AGM Minutes 2010

Darrell Shimmin the acting Chairman welcomed all present to the AGM describing the house rules and the organisation of the evening.


Geoff Ward, Tom storey, Claire Storey, Jeff Hardy, J Lazenby, Brian Bainbridge, Phillip Conde, Bob Woolsey, Lee Frampton, Jonathan Parsons, David Gibson, Ian Watson, David Gibson, Mike Williams and Peter Higginson.

2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS AGM (23 February 2009)

The minutes of the above were accepted as a true record and signed off by the acting Chairman and the Hon. Secretary.


There were no matters arising from the minutes of the 2009 AGM.


4.1 Report by the Chairman

The acting Chairman gave a by proxy report on behalf of the absent official Chairman. The report thanked the two honorary officers for their continued hard work for the association.

4.2 Report by the Secretary

The Secretary gave a summary report of the association's business throughout the 2009 season. The report was supported by an illustrated presentation. The key points being:-

•  The 09 working parties

•  09 re-stocking

•  Excellent wild trout sport reported by Lee Frampton on Isle Beck

•  Several reports of the presence of otters on Isle Beck

•  Mid-summer extremely low water Isle Beck - abstraction?

•  The grayling introduction into Isle Beck

•  Reminders for recognition of wild trout

•  The recognition and requirement to report signal crayfish<

•  The concerns and management of the Stearsby weed problem

•  Extra summer work parties to keep Stearsby open

•  Research into weed cutters (Thanks to Bob Woolsey)

•  YTAA website ( now up and running. The association is very grateful to Kelvin Donkin -Starweb Systems for his very generous and patient work

4.3 Report by the Treasurer

Ian Hardy YTAA Hon. Treasurer gave an explanation of the current balance sheet. The Treasurer stated that despite the economic downturn the Association's finances are in good shape and that the decision to press on with the five year plan is the correct one. The Treasurer reminded those present that the plan to reduce the subscription to £80.00 in 2013 following the Stearsby top pond work is still on-track. The plan is reviewed annually and can be adjusted as directed by the membership.

The Treasurer re-assured those present that the Association's money on deposit is in a good bank.

5. Catch Returns


Total Trout Trout on Fly Trout On Worm Trout Killed Grayling Other  Returned
133 133 0 3 2 7 9 Books


Rainbow Brown Killed Grand Totals Average Catch
Top Lake 599 3 48 602
Bottom Lake 377 0 42 377
Totals 976 3 90 976
Visits   309 3.17

Peter pointed out the fact that the Isle Beck Fishery is the association's main amenity; the fishings are mostly owned by YTAA. The fishery is underused and many members are missing out on; the chance to catch a wild trout, a good mayfly hatch and the opportunity of other species. Peter very kindly offered to Ghillie anyone wanting to learn more about the Becks.


The Chairman informed the meeting that the current officers and committee were all prepared to stand for re-election. Ian Hardy Hon. Treasurer, Bob Sawdon Hon.Secretary, Tom Storey Chairman, Committee; Dr. Jonathan Parsons, Peter Conde and Alan Bull. An en-masse re-election was carried unanimously.


6.1 Membership

Mick Dowson suggested members should encourage friends/colleagues and rods from other associations to consider YTAA membership. Richard Wright informed the meeting that Barry Wake long-time senior member had sadly died. Richard also stated that one or two lapsed members could possibly be encouraged back into membership.

6.2 Stearsby

Much debate ensued on the Stearsby Fishery. This included the continuing weed control problem, top pond improvement works and on-going agreements with the riparian owner. Weed management was discussed with the possibility YTAA procuring boat mounted cutting devices. Richard Pulleyn suggested that when the top pond improvement work is carried out the installation of a weed membrane should be considered for selected areas. The Secretary informed the meeting that the owner had asked for a 20% increased in rent. Roy Templeman stated that any rent increase should be built into the long term agreement. Ray Varney and Norman West both stated firmly that a formal lease is required before any major investment could be taken forward.

The acting Chairman instructed the Secretary to speak to the Stearsby owner to gain his views on a lease. The meeting were informed that investigation of the legal situation and drafting of a lease would be the committee's priority work; this is to be led by Darrell Shimmin.

6.3 Midweek Work Parties

Tom Storey has again offered to lead work parties in the week as it is recognised that not all members can make weekends. Dates will be circulated by the Secretary.

6.4 Junior Membership

The move to full member at age 16 is recognised as a hardship to our younger rods particularly those in full-time education. It was proposed by Sam Seago and seconded by Richard Pulleyn that the age at which a junior becomes a full member be increased to 18, the annual subscription will be £20.00. This was carried unanimously and will be effective from the 2011 season.

6.5 Sam's Raffle

Sam Seago had very kindly once again organised a fund raising raffle. Thanks are recorded to Sam for his on-going support and generosity to the club. The committee and members had donated many prizes; Sam's raffle raised £122.00 for the club's coffers.

There being no further business the acting Chairman closed the 2010 AGM at 22.15 hrs.

R W Sawdon - Hon Sec YTAA

Tom Storey - Chairman YTAA