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Name:  The society shall be called the RICKMANSWORTH CONSERVATIVE ANGLING SOCIETY or RCAS for short.

Registered Address:   The registered address of the society shall be:-

RCAS Membership. 4 Sanders Close, Hemel Hempstead  HP3 9UA

Objectives of the Society:  To represent the interests of the Society in the provision of angling facilities for its members.

To represent its members in negotiation or consultation with the Environment Agency or other bodies having statutory or other powers affecting the Society and its members.

To negotiate on behalf of its members  for a license, lease or purchase ( in future through the legal entity of its Trustees, agreed by the members) of any rights or other property whose acquisition shall be in the interests of the Society.

To manage, let, sell or otherwise dispose of any such rights in whatever manner the Society may from time to time decide.

To receive and administer sums of money paid to the Society whether by its members  or otherwise for the improvement and enhancement of the Society and its fisheries or for such other purposes acceptable to the Society that the members may specify.

Membership:  The Society shall consist of not more than 200 Full Members  plus 50 Junior Members. Full members with 20 years consecutive membership right up to reaching  65 years, become honorary members and pay no fees.

Troy Members are only permitted to fish North Troy Lake and the river. They are not permitted on the Pynesfield Lakes. 20 anglers from the waiting lists will be offered Troy membership, fishing the old open season only. This rule to be voted on at every AGM to be continuously applied.

Juniors between the age of 12 and 16 on the 16th June may be accepted as a Junior Member, if proposed by a full, family member, becoming an automatic Full Member at age 17 years.

Kingfisher Members are children of Full Members up to 11 years old. Prior to their 12th birthday they must apply for Junior Membership. (Kingfishers may only use one rod and must fish same swim as adult member).

Waiting Lists:  There are 3 waiting lists for new, full membership to the RCAS. The first is the Family List where membership (for those over 17 years) is proposed by an immediate family, existing member. The second is the First Public List consisting of applicants from the general public proposed and seconded by existing members, but resident within 12 miles of the RCAS club hut ( 2 different documents proving residency must be provided at the time of interview). The third is the Second Public List covering proposed and seconded applicants outside a 12 mile radius.

Vacancies will first be filled by applicants from the family list. Then if vacancies still exist, from the first public list and only from the second public list if there are still vacancies available.

Successful applicants granted an interview must be accompanied at that interview by their proposer or seconder. Unaccompanied applicants will not be interviewed and will be placed back on the waiting list.

All proposers of new members must have been members of the RCAS for a minimum of 2 years and all accepted new members will be on a 2 year probationary period from the start of their membership. Members may only propose two new members at any one time.

Following the 2011 AGM, The Waiting Lists are now closed with the exception of the Family List and that those names on the Family List will be offered a place on Troy Lake for 9 months of the year from 16th June to the 14th March.

Membership Fees:  All membership fees will be set at the AGM for the following season.

Life and Temporary Membership:  The committee shall have the power to confer life, honorary or temporary membership to any member or other persons at their discretion.

Management:  The running of the society shall be invested in a committee duly elected by members at the AGM. Sub-committees may be appointed to attend to specific tasks, but their recommendations must be subject to approval of the governing committee.

In future all property of the Society shall be vested in three Trustees, who must be officers of the committee and appointed by the Society.

The committee shall consist of a President, Two Vice-Presidents, a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Four Fishery Officers, Head Bailiff and a Special Project Officer.

Officers of the committee and bailiffs will receive free membership after one year’s service whilst they remain on the committee.

The President and Vice-presidents shall be proposed by the Committee. They shall respectively hold office for life or their resignation unless removed from office by resolution of the committee.

The committee shall retire each year, but may offer themselves for re-election at the AGM.

Members may nominate another member for election to the committee by submitting their name in writing to the secretary before the 1st February in any year.

The committee shall have the power to co-opt members to fill vacancies should that become necessary.

