Welsh Salmon and Trout Association

 Notice of W.S.T.A.A.’s Executive Committee will be held at the Lamb & Flag,  Rhayader,  LD6 5BU  on

Sunday 26th January 2014  at 11am

 

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President: Moc Morgan,O.B.E.                    Chairman: George Barron

Secretary: EUROS JONES, Haulfryn, 15 WATERLOO TERRACE, CARMARTHEN. CARMS. SA31 1DQ

hamerenigma@aol.com      mob: 079 67 29 82 70

 

 

A Meeting of W.S.T.A.A.’s Executive Committee will be held at the Lamb & Flag,  Rhayader,  LD6 5BU  on

Sunday 26th January 2014  at 11am

 

AGENDA – Morning Meeting

 

  1. 1.     To ascertain members present and receive apologies.

 

  1. 2.     To receive minutes of Committee Meeting held on 27/10/13

 

  1. 3.     To discuss matters arising from the Minutes (if not on the Agenda.)

 

  1. 4.     To receive Correspondence.

 

  1. 5.     To receive Reports on:

a)    Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru ( SACC )

 

b)    Celtic Seatrout Project Feedback

 

c)     Environment Bill White Paper Workshop 10/01/14

 

d)    F.W.A. / Angling Cymru.

 

  1. 6.     To receive Finance Report

a)    Financial Statement 2012, 2013 and General

 

b)    Membership

 

c)  Insurance

 

  1. 7.     To receive Regional Reports

 

     8.  A.O.B.

 

                     WELSH SALMON AND TROUT ANGLING ASSOCIATION                         

                             MINUTES OF 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

                 held at Lamb and Flag Hotel, Rhayader  on Sunday 1st  December 2013 at 11.00a.m.

1. Members present (by Regions)

Mid Wales:George Barron (Chairman) Wynnora Thomas (treasurer), Peter Medlicott VP, Ceri Evans (LM), , Brian Couch, Glyn Jones, Moc Morgan (President), Julia Morgan (LM).

South West Region: Euros Jones (vice-Chairman), Mike Heckler, Eric Davies,

Gwynedd: Mitch Atherton, Edwyn Lewis VP, Enid Edwards

South East:Cliff Harvey, Dr Graeme Harris (VP),

Gower:Ray Lockyer (Life M), Phil Jones (L M),  Dai Evans,  Jeff Walker Williams, Paul Edwards, Bill Davies,

* Apologies: Harry Wyn Owen, John Roberts, Ken Bathers, Cheryl Bulman, Gareth Bulman, Mike Barratt, Tony Bevan, Paul Jenkins, Bob Mayers,

 

Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting. (He’d been notified this morning that secretary Cheryl Bulman is indisposed; Julia Morgan has agreed to take the minutes).

 

 

2)President’s Address – (Moc Morgan OBE)

Moc considers being made President of WSTAA one of the highest honours ever bestowed on him. Over the years WSTAA has been a strong – and sometime formidable body – looking out for the welfare of fish, fisheries and the clubs that manage them. An AGM gives an organisation the opportunity to look back on its history and also look forward to its future – which is still a mystery. He referred to the stalwarts involved when the Association was formed and to some of the battles it has successfully fought. He paid tribute to the politicians who supported WSTAA’s campaign when they ensured grants would be made available for clubs wanting to purchase and maintain their local rivers thereby stopping foreign buyers in their tracks.  He mentioned in particular Lord Ted Rowlands and the late Jim Griffiths MP for Llanelli the then Minister of State at the Welsh Office.

 

He then referred to WSTAA’s current involvement in the campaign against the Welsh Governments plans to grant open access to the Welsh countryside – which includes our precious rivers. A multi-agency body – SACC (Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru) – has been set up to lead this campaign – secretary of which is Rachel Evans of Coutryside Alliance who has worked ceaselessly to get this campaign moving ably supported by its Chairman Mark Lloyd (Angling Trust) whose knowledge and guidance has proved invaluable – and thanks must go to the WSTAA members involved – in particular George Barron, Phil Jones and Ray Lockyer.

(Moc recalled Phil’s comprehensive research and contribution during the costly Netting Review back in the seventies. The thousands of pounds paid by WSTAA should have gone to Phil and not to the legal officers WSTAA employed who only dished out the information fed to them by Phil).

