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Whitehouse Farm banks cleared

Following extensive bankside clearance works by the farmer at Whitehouse Farm on Wed 10th Feb the lake is now fishable all round but the banks are churned up:

As you can see from these photos the water level is also exceptionally high in advance of planned extraction for irrigation purposes later in the year.  As with any major works we anticipate that the banks will have recovered by the summer.

Locks and gates

The key lock at Slough House Farm is being replaced with a combination lock this Friday 12th Feb so please have your number to hand if you are planning on fishing there from Friday as vehicles parked outside of our car park can be towed away by the land owner.  Our combination lock number can be found on page 1 of your 2015 rulebook and on the back of your 2015-16 membership card (blue sticker).

Our welder will also be inspecting the Totham Pit gate on the same day to advise us on how this can be made more secure so please approach the entrance to Totham  Pit with extra caution on Friday.

The entrance to Little Park now has a key lock fitted and members are reminded that the white gates on Maypole Road are now our only entrance to this fishery.

Finally, our key locks at Howells, Rook Hall and Heron Hall have all recently been serviced or replaced so all should now be working smoothly.

Agents

I am pleased to confirm that all of our agents now have 2016-17 memberships available for renewals and new members alike in their shops.  Our agents are JP Tackle in Maldon, Angling Essentials in Witham, Specimen Angling (now re-opened) in Springfield and WASS in Copford – Paul.

Important news for existing concessionary members

Following phone calls to the membership secretary from two respected ex-committee members it was agreed unanimously at the 3rd Feb committee meeting that existing concessionaries can renew as concessionaries in future seasons and only new concessionaries must be aged 65+.  If any existing concessionary members aged 60-64 have already re-joined as adult members you will be entitled to a £26 discount on your concessionary membership fee for the 2017-18 season.

Charity fishing match on 30th Apr 2016 at Puddledock Farm Fishery

Robin Driscoll of Phoenix FM is running a charity fishing match on the 30th April 2016 at Puddledock Farm Fishery supporting Saint Francis Hospice and Essex Air Ambulance.  For more info please see this Charity fishing match pdf.

Minutes of 2016 annual general meeting

The AGM went off smoothly on Sun 17th Jan and any other business saw some lively discussion regarding the Chelmer & Blackwater canal.  For the full transcript of events please view these AGM 16 Minutes and Fishery Management report for 2016 AGM.

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