Indemnity:  Both the officers of the Society and the trustees appointed by the Society shall not be liable (other than as members) for any loss suffered by the Society as a result of the discharge of their respective duties on its behalf (except where such loss results from their wilful neglect or default) and they shall be entitled to an indemnity out of the assets of the Society for all expenses and other liabilities incurred by them in the discharge of their respective duties.

Property of the Society:  In future the property of the Society shall be vested in three Trustees, who will be officers of the Society and appointed by the Society at an ordinary meeting. The property of the society shall be vested in the Trustees to be dealt with by them as the Society may from time to time direct by resolution (of which an entry in the minutes shall be conclusive evidence). The Trustees shall be  indemnified against risk and expense arising from the proper discharge of their duties as Trustees out of the assets of the Society.

The Trustees shall hold office until death or resignation or until removal from office at a meeting of the Society. Where, by reason of such death, resignation or removal it is necessary that new Trustees be appointed, the Society shall nominate those persons who are to be appointed as the new Trustees. For the purpose of giving effect to such provision, the Chairman for the time being is hereby nominated as the person to appoint new Trustees of the Society, within the meaning of Section 36 of the Trustees Act 1925 and he shall by deed duly appoint the person so nominated by the Society.

The Trustees shall be empowered to open and operate an account or accounts with a Bank or Building Society for the administration of moneys belonging to the Society.

For the present time our long standing Bank Accounts (Current and Savings) will be administered by our Treasurer, with one other Officer’s signatures required for the issue of cheques.

A Trustee may resign by giving not less than 21 days notice, but if required to do so shall remain in office until such time as a replacement trustee has been appointed.

Annual General Meeting:  The AGM shall be held in the month of March, at a time, date and venue to be arranged by the committee for the purpose of: recording the Annual report and duly audited accounts.

Electing the Officers of the committee.

Appointing new Trustees if needed.

Appointing Auditors.

Setting membership fees for the following year.

Deciding on any resolution duly submitted to the meeting by the committee or members.

Members wishing to submit a resolution at the AGM must do so in writing to the secretary by 1 st February with a named proposer and seconder.

All members attending the AGM shall vote by a show of their membership card.

Election of Committee at the AGM:  A vote shall be called to re-elect a previous year’s committee en-bloc. If an objection is lodged, seconded and carried by a show of cards, an individual ballot shall take place.

All nominations for the committee must be received by the secretary in writing by the 1st February. Proposed members will be put on a committee waiting list.

Alterations to Rules:  The rules of the society may be altered by resolution at an AGM or an EGM.

The committee shall have the power to create bye-laws at any time, which will remain in place until ratification at the next AGM.

Voting Procedure - Proposals and Amendments:  An Example.

There is a proposer and seconder to introduce a new rule or to change an existing rule. This proposal is debated.

There is a motion and seconder to amend the proposal (1st amendment). This is debated.

There is another motion and seconder to amend the proposal (2nd amendment). This is debated.

There is a vote on the last or second amendment. If this wins it becomes the substantive proposal and the other proposals disappear. If it loses, a vote is then taken on the 1st amendment. If it wins it becomes the substantive proposal if it loses the original proposal becomes the substantive proposal.

There is then a final vote on accepting the substantive proposal. It wins or loses.

Secret Ballot:  A paper ballot will be held if a vote for a secret ballot is called for and seconded from the floor, then carried by at least a two thirds majority vote. Only members in possession of their membership card will be issued with a ballot paper.

Extraordinary General Meeting:  An EGM may be called at any time for a specific purpose by the committee or upon request of thirty members in writing and stating the purpose for which the meeting is required.

Dissolution: The Society may only be dissolved by at least two-thirds of members present voting for such dissolution at an EGM.

The assets of the Society shall be realised and after all debts have been paid all monies shall be distributed pro-rata to all fully paid members of the Society at the date of dissolution in such manner as two-thirds of those present  at the meeting that dissolved the Society shall decide.

