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Harrow School Angling Club
Membership Renewal Newsletter February 2024

Dear Member

The renewal form for next season's membership can now be downloaded from our website or is enclosed with this newsletter. Payment options are explained on the form. If you return your renewal form by email, please include an additional £1 with your payment to cover postage.
Please quote your membership number when making payment and on the membership renewal form. To maintain club records please complete the form, even if your details have not changed.

You can either post or email your completed renewal form. Renewal deadline this year is 30th April. Please renew your membership before then.

You are not required to send a photo as the membership photo ID card (orange colour) remains valid. However, you will be issued with a 24-25 membership card which should be kept with your membership ID. This will be posted to you along with a newsletter and fixture list before the start of next season. You must have both cards with you when fishing the lake.

Unfortunately, due to continued rising costs it has been necessary to increase senior membership subscriptions by £2 to £72. However, to encourage more members to attend work parties we have again increased the work party attendance refund from £30 last season to a maximum of £45 this year (£15 refund per work party for three work parties). Lady, Disabled and Senior Citizen subscriptions have increased by £1. Junior membership and Intermediate membership fees are unchanged.

Work party dates are 17th, 24th & 31st March and 7th, 14th & 21st April. Times 8.30-13.00.
As always there is a lot of work to do, so, please try to attend a work party. You can also pay your membership renewal by cash or card at the work parties.

AGM
The 2023/24 AGM & Presentation evening will be held on Thursday 28th March 2024 at the Post Office Club, 136 Greenford Road, Sudbury Hill, Harrow HA1 3QL (situated behind the Rising Sun pub). The Club will be open from 7pm for those members wishing to pay their subs. by cash or card and the AGM will start at 8pm. Sandwiches and snacks will be laid on and there is plenty of car parking available.

Motions or proposals to be included on the AGM agenda and applications for committee membership must be submitted to the Secretary before 3rd March. After this date you will be able to view the proposals and motions on the club website and notice boards. This year we will be appointing a club Welfare Officer who will be responsible for ensuring the club’s Safeguarding Policies are followed and to deal with any issues arising. The Safeguarding Policies can be viewed on our website. Any member who would be interested in this position or in joining the committee is encouraged to put their name forward. Please contact the secretary if you would like any further details.
 
Car Park Permits
2024 Parking Permits are not yet available. Please continue to display your 2023 permit and you will be notified when 2024 permits can be collected.

Family Fishing Fun Day this year will be on Saturday 20th July. More details will follow closer to the time. In the meantime, donations of tackle for the event will be gratefully accepted, please contact Martin Fowler on 07855 0954283.

Don’t forget our season ends on Thursday 14th March.

Best wishes
HSAC Committee

 

Family Fishing Funday
Saturday 26th July 2023

It was a great day !

In fact, it was the best one so far, with more than fifty people turning up, and over 180 lb of fish caught between them all.

Weights

Adults

Morgan Fowler 40lb 4oz
Bob Goswell 27lb 7oz biggest fish 12lb 13oz
Jade & Mia Fowler 22lb 14oz

Children
Freddie & Harley Austin 44lb 4oz
Amelia & Oliver Warren 24lb 14oz
Tommy McMurdie & Jack Chivers 14lb 11oz

The prizes from the club and Fisherman's Cabin went down well, thank you to all the people that donated their old tackle.

This day is not just about the match, but about club members being able to bring friends and family for days fishing, hoping that we will attract new club members.

It would be great if any of our club members had old tackle to donate, so we have it before next year’s event. Please contact Martin on 07855 954283.

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this year’s event such a success.

Photos to follow

 

Harrow School Angling Club
Newsletter April 2023

A warm welcome to all our new members and a big thankyou to all our current members who renewed their membership and to the 59 members who attended the AGM. The AGM minutes will be available to read on our website.

A fixture list is on the back of this newsletter. Please note the dates the lake will be closed and note that again this season two Sunday matches will have later start and finish times. We will again be running a Championship league over five selected matches (one per month) during the summer. This will give the anglers who may only be able to attend a few matches an opportunity to win a prize. Championship matches will be peg downs. Tackle vouchers will be presented to the top three anglers in the Summer & Winter Leagues, Evening League, Championship and Specimen fish winners.

