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June 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the start of another season at CDAA, well we are actually already nearly three months in.

 

Our 2024 AGM on the 23rd April went very well with 35 attendees and the raffle raised £232, which was quite a result!
This year we said thank you and goodbye to Cliff who has been our Hon. Treasurer for the past ten years. Cliff is moving out of the area but while he is still with us, he is handing over the financial reins to Gloria Dallinger who will be looking after the association’s finances going forward. Cliff is leaving us in a very healthy financial position thanks to his guidance which also received a big helping hand when our income was boosted by the increase in membership due to Covid. Once again, thank you Cliff and we wish you well in the next phase of your life.

 

Litter – this is becoming a regular gripe once again with a couple of our riparian owners so please, take it home with you or we could lose some of our fishing!

 

Asian Hornets – please take a look at this link https://www.bbka.org.uk/identify-report-asian-hornet and if you spot one of these do not kill it but report it, the reason for not killing it is that it can then be tracked back to its nest.
Argulus – If you have been fishing at Mill House Farm recently you will have noticed some black pipes have appeared sticking out of the water around the lake. This is because we have had reports of the argulus parasite being found on some of the fish caught earlier this year.

The parasite lays its eggs on any hard substrate (the black pipes) and these are then removed from the water to dry out and therefore kill the eggs breaking the reproduction cycle. We don’t think the infestation is particularly bad but if we allow it to continue unchecked it will affect the health of the fish stock and then our fishing.

 

While on the subject of reporting things do remember that if you spot any illegal activity to contact either the Police or the EA. Sussex police have a very good Rural Crime team and you can find out more about them here https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/
And don’t forget you can let us know if you spot anything that you think doesn’t look right at any of our waters. We still need your reports so that we can gauge how we are doing, how the waters are fishing and if we need to check a water out for any issues. We need your thoughts, even when critical, to help us improve things.

And speaking of improvements we are going to build two proper platforms on pegs 1 & 2 at Scaland Wood as well as resurfacing the path from the car park to these pegs. Keep an eye on our website and social media for when this is going to happen, but we hope September at the latest.

Also, we were asked at the AGM if we could consider stocking some bigger fish into some of our waters, over the past few years we have stocked over a thousand small fish which are now growing on. This is being looked into but we have to be very careful as last time we did this, at Scaland Wood several years ago now, we lost quite a few fish as the additions upset the balance in that water so we are currently doing some tests to see which waters could be suitable.

 

Family weekend – on the 17th & 18th August we are holding back-to-back Have a go Days so if you know of anyone that would like to give fishing a go then let them know, or even bring them along. This event is free, open to everyone and we will have three Angling Trust coaches and all equipment, bait etc will be provided.

 

Exchange books – just to remind you we do have a book exchange running with both Haywards Heath & District Angling Society and Ouse Angling Preservation Society. More details can be found on our website https://www.crowboroughanglers.org.uk/handbook-exchange

 

Club Welfare Officer (CWO) – the club has been advised to appoint a CWO and we are very grateful that Janet Funnell has agreed to take on this role with Sandra Lawrence willing to assist her. This position is to assist with the safeguarding and protecting of children, young people and vulnerable adults who are members or non-members attending any of our events. Janet & Sandra are soon to attend a course that they are required to take before they can fulfil this role and when they have, we will let you know how you can contact them directly should you need to.

 

If you would like to contact us at any time, you can email, or message us on our Facebook page. If you have provided us with your email address when you joined, you may like to add ours to your address book (email@crowboroughanglers.org.uk), and this will ensure that you receive any updates promptly. There is also the general enquiries phone number which is 07873 322562. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

 

 

Best wishes & tight lines on behalf of the CDAA committee. 

March 2024 Newsletter

 

Welcome to our last newsletter of the 2023-24 season.

 

You will find your renewal form on the reverse of this letter.

Please continue to support us by re-joining, we appreciate your continued loyalty to us.

Great news in the current financial circumstances is that for another year there are no increases to the membership fees.

Once completed, post to Sandra Lawrence, Butterflies, Eridge Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2SP, and please enclose a self-addressed and stamped envelope.

