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 Secretary - Stan Harrison

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 Longbarn, Padgate

 Warrington

 Cheshire

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''OUR PREMIER FISHERY''

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The work party on Sunday went ahead as planned and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who attended and got stuck in to get the new fishery ready for the 16th June 2014.  On the day one or two members did get a bit carried away (no fault of their own) and removed one of the more mature trees that the landowner had specifically asked not to be touched. Hopefully this will not be a problem but I have to remind members in future to firstly seek permission before removing any mature trees or branches.  The removal of the old platforms other than one that was deemed OK went ahead as planned including the clearing of lots of brambles etc; this to open up and make more fishable pegs. We have now reached the point where we do need to burn some of the large amount of debris that is now beginning to look a mess that given favourable conditions I expect to start on the 30th March the next work party.  To aid this if members expecting to be there could bring anything combustible with them to help get the fire going it would be appreciated.

 

Important: We had a visit from the owner of the stables who thanked us for our sensitivity the week before when riders were exercising and asked if we could continue to do this in the future.  She said that on occasion they do have young disabled riders their and obviously their safety is paramount at all times.  She understands we have to do the work but asked if we could firstly check to see if any riders are out exercising before firing up the bush cutter or chain saw that could possibly spook the horses. I will post additional information regarding this for members to note for the future.

This is the last scheduled work party for this month on Heron Pool to get it ready for its opening on the 16th June 2014 and a good turn out by members would be very welcome.  The committee do intend to schedule many more for this water and for our other fisheries to retain the important levels of maintenance.  Obviously there is much more work to do on Heron Pool and therefore the emphasis for the immediate future will be on this fishery.  Dates will be published over the coming week so members should continue to check the website for them.  We also intend to insert a poster with relevant dates in the notice board at Green Lane for members who are not able to access our website.

 

We do intend given favourable weather conditions to make a start on burning some of the large amounts of debris that has to-date been removed on previous work parties. Members should if they have anything combustible that would help get one or more fires going to please bring it with them.  

Work Party Sunday 30th March 2014

POSTED: 28th December 2013.

 

URGENT INFORMATION

 

Firstly I wish to take this opportunity to wish you and your families all the very best for 2014.  The past year has been challenging but some positives have come out of it the first being the acquisition of ''Heron Pool'' which I am sure will become a very popular fishery when it opens to members on the 16th June. The second is the creation of a new website that started well but overtime became a disaster for many reasons the upshot being we had to start from scratch again.  As a result it has taken a lot longer than expected but I am now pleased to be able to report we have a brand new live Website with new domain address i.e. www.southmanchesteranglingclub.co.uk.  This should be copied and pasted into your browser then ‘’Bookmarked’’ or saved to your ‘’Favourites’’ so you can easily find it in the future.  

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THE OLD smac.org.uk ADDRESS IS DELETED IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM YOUR SYSTEM. The reason for this is that some members have been connecting to our new website via a link inserted on the old one. Please avoid doing this in future because they benefit from the number of hits to their website pushing them up the (SEO) Search Engine Optimisation rankings and ‘'South Manchester Angling Club –The Original'' down!  Something I am sure none of us wish to happen. Plenty of work is still required transferring content and making it work properly that will be done ASAP, in the meantime I will continue posting news items and anything else club related. Members should start by familiarising themselves with the new one and if they wish use the ‘’Forum’’ which you will firstly need to enter your details before it can be used.  

 

It is worth noting by the membership that the all new website belongs to South Manchester Angling Club and its members, unlike the old .org.uk that a previously trusted club official offered to create on behalf of the club then believed it belonged to him?????.  Those reading this should know the domain name and hosting was ALL paid for in full out of THE CLUBS FUNDS but said person refuses to release the clubs property back to the Original Club and its membership.  The new website is the result of this unfortunate episode that members can be assured will never happen again. I trust those viewing and knowing what the old one looked like would agree the new one is by far a much more professional looking website.

