All members must read the rules before fishing, if members or your proposed members (whilst on probation) are found to be breaking rules then your ticket is at risk.
The name of the Society is "The Harrow Angling 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 th 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.
3.1 Honorary Officers: Chairman, Secretary, Curator, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Fishery Managers, Editorial Secretary, 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 written to 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 2003.
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 nominatedby 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 6.1.
5.6 Disabled Members elected in accordance with rule 6.5.
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
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 beaccompanied by and under the strict control of an adult member. All Juniors must always be accompanied by and under the strict control of an adult 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 must provide proof that their disability renders them unable to sustain full time employment.
A member not retaining membership for a period of five years shall pay a further entrance fee on re-application.
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 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.
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 member. This privilege shall not apply to Rowley lake.
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 summon such member to appear before them for an explanation of his conduct and shall have the power at that meeting to expel or suspend the offending member for such period as they shall determine. The Committee shall report the result of such enquiry to the next Ordinary meeting of the members. Any member subject to the above may still have the right under rule 15.3.
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.
12.1 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 (Associate Members may not night fish) on any one night. Actual numbers will be specified by the Committee.
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.
12.5 That the member must obtain a night ticket before fishing. These will be allocated by the Society Officer appointed for that purpose and must be applied for at least 7 days in advance. A 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 is 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 indications. Buzzer bite alarms are allowed and recommended.
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 responsiblefor their conduct. This rule shall not apply to Juniors or Associates.
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.
18.1 It is a condition of membership that all members under 65 years of age attend at leasttwo working parties per annum, or make a donation in lieu.
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 its termination being so decided upon, its property shall be realised by the Committee (and overseen by the Trustees), 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, Associate or Kingfisher 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 rule 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.
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 Under no circumstances whatever should rag be used for handling fish.
22.3 Barbless hooks must be used. (you may crush the barb of your favourite)
22.4 The use of Carp Sacks is forbidden.
22.5 Dip tanks must be used when provided.
23.1 All Society members must abide by the laws of the land and the Appropriate Water Authority bye-laws.
23.2 No open fires allowed for any purpose unless sanctioned by the Committee.
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 whilst fishing or visiting any of the Societys' waters. Bailiffs shall be empowered to order off the water any member not carrying his membership card 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 thebanks of the lake.
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.
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.
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 two hours per day.
23.13 Words in the masculine gender shall include the feminine.
23.14 The use of boats including models by members shall not be permitted unless authorised by the Committee.
23.15 Livebaiting & prebaiting are prohibited 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 - VPS