AGM Minutes 2020 (Unapproved)

MEETING YORK TRADESMEN'S ANGLING ASSOCIATION (YTAA) AGM
DATE 10 FEBRUARY 2020
LOCATION AINSTY HOTEL BOROUGHBRIDGE RD YORK 19.30-21.00
AUTHOR R W SAWDON HON SEC. YTAA.
PRESENT Richard Pulleyn Chair, Ian Hardy Treasurer and Bob Sawdon Secretary. Committee: Pete Conde, Darrell Shimmin, Alan Bull and Kelvin Donkin (ex-officio) web site manager
MEMBERS 23

YTAA Chairman Richard Pulleyn welcomed all present to the AGM describing the house rules and the organisation of the evening.


1. APOLOGIES

Tom Storey, Robert Bolton (Sen), William Butcher, Wayne Laverack, Peter Higginson, Geoff Hardaker, Andre Richter, Frank Anslow, David Lloyd, Alec Hoskins, Oliver Shimmin, Andrew Oliver, David Turnbull, Dave Grant, Stuart Howitt, John Adcock, Norman West, Paul Robinson, Ian Sempers, Andrew Greenwood, Jeff Metcalf, Bill Wilson and Simon Haw


2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS AGM (18 February 2019)

The minutes of the previous meeting had been posted in draft on the YTAA web-site.


3. MATTERS ARISING

No matters arising were raised from the minutes of the 2019 AGM.
The Chairman signed-off the 2019 AGM minutes as a true record.


4. REPORTS BY THE OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

4.1 Report by the Treasurer

Ian Hardy YTAA Hon. Treasurer gave an overview of the association’s financial position highlighting income and expenditure during the 2019 season. The balance sheet was presented to the membership present. The Treasurer explained with supporting slides that the association’s finances are in good order with sufficient funds on deposit for any unseen emergency situation e.g. pollution incident/re-stocking. The Treasurer went on to state that although funds on deposit are positive without the Jeff Hardy memorial auction, Sam’s raffle and anonymous donations to the association, YTAA would in fact have suffered an £800 loss on the years activities. The Treasurer described the ever-increasing costs associated with YTAA stocking policy as being the association’s biggest outlay. The Treasurer proposed that the annual subscription and new member joining fee be held as is for the 2020 season but that an increase of £10.00 to both the annual subscription and the joining fee be considered for the 2021 season. The Chairman put the Treasurer’s proposal to the members present and with Honorary members present abstaining this was carried unanimously.


4.2 Report by the Secretary

The Secretary gave a summary report and a presentation of the association’s business throughout the 2019 season. The key points being: -

The Secretary reminded the meeting that Garry Taylor had very kindly again sponsored the GT trophy fish. The Chairman invited the lucky captors; Ian Dodd and Alan Bull to come forward to receive a bottle of wine presented by Garry, other winners Andre Richter, Brian Chandler and Oliver Shimmin were not present at the meeting. The Association remain grateful for Garry’s on-going support and generosity.

The Secretary concluded his report with a presentation of highlights of the 2019 season.


4.3 Catch Returns

Peter Conde gave a detailed analysis of 2019 season’s catch returns; a summary is detailed in the tables below.

Stearsby

Members Fishing Recorded Visits Top LakeFish Caught Bottom Lake Fish Caught
62 + 7 Guests 279 471 356 827

72 fish were retained.

Becks and Rivers

Recorded Visits Hours Recorded Trout Grayling Chub Dace Minnow Other
87 292.2 270 151 53 12 5 0

Chris Wedge asked Peter whether or not it would be worthwhile recording fishing effort at Stearsby as is required for the rivers. Peter responded that this data would not really add value to the Stearsby analysis. Peter’s presentation was very informative and very well received by the members present.


4.4 YTAA Website

Kelvin Donkin YTAA website manager gave an overview of the use of the website. Key points being that 2019 saw the average monthly visits up to circa 1400. The website has visitors from as far afield as the Far East and South America. Peter Conde’s Kingfisher Diaries continues to be by far the most popular feature. Kelvin is keen for contribution/copy from all members, articles, photographs suitable links are all welcome. Kelvin continues to encourage all members to contribute to the website publications.


5. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The Chairman proposed that the existing Officers and Committee be re-elected en-masse. The Chairman asked the two Honorary Officers if they were prepared to continue in post, both stated that they would continue but were happy to stand down if opposed or if nominations arose from the floor. Following the Chairman’s proposal, the current Officers and Committee were re-elected.


6. REPORT BY THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman thanked all members present for attending the meeting stating that attendance was excellent given weather and travelling conditions. The Chairman thanked the Officers and Committee for their continued dedication to the association. The Chairman stated particular gratitude to Peter Conde for his on-going work with catch return analysis and his very informative and enjoyable journalistic work with the Kingfisher Diary. The Chairman thanked Kelvin Donkin for his world-class management of the YTAA website. The Chairman presented a diagram describing the new access arrangements for the Cod Beck fishings at Gristhwaite Farm. Entrance to the farm is protected by electronic gates. Full details for entrance to the fishings will be posted on the website before the start of the 2020 Trout season. The Chairman stated that on Sunday April 5th at 14:00hrs himself and Peter Conde would lead an introductory/informative walk of the Cod Beck fishings; all welcome.


7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Rick Barwick asked for clarification on closed seasons particularly Cod Beck. This point was resolved in 2019 and Kelvin Donkin updated the website accordingly. The Secretary stated that the 2021 season would see the printing of a new membership card. The new card will include details of the new Chairman, the size limit for grayling, the Gristhwaite Farm Cod Beck Fishings. Rick Barwick stated that he worked in accountancy in his professional life and kindly offered to act as the association’s Auditor, Rick said that he was happy for his name to be printed on the card.


8. 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 £146.00 for the club’s coffers.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the 2020 AGM at 21:00hrs.


R W Sawdon - Hon Sec YTAA

Richard Pulleyn - Chairman YTAA