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Constitution and Rules of
“THE HARROW SCHOOL ANGLING CLUB”

1. Title
The name of the Club shall be ‘the Harrow School Angling Club’.

2. OBJECTS AND PURPOSE OF THE CLUB
To provide angling facilities for all its members.

To promote principles of fair angling and cultivate
sportsmanlike conduct.

To associate or affiliate with other angling bodies and
allied organisations in the furtherance or angling interests.

To seek out and acquire waters for its Members by
purchase or rental.

To maintain a state of cleanliness at all waters.

To manage and stock the Club’s waters.

To fight the menace of pollution and report any such
instances to the authorities concerned.

The club will be non-political, non-racist and non-
sectarian.

Membership of the club shall be open to all.

All members must comply with the rules printed in the
Harrow School Angling Club rule book and any other such rules or amendments to rules that may be introduced by resolution at an AGM or Special General Meeting.

All Members must hold a current Environment Agency
Licence and conform to the requirements of the close season (where applicable).
3. MANAGEMENT
The Club shall be managed by a committee to be
elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The committee shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-
Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Captain and
Competition Secretary and six other members. Five
Committee members present at a meeting shall form a
quorum. For the purpose of Committee business the
Chairmen shall not have a vote except when a vote is
tied. In such cases the Chairman shall have the casting
vote.
Committee members must attend at least three Committee meetings per year. Any committee member failing to do this will not be nominated for committee membership the following year unless the absences are caused by extenuating circumstances and agreed by a majority vote of the Committee.

If vacancies occur among the Committee between
A.G.Ms the Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancies from amongst the Membership. The Committee shall have the authority to appoint Associate Committee members to assist in the running of the Club. These will be non voting positions.

The Committee shall arrange an A.G.M. with at least 21 days notice for the purpose of receiving the annual
reports of the Committee, the verified accounts and to elect a new Committee.

Nominations for Committee membership, proposals to
change the rules and any motions must be submitted to the Secretary.

The Committee shall have control of the Club’s
finances and shall expend or invest the funds of the Club at it’s discretion for the benefit of the Club.


The Committee shall make new bye-laws or repeal or
amend existing bye-laws provided that such new bye-laws repeal or amendment as the case may be shall not be inconsistent with the rules and/or objects of the club.

The Committee is the sole authority for the
interpretation of the Club rules and bye-rules and the decision of the Committee thereon shall be final and binding on the Members of the Club.

The Committee shall have the power to remit any
entrance fee, subscription or part thereof and it may refuse to accept any subscription if, in the opinion of the Committee it is desirable in the interest of the club so to do. If in the opinion of the Committee a member has breached Club rules but the offence does not warrant expulsion from the Club, the Committee may, in it’s absolute discretion, take the following action:
i) Remove the member’s right to propose a new member for a maximum period of three years OR
ii) Levy on the offending member a fine not exceeding £20.00’.
Before taking any of these actions the Committee shall invite the member to a committee meeting in order that he/she may put their case forward.

The Committee may rent, purchase or otherwise
acquire fishing rights or property on behalf of the Club. Any real property so rented, purchased or acquired shall be vested in not less than two trustees agreeable to act as such and the Trustees shall be nominated by the Committee.

The Committee may affiliate the club to any association
having similar objectives.

3.12 Any member shall, upon written request to the secretary, be sent the minutes of any Committee meeting, subject to the omission of any items of a confidential nature (at the Committee’s discretion).
4. MEMBERSHIP
4.1 The Club shall consist of Senior Members, Lady members, Senior Citizen Members (over 65 years of age), Senior Disabled Members, Intermediate members (aged 16-21 years of age) and Junior Members (aged 10-16 years of age). The effective date for deciding class of membership shall be 1st May of the season for renewal.

4.2 The numbers of each of the foregoing classes of
Members and thereby the number of Members in the Club, shall be determined by the Committee from time to time but shall be limited to a maximum of 275 senior members. In order to comply with the Data Protection Act you are advised that the name and address of each member is kept on computer. If any member objects to their record being kept in this way please advise the secretary.

