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stalkingrich
23-10-2008, 16:17
Here is the official correspondence issued on the Angling Unity Website (http://anglingunity.co.uk/2008/10/22/angling-trust-agreement-signed/) and naturally your considered thoughts are to be placed within this thread.


"The Chairmen of all of angling’s representative bodies yesterday signed the merger agreement which, subject to various conditions being met, will see them become a single new organisation to represent all anglers from 5 January 2009: the Angling Trust. The Chairmen put their signatures to this historic document on Sunday 19 October at the Tackle & Guns trade fair at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

Earlier in the day, the Angling Trust presented its draft plans to an invited audience of angling journalists and key figures in the angling trade at a breakfast briefing. This briefing focused on how the new body can work with the multi-million pound angling industry to improve and protect fishing; get more anglers on the bank, beach and boat; and to offer benefits to Angling Trust members through its planned Fish 4 Free loyalty programme. This will see anglers who sign up getting cashback on their freshwater rod licence and on purchases of fishing tackle and permits.

The Trust will continue to consult on its plans for the rest of 2008 and is very keen to ensure that it is representative of all anglers. Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive elect of the Angling Trust said: “We will be successful if we listen to our members and take action. This new organisation therefore has one principal aim: to serve its members. Now we need all anglers to stand up and be counted and join the Angling Trust in January.”

Jim Glasspool, Chairman of FACT and the Transition Board, said: “I am delighted that we have managed to create a new organisation which will continue the work of all the organisations involved, but which has the potential to deliver so much more than the sum of its parts.”

The Transition Board
The document was signed by the chairmen of the 6 organisations involved:

* Jim Glasspool, Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust (FACT)
* Stephen Marsh-Smith, Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA)
* Martin Read, National Association of Fisheries and Angling Consultatives (NAFAC)
* Terry Fell, National Federation of Anglers (NFA)
* Richard Ferré, National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA)
* Christopher Evans, Specialist Anglers’ Alliance (SAA)

The new body will consist of two entities: ‘The Angling Trust’, which will be the governing body for coarse, game and sea angling in England and an unincorporated association ‘Fish Legal’ which will deliver – throughout the UK – the legal protection and advice currently provided by the Anglers’ Conservation Association (ACA). This structure is necessary to comply with Law Society rules governing employment of solicitors and the requirements of Sport England. Mark Lloyd, currently heading up the ACA, has been selected as Chief Executive elect of the unified body.
Each of the merging organisations will transfer its assets and staff into the Angling Trust Ltd. on 5 January, which has been formed by changing the name and objects of the Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust Ltd.

The Angling Trust will protect, develop and promote angling; manage national and international competitions; campaign on behalf of its members and fight to conserve and restore freshwater and marine fisheries. A logo, subscription details and a manifesto will be unveiled before the new body is launched officially in January. All the participating organisations will now take the necessary constitutional steps to wind up their organisations and transfer their assets, staff and operations into the new unified body.

The organisation aims to recruit 100,000 anglers to individual membership by 2011 and expects the vast majority of angling clubs in the country to join. It will provide significant benefits to its members and will offer a Fish 4 Free loyalty programme which will earn its members cashback on purchases of angling permits, tackle and even the freshwater rod licence."



For my part I will simply state that we (as anglers), have a unique opportunity on the immediate horizon (Jan 5th) to be able to realise a unified body, one which will afford us the facility to manage our own future.

Yes there will be hiccups, the project is a massive concern, but for the first time in my lifetime I feel as though we have a good chance to realise a dream that many of us thought would never be possible.

The Angling Trust needs our support, 'One Voice' for angling, we can develop our own future and for many generations to come.


Richard

mattD
23-10-2008, 16:28
One Voice for angling can only be good.

Just hope everyone supports it, and it become a true one voice

Jim
23-10-2008, 20:20
Brilliant news, I know how hard everyone invoved in getting this up and running as worked for this huge achievement and a big well done goes out to all of you, you know who you are.

At last one voice for all anglers to be counted. This means a much better representation and the safeguard of our sport. For those that don't know what this means for us as anglers, watch this space over the next few years.

mark boyle
24-10-2008, 07:22
fantastic news. i'll be joining thats for sure! :thumbs:

Stoney
24-10-2008, 07:26
This has my support 100%. We need Anglers to run Angling not the EA.

Eeyyor
24-10-2008, 07:45
Lets hope this gets up and running and is, fully supported by all and dose not suffer the usual apathy that anglers in general seem to show to this type of thing. This is a unique opportunity to be heard and influence the political arena within sport.
One thing that springs to mind is, what type of support can organizations like Cemex give?
We should not let this opportunity slip by.

Danlux
24-10-2008, 08:27
Count me in

watto
24-10-2008, 08:37
Where does this leave ECHO?

Do we continue to pay subs to ECHO (yes I am a member) or now that we are welcoming a consolidated approach is ECHO rolled into this?

Jim
24-10-2008, 10:31
Watto, you continue to pay your subs to ECHO and you are a member of the whole group as I understand it. Went to a meeting re this last month and from what I can understand ALL the angling bodies are placed under one umbrella, subscribing to one will give a representation to the new body.

There are some very intresting things going to happen, but I best let those that are at the forefront of this to inform you all as and when it happens as they arte better versed in this than me.

mark boyle
24-10-2008, 10:45
Jim do you mind putting it on a post card and sending it to me? cheers mate. :)

watto
24-10-2008, 10:59
Watto, you continue to pay your subs to ECHO and you are a member of the whole group as I understand it. Went to a meeting re this last month and from what I can understand ALL the angling bodies are placed under one umbrella, subscribing to one will give a representation to the new body.

There are some very intresting things going to happen, but I best let those that are at the forefront of this to inform you all as and when it happens as they arte better versed in this than me.

That makes sense, cheers

RUTH
28-10-2008, 20:39
From ECHO's perspective, I will be tabling a proposal at Feb's AGM, that from April 09 ECHO renews its existing annual subscription currently paid to the SAA, to the Angling Trust (the SAA is one of the 5 organisations that has merged to form the trust).

At the very first AT board meeting, ECHO secured a position on AT's "Advisory Committee" as the organisation continues to be a major player within the mighty fish welfare group.

ECHO/SAA also reserved independent control of the Fish Welfare Fund, ensuring reng fenced financial support for professional political lobbying for ECHO members until such time that the AT is strong enough to provide this service effectively. Essential to continue the pressure for KHV containment and prevention.

Individual membership of the Angling Trust will also be encouraged and promoted to ECHO members.

Hope that helps for now, and lots more detail will appear over the coming months on the build up to Jan 5th launch of Angling Trust.