Committee Meetings:  The committee shall meet on a monthly basis at a time and date notified to the members by the secretary. At each meeting a quorum shall consist of five members.

In the event of a committee member failing to attend 50% of meetings without apologies, the committee may replace that member.

Financial Year:  The financial year of the society shall run from 1 st January to the 31 st December in each year. On the final day all accounts will be closed and the treasurer will prepare said accounts for presentation to the auditors by the end of January.

Subscriptions:  Members whose subscriptions are not paid by the second Sunday in May shall cease to be members of the society and their names shall be removed from the register. Subscriptions can only be paid by cheque or postal order. A fee of £10 will be charged to any member whose cheque bounces on presentation at our bank.

Working Parties:  It is compulsory for full members to complete at least two working parties; otherwise renewal of membership will not be accepted unless good reason is given in writing to the committee. The first work party must be completed by the 2nd Sunday in May, the last day for membership renewal.

A member may now opt out of both work parties on payment of a £25 fee per work party. Senior Citizen, Registered Disabled and Junior members are exempt from working parties.

Members applying for work party exemption must be prepared to furnish a Medical Certificate in support of any illness or condition that prevents them from participating. Disabled members may be asked to furnish a copy of their Concessionary Rod License and Blue Badge.

Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures:  It is the duty and right of every member to report to the committee the name of any member whose actions or behaviour they consider to be detrimental to the well being of the society. This must be reported to the secretary in writing within 28 days of the alleged offence.

If appropriate, a disciplinary hearing will be called by the committee, which shall meet the following procedures:

All members called to the meeting, will be given at least 10 days notice.

Evidence against the member will be given in a closed hearing.

The accused member will then be called to give his/her evidence in their defence.

All members will then be asked to leave the hearing while the committee considers their decision.

The accused member shall then be re-called to the meeting to hear the committee’s decision.

A member can appeal against a decision within 10 days in writing to the secretary. The member will be invited to attend the next committee meeting to hear further deliberations. Any penalties against the member will remain in place whilst the appeal is pending. The committee’s decision is then final.

The committee shall be empowered to suspend for a period of time or expel for life any member who, on the balance of probabilities, is found guilty of behaviour to warrant such action.

Any suspended member must continue to pay any fees due to the club and attend working parties.

An expelled member shall forfeit all rights and privileges of membership, but shall remain liable  for any dues or debts to the Society which became payable or were incurred before the date of expulsion.

Other than working parties a suspended member shall not visit, accompany or fish as a guest on any RCAS water.

Publicity:  No member shall take or authorise to be taken any photograph of the RCAS waters and/or activities for publication or to write or cause to be written any report or article on any RCAS activity for publication without the prior consent of the committee. This rule covers all media including the Internet. Failure to observe this rule could result in a life time ban.

Dogs: Members who bring dogs onto RCAS waters shall be responsible for their behaviour. They must be on leads whilst walking round the lakes and under strict control in the swim. All fouling must be removed by the member.


General Rules:  All Members shall abide by EA Regulations.

All persons shall fish RCAS waters at their own risk and the society shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage, however caused, to property or vehicles.

Members shall fish in one swim for a maximum of 72 hours only, after which time they must move swims or leave the fishery. This rule shall also not apply after 30th September in any year. By decree of our Landlord there will be no further Close Season on the Lakes.

The RCAS, due to pressure on our waters, does not allow long session angling or “full time” anglers, particularly if an angler at their interview indicated they only fished short sessions before being granted membership. Members wishing to fish an occasional longer session, (preferably outside of the busy summer period), should contact the committee through the secretary in good time for a decision to be made.

Anglers shall not leave any litter. All litter already in a swim shall be collected prior to fishing and removed from the fishery.

