1. Welcome and Apologies: Present: Ian McCulloch (Chair), Karen Pinder, Neil
Thompson, Andy Brooke, Tracy Leaman
Apologies: David Major
In attendance: Trish Slater
2. Minutes of 11th June 2018: Minutes were agreed and signed as a true record.
3. Election of Chair, Secretary and committee: The committee members present
were all willing to continue.
IMC was elected as chair, nominated by KP and seconded by NT.
TL was elected as secretary, nominated by IMC and seconded by KP.
DM has resigned as treasurer. The position will be advertised.
4. Matters arising: None
5. Chairman’s report: (Full report attached to the minutes.) DM has sadly resigned
position as treasurer due to ill health. He will be much missed. The change of
funding between LMG and Hemyock Parish Council has been successfully
completed. The football, tennis and netball have all continued to use the facilities,
with the tennis club upgrading their floodlighting. Trish Slater has worked with the
Parish Council and volunteers to begin reclaiming the wildlife area. The play area is currently being refurbished by Blackdown Buildings
6. Finance report: (Full report attached.) IMC distributed a copy of the audited
accounts for the period ending 31st March 2019. The accounts have been verified by the auditor. Current account £3415.16, deposit account £6029.26. There are a few outstanding invoices to be paid but no great expenditure is expected in the next
7. Club reports: (Full reports below) Reports from Hemyock Tennis Club,
Hemyock FC and Hemyock Youth FC were distributed prior to the meeting and
8. Longmead Environmental Action Project (LEAP) report: (Full report below.)
16 bird and bat boxes have been erected. Benches will be positioned next to the
pond and the walkway. A scarecrow competition is being arranged for September.
9. Any other business: AB asked if mobile dugouts could be used on the pitch. AB will submit designs for consideration.
Date of next AGM: Monday 8th June 2020
Hemyock Tennis Club Longmead AGM Report 2019
New lights & resurfacing.
On 25th Oct 2018 the club finally heard our grant application to Viridor for new lights had been successful. On the back of the Viridor grant we were able to also get 106 money from MDDC and a sustainability grant from BH AoNB. As a result, and in spite of the major cost of resurfacing, our finances are in good shape.
The contractors (Luminance Pro and Chiltern Sports) started work in mid Jan 2019, when the lights were fitted and the resurfacing was done a few weeks later. Re-painting should be complete by the end of May 2019. Everyone who has played under the new lights agrees they are a big improvement on the old. On 7th March we held a well-attended ‘switch-on’ event to thank everyone who had helped, with food and fireworks and Nick Bright from Viridor to do the actual ‘switch-on’.
We held a successful summer tournament/social afternoon, but the usual winter social was cancelled because of construction works. We also had a New Year skittles and quiz evening in the Catherine Wheel.
We ran just 2 mixed teams in the Somerset league in 2018. The A team had a pretty good year finishing third in Division 4. The B team finished second from bottom in Div 5 and gave everyone who was available to play a shot at league tennis. The men's team finished 4th out of 6.
Dan Sizer continued to coach 2 - 3 groups of juniors throughout the year and also ran holiday sports camps. He also coached the seniors on Thursday evenings.
Hemyock Senior Football Club Longmead AGM Report
The senior Football Club had a somewhat indifferent season on the pitch. At times, there were some absolutely brilliant performances against very good teams, unfortunately there were also some performances which are best not remembered.
At the end of the Devon and Exeter Division 4 league season, Hemyock finished in 9th position of the 13 teams having played 24, won 9, drawn 3 and lost 12. The team again fared well in the cup, after making it to the semi final stage last season, it was a quarter final spot this. The cup run was ended following a 8-7 extra time defeat to a team from 2 leagues higher.
One major highlight this season was again the emergence of several players from Hemyock Youth FC. Two of these players were even on the honours list at the end of season awards night with Will Gay being named Players Player and Josh Duncan joint top goal scorer. A successful awards day saw the current team take on a team of past players before an afternoon and evening of celebrations watching Exeter Chiefs lose the rugby final but Liverpool win the Champions League. The event was excellently supported not only by the players but also the villagers which was great to see.