4.3 A candidate for Senior Membership must apply writing
to the Membership Secretary and must be proposed by a current Member of the Club or have an appropriate letter of recommendation. Members proposing a new Member must have been a Member of the Club for at least two years. New members will be on one year probation. If, during the one year probationary period the new Member is expelled from the Club for breaching the rules, the proposer’s right to propose any further new Members will be withdrawn. The Committee shall consider in detail all applications and if necessary interview the applicant to establish the candidate’s suitability. A Member may only propose a maximum of two candidates for Membership per season.


4.4 Junior Members must be recommended by a parent or
guardian who is also a Member. A candidate for Junior Membership must be aged over 10 and under 16 years of age on 1st May in the year of application. Junior Members will be included on the permit of the parent Member and may only fish when accompanied by that Member. Junior members must fish the same swim as their senior member

4.5 All members will be issued annually with a Membership
card for the forthcoming season and must upon request produce it for inspection. An administration charge of £5 will be made for a replacement membership card.

4.6 Any person failing to produce a valid Membership card
when requested will be asked to leave the Club’s waters.

4.7 Members must notify the Membership Secretary of any
change of address.

5. SUBSCRIPTIONS
The entrance fee for new members to the Club
shall be determined by the Committee from time to time.

For all categories of membership the annual
subscription shall be determined by the committee from time to time.

Junior Members shall be eligible for Full Membership at
the commencement of the year following their sixteenth birthday without the payment of an entrance fee.

Subscriptions will be stated on a renewal form
accompanying the notice convening the AGM.

6. CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Subscriptions for Membership for the following season
must be submitted to the Treasurer before 31st March each year. Those who do not shall be deemed to have withdrawn their Membership and his or her name, will be erased from the club records and those on the waiting list will take their place.

In the event of any member so conducting himself as,
in the opinion of the Committee, to injure the welfare or reputations of the Club or to contravene any of the rules and/or bye-laws, the Committee may summon such Member to appear before them to explain his/her conduct. The committee shall then have the power to expel the offending member from the Club.


7. VISITORS
Non-fishing visitors are not allowed except at the
discretion of the Committee. Members who may wish to bring visitors (for any reason) must first apply to a Committee member for approval.

7.2 PUBLICITY
7.2i No member shall publicise catches at club waters without prior permission from the Committee.

8. EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY
Neither Harrow School, or Harrow School Angling Club, or any of their officers will be held liable for any loss, damage, theft or personal injury however caused.

9. NIGHT FISHING AND FISHING TIMES
Night fishing is allowed at Harrow School Lake (with the
exception of Rule 9.2), but is restricted to a maximum of ten members at a time. A night fishing ticket must be obtained from the Fisherman’s Cabin Tackle shop, Ruislip, before fishing. Night Fishing is considered to be after 10pm and before 5am.

No night fishing is allowed on the nights of an
organised night match except by those participating in the night match. Those members night fishing on a Saturday night must vacate the lake before 6am on the Sunday morning.

No member may fish Harrow School Lake for a
consecutive period of more than 36 hours. No member
may fish for two consecutive nights.

When a Sunday match is taking place fishing is restricted to those participating in the match. However members may pleasure fish after the match has finished. Competition and match times will be published on the fixture list. Dates when no competition or match is taking place will be published on the fixture list and will be available for pleasure fishing.

10 SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Chairman or Secretary of the Club may, at
anytime, call a Special General Meeting of the Club. They shall call such a Meeting upon a resolution by the Committee or upon the receipt of a written request from not less than ten members of the Club. The only business to be conducted at a Special General Meeting shall be as contained in the Committee resolution or that accompanying the written request of the Members.

The resolution to be put before a Special General
Meeting must be advised in writing to each Member of
the Club at least seven days before the date of the meeting.

11 RULES
The Club Rules may be amended at the A.G.M. or at a
Special General Meeting of the Club provided that the resolution proposing the amendment/s is approved by two thirds of the Members present at the meeting.

