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Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday 5th November


Please try to join us for our November work party on 5th November – we promise there will be no Skyrockets or Catherine Wheels (well, not live ones!)

It hasn’t caused us a problem for a while now, but Floating American Pennywort is starting to take over between the boats at Heybridge Basin and if not dealt with could eventually cause problems to navigation in this busy area.

We’ll meet to start off at 9am from the lock at Heybridge Basin (where, incidentally, you will be able to see the progress that has been made to date on lock gate replacement). Please park in the Daisy Meadow Car Park. Then walk up the steps at the Navigation end of the car park, turn left and walk the short distance to the lock. Put CM9 4RP into your satnav, smartphone, Garmin, etc or click on this link: Heybridge Basin. Please wear clothes that suit the conditions – bankside vegetation can be harsh on the legs and depending on the weather it could be slippery and muddy, underfoot. We stop for a break and (free) refreshments about half way through the work party and aim to finish by about midday.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Incidentally, whether or not you are interested in the work party on Saturday please take an interest in our next Chelmer Canal Trust Talk at Moulsham Mill in Chelmsford at 8pm on Tuesday, 8th November. It promises to be a very interesting illustrated talk about Thames Sailing Barges. Get further details by clicking here.

Kind regards


Entrance now clear at Beckingham Hall

With many thanks to the Chairman and the member fishing at Beckingham Hall on Tuesday the fly tipped rubbish that was blocking the entrance gate at Beckingham Hall has now been moved out of the way.  The incident has been referred to the relevant authorities to investigate further as not only are the people who dumped the rubbish liable to prosecution but also the people living at the address where the clearance works were carried out.

Just one of the photos submitted as evidence, you can just about make out the entrance gate to  Beckingham Hall in the left background of the photo.

Found at Slough House Farm

A member who visited Slough House Farm on Friday 14th Oct has found what looks like a car parcel shelf or floor panel leaning against the car park fence. It may be that someone removed it to facilitate tackle movement and then forgot about it.  If the item is yours, and you would like it returned, please contact David the Secretary on the phone number shown in the rulebook and he will put you in touch with the member who has taken it home.

Howells carp match result

Our annual carp match was held at Howells over the weekend of 24th-25th Sep.  7 anglers fished and 17 fish were caught for a combined weight of 259lb.

1st place and retaining his title was Graham Surridge with 5 fish for 93lb 14oz.

2nd was Tony Hayden with 6 fish for 59lb 4oz

Winner of the Alan Hare Cup for the biggest fish caught in the competition was Shaun Birnie with a Common of 27lb 10oz, the same fish that won it last year – Breeze Block.

Thanks go to our sponsors Specimen Carp Baits for their bait prize donations.

The average size of carp caught was 15lb 3oz and £70 was raised for the carp stock fund.

MAS garments make the perfect Christmas gifts

If you are wondering what to buy the Maldon AS member in your life don’t forget that we have a number of hoodies, hats, caps and shirts in stock in various sizes.  Please contact Denise or Paul on 01621 857427 if you would like to make a purchase.

We can’t be certain if wearing a MAS hoodie helped Graham Surridge catch the heaviest weight of carp in the Howells carp match final two years running but we can’t rule it out either!

Autumn reminder

Members are reminded that Rook Hall and Whitehouse Farm reservoir are now closed for the 4 month duck shooting season and will re-open on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017.  There are also duck shoots scheduled for Slough House West so please look out for signs at the entrance to the fishery, especially on Fridays.

Night fishing at Bog Grove has now started and runs through until the 30th April 2017.

3 rods are now allowed on all venues for all 120 standard night permit and 50 Howells night permit holders as well as for members who have purchased the £30 winter 3 rod upgrade.  Regardless of which night permit you have you can use 3 rods on all venues including Howells.

The sun sets on another summer’s fishing at Rook Hall.

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