You can also re-join at one of our outlets or online from 24th February through the website.  If you joined us recently on the “3 months free” option you do not need to complete the renewal form as your 2024-25 season membership card will be posted out to you mid-March.

Our 2024 AGM will go ahead as usual on the 23rd April at the Crowborough Social Club and this year there will be a slight change to the format as we will be presenting the Junior awards as the fourth item on the agenda, we hope this will encourage more of the juniors to attend as they will no longer have to stay for the whole evening before receiving their prizes.  Speaking of younger members, if you would like to have a say on how things are run, we are in need of some younger representation on the Committee, and by younger we mean anyone under 60, which is currently the average age of your Committee!

 

We have been getting more reports from members this season and it is very much appreciated as it is how we can gauge how we are doing, how the waters are fishing and if we need to check a water out for any issues. We need your thoughts, even when critical, to help us improve things.

Also, if you think you might have caught a new “known best” remember to check the waters pages of our website as that is where the most up to date information can be found before contacting us as the handbooks are only printed once a year and can easily be out of date.

If you would like to contact us at any time, you can email, or message us on our Facebook page. If you have provided us with your email address when you joined, you may like to add ours to your address book (email@crowboroughanglers.org.uk), and this will ensure that you receive any updates promptly. There is also the general enquiries phone number which is 07873 322562. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

 

Finally, we would like to thank you for being a member and hope you have enjoyed fishing our waters and will be joining us for another season.  We look forward to seeing you at the AGM and on the bank later in the year.

 

Best wishes & tight lines on behalf of the CDAA committee. 

December 2023 Newsletter

 

We hope you are all keeping as well as you can and looking forward to the Christmas holiday period, hopefully you will get some time to get out on the bankside to. One of the pleasures of being a member is that you can go to your local water for just an hour or two without feeling you have wasted your money buying a day ticket.

 

As in previous years we are running the “Up to 3 months free” memberships so if you have any friends that would like to fish with you over the winter these are available from the usual outlets and on the club website. This ticket will give them club fishing opportunities until the end of March 2025! This would also make a great Christmas present for someone, and will last longer than most Christmas gifts.

Current members will have the option to renew their memberships for the 2024-25 season from mid- February 2024, and you will be very pleased to know that once again we are not increasing our prices. We have offered this service for a couple of years now and it has proved very successful, and it keeps our Hon. Treasurer very happy!

 

A role that we really need help with is running the Junior match’s next season. These are already organised but we need someone to, at least, assist the current person but if you could take on the role fully that would be great. If you would like more information on this, please contact us at email@crowboroughanglers.org.uk

 

A new role which we have had to put in place is that of Club Welfare Officer. This role is all to do with safeguarding and making sure we have someone in place to ensure we are doing all we can to protect our “vulnerable” members. We are very thankful that we already have someone willing, able and with some experience of what is required to take this on, and she is already known to a number of you so we welcome Janet Funnell. Janet’s contact details will be available to the membership in due course as she will be the point of contact should you have any issues that you feel come under her remit as this role is independent of the committee.

 

A couple of minor issues we have are firstly the parking at Oast Farm, please do not park in the shop/café car park but use the “layby” beside the lake. This is particularly important on Saturdays when the shop & café are often very busy. Secondly when joining/renewing your membership please ensure you provide all the required details, particularly if you are signing up someone other than yourself or adding others as well as yourself, this saves us having to contact you to obtain those details as they are required for us to accurately maintain our membership database (which is covered by the GDPR 2018) so that we can contact any member should the need arise.

 

You will be pleased to know that we have renewed our agreements with both Claygate Lakes and More House Farm for another year, but please note that from January 1st 2024 if you fish More House Farm the “day ticket” price has increased to £4.

 

We are now getting a few more reports of how the waters are fishing from members which is great news even when it is not so good because this lets us know that there may be an issue that needs investigation.
We have had a new “known best” Common Carp of 14lb 6oz recently caught at Scaland Wood, this hopefully shows that we did the right thing in installing the permanent aerator here. We have also had a report of a good Mirror Carp coming from Underhill that had been caught nine months earlier weighing nearly 5lb less, this indicates that the liming we are carrying out there is improving the natural food base which is backed up by the fact that nearly all of the catch reports we are getting from this water, the anglers were using natural type baits.

