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Totham Pit Work Party

Please note that the Pit will be closed on Sunday 9th December for a work party. All anglers to be off of the water by 08.00. The fishery will reopen at 15.00.

Member are encouraged to attend to help improve your fishery.

Cheers.

The Totham Pit Bailiff Team

Two work parties in 8 days on the Pit!

Can I just say what a massive success the work parties over the last two weekends have been.

A lot has been achieved.

With the clubs new pole saw we have been able to trim the overhead canopy’s in all swims and clear many snags close to the waterline. A large proportion of the cut brush has been burnt, but some has been stacked for burning in the near future.

In the woods we had some trees in a very serious condition that we had picked up on on our last tree survey. These were dealt with and logged up.

Plenty of tea and cake stops were had and we all stopped and came together at 11:00 on the 11th to remember the fallen.

I would also all like to welcome on board our two new bailiffs, Phoebe Stuart and Sam Tittensor who have both just turned 18 and showing great potential. Phoebe has been coming to work party’s that I have run for the last six years that I can remember, and Sam is an up and coming tree surgeon. Welcome to the Team guys. 

Thanks goes to the non-member who always turns up and gives his support to us like he did on our old water and to new members who have only just joined and gave two days to help us and then we have the other members who regularly help out and of course your normal bailiffs that always turn up.

With Phoebe now a bailiff she has also given up her time with her photography and media business she runs and photographed the progress we have made and the fun we have had.

These pictures belong to her so if you download any please send her a thank you message. More photos are on the Totham Pit Facebook group and it’s worth spending some time to have a look through them just to see the amount of work that goes into these work parties.

We have a 5 year plan on the pit; this is going very well and we are up to speed with that side of things. We had a great turn out and we have plans for further work parties going forward. Please come along; I’m sure you will find it fun, everyone is welcome and no one is expected to work beyond their abilities. Your help frees the bailiffs up to sort other things they would like to get done, so please pop along.

At this point I’m going to say good evening due to my back and other parts of my body hurting like mad, and I’m going to have a bath.

Many thanks again to the new and old…

Deano.

The Totham Pit Bailiff Team…….

November Work Parties – Totham Pit

We will be closing the pit on two Sundays in November in order to carry out work around the lake. Members are invited to come along and help. It wont be too taxing physically and these usually turn into a nice social day.

Sunday 4th November.
Sunday 11th November.

The lake will be closed to all anglers on these days and anyone fishing the Saturday night must vacate their swim and be out of the car park by 07.30AM. The lake will re-open at 4.00PM.

Hope to see a few of your there.

The Totham Pit Team.

WORK PARTY NOTICE

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Wednesday evening, 11th July

Hi

Our second midweek Work Party of this summer (what a summer!) takes place next Wednesday, 11th July, starting at 7 p.m.

For our July Work Party we will be working in the Hoe Mill Lock area. For directions to Hoe Mill put CM9 6RA into your SatNav, smartphone etc. or click on this link for a map that will get you to the right vicinity: Hoe Mill Lock. Parking is available onsite, or park on the road if you wish.

Of course, if you just want to join us for the walk – which can be very pleasant on a fine summer’s evening – please come along (we won’t force a litterpicker or crome into your hand!).

All weedbusting and litter-clearing equipment is provided – but please bring any additional equipment that you find works well for you. And please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the prevailing conditions (there are plenty of stinging nettles around – shorts are not advised!). We’ll have some refreshments available too.

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We hope to see you next Wednesday.

Kind regards - Neil

Totham Pit Work Party Report

The pit was closed on Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May for a two day work party. 

On the Saturday we had a total of 15 people attend including bailiffs and we concentrated on two areas, the first being the woods, where we cleared all the paths, any previously felled trees and tidied the swims ready for further work in the future. Everything was burnt and its already looking alot better in there and will only improve with further work. The second area was the swims from Church Bay up towards the shallows. With the use of the boat and alot of hard graft in the rain we managed to completely replace 5 swims and wood chip them making them alot more comfortable to fish in the future. A number of dangerous trees were also dealt with.

Refreshments and home made cakes were provided during the day by Julie Stuart and these went down a treat as always. 

On Saturday evening everyone who chose to stay got together for a BBQ and a few beers, the weather was pretty fowl, but hey we were already soaked through anyway! Gary Squirrell and Julie Stuart did us proud with their cooking skills.  

On the Sunday we awoke to more rain, but started the day with fresh eggs which Nick and Britt had kindly brought across Saturday evening. 

We had a total of 9 people on Sunday and given this reduced number we concentrated our efforts on getting 3 more swims completely replaced and wood chipped on the far bank, the steps repaired in the car park swim, snags removed in Kiffs corner, a massive snag removed in Church Bay, the bridge over the outlet widened and lastly the rubbish from the far bank burnt.

Refreshments and home made cakes were again provided during the day by Julie Stuart. 

So a massive thank you to those that attended, they ranged in ages from 17 to 70 and every single person did just as much as they could. 

The Pit is beginning to take shape and there will be further closures during the year. If you can help do please come along, even if its just for a few hours as even this helps us massively.

The Totham Pit Team

(Photo Credits – Jack Wood)

High water at Little Park now on the move

Thank you to Ryan and Ken for clearing the blocked overflow pipe at Little Park which had started to flood.


Hopefully the water level will return to normal in the next day or two.

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