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MInutes of AGM 2020 - 17 November 2020

Minutes of the 2019-2020 Season AGM Meeting of NOWIRUL

17th November 2020 @ 7:00pm – Held by Zoom

Present: - Committee Fred Swarbrick, John Powell, Peter Rhodes, Greg King, Ian Cosens, Paul Riordan, Craig Hine, Tommy Hughes, Andy Thompson, Craig Ross, and Peter Harrison

Apologies:- Committee Sara ShackletonAttendees Clubs:-Name Club


Tony McArdle Anselmians       Barry Jubb Lostock    Stephen Bailey Aspull John Millachip Lymm     Les Towler Bolton     Stephen Branch   Macclesfield Cliff Christie   Crewe     Tim Harper    Manchester    Conor Crowe Didsbury TH   Peter Barnett   Mossley Hill        Don Edmonson Eccles              Joshua Bates    New Brighton                 Jason Hocking Ellesmere Port Graham Winstanley    Orrell          Kevin Brookman          F Waterloo Russell Dodd     Prenton       Warren Atkinson      Fylde                     Keiron Henry       Rochdale       Tony Skelton        Hawcoat Park          Peter Davenport     Sandbach      Phil Jones Hoylake    Mike Drew Stockport Arthur Perie Kendal     Neil Mason Village Spartans      John Bowden Kirkby Lonsdale      Rob Welsh Wallasey      Karl Lawrenson Leigh    Tim Hodson Wirral 

Apologies Clubs: - Jim Ogg – Carrington, Ian Mac – North Manchester

Minutes of last AGM:- The minutes of the AGM held on the19th June 2019 were agreed and carried as a true record.

Matters Arising:- Due to the length of time since the last meeting and the suspension of the 19/20 season it was agreed that there were no matters arising.

Chairman’s Report: 

Use this Link  Chairman's Report


2 South, 4 North, 5 West,  5 East and 4 East plus the cup competition still up for sponsorship. If any club knows of anyone who would be willing to sponsor a league or the cup competition would they please let Ian Cosens know.


Use this Link to see Balance sheet Financial Report

In the previous season, accounts period ending 31/05/2019, Nowirul posted it’s 1st ever deficit, primarily due to £6K being spent on our new website.Last season, accounts period ending 31/05/2020, we have posted a £9K surplus despite the RFU cancelling 50% of their funding. Half of the surplus came from cancellation of the awards dinner & cup finals, both of which are heavily subsidised by Nowirul.The decision to cancel team membership fees for this season & the absence of RFU funding will inevitably result in a deficit, but the committee agree it has proven sensible to cancel fees in the current situation.Greg King - Honorary TreasurerDuring the meeting Craig Hine (Committee) proposed that League Fees for season 21/22 should also be waived. Seconded by Greg King (Committee) - Passed 

Fixture Secretaries Report:-  

Use this Linkto see Report Fixture Secretary's Report

Election of Officers:- 

All Committee members re-elected on whole. Craig Ross elected to the Committee


There were no motions presented so Fred Swarbrick opened up the meeting to discussion

Peter Barnett – Mossley Hill raised the matter of the RFU cluster group and what NORWIRUL was doing with regards to them. John Powell went on to explain what the RFU clusters were and that NORWIRUL were looking at trying to match 1st, 2nd & 3rd team fixtures where possible to these clusters, and he said he would look at these once the RFU had confirmed the groups.

Pad Davenport – Sandbach mentioned the Midland leagues. John Powell asked that these clusters be sent to him and he would look at what can be done for NORWIRUL teams in these cluster groups.

Tim Hodson – Wirral asked about clusters and 4th teams, John Powell agreed to include these where possible

Tony Skelton – Hawcoat Park asked about the Cumbrian clubs. He stated they would prefer to travel south rather than north. John Powell thought for this season they would be better sticking to their Cumbria clusters

Peter Barnett – Mossley Hill asked about whether the RFU were going to extend the season in May. He said that this may cause issues with teams who shared grounds with other sports

Phil Jones – Hoylake stated that he hadn’t heard of the RFU clusters and it was explained that Hoylake first team were in the ADM leagues which were not covered by the RFU. Any ADM team that had junior sides with the NOWIRUL would be included where possible

John Powell raised the issue of 2nd teams in RFU leagues being able to join RFU leagues. He stated that there would be strict rules and regulations. Both Warren Atkinson – Fylde and Mike Drew – Stockport were of the opinion that this would not be an advantage to their clubs and would want to stay in NOWIRUL

Presentation of Trophies:- As the trophies for the 19/20 season could not be presented in person, they would be sent out to the clubs

AGM Closed at 20:25