Having seen several comments over past couple of weeks I do think it’s time for a reality check.
Believe it or not we don’t have a team of people attending each fishery everyday to clear litter, tidy up swims and sweep up after our members. The individuals, and there are many, who go out day after day, week after week, evening after evening, drop in on the way to and from work to cut grass, repair swims, bailiff our fisheries and numerous other things to please the membership are ALL volunteers. Add to that negotiate leases, attend meetings etc you can see the workload is not small. Some are retired, most are working full or part time. The thing we all have in common is a shared passion to make the club successful. Endless hours, in all weathers, throughout the year to make sure fisheries are safe and presentable so members have a great experience wherever they fish. There are never enough hours in the day to do all we want and during the summer months you feel as though you are bashing your head against the proverbial brick wall. Realistically we do not have enough volunteers to do all this work, certainly not to a standard we wish to achieve, and I’m afraid standards will suffer, especially if we have another hot dry summer.
It is very rewarding to hear what great experience members have had visiting any fishery, and to get reports where repairs or improvements can be made. What is less rewarding is to discover swims left in a mess, leaving weed in piles next to a swim which will stink after a few hot days, not a great experience for others. Add to that finding enough discarded plastic bait bags thrown (hidden) behind the fisherman’s hut at Hucklesbrook, enough to fill a black bin liner. They were mainly Scopex Squid Nash bait if it rings a bell. To also discover someone has difficulty manoeuvring their vehicle and has hit the hut with enough force to move it off its foundation. Accidents happen and a quick phone call would have been nice. Oh and to discover the chairs have been stolen from the hut. Didn’t want the table though!!! We have not had the time to search to see if it’s a practical joke and they are hidden around the fishery.
Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, the club is in a great place once again, we just need to be realistic what can be achieved through the current team. As has been mentioned many times, all volunteers are welcome. Perhaps we should introduce an obligatory work party for all members once a year, alternatively a financial payment to cover employing contractors to do some of the ongoing maintenance. Worthy of debate at the AGM perhaps.