Rules & Constitution




1. Name
The Society shall be known as Dawley Angling Society (the Society) and will be affiliated with the Angling Trust

2. Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Society will be:
2.1. To provide facilities for and promote the participation of the whole community in the sport of angling.
2.2. To offer coaching and competitive opportunities in the sport of angling.
2.3. To manage Society facilities to ensure a safe and practical environment for angling. 2.4. To ensure both moral and legal duty of care to all members of the Society.
2.5. To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

3. Membership
3.1. Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons who complete the online application form and pay the current annual subscription, irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; or age, sex, or disability except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of angling as a sport.
3.2. Membership of the Society constitutes an agreement to abide by the Constitution, Codes of Practice, Policies, and Rules that the Society has adopted
3.3. Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories: • Full Member (see 3.4)
Honorary Member:
• Adults.
• Senior Citizens.
• Concessionary Member – those in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or
New Style Employment and Support allowance.
• Junior (under the age of 17 on application).
3.4. All paid-up Full members shall have voting rights.
3.5. Membership fees shall be set out annually and agreed by the Management Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting.
3.6. Any person desirous of becoming a Full member must first be proposed at an ordinary meeting and after being voted by ballot of the Management Committee and that decision will be final.
3.7. Honorary members can take part in two club contests (as a taster to Full membership), they can not hold any form of office or vote at any meetings. With these exceptions, they enjoy the same rights as Full Members.
3.8. This is a cooperative Society where full members make a positive contribution towards its running. To retain membership, members should be able to demonstrate their positive contributions. If required the Management Committee can make the final judgment on a Full member’s ability to contribute, the level of contribution made, and subsequent eligibility to membership.

4. Management
4.1. The Society shall be managed by a Management Committee elected by its Full members at an Annual General Meeting. All members of the Management Committee shall be elected for a period of twelve months, but shall be eligible for re-election at the following Annual General Meeting. All Management Committee positions will be proposed and voted on individually and not in the block.
4.2. The Management Committee shall consist of a maximum of ten Full Members who following Election, shall elect from their numbers the following officers:

Chairperson                   }
Vice-Chairman              }
Secretary                        }           Executive Officers
Assistant Secretary      }
Treasurer                        }
Match Secretary
Booking Secretary
Water Bailiffs x 2
Work Party Coordinator

4.3. The Management Committee shall have the power to take all actions for the efficient running of the Society to achieve the aims and objectives of the Society.
4.4. The Management Committee will have the powers to appoint Sub Committees as necessary and appoint advisors to the Management Committee as required, to fulfill its business.
4.5. That the Management Committee, has the power of co-option to the Committee.
4.6. Five members of the Management Committee excluding the Chair, shall be deemed to form a quorum.
4.7. Each member of the Management Committee shall have one vote with the exception of the Chair, who, in the event of a tie, shall cast a vote to maintain the status quo.

5. Finance
5.1. All Society’s monies shall be banked in an account held in the name of the Society.
5.2. The Honorary Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining the accounts and submitting a full audited Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss sheet to the Annual General Meeting. They will also provide a statement of accounts at each Management meeting.
5.3. Payments made by the Society shall be authorized by three members of the Executive Officers: Honorary Treasurer, Chairperson, and Vice-Chairperson.
5.4. The Financial year shall be from the 1st January to 31st December.
5.5. The membership year will be 12 months from the date of joining.
5.6. On retiring from office, the Honorary Treasurer shall hand to their successor or Chairperson, all property, information, and monies belonging to the Society.
5.7. Auditors shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
5.8. The Society shall provide adequate insurance to cover Public Liability and that it is fit for purpose.

6. Meetings
6.1. The Management Committee shall meet bi-monthly or at such dates as it shall agree. Open and Management meetings of the Society will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.
6.2. An Annual General Meeting shall be held each year on the 1st Wednesday of February. To receive reports from the Executive Officers of the Society
To receive and if approved, adopt the statement of Society accounts.
To ratify membership fees in accordance with the constitution (3.4)
To appoint auditors in accordance with the constitution (5.7)
To consider and if approved, sanction any duly made alterations to the constitution.
To appoint the Management Committee in accordance with the Constitution article 4
6.3. Any proposal for the Annual General Meeting must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary in writing, at least one month prior to the Annual General Meeting.
6.4. Notice convening the Annual General Meeting shall be sent out to Full members of the Society
not less than 14 days before the date of the meeting and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.
6.5. Each Full member shall have a single vote, with a simple majority required to pass a motion. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson shall have an additional vote, which must be passed to maintain the status quo.
6.6. The Management Committee shall have the right to call an Extraordinary General Meeting outside of the Annual General Meeting. Procedures for an EGM are as per the AGM

