to a dismal attendance of the work party’s so far at Harrow
Lake the committee urge you where possible to come along and help
to get the essential maintenance work done. If we do not have
a considerable increase in support from the members this will
most likely result in a delay to the opening of the fishing season.
The two remaining work party’s are:
Sunday 21st April - 9am to 12:30pm.
Sunday 28th April - 9am to 12:30pm.
notice, the car park next to the lake and golf course is closed.
This is because
the car park will be used by contractors working on the School
grounds for storage of machinery and access will be required whilst
work is in progress.
under no circumstances should members drive up to the car park.
Harrow School security have been instructed to report any members
who does so and loss of permit may result. This situation is likely
to continue until June.
still be able to access the lake on foot (with tackle) in the
The ONLY exception
to this is for our Disabled members who hold a valid HSAC Disabled
badge, who may continue to drive up to the car park to drop off
tackle and then park in the Disabled bays at the Sports Centre.
Remember to display your blue badge.
The Golf Course
toilets will also be out of bounds for the same period. However,
in the meantime, members will be able to use the toilet facilities
in the Sports Centre.
School Angling Club
Newsletter - April 2019
A warm welcome to all our new members and thanks to the 51 members
who attended the AGM. The minutes are enclosed with this newsletter.
An insert for
your rule book is also enclosed with this newsletter. Please note
the rule changes relating to Fish Care. These new rules have been
introduced to safeguard the health of our fish. Please always
exercise great care when playing, landing and handling fish so
that they are returned to the water with as little stress and
damage as possible. Fish must not be placed on the ground and
the Fisherman’s Cabin has generously offered unhooking mats
to club members for £10.
The car park
adjacent to the lake and golf course is now closed until further
notice due to construction work. This work is likely to continue
until June and in the meantime under no circumstances should members
drive up to the lake. The only exception to this is for our disabled
members who hold a blue badge and the HSAC parking badge, who
can continue to drop off tackle at the lake and park in the Disabled
bays at the Sports Centre. However, at present there is no car
parking at the lake.
the Family Fun Fishing Match on Saturday 27th July. It is important
we try to encourage new members to join the club. So, if you have
any family members or close friends who might like to try out
our wonderful sport please bring them along. Places must be pre
booked by contacting Martin Fowler on 07855954283.
The club website
is kept up to date with all the competition results, news on car
parking and information on lake closure and school events that
might affect your day’s fishing, along with other news of
interest to members. We are at www.hsac.co.uk
& contact details
Chairman & Bailiff – John Wood (07533944278), Vice Chairman
Secretary – Dave Bartlett (07721619342), Treasurer –
Bryn Bishop, Match Secretary – Bob Gilligan (07930961101),
Deputy Match Secretary – Trevor McGahey (07444047925), Water
Management Team Leader – Mark Grassi (07739465399), Committee
members – Adam Fowler (07967797261) Martin Fowler (07855954283),
Danny McGahey (07950909635), John Pope (020 841 60599), Darrell
Waldron (07900336536), Ian Wood (07736707384). Web Editor –
Sam Brown (c/o Fisherman’s Cabin, 020 8248 8100).
the fixture list on the back of this newsletter and note the days
that the lake is closed.
As always please
be vigilant for signs of poaching or anyone acting suspiciously
around the lake and report anything suspicious immediately using
the emergency contact numbers in your rule book and on the noticeboard
or contact the committee on the above numbers. Remember, there
is NO public access or right of way around the lake and as a club
member you are entitled to politely challenge anyone on the lake.
thanks to all the members who have generously given a donation
to the club and to those members who have attended the work parties.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
a great season !
School Angling Club AGM
Chairman’s Report – March 2019
everybody and welcome to the 2019 AGM.
There are just
a few matters I would like to bring up tonight: Firstly the issue
of the disabled parking at the lake. The construction work that
is being carried out won’t be completed until sometime in
June, but blue badge holders will be able to drive up and drop
of their gear as before. They must however return their car back
to the car park as there is no vehicles of any description allowed
to remain in this area. This is strictly reserved for blue badge
holders only and so we ask you to take note of this.
I have regularly
been asked by members about the fallen tree which still remains
in the lake. The last conversation I had with Tom, who is the
head Woodman of the school, told me that they are waiting until
early summer when the Harrow boys go on their summer break before
they can attempt to deal with it.
As you may
already know we have had a recent restocking at the lake which
has consisted of: 200lb of Skimmers, averaging 1.5lb. 200lb of
Carp, mainly Mirrors, averaging around 2lb and over 100 small
Perch. This continued stocking program has increased the stock
levels by over 800lb in the past 2 years. I must just add that
the quality of the recent fish stocked were some of the highest
quality fish we have been provided in my time in the club. This
is all thanks to Dave Bartlett for finding us a new fish supplier.
Well done Dave!
Whilst on the
subject of fish in the lake, unfortunately I have seen quite a
few of our Tench and other species for that matter, being caught
with damage to their mouth’s. It is a fair assumption that
some of this damage will have been caused by bad Angling, too
strong a line and Rods far too powerful for this size of fish.
