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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)

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

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.

Minutes of 2018 AGM

Our Annual General Meeting held on Sun 21st Jan at Great Totham Village Hall was a lively affair and was our best attended for many years with over 80 members present on the day.  For those members who couldn’t make it along here are the AGM 18 Minutes and the Fishery Management report 2018.

A blue hat was left behind after the meeting, this can be claimed back from the membership secretary or picked up at next years AGM if you can survive outside without it until then.

Angling Coaching Initiative Coaching Days

Chris Burt of Angling Coaching Initiative will be running 14 coaching days this summer, 7 of which will be held on MAS waters.  To find out more please view the following pdfs:

Briefing given to members and volunteers from both MAS & KDAA during Jan /early Feb. This also lists the tasks that we are looking for people to cover, not just coaching, so if you can help or want more details about any of the items mentioned, do please get in touch:  Briefing MAS_KDAA_Jan 2018

Volunteers application form:  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT FORM

Dates for coaching for the coming season:  Coaching Dates in Full

We expect to be advertising soon for anyone who would like to join our junior coaching sessions. If any parents or guardians also have an interest in learning then you will be welcome to come along too. We shall ask for applications just as soon as we have confirmation from Sport England that our Grant application to buy all the tackle we need has been approved.

The coaching days on MAS waters are:

Sat 19th May          Slough House West
Sat 9th Jun             Rook Hall
Sat 21st Jul            Slough House West
Mon 23rd Jul         Bog Grove
Sat 28th Jul           Rook Hall
Wed 15th Aug       Rook Hall
Wed 22nd Aug      Bog Grove

For more information please contact Chris Burt directly on 07917 781299 or by email at chris@candjb.co.uk

New coaching course for young anglers meeting – Thursday 1st February 2018

A meeting is being held at 8pm on Thur 1st Feb at The Swan Public House in Little Totham CM9 8LB to discuss the Angling Coaching Initiative.  If you are interested in helping please come along to find out about this exciting initiative to encourage more youngsters into our sport.  Additional information can be found on this Angling coaching initiative pdf

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