 

Worryingly there are plans to re-introduce the Beaver to Wales and even more worryingly for WSTAA is the fact that it is mentioned on the Wildlife Trust Beaver Project website as supporting the move. This must be set right immediately – and the connection with WSTAA deleted. If the beavers are placed on the Melindwr – the only spawning triburary of the Rheidol – it will be disastrous.

He is proud of the work current WSTAA officers are doing and in thanking them, wished them well with the challenges of the future.

 

 

3).To receive minutes of AGM held on 2nd December 2012 at Llety Parc, Aberystwyth.

Minutes read and approved (Proposed by Wynnora Thomas, Seconded by Peter Medlicott)

 

4. To receive Treasurer’s Report (Wynnora Thomas)

The 2013 Balance Sheet is incomplete but Wynnora promised to have it ready for presentation and distribution at the next Executive Committee meeting in January 2014. She proceeded to give a verbal report covering the first nine months of 2013 – much of which she had presented to committee during 2013. Each national team is now self-financing so she briefly outlined the income and expenditure of each team – and also updated members on the amount currently held in each team’s account. WSTAA’s Governance account stands at £11,057 with £197 in its High Interest Account. She currently holds £800 worth of stock in badges, clothing etc.

 

 

The Association is in a better financial situation today than it was two years ago and she proceeded to thank Phil Jones for his support and guidance. She agreed with Phil that a Finance meeting be arranged for early January so that the financial implications for the forthcoming year could be resolved asap.

Chairman thanked her for her report.

 

5. To receive Officers’ Annual Reports

Chairman – George Barron

Chairman referred to his first year in office. Internal matters had been overtaken by three very important issues which had taken up much of the Executive committee’s deliberating time.

i) The first is WSTAA’s relationship with FWA (Federation of Welsh Anglers) now calling itself Angling Cymru (AC). There is a growing dissatisfaction and frustration within WSTAA regarding the efficacy of the FWA – it has failed to meet WSTAA’s initial expectations. Prior to setting up the FWA, WSTAA received substantial financial support direct from Sports Council Wales to sustain its national teams. Now that funding goes direct to FWA the funding has so dwindled that currently the only finance coming to WSTAA is to support a maximum of twelve anglers competing in World and European competitions – even though on a pro rata basis WSTAA members form approximately 80% of the FWA membership. Despite voicing its misgivings to SCW and NRW – the two FWA funding bodies – no changes are forthcoming. It is incredible to learn that since its formation FWA has received over half a million pounds in funding – over £300,000 of which has gone on expenses and staff wages with £100,000 currently showing on its bank statement.

What should WSTAA do in this situation? All WSTA members are asked to read the paper sent out by Cheryl in November and bring back their views and observations via club and region so that a firm decision may be taken on the way forward for WSTAA.

 

ii) Natural Resources Wales – launched on 1st April from the amalgamation of EAW, CCW and Forestry Commision Wales. The lack of information coming down to grass roots is extremely worrying.  As chair of WSTAA, George with others attended an NRW meeting at the Royal Welsh Show in July and its six-month review meeting held at the Senedd in Cardiff in October. Both presentations were heavily loaded with PR – and were very light in substance and work actually achieved. Sadly, angling does not seem to be a priority for the NRW. Its bailiffs are thin on the ground – and getting thinner. As things stand ‘enforcement ‘ on our rivers and lakes will be a thing of the past. A very worrying situation!

 

iii)  Hugely worrying too for Welsh Angling Clubs and Welsh landowners in general is the Review of Access to all Welsh Land and Water - currently in its consultation stage at the Welsh Assembly Government. Minister John Griffiths has delayed publication of his Green Paper – but he is intent on opening up the Welsh countryside to everyone. WSTAA is part of SACC (Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru) – please refer to its official website and contribute all you can – in support and cash. Should WSTAA as an Organisation contribute? If open access is granted – one fears what the future may hold.

 

iv) International competitions this year brought WSTAA a sprinkling of silver and bronze – and one streak of gold from the Rivers Team down on the Taff. Loch-style trials may be affected again in 2014 because of the uncertainty surrounding Llandegfedd.

 

v) Finally Chairman thanked everyone for their effort and patience in working alongside him in 2013 mentioning in particular the Executive committee, Mike Heckler & Ceri Evans (Conservation) Wynnora(Accounts) Phil & Ray (solid guidance on a variety of issues) Bob Mayers (Website) Cheryl Bulman  (Secretary). – he will be sorry to see her go; Moc & Julia .

