It was certainly a Who's Who of the angling world. Mrs Sue Stone was a most honoured guest who was given a very warm welcome by everyone. Sue the wife of the Society's first President, Peter, was presented with a cheque by Fred Crouch, the current President of the Society. We were also privileged to have some great names from the past; the likes of Dave and Kay Steuart who have a superb record of catching big coarse, game and sea fish. I well remember seeing pictures in the angling magazines in the 1950's of this husband and wife angling team being featured for their salmon catches from the Hampshire Avon. Another charming couple present were Peter and Madge Wheat. Peter is the Society vice President. Many of us remember the Angler's World Magazine that Peter edited so successfully, also his various books including Fighting Barbel.

I opened the conference with a few words of welcome to everyone, followed by the customary minute silence for all anglers who have passed away since the last conference. This was followed by an interesting Annual General Meeting with several questions from the floor. It's nice to see an AGM so well attended. I feel other angling clubs could perhaps have some attraction at their AGM's which might encourage more members to attend. The first speaker was Dave Green who gave an enlightened talk and slide show on the Great Ouse. This was then followed by lunch, a time or everyone to visit the various trade stands, meet old friends and generally socialise over a cooling glass of ale.

The afternoon session started with the presentation to Mrs Sue Stone of a cheque for 2000-00 for her chosen charity. The money had been raised by society members, following the death of her husband Peter. It just shows how fondly he was remembered.

During the afternoon various guests gave talks and demonstrations. Steve Pope on the Lower Severn, Paddy Webb Modern techniques, Bob James casting, Fred Crouch the barbel's sense of smell, hearing and other matters. This was followed by a raffle and auction with the conference closing around 6-30pm.

The organisers deserve a pat on the back for another excellent Barbel Society conference. Well done everyone.