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Letter From the Secretary

Dated 8th of April 2009

Hello Readers

Another season has just ended and it has been the coldest winter for many years but as I write it’s starting to warm up, the clocks have gone forward the days are lengthening and just maybe some of the fish we crave are waking up from their winter slumber and thinking about food. Well it won’t be to long before the season starts and by then they’ll have put a bit of weight on and be crawling up the rods.

This year we would like a proper summer with those long hot days and warm, balmy evenings. Here’s hoping we get that wish. We’re due one.

As usual at this time of year we are planning the AGM on the 13th May and also the working parties to get the waters ready for the 16th June. This year we have added a couple of weekday evening work parties for those that can’t make it at weekends.

The dates and venues for this year are as follows;

Sunday 17th May 2009 at Kempsey.   Meet at 8.30am on the bank.

Tuesday 19th May 2009 at Dudmaston. Meet at 6.30pm at Dudmaston car park.

Wednesday 3rd June 2009 at Hampton Loade. Meet at 6.30pm on old pub car park.

Sunday 7th June 2009 at Hampton Loade. Meet at 8.30am on old pub car park.

Sunday 14th June 2009 at Kempsey. Meet at 8.30am on the bank.

Please make every effort to attend at least one work party as these are the pegs you will want to fish in next season. It is satisfying to catch a good fish from a peg you’ve built yourself especially if it’s from an area you wouldn’t normally fish. It’s also a good way to learn about water from other members who have fished there. As is our usual request, any offer of timber for bank repairs is most welcome. We are also looking for scaffold poles and paving slabs in our efforts to hold back the Severn from washing away our labours.

Next we come to the now annual Duck race which Kinver Freeliners runs at the Kinver Fayre, this year to be held on Saturday the16th of May. This year, as the previous 2 years, we are running the race in aid of the Macmillan cancer support nurses who do a fantastic job for those afflicted with this terrible disease. We have 1000 ducks in the race and we want to sell them all, preferably, before the day of the Fayre so we ask you all to buy some at only £1 each. Don’t forget before the 16th May.

An ideal time to buy some would be at this year’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th May 2009. Details attached on the enclosed AGM notice.

There are going to be major changes at this year’s AGM in so much that after 14 years as Secretary, I have decided not to seek re-election this year. Because of increased pressures at work and home and the desire to do more fishing I have taken the decision to pass the reins to someone else who, hopefully, will have some fresh ideas and an enthusiasm I have found difficult to muster in the last 12 months. Having only had time to go fishing 6 times last season finally made my mind up as that is what I joined the club for. For those that don’t know I have been a member of Kinver Freeliners Angling Club since 1985 and have served as a Committee member since 1992 firstly as an ordinary Committee member before taking over the water maintenance role in 1993 then graduating to Secretary in 1995. I can say it has been an enjoyable ride apart from the odd pitfall which is only to be expected during that period of time. I have served on the Committee with some fabulous people during my time and my thanks go to them all for making the role easy when possible.

The Committee will be recommending the now Chairman, Steve Williams for the Secretaries post, a position he is happy to fill. Steve has been Chairman for 12 months, Vice Chairman for 2 years prior to that. A member since 2000, Steve will I’m sure fill the position admirably. The Committee will be recommending Mike Bowker for the now vacant Chairman’s role. These recommendations are of course, subject to ratification at the AGM. If you feel you would like to contribute towards the running of the club please join the Committee. New ideas always required.

I should point out that many of you have already sent your subscriptions to me. These, together with any more received by me, will be passed on to Steve for processing and issue of cards etc. Should you wish to speak to Steve, his contact details are on the join page.

This year we have asked the National Trust for 3 Eel nights on Dudmaston Big Pool. I must admit I thought they wouldn’t agree but they have and these should be on Saturday 20th June, Saturday 18th July and Saturday 15th August. These nights are limited to 25 per night and the tickets (which are free) will be allocated on a first come first served basis. By the way, these dates have yet to be confirmed by the National Trust so may be subject to change so keep an eye on the website or in your summer Newsletter for finalised dates.

Most of you should by now have seen the new look website that went live last summer in June if I remember rightly. The website has been well received but the gallery is alas a bit sparse so please e-mail your photos to me or Steve for inclusion.

As I have mentioned in previous years, Kinver Freeliners are always looking for new water, particularly a year round Stillwater. Whilst we do have the Oxbow for year round fishing we are on the lookout for more local water and indeed we did try for one only a matter of weeks ago but were unsuccessful. If you know of anything, particularly in the local area of Kinver please contact a Committee member with details.

Finally as this is my last Newsletter I would like to wish the club every success for the future and to all the members past and present, bailiffs, Riparian Owners, Environment Agency staff and anyone I’ve forgotten, it has been my pleasure to play a major part in looking after Kinver Freeliners Angling Club.

Regards to you all

Graham Wright


Archived Letters From the Secretary

Letter dated the 2nd of October 2008

Letter dated the 24th of June 2008

Letter dated the 8th of June 2008