Minutes of the 6 May 2016 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held at NHS Sports & Social Club
on 5 May 2016 with 17 members present


Apologies were received from B Bishop; A Godson;G Bradbury; A Mcevoy; M Butcher;

Chairman Sam Bayley gave thanks to the outgoing chairman, John Ledgeway and Vice chair, Paul Ballantyne. He then made a small presentation to John for his 10 years in the chair.

Outline of the Future: the Chairman then gave an outline as what he (us all) would like the future of York RA to be.

Problem Corner: the chairman gave an account of an incident that had occurred to him in an evening match, asking the floor for their views. This created an in depth discussion with various views and opinions raised. There was also a discussion on Mark Clattenburg’s handling of the Chelsea V Spurs match played earlier in the week.

Meeting Closed at 8.45

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting, Thursday 5 May 2016

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

held on 5 May 2016
at York NHS Social Club with 15 members present.

In the absence of the Chairman the President opened the meeting.

Apologies were received from Mssrs; J Ledgeway; B Bishop; G Bradbury; A McEvoy; A Godson; M Butcher.

Minutes of the last AGM were accepted with no matters arising

Secretary’s Report was read with no matters arising.

Treasurers Report – due to time constraints this was not available. Dave King gave a verbal report saying we are in a good situation, and that accounts would be made available to members at the September meeting.

Election of Officers 2016/7

President: Ian Hotchkies
Chairman: Sam Bayley
Vice Chair: Jonny Ham
Secretary: Ian Hotchkies
Treasurer: John Ledgeway
Training Officer: David King
Membership Secretary: James Unwin
Supplies Officer: Brandon Bishop
Ex Officio (Immediate Past Chairman): John Ledgeway

Committee Members
Conor Ledgeway
Anthony Thornton
Paul Ballantyne
Joe Ballantyne
Elliot Shiers
Brian Smith
Dave Milburn

Additional Roles
County RA Reps: Ian Hotchkies & David King
Auditor: Ron Price
FA Reps: David King & Graham Bradbury

There being no permissible business, the meeting closed at 8.00

Minutes of 7 April 2016 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held at NHS Sports & Social Club

On 7th April 2016 with 11 members present

The Chairman welcomed the attendance made up of 10 committee and one ordinary member.

Apologies were received from B Bishop; A Godson; P Hartley; M Burke; A McEvoy; A Luff; A Dennison, J Ham.

Congratulations were given to those who have received promotions and CFA Final appointments.

Dinner: a report was given regarding a successful dinner, marred only by late withdrawals. Feedback is requested from all members.

Details were given regarding; Conference; R U Taking the P run; Subs for next season.

C Ledgeway gave a report of his trip to Wolverhampton.

Dave King gave a presentation highlighting what he believes to be the most important of the Law changes which will come in during the summer. These were discussed in depth.

Meeting Closed at 9.25

Meeting minutes on 3 March 2016

Minutes of Meeting held at NHS Sports and Social Club
On 3rd March 2016 with 18 members present.

Apologies (8) from: Ian Hotchkies, Gerry Bee, Andy McEvoy, Brian Smith, David Milburn, Peter Hartley, Paul and Joe Ballantyne.

David King took the minutes due to the Secretary’s absence.

Minutes, no matters arising.

Details were given regarding; Lol Cussons evening (free), 4th March; Annual Legends evening (£17.50), 1 April and Dinner (£25), 2nd April – names to Ian Hotchkies.

Also BARA / Development Event in Leeds on Monday 21 March 2016, guest Mike Riley. BARA to be presented with their Gold Quest award.

Membership is at 58 no. down on previous years.

Schools Finals (Yr 7-11): Brandon Bishop asked for referees for games on 22/3 march at Wigginton KO 4pm.

Problem Corner – not discussed

Keith Scoffham talked about his career as a referee based in the NE. Originally from Chesterfield. Refereeing for some 50 years and still active on Northern Alliance.

Keith talked about “Us, T’others and Them” – discussing his experiences as a referee (secretaries, groundsmen and  footballers) and the need to manage games and use people skills.

All were reminded of the forthcoming events (Lol Cussons 4 March, Legends Evening 1 April and RA Dinner 2 April 2016).

Next committee meeting is 30 March and next meeting is 7 April 2016.

There being no more business meeting closed at 9.35.

Minutes of the 4 Feb 2016 Meeting

Minutes of Meeting held at NHS Sports and Social Club
On 4th Feb 2016 with 18 members present.

A Minute’s Silence was observed for Albert Ridsdale ( 23 years service  1958-81)an ex member who passed away recently.

Paul Ballantyne took the chair due to the chairman arriving late. Welcoming Mark Burke (Barkston Ash) after his illness.

The Secretary welcomed Rob Rich a long standing member who had been away from the area for many years.

Minutes, no matters arising.

Details were given regarding; Lol Cussons evening, 4th March; Dinner, 2nd April; FA Cup ticket draw.

Assistants Fees, there was a discussion on this as the York League want to bring their Premier fees in line with West Riding and Humber Leagues to £20.00 fee with no mileage. The feeling was favourable. Swings and roundabouts summed the mood.

Problem Corner, discussion on disciplinary action prior to kick off.

Iain Dunn ex York City our guest for the evening then gave a chat on his career, highs, lows,people who helped his career and incidents from local playing fields to professional grounds back to the local pitch at Huntington. He chatted with plenty of interaction for approx 90 mins.

