Welcome To St Michael Fly Fishers
Having accepted the request to re-join the committee for St Michael Fly Fishers, I recognise there will be a number of challenges ahead.
Knowing the club is in need of long term forward thinking, not just a short term caretaker and sadly after George Wilding¹s total commitment as the Chairman in 2016 with my assisting him as President, we only had a brief time to set up a recruitment campaign before he was taken from us in 2017. In losing him we lost the impetus of our forward longer term ambitions.
With George we were always looking for ways and ideas to benefit the members, who are the Club and to keep it continuing in good health. I believe our rebuilt committee can keep the club vibrant and interesting. To that end the committee under my guidance have a duty to ensure its continuity by taking a pragmatic long term approach to encourage new members who have the same perspective for fishing and countryside etiquette that we have always strived to maintain.
We start from a position of strength, Mike our secretary, has proved his measure of diligence and detail. Joe carries his reputation for his personal enthusiasm and professional acumen, skills that would otherwise cost the club a lot of money, if outsourced. Bill for his promotion and newsletter another priceless asset to the club. I have seen Tom¹s work as our Treasurer and again I cannot believe our good fortune in using his talent.
With two new committee members including Vic Holloway and Terry Burgess now available to add additional support, this is the strength that gives me confidence in the continuing growth of our club for our members.
“Having been a member of St Michael Fly Fishers for over 15 years it has been a joy to be amongst other passionate like minded fishermen who believe in a good sporting spirit and camaraderie."
"I have been a member of St Michaels Fly Fishers for over 10 years & at present have the honour of being the clubs Treasurer. I have learned much over the years due to the vast knowledge of the members & hope to learn more in the coming years."
"SMFF have provided me with over 20 years of quality fishing and quality friendship. The outings, whether the regular trout or the occasional sea fishing expedition, never fail to come up trumps on both scores."
"As a supplier to Marks and Spencer I was invited to join the club more than 20 years ago. My very first outing was to Avington, and I turned up wearing new trousers, new jacket etc, not quite sure what to expect. Apart from being over dressed what I found was a bunch of guys, some from senior management, and even the Directors chauffeur, all of whom made me so welcome I immediately felt among friends. That feeling continues even today, and I have had some amazing times with the club. I have been privileged to be their Chairman, and Hon Secretary, now for second time."
Tribute to George Wilding
If you are ever near enough in Berkshire; perhaps visiting the SPORTFISH Game Fishing Centre near Reading. You are only a few miles away from a recent memorial to our late, well loved Chairman – George Wilding .
Just off the M4 motorway lies Barn Elms Fly Fishing Lakes. Search around the tranquil two lakes! You will eventually find the tribute, placed through St Michael Fly Fishers Ltd, by donation from George’s close business colleagues, and workmates from Marks & Spencer.
In a commanding position at one of his favourite spots, we like to feel we stay connected .
With great respect.
Chairman & President
St Michael Fly Fishers