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Ricketts mere access and river angling parking

Afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

We’ve been speaking with the current leasee of Rickets Mere and apparently some of our members have been blocking the entrance gate to get access to the river.

Can we please ask all our members to be considerate to their access and find alternative parking spaces. We know it’s not easy and this isn’t any finger pointing to anybody in particular, but please make sure we all leave this access clear.

Many thanks in advance, good luck and tight lines for the new river season.

The MAS team

River fishing on the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal – Non MAS stretches

Dear members,

With the river season fast approaching, we have been asked to clarify the river stretches that MAS no longer have the rights to. These are mainly around the  Beeleigh Weir section as this is now only able to be fished under an Ilford & District ticket.

These sections are:

The triangle of land south side of Beeleigh weir itself up to and including ‘Neville’s cut’. Then continues down the ‘Dead end stretch’, and also down the tidal stretch that backs on to Maldon golf course. In addition, Also the river Blackwater upward of Beeleigh weir to above ‘Stockhall Farm’. This is the point where the Blackwater then becomes leased by MAS.

Please make sure that you adhere to these rules as there’s still some 14 miles on River & canal fishing that MAS do have the rights to.

If you have any questions please email us at

All the best & tight lines to you all

The MAS team

Sad news of the death of Dick Berris

Ladies and gentlemen,
You may have seen the very sad announcement from Wayne Berris that his father Dick has very sadly passed away and I’m sure all our thoughts are with him and his family.
After a brief discussion it has been agreed that the car park swim on Slough House Farm, will now be known as the Dick Berris swim or ‘Dicky’s’ in honour of him as it was his favourite swim on his favourite water.
I only met him once, but really enjoyed the brief time I spent with him. So now we have a lasting and fitting memorial.
R.I.P Dick and tight lines to you always.
The MAS team

2021/22 MAS membership now sold out


Dear all,

I’ve just heard from the membership secretary Paul Kyffin that we have hit the 1,000 cap now and are completely sold out. Any applications from now on will be returned to the applicatant.

Sorry to anyone who’s missed out, and to all our members new and old, we hope you enjoy the club and have a fantastic season.

All the very best and tight lines

The MAS team

Chelmer Canal Trust work party Saturday 8th May




Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party, Saturday morning, 8th May. NO!! It’s NOT cancelled!


We believe we are now in a position to be able to start our regular Chelmer Canal Trust Work Parties again. We’ll obviously be adhering to all current Covid guidelines, and hope that doing so will reassure you that you can take part and participate safely. Many of us will have had our two jabs!

For our work party next Saturday, 8th May, we’ll be meeting at the car park near Beeleigh Lock, on the road to Maldon Golf Club. There are plenty of options of where we will work in the area, but regulars will perhaps be pleased to know that we WON’T be working in the Langford Cut! If you aren’t sure how to get to the car park hopefully these directions will help: head to Langford and Ulting Village Hall on the B1019 Langford Road (CM9 4SS). Immediately opposite the village hall, beside the Museum of Power, is the road to the golf club. Take this (beware of the speed bumps) to a small car park either side of the road just before the bridge over the Navigation. This map might help: Beeleigh Lock.

We’ll be setting off at 9am. Everyone is welcome of course and we can find jobs for all who attend. We’ll be working from a work boat and the riverbank and we especially welcome anyone who can take to the water in a small craft – as they literally extend our reach!

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. As ‘regulars’ will know, we stop for refreshments (Covid-appropriate) about half way through the Work Party and try to finish by about 12.30pm – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

So that we have a record of who intends to be at the Work Party please reply to this email saying that you plan to be there. And of course, please ensure that you are able to comply with our Covid ‘good practice’ guidelines:

  • Maintain appropriate distancing and only take part in tasks in which you feel comfortable and can comply with the restrictions
  • Clean your hands regularly; we’ll have some sanitiser but for ease of access it would be good if you could also bring your own
  • Wear a face mask if you want to and ask others working close to you to do so if that is your preference
  • Don’t share pieces of equipment; once you’ve got a crome/hook/litterpicker please use only that one piece of equipment (unless you are in a family bubble in which case share away!).
  • Make us aware if we are doing anything that might risk the possibility of Covid transmission.
  • Take responsibility for your own and others’ health

It goes without saying that you should not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have been in recent contact with anyone diagnosed or suspected of having Covid-19 within the last two weeks. We also ask you to advise us if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 within two weeks of the work party.

With risk of mentioning them too often, two other events to be aware of:

  • Friday, 21st May – an additional Work Party. Full details will be sent nearer the date.
  • Mid-August-Mid September – Zero Tolerance (of Pennywort) month. We’ll be publishing further details in the next few weeks.

Stay safe!

Kind regards


MAS water closures

Slough House Farm
Totham Pit

Please be aware that Slough House Farm will be closed on Wednesday 7th of April for a team to gather fish for an EA Health check.
6am until 6pm.

Please also be aware that Totham Pit will be closed on Thursday 8th of April for a team to gather fish for an EA Health check.
6am until 6pm.

There will be a holding pen or some keepnets left in a swim on each water until the EA pick the fish up. Under no circumstances are they to be touched or disturbed until the EA have picked the fish up.

It is of vital importance that these health checks are done for the benefit of our fish, the waters and the membership, as it helps us to be able to plan future stocking, fish movements and to monitor the general health of the stock within our fisheries.

If you are one of those who has volunteered to help catch small specimens as of many different species as possible please come along any time from 6am.

If you would like to come and help, please let me know by messaging on here or by sending me a PM.

Thank you for your cooperation

Tight Lines

The MAS team

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