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Rules and Policies of Bungay Cherry Tree Angling Club

A printable copy of the rules, in pdf format, can be downloaded here – Club rules

All members are encouraged to learn to swim.

MEMBERSHIP AND OBJECTIVES: To promote good fellowship among all anglers; to hold friendly competitions and matches, assist and encourage young members and the fully or partially disabled, and to do all in its power to maintain and develop fisheries in the Club’s geographical area, in a safe and fitting manner.
The Club Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, to expel any member contravening the Rules or found guilty of misconduct and to settle all disputes raised by the Members.

Amemndments to rules as agreed at 2016 AGM are shown in red.

1. COMMITTEE: The control of the Club shall be invested in the elected Committee.

2. OFFICERS & COMMITTEE: The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected for a period of three years.
The President, Life-Vice-Presidents; Head Bailiff, and Match Secretary shall be empowered as ex-officio Officers to attend and vote at Committee Meetings.
In addition to a Chairman and Vice-Chairman a further 8 members shall be elected bi-annually for a period of two years, and this Committee shall meet monthly to make all decisions affecting the running of the Club with a QUORAM OF 6; or 5 Executive Officers.
An Executive of FIVE comprising of The Chairman as Chief Executive Officer; the Secretary; Treasurer; Head Bailiff and any one Committee Member; shall be in place to make necessary immediate decisions between Committee meetings and such actions presented for endorsement at the first available Committee Meeting.
Should any vacancies occur in the aforementioned Structure the Committee shall be permitted to appoint interim officials or make suitable practical arrangements until confirmed at any following AGM.

3. THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The AGM will be held on a weekday the third week of April in any year.
An Agenda shall contain proposed and seconded Constitutional Alterations and Policy Decisions, approved by the Committee, and the PRESENTATION OF THE ACCOUNTS but no ANY OTHER BUSINESS.
Subject to the Committee’s invitation should the advice or services of Coaching, Welfare, Disabled, or other Specialised services be required such Persons may be invited to attend without Voting Rights and not form part of the Quorum of 20.
Subscription Rates and Honorariums will be endorsed at the AGM.

4. ACCOUNTS: The Financial Year for the Club year shall run from 1st of March to 28th or 29th of February in any year.
The Accounts shall be Audited and signed, by a suitably qualified Member of the Club, not serving on the Committee, and be elected for 3-year Periods of Office at an AGM.

5. ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE AGM AGENDA: Shall be submitted in writing to the Committee by 1st of March in any year.
Proposed and Seconded EMERGENCY MOTIONS may be submitted to the Chairman in writing at least 15 minutes before the start of the AGM and be ENDORSED BY AT LEAST THREE COMMITTEE PERSONS.

6. SPECIAL OR EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS: May be called by the Committee or any 15 members, plus the proposer and seconder, outlying their reasons in writing 14 days before their chosen date.
Should any such meeting be deemed frivolous by the Meeting the Callers shall bear the cost of convening it including postage.

7. A NEWSLETTER on the Website will be available for the 1 June start of the Club’s Seasons, Programme and Membership. This shall containing any new AGM decisions; Rule changes enacted; Officer Structure; CLUB WATER MATCH FIXTURE information, and shall contain A RENEWABLE MEMBERSHIP & JOINING, FORM returnable to the TREASURER with a cheque.
Once cleared at the Bank a MEMBERSHIP CARD for production at Waterside shall be issued to the home address given with Post Code.

8. CLUB BOOK: The club book previously in printed form will be available from the web site via a pdf.

9. FISH MOVEMENT: No fish to be removed or transferred from or within Club waters, and ALL fish must be returned where caught.

10. LITTER, CANS, BOTTLES, BAGS AND DISCARDED FISHING LINE: It shall be the duty of the members to ensure that all Club fisheries are kept clear of litter at all times by taking it away with them.

11. BAIT BANS: NO LIVE FRESHWATER FISH, FOR THE USE OF PREDATOR FISHING. Bait boats and Dinghies, except for maintenance work, are not permitted on any of the Club waters.

12. TWO RODS ALLOWED APART FROM ONE ONLY AT LAY-BY PIT & ELLINGHAM HALL LAKE, where no floating baits and no hook length of greater than 10lbs shall be used. Braid is banned from all waters as a hook length. All leger rigs to be running rigs. All bolt rigs are banned.

13. BARBLESS MANUFACTURED HOOKS ONLY must be used in all the Club’s still waters. Members fishing for Pike must use barbless hooks and have in their possession whilst fishing on Club Waters a landing net of suitable size for the Quarry. If Pike or Carp are retained for any reason this should be for the minimum length of time possible in a suitable keep-sack or pike tunnel.

