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AGM report 2023

On Tuesday 25th April we held our AGM at the Social Club in Crowborough with Guest of Honour Janet Funnell. As usual it was a great evening attended by 37 members and the Social Club provided a great buffet and everyone dug deep to make the raffle the success it always is. This year we celebrate the club being in existance for 75 years and although this is cause to celebrate it is also tinged with sadness but read on for the full report.

  1. Chairman's Opening Address.

Good evening and thank you for coming to the 75th AGM of the club. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our guest of honour, Janet Funnell who has kindly agreed to present the cups and trophies, Janet is known to many of you and was the wife of Roger Funnell who sadly passed away last year


Roger was a stalwart of the club for many years his lasting legacy is Pennybridge Lake which he managed the application for the Lottery Grant, the construction and the subsequent maintenance to keep the lake and surrounds in A1 condition. He was also responsible for organising the opening and 20-year celebration of the lake. In his role as Fresh Water Match Steward, he was highly regarded and many match fishers joined our club to enjoy a level of organisation that other clubs envied.  He also ran the Junior Matches and the ever-popular Junior Day where he was often assisted by his wife Janet.  Many youngsters learned to fish due to Roger's patient tuition.


The club suffered a further loss last year with the untimely death of our President Peter Boorman.  Peter was a member of the club for 53 years during which time he served as President, Chairman, Publicity Officer and Assistant Treasurer.  He was well known and highly respected in the community, Peter was involved in numerous organisations and charities but was always there for CDAA to sort out, advise and adjudicate on problems and issues.  It is felt that Peter's efforts over the years have greatly assisted the club to become the modern efficient angling club it is today.


As you are aware this is our 75th AGM which means the club has been going for 75 years and contrary to popular opinion I was not one of the founding members!  In celebration of this achievement, we are holding a fete on the 29th of July and our Vice President Dave Stanbridge will be giving you full details later in the meeting.


Well, would you like the good news or the bad news.  The good news first, you won't have to put up with me chairing the next AGM after 21 years I am retiring as chairman.  Now the bad news, the committee has asked me to consider becoming President and should I get voted in will be back next year.


As I have just mentioned I have been chairman for 21 years during that period the club has prospered and increased its membership and water portfolio and I would like to take this opportunity to thank club officers, committee and members for their help and hard work over the years.


Tonight, there will be the normal buffet and raffle for many wonderful prizes.


Over the past years it has been my sad duty to request the committee hold a minute’s silence in respect of Roger, Peter and many other long serving members but tonight let's celebrate their lives. I would ask you all to raise your glasses in recognition of lost friends, cheers.


2. Apologies for Absence.

Amber Blakeway/Cliff Milledge

3. Minutes of the 2022 AGM accepted   


4. Honorary Secretary Report.

Good evening, in 1948 this club was started by men who had returned from the battlefields of WW2, most of us can’t imagine what they had been through but the club prospered and soon grew larger and diversified from sea fishing to the other forms of angling. Over the years the club has seen good and bad times, it was not so many years ago that some of our long-standing committee members present tonight were out pounding the streets posting flyers through doors in and around Crowborough trying to drum up new members as our club had been making a financial loss and had been forced to drop some of its waters to survive. Then in 2020 along came COVID and once again the committee were thinking about possible damage limitation but fortunately, and probably due to the fact that angling was the first thing we were allowed to do as restrictions were eased, this event had the reverse effect as membership went to numbers previously unknown and is currently not showing signs of dropping away in any great way. And of course, last year we got hit with the double whammy, that Cris has already spoken of, which caused huge ramifications within our committee structure, and I would like to thank every one of the committee for stepping up to ensure that everything carried on as it should have.  What I am really trying to say is that in 75 years this club has been through highs and lows but we have endured and I have every confidence that CDAA will still be here in another 75 years’ time.

Right then, so in the past year we have installed the aerator at Scaland Wood, this is already showing an improvement in water quality and subsequently catch rates and health of the fish stock. We have stocked more fish into Pennybridge, approx. 1000 small Crucians with a few being around the 8oz mark, we also stocked 50 6-8inch Tench quite recently. Some of you may know we started a feed regime at Pennybridge last season to try and bring the stock on a bit, this is being continued this season and I would ask that you do please report your catches from this water so we can judge more accurately how this is benefitting us with increased catch rates and size of fish being caught. I hope you will agree that our waters have been maintained to our usual high standard and I assure you this will continue despite some of the changes that have happened over the past 12 months.

Now to look forward to the coming season, In the past few weeks we have secured book exchange deals with Ouse Angling Preservation Society and Haywards Heath & District Angling Society. For details take a look at our website but this certainly gives us some good river fishing as close to home as we can get. Also after some doubts as to what was going to happen with the RFA we have committed to remain with them for another season as they have now secured a further section of the Royal Military Canal, more than doubling the length they had before. This new section does not get used for flood alleviation and so therefore remains at a fairly constant level making it a more reliable venue. I have previously travelled to Appledore dam to fish and found there to only be about a foot of water which was extremely frustrating.

We are also currently trying to tie up an agreement with another commercial and hopefully we’ll be able to give you good news on that very soon.

Well that’s it from me as Hon Secretary for this evening but unfortunately you will be hearing more of my voice as I have to fill in for our absent Hon Treasurer.

5. Honorary Treasurer Report

Good evening, everyone, sorry that I cannot be here but I have gone back to a pre-covid world, so at this moment I will either be 40 meters under the Indian Ocean or having a beer on a beach in the Maldives.

This year has been another great year for us financially.

We achieved a surplus of £1993.24, the 5th best result in the last 10 years, despite a 3% drop in memberships for the season, and an 11% drop in renewals for the forthcoming season. Hello to the financial crisis.

You should all have a copy of the audited accounts in front of you. I would normally blitz you with a series of figures and explanations, but today I would ask for your questions and hopefully I have pre-empted you and given an explanation to Dave Flint, Hon Secretary, to your potential questions.

