The name of the Society is "The Harrow Angling Society".
2. Objects of the Society
2.1) To provide angling facilities for its members, and cultivate the principles of fair angling and sportsmanlike conduct .
2.2) The Committee will confirm fishing seasons in the Bye-Laws.
2.3) To fight the menace of pollution at all times and report at once any such instances to the authorities concerned.
2.4) To abide by the laws of the Land, the rules set by our landlords and appropriate Environment Agency bye-laws
2.5) To treat all as equal, and for the avoidance of doubt, all words in the masculine gender shall include feminine
3. The Committee shall Consist of:
3.1) Honorary Officers: Chairman, Secretary, Curator, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Fishery Managers, Editorial Secretary, Social Secretary( to cover matches, junior events, and organising other meetings)and two Committee men.
3.2) One Committeeman shall retire by rotation annually. The retiring member of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election. The Committee shall conduct the business of the Society. Five Committee members present shall form a quorum. A Committee member not attending three consecutive Committee meetings shall be contacted by the Secretary and if no answer shall be received, or if in the opinion of the members of the Committee attending the next meeting the answer for absence shall be unsatisfactory, the defaulting member shall cease to be a member of the Committee and be notified by the Secretary to that effect. A member of the Society shall be co-opted by the Committee to fill his vacancy in accordance with Rule 4.6.
3.3) Officers shall be elected at each third Annual General Meeting from the year 2012.
3.4) Nominations for Society Officers and Committeemen must be submitted to the Secretary in writing 7 days before the appropriate AGM. Nominees must have been a Full member of the Society for two years.
4.1) The Committee shall have control of the Society's finances and shall expend or invest the funds of the Society at its discretion for the benefit of the Society.
4.2) The Committee may co-opt members of the Society on to the Committee who shall in the opinion of the Committee have specialist knowledge or qualification that could in any way enhance the welfare of the Society or be conducive to the objects of the Society. The Committee may appoint sub-Committees from the members of the Society.
4.3) The Committee shall make, amend or repeal existing bye-laws provided that they are not inconsistent with the rules of the Society. These bye-laws will be published in the club magazine.
4.4) The Committee is the sole authority for the interpretation of these rules and of the bye-laws and the decision of the Committee thereon shall be final and binding on the members.
4.5) 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 Society so to do.
4.6) The Committee may fill any vacancy which may occur in the Officers or the Committee between any two Annual General Meetings.
4.7) The Committee may rent, purchase or otherwise acquire fishing rights or property on behalf of the Society. 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.
4.8) The Committee may affiliate the Society to any association having similar objects.
The Society shall consist of the following classes of members:
5.1) Full Members elected in accordance with rule 6.1.
5.2) Honorary Life Members elected in accordance with rule 6.2.
5.3) Junior Members elected in accordance with rule 6.3.
5.4) Associate Members elected in accordance with rule 6.4.
5.5) Senior Members elected in accordance with rule 6.6.
5.6) Disabled Members elected in accordance with rule 6.5.
6. Election of Members
6.1) Candidates for membership must apply in writing to the Membership Secretary and must be proposed by a member of the Society. Members proposing a new member must have been a Full Member of the Society for at least two years. New members will be on one years probation and during this period the proposer will be responsible for the new members actions. The Committee shall consider in detail all applications and if necessary interview the applicant to establish the candidates suitability.
6.2) Honorary Life Members may be elected at the Annual General Meeting in recognition of services rendered to the Society or for such other reasons as the Committee may recommend. An Honorary Life Member shall have the full rights as if he was a Full member.
6.3) A candidate for Junior membership must be aged over 12 and under 17 years of age on 15th March in the year of application, Juniors under the age of 15 years must always be accompanied by and under the strict control of a full member. All Juniors must always be accompanied by and under the strict control of a full member at Rowley Lake. An applicant for Junior membership may be required to be interviewed by the Committee. A Junior member must on application for membership of the Society provide evidence of his ability to swim.
6.4) All Members with the exception of Juniors may apply for Associate membership for their partner. Associate members must be accompanied by the member at all times.
6.5) Disabled members have the same rights as Full members but must provide proof that their disability renders them unable to sustain full time employment.
6.6) Senior Members have the same rights as Full members but at the age of 65 must provide supporting evidence of age to the membership secretary. Senior members must be at the age of 65 or over on the 16 June in the year of application.
7. Entrance Fee
A member not retaining membership shall pay a further entrance fee on re-application.
8. Subscriptions and Fees
8.1) All subscriptions and fees shall be determined by the Committee. Junior, Senior and Disabled fees shall be one-half of the Full member's subscription fee. Juniors shall be eligible for Full membership without payment of an entrance fee when they reach 17 years of age on 15th March.
8.2) The Honorary Officers during their respective terms of office shall not be required to pay any subscription but will, nevertheless, retain the rights and advantages due to any member paying the requisite subscription. However, Honorary Officers will be required to pay Fees for night tickets.