Rule Books
Due to increased costs of printing, rule books will no longer be sent out. The updated club rules are available to read and/or download on the website (under Members Admin). For those members without access to the website, print copies can be sent on request.

Parking
Your 2023 parking permit must be collected from the reception in the school sports centre (the glass sided building on the right as you walk up to the lake), on your first visit to the lake. You will have to show your HSAC membership photo ID and current season membership card and a permit will be issued to you. You will only have to do this once as the car park permit will be valid for all of 2023. This permit must be visible in your vehicle whilst parked in the school car parks. This applies to ALL members.
Remember, you must not park in the car park adjacent to the lake and you must not drive up to the lake. The only exception to this is for our disabled members who hold both a blue badge and the HSAC parking badge, who can park in the disabled bays at the lake. If these bays are full you can park in the disabled bays at the Sports Centre.

New Season Membership Cards
Along with this newsletter you will have received your new HSAC 23-24 season membership card (green colour). Please insert this in your membership wallet alongside your orange Club Membership ID card. You must have both cards with you whilst fishing the lake.

Family Fun Fishing Competition.
Please support the Family Fun Fishing Day on Saturday 22nd July. If you have any children, family members or close friends who might like to give fishing a go, please bring them along. Places must be pre booked by contacting Martin Fowler on 07855954283. This event has been very well supported in previous years and has encouraged many new members to join the club and has also helped to increase our junior membership.

Evening Matches
Dates are on the fixture list and places are limited to 15 competitors and must be pre booked with Bob Gilligan (07930961101). All matches, except for Championship matches, will be walk offs.

Club officers & contact details
Chairman & Bailiff – John Wood (07533944278), Vice Chairman – Trevor McGahey (07444047925), Secretary – Dave Bartlett (07721619342), (Email: davidbart276@aol.com), Treasurer – Bryn Bishop (07973848444), Sunday Match Organiser – Adam Fowler (07967797261), Evening Match Organiser – Bob Gilligan (07930961101), Water Management Team Leader – Mark Grassi (07739465399), Committee members – Martin Fowler (07855954283), John Pope (020 841 60599), Darrell Waldron (07900336536), Ian Wood (07736707384).

Finally, please note
As a result of complaints from School staff, it is now a club rule that poles are NOT to be put across the path. From now on you will have to break your pole down so as not to obstruct the path.
Please make use of the toilet facilities in the clubhouse. The combination to access the pavilion toilet is:
5 & 2 together followed by 3 &1 together. Please leave clean and tidy.

 

200lb of quality bream (averaging 2lb) stocked
on Tuesday 15th November. 



Chan Patel with a 16lb Common Carp caught on 24th June
  Well done Chan, one of the biggest so far this season !

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Harrow School Angling Club - Newsletter April 2022

A warm welcome to all our new members and a big thankyou to all our current members who renewed their membership and who have supported the club during the past year.

A fixture list is on the back of this newsletter. Please note the dates the lake will be closed and note that again this season two Sunday matches will have later start and finish times. Due to fewer members attending the Sunday competitions, the committee has decided to merge the two divisions into just one division. Instead of Division 2 we will now run a Championship league over five selected matches (one per month) during the summer. This will give the anglers who may only be able to attend a few matches an opportunity to win a prize. Tackle vouchers will be presented to the top three anglers in the Summer & Winter Leagues, Evening League, Championship and Specimen fish winners.

Rule Books
Due to increased costs of printing, rule books will no longer be sent out. The updated club rules are available to read and/or download on the website (under Members Admin). For those members without access to the website, print copies can be sent on request.

Parking
Your 2022 parking permit must be collected from the reception in the school sports centre (the glass sided building on the right as you walk up to the lake), on your first visit to the lake. You will have to show your HSAC membership photo ID and current season membership card and a permit will be issued to you. You will only have to do this once as the car park permit will be valid for all of 2022. This permit must be visible in your vehicle whilst parked in the school car parks. This applies to ALL members.
Remember, you must not park in the car park adjacent to the lake and you must not drive up to the lake. The only exception to this is for our disabled members who hold both a blue badge and the HSAC parking badge, who can park in the disabled bays at the lake. If these bays are full you must park in the disabled bays at the Sports Centre.

