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September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the September 2018 newsletter. Autumn is nearly on us and it's been a very hot dry summer, you will have noticed that several of our waters have been suffering quite low water levels but we have been fortunate in that we have suffered no fish losses unlike some clubs with waters around our area.

CLUB WATERS - NEWS.

All our waters appear to have continued to fish well despite the high temperatures and low water levels which is good news and we would love to hear from more of you about how well (or not) your fishing is going. Remember we do not know if anything is wrong unless you let us know as we cannot be everywhere all of the time. You can contact us via the website, Facebook, Twitter or the good old fashioned telephone.

There is always work to be done at our waters to improve them and we are currently looking to improve access to Oast Farm lake for the less able. Once we have the costings we will decide whether to apply for a grant or fund it ourselves. If you would like to help with ongoing maintenance or a one off project then read on.

WORKING PARTIES.

Hopefully you will remember from our June newsletter that we were planning a works schedule based on set days/evenings each month. This has now been completed and will hopefully be approved at the September committee meeting and then it will be emailed out to all those who have expressed a wish to help and will also be put on the club website and Facebook page. Each of our club waters has a Bailiff who keeps an eye on "their" water and lets the Committee know of any problems or work that requires doing and we currently have two waters that are in need of a new Bailiff. These are Mill House Farm lake in Maresfield and Oast Farm lake in Buxted and your involvement would include the grass cutting, it doesn't have to be kept to bowles green standard as approx once a month will do, and the club has strimmers (including a wheeled one) which you can use including petrol so you wouldn't be expected to use your own. The owners of both these waters are very friendly and we have very good relations with them which you would be required to continue to build on. If you might be interested then contact us and we can let you know exactly what is involved before you decide.

TOILET FACILITIES.

We have recently noticed an increase in the number of wet wipes that are being disposed of in both of the toilets at Scaland Wood and Underhill, unfortunately these toilets work by composting the waste and wet wipes do not break down in the same way as normal toilet tissue meaning we are having to empty these toilets out more often than we should. We have also had a problem with the toilet at Pennybridge with the flushing system becoming blocked by toilet tissue/wet wipes so we would ask that you only use the toilet tissue supplied here as this is designed to work in this toilet unlike normal toilet tissue and wet wipes.
While on this subject it has been brought to our attention that anglers (not CDAA members) have been seen urinating into a reservoir water that we have access to. This has resulted in one angler being banned from this water with possible legal proceedings being considered by Southern Water. Can we ask that you are discreet when urinating, if there are no toilet facilities available, and do not urinate directly into any of our waters please.

CROWBOROUGH TACKLE.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Crowborough Tackle shop so far this year. Thanks also to Jerry for working alongside me. He has a lot of angling knowledge and is always happy to pass it on. We have battled through the awful spring (beast from the east etc) and the really hot spell. Now the weather seems absolutely spot on for some decent time on the bank.
There has been quite a lot of new stock coming in this year, so please feel free to come in and browse at your leisure. There is usually time for a natter and a cup of tea. Don’t forget to contact me if you would like something I don’t normally stock, and I will try and get it for you. Also, I will try and match or get close to some of the internet prices on larger items, I don’t bite …………so just give me a call. Thanks, Sandra

HALF PRICE MEMBERSHIPS.

If you have a friend or relative who you think might enjoy fishing our waters  then let them know that from the last week of September they can join us for half price, and as you are aware many of our waters continue to fish well throughout the autumn and winter.

GATE CODE.

We are still getting  enquiries as to where the gate code has disappeared to, as they used to be on the individual waters pages. It is now on the front cover of your handbook and to the left of the club logo.

 I refuse to use the "C" word this early in the year, unlike a few of my FB friends who insist on letting me know it's only X number of days/sleeps away, but our next newsletter will be out in early December to update you on what has been going on during the autumn so if you catch a good fish (don't forget to check the website for up to date known best's and current specimen trophy entries) or have something funny or strange happen on a fishing trip then let us know and maybe we'll include it. And remember just because the weather isn't so pleasant you don't have to stop fishing, just plan shorter sessions.

