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Little Parks Work Party on Sat 19th Jan

Happy New Year!

We will be holding a working party on Saturday 19th January 2019 at Little Parks. We will be opening up swim canopies, clearing marginal snags and removing snagged tackle from the island.

The fishery will be closed for the day, but we encourage members to attend for a few hours to lend a hand.

We will begin working at 9am and finish at around 2pm.

Hoping to see a few old and new faces.

If you can attend please drop an email to grahamestuart@virginmedia.com

The MAS bailiff team.

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday morning, 5th January 2019

Hi

Best wishes for 2019 from the Chelmer Canal Trust.

For many of us it’s a time to make New Year resolutions. If you are seeking a worthy New Year resolution, if you don’t already do so, why not consider attending one of our CCT events in 2019 – a talk or a visit, or maybe take part in one of our monthly work parties? Dates for our events in 2019 are on the Forthcoming Events page of our website (click here to go there).

For over 15 years one of our major initiatives has been the removal of Floating American Pennywort from the Navigation. As some will know, at one point practically the entire length of the Navigation was closed as a result of blockages of large parts of the system by huge rafts of weed. One of the first organisations in the UK to take on the removal and management of pennywort, we have developed, often by trial and error, a range of techniques which are effective in dealing with this non-native weed. Having volunteers with a range of skills and equipment has meant that we have achieved great success, ensuring that over many years now the Navigation has been fully-navigable. Ironically, with the Chelmer Canal Trust having got the invasive weed fully under control, others have now joined in with pennywort-removal. Of course we welcome this and are exploring best ways of ensuring that working in partnership has maximum impact.

Our Work Parties in 2019 will continue using the now long-established format: the first Saturday morning of each month (occasionally changing if this coincides with a Bank Holiday Weekend or if no one is available to lead the work party on that date), replaced by once-a-month Wednesday evenings during June, July and August.

Our first work-party of 2019 takes place on Saturday, 5th January. We’ll be meeting at the mid-point of the Navigation, Paper Mill Lock, setting off at 9am. If you aren’t sure how to get there put CM3 4BS into your SatNav, smartphone app, etc. or click on this link for a map of the area: Paper Mill Map

Parking is in the Boaters’ Car Park which is on the left immediately before the river bridge if travelling from the Danbury side of the Navigation. (A short distance on from  the entrance to parking for the Tea Rooms.)

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. All tools and equipment are provided – but you are welcome to bring anything that works especially well for you. We stop for free refreshments about half way through the work party and try to finish by about midday – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

Kind regards

Neil

Totham Pit Work Party

Here are a couple of pictures from the Siltex work over the weekend.

       

Thanks to all those who attended from the Totham Pit Bailiff Team.

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

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