INCOME                               +/- previous year                             Explanation for difference

Subs                                    -£1247                                   15 light on last season + 25 light on renewals                                                                                                                                       @ £35 per membership = £1400

Fundraising                           -£1298.64                             Last season Underhill and Danesfield paid us £1191                                                                                                                           for work done on their lakes.

Working party                       -£153                                     see subs

Day tickets                           +£224                                    The economy, less memberships more day tickets.

Joining fees                          -£255                                     see subs

Interest                                 £37.62                                   The economy re higher interest rates.

Newsletter                             £9.50                                     More Sen Cit’s need a newsletter.

Paypal/Stripe Fees                 -£120                                     More people renewed in paper form this season

Bough Beech                         -£444                                     We have no tickets yet, this cancels out with tickets                                                                                                                         when paid for.

EXPENDITURE                    +/- previous year                             Explanation for difference

Subs                                     -£159.50                               last year included a couple of refunds.

Purchases                              +2304.53                              Liming £420, Feed Pellets £420, WIX renewal £453,                                                                                                 Water monitoring kit £113, Match deposits £175,                                                                                                     Commemorative Bench £120, Stamps £490 (offset                                                                                                   by income of £346), New Dinghy £399.99.

Special event                     -£208                                        We did not have any special event.

Working Party                   +£1459.57                                  We spent £3500 on a diffuser for Scaland Wood.

Bough Beech                      -£748                                        See Bough Beech above, we have no tickets yet.

RFA memberships           -£712.50                                       There have been issues as to whether the RFA                                                                                                    would be able to retain its waters, so no payment was made.

Trophies                              +£197.71                                Sue did us a fantastic deal in 2021/22

PayPal costs                       -£48.13                                     See PayPal income.

Junior Section                    +£287.93                                   No real reason just stuff!

IF there are any questions for which answers are not apparent. I will answer them specifically upon my return, the answers will be posted on our website for all to see.

Dave F - Can I just add to the above that this shows that last year we spent approx. £6k on improving things with the aerator/liming/fish feed etc as we now feel confident that we can afford to, and should, be spending your money to make these improvements rather than just building a bigger bank balance. As Hon Secretary I hope you approve of this and are seeing the benefits.

One parting statement.

This is my last season as Treasurer. We have a very brave young lady stepping up as Assistant Treasurer. She is prepared to spend the next 12 months training to see if she is able/willing to take over the Treasurers role. I would ask if there are any of you, who have experience in a Treasurers role and would be prepared to take on the position, even in the short term, to allow her more time to get ready to take over in the future.


Adoption of the 2022-23 season accounts.            Proposer: Dave Cottington           Seconder: Daniel Taylor
Any objections                  NONE

6. Vice Presidents Statement.

Dave informed those present that the administration matters that arose following the passing of the President were being dealt with and he was confident all would soon be sorted.

He also spoke about several organisations he had been involved with which had "folded" and appealed to the younger members of the club to come to committee meetings and keep a well organised association vibrant.

He also outlined the arrangements for the 75th Celebration and asked for volunteers to come forward to assist on the day.

He concluded by saying whilst Cris was moving up, his knowledge of the history of the club and experience would not be allowed to be forgotten.

7. Any amendments to the Association Constitution and/or rules if required.
(There are none)

8. Election of Officers…..                                                     Proposer                             Seconder

  • President-Cris Millis                                                      Dave Cottington                     Sandra Lawrence

  • Vice President-Dave Stanbridge                                        Dave Flint                            John Manktelow

  • Honorary Secretary-Dave Flint                                          Cris Millis                             Dave Stanbridge

  • Honorary Treasurer-Cliff Milledge                                   Dave Stanbridge                      Sandra Lawrence

  • Assistant Secretary-

  • Assistant Treasurer-Amber Blakeway                                   Dave Flint                            Derek Blakeway

  • Membership Secretary-Sandra Lawrence                          Roy Williamson                           Nicky Darien

  • Minute Secretary- Nicky Darien                                           Dave Flint                             Dave Cottington

  • Water Management Officer-Daniel/Hayden Taylor              John Cattanach                           Graham Winter

  • Fund Raising Officer-Gemma Beecher                               Derek Blakeway                               Cris Millis

  • Publicity Officer-George Callingham                                  Sandra Lawrence                           Daniel Taylor

  • Administrator of the Archives-Rob Veitch                           Dave Cottington                         Sandra Lawrence

  • Auditors-Tracy Waters

  • Executive Committee (up to 12 Seniors)-a) to m) listed above plus Derek Blakeway/Geoff Wickes/Cai Blakeway/Dave Cottington/John Cattanach/John Manktelow/Alex Brigden

  • Junior Representatives (up to 2 Juniors)-Hayden Taylor

8.45pm Refreshment Break/Buffet

 As usual the Social Club did a good spread of food which everyone seemed happy with.

9. Presentation of Prizes/Trophies.

The prizes were handed out by our Guest of Honour Janet Funnell, who was then presented with a bouquet of flowers by our new President, Cris Millis, on behalf of the committee.

10. Raffle.

The raffle was as successful as ever, raising £177, with Dave Cottington having twisted every arm possible and teasing the money out of attendees’ pockets with his usual charm and wit! Dave was thanked for his efforts along with everyone who had donated prizes, of which there were many.

11. Any Other Business at the Chairman's Discretion but excluding any proposals that seek to alter or amend or add to Association Rules or Regulations.

Nothing was raised.


The meeting closed at 21:55 with Cris thanking everyone for attending and he hoped they had all enjoyed the evening and were looking forward to the new season.


Note: The following Committee positions are elected at the Committee meeting following the AGM
               Chairman – Dave Stanbridge
               Vice Chairman – John Manktelow & Geoff Wickes
               Match Stewards – Dave Cottington/Amber Blakeway/John Cattanach

AGM report 2022

For the first time since 2019 we were able to hold an actual AGM on Wednesday 27th April at Crowborough Social Club, who we would like to thank for providing a splendid buffet. The evening was attended by 29 members, not bad considering that Covid restrictions had only recently been lifted which was also the reason we had decided not to have a guest of honour this year so our long standing President Pete Boorman stepped up to do the prize giving for us. The evening was very enjoyable but read on for the full details.


