At the recent AGM Barry Pilgrim retired as our Chairman, with the thanks of the Committee and members present expressed for his succesful couple of years in the role. In his place the Committee was very grateful to have a willing volunteer to take his place, namely ERIC BROWN.

Eric brings great enthusiasm and angling experience to the role, and has provided this following brief profile for members curiosity/interest.

Hello. I am 56 years old and have been fishing for around 52 of those years. I have caught 86 species of fish in 16 different countries and have tried many disciplines, and indeed am trying new ones as we speak (pole and dropshotting).

I have been in many clubs and have always got involved in some way shape or form, and have really enjoying my time in HAC. I’ve met some really great people and especially those on the committee – in fact it took me a while to realise I was on The Committee (last year) thanks to Terry [Nutt’s] special manipulation skills!

The team running this club are really special and I feel honoured to be part of it.

In the past I have particularly enjoyed teaching kids to fish (friends and family), but have now taken this to a new level by becoming a level 2 coach for the Canal and River Trust.

I am a qualified first aider and have also passed my safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults.

Ultimately I would like to develop a junior section within the club, with a goal of entering a team in the junior national – no pressure there then!

I also have some ideas on future proofing the club: things like stock ponds ,netting parties and
breeding our own fish to cope with predation.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to meeting you all on the bank sometime – but don’t forget if any of you want to get in touch at any time i’ll be pleased to hear from you – contact details for me and the other committee members will be on the new clubcards out soon.