PRESIDENT: Mr. J. Devoy CHAIRMAN:Mr.S.D. Carrington
Honorary Secretary: Mr D. J. Rees, 12 Brookfields, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1DJ
Tel: 01873 811604 Mobile: 07506539377 Email: email@example.com
Honorary Treasurer: Mr. S. Gable, 73, Dan-y-Bryn, Gilwern, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 0BL
Tel: 01873 832204 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from our Chairman Steve Carrington.
I was very disappointed with the attendance of the membership at the AGM, (34 members turned up and I had 23 apologies for non-attendance out of 206 members). I understand many of you come from far and wide but a phone call, e mail or letter to the Hon Sec would have been nice. Or a note on the forum even.
There are some serious issues being voted on sometimes, so it is your chance to have your say and vote on it with your fellow members.
There was some confusion about proposals for discussion at the AGM and the timescale to place these before the committee. All proposals have to be with the Hon Sec, in writing and with a seconder 21 days before the AGM. This will give the committee time to discuss the issue and will in future give us time to notify all members pursuant to Rule 9(3).
This also applies to nominations from the membership for Chairman, Hon Sec, Hon Treasurer and general committee.
Just a reminder, that subscriptions are due before the end of February 2015. An ideal place to catch the Hon Treasurer will be at the presentation night that is being held in the Bear Hotel on Wednesday 25th February starting at 8pm. Or you can pay by electronic transfer. Sort Code 30-90-02 Account number 00597008.
The AGM for the Usk Fisherman’s Association will be held in the Angel Hotel Abergavenny on13th March 2015 starting at 6pm. All are invited to attend and to join the UFA.
Due to Paul Bowen’s resignation the sea section will need someone to oversee and book trips in the future. I will take care of the section for the trips already booked but we will need someone to take control of the section. It is usually well attended so hopefully I can have a volunteer to take over. Anyone interested please contact me, Scott or Dai Rees. Anyone interested in going on any of the trips please let us know also.
If no one can be found to take over then unfortunately sea angling will cease which will be a great shame.
The committee and volunteer members have carried out bank clearing/litter picking on all of our beats. Some really good work has been carried out on Bridge Meadow by Ken Evans. He has installed steps and pathways on the left hand bank before the cottage. Below the cottage is still quite untouched so please be careful down there.
We will be asking members through the year to assist in litter picking and Balsam pulling on our beats during the season.
Finally there will be a calendar of events the society is running this season on the website. I will mailshot those without internet access. There will be for example two skills days, one day for trout and the other for Salmon fishing. We are talking about having a dinner and/or BBQ and several away days fishing somewhere different.
It will not be long now and we can get back out in the fresh air and enjoy our sport, take care and tight lines.
Crickhowell and District Angling Society
Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
Held at The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell
At 8pm on Friday 30th January 2015
1. Our chairman Steve Carrington welcomed everyone to the meeting.
He informed the meeting that again last season we had lost another two members namely Phil Wilkinson and Chris Widnall. He asked the meeting to observe a minutes silence in respect of them and all those who have passed away since the society started.
Steve expressed his disappointment at the turnout with only 34 members attending and 23 sending their apologies for not been able to attend.
Prior to the start of the meeting Steve had invited Simon Evans, one of our Committee members and Deputy Director of The Wye and Usk Foundation To give us a talk on two issues, abstraction and salmon densities.
The majority of Simon’s demonstration was by means of overhead screen, the slides from which are attached.
Some of the main points he mentioned are described here in the minutes.