New Season Membership Cards
Along with this newsletter you will have received your new HSAC 22-23 season membership card (yellow colour). Please insert this in your membership wallet alongside your orange Club Membership ID card. You must have both cards with you whilst fishing the lake.

Family Fun Fishing Competition.
Please support the Family Fun Fishing Day on Saturday 23rd July. If you have any children, family members or close friends who might like to give fishing a go, please bring them along. Places must be pre booked by contacting Martin Fowler on 07855954283.

Evening Matches
Dates are on the fixture list and places are limited to 15 competitors and must be pre booked with Bob Gilligan (07930961101). All matches (Sunday and evening) will be walk offs.

Club officers & contact details
Chairman & Bailiff – John Wood (07533944278), Vice Chairman – Trevor McGahey (07444047925), Secretary – Dave Bartlett (07721619342), (Email: davidbart276@aol.com)Treasurer – Bryn Bishop (07973848444), Sunday Match Organiser – Adam Fowler (07967797261), Evening Match Organiser – Bob Gilligan (07930961101), Water Management Team Leader – Mark Grassi (07739465399), Committee members – Martin Fowler (07855954283), John Pope (020 841 60599), Darrell Waldron (07900336536), Ian Wood (07736707384). Web Editor – Sam Brown (c/o Fisherman’s Cabin, (020 8248 8100).

Finally, please note
Harrow School Security wishes to remind you that you should only be on school grounds for Angling club purposes and not for any other reason eg: dog walking.
Following complaints from School staff, NO poles are to be put across the path. From now on you will have to break your pole down so as not to obstruct the path.
Please make use of the toilet facilities in the clubhouse. The combination to access the pavilion toilet is
5 & 2 together followed by 3 &1 together. Please leave clean and tidy.

Have a great season !

RIP NICK WOTTON

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It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Nick Wotton
on 18th January.
Nick had been a longstanding member of the club and for several years served on the committee. He loved being by the lake and talking to people, so it was no surprise when he put himself forward as bailiff. He carried out this role for several seasons.
Nick was always willing to help out and he was known for his politeness and respectfulness towards everyone he met.
He will be sadly missed.
Our sympathies go to Nick’s friends and family.


Harrow School Angling Club
Membership Renewal Newsletter
March 2022

Dear Member

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and well.

The renewal form for next season's membership is enclosed with this newsletter and can also be downloaded from our website. Payment options are explained on the form and cash & card payments can still be made at the Fisherman's Cabin. If you return your renewal form by email please include an additional £1 with your payment to cover postage, thank you.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU QUOTE YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER WHEN MAKING PAYMENT AND ON THE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM.

You can either post or email your completed renewal form. Renewal deadline this year is 30th April. Please renew your membership before then.

You are not required to send a photo as the membership photo ID (orange colour) remains valid. However, you will be issued with a 22-23 membership card which should be kept with your membership ID. This will be posted to you along with a newsletter and fixture list before the start of next season. You must have both cards with you when fishing the lake.

Please also note that your HSAC membership only entitles you to access the school grounds to fish the lake or for other HSAC events such as work parties. It does not allow you to access the school grounds for any other activity, for example walking or exercise.

After several years of freezing membership fees it has, unfortunately, been necessary to raise subscriptions this season due to rising costs. Fees will rise £3 for senior members and by £2 for senior citizens, disabled and lady members. Intermediate and Junior membership fees remain the same. However, we still offer a £25 refund to senior members for completing one work party.
Work party dates are 20th March and 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th April. Times 8.30-12.30.

AGM Deferral
Despite the relaxation of COVID restrictions the committee has decided to err on the side of caution and defer this year’s AGM to a later date. You will be notified of a new date in due course.
As we are unable to hold an AGM there will be no rule changes for next season and don't forget that our season ends on Monday 14th March.

Stocking & Lake Maintenance
In late December we stocked the lake with 250lb of bream averaging 2lbs each and in January the lake was treated with 2 tonnes of siltex. Hopefully, the siltex will cause a slow reduction in the silt level and a gradual increase in depth.

