BMAPS Club Rules






1. The society will be known as THE BARNES AND MORTLAKE ANGLING AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY. Its object shall be the protection of the natural environment and to foster fellowship among its members. 

2. All members shall hold a current environment agency rod license. 


3. All members shall be full members, either senior or junior. A junior shall become a senior if their 16th birthday falls before the date of the subscription renewal. 

4. No applicant shall be admitted to the society unless they have fully completed the application

form in a satisfactory manner, and attended a meeting to be accepted. Juniors and disabled persons unable to attend the normal meeting place shall be required to attend a meeting with society officers or committee at a suitable meeting place. 

5. Any application who has: 

a. been refused membership by any other club, 

b. has had their membership revoked or withdrawn, 

c. is a defaulter to any other club, shall make it known to the society. Failure to disclose the above, the committee reserve the right to withhold membership. 


6a. That on all waters of the society only Two rods/ 1 rod and pole to be used. 

b. Pegged swims only to be fished. 

c. Night fishing is not permitted (night fishing is only permitted for the charity match or other function agreed by the committee and local authority). 

d. Only full members' allowed on society waters unless day tickets apply. 

e. If a rod and line is to be left unattended, the hook must be removed from the water and bait removed and the hook left safe.

f. No member shall take or permit to be taken any dog, gun, or other weapons on to the society waters, or any land adjacent, dogs only permitted where so stated. 

g. That all members will keep to the footpaths and use stiles and/or gates to gain access ensuring that all gates closed are closed behind them. 

h. That no member will damage or harm in any way trees, crops, fences, livestock or machinery on or adjacent to society waters. 

7a. That no member shall light any fires, with the exception of official working parties, unless authorised by the fisheries officer or a committee member. 

b. All vehicles must park on the prescribed areas, vehicles displaying club disabled permits are allowed on to society waters and allowed to park in areas set aside, members on official working parties are allowed on to society waters only with the permission of the fishery officer. 

c. That no member is allowed to plant any form of tree or shrubs, scatter any seeds on society waters, remove or introduce any fish or spawn without the prior consent of the fishery officer. 

d. Leave any litter or bring on to society waters any glass or metal containers. 

e. Do any act that may cause pollution to waters. 

f. Commit any nuisance or act whereby offence or annoyance may be caused to other persons lawfully on society land or occupiers of adjoining land. 

g. Unduly tread down or injure or damage the banks, stray from the prescribed footpaths. 

8a. Interfere with wildlife of any kind. 

b. Bring on to land transistor radios or similar apparatus. Mobile phones are to be used discreetly. 

c. No more than 1 ½ Kilos of ground bait or equivalent i.e liquidized bread may be used 

d. No more than ½ Kilo of boilies may be used 

e. Any form of lead shot as specified by EA laws. 

f. Only barbless hooks permitted. 

9a. No bloodworm or jokers. 

b. Keepnets must be over 3 metres long and have rings not less than 350mm (14") in diameter or 350mm (14") by 300mm (12") if rectangular. All members must have a landing net.

c. Any unused bait may be deposited in the lake after you have ceased fishing. No prebaiting allowed. 

d. Members fishing matches on society waters are required to have two keepnets in their possession, fish over 3Lb are to be kept separate from other fish, larger fish are to be weighed as soon as possible and returned to the water.  

Other than matches, fish over 3Lb are not to be retained in a keepnet at the Bedfont Country Park lake, or at the Barn Elms lake. Keepnets may be banned on society waters at certain times of the season at the discretion of the Fisheries Officer. 

e. Fishing on society waters may only commence at dawn and must cease at dusk unless otherwise stated. 

f. All nets are to be placed in the dip tanks provided and well soaked before fishing. 

g. Members must be in possession of an unhooking mat



10a. Any member accused of the breach of the rules of the society shall be called before the committee to make answer to the charge. The committee shall report their findings and recommendations to the next open meeting.


b. Any member having complaint against another member and desiring such complaint to be brought before the society shall attempt to ascertain the other members


membership number and shall send full details to the secretary. Due notice should be given to all parties concerned, of the date, time and place of the hearing of the complaint.


c. The complaint shall be heard by the committee, after hearing the complaint the committee shall give its decision on the matter.


d. The committee shall have the right to summon a member to attend before the committee for a breach of club rules or for any member bringing discredit upon the society. The member shall be deemed summoned before the committee upon the secretary sending due notice by recorded post to the last known address of the member. Should the member fail to attend at the time and the place stated upon the said notice without an acceptable reason for non-attendance, the member shall be
liable to suspension or expulsion pursuant to these rules.


The membership book and membership card are the property of the society, and is held by the member named therein, and is not transferable.




11. Open meetings shall be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.


12. The Chairman or Vice Chairman shall commence the meeting at 8pm (should either be unable to attend a committee member will officiate) and advise members of the agenda. Meetings shall cease at 10.30 pm.


13. The secretary will read the minutes of the committee meeting to the members. The secretary will record minutes throughout the meeting.


14. Correspondence, when relevant, will be read.

a. Treasurers report.


15. Up to date match reports will be given by the match secretary. Other reports will be given by official representative.


16. Items members wish the committee to discuss and assess will be recorded by the secretary (for evaluation at the next committee meeting and report back to the society at the earliest opportunity).


17. Once items 13-16 have been dealt with, the meeting may then continue as an open discussion.


18. Members shall respect the Authority of the Chairman when addressing the meeting. The Chairman may order temporary suspension from the meeting of any member who fails to respect the authority of the chairman.




19. The annual general meeting shall be held on the 2nd Thursday in February at the society's or at another approved venue approved by a vote of members on or before the date of the previous monthly meeting.