 

Once again can we ask that if you are able to please let us know that you are available for work parties as too few people are having to do the work, these are often quite a laugh and more hands make light work. If you are interested in taking on the role of Bailiff at any of our waters, to carry out day to day maintenance i.e. grass cutting, then please do contact us so we can chat about what is involved. We do not do any heavy work at scheduled working parties as this is carried out at other times by either contractors or specific teams with the right abilities. We have the last one of this year at Scaland Wood on the 17th Dec so if you are free pop down, we will be there from 9am till about midday. The work parties will then resume in March.

 

Club branded clothing is still available from https://www.chameleon-designs.com/products/shops/crowborough---district-anglers-association/crowborough---district-anglers-association so if you are stuck for an Xmas present idea this might be the solution. Or if you already have an item but would like to have a CDAA logo on it these can be purchased here https://www.crowboroughanglers.org.uk/product-page/embroidered-badge

 

Dates for your diary –

AGM will be held on 23rd April 2024 at the Social Club

Family day/weekend at Pennybridge – date TBA

Further details will be available on the club website and Facebook page in due course.

 

Finally, as always, please contact us with any news or suggestions you have.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


From your committee.

September 2023 Newsletter

Another summer passes us by and hopefully you have enjoyed some good sessions at the waters you have fished and will continue to do so as the weather cools down now. Many of you will be thinking of changing tactics as you try for the Perch and Pike and so just a reminder that we now have access to over twice the length of the Royal Military Canal that we used to have and this water is one of the few where you can catch Pike on our ticket but you must have an RFA sticker on your handbook/card.
If you know of anyone who might be thinking of joining us then now is a good time as we are currently offering our mid-season ticket so they can have the rest of the season at half price. See the website for details.

At the end of July, we held our 75th Celebration event at Pennybridge and it was very successful despite a few of the promised stall holders not showing on the day probably due to the unpredictable weather.
Dave Stanbridge was the main organiser of the day and writes:
“At one of the committee meetings in late 2022 it was noticed that 2023 would be the 75th Anniversary of the formation of CDAA. We decided that we could not let this pass without some form of celebration. This was not to be a fund-raising event but a family affair. In January 2023 the organisation began and the 29th of July was picked being the first Saturday after the summer break for schools began.  Pennybridge was the obvious choice, local, good lake and a field where we could hold a function. Peter Gottelier, the landlord was in favour so we began to sort things in earnest. The immediate reaction from the people we spoke to was that they could not believe that a local organisation could have lasted for that amount of time! This is a credit to the many members and workers who made this possible over the past 75 years. A budget was set and all the committee "volunteered" to carry out various tasks. We wanted to give anybody the chance to try fishing who wanted to and provide some entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Our first result was the local Council giving us a grant to pay for the three coaches from the Angling Trust. We were able to source various food and drink suppliers and some very helpful ladies baked cakes and provided other refreshments. A Bouncy Castle and a Tombola was arranged and a couple of local charities attended. Approximately 250 people attended the event and 59 of those had a go at fishing for the first time! We signed up some new members and showed people what we are all about. On the day we were well within our budget, and the feedback we received from people as they left, and have been sent to us since, suggest that a good day was had by all. Thanks to everybody who helped and we made small donations to the following who helped make the event a success, Forest Fold Baptist Chapel (parking & tables), Fireman’s Benevolent Fund (East Sussex Fire & Rescue provided a fire engine), Aspens, Red Cross. Also special mention must go to Crowborough Women’s Institute who provided tables & chairs, Janet Funnell, Janna Cottington & Leslie Harris who provided cakes & filled rolls along with tea & coffee, John Manktelow who organised and ran the tombola, Helen Smith who took the details required for everyone that had a go at fishing, Kris Smith of KJB Inflatables who provided the bouncy castle free of charge and finally Peter & Joanna Gottelier for allowing us to use their lake and field for this event.”
Could we ask, as we seem to have taken very few ourselves, if anyone has any photos of the day could you send them to email@crowboroughanglers.org.uk we would be very grateful.

Unfortunately, we have an invasive species that has been spotted in our area which poses a very real threat to our honey bees and other pollinators. If you spot one, please do not kill it, but if possible get a photo and use this website https://www.bbka.org.uk/identify-asian-hornet to identify it and report your sighting so that it can be logged and dealt with.