Harrow School 450th Community Event – Saturday 30th April
The school will be hosting this event and there will be no car parking available anywhere on the Hill or in the school grounds. The local community and members of affiliated clubs (including HSAC) are invited to attend the events on and around the school grounds. Further details on the website closer to the date.

Car Park Permits
The 2022 car park permits are available for collection from the Sports Centre Reception. Please collect on your next visit to the lake and ensure this is always displayed in your vehicle.

Best wishes

HSAC Committee


250lb of bream averaging 2lb stocked on
30th November 2021

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Max Chivers - waiting for a bite !

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Photo courtesy of Alan Stapleton


HSAC - Notice of road works, parking and emergency contact.

ROAD REPAIRS – TENNIS COURT PARKING AREA AND GARLANDS LANE

From Monday 23 August to Wednesday 1 September there will be road repairs along Garlands Lane and in the parking area near the tennis courts. These repairs are in specific areas and whilst works are carried out barriers will be erected and pedestrian and vehicle movements will be marshalled.
 
Typically, these works will start at 8.30am and complete by 5.30pm. On certain days sections of Garlands Lane will be closed to through-traffic. When this happens traffic marshals will be stationed at strategic road intersections to direct traffic to use Football Lane and the new access road as an alternative route for vehicles accessing the school grounds and the car parks. Please be alert to these works happening and follow the direction and advice of the traffic marshals.

NEW PARKING BAYS
Please note that the newly created parking bays located between the old pavilion and the new Sports Clubhouse are for Harrow School staff only and in due course the bays will be marked as 'School staff only'. Please ensure you continue to park in either the main car park or the car park adjacent to the tennis courts OR the marked disabled parking bays at the lake (for our disabled members with both the blue badge and HSAC parking permit). 

Please remember if you have not already done so, you must pick up a free parking permit from the Sports Centre reception and ensure it is displayed in your vehicle. This applies to all members.

EMERGENCY CONTACT
The School Security team can be contacted on 07766688597. Please store this in your phone and contact the team directly if you see any incident that needs reporting (eg: poaching). The security team is also responsible for the opening and closing of the gates and for enforcement of car parking restrictions.

D Bartlett
(HSAC Secretary)
17th August 2021

Harrow School Angling Club
Newsletter – April 2021

Dear Member

Following a year long wait, we will now be able to return to ‘normal’ unrestricted fishing when our season opens on 1st May. However please be aware that as with last season, the situation can change very quickly, so you are strongly advised to check our website regularly and look out for emails to update you of any changes.

Please ensure you follow all current government COVID guidance when on Harrow School property and fishing the lake. Our match organisers will ensure that COVID safe measures are in place for all club competitions.

A fixture list is on the back of this newsletter. Please note the dates the lake will be closed for school events and note that this season two Sunday matches will have later start and finish times.

Parking
Your 2021 parking permit must be collected from the reception in the school sports centre (the glass sided building on the right as you walk up to the lake), on your first visit to the lake. You will have to show your HSAC membership photo ID and current season membership card and a permit will be issued to you. You will only have to do this once as the car park permit will be valid for all of 2021. This permit must be visible in your vehicle whilst parked in the school car parks. This applies to ALL members. If you fail to do this you run the risk of being warned, fined and/or clamped.

Remember, you must not park in the car park adjacent to the lake and golf course and you must not drive up to the lake. The only exception to this is for our disabled members who hold both a blue badge and the HSAC parking badge, who can park in the disabled bays at the lake. If these bays are full you must park in the disabled bays at the Sports Centre.

You will see that construction work is ongoing around the car park adjacent to the tennis courts. Please do not obstruct any of the access to the contractors’ area. This may mean you have to park in the main car park (on the right as you come to the end of Garlands Lane).

New Season Membership Cards
Along with this newsletter you will have received your new HSAC 21-22 season membership card (light green). Please insert this in your membership wallet alongside your orange Club Membership ID card. You must have both cards with you whilst fishing the lake.

Family Fun Fishing Competition.
Please support the Family Fun Fishing Match on Saturday 31st July. It is important we try to encourage new members to join the club. So, if you have any children, other 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.

Evening Matches
Dates are on the fixture list and places are limited to 15 competitors and must be pre booked with Bob Gilligan (07930961101). All matches (Sunday and evening) will be walk offs.

