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2021 Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30pm

The 2021 AGM will be hosted on behalf of the Society by the Wild Trout Trust (WTT) on the Zoom Platform. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd March to commence at 7.30pm and will commence with a short presentation by the WTT on the state of the UK rivers.

The Zoom meeting link and the meeting support documents has been issued to all members by my email dated friday 26th February 2021, The support documents consisting of the following pdf files:

2021 AGM Meeting Agenda

2020 AGM Minutes of Meeting

2020 Year End Accounts

2020 Catch Returns

Please make every effort to attend the meeting and to participate where appropriate , you are the Society as without our members we wouldn’t exist.

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2020 Fishing

As things stand at the present moment you will not be able to fish the Cod Beck for the foreseeable short term future, perhaps longer.
Most of you have renewed your membership although some have yet to renew, perhaps worried about Covoid virus.

It seems unfair to have taken membership money and not to be able to guarantee any fishing.
So, our New Chairman and Secretary have authorised me to say we are going to right-off this season.
This means that those of you who have renewed will get free membership next season. And if current circumstances improves, some fishing this season.
To those who haven’t renewed you will still be offered membership for next season when, hopefully, life becomes a little more normal.

The Angling trust is working hard to try get angling approved as solitary outdoor activity, statement from them below.

Take care, stay well and keep your distance.

Hope to see all of you next season.


Statement from Anglian Trust.

We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS.

In regards to the current restrictions announced by the Government on Monday 23 March 2020 it is clear that the only permitted activities that have been specified are walking, running and cycling for the purpose of local daily exercise. Today we have written to the Sports Minister highlighting the benefits to both physical health and mental well being that angling provides and that we are ready and prepared to offer whatever support the government or Sport England require now or in the future to get people back fishing as soon as is safely possible.

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2020 Annual General Meeting

Dear members, We are intending to hold the 2020 Sowerby Angling Society AGM on Wednesday 26th of February at the usual venue;

Thirsk and Sowerby Institute.
The Flatts
North Yorkshire

Please arrive from 7PM for 7:30 Start.
As usual we will provide a light buffet afterwards and would appreciate if those intending to come could let us know in advance so we can cater accordingly.

This will be quite an important AGM so if you can make it please do come along.

As many of you will be aware Penny and I have been wanting to sit back from running the club and allow some new blood to inject their vigour and ideas. We have had two well respected members come forward with an offer to take over the running of the club from us.
Meet Ian Pincomb and Paul Blakely both long standing members who have the long term interests of the club at heart. It is our intention to offer our resignations at the AGM and hopefully vote Paul and Ian into office. To make this transition run smoothly we have decided on a gradual handover with Penny and I still doing this years renewals /payments to land owners etc as usual and then let Ian and Paul take on these roles for the season after.
If anyone would also like to be involved in helping run the club please let us know and in what capacity you are interested. Preferably before the AGM.

Also if anyone has any issues or topics they would like to talk/debate at the AGM, please let us know so we can add them to the agenda.

Nigel Pringle

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Sowerby Angling Society 50th Anniversary Dinner

We are delighted to announce our 50th anniversary this year.
We hope you will come and join us for a celebratory dinner at Fantinos Italian restaurant in Sowerby on Friday 25th of May from 6:30PM.  No long speeches, just fine wine and dining.

You are invited to bring along a partner or non fishing guest as you wish. All members should have had an email with further details. If you didn’t receive one please use the contact form and let us know. Hope to see you there.

Nigel Pringle

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Membership Renewals + The Great Clean Up part 2

It’s that time of year again and membership renewals are due by the 31st of March. Again there is no increase in subs this year and membership still remains at £35 per annum for Adults and £15 for Seniors. If you are not intending to renew for this season please let me know.

Please be sure we have up-to-date contact details for you as we will be unable to send you your membership card without them i.e have you moved this year and have you let us know your new address/email? .
Payment details are contained in the email send to members. If you didn’t receive a copy please let us know.

Catch returns are compulsory for all members, including nil or didn’t fish. The new membership card has space for you to record this information and also your guest’s. However, they can be sent to us in any form you like; you can send them by e-mail, phone, letter, back of fag packet e.t.c. But please send them.

**IMPORTANT** Due the implementation of GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS in May this year it is going to be presumed that continuation of your membership of Sowerby Angling Society gives us permission to store your Name, Address, Email and phone number in a data base. This data will be used for the sole purpose of the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary to maintain contact with you and inform you of future events, such as work parties, AGM’s, renewals etc.  No data will ever be disclosed to third parties. If you are not happy for us to store your data in this way, please let us know and we shall delete it.

The Great Clean up Part 2.

After the amazing haul of detritus removed from the lower waters last autumn, Andre has kindly agreed to arrange another clean up.

This has been cancelled (28th Feb) due to the inclement snowy weather. We will reschedule.

Hope to see many of you there.

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2018 Annual General Meeting

Sowerby Angling Society AGM 2018

We are intending to hold our AGM on Wednesday 21st of February at the usual venue;
Thirsk and Sowerby Institute.
The Flatts
North Yorkshire

Please arrive from 7PM for 7:30 Start.
As usual we will provide a light buffet and would appreciate if those intending to attend could let us know in advance so we can cater accordingly.

An agenda will be sent out shortly. If anyone has any issues they would like to raise at the meeting please let me know.

2018 subs can be paid on the evening and up to the 31st of March. Whilst we have no current plans to increase subs, this has to be confirmed at the AGM before we can accept renewals. Details will be sent to all members after the AGM.

Hope to see many of you there.
Nigel Pringle

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The great litter clear up!

Today was part of the great Cod Beck litter clear up.  A group of us met with waders and rubbish bags  determined to clear some of the accumulation of litter from the lower water. We were quite successful; these pictures show a little of what we removed.  I had no idea it had got that bad. Thanks to Andre Richer for being concerned enough to organise it all.  Thanks to all you volunteers, you know who you are!!! Heroes each and every one of you, especially a non-member. Rose thanks for assisting.



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Aquatic Invertebrate Samplers Wanted

Are you interested in freshwater invertebrates and what fish eat?
Want to learn a little more about this fascinating area and at the same time do something positive for your club?
Sowerby Angling Society is looking for a few more volunteers to assist in our regular bug monitoring program on our waters.
If you are interested full training will be provided, in return we ask for about a couple of hours of your time every couple of months  to take and record samples from specified sites. You will work in pairs and your data will feed into a national bug sampling scheme.
It can be a  good excuse to get a little extra fishing in too. Particularly as you will know what “dish of the day” is.

Please contact us using the contact page if you are interested and can spare some time.


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Renewal Deadline 1st of April

You will be please to know that memberships of Sowerby Angling Society remain the same as previous years at £35 for adults and £15 for Senior Citizens and Juniors.

Please note the deadline for renewals is 1st of April. You should all have received an e-mail with renewal details. If anyone did not receive an e-mail could they please contact me (use the contact page) and let me know.

Exchange Days

We have again arranged exchange days with The Cod Beck Fishing Club. They have several miles of the Cod Beck above Thirsk, all small stream fishing. Go to information and use the contact form on the exchange days page. Days need to be booked in advance.

Nigel Pringle

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The Beck by Steve Schroeter

Just added an article first published in Trout and Salmon about the Cod Beck by one of our long standing, now life member, Steve Schroeter.
It can be found under the articles tag on the menu or click here.

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