9. Members' Families
Sons and daughters of members under the age of 12 on the 15th March, may fish the waters of the Society without payment provided that they are at all times accompanied by a full member. This privilege shall not apply to Rowley lake.
10. Cessation of Membership
In the event of any member so conducting himself as, in the opinion of the Committee, to injure the welfare or reputation of the Society or to contravene any of the rules and/or bye laws, the Committee may:
10.1 Write to the member outlining the alleged offence, requesting an early written response to said allegations. This may include, if in the opinion of the Committee it is warranted by the alleged incident, the immediate temporary suspension of the member.
10.2) Summon such member to appear before them for an explanation of the alleged offence.
10.3 Following either or both of the above, the Committee shall consider the response and shall have the power at that meeting to expel, or suspend the offending member for such period as they shall determine appropriate. The Committee shall report the result of such enquiry to the next Ordinary Member's meeting. Any member subject to the above shall have the right to appeal under Rule 15.3. If a member is expelled, then their fees and subscription monies will not be refunded.
11. Exclusion of Liability
It is a condition of membership of the Society that no servant, member or Committee of the Society shall be held liable for any injury or loss which a member may sustain in the exercise of his rights as a member or which a wife, daughter, son or guest of a member may sustain in whatever circumstances such injury or loss shall be occasioned.
12. Night Fishing
12.1) Night fishing shall be considered as the period between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise, provided always:
12.2) That such practice does not contravene any local bye-laws, rules, regulations, stipulations or orders of any local council or land owner.
12.3) That night fishing shall be restricted to a limited number of Members in accordance with our leases, actual numbers to be specified by the Committee. Associate Members may not night fish but can be present on the Harefield lakes.
12.4) Junior members are allowed to night fish providing always that they are always accompanied by and under the strict control and supervision of a member. Only one Junior per member. Family members under the age of 12 are not permitted on the lakes at night and hence cannot night fish.
12.5) That the member must obtain a ‘Standard Night Ticket’ before fishing or in the case of the Harefield lakes have purchased a Harefield Night Permit having paid the appropriate fee when (re)joining.The member must take either night ticket or permit with them to the lake when fishing. ‘Standard Night Tickets’ will be allocated by the Society Officer appointed for that purpose and must be applied for at least 7 days in advance. A Standard Night Ticket that cannot be used must be cancelled by the member, Failure to do this may result in this privilege being withdrawn at the discretion of the Committee.
12.6) The use of lights will be strictly controlled. A small torch may be used for general tackling up and when landing a fish, but the beam of the torch must not shine into or across the water, nor must it be permanently illuminated for the observation of a float or other bite indicators. Electronic bite alarms are allowed and recommended.
12.7) Full member’s guests can night fish but a ‘Standard Night Ticket’ must be obtained in advance for the guest. Guests cannot night fish at Rowley. See rule 14,.
12.8) A Harefield Night Permit is limited to a maximum stay on the lake of 72 hours. This is required to stop swim hogging. Additional time on the lake in a different swim can be requested but must be granted by the committee or a sub group of the committee. Fishing Rotas are not allowed.
Full members may invite not more than two angling visitors on any one day. Visitors tickets must be obtained in advance from the Society representative(s), fee paid on application. The Member must accompany the Visitor at the water at all times, and shall be responsible for their conduct. This rule shall not apply to Juniors or Associates.
14. Rowley Lake
Only Members are permitted to use or enter Rowley Lake fishery or the approaches thereto. No guests, visitors, wives who do not hold associate tickets or children under the age of 12 are allowed to fish Rowley Lake.
15.1) ORDINARY. The members shall meet at such time and place as the Committee shall determine.
15.2) ANNUAL GENERAL. The Annual General Meeting shall be held during the last two weeks in April. Not less than 14 days notice (of the AGM and its agenda) shall be given by the Secretary to all members. Members wishing to raise any items of any other business must do so in writing to the Secretary 7 days prior to the AGM.
15.3) SPECIAL GENERAL. The Secretary shall at the request of the Committee or on the written requisition of ten or more members, call a Special General Meeting of which not less than 14 days notice shall be given to the members. Such notice shall specify the nature of the business to be transacted. No business other than that specified in the notice or arising therefrom shall be considered.
Voting at all meetings shall be by a show of hands, but a ballot must be taken of those present if demanded by any member. A Junior member shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the members of the Society. Associate members shall have no voice in the management of the Society nor be eligible to hold office.
No alteration, repeal, or addition to the rules of the Society shall be made otherwise than by resolution at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting, carried by at least three-fourths of the members present and voting thereon. Notice of any such proposal, alteration, repeal or addition must be given to the Secretary in writing and at least twenty-eight days shall elapse before the date of the meeting to be held to consider same. Details shall be sent by the Secretary to all members at least fourteen days before such meeting.
18. Working Parties
18.1) It is a condition of membership that all members under 65 years of age attend at least two working parties per annum, or pay a fee in lieu – details of which are included on the membership renewal forms.
