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December 2021 Newsletter


Welcome to your December Newsletter

We hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to some quality time this Christmas, however you choose to use it.


If you have any friends that would like to fish with you over the winter, don’t forget that our 3 months free memberships will be available from the usual outlets and on the club website from the 18th December. This ticket will give them club fishing opportunities until the end of March 2023! Also a great Christmas present and will last longer than most Christmas gifts.

Current members will have the option to renew their memberships for the 2022-23 season from the 1st February 2022. We offered this service last year and it proved very successful.


Can we politely remind you to please make sure that all gates are closed behind you, when using any of the club waters. We don’t want to fall out with any of our riparian owners and it only takes a minute.


There is currently an opportunity for a sea angler to take over the sea section of the club. You may have noticed that this section is in need of a willing person to take on this role. Please contact Dave Flint, Club Secretary, if you are interested in reviving this section of the club. It was run for many years and included annual boat trips until the previous person had to retire from the post. It would be a shame to see the sea section come to an end, as it has a long and varied history and has always been an integral part of the club.


The other opportunities currently available, are people that would like to sit on the committee.

We have an ageing population and that includes your committee members! More detail is covered in your Treasurers Report.


As the Membership Secretary, can I ask that if you have one of the following membership numbers, could you let me have your full name please.  This information was missing from your application forms when you joined up. The numbers are 163, 360, 281 and 584. This would complete the database and would be much appreciated.

We are also proposing changes to the CDAA handbook for the coming season.

When you purchase a membership for the 2022-23 season, whether new or renewing, you will need to let us know if you require the old style full handbook as we are changing over to what is basically the handbook cover. The reasoning behind this is that the majority of our members now access information via our website, or social media pages, which is always more up to date due to printing limitations of the handbook.

This will be good for the environment and also save a small amount of money for the club. The costs have already been reduced due to in house printing which we started a few years ago.

If you are joining via a printed form, you will see this near the bottom of the page –

Do you require a full handbook or a membership card

Please delete one of these options because if left blank you will be issued a membership card.

If you are joining online, you will have to use the “Add a Note” option, when you go to “My Cart” to let us know you require the full handbook, again if you do not do this you will be issued the membership card by default.

We hope this is all clear, but if you do have any questions, please contact us by email if possible at  


Treasurers Report Christmas 2021.

This is not the usual look how well we are doing, but more importantly a look at what we need in order to progress.

In the last 7 years I have been Treasurer, we have never increased subscription levels…….we do not need to.

We have a very healthy bank balance and we own Scaland Wood outright.

We post a surplus each year, but only because we manage every penny, to try and ensure we provide fishing locally at an affordable price.

Financially we are alright.

So what do we need in order to progress? Basically we need YOU!

Specifically we need members prepared to become involved. Your committee is gradually getting older and rough calculations place the average committee member age at 63.

These are the people that run YOUR association, all the day to day work, plus running the match section, the junior section and doing most of the maintenance work as well.

What we need now is people.  People with practical skills, IT skills, finance skills, people willing to be involved as a way of giving something back.


Why should I become involved?


  • I want to be more involved in my community

  • I want more people to benefit from fishing, as I have

  • I want to see the faces of our children and grandchildren when they catch for the first time

  • Because I want fishing to continue in Crowborough

  • Employers or future employers like to see me supporting local groups.


The bottom line is this. We are doing well. We have a good Management team, but we still need you and we need you now.  Please consider joining your committee in whichever capacity you can.


Earlier this month we celebrated the fact that two Committee members have been in their respective roles within the Committee for 20 years apiece. Pete Boorman has been President along with Cris as Chairman, but they both go back much further than this with Pete having been a Committee member for 53 years, in varying roles prior to becoming President, and Cris approaching 40 years giving them over 90 years service to CDAA between them!

You have to agree that is some level of commitment and they have certainly overseen some highs and lows but they have always steered the club with its best interests at heart, and we would happily state that they are a large part of why the club is in the very healthy state we all currently enjoy.

On behalf of the present Committee and all past and present members we would like to wish them both well and hope they continue in their roles for some years to come, oh and we are sure they will enjoy the whiskey they were given along with the glasses on an engraved wooden platter.


On that final celebratory note may we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with many tight lines to come in 2022.


For and on behalf of your Committee.