Club officers & contact details
Chairman - Vacant, Vice Chairman – Trevor McGahey (07444047925), Secretary – Dave Bartlett (07721619342), (Email: davidbart276@aol.com)Treasurer – Bryn Bishop (07973848444), Sunday Match Organiser – Adam Fowler (07967797261), Evening Match Organiser – Bob Gilligan (07930961101), Water Management Team Leader – Mark Grassi (07739465399), Bailiff – John Wood (07533944278), Committee members – Martin Fowler (07855954283), John Pope (020 841 60599), Darrell Waldron (07900336536), Ian Wood (07736707384). Web Editor – Sam Brown (c/o Fisherman’s Cabin, (020 8248 8100).

Stay safe and well and enjoy your fishing.

HSAC Committee

 

Committee member Darrell Waldron
with a 12lb carp, caught in the
snow on 24th January.



Proof that you can still catch during the cold !

COVID -19 – LOCKDOWN 5th NOVEMBER TO 2ND DECEMBER
GUIDANCE FOR MEMBERS
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM 5TH NOVEMBER UNTIL 2ND DECEMBER THE SUNDAY MATCHES ARE SUSPENDED. PLEASURE FISHING WILL NOW BE ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS DURING LOCKDOWN.
FOR COVID SAFETY REASONS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF MEMBERS ALLOWED TO FISH THE LAKE AT ANY ONE TIME WILL BE LIMITED TO TEN
THE ANGLING TRUST HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE WHICH MEMBERS MUST FOLLOW WHEN FISHING HARROW SCHOOL LAKE
UPDATE ISSUED BY THE ANGLING TRUST – November 4:

Having now examined the government’s new Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations the Angling Trust is pleased to be able to offer some initial guidance and interpretation to anglers and fishery providers. Our formal guidelines will be published following further consultation with colleagues at Sport England and DCMS once Parliament has debated the regulations today and passed them into law.
Overall, the Angling Trust is pleased that ministers have recognised the value of allowing angling and some other forms of outdoor recreation to continue through the forthcoming lockdown period. However, the new rules are more complicated than we had hoped, and anglers should be fully aware of what we can and cannot do in the next 28 days.

How to fish
The regulations are clear, and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.
On this basis we can announce that all Angling Trust competitions are suspended for the period covering 5th November – 2nd December 2020.

Where to fish

Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people  “to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation”.
A ‘public outdoor space’ is defined as an ‘outdoor place to which the public have, or are permitted, access (whether on payment or otherwise).’ We believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and stillwaters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association. The government clearly intends for people to be able to take their outdoor exercise and recreation in the form of angling and these regulations allow this to occur.
Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules
It does not permit club outings or organised amateur sporting activities of any sort. All indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue must close or refer to the relevant Government guidance. Fishing tackle shops, whether onsite or not, can only operate a ‘click and collect’ service.

Travelling to fish

Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order:
“to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)”
Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Sea anglers should focus on their local beaches and fishing marks and freshwater anglers should not be travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing during lockdown. It is up to the individual to apply common sense and act within the spirit of the government’s guidance. You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

How long to fish

There are no limits on the time that can be spent on outdoor recreation which means that anglers are able to continue fishing into and through the hours of darkness providing the other rules are observed.

Fishery management

Essential fishery management work, which clearly cannot be undertaken from home, can continue as can any necessary, socially distanced working parties fall within the provisions for ‘voluntary work’. Appropriate risk assessments must be in place and numbers should sensibly managed.

Summary

This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and as anglers we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do. The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings. It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two.

Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown

If you are unsure about any of the new guidance or rules, please contact the Club Secretary for clarification before travelling to the lake.

Keep Safe and continue to enjoy your pleasure fishing

Harrow School Angling Club
Update @13th July 2020


• With immediate effect it will no longer be necessary to book in for fishing. This also applies to Sunday matches. There is no restriction on numbers fishing (as long as there are swims available)

• Garlands Lane gate will now be opened at 7am each morning. So, you may access from 7am. You must have let the school grounds by 9pm (otherwise you may be locked in).

