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Longbarn, Padgate

Warrington

Cheshire

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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?