2013 was a difficult year – he hopes for a few returns for our efforts in 2014.

 

ii) Secretary’s Report – no report presented – Secretary Cheryl Bulman indisposed.

 

iii) Conservation Report – Mike Heckler

*Plans to re-introduce the European Beavers to Wales – with the RheidolValley being No1 target. This really is an inappropriate and unwanted move – especially as beavers disappeared from the Welsh countryside some 600 years ago. Welsh wildlife has changed dramatically in the intervening years ad it is total madness to bring the species back in today’s climate.

* Invasive Weeds – Himalayan Balsam & Japanese Knotweed – destroying our river-banks. Clubs need to be made aware that the NRW supplies herbicides for authorised operators. Please contact NRW for advice and guidance.

* Access – and the disturbance canoeists can cause on our rivers – especially when fish are spawning.

* Invertebrates – Clubs should really take up monitoring their rivers by kick sampling etc. This information is of paramount importance for sustaining our fisheries – it should not be ignored.

* The response of  NRW (and its predecessor EAW) to the massive pollution problem on Llyn Padarn in north Wales was pathetic. The latest news is that Fish Legal has come in on the act and is taking the NRW to court. Such severe pollution problems must be dealt with immediately and by someone who really understands what needs to be done.

* Avian Predation – unfortunately seems to be taking a back seat at the moment – but is is a huge problem in so far as fish stocks go. Clubs are encouraged to rattle the cages of the powers that be by reporting and seeking culling licences.

Mike would like to hear from any club that has conservation problems – a problem shared is a problem halved.

iv) Regional Reports

a)      Gwynedd: (Edwyn Lewis) AGM not held to date. Grave concerns in the region regarding the ‘right to roam’ / ‘open access’ issue. Edwyn’s name put forward as WSTAA’s vice-chairman.

b)      Clwyd: No representation from region

c)      Gower: (Ray Lockyer)  AGM held – and also 5 meetings during the year with up to seven clubs being represented. More interest being shown by clubs when conservation issues are on the agenda rather than competition only. Avian predation is a huge cause of concern – there are areas on the region’s rivers which are totally devoid of fish and culling licences are being sought. Ray would encourage other areas to complain if they are affected. Such is the concern in Gower that they are prepared to pay a consultant to investigate and report on the matter. The Tidal Lagoon ‘planned’ for SwanseaBay is another major issue – the Tawe, Neath, Afan and Ogmore could be affected. With a 6 mile long bund and turbines churning away all day –what hope has a single fish to survive? They hope to appoint a Fishery Scientist to look into the situation because what is being currently told to the public at large doesn’t add up – professional and unbiased experts are needed to give honest and unbiased reports. The current campaign against open access will receive the support of the region. With regards to stocking there are major concerns here too with mixed views being expressed. Dr Carlos Garcia (SwanseaUniversity) is an expert on genetics – and he will be approached. There are big – very big trout – coming out of the Tawe. Are they Triploids? They need help and guidance before taking action.

d)     South East: (Cliff Harvey) AGM not held to date – but officers likely to remain the same. Region deals mainly with competition matters – very little if any time spent on conservation issues. Like Ray, Cliff is concerned that there are huge trout – indeed monsters – coming out of the Taff. It is unnatural for the Taff – and he reckons they are triploids. When they stock the river with small fish, these big triploids come along and just gobble them up. Cliff asked Dr Harris for his opinion on these big fish. He thought that as both the Tawe and the Taff were barrage-rivers the big fish could go looking for rich pickings in the barrage. He suggested concerned anglers removed a few scales from the fish and sent them to be analysed. Dai Evans said he was gravely concerned when the rivers were being stocked with the unnatural triploids. Regarding the Invasive-weeds issue, Cliff advised clubs to contact their local councils regarding the time of year to use herbicides.

e)      Mid Wales: (Peter Medlicott) Meetings are usually well attended with constructive discussion and debate taking place regularly on all issues affecting WSTAA – conservation and competition. AGM held last week and officers re-elected for 2014.

f)        South West: No report as the situation within the region is complicated. Euros Jones was asked if he could attend to the matter and report back.

v) Membership Secretary (Mike Heckler) Currently the Association has 66 member clubs – 36 of these have taken out the FWA Insurance. There are also a dozen Private members. He will be writing to all clubs asap regarding membership for 2014.