12 VOTING
The election of a new committee at each Annual
General Meeting shall be by a ballot. However, for all other matters voting at meetings shall be by a show of hands, but a ballot must be taken of those present if demanded by any Member.

Junior Members shall not be entitled to vote at any
meeting.

13 WORKING PARTIES
It is a condition of membership that all Senior Members
attend at least one working party per annum. However, a Member may pay a levy in lieu of attending a working party. The levy may be added to the annual subscription and refunded when an appropriate number of work parties have been completed by the member. The amount of the levy shall be determined by the Committee from time to time.

Generally working parties will be held during the close
season but at the discretion of the Committee a session may be arranged at any other time in the interests of the Club.

The location and type of work to be done will be as
stated by the Committee.

No member who is medically unfit will be expected to
attend but must notify the Committee. This will be in the strictest confidence. Senior Citizen members, Lady members, Disabled member, Intermediate and Junior members will not be expected to undertake working parties but may do if they so wish.

14 LITTER
All litter (yours and anyone else’s) must be removed
after fishing.

It is the duty of every Member to report to a Member of
the Committee details of any Member seen to be
leaving litter of any description.

No open tins or glass bottles are permitted on the
bank side. Baits such as meat and sweetcorn must be
in bait boxes or bags.

14.4 No alcohol may be consumed at any club water

15 FISH CARE
All fish to be returned to the water with as little injury as
possible and as soon as possible.

Club Members must comply with all fish care guidelines
that may be issued by the Committee from time to time.

Barbless hooks only to be used. Tackle inspections will
be carried out to ensure this rule is complied with.

Keepnets to be used only in organised matches and
competitions at Harrow School Lake. Keepnets when used must be at least 10 feet long and 18 inches wide and ‘carp friendly’. Carp and ‘silverfish’ must be retained in separate keepnets.

Any nets used at Club waters must be dipped in
disinfectant tank before fishing. Any member failing to comply with this rule will be asked to leave the lake. Any match competitor who fails to comply with this rule will be disqualified from that day’s competition and be deducted 10 points

The use of bloodworm and joker is not permitted.

The use of boilies and nuts is not permitted at any Club
water.

Each member must have, and use, their own landing
net (no sharing).

No baited tackle to be left unattended.

15.10 At Harrow only one rod may be used at a time (both summer and winter)

15.11 The use of braided line is not allowed at any club water.

15.12 No fixed feeders or leads are allowed. This includes the fixed frame feeder (the Method). All rigs must be free running.

15.13 No more than 2kg of ground bait may be used per member per day at any Club water.

15.14 No surface fishing or feeding of floating baits at Harrow. At Harrow no baits may be popped up more than 6 inches from the bottom

16 TERMINATION
16.1 The Club may at, a Special General Meeting, called for the purpose, resolve, provided that the resolution is approved by at least two thirds of the Members present, to dissolve the Club. If such a decision is taken the Committee shall, after all debts have been paid, distribute any assets remaining to the club Members, or, as shall be decided at the meeting.

17 BYE-LAWS OF ‘THE HARROW SCHOOL ANGLING
CLUB’
All Club Members must abide by the laws of the land
and the appropriate Water Authority/Environment
Agency bye-laws.

No fires, swimming, boating or shooting at any club
water.

No Member shall do injury to the banks of any Club
water nor cut/uproot any vegetation.

No dogs may be taken by a Club Member onto the
Club’s water unless by prior approval of the Committee.

All Club Members are Honorary Bailiffs and should
challenge any angler who they do not identify as being a fellow Member.

Any keys issued to Club Members shall remain the
property of the Club and shall be returned to the
Treasurer or Secretary upon cessation of Membership.

All Members must use the allocated car parks at all
Club waters.
At Harrow access must be from Garlands Lane and no cars are to be driven up to the lake. However, with prior permission, registered disabled members (blue badge holders) are allowed to drop off and pick up tackle from the lake and park in the disabled parking bays at the Sports Centre.