We are sorry to report that we have had issues with litter this summer which has caused a few comments from a couple of our riparian owners. This is particularly upsetting when the culprits have been seen and asked to remove the offending items but reply with “I didn’t leave it there so why should I pick it up”. Well firstly, yes, it is annoying if you didn’t drop it but secondly club rule number 5 states “No litter of any kind (including unused bait, drinks containers, cigarette     ends, discarded tackle and anything else that could contaminate the environment) must be left behind on any water. All members are to be     responsible for any litter found within 15 feet (3.8m) of all sides of his or her fishing position, whether the litter was left by him/her or not”.
Please do abide by this rule as we really do not want to be losing any water due to the owners getting fed up with our members attitudes. We know this is a very small minority of members and we would like to thank the majority who take their responsibilities seriously and do their bit.

Our Hon. Secretary recently had a short session at Oast Farm with Dave Wilkins who is the Angling Trust SE Region Enforcement Support Manager. Dave grew up in Uckfield and first found his passion for angling fishing the local waters, he reckoned it was about forty years since he had fished Oast Farm and could remember it getting its original stocking. Dave even used an old split cane rod and set up. They fished using bread flake and sweetcorn, with sweetcorn being the more successful bait on the day, and had a great afternoon-evenings sport with the usual banter and catching approximately 100lb of fish between them. Dave will hopefully be joining us again soon to try some of our other waters that were his old haunts.
Speaking of the Angling Trust, we as a club have benefitted from being members of the AT over the past few years and would encourage you all to look at becoming individual members as the money raised from subscriptions goes towards fighting the cause of anglers wherever needed. One of the biggest issues currently is the dumping of untreated sewage into our rivers and seas and the AT are putting a lot of pressure on both the EA and Government to do something about this so if you could spare £30 take a look at joining here https://anglingtrust.net/memberships/individual/

In the March newsletter we asked you to report your catches due to the improvements in water quality we are trying to make at some of our waters. We seem to have been very successful at Pennybridge but are having less luck at Underhill so we would be very grateful if you could report on any sessions you do have at this water as we continue to try to make it better. We will be clearing some of the lilies and also felling five trees at the far end to allow more wind onto the lake surface and so encouraging better circulation of the water as recent tests have found the water quality to be very patchy. If you fish here, we recommend you fish to the patches of weed and not to the lilies or open water until we can get the water moving about more. As always, we are easy to contact and are happy to receive your reports or comments via email, text, FB message or a good old fashioned phone call.

Claygate Lakes – just a reminder once again that unless you were a member last season you cannot fish this water this season, also when you can fish it you are limited to five visits per season after which you have to pay for a normal day ticket. This is being monitored so please don’t abuse it or we could lose this water.

Wirgol – Stuart, our new Bailiff at this water, has done a lot of work here over the past few months opening up swims and the paths around the two ponds. In between times he has found the time to catch a few cracking fish as well, so if you can manage the hill walk from the car park it is well worth a visit.

Our work parties have started again and we really like to see new faces at these, it’s a chance to meet up have a chat and a laugh plus get some tidying up done. The dates are on the website and a post goes up on our Facebook page a few days before each one, the next is at Underhill on the 8th October.

We need you -
Hi. This is your Treasurer talking!
I will be resigning in March 2024 because I will be moving to a different part of the country.
We need someone with: Financial experience, who can visit Crowborough Tackle once a week from February to August, and once a month from September to January.
Can liaise with the Membership Secretary to exchange memberships received via the shops and via the post. Undertake the banking of funds received. Pay all lease payments as they fall due monthly, plus any other payments that fall due.
Provide monthly accounts to the Committee and produce annual accounts for the Auditor and the AGM.
It takes me about 4 hours a week, more in Feb – Aug, less in Sep to Jan.
If you want to see what is involved, I will be happy for you to come and see first-hand.
Cliff.

Also, we would like someone to take over the running of the Junior matches next season. They run from the beginning of June until the end of September with a match pretty much every other Saturday morning, so 8-9 matches, and all but one is held on our own waters. The main criteria are you’ve got to like kids, be reliable and you will need to hold a basic DBS check certificate, if you do not currently have this then we will pay for you to apply for one. If you might be interested in taking this on, please contact us for more details.