 

vi) Dr. Graeme Harris – re: Celtic Sea Trout Project.

Dr Harris gave a brief summary of the aims of the project mentioning the coutries/areas involved. The £1.8m grant had been used up by last April and the project had come to an end. Now the Project leaders wish to hold a series of ‘Closure Meetings’ in the countries involved – and the meeting in Wales will be held at Plas Menai Caernarfon on 8th January 2014 from 7.00 pm – 9.30 p.m. Members present voiced their disappointment at the chosen location and timing – but Graeme assured them that there would be further seminars arranged to discuss the findings.

 

6. Appointment of Officers for 2014:

President: Moc Morgan OBE

Chairman: George Barron

Vice-chairman: Edwyn Lewis

Treasurer: Wynnora Thomas.

Assistant Treasurer: Mike Heckler

Secretary : Euros Jones volunteered his service as Caretaker Secretary for the next 12 months as Cheryl Bulman has resigned the position; Wynnora informed members that Cheryl will be staying on as minute-taker.

(The above arrangement was accepted by a show of hands)

Assistant Secretary (website): Bob Mayers

Trustees: Peter Medlicott, Moc Morgan

 

7. Nominations from Regions for Executive Committee:

Mid Wales(5): Glyn Jones, Brian Couch, Mike Barrett, Gareth Bulman, Cheryl Bulman

South East(5): To be appointed

Dee & Clwyd (5): No names put forward.

Gwynedd (5): Mitch Atherton, Edwyn Lewis, Enid Edwards, Harry Wyn Owen, Son Owen.

South West (6): Issue of representation to be left to Euros Jones to resolve.

Gower (5): Dai Evans, Paul Edwards, Bill Davies,

 

8.  Membership Fees for 2014:

Agreed fees remain as last year: Club Membership £85; Private membership £10.

 

9. Appoint nominees for other bodies

FWA Directors nominated by WSTAA are Euros Jones and Cliff Harvey. It was disappointing to learn from them that the FWA Board – the body that is meant to address angling issues in Wales – has only met once during 2013.

The three representatives to attend the FWA AGM are George Barron, Ray Lockyer and Phil Jones.

 

10. Date and Venue for next year’s AGM – Sunday 7th December 2014

 

Chairman closed meeting at 2.08 hrs (after a break mid-way  for lunch).

Julia Morgan (minute–taker – due to Cheryl Bulman’s absence.)

3rd December 2013)

 

 

                           Minutes of Competition Executive Committee Meeting held at

                             Lamb and Flag, Rhayader on Sunday, 1st December 2013

 1.Members present

Mid Wales:George Barron (Chairman) Wynnora Thomas (treasurer), Peter Medlicott VP, Ceri Evans (LM), Brian Couch, Glyn Jones, Moc Morgan (President), Julia Morgan (LM).

South West Region: Euros Jones (vice-Chairman), Mike Heckler, Eric Davies, Malcolm Edwards

Gwynedd: Mitch Atherton, Edwyn Lewis VP, Enid Edwards

South East:Cliff Harvey, Paul Tappin, Tim Llewellyn, Mark Williams, David Jones, Mark McCarthy

Gower:Ray Lockyer (Life M), Phil Jones (L M),  Dai Evans,  Jeff Walker Williams, Bill Davies,

* Apologies: Harry Wyn Owen, John Roberts, Ken Bathers, Cheryl Bulman, Gareth Bulman, Mike Barratt, Tony Bevan, Paul Jenkins, Bob Mayers,

 

1 Number of Officers required to accompany each team.

Following discussion it was decided that a Manager only should be sufficient for the following teams:

Senior (spring & autumn), River, Bank, Commonwealth, World & European

Youth Team –  Manager & Coach

Ladies Team – Manager & Coach

Disabled Team – Manager & Coach

 

2. Appointment of Officers

Senior Teams Manager: Wynnora Thomas;

Youth Team: Manager – Paul Tappin; Coach – Eric Davies;

Ladies Team: Manager- Alice Davies; Coach – Dean Kibble,

Disabled Team: Manager Wynnora Thomas; Coach – Jeff Walker Williams

River Team: Manager – Paul Jenkins

Bank Team: Manager Jamie Miller

Commonwealth: Manager – Mike Heckler

World Team: Manager – Euros Jones

European Team; Manager – Paul Sharman

* Following discussion it was agreed that every officer must fill in a comprehensive CV describing in full both their coaching and managerial skills. All CVs to be kept on file centrally – with copies given to relevant team managers to keep in their Team File.