18.2) No member who is medically unfit to take part will be expected to attend but he must notify the Fishery Manager. This will be in the strictest confidence.
The Society may at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, resolve, provided the resolution is approved by at least three-fourths of the members of the Society present, that it be wound up. In the event of it's termination being so decided upon, its property shall be realised by the Committee, and the proceeds, after satisfying all liabilities, shall be divided pro rata, based on years of membership, among the members then remaining on the books. No Junior or Associate member shall participate in, or be entitled to benefit from the realisation of the assets of the Society in accordance with the foregoing provisions. Society trustees shall not be held liable neither monetarily nor materially, for any such discharges of the Society funds or property.
No member shall leave or ignore litter of any description, members are expected to take all litter away from the waters on leaving, this includes litter which may have been left by someone else. It is the duty of every member to report to a member of the Committee details of any member seen leaving litter. Where calls of nature are necessary this should be carried out in private and no evidence of the act should be visible. A very serious view will be taken of breaches of this bye-law and anyone found guilty of this offence will be liable to expulsion from the Society without further notice.
No member shall publicise fish caught at the Societys' waters, this to include written and/or photographic material, unless authorised by the Committee. Pictures on the website and other public social media must be cleared with the Editorial Secretary or his nominated officer.
22. Fish Care
22.1) All fish to be returned to the water with as little injury as possible (this includes pike and eels). Any angler found abusing fish, will be liable to expulsion from the Society without further notice.
22.2) Substantial unhooking mats must be used for all fish, and under no circumstances whatever should rag be used for handling fish.
22.3) Use of lead free weights must align with the Environment Agency rules and only barbless hooks are permitted. All hooks on Lures must have their barbs crushed.
22.4) The use of Carp Sacks or any retaining method is forbidden. In the case of holding a fish while a camera of witness is sort then the fish can be retained in the landing net for no more than 10 minutes. Knotless Keepnets must be knotless and can only be used in Competitions whether they be the formal society matches or competitions with friends. They are discouraged but providing due care is taken on numbers of fish in a net etc ( rule22.1) they can be used for silver fish. Please note neither carp, tench, large bream nor pike can be kept in keepnets
22.5) Dip tanks must be used when provided.
22.6) All nets and unhooking mats must be air dried between visits to the lake
23. General Rules
23.1) If members are unable to retrieve tackle from trees etc then please notify the bailiff or the fishery manager.
23.2) No open fires allowed for any purpose unless sanctioned by the Committee. To clarify, contained BBQ’s are permitted but all hot embers must be extinguished with lake water after use and all containers taken off site
23.3) No dogs may be taken, by a member, on to the Society's waters except by a bailiff.
23.4) Camping is strictly prohibited. To clarify this rule, tents are not permitted, however proprietary fishing shelters may be erected when required.
23.5) Fish entered for the Societys' Trophies must be witnessed by at least one independent member of the Society.
23.6) All members must carry their membership cards,’Night Tickets or Permits’ and Environmental Agency rod licences whilst fishing or visiting any of the Societys' waters. Bailiffs shall be empowered to order off the water any member not carrying these documents or refusing to produce the same.
23.7) All members are Honorary Bailiffs and should challenge any angler who they do not readily identify as being a fellow member.
23.8) No member exercising fishing rights on any of the Society waters shall do injury to the banks of the lake, nor interfere with the wildlife thereon.
23.9) No member shall in any way whatsoever cause damage to the tenants and others holding lands on and adjoining the banks of the Society's waters or their environs.
23.10) For the purposes of exercising the rights to fish a Society water, each member (other than associate members) must apply to the Membership Secretary for a Society key if required. Keys issued to members shall remain the property of the Society and shall be returned on cessation of membership. A fee might be charged for the key and this will be refunded when a member leaves the society. If the key is not returned within 6 months then the fee can no longer be reclaimed
23.11) All gates adjacent to farm lands to and from the Society's waters must be closed immediately after use so as to prevent straying of livestock. Designated paths must be adhered to.
23.12) No member shall be allowed to reserve a swim, however, on occasion an angler may leave his tackle unattended for a maximum of three hours per day. All unattended tackle must be withdrawn from the water and bait removed
23.13) Avoid excessive noise and be courteous to other water users
23.14) Do NOT:
- use more than 2 rods,
- leave baited rods unattended
- use boats of any kind including baitboats,
- use Drones
- use of multi hook rigs (except for Pike)
- use quicksilver or braided lines
- cast into other obvious swims (if this happens and another angler moves into the swim then you must withdraw your lines without being asked),
- use marker floats on Harefield Pit 2 if boats are in the area.
- use Livebait ( fish)
As amended at the AGM 25-4-90, SGM 12-9-90, AGM 26-4-95, SGM 28-11-01, 24/11/04, AGM 11-4-07. SGM 24-11-10 , AGM 29 – 4 - 15