 

As a member you are encouraged to use and if possible provide ideas on how it can be improved that you can be assured will be welcomed.

 

Stan Harrison - Secretary

Posted: 29th March 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary.

Work Party Sunday 30th March 2014

Posted: 29th March 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary.

This is the last scheduled work party for this month on Heron Pool to get it ready for its opening on the 16th June 2014 and a good turn out by members would be very welcome.  The committee do intend to schedule many more for this water and for our other fisheries to retain the important levels of maintenance.  Obviously there is much more work to do on Heron Pool and therefore the emphasis for the immediate future will be on this fishery.  Dates will be published over the coming week so members should continue to check the website for them.  We also intend to insert a poster with relevant dates in the notice board at Green Lane for members who are not able to access our website.

 

We do intend given favourable weather conditions to make a start on burning some of the large amounts of debris that has to-date been removed on previous work parties. Members should if they have anything combustible that would help get one or more fires going to please bring it with them.  

Work Party Sunday 23rd March 2014

Posted: 25th March 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary

WE INTEND TO FIRSTLY RAKE AND INSERT THE DYOFIX AS WE DID LAST YEAR TO SUPPRESS THE WEED ON THE FRONT POOL AND MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO ATTEND FOR 8AM PROMPT TO HELP WITH THIS IMPORTANT WORK.

 

PS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICES ARE PARKED SENSIBLY SO OTHER MEMBERS CAN PARK THEIRS.

URGENT WORK PARTY SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2014 ON THE FRONT POOL @ GREEN LANE.

Posted: 3rd April 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary

For those who were unable or just could not drag themselves out of their pit yet again the last in the series of work parties in the main was disappointing. The burning of debris turned out to be a non starter with the ground and material to wet so we have given up on that idea for the time being.  As an alternative and given the quantity of material we need to get rid off I have suggested we consider hiring for a day an industrial sized Chipper/Mulcher and use the end result to put on the path we intend to make around the field at Green Lane and anywhere else that would benefit from some of it.  If any member has a contact or knows someone with one of these machines that we could borrow or hire at a realistic price then we would be very interested. Transporting it would not be a problem given that Bruce/Andy our chairman has a heavy duty trailer and 4 wheel drive vehicle to move it.

 

Most of the work to clear pegs is now complete apart from some general tidying including removal of tins & plastic containers left by the previous clubs so-called anglers?, who after enjoying the contents either as a drink or for bait could not be bothered to take them home and instead decided to make the fishery look like a council tip or maybe resemble their home?.  Members should not need reminding but I will ''TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME'' this is something we as a club do not tolerate and have very strict rules for offenders including termination of membership.  

Heron Pool Work Party Update

Posted: 7th April 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary.

 

The work party on Sunday was lacking in support by members but those who did show up i.e. two pensioners and three seniors just about managed to do what was required on the day.  For those who could not bother to show up and help this consisted of raking the front pool to disturb the roots of the weed that plagues this water then applying the Dyofix to supress its growth.  Lets hope enough was done by the few members who turned up to carry out this important work.  It is worth noting that without the raking and application of the Dyofix the water would certainly be unfishable as was the case in the years prior to 2013.

 

 Those members who enjoy fishing this fishery should remember this the next time they choose ignore request for help.

Posted: 2nd April 2014 - Stan Harrison - Secretary.

URGENT WORK PARTY SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2014 ON THE FRONT POOL @ GREEN LANE.

DoublePosted: 29th December 2013

 

2013 Chairman’s End of Year Report

 

Firstly I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the officers and committee to wish all members the very best for the New Year.

