AGM Update

Good Attendance For 2010 AGM

Swallowfield Fishing Clubs AGM, held on Tuesday 18th May was well attended this year with plenty of new faces asw well as some of the regular ones.

The meeting was opened and chaired by the clubs President, Fred Holloway, as acting chairman Roger Padbury had been delayed due to work commitments. The usual officers reports were presented giving everyone the goings on over the year. The main topic being the work to the decoy pond at Swallowfield Park. This has been scheduled to be open foer fishing at the beginning of October this year. There is some more stocking to take place but this will note be until the autumn when the weather becomes cooler again.

Two committee resignations were announced, that of Doug Chennell, the secretary, who had occupied this post for at least the last twenty years, and from treasurer Jeff Curtis, another long standing committee member, undertaking the treasurers job in 1993. Both were thanked for their efforts over the years, Doug, being honoured with the position of Vice President for his long service to the club. Lee Atkins kindly steeped in to fill the position of treasurer and Russ Hatchett as club secretary.

This year the club has made the decision that it will no longer continue its affiliation to the Basingstoke Canal Angling Association. It was felt that the expenditure for permits for its members far out weighed the use of the permits by the members. Day tickets are still available for the BCAA on the bank which would seem a more cost effective way to fish this venue, or taking out an individual membership if required. The funds saved from this expense would be better directed bank into our own waters where necessary.

The revised club constitution was put forward and approved by the members. This had been updated to eliminate the "in parish", "out of parish" and "associate parish" members since the land owners had requested a commercial water rent some years ago and the membership became open. The constitution also needed to take into account the the disposal of any assets should the club be dissolved.

The committee was informed that poachers had been at work along the banks of the Loddon at Sheepbridge Farm. Those concerned who had been seen carrying plastic shopping bags, used the waters/sewage pipe to cross the river onto beat two of the clubs waters from the farmers land. We would ask anyone seeing this type of thing happening to report it immediately to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060. There may be no intitial attendance by the EA but the more reports they have of illegal fishing or poaching then the problem will be addressed.