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Club Constitution

The Constitution

1. Title

1.1 The Club will be known as Bay Malton Angling Club (BMAC) and will be affiliated with Anglings Governing Body.

1.2 The headquarters of the Club will be at such a place as the Committee decide.
The address will be promoted on the clubs website, currently www.baymaltonanglingclub.org.uk

2. Objectives

2.1 The objective of the Club will be as follows:

i) To promote and protect the angling interests of the Club’s members.

ii) To rent, lease, purchase or otherwise obtain and provide fishing rights to be enjoyed equally by all members.

iii) To make all waters available to all members of the Club and to aim to increase the facilities available for the proper pursuit of angling for those persons whom the Club is intending to benefit.

iv) To help create and support a flourishing wildlife habitat.

v) To encourage and assist juniors to become involved in angling.

vi) To the extent practically possible provide adequate access to club waters for club members who experience mobility problems.

3. Membership

3.1 Membership of the Club will be open to any person completing a membership application form and paying the relevant subscription, including joining fees, as determined by the Club Committee as passed by a majority vote of the members in 2016 at the annual general meeting.This gives the serving Committee in office to set membership and fees for the following year.

3.2 There will be the following membership classes:

i) Senior member (Applies to members being 18 years of age before the 1st April in the relevant year of membership)

ii) Senior Citizen (A person in receipt of a state pension) Applies to members being 65 years of age before the 1st Apri in the relevant year of membership.

iii) Intermediate member (Applies to persons aged between 16 and 17 years of age before the 1st Apri in the relevant year of membership)

iv) Junior member (Applies to persons aged between 8 and 15 years of age before the 1st Apri in the relevant year of membership)

v) Honorary life member.

vi) Disabled (Applies to members in receipt of Disability Benefit)

vii) In addition, the following permits will be available (Not available to junior members)

Guest permit

3.3 The membership shall elect at the AGM a Management Committee and Officers. All club members are entitled to vote. All votes shall carry equal weight.

3.4 The management committee reserves the right to decline any application if it is considered to be in the best interests of the Club. Applicants whose applications are rejected will be given a reason for the rejection in writing (if requested) and they will have the opportunity to appeal.

3.5 The Committee reserves the right to set a maximum number of club members and create a waiting list should circumstances require this action.

4. Expulsion of Members

4.1 Members of the Club whose conduct is considered to be inappropriate may be expelled or suspended from the Club by the management committee.

4.2 Any member making derogatory comments, about the Club or any other member, on any social networking site or forum will be deemed to have brought the Club into disrepute and may be expelled or suspended by the management committee.

4.3 Any member whose membership is terminated by the committee may appeal in writing to the committee. The appeal will be organized and heard by a panel of three committee members who, to the extent possible, have had minimal involvement with the original incident or decision.

5. Officers

5.1 The officers of the Club will be Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.

5.2 All officers will be elected for a period of Two years but may be re-elected at the AGM by members vote.

5.3 No officer or committee member of any other angling society can be elected an officer or committee member of B.M.A.C. Officers and committee members of B.M.A.C. can be an officer or committee member of another angling related body to which B.M.A.C. is either affiliated to or is a member of that body.

5.4 Only members with a minimum of 2 years continuous membership will be eligible to serve as an Officer or a member of the B.M.A.C. Management Committee.

5.5 Any Committee member whose conduct is deemed to be inappropriate or not to be in the interests of the Club may be suspended by a majority vote of the committee pending further investigations.

6. Election of the Management Committee

6.1 To ensure continuity seven of the Management Committee (excluding Officers) will retire each year after one year in office and will be subject to re-election.

6.2 The Committee shall be empowered to co-opt members to fill any vacancies within the Management Committee, such appointments must then be ratified by a members vote at the next AGM.

7. Role of the Management Committee

7.1.1 The affairs of the Club will be controlled by the Management Committee, comprising of the officers and up to eleven other members elected from, and by, the members of the Club.

7.1.2 The duties of the Management Committee will be:

To determine:

a) The relevant subscription and joining fee, as agreed by the Annual General Meeting of Club members.

b) To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the Members.

c) To co-opt additional members of the Management Committee as the Management Committee feels necessary.

d) To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote, with the Chairman having a casting vote.