John Butler
Honorary Secretary



June 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2018 newsletter. It continues to be a busy year for the committee and volunteers working hard on running the club and carrying out works at the various venues and our waters are the envy of many a club as a result of this.

 CLUB WATERS - NEWS.

There are lots of reports of good fishing coming in from most of the clubs waters. I can personally vouch for Underhill where the Tench are very happy to be caught in this early stage of the season and also Wirgol where lots of the swims on Wirgol II have been cleared and made accessible and the hill really is not as bad as some might think. Lots of Carp and quality Roach showing their faces. The Roach appear to love Robin Red 4mm & 8mm pellets which of course Sandra at Crowborough Tackle stocks.

Work continues at Scaland Wood to improve the pegs with the ones along the back bank now being levelled ready for some wood chippings, the brickwork on the outlet at Oast Farm has been repaired and new boards will be inserted very soon which should mean the water level will be raised by about 6 inches. Danesfield Wood has had its annual tidy up including some weed clearance, but there is still some work to do here and if you are interested in helping with any of this work in the future read on.

WORKING PARTIES.

For the last two years we have developed a schedule for the work that requires doing at our lakes on a regular basis. This has worked reasonably well but with quite short notice of each session many people have already made arrangements and so have been unable to attend so we have now decided to take this forward by scheduling working parties on set days of each month. We hope this will encourage more members to participate and so spread the workload.

We are planning on doing work parties on the following days, first Tuesday morning, second Thursday evening (May to September only, due to the lack of daylight hours) and the third Sunday morning, of each month. We hope that by the next newsletter, in September, we will have allocated  a water to each of these sessions and the full schedule will be posted on both Facebook and the working party page of the club website.

Until September the work parties will remain ad-hoc and will be posted on Facebook and emailed to anyone who has already agreed to go on our working party email list. If you would like to be added to this list then please contact us via email@crowboroughanglers.org.uk or call our Hon. Secretary John Butler on 01273 586240, the more help we get the easier the workload will become.

GATE CODE.

We have had a few enquiries as to where the gate codes have disappeared to, as they used to be on the individual waters pages. It is now on the front cover of your handbook and to the left of the club logo.

WATER CLOSURE.

Oast Farm Lake at Buxted will be closed on 22nd July 2018 for a match that is not listed in the handbook or on our website.

GDPR – DATA PROTECTION.

Firstly if you have already renewed your club membership thank you (and apologies as it means you may have received this email twice), but if you have not now is the time to do it.

The reason for this is that you will no doubt have heard about the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation 2018) which replaced the old Data Protection Act on May 25th 2018. Due to this new regulation we have to inform everyone whose details we hold electronically that, if you have not renewed your membership by July 31st 2018 you will be removed from our email list meaning you will not receive any further newsletters or other information we send out to members. Your details that we hold electronically in relation to your lapsed membership will be held on the club database until March 31st 2019 unless you instruct us to remove them prior to this.

If you are a current member we would like to remind you that under the new regulation you can request that your details are removed from the clubs electronic database at any time during your membership, and you can do this by contacting either the Hon. Secretary or Hon. Membership Secretary. Details of how to contact these persons can be found on the front of your club handbook and on our website.

We would also like to remind you that any electronic data we store is only for use by the CDAA Committee and then only for accounting purposes, analysis and recording of our membership. This information is never passed on to any company or individual and is only the information you have provided on the membership application form which you completed when joining or renewing.

If you have any news such as good catches, weights, unusual catches (I had a 2.5lb brown trout out of Underhill 2 or 3 years ago), suggestions on potential new waters for the club to look into or anything that you feel may be relevant to your club, please do let me or any other committee member know.

 John Butler
Honorary Secretary

 



March 2018 Newsletter

 

 

Dear Member,

Welcome to the March 2018 newsletter. It has been a busy year for the committee and volunteers working hard on running the club and carrying out works at the various venues and our waters are the envy of many a club as a result of this.