 

As I look back over the season I have every reason to feel satisfied with the achievements and progress that we have made to date. We all owe a great deal of thanks to our Honorary Secretary Stan Harrison for his relentless quest to put the club squarely and firmly on the angling map. Apart from the day to day running of the club he has put countless hours of time in to creating our new web site which is now live.  The creation of a new web site has been made necessary by a former member’s reluctance to relinquish the rights of the original web site to its rightful owners, namely the main body of the club.  On the plus side the new web site is a considerable improvement on the original one and represents a professional approach more in keeping with our aspirations.

 

Stan has also been at the forefront of the many work parties that we have organised since last March.  Along with other members of the committee who have also worked hard on a regular basis I should mention the selfless work of non committee members John Holland and Pete Ralphs who have taken it upon themselves to keep on top of the hedge trimming and grass cutting adding to the general appeal of fishing at Green Lane. The results of all the hard work has seen to date an excellent catch return particularly from Green Lane.

 

This brings me nicely on to the catch return box. I have to admit that i was very sceptical as to how successful this little venture would be. (The idea was suggested to the club by the Environment Agency) How wrong i was. The many members who have taken the trouble to fill in the forms have made this an outstanding success and the results of this seasons returns will be collated in the spring and posted on the web site. As well as providing a picture for members as to what has been caught and on what baits, pegs and weather conditions It will  enable the committee to assess the general fish stocks and make if required financial provision for a more balanced fishery.

         

Our Bailiff team have also put in the hours with regular checks at all the fisheries. This vital job has led to a reduction of reported poachers compared with last season.  Despite a heavy work load at home, having undertaken some major house alterations and taking a leading role in the running of a junior football team Mike Harrison our Treasurer and Quarter Master has not only kept the books in order but on more than one occasion dragged himself out of bed and made an early morning round trip from his home in Flixton to Knutsford just to drop off equipment and materials enabling the work parties to proceed. His contribution cannot be under estimated; again the membership in general is indebted to another selfless angler .

   

We have on a couple of occasions had the help of the Environment Agency at both the Green and Moss Lane waters. There help and advice has been excellent and makes me at least feel that my rod licence fee is not just another government tax. The Alan Cawley Memorial Trophy was a highlight of the early season being fished for over a series of four three hour evening matches during June and July .This laid back series with the emphases placed more on taking part and enabling members to get to know one another (the rules state that those taking part must retire to a local pub after the match for a pint or two) rather than a cut and thrust competition was enjoyed by all who took part. The competition was eventually won by Charlie Matthews. I have to say that the good weather also played its part in the success of what we hope will be an annual competition

   

So as we enter the New Year with the club on a good footing and going from strength to strength we can look forward towards the remaining few months of the season and the exciting prospect of taking control of our new water near Chelford  “Heron Pool “

   

Finally a reminder.....The club belongs to its members; its continued success depends on your participation.  Please support your club by taking part in organised events.

 

Bruce Wemyss     Chairman SMAC

2014 Cheshire Game Fair

 

Bruce your chairman, Jacko and I got up in the early hours of Sunday morning to firstly load our vehicles then make our way to a pre-arranged meeting place the other side of Knutsford before continuing to the venue at Peover Park.  Then our work started in earnest with us firstly having to erect the stand then add the display materials that consisted a number of A3 sized photo’s and one of clubs new polo shirts to hopefully catch the eye of those passing.  In addition two tables provided by the organisers had handouts and other relevant materials placed on them to hopefully attract interest.  The response on the day turned out better than any of us envisaged or thought possible and by lunchtime most of the handouts had gone and we had to do our best to retain a few to show interested parties in the afternoon.  We did have a modicum of success with several parting with their cash to join us with many more saying they would after looking at our website.

 

At this point I would like to express my thanks to Bruce who firstly made contact with the show organisers then finalised all the necessary arrangements including vehicle passes etc. Then we come to Jacko who it has to said comes in handy when there is any lifting or assembly work needed given his height and considerable large frame. As for myself, apart from designing the layout and putting the words together for the handouts and putting them out on the  tables that was as much physically I could manage.  This all changed once the punters started arriving with all three of us getting involved in conversations with those we are hopeful will eventually join us. We all agreed it was a successful day and something we should certainly look to do in future years.  This being our first means it was a learning exercise that hopefully will enable us to improve and make those we attend in future years much better.  It would be remiss of me not to offer my sincere thanks to Andy Topham who went out of his way whilst finalising work commitments before his holiday to print a considerable number of photos in A3 size plus quantity of handouts and then going out of his way to deliver them.  

