Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire – Fisheries Monitoring Programme
NWWAC Constitution Version 3 Final 24th June 2017
1.1 The name of the Consultative shall be the Nene Welland and Witham Angling Consultative herein after referred to as “NWWAC”. ;
The objectives of NWWAC shall be:
2.1. To promote, develop and protect fisheries and angling interests within the Nene, Welland and Witham River Catchments.
3.1. Membership of NWWAC shall be open to all clubs and associations with an interest in angling and fisheries in the Catchments and other organisations with related interests.
3.2. Individual membership, in particular individual members of Angling Trust, is available to interested parties subject to acceptance at an ordinary or annual general meeting.
3.3 In addition the main committee may confer Honorary Membership on any person who in their opinion has rendered distinguished service to the Consultative, and shall have power to co-opt such
other persons or organisations as may be of assistance to the Consultative.
3.4 Initial membership will be created from the existing Nene Welland and Witham Angling Forum.
4.1. The NWWAC shall meet a minimum of four times per annum at a venue to be determined by the elected committee.
4.2. The meeting following the end of the financial year shall be the Annual General Meeting which is open to all members.
4.3. Representation of not less than six members shall constitute a quorum which should include two officers.
4.4. An extraordinary general meeting may be called at the request of three members. The secretary will give notice in writing to members at least four weeks prior to the meeting specifying the date, time
and place and reason for the calling of the meeting: then rule 7 below applies.
4.5 Voting rights at general and extraordinary meetings shall be limited to one vote per member or member organisation. This will be managed via an annual membership register list. This will be
reviewed at each AGM.
5.1. The following officers and delegates shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting;
Press & Media Officer
AT Regional Forum Representative
5.2. Honorary auditor(s) (inspectors) shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
5.3. The officers and auditor(s) (inspectors) shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election.
5.4. The NWWAC may co-opt without voting rights any individual they see fit, subject to a majority of members present and voting, being in favour.
5.5. Elected officers shall have the full authority between meetings to pursue the objectives of NWWAC in accordance with the constitution and within the mandate of the Consultative’s decision as
recorded previously in the minutes. Any actions must be tabled at the following meeting.
5.6. Officers will be provided with legal protection by NWWAC membership of the Angling Trust.
5.7 Contact details for NWWAC will be via http://aterforum.co.uk
6.1. The financial year shall end on 31st March each year and accounts shall be made up to and including that date and the treasurer shall, at the Annual General Meeting, present to the delegates a
duly audited (inspected) balance sheet and statement of accounts.
6.2. Membership subscriptions shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and shall be due on April 1st each year. Members will have no voting rights until membership fees are paid in full.
6.3 NWWAC funds shall be deposited in a suitable bank account and used solely for the objectives of NWWAC as set out in 2 above. Bank signatories will be two elected officers of whom may sign cheques.
6.4. NWWAC shall authorise the treasurer to pay any reasonable out of pocket expenses to any person who is authorised to act on behalf of NWWAC, subject to agreed and available budgets.
6.5 Two persons shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to act as auditors (inspectors), one of whom shall hold no other office within NWWAC.
7. Alteration of Constitution.
No alteration to this constitution may be made except at an Annual General Meeting or extra-ordinary general meeting and provided that the proposed alteration has been notified in writing to members at
least four weeks prior to such a meeting. Amendments to these proposals may be discussed at the said meeting and voted on accordingly.
8. Points of Order
The ruling of the chairman on ‘points of order’ shall be absolute and without appeal.
In the event that NWWAC is dissolved for any reason, the balance of funds remaining shall be donated to the Angling Trust Regional Forum to be used for the benefit of fisheries and angling.
CONSTITUTION AND RULES Reviewed Dec-2011
1. Title The name of the Association shall be the Lower Ouse & Fenland Fisheries Consultative Association, hereinafter called “the Association”.
