It was the end of an era and a slightly sad occasion when our irreplaceable Hon. Secretary said goodbye to the post he has occupied for 41 years. Irreplaceable may seem like too strong a word but’ when you take into account the workload he covered, with dedication and efficiency, combined with the unavailability of any possible recruits to the post, then ‘irreplaceable’ seemed to fit the bill quite adequately. Added to this a further 20 years service, encompassing Assistant Hon.Sec, Assistant Hon.FM Secretary and a committee member to boot, you have some idea of the wealth of commitment Malcolm bestowed on the Society.
However, GAS was not going to let such occasion pass without some form of commemorative celebration of Malcolm’s tenure. So it was arranged, unbeknown to Malcolm, for Godalming’s Mayor, Ann Bott, to attend under the guise of a trophy presentation to our National crucian record holder Steve Frapwell.
Shortly afterwards, our outgoing Hon.Secretary, looking slightly bemused, was made aware of the real reason for the Mayor’s attendance, which was to present Malcolm with a memento of his reign, a specially created card with many signatures and past photographs covering his 61 years in Society office(s), plus a generous ‘golden handshake’. Malcolm was also presented with a bouquet of flowers for his long suffering 'enduring' wife Thelma!
We have full coverage via a video of the whole presentation, to both Steve and Malcolm via this link.
One final duty for Malcolm was to present several of our juniors with trophies from the 2015 calendar. Again this can be viewed on video via this link. We also include numerous photos as well.
Johnsons Lake contains a rare and nationally important head of pure crucian carp for which we are privileged to have stewardship.
Good stewardship brings with it responsibility, and as a result of the tremendous angling pressure to which our valuable crucians were subjected this year, we have determined to protect them during their vulnerable spawning period
A lot of fish were caught this spring, immediately prior to spawning. Unfortunately, a number were subject to the stress of repeat capture, giving rise to concerns about the wellbeing and future composition of our stock. Your General Committee have noted the apparent lack of crucian recruitment at Johnsons over the past few years and the capture of brood fish during the pre-spawning period cannot help.
In consideration of the importance of our stock and the risk to spawning success and recruitment created by pre-spawning capture, we have taken the decision to close Johnsons Lake from April 15th to June 15th inclusive with effect from 2016.
To ensure that our carp anglers always have one other lake in addition to Broadwater open for their fishing, the Busbridge Lake close season will be March 15th to April 14th inclusive with effect from 2016.
To view the letter in the process of being distributed by either post or email to all senior members please click johnson's & busbridge close season changes from 2016