With this in mind, the committee have decided that moving forward
any rods used at the lake must not exceed 1.75lb test curve and
at the same time we remind you that the maximum line allowed is
8lb and maximum hook size must not exceed a size 8. I am only
emphasising the point because these fish belong to us all and
the welfare and health of them is our collective responsibility.
During my patrols
as bailiffs at the lake I’m still coming across members
both new and old who do not have their club card with them. This
puts me in a very awkward and uncomfortable situation as I should
be asking these members to pack up and leave the lake. But as
you can imagine it would not prove very popular, and believe it
or not I do not want to spoil anybody’s day fishing. So
can I just remind you that it is a term of our lease with Harrow
School that all of our club members are in possession of their
club cards whilst on the Harrow school grounds. Please make an
extra effort to ensure you have your club card with you at all
times, and make a sometimes grumpy Bailiff happy.
With that out
of the way lets move on to something more positive, I now have
the pleasure this evening of welcoming two new members onto the
committee namely, Adam Fowler and Ian Wood and I am extremely
confident they will prove to be an asset to the club. At the same
time may I take this opportunity on behalf of the club to thank
Sean Fowler who is stepping down from the committee this evening,
for all of his hard work and support over the past few years.
We wish Sean well and look forward to seeing him on the lake next
On the subject
of thank you’s it would be remiss of me not to mention the
following people. Firstly my sincere thanks must go to Sam Brown.
Sam is always working extremely hard in the background for the
benefit of you all and most of his work goes unnoticed. Sam truly
supports the committee In the well running of this fishing club.
So Sam thank you very much.
goes without saying that Dave Bartlett truly is the backbone of
this fishing club and again most of his hard work takes place
behind the scenes. This ranging from membership renewals, liaising
with the various authorities we are affiliated too and basically
the general running of this club. Without Dave we would have no
club so again please join me in a big thank you to Dave.
Also a big
thank you must go to Bob Gilligan our match organiser, for giving
up his Sundays to run our club competitions come rain or shine.
Without Bob we would not be able to have the number of matches
we do and we must help and support him whenever possible. So again
on behalf of everyone who fishes the matches, thank you!
And finally, I must as always thank the Fisherman’s cabin
for the help and they provide to our club and its members each
and every year, so let’s continue to support them.
all be delighted to know I have now come to the end of my report
and all that’s left to do, its to wish you all a happy and
enjoyable season and I look forward to seeing you all at our work
party’s which starts on Sunday, 7th April 9am till 12pm
and thanks for coming.
School Angling Club
February 2019 AGM
Our 2018/19 AGM & Presentation evening will be held on Thursday
28th March 2019 at the Post Office Club, 136 Greenford Road, Sudbury
Hill, Harrow HA1 3QL (situated behind the Rising Sun pub). AGM
will start at 8pm. This is a return to our previous AGM venue
following feedback from members about last year’s venue
(Harrow Cricket club). We hope this change will meet with members’
approval and lead to a bigger attendance. As usual sandwiches
and snacks will be laid on and there is plenty of car parking
available at the club. Motions or proposals to be included on
the AGM agenda and applications for committee membership must
be submitted to the Secretary before 7th March. After this date
you will be able to view the proposals and motions on the club
website and notice boards.
This year you will again be able to renew your membership at the
AGM. Committee members will be at the club from 7pm to accept
your membership renewals before the AGM starts at 8pm. There is
therefore really no excuse for late renewals. Please bring your
membership renewal form as this will speed things up. Please also
bring a passport photo, SAE and full (preferably exact) payment.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept card payments. If you wish to
pay by bank transfer, please see your renewal form for further
You will not
receive your new permit at the AGM. Permits for next season will
be sent out in April.
next season’s membership must be received before 31st March
and new members will be considered for membership after this date.
This year we have again frozen membership subscriptions. The work
party levy remains at £20, but this close season senior
members now only need to complete one work party to receive the
Our current treasurer, Emily Benford, is standing down at the
AGM. We are very grateful to Emily for her hard work in keeping
the club’s finances in good order. For the club to continue
to be run efficiently we must fill this position. We therefore
encourage anyone who feels they can carry out this important role
to let the secretary know and further details will be provided.
We are also looking for new committee members, so if you are interested
and would like to know what the role entails please let us know.
& Water Management
Work parties will be held at Harrow on the following dates: Sundays
7th, 14th, 21st and (if required) 28th April. Times are 9am to
12.30pm. There is a lot of work to do to maintain the lake as
an attractive and enjoyable place to fish, so please try to attend
a work party and don’t forget senior members can receive
a refund on their subscription.
Members attending the work parties will also be invited to join
the water management team so that we can build up a pool of members
who are willing to assist with lake maintenance during the season.
Before the start of next season, we will be stocking 200lb of
carp (averaging 2lb), 200lb of bream (averaging 1lb) and some