History of Eveham Jubilee A.S
Evesham Jubilee angling society was formed on the 15th May 1897 the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Originally based at the Trumpet Inn, Evesham the club was a roving club mainly fishing the River Avon in Evesham.
On Saturday 15th May 1897, 18 gentlemen of Evesham met at the Trumpet Inn, and formed the Evesham "Jubilee" Angling Club with Mr F Blanchard being elected Chairman and George Hunt the Mayor of Evesham was elected the society's 1st president.
Back then there were 62 members, and from records the first match was held at Twynning Fleet on July 19th 1897. There followed the Annual at Fladbury on 21st August which was won by Mr E.A. Baynes with a weight of 3lbs 13oz which won him a new Creel! 2nd with 1lb 131/2oz was H.Griffith who won a trotting rod for his efforts.
The club has always been actively fishing matches and this even continued during the two World wars mainly supported by the strong market gardeners of Evesham.
Jubilee members prepare to leave the Trumpet Inn for a days fishing c1910
Evesham Jubilee was also one of the founding members of Evesham and District Angling Assocation and also Worcester and District United Anglers Assocation. The Mayor of Evesham has always attended the our annual presentation Evenings. We have always had a junior section (called Juvenilles in the early years) and also have had a ladies section for many years, with lady members from far way as Mansfield, York, Cheltenham, Banbury, Birmingham and Worcester. The Jubilee has always been known as a family club and for the past 35 years the club headquarters has been Hampton Workingmans club. at Workman road in Hampton just outside Evesham.
The club still has the orginal committee meeting minutes from all the years when the club was formed right through to the present day. We even have the minutes from the very first meeting in 1897 when the club was formed.
A Jubilee team twice reached the final of the Sports Argus Angling Trophy, the premier midlands competiton back in the fifties and in recent years has reached the regional semi-final of the Angling Times Supercup competition.
1947 Avon Challenge Bowl fished at Hampton Ferry
The club mainly fished the River Avon in the early years. If you look very hard you may be able to see a very young John Davis on this picture of the 1947 Avon Challange Bowl match. The winner on the right is Mr W Hever
In the middle of the 20th Century numbers of people fishing were high as you can see in the following picture from 1947
This old Newspaper photo clipping shows current Jubilee Members Gary Johns and Richard Ford viewing Alan Gould's river catch from 1966!!
In recent years the society has supported St Richards Hospice for cancer care and has raised well over £10,000 from charity matches and functions.
Fished for the first time in 2005 and won by Tim Hunt, (pictured left) the Grant Davis memorial Cup match has become the societys main charity match for St Richards Hospice, fished once every year with around 50+ anglers fishing.
This match has become the one match everybody wants to win each year.
The society has over the years fished River matches on the rivers, Avon, Severn, Trent, Wye, Teme and also canal fixtures. In recent years with the movement of angling towards stillwaters the club obtained a lease in 2002 to a fishery near Flyford Flavell, later to be named the Jubilee Fishery.
Several of our current members have been un-broken members of the society for 20,30,40 and even 60 years!
Pictured to the far left is Phil Johns who was a member and officer of the society for 40+ years. Phil's pool at the Jubilee fishery was named after him.
On the rght is John Davis with over 60 years of un-broken Jubilee memberhip!
The Centenary Trophy
Evesham Jubilee turned 100 years old in 1997 and to mark this landmark Nick Green from W L Brown ironmongers in Pershore donated the Centenary Trophy to the club which was presented to the first winner Barry Stayte by Evesham Mayor Cllr Robert Raphael, grandson of Ernie Huxley (pictured in one of the black and white photo's below) a Jubilee member in the 1940-50's. The Trophy is fished for on the second Saturday in May every year, which is the nearest date to 15th May the date the society was formed in 1897.
The 'Annual' match was the one match of the year where members all travelled together to the match venue via coach
Just like the old days before cars became popular, taking a breakfast before the fishing and then an evening meal afterwards. You could even have a bet on yourself from the resident 'bookmaker' while on the coach travelling to the match venue. The Annual match still takes place these days but with coach hire costs and more cars being freely available these days travelling together via coach sadly stopped in 2009.
The Fur and Feather match
Evesham Jubilee prides it's self as having one of the best Fur and Feather matches in the area. Every member that fishes this match receives a prize from the club greater than the entrance fee. This match was always well attended and still it in the modern era. The top three placed anglers would receive their Fur and feather hats that were traditionally worn again for the Hangover Cup match just after the turn of the year.
The clubs annual presentation evening has been held at the clubs Headquarters, Hampton Workingmans club for at least the last 35 years. The club has plenty of cups and trophies, many of which date back to the 1930's and there are plenty of family names engraved on them, where fathers, sons and grandson etc have all won the various cups over the years.
The picture from 1985 below sees Dave Runicals, Billy Cook, Barry Stayte, Steven Savage, Phil Johns, Grant Davis and John Davis displaying their winners cups back in 1985