 

Final comment; other angling clubs present appeared to have lots of members showing up to offer their support but sadly to my knowledge non of ours bothered. This is disappointing considering the efforts some of us went to for the benefit of the membership.   Those with a conscious should note this in future.

 

Posted: 9th October 2014 by Stan Harrison - Secretary.

 

To all members,

 

I received some sad news last week that Billie Barker one of the clubs older members had passed away. Those who knew Billie will know he had been unwell for many years with chest problems that was believed to be the result of working with Asbestos many years ago, but the day before he sadly passed away was diagnosed with cancer.  I am sure all who knew Billie will join me in offering our sincere condolences to his wife and family.

 

Billie will be remembered by many for his enthusiasm when anything needed doing especially on work parties when his considerable knowledge of the building trade at times came in very useful.  These he regularly put to good use showing some of our less knowledgeable members how to tackle certain manual task.  Billie joined the club in 1995 and for a period of time was on the committee and quickly became a well respected club official by members and colleagues. Unfortunately when the club split he decided to go with the match group because he liked match fishing which he had grown to enjoy with plenty of memorable successes under his belt.

 

Sadly he is not with us anymore but will be fondly remembered.

Posted: 22nd March 2015

 

SMAC SPRING NEWS

 

I do not have much to report after our recent well attended AGM with many members joining in to add their views to some lively debates on the subject we all enjoy (Fishing).  Unfortunately one thing we asked for but did not find any takers on the night was a person to manage fund raising for the club. This was not a surprise to me with it being what can only be described as a thankless job with lots of knock backs that for one who has spent many years in sales management becomes the norm and something you have to get over and move on.  However the buzz you get when all your hard work pays off is something you never forget. The good news is in the weeks following I have applied to a number of organisations and meetings have been arranged with several that we can only hope will get a positive result.  Any monies recieved will I can assure members be used to maintain/upgrade our fishery complexes or if deemed necessary provide additional fish stocks.  

 

One forthcoming project to hopefully benifit will be the planned 360ft of path around the inside of the recently fenced field bank at Green Lane that when completed will allow members to safely transport their tackle whether carried or by trolley to the excellant pegs along this stretch of bank.  We have other projects that would benifit from any additional monies we can aquire and encourage members to help in anyway they can.  So if you have information about an organisation that might be of interest to the club, please do not hesitate to contact me.

11th & 18th October 2015 Work Party @ Green Lane

 

Due to family health issues unfortunately I have not been able to update the website with the work done on the 11th October work party, so the following hopefully will make up for the delay.  

 

Firstly I have to report on the urgent one we called today to deal with the unsafe tree that it has to said was poorly attended with only 3 members turning out plus Scott my grandson (non member) who without we would have struggled to do any of the required work to make this tree safe. With the help of a ladder he managed to climb up to remove all of the top growth with only a bow saw available to remove the branches. Normally we would have had at least one or more chainsaws but the clubs unfortunately were 150 miles away in Ross-on-Wye at Bruce’s home. There is now a huge amount of wood on the bank that when in a suitable condition will need burning.

 

The work party on the 11th October was I am pleased to report was much better attended with some new members making an appearance that it has to be said put in an excellent stint doing more than expected.  One planned job completed was the insertion of 4 Barley Straw Bales adjacent to the cattle drink in the back pool.  These do not look very attractive at this time with a large part of them still needing to absorb water and sink to the bottom.  For those who might ask why we needed these, some minor pollution was identified early in the season when a decision was taken to acquire some and insert them to hopefully counteract it.  In addition the paths where mowed along with other areas strimmed to keep the weeds in check.  UPDATE: I forgot to mention Bruce our chairman kindly donated 2x large bags of bulbs that with the aid of several members were planted alongside the hedge just through the small gate.  This was carried out after the main work had been completed and should be something to look forward to in the spring.  

