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Rook Hall will be open for fishing on the 12th and 13th Aug

On the 12th and 13th August there is a Military and Flying Machine Show close to Rook Hall but the owner has told us that the gate will be open and fishing is allowed for members on both days. Parking will be to the left as you drive in and just tell the people on the gate that you are fishing.  More info about the event can be found at

Visit to Beeleigh Mill

Visit to Beeleigh Mill on  Sunday 9th July  as guests of the Beeleigh Mill Restoration Group

If you were at our talk on the 23rd May, you will know that our next event is a visit to Beeleigh Mill on the afternoon of the 9th July. From a personal point of view I have to say that I found the talk fascinating and I can’t wait to see this historic site in the flesh as it were! 

I know that some people have been having trouble with the printed website address for registration. So you can use the link below instead to register. 

Registration is highly desirable to help us avoid bottlenecks in the Engine Room tours, so please register if you can. If you can’t, don’t despair, the Mill restoration group have assured us that if you turn up on the day, you will be fitted in, even if you don’t have a ticket! 

Two weeks later, weather permitting, we will be holding our Barbecue for boaters and members at Rushes Lock on 23rd July. This is always a pleasant and relaxed social event at one of the more remote and beautiful spots on the navigation. More details nearer the time, but please note the date in your diary.

You can always get the up-to-date list from our website events page at:

Yours Sincerely - William Marriage.

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.

Minutes of the 2017 AGM

For those members who couldn’t make it along to our Annual General Meeting on Sun 22nd Jan here are the AGM 17 Minutes and the Fishery Management report.

AGM – Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 10am

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at Great Totham village hall starting at 10am.

The venue for our AGM.

2017-18 memberships and night permit renewals will be available on the day along with a selection of club merchandise such as hoodies, shirts and hats.

Sun 25th Sep is going to be a busy day on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal

The 25th Sep is going to be a busy day for our Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.  As well as the Maldon Marathon there is the Triathlon which will be starting at Hoe Mill.  This involves canoeing and cycling which will disrupt the river from Hoe Mill to Paper Mill including Beeleigh Lock.  The Driberg cup match at Boreham will also be affected.

Thank you to Kim Naish for bringing this to our attention.

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