|NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION
ACCESS TO THE DAVE CROOKES FISHERY AT HUNSTRETE
The security of the fishery is enhanced by the electronic gate and access code as in combination they restrict access to the complex.
It is imperative therefore, that the code is not given out freely to non-members and on no account is broadcast on any kind of media by members.
In future, any member proven to disregard this notice may face disciplinary action which may result in expulsion from the Association.
IMPROVEMENTS TO PLATFORMS AT HUNSTRETE.
It is the policy of the Association to seek funding from all sources with a view
to using any acquired funds or materials for the benefit and improvement of fisheries.
Recently, funding was acquired from the Angling Trust for the purpose of
platform and swim improvements at Hunstrete.
The amount acquired was matched and exceeded in monetary terms by the Association and
As a result, Withy Pool has seen replacement of many of the old style wooden platforms by
more natural materials which will be easier and cheaper to maintain in the future which from an ecological point of view is a job well done.
The swims are safer and larger and look really good.
MINUTES FOR THE BATHAMPTON ANGLING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING, TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2017 HELD AT THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CLUB KEYNSHAM
Chairman Philip Morris opened the meeting at 19.35.
Received and accepted from M. Burcham, M. Murfett
- MINUTES OF THE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The minutes of the 2017 AGM were reviewed.
Acceptance proposed by P. Hunt seconded by R. Mead and voted on with total agreement with no abstentions or votes against.
- MATTERS ARISING
There were no matters arising from the minutes of the 2017 AGM.
- STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS FOR YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 2018
Alan Gilbert (Treasurer) presented the statement of the accounts for 2018 and they were reviewed by those present. There were no questions forthcoming from the floor regarding the accounts.
- Turner proposed that the accounts as viewed be accepted and this was seconded by K. Rippin and agreed by those present.
- PROPOSALS FROM MEMBERS
No proposals received.
- PROPOSALS RECEIVED FROM COMMITTEE
6.1 A proposal was put forward by the committee to award E. Gillard and T. Willmott (club bailiffs) life membership of Bathampton A.A for their long and distinguished service to the club, A vote was taken and all agreed.
6.2 A proposal was put forward by the committee and the trustees that the annual membership fee for the veterans be increased by £5. Also the junior
membership fee be reduced by £5 with senior memberships remaining unchanged.
The proposals were seconded by M. Turner, a vote taken and all agreed.
- ELECTION/RE-ELECTION TO COMMITTEE (to stand for next 3 years)
The committee proposed that Ed Gillard join the committee as a co-opted member. This was seconded by R. Mead, a vote taken and all agreed.
The following committee members stood for re-election for the next 3 years.
A vote was taken and all agreed with no abstentions or votes against.
7.1 S. Knee (Head Bailiff) was asked to say a few words regarding Club Treasurer A. Gilbert who is retiring and thanked him and his wife for all their hard work over the past 35+ years of service to Bathampton A.A. All members present wished Alan a very happy and healthy retirement.
- GENERAL SECRETARYS REPORT : DAVE BURNHAM
8.1 See attached report.
- OPEN TO THE FLOOR
9.1 Question asked from some of the carp anglers present at the meeting if the winter closing hours could be extended from 6pm to 8.30pm. After discussion it was stated that a proposal to the committee regarding the request will be discussed when received.
Meeting Closed 8.25pm
AGENDA FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2018
AT THE BRITISH LEGION, KEYNSHAM – COMMENCING AT 19:30
2. MINUTES OF THE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
3. MATTERS ARISING
4. STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS FOR YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 2018
5. PROPOSALS RECEIVED ( from members)
6. PROPOSALS RECEIVED (from committee)
Proposal of life members
7. MEMBERSHIP FEES AND DAY TICKETS
8. ELECTION/RE-ELECTION TO COMMITTEE (To stand for the next 3 years)
Ed Gillard – Co-opted
Dave , Burnham
9. SECRETARY’S REPORT
10. OPEN TO THE FLOOR
Any questions from those present. The chairman will decide if a response may be
given or if a delayed response is required to allow discussion by the committee of the matter in question. In such cases the question will be logged and responded to at a later date.
