2024 TFFA AGM Minutes

Tiverton Fly Fishing Association

AGM 20th February 2024

 

MINUTES

 

Apologies:

None

 

Members present:

J Dawson Chairman, A Howell Secretary, I Bruce Treasurer, F Leach, P Owen Membership Secretary, M Werrett, A Deighton-Gibson,

 

Minutes from previous meeting:

Read and agreed. FL/ADG

 

Chairman’s Report:

Last year the fishing was poor, although it was good to see an increase in the numbers of Grayling and Dace. The evening at Heathcoat Cricket Club was well received with a demonstration of fishing equipment from Snowbee. Two events were held to encourage new members. A protocol for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults with links to the Angling Trust policies will be added to our website.

 

Secretary’s Report:

Removal of fish from the factory leat this year caused great controversy involving the EA and Angling Trust. It would appear that the fish were removed from the factory leat without regard to current legislation. The whereabouts of the fish is unknown, presumed returned to the Exe, although Heathcoats deny removing them. Photographic evidence submitted to Fish Legal proved otherwise. A submission for a grant from the EA has been submitted requesting £5000 for bank and vegetation improvements. The Club Deeds are in the process of registration with the Land Registry.

 

Junior Secretary’s Report:

ADG has retired from Junior recruitment and he was thanked for his work over the previous years.

It was decided to link the Junior section with the RETA Junior Day and allow attendees to join the club. A program of education to be devised by Fred and Adrian.

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Circulated and agreed. AH/MW

The treasurer after many years faithful service has resigned and was thanked by the Chairman and all present. In recognition of his service, he was offered Life Membership to the Club.

 

Membership Secretary report:

Online membership has grown considerably this year and the present club membership is currently in the 60’s and should improve as the season progresses. Looking over the last 10 years, membership is improving year on year and is looking promising for the future.

 

Invertebrate Report:

May was good throughout the river, July not quite so good and Sept slightly lower than usual. Overall looking at previous years there is no decline or improvement, although constant high water meant that some reporting teams were unable to survey.

 

Election of Officers:

Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Junior Secretary, Bailiff:

Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary all re-elected. Proposed AR/RJ

Paul Owen to be Membership Secretary/Treasurer FL/AH

Voluntary bailiff ADG

Junior Secretary combined with Fred Leach and RETA Junior Program

 

Election of Committee:

Officers elected to Committee plus MW, ADG, FL. Proposed by AR/JD

 

AOB:

A proposed increase in membership fees for OAPs of £10 was put to the room by ADG, seconded by AH and which was agreed by majority vote.

The Secretary proposed that rules 3 and 4 of the Club should be changed to “all fish to be returned and that barbless hooks are to be used at all times ( excluding escaped Rainbows)”. Seconded by JD.

 

Date of Next Meeting: tbc

End of Business

 

End of Business

Tiverton Fly Fishing Association AGM 2024

7.00pm, 20th February 2024 at the Hartnoll Hotel, Bolham Rd, Tiverton EX16 7RA

 All members and those interested in joining the Tiverton Fly Fishing Association welcome.

We look forward to meeting you for a productive and informative evening.

You can dowload the Minutes for the 2023 AGM here 

You can dowload the Agenda for the 2024 AGM here 

2023 TFFA AGM Minutes

Tiverton Fly Fishing Association

AGM 21 February 2023

 

MINUTES

 

Apologies:

A Deighton-Gibson, P Higgins, D Singh

 

Members present:

J Dawson, A Howell, I Bruce, F Leach, P Owen, M Werrit, A Riddle

 

Minutes from previous meeting:

Read and agreed. AH/IB

 

Chairman’s Report:

The area at Mid Devon Show is available free of charge.

Another open day at Morrisons to be arranged.

A discussion on opening up the Club to more members and inviting Simon Kyd to give a demonstration of casting and fishing equipment available from Snowbee on 17 April. Agreed PO/FL

 

Secretary’s Report:

The situation with wild swimming at Morrisons has been dealt with by Fish Legal and MDDC made aware of its responsibilities and liabilities.

The up and coming Friends of the River Exe group is being careful monitored.

The Tiverton Hydro Scheme is still rumbling under the surface at MDDC. The change of Council administration may see this being brought to the fore again.

Liaison with local PCSOs regarding the checking of fishing licenses and reporting of poachers to be further developed.

Land Registry not yet submitted, despite numerous attempts to encourage Pugsley’s solicitors to get this done ASAP.

The Secretary has contacted Ken White’s Signs and TFFA Private Fishing signs were being manufactured and AH to install.

John proposed a vote of thanks to the Secretary for his continued dedication and hard work.

IB/AR

 

Junior Secretary’s Report:

 

Treasurer’s Report:

Circulated and agreed. JD/PL

 

 Membership Secretary report:

Following the success of the Open Day and the Mid Devon Show, membership has increased with 5 new members.

The website is continuing to develop and we are looking to soon add professionals prepared maps of our Beats, supported by drone footage.

The mentoring scheme due to the adverse weather conditions proved difficult to develop and has not moved forward.

JD/FL

 

Election of Officers: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Junior Secretary, Bailiff:

Everyone re-elected except no bailiff in place. MW/AR/JD/AH

 

Election of Committee

All re-elected. Mw/AR/JD/AH

 

Invertebrate Report:

Good early reports, unfortunately enthusiasm amongst surveyors is waining and a new wave of recruitment with a new training course is in the pipeline.

 

AOB:

J Dawson suggested social meetings during the winter and bringing in speakers, suggesting evenings at venues such as Knightshayes Cricket Pavilion.

Fees were agreed to remain with no increase.

A discussion around whether the mentor idea could be downsized.

 

Date of Next Meeting: 20 Feb 2024

 

End of Business

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