All were reminded of  the forthcoming events. There being no more business meeting closed at 9.45.

I Hotchkies


February Meeting – Iain Dunn

Iain Dunn

Monthly Meeting – Thursday 4 February 2016

We are delighted to welcome Iain Dunn, ex-York City, Huddersfield and Chesterfield player, to our February meeting.

Iain was once voted Huddersfield’s “favourite cult hero” and is sure to be an entertaining speaker. He now manages Huntington Rovers.

Our monthly meetings are held at York Hospital Club, starting at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the month.

Minutes from the 7 Jan 2016 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 7th January 2016
At NHS Sports and Social Club
With 23 members present.

The Chairman welcomed all and wished the best for the New Year.

Apologies were received from; B Smith

Minutes of last meeting; no matters arising

Details of Dinner on 2nd April were given, names required asap. Lol Cussons evening is 4th March, names also required.

Graham Bradbury, gave an update on Don Thorpe and Steve Holman’s state of health. Also on forthcoming concert at the Barbican on March 6th for flood victims. Andy McEvoy updated on Mark Burke’s health.

Membership stood at 57, way down on last year’s total.

There then followed the quiz hosted by Anthony Thornton, this was greeted in the usual way, but enjoyed by all.

This was followed by the buffet.

Proceedings closed around 9.15 with the diehards still gossiping around 10.00

Minutes from the 3 December 2015 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 3rd December 2015

The chairman welcomed all to the meeting including guests from the umpires association.

Apols were received from; A McEvoy; J Ham; G Bradbury; A Luff; J Ballantyne; E Shiers; J Suchecki.

Membership; stands at 56, well below last seasons 70

RA Voice over; an item from 1908 was mentioned regarding York RA being formed.

Problem Corner; the FA had issued guidelines about concussion. There was a discussion on this, also wet pitches and not to be swayed into playing if you think pitch is unfit.

Dinner ; April, will discuss in new year.

Jeff Evans; cricket umpire our evenings guest then gave at very colourful and interesting talk/summary of his career. Highlighting some incidents, characters, teams he has encountered in his 19 years as a first class umpire. He mentioned that they now have fitness test and also injury guidelines (as the concussion guidelines). We had to call Jeff to a close after an hour and three quarters of a very entertaining and absorbing evening.

A o B  none

Meeting closed at 9.55

Comment from the President: A disappointing attendance from our members, with fifteen members plus invited guests. We are trying our best to attract good speakers to our meetings, but it is difficult to justify with low turnouts. Members’ suggestions around the content and format of meetings, to encourage more to attend, would be appreciated.

Minutes from the 5 November 2015 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 5 November 2015
At NHS Club with 20 members present.

 The chairman welcomed colleagues to the meeting. Good to see an increase from earlier meetings.

Apologies were received from I Hotchkies, M Butcher, J Sucheki, P and J Ballantyne.

Membership stood at 50,  and colleagues were reminded of the renewal of subscriptions, with the benefit of motor vehicle legal cover.

Problems  discussed Referee / AR instruction “I’ll back you 100%” (courtesy of “Benchmark”); should the referee say this? Instructions need to be clear and questioned as appropriate. Referee’s need to assess the quality of AR’s and be flexible accordingly.

Mention was made of Strensall (Barracks) pitch size/markings, which had been reported.

Guest Gary Kellett (Bradford) FL Match Observer presented a session on Match Observing at FL level. He was in his 8th season following a lengthy career. He contrasted the old assessing system with  manual note-taking and reports and discussed the current method – using IPad / technology to record and report Key Match Incidents on officials on the FL. The observer does not provide a mark but the system provides the official with a mark from the observations recorded.

There being no more business meeting closed at 9.40

Notes from 28 Oct Committee Meeting – the way forward for York RA?

In our continuous quest to improve York RA meetings and make the RA ever more relevant to members, the committee met to discuss ideas about future development. All members’ (and would-be members’) thoughts are very welcome – email us, post on our Facebook wall, or let us know at our next meeting.

Meeting  held on 28th October, with I Hotchkies; Jonny Ham; Joe Ballantyne; Anthony Thornton; Jan Suchecki; Sam Bayley; James Unwin; Brian Smith; Dave Milburn; Connor Ledgeway and Dave King present.

York Academy; improve relations with, suggestion of both meeting on the same night, York RA to start at 8pm after academy.  Encourage parents to attend meetings also.  James  and Geoff to progress

P Hartley suggestions; membership card, stamp attendances at meetings for possible incentives- draw-kit , next season use for FA Cup tickets( to get 3/4  stamps to go into hat). Jonny Ham to progress

Flyer/Poster to produce an eye catching and appealing flyer/poster, and hopefully we can get leagues to send out with correspondence to refs. Ideas were muted. Jonny Ham to progress

Meetings; make more welcoming to young/ new faces, introductions at start of meetings. Make them feel welcome. Cut down on the loud banter. Raffle/Nos board do at interval, and not “in your face”.

Format of meetings; only apols given to secretary prior to meeting will be read out (or no need to read apologies at all); only essential info given-problem corner (not to drag out)-Guest. Aim for 9.30finish at latest if younger refs in attendance.

Identity;  Monogrammed polo shirts/ties , contact G Bradbury/ B Casterton. I Hotchkies/James Unwin to progress.

Dinner;  Do we require toasts to Members/Guests/ Wives? How can we make our events more inclusive?