13a. LAY-BY LAKE Fishing: Due to the number of large fish dying from being deeply hooked: “Only one rod shall be in use, or in the water, unbaited or otherwise, at any time, and . . . The size of keepnets on the Lay-by shall be a minimum of 3 metres by 400 millimetres (10 feet by 16 inches) with a maximum limit of 50 lbs per net and fish should not be kept in nets for longer than 6 hours,  whether pleasure or match fishing.

14. TACKLE LEFT UNATTENDED at a swim for any reason may be confiscated by the Club and considered as “inappropriate behaviour” to normal Club practice.
No rods are to be left unattended with the terminal tackle left in the water and no baits shall be left on hooks on stand-by tackle assembled for use at the swim.

15. NIGHT FISHING: is available for ADULT Members only at DUNBURGH through a permit issued by the Secretary at the price of £10.
Note Health & Safety risks regarding slippery banks and Deep Water present at the edge!
Children of from eleven to sixteen years of age shall be permitted to accompany an adult of at least 21 year’s age night fishing, providing their name has been endorsed in writing by the Club Secretary and appears on the Full Member’s own card.

16. ALCOHOL: Any person found to be under influence of drink and/or possession of drugs; and/or causing trouble whilst fishing will be banned from the Club.

17. AIRGUNS AND FIREARMS are not permitted on any Club waters unless ratified in writing by the Committee.

18. MATCHES: At Match fishing no member shall be weighed in if litter is found in or at their peg.
Draw times shall be 60 minutes before the start of a Club Match, and 90 minutes an Open Match.
Members shall not be permitted to pleasure fish at the times published clashing with any match event.
Rules shall be the same as National Competitions = on running water your swim is from in front of you as it flows away until the next peg.
Pike do not count but eels do.
There is a Club match fee of £2.

ELLINGHAM LAKE; Lay-By Pit & Common Pond: – Unauthorised Matches: All unpublicised matches shall have to be first authorised in writing, on pegs allocated by the Committee at a monthly meeting and carry a £2 a peg charge. At the Lay-by Pit club nets must be used, dried and returned to the container. At that time the venue shall remain open to all members.
Match Rules: DO read them ALL before you participate please, to avoid petty wrangles or disqualification – copy from Match Secretary.

19. CHILDREN & SUPERVISION: CLUB SAFETY & CHILD PROTECTION POLICY: The Club has AGM endorsed policies in line with the Angling Development Board requirements and aim for Authorised Qualified Coaches.
Parents/Guardians of Junior Match entrants shall complete a form provided by the Club at the start of an event if requested to do so.
No Child under the age of eleven years shall be a voting/paying member or permitted to be present at the waterside after dusk and before dawn.
Children of from eleven to sixteen years of age shall be permitted to accompany an adult of at least 21 year’s age night fishing, providing their name has been endorsed in writing by the Club Secretary and appears on the Full Member’s own card.
Any such full member shall be wholly responsible for the close supervision and maintenance of the rules by the young person and absolve the Club from any resulting legal claims.
No child under the age of eight years shall be taken to the Water’s edge or be permitted to join as a Junior Angler.
A child of under eleven years of age shall be no more than the next peg’s distance from the Full Member responsible for them at any time for any reason!
No child under the Age of fourteen shall fish the Club Waters unaccompanied or with others of like age.
We are duty bound to consider the chances of social evils and endeavour to ensure against their occurrence.
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks must be placed before the Committee before any Office is taken up involving children and contain no endorsements whatsoever.

An Interchangeable Supervisory Family Ticket at £10 (AVAILABLE ONLY VIA THE SECTRETARY) to cater for immediate family members to enable them to accompany a Junior under 11, or 16, to fish who may not be competent or age abled to join the Club.

Child Photograph procedural Forms which provide “An Audit Trail of Permissions” are to be completed upon each occasion pictures are required for Press, Web or any Media Publication as “a continuing good practice and liability protection”.

20. CLOSED SEASON: No member shall fish Club Waters during closed season by EA by-laws excepting the Common Pond, Ellingham Hall Lake, and Layby Pit.

Single day ticket priced at £5. Seven days for £10. £3 Juniors day & £5 Junior Week. Available from the Tackle Shops & Caravan Centre as listed on the Club’s website at and front cover.


23. DISSOLUTION: If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Club for that purpose only, to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.
If at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Full Members present at the meeting, the Cherry Tree AC Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.
After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst the Full Members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to some other charitable organisation having objects similar to those of the Club.

Bungay Cherry Tree Angling Club – April 2016