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Beckingham Hall update

Beckingham Hall remains closed until further notice but hopefully some better news will appear here soon.  Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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.

All night permits for this season are now sold out

Standard night permits for the 2016-17 season are now sold out as all 120 have been sold.  These will go back on sale for the 2017-18 season in December 2016 and will be valid from Christmas day with night fishing until 31st March 2017 included at no extra charge.  Howells night permits have been sold out since May.  Any free spaces for the 2017-18 season will go on sale on 1st April 2017.

Attempt at fly tipping at Beckingham Hall

It has been reported that a white flatbed van attempted to fly tip a load of turf and other waste outside the entrance gate at Beckingham Hall on Sat 4th June at 2.30pm.  Members are asked to be on the look out for vehicles acting suspiciously around our fisheries, in this instance it stopped in the road and then reversed into the entrance by the gate, waiting there for a couple of minutes before a person jumped out, looked around and gave a nod to the driver. The van’s flatbed then started rising to tip the load of turf and other waste but at this point they noticed that one of our members had spotted them from the lake and made off.  If you see anything similar, and can make a note of the vehicle’s registration number, please let someone on the committee know and you can also report the incident at http://www.maldon.gov.uk/info/587/refuse-flytipping/243/fly_tipping.  Thank you.

Mudwatch

I have been reminded (after a new member got stuck in the mud at New Hall) to resurrect this Mudwatch post:

Extreme caution (6) (unless you own a 4WD vehicle):

Brick Kiln Pond – the car park is churned up.  We will forgive you for parking outside the gate under these circumstances.
Little Park 1 & 2 – the track is good but in regular use by farm vehicles.  There is now a new key padlock on the white gates.  The grass car park can get very slippery.
New Hall – the access track is good but please do not drive beyond the water works entrance as the car park is extremely muddy and you will probably get stuck.
Slough House West – the car park in the farm yard is churned up and treacherous.
Whitehouse Farm – re-opened 1st Feb – Water level very high.  Pages Lane is firm but pot-holed (work in progress to repair).  The side track is muddy but the car park is OK if you can get that far.  Please do not try and drive beyond the car park as this is all churned up:

The banks at Whitehouse Farm are now slippery as well following extensive works to clear the undergrowth around the lake:

Good/Fair (11):

Beckingham Hall – fine if you park just inside the gate on the right but increasingly iffy the further up the slope you go.
Bog Grove – the track has now been repaired and the car park resurfaced so as long as you keep off the grassy bits all will be OK.  Bark chippings have been applied to some of the paths and swims but please proceed to your swim with extra caution as the sloping banks are made of clay and can be very slippery underfoot.
Heron Hall – firm track and car park but fairly tight for turning round.  The small layby opposite the gate is flooded again.
Little London – the access is firm but uphill, the car park has been resurfaced.  Turning round can be a bit tight.
Howells – the track is firm although the car park can get a bit churned up due to regular use.
Railway Pond – parking on the tarmac spur road.  Water level high.
River Blackwater (Station Road) – the entrance to the car park has been improved with hardcore and the car park is much firmer than it looks.  Under no circumstances park outside of the car park and especially not in front of the entrance to the horses field!
Rook Hall 1,2 & 3 – re-opened 1st Feb – solid car park just inside the gate on the right.  Please do not drive on the grass.  Water levels high.
Slough House Farm – the car park is sound but there is a large puddle just outside the gate.  Please do not drive up the side of the car park.  The padlock has been changed to a combination lock to hopefully make it easier to get in and out.
Totham Pit – well established hard standing, no problems here.

More stock for Beckingham Hall

Here are just a few of the fish stocked into Beckingham Hall over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Five lovely Mirrors.

and a plump Rudd.

Thank you to everyone who gave up their precious time to help out.

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