 

We are coming into a time of the year when maintenance work is normally carried out on our fisheries that without the help of the members cannot be done, so please attend to help carry out this important work.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – WHAT WOULD THE FISHERIES BE LIKE IF THE REGULARS STOPPED TURNING UP?  

 

9th August Work Party @ Green Lane

 

We expected a low turnout with it being a holiday period but once again most of the regulars managed to find time to help with the important planned maintenance/improvement work.  Some of those attending could not stay until the end because of other commitments but even so put in a good stint helping to minimise the workload for those staying.  

 

Not deterred by the small numbers those present did manage to get most of what we had planned done.  The car park area has now been strimmed and cleared of rubbish including the removal of a number of overhanging branches that were beginning to look dangerous.  Whilst this was being carried out others got to work with lawnmowers & rakes cutting the grass on the paths and clearing pegs of weed that yet again were suffering with this ongoing problem. I managed to eventually get a fire going burning most of what came from the car park area including lots of weed removed from the pool.

 

We are looking at alternative ways of tacking the weed issue including modifying the two large rakes to make them more effective but we are having problems finding anyone with the necessary tools/equipment to carryout this work.  One idea is to add a blade so they cut and rake at the same time.  We also believe dragging something like an old iron bedstead through the pool early in the year might help to stop it growing and improve how we deal with it.  If when reading this you feel you might be able to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the secretary.

 

I will at this point take the opportunity to thank all those who regularly attend work parties to carry out the important work maintaining and improving the clubs fisheries. That said after checking attendance records it would appear most of the membership do not believe they should do anything because very few new ones bother to attend that is  obvious from the records.

 

Members are reminded, we do have in the clubs Constitution & Rules a rule i.e. Number 21 that reads - All members unless excused by a doctor’s note to attend a minimum of ONE work party per year. Any members not attending will be barred from club waters for the first two months of the season.   I have not bothered to impose a fishing ban for non attendance, preferring instead to give members every opportunity to do their bit for the club.  So if you haven’t then it would be appreciated if you would show willing and help those who do.  Most who attend repeatedy say how much they have enjoyed the banter not forgetting the mid-morning breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage & egg butties.    

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – WHAT WOULD THE FISHERIES BE LIKE IF THE REGULARS STOPPED TURNING UP?  

Work Party 12th July 2015 - Green Lane

This was successful even though the numbers attending were not as good as recent ones.  That said Mike our treasurer had previously advised us that he would not be able to attend because of his football refereeing but would as usual drop off the gear for us.  Surprise, surprise I was just about to leave home @ 7.15am when I got a text saying he was just about to leave Heron Pool after strimming and widening the path to the pool all pegs & car park and was on his way to meet me at Green Lane to drop off the work party gear.  Not satisfied with just doing all of that mentioned on his arrival @ Green Lane he got stuck in strimming around the new path and pegs around the field bank before eventually calling it a day and going off to do his refereeing.  This person never stops to amaze us with him continually going out of his way that on this occasion meant him travelling from Manchester to firstly our Heron Pool fishery in Ollerton then on to Green Lane - Knutsford just so we have everything required including the cooking gear for those attending the work party.  I trust you will take this opportunity with me to offer him our sincere thanks for his continuing efforts that go far beyond what we would expect from anybody.

