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Dear members

It has been decided by the Committee that our committee meetings and Thursday night members meetings are suspended until further notice. The talk on the West Pier scheduled for 2 April 2020 is also postponed

This decision has not been taken lightly but has become inevitable with the evolution of the virus.

Keep healthy, stay safe.





Mumbles Motorboat and Fishing Club

Excutive Committee report
Meeting Date 27 February 2020

Present: Dean Gifford (chair), Trevor Mellard (secretary), Keith Stephens (treasurer), Colin Albert, Roy Evans, Mark Thomas (skipper), Richie Pearce (skipper), Allan Walters ( Skipper).

Apologies: Phil Gavey (holiday), Tom Sheterline (working), John Elvins (family), Jon West (not well).

With the Commodore away on holiday Dean Gifford chaired the meeting.

Correspondence: From Janet Hurst giving details of the funeral arrangement for husband Mike Hurst. From EON concerning electricity tariffs for the chalet. Third party public liability members fishing insurance premium due for payment from PAKA.

Membership: There were no new membership application.  We have 162 members so far for 2020.

Finance: The treasurer reported the current financial position. A number of big bills had been paid for the new electronics on Oystercat and new decking on the front area outside the chalet. The Nationwide Building Society did not have an account suitable for use by the Club. Keeping the Swansea Building Society account for the time being. Reported the Mumbles Belle insurance was due for renewal before the end o March.  Likewise, the road tax for the minibus.

Gift Aid donations were down due to fewer fishing trips and fewer members signing up for Gift Aid. The amount we can claim back from HMRC will be a lot less than last year.

Oystercat: No major maintenance required until the summer lift out.  Cooker still temperamental, most skipper would like it replaced. Boat committee to consider and report back. Steve Absalom had recommended Peter Richards to give a talk to the members.  He could speak on a number of topics, T Mellard to follow up with Steve and obtain a list of topics from which to choose. Steve also propose a species competition between members on Oystercat. Dean Gifford to follow up with Steve and organise one as soon as possible.


Mumbles Belle: had taken on a significant amount of water during the recent storm.  Vic Lilygreen and Allan Walters had been down to manually bail the water out. They also found one of the bilge pumps was not working and would have to be replaced. Noted that Vic continued to make a good recovery and was hopeful that he would soon be back skippering the Belle. The committee thanked Vic and Allan for all their hard work in looking after the Belle.

Shore fishing: None had taken place, mainly due to the adverse weather. Arrangements were in hand for future events and the setting up of league matches. It is hoped to re-establish a shore fishing team to get things moving. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the secretary asap.

Chalet:  P Gavey still in conversation with ccs over a reduction in rates. The electric meter had been replaced and new readings taken amount payable to be reviewed. The new decking had been completed, some old wood needs taking away and consideration given to having outdoor furniture on the new decking. R Pearce had refitted the gate at the top of the old steps. RP to check if any areas need painting inside and treatment of the woodwork outside.  Bedding to be renewed. A number of booking had be made and the chalet would be made ready for the first guests of the new season.

Club Events: Arrangements has been made for Robert Gray of ABP to give a talk in the repairs being undertaken to repair the west pier sea wall and provision for fishing again from the pier. The talk will take place on 2 April 2020, starting at 8pm in the Mumbles Rugby Football Club, Mumbles.

To be more proactive in running the Spot the Fish raffle on a club night

Club Publicity: A number of new flyers and posters had been made ready for distribution to promote the club around the marina and tackle shops.
Next meeting 16 Karch 2020
Trevor Mellard