• Parking enforcement will be in effect from 27th July. All HSAC members will be required to obtain a free annual parking permit to display in their vehicle. You must pick up your parking permit from the Sports club reception on your first visit to the lake on or after 27th July. You must show your HSAC membership ID at reception and a permit will be issued to you. You will only have to do this once a year as it is an annual permit. Car Parking will be in the Garlands Lane car park only. You must not drive up to the lake to drop off tackle. The ONLY exception to this is for our disabled members who may park in the disabled bays at the lake. Please ensure you display your blue badge, HSAC disabled member parking permit and new Harrow School parking permit (after 27th July)

• Toilet facilities are now available in the clubhouse next to the 1st Tee. The door entry code is 2+5 – 3 – 1. Hand sanitisers will be positioned close to the entrance of the toilets. Please make use of this facility and ensure you leave the toilet in a state of cleanliness.

• Change to Sunday match procedures 1) Draw will now be 8am with fishing 9am to 3pm. 2) Matches will be peg downs (not walk offs). Sunday match dates are: 26th July, 9th & 23rd August, 6th & 20th September. Pleasure fishing on these dates will only be allowed after 4pm.

• Current government guidelines regarding social distancing and COVID-19 related guidance must be followed at all times. As it may be necessary to issue amended guidance at short notice, members are strongly advised to check the club website before setting off in case there are important updates.


Issued by HSAC Committee on 13th July 2020

CAR PARKING FOR DISABLED MEMBERS WITH BLUE BADGES
UPDATE @ 18th JUNE 2020


WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT OUR DISABLED MEMBERS WHO HOLD BLUE BADGES ARE ALLOWED TO PARK IN THE MARKED DISABLED PARKING BAYS AT THE LAKE. YOU MUST DISPLAY YOUR BLUE BADGE AND HSAC DISABLED PARKING PERMIT IN YOUR VEHICLE.
FAILURE TO DO SO MAY MEAN YOU ARE CLAMPED !

THIS ONLY APPLIES TO OUR DISABLED MEMBERS WITH BLUE BADGES. ALL OTHER MEMBERS MUST CONTINUE TO PARK IN THE GARLANDS LANE CAR PARK.

IF YOU ARE A BLUE BADGE HOLDER AND DO NOT HAVE AN HSAC DISABLED PARKING PERMIT PLEASE VISIT THE FISHERMAN’S CABIN WHERE ONE CAN BE PRINTED FOR YOU (OR CONTACT SECRETARY, DAVE BARTLETT).

Harrow School Angling Club - Newsletter - May 2020
We hope all our members and their families are safe and well.

AGM
As you know the AGM was cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic. This will not be rearranged due to the government restrictions on social gatherings.

Lake Reopening
The lake will reopen for fishing on Saturday 23rd May, subject to the restrictions and procedures listed below.

These will be reviewed on a regular basis (initially after two weeks). After which, if all goes well, we hope to relax them further. They have been drawn up using guidelines and restrictions issued by Government, Environment Agency, Angling Trust and agreed with Harrow School.

Important notes for members
• It is up to each individual member to decide whether to visit the lake after considering their own circumstances with regard to risk from Covid-19
• Do not visit the lake if you or any member of you household are displaying symptoms of Covid-19
• Before fishing it is the individual member’s responsibility to thoroughly read the HSAC rule book and these guidelines.
• Initially fishing will be restricted to the hours of 10am to 3pm.
• Initially no more than 15 members may fish at any one time
• There will be a pre booking system so members cannot just turn up and fish without pre booking.

Booking Procedure
• Members who wish to fish must pre book before 4.30 pm on the day before they intend to fish. Note for Sunday & Monday fishing pre booking must be done before 4.30 pm on the preceding Friday.
• Members will be allowed to book a fishing day (10am-3pm) up to five days in advance.
• Members must contact Club Secretary, David Bartlett, either by phone (07721619342) or email (davidbart276@aol.com) and advise on the day/date they wish to fish. (see note above regarding times)
• Member must provide their membership number and emergency contact details.
• Club Secretary will then by email provide Mike March, Sports Facilities Manager at Harrow School with a list of those members who have booked fishing for the next day (on Fridays for Sunday & Monday fishing). This list will be passed to Harrow School security
• Harrow School Security will check the member’s details against the pre booked list and verify the member’s identity before allowing access to school grounds through the gate on Garlands Lane. (Members must have their membership ID visible for checking).
• No more bookings will be taken for any day on which 15 members are already booked in.
• Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis
• By booking a fishing day a member must acknowledge that fishing will be at their own risk