Finally, our Freshwater Match Steward, Dave Cottington was recently invited to take part in Edenbridge Angling Society’s charity match at Hever Castle which he rather cheekily went and won with 150lb 7oz, being a new lake record, and with second place only weighing in 96lb 14oz. Even cheekier he wore his CDAA emblazoned polo shirt whilst fishing and at the prize giving, and reckoned it was the best days fishing he has ever had and can’t wait to return next season to defend his trophy. Well done Dave C.

Best wishes on behalf of the CDAA Committee.

Tribute to Roger Funnell

With great sadness we have to inform you of the passing of Roger Funnell last month.

His funeral will take place on Friday 16th September at 2:30pm and will be held at St. Michael & all Angels Church, Withyham. All are welcome to attend and after the service everyone is invited to the wake being held at the Crowborough Community Centre.
Details of the service and directions to the church can be found here
https://rogerfunnell.muchloved.com/
along with how you may make a donation in Rogers’s memory. His chosen charity is the Saxonbury Surgery in Croft Road, Crowborough.
Dress code for the funeral is to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

The list of things he has done for the club over the years would take far too long to list so here is just a snapshot.


Many of you will have known Roger recently as the person who ran the matches as this was his most recent role within our Association, but if you go back he was the powerhouse behind the planning and construction of Pennybridge Lake in Crowborough and it was the first water to be constructed with funding from the National Lottery thanks to his efforts.
We were one of the first clubs to have a website back when building a website was no mean feat, and Roger was self taught making it an even more daunting achievement, we also became one of the first to use email. Although Roger relinquished his role as Publicity Officer back in 2011 he continued to assist with the website, particularly when it had to be completely redone from scratch in early 2019 which looked like being a huge task with all the tables of historical information looking like they were going to have to be typed out individually until Roger found a way that the existing ones could have their data copied into excel and then be loaded onto the new site, this saved hours of work and summed up Roger’s dogged determination and ability to solve problems.


Crowborough & District Anglers Association also has a long history of encouraging youngsters into the sport/hobby and yet again this was headed up by Roger, particularly with the annual Junior Days held at Pennybridge alongside the match series run especially for our younger members.


Ever since the opening of Pennybridge lake he had taken it upon himself to carry out the day to day maintenance of this very popular water but he also still found time to regularly turn up to work party’s at our other waters, provided they did not clash with his matches. This water will be his lasting legacy to both the club and the local community.


Speaking of matches, each year he would book, organise and fish the Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday match series doing the pegging and weigh in, plus sorting the all important pool and payouts which he unfortunately rarely won but that never worried him as he was happy just to have competed and been able to help others to enjoy the sport/hobby he so loved himself.

Rest in peace Roger, you are going to be very much missed.

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Tribute to Mr Peter Boorman our President

 

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing, last month, of Mr Peter Boorman who was our President for the last 21 years.

It is doubtful that anyone has given as much time to our club as Peter had, with 53 years’ service on the Committee and many years previously as a club member.  Pete was always a steady presence at the helm, often guiding but never pressuring and more than willing to offer advice using his vast experience of both angling and running his own very successful business.

We all have fond memories of Pete who always had time to lend an ear or pass on some little bit of knowledge that would help you catch more or bigger fish, and some of us can remember being taken “under his wing” when we were young junior members particularly on the coach trips to fish the River Rother at Newenden.

The funeral will be held at All Saints Church, Crowborough on the 27th July at 12:30pm and several of our Committee members will attend to represent Crowborough & District Anglers Association.

The family have asked that if anyone wishes to make a donation they please use the link below as the two charities chosen were close to both Peter and his wife Sue (who sadly passed away just a few hours prior to Pete) and/or you may choose to leave a tribute which the family will see.

https://petersusanboorman.muchloved.com/

Rest in Peace Peter, your passing is a great loss to both our club and the local community.

 

Below are pictures of Pete with Cris Millis (our Chairman) when they were both presented with gifts from the club for their 20 years service in their respective roles and also Pete with Dave Cottington at our 2022 AGM in April.

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