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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

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

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)

Voluntary Coaching

I can now confirm that Sport England have officially approved the grant application for these coaching sessions.

I am delighted to advise that we have set up a coaching scheme for Junior anglers. This is a joint venture with Kelvedon & District Angling Association & Maldon Angling Society and the plan is to hold coaching sessions throughout the May-October period on a variety of waters, split between the two clubs. Those enrolled will be welcome at all sessions, & we’ll cater for both novices and those who already fish.

Angling Coaching Initiative 2018.04.29 Flyer

We will be running this through accredited Angling Trust Level 2 Coach’s Graham Garnham & Chris Burt, who both hold Enhanced DBS checks, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, First Aid course etc.

We’ll be teaching them everything to get them hooked, from starter sessions using a 4 metre whip, onto full tuition on float rods, feeders, and pole fishing. Every variation we can in fact, the aim is to capture their interest and give them a sport for life!

So if you would like to enrol into the scheme please let us know, parents who’d like to fish too are welcome, though you might have to share the same swim. There will be nominal charges only for bait and tackle replacement, this is a voluntary scheme.

We need Volunteer Assistants as well, if you’d be prepared to help at some or all the sessions, can you please contact me? You would only do as many or as few sessions as you want. We are already funding three of our Volunteers to take the Angling Trust level 1 Coaching qualification, to strengthen our team. We plan to role this scheme out to other clubs too in the future so you can join us with that in mind.

ADULT CONSENT FORM

PARENT CONSENT FORM

So if you would like to join the initiative please contact me now to register. MAS & KDAA & their friends have first refusal on these coaching places! We expect the course to be filled quite quickly so please get in touch if you’d like to attend or would like more details, after which we will open it up to all candidates.

Chris Burt

Angling Coaching Initiative

3 Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA

Email; chris@candjb.co.uk

M 07917 781299

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