Fishing at all Club waters must be from the recognised
pegs. Fishing on the Bank adjacent to the golf course at Harrow School Lake is not allowed.

17.9 The fishing season at Harrow School Lake shall be
from 1st May to 14th March (both dates inclusive).

17.10 SUNDAY COMPETITIONS.

17.10a. Competitions are open to all Club Members.

17.10b TIMES
SUMMER LEAGUE – 1st May to 30th September – Draw 8.00am. Fish 9.00 to 3pm (except where stated on the fixture list)

WINTER LEAGUE – 1st October to 14th March.
Draw 8.30am. Fish 9.30 – 3pm (except where stated on fixture list).

17.10c PEGGING
Summer league competitions will be pegged. Winter league competitions will be ‘walk offs’. All pegging will be at the discretion of the Committee.

17.10d ENTRANCE FEE
Entry fee for each competition (summer and winter) will be £2. £1 will go to Club funds and £1 is a non optional section fee. This will allow the match to be split into two equal sections. The winner of each section will win half of the section fee money. In the event that there is an odd number of competitors, the extra competitor will be placed in the section from the sluice back.
Entry to the optional mystery weight competition will be an additional £1.

17.10e POOLS
Optional pools will be an additional £3. This may be varied at the discretion of the organising Committee on the day.

17.10f TROPHIES
Weekly
A tackle voucher will be awarded to the winner (on weight) of each Sunday competition. This will be irrespective of whether the angler has entered the pools or not.
Seasonal and Annual Trophies
The overall winner, runner-up and third place of the Summer league and Winter league competitions will be awarded either a tackle voucher and/or an engraved trophy. The overall winner, runner-up and third place of the Club Challenge competition will also be awarded either a tackle voucher and/or an engraved trophy.

17.10g POINTS SYSTEM & LEAGUE SPLIT
The winners of the Summer and Winter leagues and Annual overall trophies will be decided on a points system as follows:

Regardless of how many anglers fish the competition the winner will receive 32 points, the runner up 31 points and so on down to the last angler to weigh in. The results of all matches fished will count.

In the event of an angler failing to complete the duration of the competition, no points will be awarded (irrespective of fish caught). However, 1 point will be awarded to an angler who has failed to catch provided that the full duration of the competition has been fished.

In the event of a tie on points in any of the Seasonal or Annual competitions, the winner will be decided on total weight recorded during that period.
No points will be awarded in respect of Sunday Competitions held when an away team match is also taking place. However on these days a special trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Sunday Competition at Harrow.

The Summer league will be split into 2 divisions.
League 1 to include the top 15 anglers based on previous performance (or otherwise decided by the Committee). At the end of the league the top 3 anglers in Division 2 will be promoted and the bottom 3 anglers in Division 1 will be relegated. Trophies will be presented to the top 3 anglers in each division’

17.10h MOVING SWIMS
During all competitions (summer and winter) no angler may move swims. Any angler doing so will be disqualified.
The exception to this will be if the swim is considered unfishable, as agreed by the competition organiser on the day

17.10i COMPETITION RULES
i) Only one rod to be used at a time during both summer and winter league competitions.

ii) No ground baiting or loose feeding before the start
of the competition.

iii) No feeding of floating baits or surface fishing at Harrow. At Harrow no baits may be popped up more than 6 inches from the bottom.

iv) No retrieval of tackle from far bank until after the
competition unless prior approval from both
neighbouring anglers is obtained.

v) Keepnets must be at least 10 feet long and 18 inches, wide and ‘carp friendly’. Carp and silver fish must be retained in separate keepnets.

vi) Any disputes and interpretation of Competition
Rules will be decided by the organising Committee
on the day. In the event that swim boundaries are
disputed a ruling on each competitor’s boundaries
will be made by a Committee member. Any
competitor fishing outside the designated swim
boundary will be disqualified following a second
official warning from a Committee member.