Anglers shall not light any fires or make barbecues on the ground. Proprietary barbecues are allowed.                                                                                                      

The cutting down of trees, bushes or rushes is prohibited.                                               

No firearms or offensive weapons of any description shall be brought onto the fishery.                                                                                                                              

Anglers are not permitted to swim or wade in the lakes.                                                

No fish shall be added too or removed from RCAS waters except at the committee’s direction. All fish caught shall be returned to the water (lake or river) they were caught from.

If while fishing, spawning takes place in an anglers swim, he/she must immediately wind-in and either move to another swim without spawning fish or go home. Ie no fishing for spawning fish.

Anglers may only fish waters halfway towards another angler, be that on an opposite or adjacent bank.

Member are responsible for checking, emptying and re-baiting crayfish traps if they are present in the swim they choose to fish.

All nets, weigh slings and unhooking mats must be ‘dipped’ in the tank by the Toilet block if they have been used on another water..

To avoid the spread of viruses, members are asked to keep a separate net, weigh sling and unhooking mat for use only on RCAS waters.

All mats for use on RCAS waters must have a minimum size of 100 cms x 70 cms x 2.5 cms. The use of carp sacks or zipped slings are forbidden. A propriety Flotation Sling may be used to retain a fish for a maximum of 10 minutes. No long term retention of fish is permitted at any time.

Members shall carry with them at all times their membership card and their EA rod License. Both must be produced to an accredited RCAS member, a representative of Affinity Water, Clancy Docwra and the EA.

Every member shall be an honorary bailiff while on society waters.

The parking of vehicles on the causeway and Helicon road is prohibited with the exception of disabled anglers, who must park in designated areas. Only Disabled Members may drive beyond the old white notice boards behind the club hut, on the track between Small Pynesfield and North Troy lakes.

Disabled members (those in possession of a Blue Badge and a concessionary EA rod license) have the right to request the use of one side of the Disabled Swim on the Helicon Road at all times. Disabled members have priority rights to the two disabled swims on the West bank (last two swims North) on Troy Lake.

Members may enter the Clancy Bank, on foot only, via the new gate to the right of the toilet block, which must be closed immediately after use. Access along this bank is by the White Path along side the road  and then on the Lower white Path in front of the Clancy Office . Access is only for the sole purpose of reaching the two swims at the Southern end of this bank and for access to and from the Shooting Bank. Members may not cast out or bait up from this path. Members must stick solely to the Lower White Path in front of the Clancy Office and must not use the waste bins present for any angling rubbish, they are for Clancy Staff only. Members may use a barrow on this path, but no motorized vehicle may be taken through the gate.

.The Gate Swim on Troy Lake is designated a Family Swim and may be claimed by 3 or more family members at any time.

Members shall not park in front of the containers at the beginning of the Troy arm. Access to them may be required at any time.

A member may be accompanied by a non-fishing guest, the exception being the Close Season on the River. Juniors may be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Night fishing is permitted on all RCAS waters. At night a junior shall be accompanied by an adult member and must fish the same or adjacent swim.

Members may not reserve a swim for another angler.

An object may be placed in a chosen swim for the time it takes a member to collect tackle from a parked vehicle or a previous swim. Members may not place an object in a swim then walk the lake looking for a further choice.

Members may not occupy more than one swim at any one time. No Fishing tackle or equipment shall be left unattended in a swim for longer than 3 hours.

The pre-baiting of swims at any time is prohibited .No mechanical  bait propelling devices other than a catapult, throwing stick, spod or spomb shall be used on RCAS waters.

The use of Keepnets may only be used in competitions authorised by the Committee.

The use of Laser pens/pointers is allowed on RCAS waters to scare birds from baited swims only .Any misuse will be reported to the committee.

A fishing shelter or umbrella must be of a recommended pattern and of an unobtrusive colour.

The area known as the Bird Sanctuary is out of bounds to fishing.

All gates must be kept locked. Anyone found intentionally leaving the gates open, will receive a minimum of a year’s ban and possibly a life ban, depending on the severity of the offence.

