This week was the last meeting of our current meeting season which always coincides with our annual awards and presentation ceremony and fun quiz. We had an average attendance which usually means lots of left over food but there was a fun atmosphere nevertheless and plenty of banter between those attending. I understand that Tony Pawley was instrumental in stepping in to help with the nibbles and drinks so thanks for that Tony, it was a good spread as usual.
The evening commenced with the presentation of the photographic award. In the absence of Roy McAdam, Tony Woods had agreed to do the judging. He displayed all of the entries on the screen and gave an honest and constructive critique of each and there were some interesting and varied pictures on show. However, there has to be a winner and that proved to be Chris Hollick with a lovely close up shot of a grayling’s dorsal fin which was clear and attractive. Here you see Chris receiving his shield from Chairman Ken.
As part of the Annual Fly dressing competition an award is made for the most innovative fly using set materials and this year that was won by Charles Deverill who is seen receiving the award from Ken.
The Novice trophy was won this year by stalwart member and ever present helper Tony Pawley who is seen here looking pleased and maybe a little shocked to receive the trophy.
By some massive stroke of luck the Open class fly tying shield was won by yours truly and I was genuinely shocked to hear my name announced. I feel privileged to have won the trophy and below I am seen receiving it from Ken.
Way back last year the Annual weekend away included our usual boat competition and it was held on Llyn Trawsfynydd in blustery difficult conditions. The worthy winner was Pete Webb seen collecting the trophy below.
During this meeting season the Accreditation sessions have been well supported and a number of members have worked hard to achieve the various levels. The committee had saved up a number of certificates and presented them en bloc to the various winners. The below happy bunch all received their bronze awards under the tutelage of Ken. Some of these lads have been persevering for some time to achieve this and well done to them,
Recently returned from his travels in the Far East, Stuart Greenwood received his Silver Certificate.
Following a lot of help from Paul Aston and the club who put on extra classes for the instructors, I managed to achieve my Gold award and can say that I am glad it is done. Some say the syllabus is a lot easier but even so, some of the patterns are tricky.
One of the guild special award certificates for Grayling patterns also went to Roger Smith who also encouraged members to consider joining the Grayling Society.
The final award of the evening was something rather special for me as the Chairman’s trophy was presented to me with some kind words from retired Chairman Peter Webb. It is a beautiful trophy and I feel honoured to have been awarded it.
The final part of the evening following the drinks and nibbles was the fun quiz put together by Ken. Some very testing General Knowledge questions followed thankfully by fly tying related issues completed the night and we just about finished before being kicked out by the staff. Lucky team consisted of Dennis, Doug, Gary, Russell and myself.
Thanks to the committee for putting the event on and providing some tasty treats most of which I had given up for Lent but that quickly went out of the window. Thanks also to Tony Woods for his photographic skills. Now it is time to put those flies to good use somewhere. Tight lines.