He told the meeting that the money which we kindly donate to the Wye and Usk foundation is used by them to try and get a better deal for the fisheries of the river Usk in respect of the abstraction and the amount of water that is taken from the river Usk. Simon stated that he thinks they have eventually got there. Most of the Valley Rivers were heavily polluted due to heavy industry so where did they go they came to the first clean river which is the Usk. That is why we have all the water taken out of the Usk. When the Usk was designated as a special area of conservation, the highest designation you can have in terms of the protection it meant that a lot of these historic deals had to be corrected. He explained that there is a migration threshold, we get a spate and Salmon swim into the river, in low water Salmon don’t swim into the river. There is a trigger for Salmon migration into the river .By definition you are reducing the flow below that threshold, so you are getting less migration into the river. If there is a rise of water 100% of the fish enter the river. Around 2% of the fish kept out in the estuary because of low water die every day .For Salmon it is an arduous task going from saline to brackish to fresh water and back, and after about two weeks you are loosing about 2% a day. So if there is a two month drought you are loosing a big chunk of fish. If the flows are below the level that they can migrate into the river then there is increased mortality in the estuary. In dry year’s on the Usk 25% less enter the estuary, and about 10% of them die, that’s 10% less fish entering the spawning grounds at the end of the season. Another impact is that it greatly reduces the surface area. If the surface area is reduced then it means less fish. The last floods in April take the smolts away. If that flood doesn’t happen then they have to shuffle down stream. If there is no spring flood to flush them out then they get predated. The majority of smolts get eaten by migratory birds, shad etc. Because the Usk is designated there is a requirement to address these wrongs by 2015. NRW published their proposals in 2012, we didn’t like them. The water companies didn’t like them. It would mean the closure of the Brecon canal, because they wouldn’t be able to take enough water. This is when The Wye and Usk foundation got involved. An agreement was accepted by The Wye and Usk foundation, and the BreconCanal. Most of the water coming out of the Usk was going in the canal, and smolts were unable to travel because they do not like going through water which is less than 10cm deep. Basically they would come up to the shallows and go back to pools time
and time again and were prone to predation. He then showed a graph which showed that half the river flow was going in to the canal.
Some fish arrive in the estuary in March, April and May, August is when most fish arrive in the estuary.15% of the stock in the estuary will enter the river system if the flows are right. In 2005 just over 1,300 Salmon died in the estuary, those were fish that should have come into the river but never made it.Dwr Cymru are going to open all the taps when there’s a natural spate and leave as much water through as possible.
How does abstraction affect fish population; reduced ability of Salmon to enter river.Increased mortality in estuary. Less fish entering during the fishing season.
How does abstraction affect Salmon population; reduced ability of Salmon to enter river. Increased mortality in estuary. Reduced migration window.
Summary of new UWAG agreement
Pumping from Lower Usk reduced from 264ML/D to just 11ML/D from April to October.
Except in severe droughts, reduced autumn pumping until December.
Extra release from Usk and Talybont dams to boost spates and smolt migration.
Dwr Cymry are going to release more water into the river Usk.
Anticipated that there would be 1,100 more Salmon in the river by the end of the season.
Benefits of Usk improvement; Minimal summer abstraction from the Usk. Daily fluctuation avoided.
Much better flows for migration and juveniles. Much reduced smolt mortality.
Our chairman thanked Simon for his presentation.
- Minute of last years AGM -All matter arising from those minutes had been dealt with or will be discussed later on.
- Chairman’s report – Our chairman Steve Carrington addressed the meeting.
He stated that he was disappointed with the turnout for the meeting, we’ve had 23 apologies for absence and that only 37 members were at the meeting out of 206 people. One of the complaints been thrown at the committee is lack of communication, he stated that this is a two way commitment. There are no outstanding issues from the last AGM, as a committee we have cleared most of it. Simon had explained about abstraction which was one of the main worries of most members. Not a very good salmon fishing season, trout fishing was a lot better. 19 salmon was the final catch record, with all of them being returned. The heaviest being 17lb. We lost a good member of the club this year due to certain issues; Paul Bowen has resigned from the membership, something that Steve was disappointed with. Paul was passionate about Crickhowell Anglers.
