Merseyside Quiz Leagues

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MQL MEETINGS 2020-2021

COUNCIL

Sun 6th September 2020 (online)

Sun 6th December 2020

Sun 14th March 2021 

Sun 27th June 2021 

Provisional dates for monthly meetings 27th September, 25th October and 29 November

AGM

Sun 18th April 2021 

All online meetings commence at 7.30 pm

All face to face meetings held at Old Swan Club, commencing at 8.00 pm


AGENDA FOR most recent/next mEETING

Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues to be held online on Sunday 26th July 2020 at 7:30 pm

1        Apologies for Absence

2        Minutes of the previous AGM

3        Matters Arising

4        Chairman’s Report

5        General Secretary’s Report

6        Treasurer’s Report

7        Assistant General Secretary’s Report

8        Election of Officers

9        Election of President

10      Election / Re-election of Vice-Presidents

 

 

Agenda for the Council meeting of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues to be held on line on Sunday 26th July 2020 after the AGM

As it has been only 4 weeks since the last meeting it is anticipated that many of the officers’ reports will be very short.


  1        Apologies

  2        Minutes of the last Meeting

  3        Matters Arising

  4        Chairman’s Report

  5        General Secretary’s Report

  6        Treasurer’s Report 

  7        Assistant General Secretary’s Report

  8        Area Reports

  9        2020-21 Season
            Any further information on teams, venues or possible start up

10        MQL On-Line Quiz Competition
           
11        Any Other Business


mINUTes of most recent council meeting


Minutes of the Council meeting of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues held online 
on Sunday 26th July 2020 following the AGM

The meeting commenced at 8.05pm

1.    In Attendance: were Frank McFarlane, Cliff Houghton, Angela Houghton, Angela Doyle, Derek Moody, Bill Morris, Bill Thomas, Brian Bates, Dave Tilley, Colin Foster, David Hodgson, Dag Griffiths, Bob Wilkie, Jon Stitcher, Jim Eccleson, Paul Davitt, Frances Mason, Danny Grimes and Brian Thompson

Apologies: There were no apologies

2.    Minutes of previous meeting:  These were accepted as a true record of the meeting.

3.    Matters Arising:  There were no matters arising.

4.    Chairman’s report: The Chairman, Frank McFarlane, had nothing to report except to congratulate Wirral Chairman, Jon Stitcher and his wife Jeni, on the birth of their daughter.

5.    General Secretary’s report:  The General Secretary, Brian Thompson, had nothing to report.

6.    Treasurer’s report: Treasurer, Dag Griffiths, presented the account balance sheet on line and reported that finances were OK if a little depleted as, understandably, subs were being slow to come in from the Areas.  He would welcome any payments being forwarded to him.

Action:  Paul Davitt was to enquire about a new source of envelopes.

7.    Assistant General Secretary’s report: Assistant General Secretary, Cliff Houghton had nothing to report.

8.    Area reports:  Secretaries were advised to combine any report with their feedback under item 9.
Liverpool 
Liverpool Secretary, Paul Davitt reported Registration Forms had been returned but two teams were reluctant to pay their subs due to the uncertainty about the start of the season.  14 teams reported their venues would be available and 5 teams that as yet theirs were unavailable.  12 were as yet unknown. 

Ormskirk
Ormskirk Secretary, David Hodgson, reported that he had delayed sending out registration forms or making enquiries about team and venue availability until probably mid-August.   He said that Ormskirk had 8 sets ready for when the MQL needed them for regular quizzing.

Southport and Formby
S&F Secretary, Dag Griffiths, reported that still only 2 venues had confirmed their availability.

Warrington
Warrington Secretary, Derek Moody, reported having had responses from teams ranging from enquiries why fixtures for September were not published to others stating that they would not be ready to play until September 2021!  In responses about venues, some were unwilling or unable to commit as yet.  Some club venues had switched to members only for the time being and so couldn’t host visiting teams.  Finally some venues were willing to have matches back; however teams had expressed concern over the space in these venues and the inability to achieve social distancing.  In total about half the venues were available.