20. The order of business shall be as follows:

a. Proposals for the alteration of rules, which shall have been presented to the secretary in writing not later than the previous monthly meeting.


b. Minutes of the previous A.G.M.


c. Financial report and balance sheet for the year ending January 31st: Auditors report and recommendations.


d. Annual subscription. Entry fee.


e. Correspondence.


f. A proposition when seconded shall be open to discussion and no member shall speak more than once in a debate, except to raise a point of order, or seek information, on which the chairman shall rule. The proposer shall have the right to reply to the debate immediately before the vote is taken.


g. Election of officers



Chairman, Vice Chairman

Hon. Secretary

Hon. Treasurer

Match Secretary

Fisheries Officers

Head Bailiff

Disabled representative


7 Members to form the committee


Election of non voting officers

2 No. Auditors


21. Status of Officers within the club

President and Vice President are only in name.


a. Chairman to oversee all club and committee business, the Chairman only holds a casting vote.


b. Hon. Secretary to Asst. Secretary to take minutes


of all committee and club meetings and to deal with all correspondence.


Asst. Secretary to deal with all matters relating to the payment of membership etc.


c. Match Secretary to take all bookings for club matches under rule 45.


d. Match secretary to book all venues for the coming season under rule 30.


e. Committee member and an assistant to carry out pegging of matches when required under rule 49-50.


f. Fisheries Officer to maintain anything appertaining to society waters with Asst.


g. Press Officer to promote the club activities through the local press and to produce two newsletters a year.




22. The Management Committee consists of 7 members elected at the A.G.M. The Committee shall meet on the 3rd Thursday in the month if there are any matters requiring their attention. 5 members will form a quorum and names present recorded. In an emergency the secretary in consultation with the Chairman or Vice Chairman, to arrange a meeting giving the committee members not less than 3 days notice.

The Management committee will be totally


responsible for the running of the society during its 2 years in office.


23. To consider any disciplinary matters under rule 10.


24. To consider any matters not provided for under these rules, or any question for their interpretation.


25. To decide a limit of numbers to be admitted to the society from time to time. They may nevertheless recommend the admission of a member even if it exceeds the limit agreed.


26. To consider the proposal for rule changes as put forward under rule 20A and have the right to recommend an amendment also to move a change subject to the provisions of rule 20. In both these cases the committee shall appoint one of their number of act as spokesman and shall be subject to the provisions of rule 20F.


27. To consider the proposed venues for the next season.


28. Minutes on the Committee meetings shall be read out at the next open club meeting and shall be accepted.


29. The Committee shall consider any item put forward by a member and reply at the next open club meeting. A member may write to the secretary with their suggestions.


a. The club meeting will consist of a minimum of 3 committee members, one to be the Secretary or Asst. Secretary.




30. The Full annual subscription and any other dues shall become payable with the application form. Notice of such items and amounts shall be sent to members by the secretary and shall be paid by the date stated on the form to the address quoted by cheque or postal order.


31. No member (except Hon life members) shall be entitled to a membership card until their subscription has been paid. Members not having renewed their subscription by the date dated on the renewal notice shall be liable to forfeit their right to renew membership and new members will be admitted under rule 28.


32. Newly accepted members shall pay the entry fee as decided under rule 20d and pay full annual subscription and levy, must carry out one full working party and comply with rules 5A, B & C.




33. Members shall receive a fixture card notifying dates of club and other matches.


34. Club matches will be pegged down competitions, with pegs a minimum of fifteen yards on rivers.


35. No society championship venue can be changed after that venue has been selected and printed on the official venue list unless a change is made under rule 64.


36. All members must book with the Match Secretary to attend the match.


37. Any pools for the day will be collected, held for the duration of the match and paid out by a member nominated by the match captain.


38. The match Secretary will be responsible for the running of the matches once the society members have arrived at the venue and rules  have been carried out to the satisfaction of the match secretary. He will be responsible for the selection of the pegs on a permanently pegged fishery and also for the pegging on all other fisheries. He will be able to delegate assistance in the pegging on any match. He will listen and take note of any complaint from any member against another and report to the committee. The committee shall hear the complain under rule 10a or the match captain may make a judgment on the day which shall be binding by all parties.


39. The scales shall be carried and weighing in conducted at the club captain's discretion.


40. Parent and junior. Husband and wife will draw first. Junior or wife will fish the next higher peg to that number drawn. Pensioners will draw at the club captain's discretion, any junior who has attended without a parent or guardian will be nominated a guardian for the day the club captain and will draw as above.


41. Matches are fished all in except Pike or any game fish.


42. Keepnets may be put in water and the depth plumbed before the start of the match.


43. No baiting of the swim is allowed before the start of the match.


44. One rod only in use, other rods may be made up but not baited.


45. If wading, it must be possible to touch the bank with either hand in a standing position, this may be amended at the club captain's discretion.


46. Competitors will be notified of any bait bans on the venue by the match secretary at the previous club meeting and on the day.


47. The match will start and end with the blast of a whistle.


48. Weighing in will be witnessed by a third party.


49. Competitors will check that their weight has been entered in the weight sheet correctly, once the official scales persons have left their peg their weight cannot be altered or disputed.


a. Competitors must cease fishing at the signal to end the match. Should a competitor still be playing a fish hooked before the signal has been given he will be permitted no more than fifteen minutes to land the fish.


b. On still water a competitor may fish as far as half the distance between his peg and the peg on the other side.


c. On flowing water he will fish in the area from his position in the direction of the flow as far as the next peg.


d. Each competitor will restrict his fishing completely to these boundaries. Neither his persons, his tackle, his bait or ground bait will intrude into his neighbors swim.


50. Any disputes or infringements must be reported to the match secretary before departure from the venue, any disputes after will not be heard.


a. Any breach of these rules or any attempt to gain an unfair advantage in a society competition will be dealt with under rule 10.