September 2021 Newsletter

Dear Member,


Welcome to your latest newsletter. It is great to see things getting back to somewhere near normal and we hope you are all keeping well.


As you may remember from the December 2020 newsletter, we were responding to accounts of water quality issues at Pennybridge and Underhill. These actions are still ongoing and the good news is, this seems to be working, as reports suggest that fishing has considerably improved at both venues. Tench are coming out at Underhill and the Crucians and Skimmers have made a welcome return at Pennybridge along with the Gudgeon which is a very good sign that this water is now improving. In fact, did you know, Pennybridge and Mill House Farm are both registered with the Crucian society.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise club rule 16c. As, hopefully you have read the rules of the club, you may be aware that this rule states – The loose feeding of boilies is banned on all the Associations waters. Only boilies as hook baits or in conjunction with PVA string is allowed. This is particularly important at both Scaland Wood and Wirgol as these waters are small with no constant flow of fresh water making them more susceptible to issues such as low oxygen levels which are not helped by rotting bait left uneaten on the bottom.


During the last couple of months, we have taken a breather from the work parties, although general maintenance has continued to keep the waters to the high standard you would expect.
Daniel & Hayden who look after the day to day maintenance at Mill House Farm have been busy recently as they have painted the toilet trailer inside and out while also painting the bridge and adding some mesh to the deck making it safer in the wet weather.


Now we need to commence some of the heavier maintenance work, and would really appreciate it if you could spare some time on the Sunday mornings listed below, as many hands make light work! It is generally no different to tidying your own garden at home as we aim to clear the sides and surrounding area for each peg. It makes all our fishing a bit easier and of course we aim to clear the paths for ease of access.


Work parties are run from 9am to 12.30pm, earlier if everything gets done, so everyone gets home for Sunday lunch. Of course, if you can only spare an hour or two that’s fine as any help is much appreciated. Those of you that have let us know you wouldn’t mind helping out will receive an email early in the month when there is a work party planned.

26th September Oast Farm

24th October Underhill

21st November Pennybridge

19th December Mill House Farm

We look forward to seeing some new faces at one or more of the above dates.

If you cannot physically attend but would like to assist financially, this is now possible via this link,

All funds received through this link are used to maintain your waters.


Remember we still like to hear from you with your catch reports as these can help us judge the health and fish stocks of our waters and you may well get your name on the website if you catch a new known best, or even a new club record!
Also we do like to hear from you with any issues you might have as different eyes see things differently and so you might spot something a Committee member may have missed and we do like to keep our members happy and involved.


Those of you that like to fish Wirgol please note that we have been informed that the farmer will have some young cattle in the field that we cross to access the ponds at various times over the next month or so, these animals are often inquisitive so are likely to approach anyone walking through the field.
The owners have also asked us to remind our members that you are only to park in the designated parking area as someone recently parked in front of the barn which caused some inconvenience as some equipment could not be accessed when it was needed.


If you would like to recommend a friend to the club it is now that time of the year when we offer the half price memberships. They will be available from October 1st (actually they should be available by the time you receive this newsletter) and this will allow them to fish for the remainder of this season.

You could be giving them the opportunity to fish for 6 months for the price of a lunch out!


For and on behalf of the Committee



June 2021 Newsletter


Dear Member,

Welcome to your June newsletter. Thank goodness we are getting back to a certain level of normality!

As always, your Committee have been working hard on your behalf to ensure the smooth running of the club. There is always lots of admin and manual work taking place and we are committed to keeping the waters up to our usual standards, for you and for the lake owners of course.

As you will by now be aware, we were unable to hold the AGM at the social club again this year. It did, of course, go ahead virtually and you will have seen the reports by now.

There are still some trophies waiting to be picked up at Crowborough Shoe Repairs on Crowborough High Street. Please pick them up when you can, as Sue is very kindly holding on to them for us.

As you may be aware, the club held the annual junior day this year on the 22nd May. Numbers had to be reduced due to COVID regulations but with the help of the coaches from the Angling Trust, 20 junior anglers enjoyed a brilliant day. Many thanks to everyone that made this very successful day happen.  The Town Mayor came to see the event and was very impressed.

Carl and Alex also came and they presented fishing whips to all the junior anglers at the end of the day. They were participants of Junior Day themselves in 2008 and have gone on to be followed by thousands of anglers on their own YouTube channel.