 

3. Set Entry Fees

Currently the fees are £45 per trial with £160 upfront for four day trial and £80 for 2 day trial;

Brian Couch suggested a different format for the entry fee – ie every competitor to pay a set initial entry fee and then pay only for the fishing on competition day. This idea was new and needed consideration at Regions – and Glyn promised to draw up a template for regions to consider.

Final decision on Fees will be taken at the next meeting.

 

4. Complete Calendar for 2014 with trial dates & Venues

Cheryl had prepared a draft template which was distributed to members.

Members helped to confirm dates and fill in blanks. Completed version will be distributed soon.

Matters which caused much deliberation: Venues for Senior Trial:

Cliff Harvey said that the South East Representatives had been mandated to put forward ChewValley as venue for the first senior trial. The other regions’ mandate differed from this – Gower’s: to hold the four trials in north Wales; Gwynedd: the four trials staged in north Wales – with Traws put forward for the first trial; Mid-Wales: No Welsh trial to be held outside Wales – vital we support Welsh fisheries. Similar views expressed by South West reps.

Following a vote decision taken to hold the first trial on Llyn Trawsfynydd.

It was also suggested that Llysyfran could again be used for Welsh trials. There was support for this – although regions had been mandated otherwise on this occasion.

Date for final senior trial: September 6th/7th on Brenig – specially requested by the Autumn Team as the International is on Brenig the following week. All agreed.

 

 

5. Decide whether WSTAA sends teams to the World and European events in 2014 & 2015

After much deliberation regarding the 2014 World Team it was finally decided that as the five-member team is prepared to cover all costs – including the Affiliation Fee – WSTAA invites the five to fish for Wales at the World Championship in the Czech Republic in May. At the last meeting there seems to have been a misunderstanding of sorts regarding the Team Manager but now due to date changes Euros Jones is in a position to accompany the team to the World event. He affirmed that he would be paying all his own costs.

Trial dates for the 2015 events were inserted in calendar.

6. Set dates for other WSTAA competitions

Dates were set for the Inter-teams and Molly Sweet& Half Moon events but it was decided not to hold an inter-region event. For Open Bank date – consult with Alan Lewis, Rhayader.

7. Review Competition Rules

i)Disabled Trials  There are some not entering the disabled trials at the moment so Jeff  W-Williams (Gower) requested that the Rules be changed back and the draw for boat partners held a fortnight before the event; the two boat –partners will between them arrange a boatman. All present were in agreement.

ii) Youth Trials: the same rules will apply.
All amended rules will operate from 1st January 2014 and will be on the web as soon as possible.

iii) South East Region wanted confirmation that every entrant in the Senior Trials would have to note 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays on their trial form; if there are legitimate difficulties the individual contacts Wynnora direct.

All agreed

8 Arrangements for the 2014 Home Internationals

This year the Ladies are at home on Llyn Trawsfynydd and the Seniors at home on Llyn Brenig.

Wynnora supplied a few details of the arrangements to date – and said that everything is going to plan. The Ladies will be celebrating 25 years and it is hoped to make the event something special.

9. Codes of Conduct

These have been circulated to all. Wynnora and Cheryl have had a few responses and are making changes accordingly.

 

10. AOB

i) Because of his huge successes with the Welsh River Team over the years, Moc asked that Paul Jenkins’ name be put forward for the SC ‘Coach of the Year’ award. All in agreement – though disappointingly Wynnora said the closing date for 2013 nominations had been.

ii) WSTAA’s Angler of the Year award. Moc said that after much thought the 2014 award will go to Terry Bromwell – top river angler of 2013 and winner of the biggest fish trophy.

iii) Captain of the 2014 Youth Team is Steffan Williams and the Vice-captain Jac Sampson.

Captain of the 2014 Disabled Team is Alan Bunyan.