NEWSLETTER – JULY 2018
Hi, this is the first newsletter for the club to let interested parties know a little of what is happening and how things are going.
The Education Centre:
Funding did not go as hoped and the necessary foundation work was carried out at considerable cost to the club in order to meet time limits imposed by the planning consent. Other avenues to raise funds are being considered and it is hoped this will prove fruitful and progress will be made in the not too distant future. Changes to construction materials are being considered now that buildings are being constructed adjacent to the Hunstrete lakes in more conventional material rather than wood or wood cladding.
There is an application for footpath diversion currently in progress with BANES. If accepted this will benefit BAA in terms of:
Added security: Important for the education centre and to keep prying eyes away from buildings etc.
More privacy and safety for members: We have juniors and vulnerable adults who fish and their safety is of primary concern.
Safer for the public: Contact with site traffic is eliminated.
Fouling by dogs: This will be eliminated other than the footpath that goes along the length of the Main Lake.
Overall, it has been a good spawning time and fortunately just a few casualties. This is better than many fisheries and during the main carp spawning time fishing was discontinued to help the fish get on with it and have a well earned break. The water levels of Main Lake and Bridge Pool are still good although a good drop of rain is always appreciated especially to keep Withy Pool topped up as it always drops during the summer.
The lake is still well stocked with plenty of carp in the twenty and thirty pound weight range and there is still a 40lb fish alive and well. Fishing can still be hard but judging by attendances the attraction to fish there is still strong. BAA is fortunate to have many members who regularly fish this lake and help look out for any problems and also support the work party days. Some smaller carp have been caught but not removed as yet until the colder weather arrives to avoid the risk of any cross contamination from summertime viruses etc.
The introduction of F1 carp has certainly stirred up the action and fishing can be extremely “busy” with a good variety of fish being caught in matches and pleasure visits.
The carp in the pool can be indifferent or feed like starving pigs and at the moment are very prone to surface baits. The fish are still falling to conventional ledger methods and sometimes a session can be extremely hard work in playing in these hard fighting adversaries. Pole fishing is still accounting for some good catches especially with heavier feeding than usual.
Reporting on Other Lakes:
Still popular with members and holds some hefty carp now well into the twenty pounds mark. Access has been improved slightly with a new gate on the college side but it is still a bit of a slog from the car park and taking as little gear as possible is advised. On the day, some great fishing can be had and members should consider this venue once in a while but you may get hooked!
Plenty of good fishing still to be had but weed is becoming a nuisance. That aside, there are a lot of carp and good quality silvers including lovely rudd and big perch. You can always have a pint in the clubhouse (muddy boots not allowed) and a spot of lunch. If water extraction takes place on Widewater you may need to get down the bank a little to fish so take care. Golf club rules insist on no bare chests!
The Kennet and Avon Canal.
A long stretch from Bath to Avoncliffe is available but parking is difficult.
Those prepared for a bit of a walk can enjoy some excellent fishing and there are some big carp in this canal if you put in the time and effort to follow them.
Light tackle for the smaller species can produce some good bags of fish.
Boats are always a problem and unfortunately they will never decrease in numbers and wintertime is much better for anglers in this department..
The local stretches from Newbridge to Saltford are producing some excellent catches throughout the year and the close season always seems to curtail the best time of the year. The Angling Trust are debating the close season soon so you never know!
BAA and the Saltford Rowing club make every effort to move any boats attempting to moor along this stretch as no permission has been granted to moor by the Duchy of Cornwall. The police are coming round to this problem now and have been assisting in the matter.
There is still some good fishing at Claverton and Long Meadow.
The change of ownership of the Bathampton Weir may prove interesting, we shall see.
General Bits and Bobs:
Junior Coaching: Thanks to volunteers some coaching is still taking place during the warmer months and work continues to encourage juniors to take up the sport. Those who attend are made welcome and encouraged to learn but have some fun as well.