Mumbles Motorboat and Fishing Club

Excutive Committee report
Meeting Date 27 January 2020
The Committee discussed, considered and decided on the following matters.
The chaieman open the meeting and welcomed the members present. A special welcome was extended to Alan Walters who was attending his first meeting as a skipper of the Mumbles Belle. 
Under correspondence issues raised by a member concernig the the safe manning levels of the Oystercat and qualifications of a crewmember. It was alledge that rules had been ignored and the safty of the boat was at risk. Following the discussion it was agreed that no rules had been ignored, the manning levels and skipper crew qualicication and boat handling experience had not put the boat inany danger.
The membership renewal night, 19 December 2019,  had been very successful with some  60+ members in attendance. The menbership after the event had risen to 155.
The Treasurer was still balacing the bank and building societies to ensure the Club funds were within the FSCA compensation limits. Money had been paid out to cover the costs involving the new navigation and fish finding equipment and the the new auto-steer installation. Also for the new decking outside the front of the chalet in the Summercliffe Chalet Park, caswell Bay.
The insurance for the chalet had been renewed with a saving of £140.
The Oystercat had been sailed over to the Cardiff Bay Yatch Club for the annual cod competition. Members fishing on the way down and in the cod competition no prizes were won. Whilsat down in Cardiff it wa reported the boat life in Swansea marina was broken and it would June time before Oyatercat could be lifted out of the water for upgrades and maintenance. The weather was also dredful preventing the boat returning to Swansea. Arrangement were quicly made to have the new navigation equipment and auto steer fitted while berthed in Cardiff. The CBYC's boat lift was used as required.  After a week's stay in Cardiff the Oystercat returned to Swansea marina. Thew equipment was given a good test on the way back and during a recent fishing trip. All was working well, a vast improvment over the old equipment and well worth the investment. Arrangements were being made to train the skippers in the use of the new equipment.
Stll looking for a permanent solution to ensure the cooker always works well.
The reolacemnet of the antifouling would have to wait until the summer following the repair of the boat lift and clearance of the backlog of boats booke-in to be lifted out of the water. It was decded to remove the old antifouling back to the gel coat and replace it with a longer lasting substance inpregnated with copper.


Mumbles Belle.  The repairs to the engine oil leak would also have to wait until the summer when the boat lft was back in action. The action required while the Belle was in the boat yard included; removing the engine, replacing the sump gasket, oil filter, fuel filter and examing and repairing as required to the firefighting skin fittings and heating pipes.
New Belle skipper Alan Walters had taken th boat out on a fishing trip, with Vic Lilygreen on board for the ride, all had gone well and good day's fishing was appreciated by all on board. Wel Done Allan.
Shore fishing. Keith Stephens reported on a fishing trip the Amroth to take part in the annual air ambulance charity competition.  Only 5 of the 120 anglers were from MMBFC. The fishing and prizes were no where near as good as last year. Keith stepped into a gully and got wet all over.. Still looking to set up a shore fishing league for members.
Chalet. New decking had been fitted to the front of the chalt, incororating new steps to the front door.  The roads and curb stones had been renewed, improving the appearance of the chalet park.  Looking to repaint the inside of the chalet and revarnish the outside.
Club publicity. Discuessed new way of atttracting sponsor for the club and its events. These included letting out adverting space on the Cat, updating the promotion leaflets and poster and redistributing to tackle shops and othe places.  To park the minibus down the marina as an advertising billboard. Apparantly this is allowed for 10 day periods, periodically. Posters, leaflets and membership application forms to be available from the bus and boats.
Next meeting 17 February 2020
Trevor Mellard
MMBFC Secretary




Meeting Date: 16 December 2019

The Committee considered, discussed and concluded the following issues.

Boat and crew minimum manning safety levels for fishing trip. Agreed the current practice for a two man skipper and crew fishing trip, due to no other demand from members was working satisfactorily.

A membership renewal evening notice had been sent out to members informing them of the date 19 December 2019 and a free curry supper would be provided.

No new applications for membership had been received since the last meeting. Several members had renewed their membership for 2020. The membership for 2020 stood at 34.

The Treasurer reported the current financial figures for income and expenditure. These were satisfactory.  Progress was being made on balancing the sums of money in the bank accounts to be within FSCA compensation scheme limits.

Oystercat was now 12 years old. The hull was in very good condition but the electronic were out of date and unreliable.   Maintenance and associated cost were increasing on a yearly basis. Maintenance would be carried out on the capstan system, toilet and cooker. When the boat is out of the water in February/March the hull coatings would be taken back to reduce thickness and new anti-fouling applied that lasts 5 years, the upper body would be cleaned and polished. Final arrangements were being made on the purchase and fitting of the new and replacement electronic navigation and steering equipment. A target installation date had been set for 10 February 2020.

Mumbles Belle’s maintenance would wait until March for the oil leak and hull inspection to be done when out of the water and in the boatyard. Allan Walters was standing in to skipper the Belle while Vic Lilygreen recovers.