7.1.3 The Management Committee will be responsible for keeping accurate accounts of the club’s affairs through the Treasurer. The accounts approved by the Treasurer will be made available at the AGM. The Committee may request the Treasurer to arrange for the accounts to be audited by an independent company of Chartered or Certified Accounts but is free to adopt the Treasurer’s accounts without an independent audit. In addition, the Committee will arrange for an independent audit if a minimum of 10% of the paid-up membership request such an audit in a written petition or at the AGM or an EGM. The Club will pay out of general revenue for a maximum of one independent audit per financial year.

7.1.4 The Management Committee will make accounts available for inspection at the AGM, The accounts will then, if deemed satisfactory, be adopted by the members at the AGM.

7.1.5 The Club will maintain a current bank account and the following officers will be authorized to sign cheques, a minimum of two from the Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. If appropriate the committee may nominate additional signatories. The committee may adopt more restrictive signatory practices if deemed necessary or appropriate.

7.1.6 The Management Committee will apply all profits accruing from the Club’s activities for the benefit of the Club.

7.1.7 The Management Committee is responsible for keeping accurate minutes of any of the Club’s meetings.

7.1.8 The Management Committee will be responsible for the purchase of land or waters on behalf of the Club, such asset purchases will be approved by the Trustees and legal ownership will be vested in the Trustees. The Club will remain at all times the beneficial owner.

7.1.9 The Management Committee shall have the power to create sub-committees who will be responsible for the supervision of particular aspects of the club’s activities and to submit any propositions to the Management Committee.

7.2.10 The Management Committee will be responsible for bringing or defending any legal actions in the courts affecting the Club, such action will be in the names of the Trustees.

7.2.11 The Management Committee and trustees will be indemnified in respect of the costs of any such proceedings out of the assets of the Club unless any action brought against the committee or a committee members is shown to be the result of their misconduct or actions in breach of the law at which point the committee or committee member concerned is individually or jointly and severally liable at their own expense.

7.2.12 The Management Committee will be responsible for introducing or amending any rules needed to benefit the club. Such amendments or new rules shall have effect until the next AGM has confirmed them or otherwise.

7.2.13 The Officers & Management Committee will meet on at least twelve occasions in each year, and the Chairman plus four Committee members will be considered as having formed a quorum.

7.2.14 The Officers & Management Committee will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement on commencement of their term of office.

7.2.15 All Officers, Committee members and Trustees shall declare to the Club Chairman if they do not meet the “Fit and Proper Person” test as applied by HMRC for the management of Charities.

7.2.16 The current Club Committee and current Trustees have full control all of the Club’s assets, The 2014 A.G.M instructed the current Committee and current Trustees (as may be in office at any particular time) to take all reasonable steps to obtain and maintain such full control including the ability to sell without hindrance any such asset as and when it may be deemed to be in the best interests of the Club.

8. Appointment of Trustees

8.1 The assets of the Club (including land, buildings, and waters) will be vested in at least three senior members who will be appointed as Trustees.

8.2 The Trustees will hold office until death, resignation or until removed from office.

8.3 A Trustee may resign from office by giving at least twenty-one days notice, or if necessary may remain in office until a suitable replacement is found.

8.4 Nominations for new Trustees will be made by the officers & Committee

8.5 The officers & Committee will have the power to remove trustees from office.

9. Role of Trustees

9.1 The Trustees will hold the assets of the Club.

9.2 The Trustees will be empowered to open and operate an account with a bank for the administration of monies belonging to the Club.

9.3 To bring or defend legal proceedings on behalf of the Club.

10. Annual General Meeting

10.1 The Club will hold an AGM not later than 1st December each year at a time, date and location to be determined by the Management Committee, and advertised to the members at least a month beforehand.

10.2 Members must advise the Secretary in writing of any motions by the 1st November

10.3 The Secretary will circulate or give notice of the agenda not less than fourteen days prior to the meeting.

10.4 Admittance to the AGM will be by membership card, which must also be shown when voting.

10.5 The business of the AGM will be:

10.5.1 To confirm the minutes of the previous AGM, and any General Meeting held since the previous AGM, as a true and correct record.