1. Chairman's Opening Address.

Good evening and a very warm welcome to you all, well we've finally made it to a more a less proper AGM. There are a few changes to the normal programme, due to uncertainty that this would take place we did not invite a guest of honour but our President, Peter Boorman, has kindly volunteered to present the cups and trophies.

As usual there will be a buffet and our water management officer, Dave Cottington will be selling raffle tickets. No doubt you have sorely missed Dave’s gentle arm twisting and will be willing to part with your money freely.


As you will hear in detail from our Hon. Sec and Hon. Treasurer, despite the dreaded Covid the club has grown over the past few years and is functioning efficiently. This situation is no doubt due to the hard work of the committee and volunteers whom I would like to sincerely thank for their efforts over this difficult period.

One thing that has made the news over the last few years is pollution of our rivers and streams by the water companies. as a fishing club we are very mindful of this and whilst we have a relatively small amount of river and stream fishing venues would remind members that pollution can also occur on lakes, i.e. pipes can burst, road spillages can happen, chemicals and other pollutants can come from farms etc. if you have any suspicions don’t hesitate to contact the environment agency (telephone number on licence) and members of the committee.

Thank you for listening to me and I hope you all have an enjoyable evening.

2. Apologies for Absence.

John Cattanach

3. Minutes of the 2021 AGM.

No issues were raised with regards to last year’s AGM minutes.

Daniel Taylor proposed they be accepted as true and accurate and this was seconded by Dave Stanbridge.

4. Honorary Secretary Report.

Good evening, and as Cris just pointed out, after 2 years of virtual AGM’s we finally get to meet up again. It was actually a little over 2 years ago that I took over the role of Hon. Secretary from John Butler and what a 2 years it has been, I was fortunate that John and his predecessors had left the club in a good position but what no one expected was the arrival of COVID and to be told we couldn’t do the thing we all love, fishing. Fortunately this was not for long as angling became an allowed form of exercise albeit with some hefty restrictions at first but these were gradually relaxed making it easier for us all to enjoy our hobby. What was not so easy was all the work that goes on behind the scenes as we could not hold our usual Committee meetings, as restrictions on indoor gatherings were much slower to ease, but thanks to the resilience and adaptability of everyone we still managed to keep everything going including maintenance, matches and not forgetting the previously mentioned virtual AGM’s.

One of the upsides to the pandemic has been the increased popularity of angling and so our membership numbers have gone up and therefore our income, more of that from the Treasurer later, and we have had comments about maybe stocking more fish into some of our waters. This would be great if it was that easy but the waters we have control over are small and will only support a given biomass, we made this mistake a few years ago at Scaland Wood when we were offered some very nice Carp which we bought but we then lost almost the equivalent amount of fish the following summer for no apparent reason other than the pond could not support the increase in fish numbers. Over the past few years we have added additional stock to Pennybridge and Mill House Farm although we now realise that Pennybridge has other issues which are being dealt with thanks to the help of a consultant and we are looking into options at all our waters and will keep you updated as we are well aware you expect to catch fish when you go fishing.

Also I have received comments recently about why do we support the Angling Trust, well firstly they do a very good job of fighting for angling clubs who have suffered pollution incidents (fortunately we have not had to call on their services and I hope we never have to). Secondly we have done rather well as a club in obtaining grants over the past years from the EA and then the AT when they took over. I asked Cliff, our Treasurer, to do the sums and I was quite surprised when he came back to me with the fact that over the past 9 years we have benefitted to the tune of £184.53 more per year than it has cost us to be AT members and that obviously does not include the other benefits we get including free advice if we have any water/fish/predator issues, free fish (yes the EA gave us 500 Crucians this year that are now in Pennybridge)  and the previously mentioned legal team who are at our disposal should we need them. If anyone would like more detail on this Cliff has the full breakdown of the figures.

Sadly we lost the rights to fish Weirwood reservoir at the start of this season which was a bit of a blow after 21 years but rest assured that we are very actively working on acquiring rights to a 4 lake venue in the near future along with a couple of other waters that we may possibly gain access to in the next year or so.

On that bitter/sweet note I will hand over to our Hon Treasurer and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the evening and I wish you all the best for the coming season and better times ahead.

5. Honorary Treasurer Report and adoption of the previous year’s accounts.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to the Crowborough & District Anglers Association annual buffet - sorry AGM – in these now (erm) post COVID times!!! It is good to see you all face to face again.

In the last 2 years we have benefitted financially from the Pandemic as you have previously heard from our Hon. Secretary. You should all have a copy of our audited annual accounts, and I am happy to report an annual surplus of £7649.37.

The accounts show our historical annual surpluses for the last 11 years, and show that our surplus for last season is the second largest, by a long way that we have reported in that time.

WHY? – basically because membership numbers have risen from around 300, 3 years ago, to just over 500 for each of the last 2 seasons, that equates to approximately £7000 per season.

I will say that we have allocated £1500 for additional fish and working party actions. Because of the weather these have not happened – but will when conditions allow. The surplus would have been around £6000 had these events taken place.

The bottom line is that we are not only doing well, but we are doing better than we ever have, and the way membership numbers seem to date, the indications are that this should be another good season.

I can go on and on breaking down the figures but it seems to me that there are 2 figures that need explaining:

Subs – they have dropped by £2400 this season.  This is due to the timing of banking – 2020/21 we banked £1900 on the last day, this season 2021/22 we banked £991 one day after these accounts were produced. Additionally, the variation in average membership value effects this – generally around £35, but depending on the time within the season could be as low as £33.

Fundraising is up by £2097. This is largely due to:

CTC grant     £490

Underhill owner donated £200 towards work that we had done.