We have made every effort to communicate with members via face book, e mail web site, newsletter etc. He stressed to the meeting that members contact Scott, Dave or himself or any of the committee. He stated that we had put the club on the map with the new website, and most agreed it was a good form of communication. Steve Cox has taken over the running of the website and if any member has got any contributions to contact Steve and he will insert it on the site. Crickhowell anglers have always been looked at as a bunch of elitists who won’t let people have day tickets, it got really bad about three years ago when the stretch of water called the Garn, near the Bridge pool and the Council said you can’t have it you’re a bunch of elitists, you don’t allow anyone in. To this
End we decided to raise the profile of the club. Last year we were approached by the local Rotary Club to demonstrate fly tying and casting demonstrations and clinic to help them raise money for survival tents for disaster areas so they asked us to come along to their annual duck race. The comments that came back from the Town Council was that how professional we were, and that we had the Best corporate image on the whole site. Instead of being elitists we are now considered to be down to earth people who are willing to help the community, which is what we intended to do. He went on to mention the skills days organised by the club. Only five members attended, with twenty guests turning up on the day. Steve went on to thank his committee stating that without them we wouldn’t be anything. He went on to thank Geraint and Justin for running the Fly tying classes free of charge, and putting money back into the society which is hoped will help the junior section. He also thanked Ricky and Paul Slaney for giving their time for nothing. He had been in contact with Mark Lloyd from the Angling trust. The Angling trust have challenged the British Canoe Union and Canoe Wales that they are encouraging their members to trespass on our waters. That is with their solicitors and Angling Trust solicitors at the moment, but there will be an announcement soon from the Welsh Assembly. We as a club have donated £1,000 to SACC (SUSTAINABLE ACCESS CAMPAIGN CYMRU) to help cover some of the legal fees.
The annual presentation evening will take place on Wednesday 25th February at 8pm at The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell, would all those wishing to attend please contact Dave Rees (Hon Secretary) so that numbers can be confirmed. This year there will also be a presentation for the heaviest Bass caught in memory of one of our members who died two years ago Evan Churchill. All members and their wives / partners are welcomed to attend. The buffet is provided free by the club.
4. He the passed the meeting over to David Sanders on behalf of the honorary treasurer to delivery a detailed account of our finances (attached)
5. Election Of Officers / Committee -No nominations received, proposed and seconded that Officers of the Committee be re-elected en bloc.
6. Bank clearance – Bank clearance has been neglected over the last couple of years, due to health and safety issues. We have overcome some of the issues with our Insurers. Working parties have been set up, and so far bank clearance and litter picking have been carried out at Glangrwyne Court, Red Barn and Crickhowell
Waters. Next bank clearance arranged for Bridge Meadows.
7. Sea Angling Section – Paul Bowen who ran the Sea Angling section has stood down as a member of the club, we are looking for volunteers to run this section. If anyone is interested in running it please contact Steve Carrington or Dai Rees, otherwise this will cease.
8. Catch returns – Steve told the meeting that once again this year catch returns were again late in coming in. Geraint Meadows the Catch returns Officer once again had to chase members for their returns. It is every member’s responsibility to send in a catch return and not the responsibility of the committee to chase people. It clearly states in our bye-laws Section 5, subsection (3) that failure to submit a catch return by 31 October annually will result in the non-renewal of their Membership. He also mentioned that there is only two things we
ask members to do and that is paying their subs on time and send in a catch return on time. A discussion took place re this matter.
9. Proposals – Our chairman asked Tony Konieczny to address the meeting with his Proposal.
Tony explained to the meeting that he had been a member of the club for 17 years, and that he lived in Abergavenny, and he is the Chair of The Abergavenny Civic Society. They are currently running a project along with The Wye and Usk Foundation to open the Gavenny as a spawning tributary; this is actually a scheme to increase the spawning capacity, egg deposition capacity of the Usk catchment. The preliminary report for Usk egg deposition this year is that the Usk is at risk, it is falling below the conservation levels. Year on year there has been a decline in Salmon catches. This is not only affecting the Usk catchment. Atlantic Salmon is being affected very seriously by global warming; it is extinct In Portugal, Southern France. There is a real risk of extinction of Salmon in The British Isles. There are varied reasons, some of them are at sea, some have to do with water levels and water abstractions, we have now reached a level where population levels once they fall below conservation limits, we can’t as anglers and conservationists afford to put more pressure on a species that is likely to become extinct. We have got to be aware that the Atlantic Salmon is falling below sustainable levels in our river systems. He went on to explain that as a Society we have major assets, and if there were no Salmon our assets would be worth nothing. His proposal was that we implement a catch and release policy, and that we review the situation at the next AGM.