 

AGM - Please note that the AGM is being held at the usual venue of Crowborough Social Club on Tuesday April 17th commencing at 7.30pm for an 8pm start and will as always include trophy presentations and a free buffet and a pay on the night raffle. The guest speaker and presenter will be Mr David Wilkins of the Angling Trust.

CLUB WATERS - NEWS
Oast Farm in Buxted is now established as a club water and a lot of work has been undertaken to transform the venue with new swims constructed and tree and bank work undertaken to make it a delight to fish, especially if like me you sometimes don’t want to have to work too hard or think too technically to catch a fish as the carp are very obliging and very active. The owners are very happy with the working partnership we have formed.
More House Farm
, please note that as of April 1st 2018 there is a new pricing structure for member’s day tickets on Canal and Sidewinder at this venue. A days fishing is now £3 rather than the £2 we have been paying, there are also now no subsidies for fishing the Kingfisher Lake so check www.mhf.co.uk for full details of their pricing for this lake.

A MESSAGE FROM CROWBOROUGH TACKLE
Hello everyone and a warm welcome to spring. It has been a strange winter, what with storms, fog, rain and all sorts of weather. I must be honest, as the year’s progress, I am less inclined to sit on the bank in the dark and the cold and as trade suggests, I am not alone. Let’s hope by the time this newsletter is published, that I am no longer wearing a coat all day at work and moaning about how cold the shop is!! Warm days and long nights – hurrah (maybe). As always, I would like to thank everyone that has supported the shop during the last season and hopefully that will continue during this next one. My biggest competitor is the internet, but that is a fact of life these days. You can now tell that age is creeping up on me but I will refrain from starting the next sentence with something like “years ago or in the old days” Years ago (oh sorry) I’ll start again! I would like to thank Jerry for working with me since the move back to Crowborough. He is a great guy and has a lot of angling knowledge. He always takes the time to give very good advice, should you require it, so don’t be afraid to ask. We all have something to learn, I know I do. There has been lots of new stock arriving through the winter, so come and have a look around. The kettle is still always hot and the banter continues to fly. Thank you to everyone that has come in armed with tools, to help with the jobs that this DIY challenged woman can’t do. I really do appreciate it. Let’s now look forward to a lovely summer, lots of fishing and happy days ahead. From the old granny, Sandra.

ANGLING COACH
Catch Angling - Allow me to introduce myself I am Paul, licensed Level 2 angling coach through the Angling Trust. I have been fishing myself for over 40 years and thought it would be nice to pass something on to others so it was the case of having to pass check for DBS, going on child protection and first aid courses and lots of angling assessments to gain my Level 2 Angling Coaching certificate. If you are new or coming back to angling, young or old, even just a bit rusty, a good day can be had. All types of course angling can be covered. I am fully insured, risk assessments carried out, first aid and safety equipment carried to ensure a safe and enjoyable day is had.
I can be contacted at paul.whibley@btinternet.com or on 01892 537060/07803 452950.
(Please note that although Paul is a club member any sessions organised through him are independent from and have nothing to do with our club other than using our waters)

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AND NEWS
The club have bucked the trend in the membership stakes by continuing to increase the membership numbers to over 300, the highest it has been for many a year and a great deal of thanks and praise goes to Sandra Lawrence of Crowborough Tackle and Dave Flint both Committee Members who have worked long and hard to ensure the numbers increase and not forgetting the rest of the Committee who have been able to incentivise new members to join with several scales of membership now available making the club one of the best value clubs in the Sussex area.

I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM or around the waters (when it warms up a bit).

John Butler
Honorary Secretary



December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Member

Welcome

Welcome to the final Newsletter of 2017. It has been a very busy year for the Club and Committee with lots of activity through completing works following Angling Trust Grants to obtaining new waters (see below). As always the time is given up free of charge by the various committee members attending meetings, seminars and working parties and of course the time given up by volunteers assisting with the working parties so a big thank you to all those involved.

Club Waters

There are lots of good reports coming in regarding our waters and that they are fishing well, so keep catching and keep letting us know via Facebook/Twitter and email if you have good sessions/catches.