Wirral     
Wirral Secretary, Jim Eccleson, reported that of their 27 teams 7 would withdraw until September 2021.  The remaining 20 had players and venues that said that they would be willing to play.  It was decided that a Wirral league would begin in October and run through until Christmas.  After discussion it was agreed that while MQL would provide sets, these would not be from those submitted by the other areas.  Once again Dave Tilley stepped in and offered sets that he had available. 
 
Action: Jim was to go away to consult with his teams about a potential start date and season length.

9.    On Line Quizzing:  
Liverpool 
Liverpool Secretary, Paul Davitt reported 5 teams would like to play in a temporary online quiz competition, while players from another, 6 teams would be happy to form together to create perhaps another 3 teams.

Ormskirk
Ormskirk Secretary, David Hodgson, reported that 7 teams had formed into an Ormskirk Online League that is scheduled to start on 14 September.  They were setting themselves but would be happy to share / swap questions with another Area to help reduce the sets that needed writing.

Southport and Formby
S&F Secretary, Dag Griffiths, reported that 8 teams had formed into an S&F Online League that is already underway and due to end in early September.  At that point they will hopefully have encouraged a few more teams to get involved in a League that could run then until Christmas.

Warrington
Warrington Secretary, Derek Moody, reported that an individual email quiz was still running and produced over 10 different winners.  3 Warrington teams would be happy to play in a temporary online league with enough players to make up a fourth.

Wirral     
Wirral Secretary, Jim Eccleson, reported that of the 7 teams who had withdrawn until 2021, 1 would be willing to play in a temporary online league.  There was also interest from 3 of the 20 teams playing face to face, but their participation would depend on the scheduling of the 2 competitions.

In conclusion, with Ormskirk and S&F happy to run their own competitions, it seems that we are looking at an MQL Online League consisting of a between12 - 15 teams.  

Action: Brian would make contact with these teams over the next week or so and discuss the operation of an MQL Online League.

10.    Any Other Business:  
•    Wirral Chairman Jon Stitcher proposed Saturday 13 February 2021 as a date for the postponed MQL Buzzer Tournament.

Action: Brian would make contact with the Bradbury Centre. 
Action: Jon would make contact with the teams with this date.

•    A statement should be made on the website to the effect that regular MQL matches would not recommence until further notice.  MQL Council will continue to meet regularly to review the situation and were confident that when it became possible to play, then fixtures and distribution could be completed within a month

Action: Brian would arrange for this message to be posted to Area Secretaries and on the Website. 

The meeting closed at 8.55 pm.

Next Council meeting:  Sunday 6th September 2020 7.30pm online.

 


minutes of most recent AGM


Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues 
held online on Sunday 26th July 2020 (commenced at 7.30pm)

Attendees;  Frank McFarlane, Cliff Houghton, Angela Houghton, Angela Doyle, Derek Moody, Bill Morris, Bill Thomas, Brian Bates, Dave Tilley, Colin Foster, David Hodgson, Dag Griffiths, Bob Wilkie, Jon Stitcher, Jim Eccleson, Paul Davitt, Frances Mason, Danny Grimes and Brian Thompson representing thirteen teams and all five areas.

Chairman, Frank McFarlane, asked for a moment’s silence for the following members and associates of the MQL who had passed away in the last year;
Ormskirk
Charlie McAuley

Southport & Formby
Bob Ellis
Geoff Wilde
Rhian Griffiths

Wirral
Anna Torpey
Geoff Austin

1. Apologies for absence.  There were no apologies.

2. The minutes of the previous AGM.  The minutes, having been circulated to all teams, were accepted as a true and fair record of the meeting.

3. Matters Arising.  There were no matters arising not covered by the Agenda

4. Chairman’s Report.  Frank thanked the Council and all those who continue to organise the MQL and to all who run the constituent leagues.  This had been especially appreciated in the current circumstances. 