MEMBERS ARE NOT ABLE TO TURN UP AND FISH WITHOUT A BOOKING
Access and car parking
• Access is via Garlands Lane. The gate at the end of Garlands Lane will be closed and locked.
• Harrow School Security will open the gate at 10.00 am and allow access only to those members who have pre booked their fishing day. Note, there may be a queue of cars down Garlands Lane waiting for the gate to be opened. Please do not leave your vehicle.
• If a member arrives after 10 am they will not be able to gain access to the lake.
• Car Parking will be in the Garlands Lane car park. Please remember to maintain social distancing in the car park and when making your way to the lake. If possible, please park in alternate bays. You cannot drive up to the lake to drop off tackle
• There will be no access to the toilet facilities in the clubhouse.
• Please report any non-club members seen on the lake and any other security issues to Security on Mob: 07766 688597

Fishing Restrictions and guidance
• You must maintain a distance of 15 metres from other anglers whilst fishing. This means you cannot fish in the next swim to another member.
• Do not leave your tackle unattended or across the footpath which may cause an obstruction
• Please remember the footpath is also used by school staff and local residents. So please, keep to social distancing of at least two metres whilst on school premises.
• No sharing of fishing tackle or other items
• Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc handled by other persons
• Disposable gloves are recommended
• You must bring your own food and drink
• No Match or Competition fishing – Government restrictions prohibit organised gatherings of any kind.
• You must stop fishing by 3pm and be ready to vacate school premises by 3.30pm. Garlands Lane gate will be opened by school security at 3.30pm so members must be packed up and ready to leave by this time.
• Pay careful attention to club notices, this situation and guidance may change at short notice so please check the club website regularly for up to date information (www.hsac.co.uk). If you have provided a contact email address, we will be sending you updates by email.
• Remember, you must have a current Environment Agency rod licence.
• If you are unsure or require clarification on any of these guidelines, please contact a committee member (details below).

Please remember our priority is to create and maintain a safe environment for members to fish. These guidelines are for members to follow to ensure we all stay safe and well.
Failure to follow these guidelines puts us all at risk

Work Parties & Refunds
Due to restricted access to the lake it has not been possible to hold organised work parties. We aim to arrange some later in the season when attending members who paid the work party levy, will be entitled to receive a refund on their subscription.

Competition and Match Fishing
Until Government guidelines change there will be no Sunday or Evening matches. Therefore, until further notice Sundays are available for pleasure fishing (subject to the above guidance and procedures)

New Membership Cards
The new HSAC Club Membership ID card (orange) and your membership card for the 20/21 season (blue) have now been sent out. You must have both cards with you at all times whilst fishing the lake, We have introduced this so that you will not have to send in a photo each time you renew your membership, which will speed up the renewal process and reduce administration.

Club officers & contact details
Chairman - Vacant,
Vice Chairman – Trevor McGahey (07444047925),
Secretary – Dave Bartlett (07721619342) (Email: davidbart276@aol.com)
Treasurer – Bryn Bishop (07973848444),
Sunday Match Organiser – Adam Fowler (07967797261),
Evening Match Organiser – Bob Gilligan (07930961101),
Water Management Team Leader – Mark Grassi (07739465399),
Bailiff – John Wood (07533944278),
Committee members – Martin Fowler (07855954283), John Pope (020 841 60599), Darrell Waldron (07900336536), Ian Wood (07736707384).
Web Editor – Sam Brown (c/o Fisherman’s Cabin, (020 8248 8100).
Harrow School Security: 07766688597

Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy your fishing !

Saturday Family Day.

HSAC first family fishing match was a great success with 13 families fishing, the match was won with 21lb by young Morgan, Second was Carol 20Ib 5oz with young Willow third weighing in 17lb 8oz and catching the biggest fish of the day a 10lb common carp.

It was great to see lots of young anglers fishing with parents and grandparents. We also had the youngest angler of the day at 2 ½ years, catching a small roach.

Thanks to everybody who helped out and generously donated prizes.

We are looking forward to doing this again next year.








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