10.5.2 To receive the audited the accounts for the year from the Treasurer

10.5.3 To receive an annual report from the Secretary.

10.5.4 To elect officers and Management Committee members due for re-election.

10.5.5 To transact any business, including Notice of Motions as received in 10.2

10.5.6 To approve, where necessary, any rule changes instituted by the Management Committee since the last AGM.

10.6 Decisions made at the AGM (Or EGM) will be by simple majority, with the Chairman having the casting vote.

11. Extra-Ordinary General Meeting

11.1 An EGM will be convened for the sole purpose to conduct any urgent business that cannot wait until the AGM

11.2 An EGM may be convened by the Management Committee, or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing, from not less than 50 adult members of the Club.

11.3 The Secretary will convene the meeting, giving all members notice of the venue, the reason for the meeting and giving at least 21 days notice.

12. Financial Year

12.1 The Financial Year of the Club will be from.1st October to the 30th September of the following year.

13. Alterations to the Constitution.

13.1 Any proposed alterations to the Club’s constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Extra Ordinary General Meeting.

14. Dissolution

14.1 If at any General Meeting of the Club a resolution is passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary will immediately convene an Extra Ordinary General Meeting of the Club, to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

14.2 If at that Extra Ordinary General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two thirds of the adult members present, the Management Committee and the Trustees shall thereupon, or at such a 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.

14.3 After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets not be paid or distributed amongst the members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to some other voluntary sporting organization, such sport being on the list of sports approved by Sports England.

14.4 In the event of a deficiency in the assets of the Club, then a meeting of the creditors shall be called and an agreement entered into for the liquidation of the Club’s assets on a pro-rata basis.

14.5 The Chairman and not more than two other management committee members shall be appointed by the management committee to act as a liquidation committee, with full powers to act on behalf of the management committee in the dissolution proceedings.

Take a look at the waters that the club has to offer and if you wish to join you will be more than welcome.

If you are interested in what your committee looks like take a look at the committee profiles.


The club should work towards a single voice for anglers and provide the opportunity for all to go fishing whilst maintaining a healthy fish population and the right for all to fish without threat or hindrance.

Bay Malton Angling Club should have a media and communications team, to work in close partnership with all departments of the committee, to ensure that both the members and the general public know what BMAC is doing to promote and safeguard angling. The team should be in charge of producing our newsletter or journals. Working with local journalists, they should help in the planning and publishing of articles and features which will gain publicity for the club: events, conservation work, and charity work. They can help to ‘bite back’ when negative stories appear.

The perception of the public towards angling is colored by the publicity that angling can attract. Unfortunately, a few instances of illegal or boorish behavior can brand all anglers with the same iron. BMAC should promote the highest standards in angling and related activities and get that action over to others.

The strength of the club comes from its members. All should actively support the club. However, there are over four million anglers in this country with many not belonging to a club. All anglers should be a member of a club in order to help to protect the activity they enjoy. BMAC will encourage every member to strive to recruit at least one new member to the club every year.

The conservation and water management team has the main task of securing, maintaining and enhancing fishing opportunities for members. They will also champion the anglers’ contribution to wildlife conservation. Throughout the year the team will maintain its clarity of purpose whilst seeking to work cooperatively with other countryside and sporting organizations. The team exists to safeguard our/your fishing, acquire fishing rights, purchase land and rights and develop good conservation and land management practice.

Increased emphasis should be placed on ensuring our strategic objectives: that fishing is recognized by local authorities as a positive contributor to bio-diversity and to establish fishing as a champion of biodiversity.


1. The organization shall be The Bay Malton Anglers hereinafter called The Angling Club and is a non-profit making organization.

(a) To promote and protect the angling interests of its members.
(b) To rent, lease, purchase or otherwise obtain and provide fishing rights which shall be enjoyed equally by all members.
(c) To make all water available to members of the club and others with a view to increasing the facilities available for the proper pursuit of angling for those persons whom the club is intending to benefit.
(d) To help create and support wildlife habitat.
(e) All wildlife must be retained and respected on club water and not removed without authorization.

(a) Associate members, e.g. wives, husbands and their children (non-fishing)
(b) honors/ members.
(c) Juniors up to the age of 16 years.