A lengthy and heated debate ensued, which continued for some time. Our chairman then asked members present to vote on this issue. Eight members voted for this proposal, one abstained and twenty five were against the proposal. The proposal was rejected by the majority.
10. Presentation evening – Members were again reminded that the Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 8pm At The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell, he informed the meeting that this was a chance to meet, have a chat and a few beer’s. A free buffet is provided by the club. Would members wishing to attend please contact David Rees ( Hon Secretary ) so that numbers can be confirmed, contacts email@example.com, home number 01873 811604, mobile 07506539377.
11. AOB – Communication. Our chairman informed the meeting that we were being criticised for lack of communication. We have set up a new website, sent out more emails With the minutes of the AGM there will be a basic form asking members for up to date details. Please fill these in and return them to our Secretary as soon as possible. Full name, address, home telephone and mobile phone numbers and e mail address. We did ask members at the last AGM to send us up to date details and only 12 got back to us. Communication is a two way process.
There being no other matters the meeting was closed at 10.10pm.
Apologies for not being able to present this report myself I am afraid I have been called away. Any questions you may have about the distributed accounts I would be happy to answer personally by telephone, email or snail mail.
This report will highlight the position and trends in the society finances with explanations and supporting information where required.
Income and Expenditure Account
- The Income for the society remained statistically static, being £383 (1.5%) higher than the 2013 season.
- The number of adult paying members remained static in the year (190) as did disappointingly the number of special juniors and juniors (11).
- There is a shift in the membership with more members now being over 65 and being eligible to the discounted membership rate, this trend is set to continue based on the society demographic. (142 full fee members, 45 reduced fee members in 2014) (147 full fee members, 41 reduced fee members in 2013)
- Guest ticket income this year increased by £60 (46%) the variability in this income is recognised as primarily weather dependant.
- Removal of funds from and the closure of the MonmouthshireBuilding society Trustees account to fund the Bridge Meadow purchase reduced our interest income to £0.
Total income for the 2014 season was £25,263, an increase of 1.5% (£383) against 2013
Subs and donations
- Variance is noted in the subscriptions and donations made by the society during the 2013 season.
- UUFA subscription rates rose to £50 from £10 (400%)
- A donation was made to the Sustainable access fund held by the Angling Trust of £1000, this is seen in the accrual against the angling trust, included in this figure is the society insurance premium, this has increased by £89 in the season, a pattern common across insurance providers.
- No donation was made to the WUF during the 2014 season; the committee have pledged to make a donation during the 2015 season following a request.
- Secretary and Treasurer expenses (honoraria) remain unchanged.
- Accountant fees were increased by £10 against 2013, an increase of 1.5% this is inline with the Retail process index of 2% falling to 1.6% during this year.The work undertaken by the accountant represents excellent value and consistently saves the society a corporation tax bill in the order of £500. In addition the accountant’s team validated the treasurers financial forecasting and modelling required by lenders when approached with loan applications.
- Appearing on the I&E account for the first time is a payment accrued against advertising expenses, this sum is made up of expenditure on the society banner and bailiff shirts purchased during the year and used at the duck race and skills day. While the expense may seem excessive the number of enquiries to join the society spawned from these events and the website has seen the waiting list rise to its highest level in recent years with nearly 50 individuals waiting to join the society.
- No bank charges were incurred during the 2014 season with those incurred during 2013 being directly attributable to the Bridge Meadow purchase.
- Loan interest accrued during the season against the Bridge Meadow purchase has fallen slightly and is due to fall again during the 2015 season as the lender adjusted the repayment schedule.
- No additional repayments were made during the 2014 season to reduce the loans medium term impact, this was a committee decision based on the quotes received during the season for undertaking bank maintenance work on the newly acquired beat.
- The work has been started and is predicted to cost significantly less than originally quoted.
- To this end the committee will discuss extra loan payments during the season based on expected expenditure and liabilities.