Fishing trips and catches were down due to adverse weather conditions. A couple of shore fishing trips had been arranged but were poorly attended. The Club would like to see some 10 members get together to set up and run the shore fishing programme. And reinstate the Awards Evening. The minibus had just passed the MOT which was valid for another 12 months and available for shore fishing trips to various venues.

The chalet was now closed until March 2020, when again it would be open for lettings. Arrangements were being made for the inside to be repainted and extended decking to be fitted to the front. The surplus income would pay for this work.  The Airbnb website had already been set up to take bookings.

The 2020 Norway fishing trip was well in hand, the minibus had been booked for the airport run, but additional drivers had to be approved. The final payment from the members going on the trip can now be made to the Club.

Next meeting 27 January 2020

Trevor Mellard


Committee Meeting held on 25 November 2019

Richie Pearce reported on his visit to Vic Lilygreen who was in hospital following a stroke of Friday night. He was out of intensive care and making slow progress. Feeling was coming back to both arms and legs and he could just about stand with the aid of a frame. His speech is now slurred rather than none at all. The committee wished him well for a good recovery and sent thier good wish to his family at this difficult time.

Another 2 new members had been signed up,.  The membership for 2019 was 211.  A number of members had renewed for 2020 making a total of 18 on the 2020 membership list. With membership coming to an end on 31 December 2019 it was decided to hold a membership renewal evening on Thursday 19 December along with a curry supper.   If you cannot make the renewal evening you can still renew your membership by BACS or cheque.

You need to renew your membership before you can continue to use the Club and its facilities in 2020.

Noted that the annual accounts had been approved at the AGM.  Accepted the draft minutes for the AGM were a correct record of the meeting. Treasurer Keith Stephens tabled the current income and expenditure for the boats, bus and chalet. Keith Stephens was also rationalising the bank accounts to keep within the FCS compensation limits.

The Oystercat had under gone a couple of maintenance to day where essential repairs had been carried. The starboard engine was now working, well having replace an electrical control box. The cooker was working much better but needed a bit of TLC. The capstan pump and seal had been replaced. Stainless steel plates had been added to the anchor bay. Things were much improved.  Seeking further improvements, the reliability and safety of the electronic navigational equipment had been checked out. This showed the age of the equipment, much of it outdated and a number of the units had become unreliable.  The equipment was now 12 years old and would require ongoing maintenance costs.  It was decided to replace the old with new.  The purchase of a new replacement boat was too expensive and to keep the Oystercat shipshape it was decided on a programme replacing/renewing essential equipment, this way the costs would be much more manageable.


Vic Lilygreen had done an excellent job in keeping the Belle seaworthy and a joy for fishing. Unfortunately, due to Vic’s stroke these trips would not take place for a while, as we have no ready replacement skipper for the Belle.  We have to decide whether to give a member of the Belle crew additional Belle handling experience to gain the competence to take the Belle out fishing. Or, take the boat out of the water now for its annual maintenance and repair of the engine oil leak rather than wait until March when the locks are closed for maintenance.

Keith Stephens reported on a shore fishing trip to Amroth, only 5 members attended. He was organising a shore fishing trip to Cold Knap on 28 November 2019. We considered possible reason why the Club’s fishing activities and meetings were not well support, the following were put forward: A number of members belonged to other fishing clubs and they organised their own long-established shore fishing programmes and they joined MMBFC to go boat fishing. Many of our members live outside the Mumbles and Swansea area and along with the carparking issue find it inconvenient to attend meetings in Mumbles. Having left the old meeting place down by Mumbles pier and moved to the Rugby Club we have lost the close community atmosphere of a family club. All the information members require can be found on the website including booking boat fishing trips. Members no longer report their fish catches and the awards evenings lost support. Many other were discussed. How times have changed. If you wish to make an input then use our FORUM page on the website.

The chalet is closed for the winter and steps are being taking to decorate the inside rooms and arrange for decking to be erected to the front of the chalet. These improvements would make the chalet more appealing on the letting market and attractive to people interested in purchasing the chalet. The letting charges for 2020 will be 10% more than in 2019. The chalet had a very good 6 month letting season in 2019.

There will be no Club nights on 26 December 2019 and 2 January 2020.

The date of the next committee meeting is 16 December 2019.
Trevor Mellard