More good news – Hayden Taylor, one of our junior members, has after many sessions, caught a 23lb 9oz Common from Mill House Farm. Congratulations Hayden, you deserve it.

Yet more good news – the dam at Danesfield Wood has been repaired and at the same time the leak that had plagued us for about five years has also been sealed so hopefully the lake will remain full this summer keeping the fish happier as well as us.

Please note that Scaland Wood will be closed on the 12th/13th June for resurfacing of the entrance and car park along with some other works. There is also a work party here on Sunday 20th June, to which you are welcome to come along and help do some general tidying up of the bankside growth with us.

We have recently received reports of some new “known bests” and we do look forward to receiving your news and feedback when possible. We always like to hear from you and as you know, our website and Facebook page are regularly updated.

Best wishes from your committee.

March 2021 Newsletter

Dear Member,

Welcome to the last newsletter of the 2020-21 season. One of the strangest on record for sure!

Your Committee members and volunteers have continued to carry out planned maintenance on our waters and we of course welcome any new volunteers as and when we are able to resume normal practice.

Just a reminder that 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 (, 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.

You will find your renewal form on the reverse of this letter. Once again, some good news, there are no price changes to the membership fees. Once completed, please post to Sandra Lawrence, Butterflies, Eridge Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2SP, enclosing a self addressed and stamped envelope. You can also rejoin at one of our outlets, if they are open of course, or online through the website.  If you have recently joined on our 3 month free offer, you do not need to complete another form as you should have received your new season book already.

Please note, existing members with a season 2020-2021 book may renew their memberships online from 1st February, which enables us to issue your new book for 2021-2022 season to you at this earlier time.

As you are all aware, current regulations are changing on a regular basis.  Please continue to support us by rejoining. We appreciate these are uncertain times, but with you and your continued loyalty to us, we will all hopefully be back out on the bank very soon.

We are hopeful that the AGM, scheduled for 27th April this year, will go ahead in the usual format at the social club this year. This is again, currently unknown and we will update you as and when we have news.

We are looking forward to receiving some reports from you relating to your catches at each of our waters. We are currently updating the known best categories as some of the records stretch back quite a long time! Please keep us informed and look out for some news of notable and more recent catches.

Finally, we would like to thank you for joining us and hope you have enjoyed fishing our waters when it has been possible. Look forward to seeing you on the bank later in the year.


Best wishes on behalf of the CDAA committee. 

December 2020 Newsletter


Dear Members,


Welcome to your December newsletter.


As always, your committee are still working (virtually of course!) very hard on your behalf.

Working parties where possible have still taken place and updates can be seen on the website and of course on Facebook.


We are almost at that time of year again when the 3 months free membership becomes available for new members, so if you know anyone that might be considering joining us, then please let them know that from mid December this great offer will be available again.


We are now consulting with a specialist and testing our waters twice a year for water quality.

Pennybridge and Underhill are already undergoing remedial action, after testing highlighted differing issues. This work is funded by your subscriptions as are all of the works carried out on behalf of the club. We would like to request that you don’t throw bulk amounts of groundbait, boilies, etc in to the lakes, particularly Scaland Wood and Pennybridge as this will aid the ongoing actions.

We do listen to your feedback and following this, we have decided to put a roof on the toilet at Scaland Wood and also at Underhill. We really appreciate your comments, and we do act on them where possible.


We cannot ignore the fact that we are still unfortunately living under the threat of COVID-19. Please ensure you read the appropriate and differing instructions from any day ticket fisheries you may be visiting at this time. The Angling Trust website is constantly updated with the latest general information and our Hon. Secretary, Dave, is constantly updating our own website and Facebook pages in regard to our own waters.


Just a reminder of the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme. Many of us will be changing our line at this time of year and it’s really important to dispose of your old line in a safe way. Rather than putting it in the bin, you can take it to your nearest collection point or post it to the ANLRS. Recycling your line will help stop it going to landfill where it can take 600 years to break down! Your recycled line is put to good use to make products such as rod stands and racks.


Your committee would like to wish you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We are sending cards to our riparian owners this year on your behalf, as we very much appreciate the support they give us every year, especially this unprecedented one for us all.


Have a great time and we look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.