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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

Slough House West’s turn for a trim up

We had  a concessionary working party at Slough West Lake last Friday.  Thanks to Roger Smith, Dereck Frost, Dave Harley, Brian Webber, Rob Rowbotham, Keith Leverett and Jack Morley.  We managed to clear the footpath around the lake also totally cleared 23 swims around the lake.  There was a lot of fish activity as well.  There was plenty of tree cutting and lopping done.  It now looks like a proper fishery.  Well done to everyone.

Little Parks turn for a trim up

With a big thank you to Jamie and Ryan the swims and pathway around Little Parks have now been trimmed up as they were getting quite overgrown.










Before and after the trim up.

Some more good news is that the gravel hump on the access track where the landowner has laid an irrigation pipe has now been smoothed off.








and the leaking dam wall on Little Park Top Lake has been relined with clay and the whole area tidied up








Further trim ups are already underway at Slough House Farm and Totham Pit and others are planned for Slough House West and various sections of the canal.

Our next working party will be at Slough House Farm on Sun 25th June

Our next working party will be at Slough House Farm on Sun 25th Jun to strim up and take the boat over to the island to trim it up.  All members wanting to help out are welcome from around 9am onwards.  Please contact Paul Kemp for further info.

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday 6th May

For next Saturday’s work party we are hoping that our regular, dedicated, work party participants (and others who we would very much appreciate joining us) will be prepared to undertake one more session on the stream and ditches above Sandford. Good progress has been made here and as a high priority area we want to do more work while there is little impact from pennywort elsewhere in the Navigation. So we will again be meeting at Barnes Mill Lock for a 9am start. Click here for a map of the area: Barnes Mill Lock or put CM2 6NP into your Satnav or Smartphone. From the roundabout near the Fox and Raven Pub in Springfield turn as if going to the Fox and Raven, but then turn immediately left into Mill Vue Lane. Follow the road round, through a wooden gateway and park about 100m further along on the right. If the gate is closed – hoot your horn for attention!

Incidentally, having checked for pennywort at several ‘hotspots’ along the Navigation over this weekend (and I don’t want to speak too soon!), and having memories of arduous work parties at them, many places that have caused us problems in the past are currently clear – showing just how effective our tenacity and continuing work has been. We promise we will be going somewhere other than the water meadows for our June work party!

Our usual suggestion – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. We provide all tools and equipment – 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.

Whether or not you will be at the work party please ensure that the date of our next CCT talk is in your diary – Tuesday evening, 23rd May at Moulsham Mill when there will be an interesting talk about Beeleigh Mill – with potentially an opportunity to visit the Mill at a later date.

We hope to see you at the work party on Saturday.  Kind regards – Neil.

Totham Pit treated with Siltex

Totham Pit was treated with Siltex over the weekend to try and improve the water quality and growth rates of the fish.  There are further plans to remove the weed that clogged up the shallows last season, if it returns this year, as the thick silt and de-oxygenation caused by the weed at night in the shallows are believed to be the main threat to the carp as the water warms up in the spring

Jamie and Paul spreading the Siltex in the shallows at Totham Pit

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