- Renegotiation of the loan product with other lenders has proved difficult with lenders still demonstrating significant lending caution and requiring financial forecasting and modelling. Many factors are seen by uninformed lenders to place membership levels at risk (C&R, declining stock etc. etc.)
- Website hosting fees increased by £150 in the season following a whole scale upgrade, the site has delivered multiple enquiries for membership; additionally £175 has been accrued against a ‘staff training’ line for the training of society members in managing the website. In context the cost for running the website is recouped if it recruits two new members into vacancies.
- While the society sent out fewer mail shots during the season the cost of printing stationary and postage increased significantly on 2013. Stationary and printing up 82% to £462, postage up 13% to £305.
- Coffee was provided to the NRW team who provided a free training session to society bailiffs and others during the season, this is accrued against meeting expenses
- Year book costs rose by 6% to £462 although the batch size of the print run increased.
- The society invested £180 in a number of fly tying kits for use by members participating in the fly tying evenings, these will be accrued as society assets along with the rods and reels etc. previously purchased and bank clearing equipment that will be purchased.
- The skills day barbeque cost £48 to put on but this was more than covered by the revenue generated by the participants. The excess revenue sits as part of the cash in hand demonstrated in the accounts.
- Fishing right rentals and parking fees increased slightly in the 2014 season, Lower Cadfor Farm increased by £50 as did the parking Fee at Glangrwyne court. This is the first time the fees have been increased for these rentals and still represents excellent value.
Total expenditure for the 2014 season was £13,776, an increase of 1.6% (£218)
The excess of Income over Expenditure for the 2014 season is £11,487 and increase of 1.5% (£165) over the 2013 season.
Owned fishing assets remain unchanged
The current net assets of the society see an increase over the 2013 season with £794 cash in hand and a bank balance of £22,312. with a number of rolling deposits held by charter skippers.
Current liabilities for the 2015 season amount to £8,564.
The net surplus for the 2014 season of £11,487 brings the total net value of the society assets to £188,988.
It is my recommendation to accept the accounts as presented to the committee and society and to maintain the financial model we are following.
I also recommend maintaining the relationship the society has built with the Accountant team at Catherine A Williams Ltd
Scott Gable (Hon Treasurer)
Membership fees due by 28th February 2015
Senior members (over 65 with two years prior full membership) £95
Full Members £125
Special Juniors £20
Cheques: payable to ‘Crickhowell and District Angling Society’
Please put name and membership number on reverse
To Scott Gable, Hon Treasurer
Account name: ‘Crickhowell and District Angling Society’
Sort Code: 30-90-02
A/C number: 00597008
Please use your membership number and name as a reference or I cannot match individuals to payments
CDASSea Angling Section – Bookings with availability – 2015.
The following trips have been arranged, should you wish to go on a trip please contact Stephen Carrington (details in the year book)
Friday, 1st May 2015 – Salcombe – Skerries Bank plaice trip: 6 anglers to date. 2 spaces (£350 plus bait costs).
Friday, 31st July 2015 – Axmouth – Specialist bass fishing trip with John Wallington of Devon Bass Pro Charters. Maximum of 4 anglers. £50 per angler – all tackle supplied.
Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 – BurryPort – Bass fishing trip with Stuart Denman aboard ‘Ebony Mae’. Maximum of 10 anglers. (£500 to include all bait costs).
Monday, 17th August 2015 – Axmouth – Specialist bass fishing trip with John Wallington of Devon Bass Pro Charters. Maximum of 4 anglers. £50 per angler – all tackle supplied.
Monday, 28th September 2015 – BurryPort – Bass fishing trip with Stuart Denman aboard ‘Ebony Mae’. Maximum of 10 anglers. (£500 to include all bait costs).
Monday, 12th October 2015 – Axmouth – Specialist bass fishing trip with John Wallington of Devon Bass Pro Charters. Maximum of 4 anglers. £50 per angler – all tackle supplied.
Thursday, 29th October 2015 – BurryPort – Bass fishing trip with Stuart Denman aboard ‘Ebony Mae’. Maximum of 10 anglers. (£500 to include all bait costs).