vii) The weigh in at the end of each club competition at
Harrow will be carried out by the first two anglers*
(from the car park end) and the last two anglers*
(where this is considered necessary). Failure to
carry out weigh in duties when directed by the
Competition Organiser will result in disqualification
from that competition. (NB *anglers remaining at
end of competition).

viii)
a) Carp over 10lb to be weighed and released immediately (witnessed by neighbouring competitor)
b) Any competitor with over 40lb (allowing for 10lb leeway) in one net to be weighed in immediately or use an additional net. (Note that it is the responsibility of the member who borrows them to return any of the club’s nets to the shed after the match).
c) Any weight in excess of 50lb in one net will not count.
d) During summer competitions all anglers will be weighed in after 3 hours (of a six hour match)

17.10j ADVERSE WEATHER
In the event of adverse weather the Competition Organiser on the day will make the decision as to whether a competition will go ahead. Generally this will be based on number of anglers competing compared to number of fishable swims.

If, during the course of the competition an angler considers his/her swim unfishable the angler may not move swim unless agreed by the Competition Organiser on the day.

Ice breaking or swim clearance is not allowed unless agreed by the Competition Organiser on the day.

17.11 INTER-CLUB MATCHES
17.11a. Up to five team matches may be held at Harrow School Lake during each season. Teams will consist of a maximum of ten anglers per side. H.S.A.C member only matches do not count as Team Matches.

17.11b. Dates and times of team matches will be at the Committee’s discretion.

17.11c. Pegging of team matches will be at the Committee’s discretion. But will be done to minimise inconvenience to Club competitors.

17.11d. Teams will be selected by the Match Captain, or in his absence the Vice-Captain.

17.12 WEDNESDAY EVENING COMPETITIONS
17.12a. Competitions to be held on selected Wednesdays from end of May to end of July.

17.12b. Draw 5.00pm. Fish 5.30pm – 8.30pm

17.12c. Competitions to be walk offs.

17.12d. Maximum of fifteen competitors. Places must be pre booked.

17.12e. Club members already fishing will be allowed to remain in his/her swim.

17.12f. Pegs not required after 6.30pm may be used by members who wish to fish for pleasure.

17.12g. Entry fee is £1. Optional pools will be at discretion of the organising Committee on the day


CLUB WATERS

HARROW SCHOOL LAKE
Garlands Lane, (Off Peterborough Road) Harrow on the Hill, Harrow,
Middlesex

CLUB SPONSOR
Fisherman’s Cabin Tackle Shop (proprietor Steve Brown)
795 Field End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. HA4 0QL
Tel: 020 8248 8100
10% discount on large tackle items on production of club
membership card.


CLUB OFFICERS 2015/16

Chairman: John Wood (07533 944278)

Treasurer: Peter Wyatt (0208 423 9355)

Secretary: David Bartlett (07721 619342)
276 Northwood Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, Middlesex. UB9 6PU

Vice Chairman & Security Co ordinator: Scott Brown (07812 353685)

Competition Organisers: Bob Gilligan (07930 961 101) &
Trevor McGahey (07801 250 665)

Committee Members: Warren Kelly (07954 492845)
Danny McGahey (07544 575580)


Club Bailiff: Nick Wotton (07855 362024)

Web Editor: Sam Brown

WATER MANAGEMENT TEAM
John Wood, Peter Wyatt, Scott Brown, Steve Brown & Nick Wotton
Any member willing to assist in maintaining the waters throughout the season please contact John Wood.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS
Harrow School Security 020 8872 8345 (static)
07766 688597 (mobile)
Environment Agency Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60
South Harrow Police Station 020 8423 1212
Fisherman’s Cabin 020 8248 8100

TOILET FACILITIES AT HARROW
The Golf Club has very kindly allowed us use of the toilet next to the Warden’s hut (adjacent to the groundsman’s shed by the 1st tee). There is a combination lock on the door. To open: press 2 & 4 together, then press 3 and turn handle. Please leave clean and tidy.


Club Website – www.hsac.co.uk