 

Finally the work party, given the small number of members it was pleasing to see them all getting stuck in to improve this important and popular club fishery.  The hedges down from the lane and around the small gate were the first to be tackled with them being cut along with removal of nettles and brambles underneath that had started to encroach out on to the path making it uncomfortable for members walking down it. Whilst this was being done Mike as indicated above was busying himself strimming everything he thought needed along the field bank.  Roy & Ben got to work with Lawnmowers cutting the grass on the other paths making them more comfortable for members to walk along.  Some of the others managed after many failed attempts to get a fire going that eventually allowed us to get rid of quite a lot of rubbish.  

 

One minor job carried out with my permission was to remove a branch from a tree overhanging the back specimen pool that overtime had claimed many items of expensive fishing gear.  Ben volunteered to do this with the help of some old rickety ladders that it has to said had seen better days that I for one would not have put a foot on.  Undeterred like what can only be described as a monkey he shinned up the tree with a bow saw and cut the offending branch off. Once recovered from where it fell in the pool it was then a scramble to recover the lost tackle some of which had cost members lots of their hard earned money.  Eventually everyone seemed satisfied with most walking away clutching their own long lost tackle.  

 

All told the work party was a great success so my thanks go to all those who gave up a few hours of their time improving what is a very popular and important club fishery.

 

One area identified needing some work that we intend to improve on the next work party is the parking area along the verge next to the gate.  This does require plenty of work to include clearing brambles nettles and other debris along with the removal of some dead overhanging tree branches before they can damage members or their vehicles.  When completed it should provide space for many more members to park their vehicles safely off the road away from other Green Lane road users.  Your help in accomplishing this along with other fishery maintenance and improvement work would as always be welcomed.  

9th August Work Party @ Green Lane

 

We expected a low turnout with it being a holiday period but once again most of the regulars managed to find time to help with the important planned maintenance/improvement work.  Some of those attending could not stay until the end because of other commitments but even so put in a good stint helping to minimise the workload for those staying.  

 

Not deterred by the small numbers those present did manage to get most of what we had planned done.  The car park area has now been strimmed and cleared of rubbish including the removal of a number of overhanging branches that were beginning to look dangerous.  Whilst this was being carried out others got to work with lawnmowers & rakes cutting the grass on the paths and clearing pegs of weed that yet again were suffering with this ongoing problem. I managed to eventually get a fire going burning most of what came from the car park area including lots of weed removed from the pool.

 

We are looking at alternative ways of tacking the weed issue including modifying the two large rakes to make them more effective but we are having problems finding anyone with the necessary tools/equipment to carryout this work.  One idea is to add a blade so they cut and rake at the same time.  We also believe dragging something like an old iron bedstead through the pool early in the year might help to stop it growing and improve how we deal with it.  If when reading this you feel you might be able to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the secretary.

 

I will at this point take the opportunity to thank all those who regularly attend work parties to carry out the important work maintaining and improving the clubs fisheries. That said after checking attendance records it would appear most of the membership do not believe they should do anything because very few new ones bother to attend that is  obvious from the records.

 

Members are reminded, we do have in the clubs Constitution & Rules a rule i.e. Number 21 that reads - All members unless excused by a doctor’s note to attend a minimum of ONE work party per year. Any members not attending will be barred from club waters for the first two months of the season.   I have not bothered to impose a fishing ban for non attendance, preferring instead to give members every opportunity to do their bit for the club.  So if you haven’t then it would be appreciated if you would show willing and help those who do.  Most who attend repeatedy say how much they have enjoyed the banter not forgetting the mid-morning breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage & egg butties.    

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – WHAT WOULD THE FISHERIES BE LIKE IF THE REGULARS STOPPED TURNING UP?  

 

11th & 18th October 2015 Work Party @ Green Lane

 

Due to family health issues unfortunately I have not been able to update the website with the work done on the 11th October work party, so the following hopefully will make up for the delay.  

