C.W.A.C. 2022. Annual General Meeting

Secretary’s Report – AGM February 2022

The last two years have tested everyone’s resources to the maximum, and I am grateful for the relaxation found in fishing. Yet, behind the scenes your committee have been active, ensuring the essentials of the club are in order and at the same time struggling with their own personal difficulties.

  1. Meetings

Once again, coronavirus has hampered committee meeting although we were able to meet just before Christmas. However, with sadness I report that the Annual General Meeting has been cancelled. This decision was made in early January in the light of the government restrictions and the increasing rate of the omicron variant.

The Crown Hotel is in the process of changing proprietors and the new landlord is in receipt of the of the club intention to stay at the Crown Hotel and have the dates of future meetings. The committee have not, as yet, been informed if meetings are able to continue at the Crown Hotel. However, Mr B Pearce has sourced another venue if it is necessary to change, nevertheless the chairman is confident we would still hold future meeting at the Crown Hotel.

  • Laneshaw Bridge Reservoir

At the beginning of 2021 fishing season work was conducted by United Utilities on the outside of the Dam, the main problem for us anglers were the road up to the parking area. Concerns of anglers was presented to the Committee and relayed to UU. However, the committee noted the positive comments made by anglers who persevered and managed to negotiate their way to the Reservoir. 

  • Churnclough

The season revealed little disturbance to angling with the water level dropped to approximately 12 feet, and enabled anglers to fish the left side of the reservoir. It was nice to see the insect life returning and hear the birds sing, especially the resident Cuckoo (Cuculus Canorus) who generally sing throughout the breeding season – an annoying habit to some. But we can cheer-up as the fishing is good!

  • Leases

The club have finally received copies of the lease agreements with UnitedUtilities which shows both reservoirs are now the same price. Mr R Benson has agreed to have the trustees of the club sign both leases.

  • Subscription

It was agreed at the last committee meeting to keep the club’s annual subscription to an affordable level, and therefore recommend that the Subscription for 2022 should remain at the same level as last years, with:

Full Membership £198;

Concessions £145 and

Juniors £95.

I have attached information provide by Richard on your choice of payment:

For payment by cheque:           

All cheques payable to Colne Water Angling Club,

c/o Richard Benson, 11 Spring Ln, Colne BB8 9BD.

If paying by a Bank transfer please E-mail Richard using the address below.

Mr Richard Benson

  • The Website

May I encourage you to send your positive experiences and photographs to Mr C Clements. By doing so we are able to keep the website up to date, for prospective members and/or visitors to read.

On behalf of the committee, I thank you for your continued support and trust you enjoy your fishing throughout 2022 season. I look forward to meeting many of you personally by the water side and share our fishing experience. 

Michael Stanley


Colne Water Angling Club.

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