Sunday, 5 June 2016

Boathouse thoughts!

Photo 01 - Loch level dropping from the boathouse!

Boathouse thoughts!

Our policy in running the club has always been to encourage an open policy with regard to all of the clubs assets and in our policy making. We opened the doors of the boathouse a few years back to allow members to store tackle which was too bulky to be carried every trip. The boathouse also proved to be a robust shelter during storms for anglers fishing in close proximity.

Over that period the odd thing has disappeared but nothing of great value and we were content to monitor the situation. Some items had simply been moved and turned up at a later date. On arriving this week two bags of concrete seem to have walked off and whilst not carrying huge value it will become a line in the sand! If a member needs a bag of concrete urgently just ask and we will give it to you if we possibly can!

Since we now know that things are definitely going missing we have to consider whether or not we can continue with our open door policy. The boathouse stores items from some of our members in addition to club property. There is no way we can monitor everyone who enters and leaves the building even with CCTV. It is also not practical to have everything locked up in tamper resistant cupboards it would incur significant expenditure so our options are limited.

We are now faced with a dilemma of trying to maintain security with our open door policy or revert to the pre open door era where only committee members had access. As one of the main instigators of the open door policy I am loathe to close the boathouse down again, the decision however is not mine to make, rather it is for the club committee!

We will continue with our open door policy for the next few weeks to give members a chance to come up with suggestions as to how we may tackle this problem. If you have any ideas please drop me a line so that the committee can discuss all aspects before arriving at an informed decision. This was a problem encountered by past administrations and is nothing new, in past cases the boathouse was simply closed down.

It is a great pity that we are once again in this position because of the antics of the few. How any member could feel justified in stealing from the club I do not know! It is also a worry that we have a thief among us at the club. I have met many of our members and they are good decent people but someone is not who they appear to be! Failure to act would be a dereliction of duty as we are charged to look after the club assets to the best of our ability.  These thefts are unfortunate but they are incidents upon which we must act! It may be that there will be a knock on effect relating to membership with screening being reintroduced! It should be noted that anyone found stealing club property will be barred from the lochs for life and handed over to the police!

Please do send your views on so we may take an informed decision, members with goods stored in the boathouse should have no worries about retrieving their goods as access will be possible on a Saturday or by appointment most other days if we have to go back to a closed door policy! Going back to closed doors would undoubtedly be a retrograde step but if we cannot come up with a workable alternative we will have little choice!

PS the boathouse Chaffinch is sitting on her eggs!

Fish for the club!

Any member who would be willing to fish in the Inter club competition to be held on Lindean reservoir should drop me a line. Fishing will be in the evening from 18.00 – 22.00hrs dates to be confirmed. The dates will be announced as soon as they are to hand. The club pays the entry all you need do is go and fish.

The wider world in my view!

Time to leave!

Don’t misinterpret the headline saying its time for us to leave the EU for I believe it is definitely not! Rather it is time for Lord Snooty to leave as one of the figureheads of the “Remain” campaign. This crisis manufactured by Lord Snooty is causing havoc throughout the country all because Lord Snooty wanted to placate his Euro sceptics!
The televised question and answer session this week will I am sure pushed the “Brexit” campaigners ever closer to victory. 

Lord Snooty is meant to be campaigning for the “Remain” side but is doing them more harm than good. It was embarrassing to watch as ordinary members of the public grilled Snooty and ultimately exposed him as a fool!
Waffling, lying and doing a great disservice to the country were the points of failure and unfortunately no positive points emerged as to why we should remain as members of the EU. It seems that Lord Snooty is determined to go out with a bang as he plunges the country into crisis as he jumps ship! Its almost unthinkable that the country faces a massive crisis all because Lord Snooty could not stand up to Nigel Farage!

Its a tense time and a huge fork in the road for the country, perhaps the best way to weigh up the arguments is to switch off whenever Lord Snooty speaks and give other speakers some consideration! For Lord Snooty it’s time to leave!

Robust opposition!

Yes the first of the First Minister’s Question Time sessions took place this week and to be honest nothing has changed! The Borg Queen’s assertion that she would hold the Scottish Government to account fell at the first hurdle. There was no surprise here it was the same old Tories spouting Westminster policy while no one listens!

Listening to the questions put by the Borg Queen four out of the six questions she was allowed to ask were absolute tosh! She asks questions the answers to which are in the public domain and serve only to make her look a bigger dope than she is already! As to holding the government to account she failed spectacularly as Sturgeon simply embarrassed her and kicked her into the weeds!

Yes there was much gesticulation, emphasised words and raised voices but alas for the Tories to no avail as Sturgeon simply brushed them aside! The Tories may have increased numbers on a temporary basis thankfully in Scotland their muscle power is as it has always been in recent times – Nil!

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