Danesfield owner donated £991 towards work that we had done.

I think it is now 10 seasons since we last increased subscriptions, and I am pleased to say we do not propose to do so this season.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have on the accounts, and any questions re the Hon. Secretary’s statements re our membership of the Angling Trust.

Sandra Lawrence asked why Crowborough Shoe Repairs bill for the engraving has been so low over the past couple of seasons – Cliff explained this was partly due to fact that our Sea section has not been active as well as both the Ladies & Junior matches not having been fished. Cliff also said that he had queried the low cost with the proprietor but she had said she was happy with what she was charging.

Pete Gotts raised the question of purchasing a new water as we have £20k+ in our bank account – Cliff explained that we are always looking for new waters but looking at recent auctions of potential lakes within reasonable distance  having  a guide price that we could afford were being sold for well over, often 3-4 times, the guide price. Cliff did say that our best option may be to buy a suitable piece of land and then develop that.

Cliff then asked for a proposer and seconder for acceptance of the 2021-2022 audited annual accounts.
Proposer: Cai Blakeway                 Seconder: Daniel Taylor
Cliff then asked that everyone vote either for acceptance or non-acceptance of the accounts.
Those voting for …………....Unanimous
Those voting against ……..0

Before we finish there is one other figure that needs explanation, the expenditure listed as ‘Special Event’.

On that note…….

Good night from me and let me pass you over to our current Vice-President, Mr Dave Stanbridge.

6. Vice Presidents Statement.


It is not usual for the Vice President to speak at an AGM, the last two years have not been usual. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer have all, quite rightly, told you how difficult these last couple of years have been but I wanted to give you a few examples. We had to hold a meeting in my garden, we sat so far apart we had to shout at each other! At another time Cliff and I had to make an important decision in Morrison’s! 

However, during that period several facts came to light. We discovered that 2 guys behind me have been involved with the club for over 90 years between them! One had been President and the other Chairman for 20 years we could not let that pass. For obvious reasons we could not consult you, or them, so we arranged a presentation. This took place at the December Meeting. As the committee had done such a decent job I proposed that the Club should buy them a drink to have with the 2 Guys as they were presented with their awards. This was with your money! The presentation was successful. 

Thank you.

I will just finish with this “Next time you go fishing try liquorice as bait....... you will catch all sorts!”

7. Presidents report.

Pete Boorman thanked everyone present for attending and then proceeded to thank all members of the Committee for their commitment to keeping the club running despite the difficulties of the past two years. He also commented that the current Committee was possibly one of the best we had ever had due to the diverse range of expertise available and he hoped this would stand the club in good stead going forward.

8. Any amendments to the Association Constitution and/or rules if required.

No amendments had been tabled.

9. Election of Officers…..

  • President – Pete Boorman – Proposer: Dave Stanbridge / Seconder: Derek Blakeway

  • Vice President – Dave Stanbridge & Geoff Wicks – Proposer: Derek Blakeway / Seconder: Pete Boorman

  • Honorary Secretary – Dave Flint – Proposer: Pete Gotts / Seconder: Daniel Taylor

  • Honorary Treasurer – Cliff Milledge – Proposer: Daniel Taylor / Seconder: Cai Blakeway

  • Assistant Secretary – Sandra Lawrence – Proposer: Nick Peters / Seconder: Bill Gibbins

  • Assistant Treasurer – Pete Boorman – Proposer: Cliff Milledge / Seconder: Nick Peters

  • Membership Secretary – Sandra Lawrence – Proposer: Cai Blakeway / Seconder: Cliff Milledge

  • Minute Secretary – Currently covered by Hon. Secretary

  • Water Management Officer – Dave Cottington – Proposer: Cai Blakeway / Seconder: Daniel Taylor

  • Fund Raising Officer – Cai Blakeway – Proposer: Cliff Milledge / Seconder: Dave Flint

  • Publicity Officer – Dave Flint – Proposer: Sandra Lawrence / Seconder: Roger Funnell

  • Administrator of the Archives – Roger Funnell – Proposer: Dave Cottington / Seconder: Dave Flint

  • Auditor - Tracy Waters – Proposer: Dave Stanbridge / Seconder: Cliff Milledge

  • Executive Committee (up to 12 Seniors) - Amber Blakeway/Derek Blakeway/John Cattanach/John Manktelow/Roy Williamson – Proposer: Nick Peters / Seconder: Pete Gotts

  • Junior Representatives (up to 2 Juniors) - Hayden Taylor – Proposer: Derek Blakeway / Dave Stanbridge

Roger Funnell took a few minutes to ask all present to support the upcoming Junior Day by helping to promote it via posters he had with him.

8.45pm Refreshment Break/Buffet

10. Presentation of Prizes/Trophies.

The winners were announced by Cris Millis and the trophies were presented by Pete Boorman.
The full list of winners can be found here


11. Raffle

The raffle was a great success considering the lower number (29) of attendee’s this year as we made £117, a big thank you for the donated prizes and to everyone for parting with their money to buy tickets although this was in no small part due to our Dave C being his usual persuasive self selling the tickets.

12. Any Other Business at the Chairman's Discretion but excluding any proposals that seeks to alter or amend or add to Association Rules or Regulations.


As there was no other business raised Cris thanked everyone for their time and wished them a successful new season before announcing the 2022 AGM closed.

Meeting ended at 10:20pm

Note: The following Committee positions are elected at the Committee meeting following the AGM
               Vice Chairman
               Match Stewards


AGM 27th April 2021

1.             Chairman's Opening Address.

             Well here we are again or should I correctly state here we AREN'T again. Circumstances have forced us to hold yet another virtual AGM. Let’s all hope third time lucky for next year that we can hold a "proper" AGM.