Attempts to make fishing at Hunstrete easier and thus attract more members are always being considered and currently involve:
Parking: Our elderly, disabled or infirm members have some priority parking and this will hopefully increase and improve as time goes on:
Day Tickets: Currently a member can purchase three day tickets dated by month only and this does help with choice of visit.
Guests accompanying members: Members may bring guests or carers (both non-fishing) once they are in possession of written permission which is easily obtained.
After many years of membership in decline, it is hoped that numbers of members will start to rise and that the efforts of the committee, bailiffs and volunteers will prove fruitful. Initial indications this year so far on the bank look good.
The regular Over 55’s and Disabled Matches are still running and recent visitors from the MOD and a school in Westminster have enjoyed a day at Hunstrete.
The heatwave in June and July has as expected lowered levels especially (and as usual) Withy Pool. Some keepnet restrictions are in place and members are urged to consider not to use keepnets during hot weather.
It is hoped that a memorial day for Dave Crookes (previous long standing General Secretary) can be arranged at Hunstrete involving all lakes being used for matches. This is to be confirmed.
And last but by no means least , I wish to thank the committee members and bailiffs for the continued support given to the Association which can only continue because of the them.
Thanks as well to the members who help with the work parties.
BAA General Secretary
BATHAMPTON ANGLING ASSOCIATION
General Data Protection Regulation relating to members.
The legislation relating to the storing of 3rd party personal data has changed under the new GDPR rulings and the BAA is providing the following information in order to comply with the required changes
Any information stored relating to club members is as membership of the Association, this being Name, Address and membership number.
This information is not currently held in electronic form and is gathered as a result of the membership cards being filled in at time of purchase. Membership card details are stored by and under the control of the Association’s current Treasurer.
This information is not shared nor divulged to any other party and is only utilised in the event of a replacement membership being asked for to verify details. An exception to this would be at the request of any legal body such as the police to assist in any investigation.
For the time being, this mode of storage will remain in effect although in the future electronic recording of data will come into effect.
The member is required to permit these personal details to be retained in whatever form by the Association.
Membership cards for the 2019 season will be modified so that on signing as a member permission to retain the personal details is agreed.
With regards to Junior members, parental consent must be given to permit the retention of details by the association.
All data held by the Association for a season (January to December) relating to membership will be destroyed during the following season if the member does not renew within six months of the new membership period regardless of the format that the data is held in.
With regards to Life, Gold and Silver members details will be retained.
If any member has any queries relating to the above with regards to the Association and the GDPR please contact the General Secretary.
TO ALL BAA MEMBERS FISHING AT HUNSTRETE
AS FROM MONDAY 30TH APRIL, MEMBERS ATTENDING THE DAVE CROOKES FISHEREY AT HUNSTRETE ARE TO DEPOSIT DAY TICKETS IN THE BOX PROVIDED PRIOR TO PROCEEDING TO THE LAKES.
NOTIFICATION TO BAA MEMBERS FISHING AT HUNSTRETE.
Due to abuse of the current arrangement of allowing members to purchase
multiple undated day tickets, the BAA committee has decided that day tickets will
be deposited in a collection box on entry to the complex prior to proceeding to a peg.
This new arrangement will come into effect within the next week or so and
relevant signs will direct members regarding this arrangement when in effect.
Anyone found fishing without having deposited a ticket into the box will be
deemed to not have a valid ticket and may face disciplinary action likely to
result in a ban.
If further problems are encountered then the previous arrangement of only being able to purchase specifically dated day ticket will be reintroduced.
MAINTENANCE WORK AT HUNSTRETE.
SOME ADHOC MAINTENANCE RELATING TO GROUND WORK AND SMALL
TREES WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT VARIOUS TIMES.
THIS WILL INVOLVE CHAINSAW WORK AROUND THE LAKES
AND ON ISLANDS.
BAA APOLOGISES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE BUT WORK HAS TO BE
DONE WHEN PERSONNEL ARE AVAILABLE.