5. General Secretary’s Report.  General Secretary, Brian Thompson, reported on the outcomes of 2018 - 2019 competitions that had occurred since the last AGM.  He thanked all who had played, set questions and supported the events.  He noted that 107 teams played in the 2019-20 season.  Participation in the Merseyside Challenge Cup and Rendon Cup was still disappointing but interest in the President’s competitions was still very healthy.  Special thanks were given to Dave Tilley who had set all the questions in the MCC and Plate competitions.
Although the season had been truncated, there seemed to have been less dissatisfaction with the quality of question sets.  The anonymisation of sets appeared to have had its desired effect to reduce the blind prejudice about questions before they were even played.
Following the success of the inaugural competition, the second MQL Buzzer Tournament was held in October.  Setting our own questions allowed us to control both the date and the administration of the event.  With a few hiccups that were sorted out on the day, the event was a great success and won by Ormskirk with Liverpool winning the Plate.  Many thanks must again go to Jon Stitcher and his team of setters, compliers and most importantly question persons.  

The General Secretary congratulated Ormskirk in winning all three inter-league competitions and the Buzzer Tournament in what was their Golden Jubilee season.

The Diamond Jubilee of the MQL passed a little more quietly than perhaps anticipated. A Charity Table Quiz scheduled for May or June didn’t take place, but a Jubilee Pairs Competition was held in September 2019.  Hosted by Wirral, it was attended by 36 players and was won by the team of John Hall of Warrington and Kris Jones of Wirral.    COVID notwithstanding, both the Pairs and the Buzzer Tournaments will remain on the MQL calendar as a legacy of the Diamond Jubilee year.

It was reported that the team from Merseyside retained the Don Bissett Trophy at the annual Quiz League of London Open Quiz Festival in June 2019, defeating teams from Teesside, Yorkshire and Scotland on the way.

The General Secretary concluded by thanking fellow Council members and to all who contribute to the organisation of the MQL and the individual Leagues.

 (A full version of this Report can be found on the MQL website

6. Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer, Dag Griffiths, presented an unaudited financial statement for the season 2019-20.  He reported a less healthy financial situation than X as there had been no outlay for the Mimir evening nor any trophies.  He proposed that no increase to the £25 MQL subs was needed although pointed out that as there had been no increase in subs for several years this was in effect a reduction in real terms.  The proposal was seconded by Brian Thompson and carried nem. con. 

7. Assistant General Secretary’s Report.  Assistant General Secretary, Cliff Houghton, reported that the additional Laser printer had eased pressure on copying and that distribution had gone relatively smoothly.    He added that the anonymization of sets had been a success.

8. Election of Officers.  President, Angela Houghton took the chair for the election of the Chairman.  No other nominations having been received Frank McFarlane was returned as Chairman.  As all remaining officers had expressed their willingness to continue in post, Frank McFarlane proposed that they were re-appointed en bloc. This was seconded by Cliff Houghton and carried nem. con.

Chairman:             Frank McFarlane        
Deputy Chairman:         Cliff Houghton    
General Secretary:         Brian Thompson    
Treasurer:             Dag Griffiths            
Deputy General Secretary:     Cliff Houghton     

Auditors (appointed):         Paul Davitt and David Hodgson.


9. Election of President.  Angela Houghton has served her 3 year Presidency and was obliged to stand down.  The Chairman expressed his thanks for her dedication to the Leagues and her support at all events.

The MQL Council had nominated Angela Doyle as new President and she was duly appointed.

    Vice Presidents:  The 3 year term of the following had ended.  Brian Thompson proposed that they be re-elected for a further 3 years.  This was seconded by Frank McFarlane and carried nem. con.

Jim McGrath            Brian Bates 

Brian Thompson then proposed that Angela Houghton be elected as a Vice-President.  This was seconded by Angela Doyle and carried nem. con.


The date for the 2021 AGM has been set for Sunday 18th April.

The meeting closed at 8.00pm