2. Objects The Objects of the Association shall be:
a. To co-ordinate and forward the views of members in the interests of angling and fisheries in the Lower Ouse (downstream of Huntingdon) its tributaries and the Fenland area.
b. To co-operate with any authority or other organisation provided such co-operation is in the interest of angling and fisheries.
c. To collect and disseminate information on matters relevant to angling and fishery interests.
d. To ensure representation of angling and fishery interests for the area covered by the Association and make recommendations to Government and others on the appointment of persons to represent those interests on Fishery Advisory and other appropriate committees.
3 Membership Membership of the Association shall be open to: -
a. Riparian owners, lessees and tenants of fisheries in the area covered by the Association.
b. Angling clubs and associations based in or with fisheries in the said area.
c. Such other organisations or individuals who may be actively interested in the development or preservation of angling or fisheries or the prevention of pollution and who may be elected to membership of the Association.
4 Officers The Officers of the Association shall be: -
a. Secretary, Treasurer, and Auditors. The Association may also elect a President and Chairman if the members so decide.
b. Such delegates as may be deemed necessary to represent the Association at environmental liaison and other such meetings.
c. The Chairman, if applicable, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected every three years on a rotating basis.
All other officers shall be elected annually. All officers shall be eligible for re-election.
a. The Association shall meet quarterly on a Monday commencing at 7.45pm at an agreed venue. Meeting dates will be co-ordinated to complement the Angling Trust Eastern Region Freshwater Forum dates. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall precede the spring meeting.
b. Except in the case of the AGM, a quarterly meeting may be cancelled if the Officers consider there is insufficient business to be discussed and in which case all members will be notified of such cancellation.
c. Twenty eight (28) days notice of the AGM shall be given in writing to each member and fourteen days (14) notice of other general meetings.
d. An Extra-ordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Association may be called at the request of the Officers or at least one third of the membership of the Association. Twenty eight (28) days notice shall be given to each member in writing and shall specify date, time and venue together with the reason for calling the meeting.
e. Representation from at least one third of the membership of the Association shall constitute a quorum.
f. Member clubs shall be entitled to a maximum of two votes.
g. All other classes of membership shall be entitled to one vote.
a. The Association shall raise such funds as are considered necessary for the furtherance of its aims and objects, such funds to be used solely and exclusively for that purpose.
b. The amount of subscription to be paid by each member shall be determined at the AGM and shall be paid to the Honorary Treasurer within three months following that meeting.
c. The financial year shall end on 31st December.
d. The funds of the Association shall be kept in a bank account with a minimum of two signatories in the name of the Association and the Treasurer shall present to the AGM a duly audited Balance sheet and Statement of Accounts.
e. The Association may authorise the Treasurer to reimburse reasonable expenses to any persons deputed to act on behalf of the Association.
The Association may appoint such committees as may be necessary for the furtherance of its objects and such committees may co-opt persons with specialised knowledge if considered appropriate.
8. Alteration of Rules
a. Alteration of these rules may only be made at the AGM or at an EGM of the Association.
b. Notices of motion for alteration to rules must be received by the Honorary Secretary in time for all members to be notified twenty eight days in advance in accordance with Rules 5(b) and 5(c).
c. No resolution to amend these rules shall be deemed to be carried unless it is supported by at least two thirds of the membership present and voting at the meeting at which it is considered.
9. Dissolution Should the Association be dissolved for any reason any balance of funds to the credit of the Association shall be passed to a similar organisation with similar aims as decided by the committee during dissolution. These monies shall be used for the benefit of fisheries in the Lower Ouse, its tributaries and the Fenland area.
Welcome to the Upper Ouse Consultative.
We look after the river and it's tributaries across Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire from our meeting base in Newport Pagnell.
The group meets every 3 months to bring together Angling Clubs and Associations from across the Nene, Welland and Witham catchments. The group was reformed in April 2011 following the demise of the previous consultative some years ago. The group was formally constituted in 2013 and is growing from strength to strength under the chairmanship of David Hawley.
If you are interested in joining us, then please contact us. As together we can make a difference.
- Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire – Fisheries Monitoring Programme