 

Firstly I have to report on the urgent one we called today to deal with the unsafe tree that it has to said was poorly attended with only 3 members turning out plus Scott my grandson (non member) who without we would have struggled to do any of the required work to make this tree safe. With the help of a ladder he managed to climb up to remove all of the top growth with only a bow saw available to remove the branches. Normally we would have had at least one or more chainsaws but the clubs unfortunately were 150 miles away in Ross-on-Wye at Bruce’s home. There is now a huge amount of wood on the bank that when in a suitable condition will need burning.

 

The work party on the 11th October was I am pleased to report was much better attended with some new members making an appearance that it has to be said put in an excellent stint doing more than expected.  One planned job completed was the insertion of 4 Barley Straw Bales adjacent to the cattle drink in the back pool.  These do not look very attractive at this time with a large part of them still needing to absorb water and sink to the bottom.  For those who might ask why we needed these, some minor pollution was identified early in the season when a decision was taken to acquire some and insert them to hopefully counteract it.  In addition the paths where mowed along with other areas strimmed to keep the weeds in check.  UPDATE: I forgot to mention Bruce our chairman kindly donated 2x large bags of bulbs that with the aid of several members were planted alongside the hedge just through the small gate.  This was carried out after the main work had been completed and should be something to look forward to in the spring.  

 

We are coming into a time of the year when maintenance work is normally carried out on our fisheries that without the help of the members cannot be done, so please attend to help carry out this important work.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – WHAT WOULD THE FISHERIES BE LIKE IF THE REGULARS STOPPED TURNING UP?  

Work Party - 20th March 2016 - Green Lane

 

The work started with Mike our Treasurer arriving early and making making good use of the clubs new Brush Cutter clearing brambles from the raised bank next to the field.  Then it was the turn of the other members who on arrival immediately got stuck in removing one of the dead trees that had been identified as being a possible danger to members.  At this point I have to say a big thanks to all those who attended that made carrying out the work that much easier especially once we got the two chain saws working.  Both did need a bit of coaxing to get them started but after a bit of TLC administered by Bruce the chairman they fired up.  The trees felled were found to be very weighty when cut so it was deemed necessary to float them across the front pool to the ‘’Point’’ so they could be pulled up the bank with a heavy duty puller to be cut into manageable lengths for transport to the area used for burning debris.  These have now been burnt after Roy & I arranged to meet up on Tuesday afternoon to burn it all.

 

In addition to the tree felling work some members including myself were given the job of planting 25 Laurels to form what we hope will turn into a useful wind break giving protection from the wind and weather that at times can make fishing along the field bank difficult. In the near future we also hope finances allowing to purchase a small number of trees to replace those that unfortunately came down in adverse weather conditions in the years prior to us taking over the pools plus several more in recent times.   I can also advise members that in addition to the large quantity of Daffodil bulbs Bruce purchased I also dipped into my bank account and bought (donated) a large quantity of mixed perennial bulbs all of which have been planted to improve the general look of the pools in the coming months and years.

 

As usual Mike got the cooking gear out midmorning and did us proud cooking up some very tasty Bacon & Sausage (courtesy of Bruce) butties that most thoroughly enjoyed going by the expression on their faces. Time eventually ran out with us knowing much more work needs doing at this fishery.  One important job includes the removal of what is probably going to be much more of a challenging task that being felling of the dead tree overhanging the back pool near the stile. This is a very large tree that will require careful work to cut down whilst making sure members safety is preserved at all times.

 

I earlier made mention of the members excellent turnout that given it was the first of  2016 was impressive.  I need to give special thanks to one in particular who only joined the club a fortnight earlier but impressed many with the amount of work he got through on the day.  I do not usually provide a list of names but on this occasion feel the membership need to know who is maintaining the clubs fisheries.    

 

Attendance:

Bruce Wemyss, Stan Harrison, Roy Mills, Mike Harrison, Paul Hindley, David Robinson, Barry Dickinson, Ron Dickinson, Ben Gunshon, John Laurence Brown & Steve Handbridge. 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – WHAT WOULD THE FISHERIES BE LIKE IF THE REGULARS STOPPED TURNING UP?