Despite the dreaded virus the club is, as you will hear in detail later, doing well and getting things done. As we are unable to hold actual Committee meetings we have introduced a system of "internet voting" for major decisions including those matters that would be voted on during a "normal" AGM so despite not attending a AGM you still have a voice and this seems to be working well additionally we have been able to maintain and improve our waters by our own dedicated workforce and outside contractors where appropriate. Whilst some competitions have unfortunately been cancelled we have still managed to award many of our cups and trophies and I would particularly like to thank our engraver, Sue at Crowborough Shoe Repairs for her extra help in the collection and distribution of the cups and trophies. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Committee members and working party attendees for theist hard work during the season and to wish any retiring committee members all the best for the future. Don't forget if you feel that you would like to get more involved with your club and join the Committee we would be very pleased to hear from you. There are some members of the Committee who I feel have gone" the extra mile" during this difficult year, I don't intend to mention any names but my special thanks to you.

Thank you for reading this and I trust that next year I can say THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME.

Cris Millis.

A few words from our Vice Chairman.

'I think it unusual for a Vice Chairman to speak (virtually) at an AGM, but these are not usual times.

When I first joined a fishing club in Essex, many years ago (note to Dave Cot - No, Isaac Walton was not the Chairman) I realised how important the riparian owners were. Without them, we would have no fishing. When I came to Crowborough, I soon realised that this relationship was even more important. I also knew that the feeling between our 'bailiffs', water management officers with these owners was paramount.

Early in 2020 the government and the Angling Trust made a hasty decision to suspend fishing. Realising that this decision was likely to be reversed and then imposed again, the committee felt we should have discussions with the owners.   I felt that these talks should not be between the bailiffs and as I knew very few of the owners personally, I volunteered to do this, preventing, following an expected u-turn, a falling-out between the owners and their club contacts.

I am very pleased to report that these discussions went very well and it was obvious that the bond between CDAA and the owners was very strong. Every person I spoke to was happy with the arrangements we proposed and gave the committee a free hand to do what was best for everybody.

The committee was obviously pleased that the owners were content and to show our appreciation, we send them all a Christmas card!  Our thanks here to members for generally obeying the rules.

However, being a MOG I cannot let this opportunity pass without mentioning a couple of points raised by some owners:

1.    Litter   and 

2.    Inconsiderate parking

I will say no more.

Dave Stanbridge.

2.            Apologies for Absence.

As this is a virtual AGM there are no apologies.

3.            Minutes of the 2020 AGM.

You will find these as an attachment (if you received this by email) or on separate sheets.

4.            Honorary Secretary Report.

Dear Members,

This time last year I had not long taken over the role of Hon. Secretary and the world, and our sport with it, had some rather difficult challenges to contend with. In the past year we have been stopped from fishing then allowed only to be stopped again, thankfully things seem to be steadying now and we are hopefully heading for more normal times again and it is looking likely that we will be able to hold our full calendar of matches along with Junior Day and our Family Weekend in July which is great for both our club and the future of angling.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every Member of the Committee for their commitment and support over the past year to make sure that everything happened as and when it should have, particularly after the first lockdown when we had very little notice that fishing would be allowed but with some severe restrictions which had to be put in place. The fact that our waters were kept to the high standards you expect and that all other works needed have been carried out is testament to the abilities of your Committee in these trying times.

I would also like to thank John Butler, my predecessor as Hon. Secretary, and Lyndsay Black who are both stepping down from the Committee after several years service for personal reasons, your passion and input will be missed.

Finally, this year I feel I can say with more confidence than last that I look forward to seeing you at next year’s AGM, here’s hoping.  


Kind regards

Dave Flint

5.             Honorary Treasurer Report and adoption of the previous year’s accounts.

Hello everyone and welcome to the CDAA AGM for the 2020/21 season.

Hopefully you all have a copy of the Accounts for the last season, showing a gross surplus of £9053.68, which I think you will all agree is a fantastic result on what was probably the strangest year many of us has ever had to face.

Before I explain the results of the last season we need to address the elephant in the room. The accounts for the 2019/20 season have now been audited but still need to be adopted. A copy is attached for your records, they have not changed since the unaudited accounts were presented at last year’s AGM. I would ask that these accounts are now adopted.

So, let’s look at the last season.

We, like everyone else I talk to in Angling, has benefitted greatly over the last 12 months.

Our subscription income has increased substantially in 2020/21.

The Junior section had no income or expenditure, obviously.

Fund raising disappeared, obviously.

No advertising income…. as we tried to help out our long-term supporters.

Trophy costs reduced … thanks to Sue at Crowborough Shoe Repairs generosity and no Sea Section, Junior Section or Ladies Trophy engraving.

Working party costs increased as a result of work done to rebuild the Dam at Danesfield Wood. We had to hire in machinery and specialist help for nearly a week, but all of the labouring work was done by volunteers from your Committee. This work was completed just before the end of the season, as a result we will get part of this cost back from the Landowner in the coming season.

You may notice our Net Assets have increased from £54087.18 in 2019/20 to £103386.43 in 2020/21. This is as a result of an increase in our valuation of Scaland Wood, which is based on recent prices achieved for similar properties sold locally.  We have also included the club owned equipment and our trophies based on replacement values.

Please find attached the Associations audited accounts for the 2021/21 season, I would respectfully ask that they are now adopted by yourselves, BUT please do not expect them to be showing similar figures next season.


Cliff Milledge
Honorary Treasurer

6.             Any amendments to the Association Constitution and/or rules if required.

No amendments have been submitted for consideration.

