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Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday morning, 13th April 2019

Hi

It’s Work Party time again! For next Saturday’s work party (13th April) we’ll be meeting at Hoe Mill Lock and we’re aiming to work upstream.

We’ll be starting off at 9am. 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 on site so there is no need to park on the road. If the gate is locked toot your horn!

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. It could be muddy; it could be cold (or it might be lovely mild, dry, weather!) We’ll have some refreshments available too.

We hope to see you next Saturday.

Kind regards

Neil

Coaching Evening Classes

This year the Angling Coaching Initiative is running a number of evening classes for juniors new to angling or wishing to improve.  The classes will be run by Angling Trust coaches Chris Burt and Graham Garnham covering a range of methods, knots, fish handling etc.  They will be held at the back room at The Swan PH, Little Totham on the 26 February, 7 March, 21 March and 24 April.  £10 for the four classes or £12.50 for two students from the same family  They do not need to be members of the KDAA or MAS.

Places need to be booked. Visit the ACI website at www.anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk website – information page – make a payment

For further information contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299

ACI Pre Season Classes

Minutes of the 2019 AGM

AGM 19 Minutes

Rook Hall will be closed on Sun 17th Jun

All three lakes at Rook Hall will be closed to members on Sunday 17th June (Fathers Day) for the Blackwater Country Show.  More information regarding the show can be found at http://www.blackwatercountryshow.co.uk/.  Angling Coaching Initiative will be running a coarse fishing coaching session on the trout lake next to the Maldon Angling Society stall on the day.

Tom Martin Memorial Match – Totham Pit – Sat 2nd Jun

The Tom Martin memorial match will be fished at Totham Pit on Saturday 2nd June - 8.30am draw fishing 10.00am until 3pm.  There will be two teams, one team of bailiffs and one team of committee or members.  If you would like to fish please contact Keith on 01621 929234 or 07836 327843.  Many thanks.

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)

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