in the new third division. A suggestion was put forward to let Broomfield join as there was an ideal place for us and here was a club that wanted to be part of the Summit League. The official reason for rejection was that Moor Lane were declined last season because they submitted their application after the cut off date, and it was considered only right to remain consistent. The only difference being last year there were roughly 18 new applicants to fill 14 places.

16/11/08 - In the committee meeting held today the AGM date was set for Tuesday 3rd February 2009, 8:00pm arrival for an 8:15pm prompt start in the function room. Nomination sheets will go on the noticeboard next Sunday. Rule changes must be given to the secretary in writing, 14 days prior to the meeting. The free membership draw will again be held for members who attend the meeting.

A letter received from Frank Newman confirms that with deep regret he will be tendering his resignation as secretary of Broomfield Bowls Club at the end of 2008. This year is Spike's 8th term as secretary. Chris Price will also resign as chairman at the end of the year, also his 8th term in the position.

Sheila Newman would like to remind members who owe bonus ball money, to pay up as soon as possible. If the winning number belongs to somebody who is not up to date with payments then the prize money will be paid back into the bowls sections funds. Members owing bonus ball money at the year end will be named in the balance sheet given out at the AGM. Money can be paid to both Sheila Newman and Denise Killion.

Members are also pre warned that for Broomfield to stay solvent, the membership fees and match subscriptions will have to increase for the 2009 season. This coincides with the need for more fund raising and cost cutting where possible.

The AGM date has again been advertised well in advance to ensure that we achieve a good turnout. This meeting is the right place to make changes as a club, whether that be for captaincy, selection policies or new ideas for the good of the section as a whole.

09/11/08 - Final tables published by the Smethwick & District League two weeks ago showed that Broomfield 'A' did not win Division 1. More than one team have challenged the tables with 15 fixtures still missing. After a review by Colin Grove he admitted that he did have the aggregate wrong but Moor Lane 'A' still had a better aggregate than Broomfield. Paul Hickman of has offered to take on the fixtures and tables for 2009. The Smethwick League is the only league run by one person. With Moor Lane now named champions, it is the first time a team other than Broomfield or West Brom Labour has won Division 1 since 1991.

Local Greens Face Closure

The Gate Rood End was closed on 5th November until further notice. It seems that the bowlers will have to wait and see what Admiral Taverns decide to do with the land, the current lease expires on 26th April 2009. Meanwhile Portland Road have had their application for new lease refused by Birmingham City Council. With the club not making money and no longer having the support of Mitchells & Butlers, the future of this historic sporting venue does not look good.

Summit League Decision Awaits

Broomfield made a late application to the Summit Garage Premier League after our last committee meeting. A reply from Mel Evans informed us that a decision would be made at their half yearly meeting which takes place on 17th November. If we are accepted then Broomfield would form part of the third Division playing on Monday evenings, eight a side matches, trousers and club shirts forming part of the league rules.

Committee Meeting

A committee meeting will take place in the function room at Broomfield next Sunday (16th November) at 12:00pm. The following are to attend: Chris Price (Chairman), Frank Newman (Secretary), Andy Killion (Treasurer), Jonathan Blakeman (Club Captain), Mark Hadley Snr (Oldbury 'A' Captain), Keith Lawlor (Smethwick 'A' Captain), Terry Jones (West Bromwich Captain) and committee members Sheila Newman, Denise Killion and Karemjit Gurdas.

One item on the agenda will be the date of the AGM.