Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of 6th July 2005


Members present                             39

Committee members present         10


New Members


Six new members were unanimously approved for membership:

  • D Brown (450)
  • P Wilkinson (453)
  • I F Amos (454)
  • R Fox (455)
  • D A Pegg (457)
  • O Thomason (436)




The death of Mr D J Carruthers was reported and the meeting had a one-minute silence as a mark of respect.




Apologies were received from:

  • B Thompson
  • M Wakelin
  • P Barnes
  • G Long


Minutes of Previous Meeting


The minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted, with no matters arising.


Proposed       Dennis Stone

Seconded      David Pell


Committee Resume


The following points were reported from Committee meeting of the 22nd of June 2005:

  • South Muskham Parish Council had written a letter of concern about the work stopping at Muskham Lake, obviously having missed the recommencement of work on May 9th.  The Secretary had offered to talk to the Council at its next meeting
  • The Society was unable to provide names of potential proposers and seconders to prospective members because of data protection and privacy
  • No new members would be admitted after the end of September in the current year.
  • Muskham Lake construction was almost finished, but further quantities of topsoil had been required
  • Approval for bridge repairs at the Finger Ponds was given
  • The question of damage to tress at the lake by animals, poor quality stock and poor maintenance was under investigation.


The Secretary apologised for not having the minutes of the 1st June meeting with him and promised to provide the resume at the next meeting.



The following correspondence was read out:

  • Mr D J Hopkins asked permission for his son, Ryan Hopkins, to be allowed to fish during the holidays with his uncle, Reg Hopkins. This was approved on a proposal from Ernie Jolly, seconded by Dennis Stone
  • Andre Rogulski had written in to thank Peter Olko and David Vere for their help during the Skylarks fortnight. Thanks were also given to Bernard Thompson for sourcing the new venue of Peacock Lake and to the NPS for supplying umbrellas.
  • John Pauley had written in to thank members for supporting the sponsorship of his Honorary Life Membership
  • Bob Swinscoe resigned from the Committee and the Secretary thanked him for his contribution


The following bills were submitted for approval:


Payee Description Amount (£)
Speedy Space Ltd. Container hire at Muskham Lake


Newark and Sherwood District Planning Planning application for Portakabin at Muskham Lake


Northern Plant Supplies Construction work and landscaping for Muskham lake


Petty cash Postage, petrol, NPS competition entry, strimmer and wheelbarrow repairs


Countryside Alliance Membership subscription


Jungle Busters Maintenance of competition pegs


Car park and access


Speedy Space Ltd. Container hire at Muskham Lake


Harold Wilson Insurances Insurance (directors and officers)


A & V Squires Plant Co. Ltd. Haulage (for materials for Muskham Lake)


A A Farrar Petrol telephone calls, bailiffs meeting, prizes for juvenile competition


Jackson Building Centres Ltd. Locks and keys





Approved on a proposal from:

Proposed       Frank Voysey

Seconded      Frank Welch


Correspondence approved, with no matters arising.

Proposed       Joe Anderson Junior

Seconded      David Stanford


Muskham Lake Report


Dennis Stone reported that trout fishing had eased off, due to the hot weather and the start of the river season. Early morning or late evening seemed to be the best times. About half the returns were nils, but the rod average stood at 4.1.


Lots of carp had been coming out, with top rod being Alan Morton with a total of 161 fish for 1347lbs 10oz.


Report accepted on a proposal from:

Proposed       John Cook

Seconded      David Stanford


Competition Reports


Joe Anderson Junior gave his report for the Averham Trophy, which was held on June the 19th. Despite the hot weather and low water, it was nice to see most species being caught along the whole stretch. The winner was Dan Archer with a barbel of 9lb 15oz. The only negative to the day was the low turnout – 6 less than last year.


Report accepted on a proposal from:

Proposed       D Hopkins

Seconded      Mick Jackson


Bailiffs Reports


Ernie Jolly reported 3 separate night poaching incidents on 2 days – the 19th of June and the 24th June. In one of the incidents a gate had been lifted off its hinges. John Cook offered to weld the gates on if needed. On the subject of photos in NPS books, Ernie Jolly remarked that was only 1 standard and that it applied equally to all. Bill Morris reported a boat – number 58536 – with anglers in it going upstream. Keith Barker explained that poaching was a criminal act and details including car numbers should be given to the police. The Secretary explained that the Committee was conducting a review of bailiffing.


Bailiff No. of visits to water
P Robinson 28
R Lowe 39 (river and lake)
J Phillips 5
I Firkins No report received
I Scott No report received
L Cooper No report received


Working Party Reports


There were no working party reports


Any Other Business


  • Michael Whalvin was presented with his bottle of spirits from the Survey raffle
  • Alan Wakelin passed on regards from Bill Hill and asked for donations for the raffle for the Juniors match
  • Bill Blake explained that, on the subject of night fishing, he was concerned about Ernie Jolly’s safety
  • Bill Morris said that he had seen a boat with anglers spinning for pike. The number was 58536


Meeting was closed at 9.30pm.


Next Meeting


Wednesday 3rd August 2005