Membership fees for 2018                                                                                                         SENIORS: ONE OFF JOINING FEE £35 AND £75 MEMBERSHIP                                                
OAP AND DISABLED: £30 JOINING FEE AND £50 MEMBERSHIP                                              
JUNIORS AGED 8 TO 15: NO JOINING FEE AND £15 MEMBERSHIP                                  

The management of the club shall be vested in the committee which shall be elected from its ordinary members. (a) The Committee shell consists of not more than 14 elected members (b) the committee shall meet at a date to be convened by the secretary. (c) The attendance of the Chairman and three Committee members shall constitute a quorum (d) the committee shall call on any member of the club to assist in its performance.


7. Every member when fishing in club waters shall produce his card of membership if required by the keeper any member or bailiff.

8. All members shall be eligible to fish club waters and compete in contests. (Providing subscriptions are fully paid).

9. Members must not leave baited or unbaited rods and lines in the water unattended. If there is a need to leave the peg all tackle must be removed from the water.

10. No member is entitled to fish any water without a fully paid up membership book Duly Signed and Complete with a photograph.

11. If the committee is satisfied after due enquiry that any member when out angling has committed any wilful damage to fences, crops etc, leaving gates open, or has acted improperly, disorderly or dishonourably in any manner to the injury or prejudice of the club or its members, they may in their absolute discretion suspend such member from the club. And in the event of expulsion, the member shall forfeit all rights and benefits under the rules of the club.

12. No member shall lend or transfer his/her card of membership to any other person whatever on penalty of expulsion.

13. Any member, when out angling, disturbing any other member shouting, whistling or making use of bad language shall be dealt with by the committee.

14. If any member be detected in act of fraud, or attempted fraud, or found guilty of having caught any fish by unlawful means, or contrary to the rules of the club he shall be eligible to instant expulsion from the club.

15. No member shall use a net in any water, whether rented by the club or not, for the purpose of taking fish of any description therefrom, unless permission of the owner or lessee is first obtained in writing. No member of the club shall be permitted in any water whether public or private, between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise except where permitted under the regulations governing the water.

16. No officer or member serving on the committee of another angling club shall be eligible to serve on the committee of this club.

17. All club cards must have a passport size photograph inside them and signed, all bailiffs are instructed to withdraw cards that do not have this.

18. Any member booking onto a match who does not turn up on the day is eligible to pay match and coach fees. All Fees to be Paid in Advance

19. Any member fishing in club waters with litter in his immediate vicinity will be held responsible for it.

20. Fish must not be transferred from one club water to another or to any other water outside to the jurisdiction of the club without the permission of the committee. Any member found guilty of contravention of this rule will be expelled

21. Every member shall be in possession of a current E.A. rod license. This must be produced at the bailiff’s request.

22. Fishing is not allowed beneath or within 30-meter distances either side of overhead electric power cables.

23. Barbless hooks only on all club fisheries.

24. The headwater keeper has the right to close any waters if he or the committee feel that a water needs a rest or for maintenance to be carried out.

25. Members are not permitted to go on to new waters until the official opening date. NO ENTRY TO ANY CLUB WATER WHILST CLOSED

26. All tins cans of any type are banned on our waters.


28. No fish over three pounds to be kept in keep-nets

29. On all still waters, keep-nets have to be emptied every 5 hours.

30. All fish over four ounces have to be landed with a landing net on all club waters.

31. No night fishing on any club waters without the committee’s consent.

32. All juniors under the age of 16 must be accompanied and fully supervised at all times by a senior member or a parent. (Who are bound by club rules).

33. Members must make themselves conversant with all club rules; no excuse will be accepted for any deliberate infringement.

34. Any member accepting a copy of these rules will be expected to abide by them.

35. It is understood that any member accepting a copy of these rules is in agreement with them. Infringement of any club rules may result in expulsion.

36. Only one rod to be used at once on all club waters unless specified.

37. All club keys remain the property of the club.


39. All members must display a club vehicle sticker on their cars/vans when fishing club waters.

40. Following changes in the way, insurance companies manage liability claims our insurers require the club to advise them immediately following incidents involving personal injury. In order to comply with these changes any member who is involved in an incident whilst angling or on any fishery must immediately report the circumstances to the Secretary.

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