The Fishing Season:  The season on the Pynesfield Lakes shall run from the 15th June to the 14th June the following year.

The season on North Troy Lake shall run from 15th June to the 14th June the following year, with the restriction on fishing times as listed below. The river still maintains the close season.

No Fishing on North Troy or the river during the restricted period.

Restricted dates shall run from 1st September until the 31st January on each Saturday and the 1st Wednesday of the month. During these dates anglers shall leave the lake and river at sunset on every Friday and at sunset on the Tuesday proceeding a restricted Wednesday. Fishing may start again at 11 am on the Saturday and 9 am on the Wednesday. Sunset shall be defined by Greenwich Mean Time, as displayed at the clubhouse. Failure to comply with the above rule can result in a life ban.

Rods:  A member may only use 2 licensed rods on the Pynesfield Lakes and River. 3 licensed rods may be used on the Pynesfield Lakes in November, December, January and February.

3 licensed rods may be used on Troy from 15th June until 14th March, then reverting to 2 rods during the old close season.

A further licensed, privileged rod may be used by a member’s spouse or child within 10 yds of the member during daylight, but in the same swim during darkness. A privileged rod must be on a separate bank stick and the user may be asked to prove competence in its use (casting, baiting up unhooking procedures etc.) by a bailiff. Any non-member under 12 years may not fish during the hours of darkness.

Hooks, Lines and unhooking mats:  Single hooks only shall be used on RCAS waters. 2 sets of barbless, treble hooks may be used when dead baiting for pike. All Spinner and Plug baits must have barbless or crushed barb hooks.

Sea dead baits and frozen trout are the only baits allowed on RCAS waters. No live baiting or dead course fish.

All members must comply with any request by a bailiff or committee member to remove their tackle from the water at any time for the purpose of examination for tether or illegal rigs or hooks.

Pike anglers shall be expected to carry side cutters as well as forceps for removing hooks.

Any deep hooked fish of any species shall have the line cut through and returned to the water immediately.

The use of bent hook rigs is forbidden on RCAS Waters.

The use of unhooking mats is compulsory for all members.

The use of braided main lines is prohibited on RCAS waters (a concession may be granted to disabled anglers on application to the committee). Braided lines may be used on marker and spod rods. Braided main lines may be used for predator fishing, lure or dead baiting only, with a suggested minimum breaking strain of 30 lb for pike fishing.

The use of Kevlar lines, like Quicksilver, is not permitted on RCAS waters.


Guest Anglers:  Members are allowed 6 guest angler sessions in any one season. A guest session is 24 hours, but a double session can be fished, ie 48 hours, but this is the maximum time allowed for each guest.  Additional visits may be available on application to the secretary.

Any member wishing to take a guest on RCAS waters must give 7 days notice to the secretary or head bailiff and pay in advance (guest fees will be set annually at the AGM).

Guests may only fish the Pynesfield Lakes from 1st October to the end of February the following year.

Guests may fish the river during the river season only

Guests may only fish Troy from 16th June until the 14th March the following year. No guests on Troy during the old close season.


Use of the boat to free tethered fish:  The boat and life-jackets must be released by a committee member or bailiff, who are key holders to the hut where they are kept. A boat can only be released during daylight hours. A minimum of 3 adult members all wearing life-jackets are necessary to attempt a rescue. Two in the boat and one on the bank keeping watch.

The freed fish must be lifted into the boat at the stern (the most stable way) and once unhooked released immediately. The fish must not be landed. No photographic or weighing equipment is to be taken on the boat. The register must be filled in on every rescue occasion, showing names of all three persons and the releasing committee member. Dates and times of the rescue must also be entered in the register.

All members taking part in the rescue must acquaint themselves with the rules included in the front of the register. All persons taking part in a rescue do so at their own risk. No person under the influence of drugs or drink may take part in any rescue.