Newsletter May 2011


The sun has arrived and the fishing season is upon us – hurray. This mailing is a bumper one as it also includes the notices for the AGM in June. The Summer Journal is complete and I am reliably informed that it is a blockbuster. It will be mailed out in a week or two. This should give you time to digest the AGM papers before settling down to a thoroughly good read.

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 28th June at 6pm

The papers for the AGM are included and this will be followed by the popular BBQ on the Savile’s Terrace. Please let me know if you intend to come. All guests are most welcome at the BBQ. Ticket price is £52, which will include food and drinks.

Summer Lunch Party – Sunday 26th June

The Summer Party will be held at Itchen Stoke Mill, Alresford, on the banks of the Itchen, by kind permission of Roger and Victoria Harrison. Applications are now being invited.

Club Dining Nights

These are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm and are open to any Members and their guests. Please let me know if you intend coming along. Same format as lunch times applies. The next date is Wednesday 6th July.

Young Members’ Events

The next dinner will be on Thursday 14th July, so please put the date aside. James Kalbassi, who organises these dinners, will be in touch nearer the time. If there are any members under 40 who have not registered, you are encouraged to do so with James jkalbassi{at}paragonbrokers.com

City of London InterClub Shooting Competition

The Club has been invited to field a team of 4 guns to take part in the above competition. This will be held on Thursday 7th July at Holland & Holland’s grounds in Ruislip. It is a lovely event with shooting in the afternoon, followed by canapés & champagne, a flush and then dinner. Those of you who would like to take part please email me- I am 2 guns short. The other Clubs are probably hoping we will bring fishing rods!

Derbyshire Dinner

The second Derbyshire Dinner is planned on Thursday 15th September back at Hassop Hall Hotel near Bakewell. This will follow the pattern of the West Country and ladies are most welcome to attend.  The room we shall dine in has been the venue for the dinners of the Cressbrook and Litton Flyfishers Club and the standard of the hotel’s food and service has always been very high. There is space for up to 50 members and guests and the charge will be around £65 per head. Fishing will be organised locally the following day, but will be dependent on availability and limited to 40 rods. Derbyshire has a rich history of flyfishing and this is an enjoyable new event. All those interested should contact Dr John Smith (jhfs[at]btinternet.com) or David Marriott (david[at]mgrw.co.uk). Accommodation should be booked direct with Hassop Hall 01629 640 488.

Fly Tying Classes – October to March 2012

Peter Lapsley has kindly offered to hold another series of six trout fly tying classes. These will be held on the first Tuesday of the month starting 4th October. It is preferred that you attend all six as they are structured to develop your skills month by month. Peter has designed it so the Members progress throughout the course. Sandwiches are provided each time and an initial charge of £50 will be made to cover the cost of these.

Please contact Morgan Jones to register your interest (morganjonesuk[at]googlemail.com).

August Holidays

The Club will close as usual from Monday 1st to Monday 29th August. However the Savile will remain open all through the month and you are most welcome to make full use of their dining room for lunch and dinner. We have also been offered hospitality with a number of the other London Clubs over August. These are all listed on the back of the mailed Newsletter.

Over our closure it is the Committee’s intention to carry out some re-decoration to the cloakroom and minor repairs within the Club.

Message to our American Members

Two stateside Members, Professor Gordon Wickstrom (Denver) (gwickst@comcast.net) and Bill Fowler (Texas) (lyndaf@grandecom.net) would like to arrange a ‘Stateside Club Dinner’ with fishing the following day for all Members living in the USA. Please send your email address to them so they can compile a list of those Members who might be interested in meeting up enabling them to plan an event that is attractive to the membership. Those of you not in the USA, but who might also be interested please email them as well. Once plans have been finalised the details will be circulated to all the membership.

Private Dinners

The whole Club may be booked by Members in the evening for your private dinner parties. The table will seat up to 14 comfortably, or 16 at a push. The Club makes a charge of £12 per head up to a maximum of £96 (VAT inclusive) and you will be asked to select your menu and wines from the Savile’s list. It makes an ideal location for any anniversaries, birthdays or even business dinners. There is no minimum number.

Club Accounts

It is now possible for you to open an account with the Savile Club to pay for all food, drink and accommodation. This applies to meals taken in the Club or in the Savile’s Dining Room. Application forms are available from Fernanda next time you are in the Club or I can post them to you.

You may find this an easier payment method and of course you will avoid the 50p charge each time you use your credit/debit card.

The account may not be used for any of our own Club events or for paying subscriptions; we will still need a cheque from you for these.

Winter Talks

The first Winter Talk was given by Mr Tarquin Millington-Drake who presented an interesting account of his contrasting fishing experiences in Russia, Iceland and Norway. The talk included fascinating footage of him battling with and landing a huge salmon in Norway. Our thanks to Tarquin for an illuminating insight into such wonderful fishing.

In February, Mr Morten Harangen gave an illustrated talk on ‘19th Century Salmon Anglers and their Adventures on Norwegian Rivers’.  Morten is currently writing a book on the subject. It certainly transpired that we can thank the Victorians for bringing to our attention the joys of fishing in Norway.

The third Winter event took place in March and Mr Christopher Knowles gave an us an insight into the quaint history of Derbyshire flyfishing. The lack of electronic assistance did not prevent Christopher from giving us an enthralling and thoughtful talk.

The February and March talks were videoed and are available to view on our website.

Fishing Auction

Once again our Members have been extremely generous with their fishing.  Over 50 bids were made for the 22 lots on offer and the total raised was over £6,000. The sealed bid method has proved the most successful way of running the auction. The total raised was just over last year’s figure.

There are just 4 lots left – one day for 2 rods on the River Windrush, one week for 3 rods on the River Earn,  one week 17th July- 24th July for 1 rod on River Gaula, Norway and one week in 2012 for 2 rods on the Miramichi River, Canada. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these.

West Country Dinner

The tenth West Country Dinner was held at the Arundell Arms on 18th March. The 12 who came felt it was another splendid evening in mixed company. This year we were delighted to welcome Adam Fox-Edwards, Anne Voss-Bark’s son, as our guest. As usual the delicious food and wines made it another memorable evening.

Mayfly Weekend

As I’m sure Members are only too aware, securing Mayfly fishing on the Test and Itchen over the prime weekend of the season is becoming increasingly difficult. It is only thanks to the generosity of our Members who are willing to give the Club access to their own fishing beats that we are able to hold this weekend. This year 18 of the younger members of the Club enjoyed two days of splendid fishing thanks to this generosity.

Email reminder

Many thanks to those of you who have now given me their email address. If there are still some of you who have not yet done so but would like to receive updates by email, please could you send me an email to the Club’s address (shown above).

Dates for the Diary 2011

Sunday 26th June                                 SUMMER PARTY AT Itchen Stoke Mill, Alresford

Tuesday 28th June                               AGM and BARBECUE

Monday 1st to Monday 29th August   SUMMER CLOSURE

Thursday 15th September                    DERBYSHIRE DINNER

Thursday 27th October                        ANNUAL DINNER


May 2011


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