The BGBF AGM recently took place, kindly hosted by Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, below are minutes of the meeting.
Apologies received Liz Mort, Bob Gilling, Stuart Forsdike & Rich Vicary
Minutes of the last AGM were read and agreed as a a true record.
John stated that his first challenge was continuing the competitions faced with a substantial shortfall in funding. SIS had generously agreed to offer the Forum £100,000 funding over three years. This had guaranteed the continuation of all competitions. The cessation of Sky broadcasts had adversely affected the Romford puppy oaks competition, which did not fill, but RPGTV had filled the void to a certain extent. The Calendar had become congested towards the end of the year, as several tracks had been waiting to see the outcome of the Sky negotiations. The Forum needs to look to spread the competitions throughout the year and throughout the country.
Liz Mort reports that litter numbers were holding up in line with last year compared with Ireland where numbers were still dropping. One obstacle to increasing British breeding has been the lack of options to whelp and rear pups here. There needs urgent action to try and address the problem.
At the 2017 AGM Mark Pierrepont was elected Secretary of the BGBF However he was removed from his position at a meeting on 5th February 2018, after refusing to confine his activity to that of Secretary. I was asked to take the role temporarily until the AGM. Most points have been covered by John’s report. The long awaited Breeding research project by Ruth Dockerty finally arrived. Copies can be sent to interested parties.
Bob Gilling was unable to attend the meeting, due to health problems following his recent car accident. He reported that financially the Forum was in a healthy position, with sufficient funds to complete the year’s commitments.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Chairman : John Marriott
Secretary : Carl Perry
Treasurer : Bob Gilling
Committee Members : Liz Mort, Stuart Forsdike, Jim Hayton, Rich Vicary
It was mentioned that it would be useful for newbie breeders to have a rough guide to the process on the website. In particular, a guide to the possible costs involved and a video of all the various stages from whelping to schooling. It was agreed that this is definitely something worth adding to the website.
It was discussed that a competition to be staged at Newcastle should be added to our list of events. The trainers in the North East being strong supporters of British breeding should be listened to by the Forum. The format and type of competition would need to be discussed.