7.             Election of Officers…..

  • President - Peter Boorman

  • Vice President - Dave Stanbridge

  • Honorary Secretary - Dave Flint

  • Honorary Treasurer - Cliff Milledge

  • Assistant Secretary - Sandra Lawrence

  • Assistant Treasurer - Peter Boorman

  • Membership Secretary - Sandra Lawrence

  • Minute Secretary - Dave Flint

  • Water Management Officer - Dave Cottington

  • Fund Raising Officer - Vacant position

  • Publicity Officer - Dave Flint

  • Administrator of the Archives - Roger Funnell

  • Auditors (2) - Mrs T Walters/Mr D Taylor

  • Executive Committee – The Officers listed above/Amber Blakeway/Cai Blakeway/Derek Blakeway/Ian Herpe/John Manktelow/Cris Millis/Roy Williamson

  • Junior Representative(s) (up to 2 Juniors) – Hayden Taylor

Note:  The following Committee positions are elected at the Committee meeting following the AGM
               Chairman – Cris Millis
               Vice Chairman – Dave Stanbridge/Geoff Wicks
               Match Stewards – Roger Funnell/Helen Nicholson-Herpe

As we are unable to hold Committee meetings at present I have listed above the current holders of these positions as it is expected that they will continue in their respective roles until the next AGM.

8.            Presentation of Prizes/Trophies.

The 2020-2021 season winners of the various competitions are attached/enclosed on a separate sheet and can also be found on our website here:

As per last year all winners will receive a telephone call from a Senior Committee member congratulating them and confirming that their cup/trophy is ready to be collected from Crowborough Shoe Repairs.


9.            Any Other Business at the Chairman's Discretion but excluding any proposal that seeks to alter, amend or add to the Association Rules or Regulations.

Any Member may bring anything they feel appropriate to the Committee’s attention for inclusion in this section within 21 days of the above date.

10.          Presidents closing address.

This has been another very successful year for our Club with more people than ever turning to our Club during what has otherwise been a very restricted and frustrating year in so many other respects – our membership has never been so high.  I hope that it can continue long after the restrictions have all been lifted.

Your Committee has had to work harder than ever to maintain all that the Club provides and our thanks must go to each and every one of them for they are the strength of our Club.

Our Club has now got, what I consider to be, the best group of officers it has had for a very long time.  Our Committee Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary etc. and Working Party volunteers all do a fantastic job.

In spite of the unusual circumstances of the past 12 months many have put in exceptional effort and so I have decided to give the President’s Trophy to a man who has given unwavering support to our Club not only during this year but over many years, he has granted us financial and practical help with the Junior Fishing Day each year.  He has also given much valued help and guidance on working parties, particularly Danesfield Wood in recent times.  It gives me great pleasure to make this award to Dave Cottington – Many thanks and well done Dave.

I have also decided to give the President’s Medal to another very deserving gentleman for his unswerving support in so many ways, particularly caring for the finance which has been rather more demanding this year as our membership has grown to such levels as I don’t recall ever being surpassed in my 50 odd years as a Member.  I have great pleasure in awarding the President’s Medal to Cliff Milledge.  Many thanks and well done Cliff.

I thank all members of our Club for your support and wish you many times of successful fishing on our waters over the coming year.

Peter Boorman


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AGM 2020


Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we were unable to hold our AGM in the usual way but instead held a virtual one, the details of which are below.

AGM 27th July 2020    

1.             Chairman's Opening Address.

Welcome to the first and let’s hope last CDAA PEOPLE LESS AGM. As you are no doubt aware current restrictions have prohibited us from holding a proper AGM. However the committee felt that as time was marching on we should do something. The meeting will follow normal lines with reports by the Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and President. You will have received this virtual AGM by either email or post and you will have 14 days from the above date to comment, object and/or volunteer.

All members of the committee have agreed to continue in their present positions until we can hold our next  AGM but we need to confirm the appointment of Dave Flint as Hon Secretary and Sandra Lawrence as Assistant Secretary, we also have a vacancy for a Fund Raising Officer. See item 7 below for the names of those standing.

There are also vacancies on the committee if you would like to get "more involved” with your club.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank all committee members for their hard work and dedication during this difficult and unique chapter in the clubs history and my best wishes to any who are retiring from the committee. A special thank you to John Butler who has retired from the post of Hon Secretary due to pressure at work and health problems, Thank you John for all you have done over the past few years.


With regards to our competition winners the cups and trophies have been sent for engraving and will be available for collection at Crowborough Shoe Repairs, my thanks to Sue Brereton for her help in this. All winners will be notified in due course when the trophies are ready.  I would particularly like to congratulate Jeremy Stone for the landing of a Common Skate which exceeded the current British Shore Caught Record.


Any decisions at this meeting i.e. confirmation of new Hon. Secretary etc will be taken as read unless we hear from the membership within 14 days.


Finally I would like to thank all members for their patience and understanding through this difficult period.
Cris Millis


2.            Apologies for Absence.

As this is a virtual AGM there are no apologies.

3.            Minutes of the 2019 AGM.

You will find these as an attachment (if you received this by email) or on separate sheets.

4.            Honorary Secretary Report.

Dear Members,

It’s a shame we can't all be together for the AGM, but these are the strangest times.

It’s been another good year for CDAA with waters fishing well and the working party regulars doing an amazing job of making all the waters look so good.

It was great news when the government allowed us all to fish again and I am sure it has helped a lot of people deal with the pressures that lockdown and isolation brought on us all.

Sadly I have to step aside from my role as Honorary Secretary due to work commitments and health, but I am still fishing thank heavens. I have enjoyed my time in the role and have been supported very well by an incredibly hard working Committee. The role of Honorary Secretary is too important a role and unfortunately as I was faced with severe time constraints due to work commitments in particular, I no longer felt I could dedicate the time needed. However I will still be on hand to assist with grant applications to the Angling Trust etc having successfully negotiated two grant applications previously with the help of Dave Flint’s costing and planning involvement.

Good luck with your fishing and may we all meet up again for the next AGM in the regular surroundings.

Tight Lines & Wet Nets one and all.
Kind Regards, John Butler

A few words from your new Hon. Secretary:
As your hopefully new Hon. Secretary I would just like to say thank you to my predecessors for leaving me a club which is both successful and in good shape which I intend to continue with and build upon.

I do feel a little like Boris in that just as I took over from John we were hit with the Covid-19 scenario which meant that what was expected to be a quiet transfer become quite “interesting” as we were stopped from holding our normal face to face meetings and everything has had to be done via phone calls and email. Fortunately our Committee, although aging (sorry but we mostly are), are pretty tech savvy and so we continued to function as things changed on an almost daily basis and I hope you the members are happy with how we have dealt with the situation and especially with the very short notice we got to reopen our waters.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our next AGM by which time let us hope things are back to normal.

