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Junior activities start up again
Added on February 25, 2021

Following the latest Government guidance our Junior match and coaching programme can resume!


Following the recent announcement by the Government outlining a route out of lockdown, we have been given the green light to start organising junior events again!

The first event will be a Parent/ Child pair’s match on the 10th of April at Broadwater.  Teams will be told of their draw at 9 am at the Broadwater fishing lodge and fishing times are 10 till 2.  We will weigh carp in as we go along but all teams will need suitable carp friendly landing nets and unhooking mats.

Each family group will have to respect social distancing and once they have been given their swims should go straight to the bank and set up.

If you want to take part you must book in advance.  Book by contacting Kevin on our junior booking line.  Phone or text: Kevin Holcombe on 07704 430685 and mention PAIRS match if you are texting.

Our next event will be a challenge match against Petersfield DAA at Marsh Farm on the 15th of May.  Check your junior newsletter for details!

General Society News
Covid-19 update 7th Jan 2021: Fisheries reopen on a strictly LOCAL travel basis only
Added on January 07, 2021

Godalming Angling Society

Covid-19 – Update 7 January 2021 Fisheries Reopen

Following lobbying by the Angling Trust, the Government have changed the rules and confirmed that fishing is now allowed on a strictly LOCAL basis and will be very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.

Consequently, the Society’s General Committee have agreed that our fisheries will be open from 10am Friday (8th January) morning.

In line with Angling Trust guidance:

  • There will be NO night fishing (2 hours after sunset to 1 hour before dawn) and members must leave the site.
  • NO matches / competitions will be allowed.
  • Day, Guest and Exchange tickets will be suspended until further notice.

The Angling Trust guidance, which we are following is:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law, you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the village, town or part of the city where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.

The link to the Angling Trust website for more information is:

https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/

We understand that the Apollo shop at Marsh Farm will be open on a phone and collect basis.

We are once again able to enjoy our sport at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules otherwise we will lose it again. Remember the simple key message is:

STAY HOME……PROTECT THE NHS……..SAVE LIVES.

Please keep an eye on our website or Facebook group for future updates.

Stay safe, act responsibly and limit the chances of transmitting the virus.

Society Chairman


   

General Society News
Covid-19 6th Jan 2021 reminder re membership subscriptions
Added on January 06, 2021
17th May 2020

As membership secretary, in these difficult times for us all, I have been considering how the Society could further support all our members balanced with the fact that the largest proportion of our income from your membership subscriptions is spent on managing and maintaining our fisheries for us all. Any reduction in that income could adversely affect this ability to manage and maintain our fisheries therefore any support needed to be reasonable and measured to protect and maintain the financial strength of the Society. 

The General Committee has now reviewed my proposal resulting from these considerations which they have approved:

Coronavirus and membership subscriptions

We are asking all members who are in a position to do so to support us during this difficult time by renewing your membership for next season sooner rather than later thereby helping to support our Society to remain strong.

To support and help our members we have already announced that the Late Entry Fee for all 2019-20 season members is suspended for next season, i.e. for any member who is unable to renew their membership by 1st July 2020 there will be no late entry fee payment required for renewal applications received after that date at any time during the season.

Now, following the government relaxation of the lockdown rules that allowed fishing to restart within those rules, we reopened some of our waters on 13th May. However the relaxed lockdown rules will be tightened again if there is an escalation in transmission of the virus from person to person with the associated increase in the number of cases. If that were to happen we may have to close our waters again (and maybe more than once) over the coming months. Therefore we are pleased to offer further help and a degree of certainty for our current 2019-20 season members (and for new members joining for the 2020-21 season) regarding membership fees: 

  • we will continue to accept and process both renewal and new membership applications.
  • if all of our waters are closed for any consecutive 30 day period from the 1st July start of the 2020-21 season specifically because of coronavirus, and you have renewed before any such period of closure, we will reduce the following 2021-22 season annual membership fee for senior, senior citizen, senior disabled and young adult members by one twelfth for up to a maximum of 3 such periods of closure. Please note that:
    • Johnson’s night permit fees, junior fees, donations and entry fees are not included.
    • senior citizen and other members who currently receive a complimentary (no fee) renewal membership will continue to do so.
    • the 2021-22 renewal forms sent out to members in March 2021 will include:
      • any reduced amount for each of the annual renewal fees.
      • a coronavirus donation option for any member who is able and willing to return any fee reduction as a contribution to the Society.

We do believe this provides proportionate, consistent, fair and equitable help to all members including those who have already paid their renewal or new member fees for next season (approaching 500 so far) for which we thank you. It is worth repeating that we urge as many members who are in a position to do so to renew for next season sooner rather than later. We would also request that renewal or new membership payments be made online by BACS bank transfer wherever possible as paying in the number of cheques we receive into a bank has been challenging.

However we also recognise that some members who wish to renew may be facing financial hardship. If you find yourself in that situation please contact me in confidence to discuss a way forward and I will do my best to agree with you a plan of what, when and how you would be able to pay the fees.

Thank you all and stay safe.

Geoff Fisher
Membership Secretary

   

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Junior activities start up again
Added by Dave Ewing on February 25, 2021
Covid-19 update 7th Jan 2021: Fisheries reopen on a strictly LOCAL travel basis only
Added by Geoff Fisher on January 07, 2021
Covid-19 6th Jan 2021 reminder re membership subscriptions
Added by Geoff Fisher on January 06, 2021
Covid 19 update.No matches in Tier 4
Added by Roger Howe on December 28, 2020
Match fishing update
Added by Roger Howe on December 20, 2020
Covid update following 2nd Dec end of lockdown: day/guest tickets are available again
Added by Geoff Fisher on December 02, 2020
River Wey Trunley Heath brown trout
Added by Geoff Fisher on November 30, 2020
Resumption of matches following the end of the one month lockdown
Added by Roger Howe on November 29, 2020
Warning if fishing Broadwater: reports of a person purporting to be a member going round asking for donations
Added by Geoff Fisher on November 23, 2020
General Bye-Law 19 (Hooks) amendment
Added by Geoff Fisher on November 08, 2020