Renewing or Joining Farnham AS for the 2024 – 2025 Season

Renewing or joining Farnham AS for the 2024 – 2025 season?

Please remember that although all applications are turned around within 48-Hrs of us receiving them, all handbooks are posted using 2nd Class stamps and we are wholly reliant upon the Royal Mail to get them to you.

As such, the sooner you apply, the better chance you have of ensuring you receive your handbook in good time for the start of the new season on Monday 1st April 2024.

Online:

Members may apply via our website:

https://www.farnhamanglingsociety.com/join-us/

In person:

This is only available at Gold Valley, Gold Lane, Government Road,

Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PT.

This will be between 10:00am – 4:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays until the end of July 2024, starting Friday 1st March & Saturday 2nd March.

Postal applications:

These may be made using the Renewal Form on Page 89 of your 2023 – 2024 handbook or by downloading an Application Form from our website:

https://www.farnhamanglingsociety.com/membership…/

Handbooks for the forthcoming season, which commences on 1st April 2024, will be issued in early March 2024 once we have received them from our printers, and will be issued in the order that applications are received.

 

Please note:

Applications for membership of the BCAA (Basingstoke Canal Anglers Association), have been suspended until 22nd March 2024.

This is because it looks highly unlikely that the BCAA will control the fishing on the canal next season, as the BCAA’s ability to undertake any maintenance is too limited and they receive very little support in seeking to bailiff the 32-mile length of the canal.

The Basingstoke Canal Authority (BCA), from June 2025 will look to put out the management of the fishing on the canal to open tender, clearly an attempt to generate greater income.

Those that have already applied for a 2024/25 BCAA permit, will be issued with a refund once the decision has been made as to the BCAAs future at their AGM on 21st March 2024.

There is a winding up proposal for consideration, so whether the BCAA will continue to control the fishing on the canal or indeed exist as an angling association going forward is in considerable doubt. This is a sad reflection of the current circumstances and designation of the canal as a SSSI that have led to this position, especially after all the hard work by those people that have run the BCAA and acted as bailiffs for them since their formation in 1991.

The Executive Committee will be discussing this situation, but in light of the very onerous problems faced by the BCAA in managing the fishing on the canal, and the onerous BCA management responsibilities likely to be involved in any future leases, any FAS pursuit of any leases for the canal that become available would have to be very carefully considered.