New Water

The club are delighted to be able to announce that Oast Farm in Buxted is now available to fish for members. This is a very pretty little water with a huge stock of very active Carp. Not sure what the biggest is in there as we are not holding any known bests yet, but be prepared for an active days fishing especially in the spring/summer/autumn periods, though it also fishes really well in winter. Please check the clubs website for the rules and parking information.

Club Trophies

The trophies that members are holding can now be returned at your earliest convenience to either Crowborough Tackle or Crowborough Shoe Repairs.

Please don’t forget to let us know of any specimen catches for the specimen trophies.

AGM

The date for the AGM has been set at Tuesday 17th April 2018 and the guest of honour is Mr David Wilkins of the Angling Trust. The AGM will be at the usual venue of the Crowborough Social Club.

Club Handbook Advertising

The club have a few spare pages in the handbook for advertising and if any members have their own businesses and feel an advert in the book might help promote themselves then they are available at £35 per page per annum, bargain advertising.

Fishing Board Game

The club are assisting a local Crowborough company who are devising and manufacturing a board game based around fishing, by way of assisting with video footage and technical (fishing) assistance and guidance in their production. More news will follow in 2018 regarding this.

Sea Section

It is with regret that we must advise that after many years of excellent organisation, John Manktelow is having to give up his role as Sea Section organiser and the club would welcome any volunteers who would like to take this role on to allow the Sea Section to continue.

It remains only for me to say on behalf of all the Members of the Committee that we hope you have had an excellent Christmas and we all wish you a very Happy New Year, may all your catches be specimens.

John Butler – CDAA Honorary Secretary
SENIOR         14/01/18                  HARTLEY LANDS - RESERVOIR



CDAA Secretary's  November report:


Welcome to my latest monthly report, this is my way of keeping you up to date with what has been happening during the past month, not only within our own club but anything of note that has happened in our area that I feel you should all hear about. With this in mind please do let me know of anything you think we might all like to hear about including any notable catches you make or events you've heard about.
We hold Committee meetings on the first Tuesday of every month and I will be letting you know if there is anything that comes up that you should be aware of, and if there is anything you would like to make the Committee aware of do contact us as if we do not know of something then there is nothing we can do about it.
At the bottom of this report you will find a "dates for your diary" section which will list matches and any CDAA events happening during the following month.

 

Other Club Waters
The club waters continue to fish well based upon reports being made to the Committee at almost all of our venues. Keep up the good fishing.

 Other News

The Committee is always looking to enhance the facilities for the membership, so please do advise us if you have any ideas for improvements or maintenance issues at any of the club waters.

Angling Trust Fisheries management Day

As advised last month myself and 3 other committee members attended a workshop organised by the Angling Trust and this was a very good day full of excellent information and advice on the work the angling trust are doing and how we can improve what we do by being up to date with the current regulations and laws.

New Waters

The committee have just signed off on a superb new club water on the outskirts of Uckfield/Buxted and more news will follow very shortly as we are waiting until the official day to be able to announce it. It will provide great sport for Carp and Perch anglers in particular, but a variety of species are stocked. It has an on site farm shop, café and importantly, toilets and ample parking.

Memberships.

Don’t forget the 3 months free membership offer will be available from mid-December and makes an excellent Christmas present for someone looking to join the club.

Christmas Present

Remember when making your Santa lists or sending presents to friends and loved ones, Crowborough Tackle stocks a great variety of tackle and equipment. Sandra has
some great stock and at excellent prices so please do support our local businesses and pop in for some goodies.

 

CDAA AGM

Please make an early note in your diary/calendar for the date of the AGM which will as always be held at the Crowborough Social Club. The date to remember is Tuesday 17th April 2018 and further details will be released in the New Year.

Well that's all for this month so tight lines
John B                            

SENIOR-SEA   02/12/17                  EASTBOURNE          PHIL BATT - ALADARD

SENIOR          03/12/17                  FRAMFIELD FISHERY-SPRING LAKE       FRAMFIELD TROPHY

SENIOR          17/12/17                  ORCHARD PLACE FARM-LAKE 5 FUR & FEATHER

 

CDAA Secretary's  October report:

Welcome to my latest monthly report, this is my way of keeping you up to date with what has been happening during the past month, not only within our own club but anything of note that has happened in our area that I feel you should all hear about. With this in mind please do let me know of anything you think we might all like to hear about including any notable catches you make or events you've heard about.
We hold Committee meetings on the first Tuesday of every month and I will be letting you know if there is anything that comes up that you should be aware of, and if there is anything you would like to make the Committee aware of do contact us as if we do not know of something then there is nothing we can do about it.