Kind regards
Dave F

5.             Honorary Treasurer Report and adoption of the previous year’s accounts.

(The 2019-20 accounts are attached or on a separate sheet, these will be adopted at our next AGM)

Hello Everyone. Firstly, may I apologise. I would love to be giving you these figures at our AGM, but due to this really weird year, that is not going to happen. So, I must now deliver the annual results virtually.

It has been another great year for us financially. We made a surplus of £1738.80, our 3rd best performance in the last 9 years.

At the last AGM I asked you for the authority to raise subscriptions by £5 per year if the Executive Committee deemed it necessary. At the time I tried to re-assure you that this was not a case of need request but a request for the future should we ever need to raise subscriptions quickly. I am happy to confirm that we have not raised subscription rates this season, that is now 7 years since the last increase, and I do not foresee having to raise them next season either.

So why is our surplus so much better this year than last year’s £597.44? The basic answer is us, i.e. your Committee and a few other volunteers. Over the last few years, a small body of individuals from the Association (approximately 12/15), have been doing a lot of work maintaining the Associations waters. Day to day maintenance as well as larger projects have all been managed in house. As a result, we are now on top of the projects we need completed at our various waters. Last season the efforts of those few individuals meant that our expenditure for working party work reduced by £1725. However, we do need more people able and available to do scheduled working parties and ad hoc work. Generally, this is never more than 2 or 3 hours at a time, but the benefit to the Association is enormous, and as one of the regular participants I can say it gives me an enormous amount of pleasure visiting any of the waters and thinking I helped it look like this. Being involved does not mean any regular commitment, just a willingness to be involved, a happiness to be contacted and an ability to be involved when it fits in with your other commitments. If anyone seriously thinks they can be involved in the day to day or one off working parties at our waters I will be more than happy to talk you through what we do, when we do it and what we need, to see if it fits with what you are able to commit to.

The other big change for the 2019/20 season is the membership. Income from memberships dropped by £951, however our membership numbers increased by 19 to 326. This change in income is partly due to the fact that we have more junior members, this accounts for approximately £300 of the drop, but the remainder is due to timings for renewals. Effectively fewer existing members renewed in March this year, and we all know why that happened Mr Coronus Virus.

To sum up – everything is great….
Membership numbers are up.
We have not had to increase subscriptions, again.

There is one thing I must emphasise. Due to the current situation, our Annual Accounts have not been audited. I hope that you are happy for us to continue moving forward. The accounts will be audited as soon as social distancing allows for this to happen, and if the audit required any changes to be made to them, you will be advised immediately. If the audit does not produce any issues, I will bring the accounts to the next AGM for official adoption.

Thank you all.
Cliff Milledge


6.             Any amendments to the Association Constitution and/or rules if required.

No amendments have been submitted.

7.            Election of Officers…..

  • President - Peter Boorman

  • Vice President - Dave Stanbridge

  • Honorary Secretary - Dave Flint

  • Honorary Treasurer - Cliff Milledge

  • Assistant Secretary - Sandra Lawrence

  • Assistant Treasurer - Peter Boorman

  • Membership Secretary - Sandra Lawrence

  • Minute Secretary - Dave Flint

  • Water Management Officer - Dave Cottington

  • Fund Raising Officer - Vacant position

  • Publicity Officer - Dave Flint

  • Administrator of the Archives - Roger Funnell

  • Auditors (2) - Mrs T Walters/Mr M Blackledge

  • Executive Committee – The Officers listed above/Lyndsay Black/Amber Blakeway/Cai Blakeway/Derek Blakeway/Ian Herpe/John Manktelow/Cris Millis/Geoff Wicks/Roy Williamson

  • Junior Representatives (up to 2 Juniors) - Vacant position(s)

Note:  The following Committee positions are elected at the Committee meeting following the AGM
               Chairman – Cris Millis
               Vice Chairman – Dave Stanbridge/Geoff Wicks
               Match Stewards – Roger Funnell/Helen Nicholson-Herpe

As we are unable to hold Committee meetings at present I have listed above the current holders of these positions as it is expected that they will continue in their respective roles until the next AGM.

8.            Presentation of Prizes/Trophies.

The 2019-2020 season winners of the various competitions can be found on our website here:

All winners will receive a telephone call from a Senior Committee member congratulating them and confirming that their cup/trophy is ready to be collected from Crowborough Shoe Repairs.


9.            Any Other Business at the Chairman's Discretion but excluding any proposal that seeks to alter, amend or add to the Association Rules or Regulations.

Any Member may bring anything they feel appropriate to the Committee’s attention for inclusion in this section within 14 days.


10.         Presidents closing address.

Great relief all round now that we are able to go fishing once again and I hope that you all have had the opportunity to enjoy our favourite sport.  It appears that our waters are now all open again, except Wirgol which we are confident of being able to fish again in the near future, and that having rested they are all in fine fettle.  It is such a shame that we cannot all meet face to face at our AGM but your Committee is doing its best to keep you all informed. 

Your Committee has this year worked even harder on behalf of our Club.  This Coronavirus has meant lots more effort from virtually all of the Committee and I give them my most sincere thanks for all their dedication to our Club and our cause. 

I wish you all success in the remainder of the year in life and angling.

Pete Boorman

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AGM Report 2019


On Tuesday 23rd April we held our 71st AGM & prize giving evening at the Social Club in Crowborough. Once again this was a popular event and we would like to thank the 40 odd members who attended and helped make the evening a success once again.

Our Guest of Honour this year was Carl Rasey who is an Environment Agency Fisheries Bailiff, he gave a very informative chat on his work and also the signs to look out for if set lines have been placed at a water you are fishing.