Captain of the Senior Spring Team:Tim Llewelyn; Senior Autumn Team: Malcolm Edwards.

iv) Moc passed on to Wynnora a cheque for £814 from The Blue Light (Emergency Services) Committee towards the 2014 Youth Team. Money was raised at their Fly-fishing event. Many thanks for their generous gift.

iv) Russell Owen & Trout Fisherman Magazine

Peter Medlicott expressed the disappointment felt by all attendees of Mid-Wales on Wednesday when an article/letter written by Russell Owen, Llanidloes in Trout Fisherman magazine was brought to their attention. He read the excerpt to Executive and all present were equally dismayed at the content – not only at the defamatory way WSTAA was being portrayed but also at the apparent slur on our national teams’ current members. In his article it seems Mr Owen is insinuating that no competitor – outside a group of elitist anglers as defined by him – would be worthy of representing Wales on the International stage. This is not the way the WSTAA Executive expects its members to behave. WSTAA is a democratic organisation where everyone has a say. Not everyone wins his/her argument – but that is democracy. Following discussion it was decided that Mr Owen be asked to attend the next Executive Committee meeting in January to explain his actions. Regarding the aspersions he’s cast on members of the 2014 Spring and Autumn Teams it was deemed that each deserved an apology from Mr Owen. It was further agreed that under ‘right to reply’ the WSTAA Executive writes to the Editor of Trout Fisherman setting out the democratic arrangements WSTAA has in place – to consult with all competition anglers through their team captains, clubs, regions and executive.

 

The meeting was declared closed at 5.00p.m; Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance.

Julia Morgan – minute-taker in Cheryl Bulman’s absence.

3rd December 2013

 

                           Minutes of Competition Executive Committee Meeting held at

                             Lamb and Flag, Rhayader on Sunday, 1st December 2013

 1.Members present

Mid Wales:George Barron (Chairman) Wynnora Thomas (treasurer), Peter Medlicott VP, Ceri Evans (LM), Brian Couch, Glyn Jones, Moc Morgan (President), Julia Morgan (LM).

South West Region: Euros Jones (vice-Chairman), Mike Heckler, Eric Davies, Malcolm Edwards

Gwynedd: Mitch Atherton, Edwyn Lewis VP, Enid Edwards

South East:Cliff Harvey, Paul Tappin, Tim Llewellyn, Mark Williams, David Jones, Mark McCarthy

Gower:Ray Lockyer (Life M), Phil Jones (L M),  Dai Evans,  Jeff Walker Williams, Bill Davies,

* Apologies: Harry Wyn Owen, John Roberts, Ken Bathers, Cheryl Bulman, Gareth Bulman, Mike Barratt, Tony Bevan, Paul Jenkins, Bob Mayers,

 

1 Number of Officers required to accompany each team.

Following discussion it was decided that a Manager only should be sufficient for the following teams:

Senior (spring & autumn), River, Bank, Commonwealth, World & European

Youth Team –  Manager & Coach

Ladies Team – Manager & Coach

Disabled Team – Manager & Coach

 

2. Appointment of Officers

Senior Teams Manager: Wynnora Thomas;

Youth Team: Manager – Paul Tappin; Coach – Eric Davies;

Ladies Team: Manager- Alice Davies; Coach – Dean Kibble,

Disabled Team: Manager Wynnora Thomas; Coach – Jeff Walker Williams

River Team: Manager – Paul Jenkins

Bank Team: Manager Jamie Miller

Commonwealth: Manager – Mike Heckler

World Team: Manager – Euros Jones

European Team; Manager – Paul Sharman

* Following discussion it was agreed that every officer must fill in a comprehensive CV describing in full both their coaching and managerial skills. All CVs to be kept on file centrally – with copies given to relevant team managers to keep in their Team File.

 

3. Set Entry Fees

Currently the fees are £45 per trial with £160 upfront for four day trial and £80 for 2 day trial;

Brian Couch suggested a different format for the entry fee – ie every competitor to pay a set initial entry fee and then pay only for the fishing on competition day. This idea was new and needed consideration at Regions – and Glyn promised to draw up a template for regions to consider.

Final decision on Fees will be taken at the next meeting.

 

4. Complete Calendar for 2014 with trial dates & Venues

Cheryl had prepared a draft template which was distributed to members.

Members helped to confirm dates and fill in blanks. Completed version will be distributed soon.

Matters which caused much deliberation: Venues for Senior Trial:

Cliff Harvey said that the South East Representatives had been mandated to put forward ChewValley as venue for the first senior trial. The other regions’ mandate differed from this – Gower’s: to hold the four trials in north Wales; Gwynedd: the four trials staged in north Wales – with Traws put forward for the first trial; Mid-Wales: No Welsh trial to be held outside Wales – vital we support Welsh fisheries. Similar views expressed by South West reps.