Looking ahead to next season, the team will again be under the leadership of manager Darren Salter who will be helped along the way by the hard working Alex Vickery. Early signs suggest that many players are looking to resign and a few new faces are also interested, so here’s hoping for a much stronger season ahead.
Hemyock Youth Football Club
1 June 2019
We signed on 35 players in total this season. Unfortunately, we were unable to carry the U13’s team forward this year due to lack of players. It’s always good to see friendship groups outside of Hemyock encouraging players in the wider community to join and this year has been no exception with players coming to us from Dunkeswell, Tiverton and within the Uffculme catchment area.
Thanks to all the coaches, without whom the club would not thrive:
Matthew Williams U8 (Hemyock Knights)
Neville England U11 (Hemyock Hornets)
To confirm training nights were organised as follows:
Mondays 5.30 – 6.30 pm U8
Tuesdays 6.00 – 7.30 pm U11
The season’s matches started on the normal weekend, the first week of the new academic year. There were a few postponements for most teams in the league due to bad weather, mainly waterlogged pitches. This did mean we were still playing matches in May 2019 (for all clubs in the League). Whilst the coaches have managed these to the best of their ability the club has suffered some fines, particularly in relation to cup matches. Both of our youth sides had an occasion when they were unable to field a team due to players being involved in other activities.
Sadly, we had to fold the U13 team before the current season got going. Justin Jenkins worked hard to promote the side both locally and in the surrounding towns and villages. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough interest to be able to enter a team into the league.
We achieved Football Association Charter Standard Club status, a prerequisite to using the facilities at Longmead The club is simply required to ensure the coaches meet basic training requirements in First Aid, Safeguarding and for all coaches, a Level 1 coaching qualification. All coaches and parent helpers are also DBS checked. Charter status allows us to tap into mentoring support, coaching courses and training evenings. The club has also been accredited as a mini-soccer centre, which allows us to have a younger group at U6 level.
Annual BBQ and Presentation Evening
The annual presentation evening will take place on 7th June 2019. Numbers attending will be less than in recent years, as we have fewer teams this season, but we hope to have the same good turnout and friendly atmosphere as previous years.
To Paul Young, who has been our Treasurer for the past 3 years. He has decided to step down at the end of this season. Without people like him volunteering to perform committee roles we wouldn’t be able to continue.
Hemyock Youth FC Secretary
LEAP report for the AGM
Since last Autumn when the Leap project was revived, there have been a number of improvements made to the site.
The AONB have been involved and hopefully, we will be able to dip into funding for a Community Grant in the future. Hemyock Parish Council (HPC) have shown great interest and are currently financing some of the changes and initiatives. They are kept updated by attendance at HPC meetings on a monthly basis or when I need to report to them, which included a report at the parish council AGM.
The first task that was undertaken in the early Spring was the cutting back of brambles and weeding around the millennium trees. Eighteen local people were involved over two days. Bark mulch was provided by Paul at Ashculme.
Some removal of the reed mace in the pond was also undertaken, although this will need to be tackled again in the Winter when a digger will need to dig out part of the pond. It has become too shallow, which has enabled the reed mace to proliferate.
An amphibian expert has given the pond the thumbs up and made recommendations about its management to keep it healthy and more wildlife friendly. He also suggested the establishing of a compost heap to provide shelter for grass snakes.
Brookridge timber donated some wood to make bat and bird boxes, and Nick Thompson along with the staff and clients of Greendays, set about making them. We also purchased extra bird-boxes which are sited in the larger trees. There are now seventeen bird and boxes around the area.
Paul Doble has given freely of his precious time and has now topped the grass alongside the path and near the pond three times. Two benches provided and sited by HPC near the pond and next to the path facing the wooden bridge.
Contact has been made with Hemyock Primary School, and pupils will be involved in making a ‘bug hotel’ in the area in the Autumn. Hemyock Gardening Club are also regularly updated.
Thanks to all those people who have added their enthusiasm, help and advice to the project over the last few months. Special thanks to Nick Thompson who has been involved with the project over many years and is always practical and enthusiastic in equal measure.
Hopefully we will continue to add to the area to enhance for the residents of Hemyock and the local wildlife over the coming year.