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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.

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – CANCELLED!

We are sure that it will come as no surprise to you that the litterpicking session on Saturday (3rd March) in Chelmsford has been cancelled by the organisers.

So PLEASE DON’T TURN UP! Given the unpredictable weather conditions we don’t want to risk compromising anyone’s safety or wellbeing.

Please make sure that you have the date of our next Chelmer Canal Trust work party booked – Saturday, 7th April. Full details will be sent out a few days beforehand.

If you are looking for a Chelmer Canal Trust event to take part in before the next work party then why not consider joining the next monthly walk on Wednesday, 21st March which will explore the waterways of Chelmsford City centre and the watermeadows downstream? Full details to be confirmed, and to ensure that you are on the ‘walks’ emailing list please email: maurice@chelmercanaltrust.co.uk.

If you are out and about along the Navigation please look out for any Floating American Pennywort. And if you can cope with the technology, pictures showing how much of it there is, and its location in the Navigation, can be very helpful (email: neil@chelmercanaltrust.co.uk). If you are not sure what Floating American Pennywort looks like – and to be reminded of what jolly folk our work party volunteers are –  CLICK HERE and look at a few of the pictures in our Work Party reports.

Stay warm and safe.

Kind regards – Neil.

Totham Pit work party & siltex application on Sunday 29th October

Brilliant effort by everybody today at the work party, well done to Deano & his team for putting this all together with a great work plan for the pit initially and a great work party today to get the ball rolling, the head count was 23 which made it possible to make relatively short work of the jobs at the top of Deans list of works to be carried out, as well as 4 tonnes of siltex being introduced today making it a very productive day indeed, many thanks to everyone that got involved, Happy Angling! long live the pit - Jamie 

Howells work party on Sun 15th Oct

The Howells work party went very well with a good turn out of 15 people.

We now have our own Twitter page

We now have our own Twitter page for members to keep up to date with club news and future work parties. The address is @MaldonAngling

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