Following a vote decision taken to hold the first trial on Llyn Trawsfynydd.

It was also suggested that Llysyfran could again be used for Welsh trials. There was support for this – although regions had been mandated otherwise on this occasion.

Date for final senior trial: September 6th/7th on Brenig – specially requested by the Autumn Team as the International is on Brenig the following week. All agreed.

 

 

5. Decide whether WSTAA sends teams to the World and European events in 2014 & 2015

After much deliberation regarding the 2014 World Team it was finally decided that as the five-member team is prepared to cover all costs – including the Affiliation Fee – WSTAA invites the five to fish for Wales at the World Championship in the Czech Republic in May. At the last meeting there seems to have been a misunderstanding of sorts regarding the Team Manager but now due to date changes Euros Jones is in a position to accompany the team to the World event. He affirmed that he would be paying all his own costs.

Trial dates for the 2015 events were inserted in calendar.

6. Set dates for other WSTAA competitions

Dates were set for the Inter-teams and Molly Sweet& Half Moon events but it was decided not to hold an inter-region event. For Open Bank date – consult with Alan Lewis, Rhayader.

7. Review Competition Rules

i)Disabled Trials  There are some not entering the disabled trials at the moment so Jeff  W-Williams (Gower) requested that the Rules be changed back and the draw for boat partners held a fortnight before the event; the two boat –partners will between them arrange a boatman. All present were in agreement.

ii) Youth Trials: the same rules will apply.
All amended rules will operate from 1st January 2014 and will be on the web as soon as possible.

iii) South East Region wanted confirmation that every entrant in the Senior Trials would have to note 2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays on their trial form; if there are legitimate difficulties the individual contacts Wynnora direct.

All agreed

8 Arrangements for the 2014 Home Internationals

This year the Ladies are at home on Llyn Trawsfynydd and the Seniors at home on Llyn Brenig.

Wynnora supplied a few details of the arrangements to date – and said that everything is going to plan. The Ladies will be celebrating 25 years and it is hoped to make the event something special.

9. Codes of Conduct

These have been circulated to all. Wynnora and Cheryl have had a few responses and are making changes accordingly.

 

10. AOB

i) Because of his huge successes with the Welsh River Team over the years, Moc asked that Paul Jenkins’ name be put forward for the SC ‘Coach of the Year’ award. All in agreement – though disappointingly Wynnora said the closing date for 2013 nominations had been.

ii) WSTAA’s Angler of the Year award. Moc said that after much thought the 2014 award will go to Terry Bromwell – top river angler of 2013 and winner of the biggest fish trophy.

iii) Captain of the 2014 Youth Team is Steffan Williams and the Vice-captain Jac Sampson.

Captain of the 2014 Disabled Team is Alan Bunyan.

Captain of the Senior Spring Team:Tim Llewelyn; Senior Autumn Team: Malcolm Edwards.

iv) Moc passed on to Wynnora a cheque for £814 from The Blue Light (Emergency Services) Committee towards the 2014 Youth Team. Money was raised at their Fly-fishing event. Many thanks for their generous gift.

iv) Russell Owen & Trout Fisherman Magazine

Peter Medlicott expressed the disappointment felt by all attendees of Mid-Wales on Wednesday when an article/letter written by Russell Owen, Llanidloes in Trout Fisherman magazine was brought to their attention. He read the excerpt to Executive and all present were equally dismayed at the content – not only at the defamatory way WSTAA was being portrayed but also at the apparent slur on our national teams’ current members. In his article it seems Mr Owen is insinuating that no competitor – outside a group of elitist anglers as defined by him – would be worthy of representing Wales on the International stage. This is not the way the WSTAA Executive expects its members to behave. WSTAA is a democratic organisation where everyone has a say. Not everyone wins his/her argument – but that is democracy. Following discussion it was decided that Mr Owen be asked to attend the next Executive Committee meeting in January to explain his actions. Regarding the aspersions he’s cast on members of the 2014 Spring and Autumn Teams it was deemed that each deserved an apology from Mr Owen. It was further agreed that under ‘right to reply’ the WSTAA Executive writes to the Editor of Trout Fisherman setting out the democratic arrangements WSTAA has in place – to consult with all competition anglers through their team captains, clubs, regions and executive.

 

The meeting was declared closed at 5.00p.m; Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance.

Julia Morgan – minute-taker in Cheryl Bulman’s absence.

3rd December 2013