At the bottom of this report you will find a "dates for your diary" section which will list matches and any CDAA events happening during the following month.

Scaland Wood Closure

We are happy to announce that Scaland Wood re-opened and is again fishing well. The Fish Health Inspectorate advise after their tests were concluded that the fish did have a herpes virus but not the KHV strain. The herpes virus was NOT the cause of the deaths which to date are unexplained.

Other Club Waters
The club waters continue to fish well based upon reports being made to the Committee at almost all of our venues. Keep up the good fishing.

Sea anglers

Our sea section are still struggling at present to find enough anglers wanting to take a place on the boat trips so if you are interested, please do get in touch with John Manktelow, his contact number is in your handbook.

Other News

The Committee is always looking to enhance the facilities for the membership, so please do advise us if you have any ideas for improvements or maintenance issues at any of the club waters.

The litter issue appears to be getting better so thank you to you all for your efforts in assisting with this.

The Committee is still actively discussing 2 potential new local venues to add to our waters portfolio and we are in discussion with a local lake owner and news of progress will be made known as and when discussions are concluded.

Angling Trust Fisheries management Day

Four committee members attended the event in Hungerford in October and a report will feature in next month's update.

New Waters

It is hoped that we will have some very exciting news for the members in the next update so please watch for an update regarding a new water for us all to fish in the Uckfield area.

Well that's all for this month so tight lines
John B

SUN SENIOR 05/11/17   MONK LAKES 3
SAT SENIOR-SEA 18/11/17   EASTBOURNE
SUN SENIOR 19/11/17   MORE HSE FARM-SIDEWINDER LAKE


September 2017 Newsletter
Dear Member
Welcome
Welcome to the September 2017 newsletter. It’s been a very busy year so far for the committee members of the Crowborough & District Anglers Association. Since obtaining a 2nd grant from the Angling Trust in under a year from which the work has been completed and then examined by the Angling Trust who were very impressed not only with how much work we did from the grants, but also the quality of the work undertaken so a huge thank you to all who assisted. There are still some routine maintenance works to do this year so please do watch out for notifications about regular working parties at which all ages and abilities can take part. Because of our relationship with them we have been encouraged to apply for funding on other projects and we have been advised on several potential grant options which we are investigating for late 2017 early 2018.
 
John Kelly
It is with sadness that we comment on the passing of a member of the club. John Kelly was fondly remembered by many and our own Chairman Cris Millis spoke at the funeral at the request of the family having been a long standing friend. A summary of what Cris had to say is as follows; “I have known John since the mid 80s when he rejoined our club and we went on many sea boat fishing trips together. We had a lot of laughs on the sea trips and John was an active committee member for some years also. John’s tree surgery and construction knowledge served the club well on many a working party day. John held many of the clubs fishing records for a time but I feel his greatest contribution was his friendship and he will be sadly missed”. The family insisted that instead of flowers at the funeral they would rather donations were given t be passed to the CDAA club which is something that John would no doubt have endorsed and welcomed. The committee will work with the family to ensure that the donations are spent wisely.
Club Waters
There are good reports coming in from all the waters with stories of good catches and excellent quality fish. Get out there and enjoy yourselves and wet nets one and all. At the Mill House Farm water a superb 5lb+ Tench was caught by a member so get down there with the tackle as there are records to break.
Sadly Scaland Wood has had to be temporarily closed while water testing takes place under the guidance of the relevant authorities and we are hopeful of re-opening the water in the next few weeks. Please watch for updates on the social media pages and club website or contact any committee member for an update in a few weeks time.
Improvements have been undertaken at Danesfield Wood a superb little water including repairing the dam and clearing and preparing several pegs to be used.
Club Promotions & Events
The club are co-hosting a race night on Saturday 28th October which Roy Williamson one of the committee members has worked really hard getting arranged. It is an 8 o’clock start with a free buffet and good beer prices. Lots of fun bets to be had and tri cast tickets can be bought in advance for £5 covering 8 races with a chance of winning £50 and you can get these by contacting Roy on 07725 095073. 
Don’t forget there is a half price promotion starts on 1st October so if you know anyone considering joining, then now is a good time for them to do so.
Sea Section
We have mentioned before that the sea section of the club is struggling for members at the moment and the club is now looking for someone to take over as the steward of this section, but if one cannot be found then sadly this part of the club may sink to Davey Jones Locker, so please if you have an interest in sea fishing or know people who have we would very much like to keep this alive and prospering.
The next newsletter will be the Christmas Newsletter, wow nearing that time already and of course don’t forget Sandra’s shop Crowborough Tackle when buying presents or writing wish lists. Please watch for updates the club website and social media between now and then.
Thank you for taking the time to read through the newsletter.
John Butler – CDAA Honorary Secretary