 He also advised on the number to call (0800 807060, it's in your club handbook) if you see something happening that you think is not right or legal and explained that you won't often get an immediate response as they don't have the manpower but that everything is logged and used to build up patterns of evidence. He fielded several questions from our members with straight and honest answers during the evening.

As usual the evening was started by Cris Millis our Chairman:

 Well once again I stand before you its not my fault that I’m here again its that the Committee they keep voting me in as Chairman ,seriously I’m pleased to do the job.

 My first act as your retiring chairman is to extend a warm welcome to you all, nice to see so many of you have made the effort to attend. A special welcome to Carl Rasey who is a Fisheries Bailiff for the Environment Agency. Carl will later be presenting the cups and trophies and give us a short talk on the activities of the agency.

 Once again as the Hon Secretary and Hon Treasure will later confirm in greater detail we are handing back to you a club in good shape with both new waters added to our portfolio and many improvements to our existing lakes. As you can imagine progress of this nature doesn’t come cheap and I take this opportunity to thank all those who negotiated agreements and attended working parties, without such dedication from these members such progress would be, to put it bluntly very very expensive and probably beyond the clubs means at present subscription levels.

 Tonight there will be a buffet served during the break and our Water Management stroke super salesman, Dave Cottington, will be coming amongst you with raffle tickets for the glittering array of prizes.

 The committee has decided to make a few changes to our constitution, many of these are merely grammatical or just tidying of wording but the main points will be read out later and you will be asked to vote on the changes.

 I would like to thank the Committee for all their hard work during the year and would make special mention of Roger Funnell and Dave Flint for their work on the new website and for running the Junior and Have a go Days, Cliff Milledge for the work on the constitution, Peter Boorman for getting  the council grant for Junior Day, Roy Williamson for his help with the cups and trophies and Peter Gotts for arranging the very successful Race Night which incidentally will be held again on 25th May, do try and come along its a great night with free buffet and a chance to go home richer than when you left home.


This was followed by Apologies for Absence and the acceptance of last year's AGM Minutes and then Hon. Secretary  John Butler's annual report:

Good evening Everyone

 I will keep this fairly short so as not to delay you getting to eat and drink any more than is necessary.

As the Chairman has just said it has been a busy and good year for CDAA and a lot of hard work has gone into making sure our Club is growing in size and stature and reputation. We are well known for our Junior Section and Match scene and have a thriving and active Ladies section.

 Membership numbers continue to be very impressive so thank you all for renewing and introducing friends.

 Last year we spoke of new waters recently acquired, namely Oast Farm between Buxted and Uckfield which offers a fantastic days fishing, and now the CDAA work parties have had their hands on it this is thriving and a joy to fish on the new swims. Don’t forget the farm has a great shop and café with deals on coffee and sandwich for CDAA members fishing there.

 This year we secured rights to fish at Claygate Lakes in Marden a very popular match and day ticket venue and having now fished it a few times I am very happy this has been added to our portfolio.

 Going forward we will all as a committee continue to work to make the club as successful and popular as we can and we are always open to new ideas and therefore if you think you have anything to offer whether it be an idea you want to put forward, help at working parties or attend meetings and maybe join us on the committee, then your ideas are always valued and welcome.

 Please have a great evening and well done to everyone involved in running the club and who participate in the club and a special mention to all those about to get up and collect your trophies for your efforts in the last season.



Next up was Cliff Milledge our Hon. Treasurer with his report:

Welcome everyone, and thanks for taking the time to attend tonight.

 It has been another successful season for us financially.

We made a surplus of £597.44, our lowest in 5 years, but still a surplus.

 There are a number of reasons for this drop :

  1. Membership numbers have dropped slightly over the previous seasons, but at 307 this is still the second highest figure in the last 7 years.

  2. Our membership profile is changing.

In the 2015/16 season we had 57.19% adult members, last season this was down to 47.88%.

In the same period Senior memberships rose from 22.1% to 27.04%, and Juniors rose from 11.23% to 20.19%.

So less income from the same number of members.

  1. Last season we received 3, one off donations totaling £476.

 On the cost side:

  1. We have taken on a new water, as a result of that and a cost renegotiation on another water, Water Rent has increased by £400.

  2. We have spent over £2000 this year on water maintenance.

Including projects at Oast Farm, Wirgol, Underhill, Scaland Wood and Danesfield Wood.

We have also spent on equipment for water maintenance.

However we have no major projects planned for this year.


In summary:

 Our Club is still in a healthy position.

We have reserves of £11000.

Membership continues to trend upwards ( last season was a blip we knew could not be maintained ).

We have an increasing water portfolio.

Our Lakes are being well maintained.

89.4% of all membership fees was spent on Water rent and maintenance.

 I would personally like to thank the Executive Committee members, the Working Party volunteers and anyone that has helped out at fundraising events for all their hard work and commitment, without which we would not have this successful club.


 As you may or may not know we have not raised subscription rates for 6 years now. The way we operate means that any subscription increase gets agreed at the AGM for the following season. So any increase agreed at this meeting would not come into effect until 1 April 2020.


 We do not anticipate needing to increase subscriptions in 2020, but we would like your approval to make an increase of up to £5 per membership, excluding Juniors, if the Executive Committee felt it was necessary at the end of the 2019/20 season.

We then had the election of the Clubs Officers which are listed elsewhere on this website and we would like to thank Cai and Amber Blakeway who have volunteered their time to join the Committee.

 This was followed by an explanation of the changes to the Constitution with each amendment being voted through along with the Hon. Treasurers proposal that the Committee may increase the annual subscription next season if they feel this is required.

After the talk and Q&A session with Carl Rasey we took the opportunity to tuck into the buffet and replenish our glasses at the bar after which our winners received their spoils (see pictures below) and this was followed by the raffle which raised approximately £200.00 this year, apparently our most successful ever so thank you to all who put their hand in their pocket.

 That concluded the evening with everyone finishing their drinks and telling their own "fishy tale"before making their way home after a very enjoyable evening.