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Thank you Kelvin

Kelvin Willis has stepped down as Match Secretary to concentrate on his latest venture as the new landlord of the Queen Victoria pub in Spital Road Maldon.

Kelvin in action in his last senior match in charge, the Presidents Trophy which he won by some considerable margin.

Stolen fly rods

Iain Corbett has had two fly rods stolen.  Please look at this notice if you have any information that can assist Iain in getting them back.

High water alerts

Please take the following into account if you are venturing out onto the soggy banks over the next week or so:

Flooded:  Little London

Higher than normal water levels:  Rook Hall (the middle and far lakes have joined together but some swims on all 3 lakes remain fishable), Railway Pond.

Brim full: Slough House Farm (outflow pipe cleared), Bog Grove, Little Park. 

Low Risk:  Heron Hall, Whitehouse Farm, Totham Pit, Beckingham Hall, Brick Kiln pond, Howells.

Closed:  All rivers and canals (just as well!). 

Please also remember that the access tracks at some of the venues that aren’t flooded such as Whitehouse Farm, Beckingham Hall and the alternative entrance to Little Park can get very slippery for ‘ordinary cars’ and only members with four wheel drive vehicles should attempt to access them. 

This must be the wettest drought since records began!

Rook Hall far lake is brim full and has joined up with the middle lake.

Renewal forms

The renewal forms for the 2012/13 season are now in the post and should be dropping through your letter boxes soon.  Just in case yours doesn’t arrive you can print off this Renewal Form 2012-13.  Night permit holders have an added incentive to apply early this year as the Howells Night Permit will be limited to 50 tickets next season.  Please remember that only current 2011/12 night permit holders can apply.

Little Park Reminder

Members are reminded that the track past Little Park is a footpath and bridal way and people using the public footpath close to the lake should be respected at all times.

Dusk falls at Little Park.

Beware Non EA Rod Licence Website

The Angling Trust has asked us to pass on a warning to all anglers NOT to buy their rod licence from the commercial fishingrodlicence.com web site, unless they want to pay an unnecessary extra charge of £14 for checking over their application.  This service is of no real benefit to anglers because the Environment Agency (EA) does not require applications to be checked before submission.  The web site has been set up this year and comes top of a Google search for “Rod Licence”.  In addition to the extra charge, anglers buying their licences from the web site will not be able to go fishing until they receive their licence in the post.  The EA site offers a receipt and reference number which does allow people to fish while they are waiting for the licence to arrive.

We strongly recommend that all freshwater anglers buy their licence direct from the Environment Agency over the phone or via its website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/31497.aspx or from a Post Office.

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