CDAA Secretary's  monthly report:

Welcome to my latest monthly report, this is my way of keeping you up to date with what has been happening during the past month, not only within our own club but anything of note that has happened in our area that I feel you should all hear about. With this in mind please do let me know of anything you think we might all like to hear about including any notable catches you make or events you've heard about.
We hold Committee meetings on the first Tuesday of every month and I will be letting you know if there is anything that comes up that you should be aware of, and if there is anything you would like to make the Committee aware of do contact us as if we do not know of something then there is nothing we can do about it.
At the bottom of this report you will find a "dates for your diary" section which will list matches and any CDAA events happening during the following month.

Koi Herpes Virus (KHV)
The outbreak at a local fishery (not a CDAA water) has been confirmed, but even though it was not on a CDAA water we do all need to continue to be vigilant, advice has been posted on both Facebook and the club website so do please take note and make sure your nets are completely dried between going to fish at another water as this is still the best way of stopping the spread of this virus and other diseases. Fortunately due to the quick actions of the lake owners this outbreak has, currently, been contained and we hope it stays that way. There are 4 other cases under investigation in the South East but locations have not yet been made public.

But things do get better:
The club waters continue to fish well based upon reports being made to the Committee at almost all of our venues. There has recently been a 2lb 4oz Perch caught in Pennybridge by Helen Nicholson-Herpe so well done to you Helen.

Sea anglers :
Our sea section are struggling at present to find enough anglers wanting to take a place on the boat trips so if you are interested, please do get in touch with John Manktelow, his contact number is in your handbook.

Lady anglers :
The ladies section continues to go from strength to strength and it is hoped we can continue to increase the number of Lady members. If you are interested or know of any ladies who are interested in joining then please contact or get the interested party to contact Sandra at Crowborough Tackle for more information.

Other News:
The Committee is always looking to enhance the facilities for the membership, so please do advise us if you have any ideas for improvements or maintenance issues at any of the club waters.

Litter has become a bit of an issue recently with reports coming in of litter and debris being left behind at our waters. I understand and appreciate that 99% of people who attend our waters whether members or day ticket anglers, take great care around our waters, but please do lets be vigilant with our own and any loose litter and leave the waters in the state we aim to set them at for your continued enjoyment.

The Committee is actively discussing a potential new local venue to add to our waters portfolio and we are in discussion with a local lake owner and news of progress will be made known as and when discussions are concluded.

Well that's all for this month so tight lines
John B
Aug 2017

Match & Event dates for your diary:

SAT

SEA MATCH

07/10/17

FROM EASTBOURNE

 

SUN

SENIOR MATCH

08/10/17

PITTLANDS LAKES

THE LAWRENCE TROPHY

SAT/SUN

SEA MATCH

21-22/10

WEYMOUTH

2 DAY TRIP ON OFFSHORE REBEL IV

SUN

SENIOR MATCH

22/10/17

WEIRWOOD RESERVOIR

ADMIRALS WOOD






 

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