7. Discipline and Appeals
7.1. All complaints regarding the behavior of members of the Society in respect of activities detrimental
to the Society’s aims and objectives, contrary to this Constitution, Rules or Policies, that the Society has adopted, or likely to bring the Society into disrepute, must be presented in writing to the Honorary Secretary.
7.2. The Executive Officers of the Society shall hear complaints within 28 days of the complaint being lodged to consider the complaint. The Executive Officers shall have the power to take appropriate disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from the Society.
7.3. The outcome of the disciplinary hearing shall be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 7 days of the hearing.
7.4. Both the complainant and the member against whom the complaint was made, have the right of appeal to the whole of the Management Committee against the disciplinary hearing decision.
The appeal request must be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary, who shall call a Management Committee Meeting within one month of the request for appeal.
7.5. The Complainant and Member against whom the complaint was made, shall have the right to represent themselves to the Management Committee and the matter shall be decided by a majority vote.

8. Trophies
Challenge Cup Ranslett Cup
Sid Shepard Cup Steve Brown Cup
Albert Rhodes Cup Commercial Champion
Highest overall points
Second overall points
Third overall cup
Highest points from two matches held on Patshull, Park Farm, Stirchley Top, and DAS River.
Highest points from River matches
Combined points from designated Commercial venues marked (CC) on match-list Silver Fish Champion Combined points from designated Silver Fish venues marked (SC) on the match list
J Aveley Trophy Highest points from S Williams Cup, D Hartshorne Cup, W Jones Cup, and the G Bullock Cup
8.1. Trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation held in February/March each year.
8.2. Trophies must be returned at the December meeting so that they can be prepared for the next presentation. All trophies must be returned as they were presented i.e., clean, polished, and undamaged. The cost of any repairs will be passed to the recipient who returned the trophy.

9. Dissolution
9.1. A resolution to dissolve the Society may only be made and approved at an AGM or EGM by a majority vote of the Full Membership
9.2. Upon dissolution of the Society, the assets shall be applied in discharge of the expenses of the dissolution and all debts due by the Society to its creditors. Any surplus of assets remaining after the signed satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, shall not be paid to or distributed amongst members of the Society but shall be given to the Sports Governing Body or such body affiliated to the Governing Body or a registered Charity.

10. General
10.1. That all members carry proof of membership when fishing our waters and have the appropriate EA license and abide by the Society Rules.
10.2. That all cash prizes not claimed after a period of 2 months shall be donated to Society funds.

11. Declaration
11.1. Dawley Angling Society hereby adopts and accepts this Constitution as a current operating guide, regulating the actions of its Officers and Members.
Signed: Steve Brennan Position: Chairperson
Signed: Daniel Chetwood Position Honorary Secretary

Dawley Angling Society Rules

• A maximum of two rods or poles per angler to be used at any time.
• Barbless hooks only on stillwaters.
• Maximum size 12 hook on stillwaters.
• NO FLOATING BAIT of any kind, on-hook or loose feed.
• No shelf-life boilies, frozen boilie feed baits only.
• Boilies, pop-ups, wafters, and match boilies can be used as hook baits.
• No tiger nuts.
• Unused baits are not to be left on the bankside.
• No fishing between pegs.
• No night fishing.
• No fires on, or around pegs.
• Keepnets are not allowed, unless in an official contest.
• All fish over 4oz must be landed with a landing net, to protect the fish.
• No rods or lines to be left in the water unattended.
• There must be 6 inches of line between the rod/pole tip AND 6 inches of line between
the float and hook.
• No free-lining, afloat, feeder or leger must always be used.
• All fish must be returned to the water alive and unharmed.
• If a fish is dead, please leave it in the water for the bailiff’s attention.
• Anglers will be held responsible for the removal of ALL litter when leaving the peg,
irrespective of whether or not the litter was present on arrival.
• No alcohol or drugs.
• No loud music.
• The use of bad language and/or abusive behavior in any Society venue will not be tolerated.