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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.

September 2020 Newsletter


Dear Member,


Welcome to your September newsletter.


As you are all aware, restrictions are still in place but that has not stopped your committee working hard on your behalf, and holding our meetings and discussions in a virtual manner. We have been able to hold the AGM this way and hopefully you will have read the minutes and been happy with the progress your club is continuing to make.


Please remember to check the Angling Trust website for any blanket changes and updates that may come into effect. This is a very useful point of reference.

Any specific changes for our club can be seen on the club website or Facebook page, which are both regularly updated. If you do not have access to the internet, please feel free to contact the committee directly by phone. We are always willing to help.


Unfortunately we are unable to hold the annual Junior Day this year, but we do have an unprecedented number of junior members this year, so this is good news, as it shows that the younger generation are very much involved and enjoying getting out on the bank.

Additionally we are unable to hold other events such as Have a Go Days due to current restrictions.


You may already be aware that you are now able to purchase club clothing via the website, or you can order a club badge to add to your existing clothing items. Please follow these links – or for club badges only please follow If you would like something and are not able to order online, please contact Roger Funnell and he will organise this for you.


Feedback is ongoing regarding fishing at our various waters. We have received some really good reports of some stunning catches and you may well have been contacted to collect a trophy from Sue at CSR shoe repairs. If you have won something, congratulations from all of us and hopefully all our new and existing members will give us all some more competition this season.

Your committee are working hard to maintain the lakes for everyone and we hope that the working parties will resume in September. If you are able to help us out, you would be warmly welcomed and it would be great to meet some more of you in person. The next 4 dates are as follows –

27th September – Oast Farm

25th October – Underhill

22nd November – Pennybridge

20th December – Mill House Farm


Wirgol has now reopened for fishing. However, the owners have requested that you provide and use your own hand sanitiser. Please observe their requests as we always try to work in co-operation with our riparian owners.

Also, a quick reminder that if you are a member of Bough Beech through the club, we are not permitted to fish specifically for carp or pike.


Finally, on another positive note, congratulations are in order for our new Hon. Secretary, Mr Dave Flint. As well as working very hard for our club, he also works closely with the Angling Trust as a volunteer bailiff. He has been awarded a volunteer excellence award for going the extra mile to support the sport he feels so passionately about. Where would we be without the dedication of people like Dave!

June 2020 Newsletter


A warm welcome to existing and to our many new members. We look forward to chatting to you across the bank.


Firstly, we hope you, and your family and friends are keeping well and safe whilst we are all living with Covid-19.


As you are aware, we have only just been able to resume fishing again although under some new government led guidelines.

Our waters are now open as follows -

Scaland Wood                            Wednesday 13th May

Mill House Farm                         Wednesday 13th May

Oast Farm                                 Wednesday 13th May

Pennybridge                              Wednesday 13th May

Eridge Stream                           Wednesday 13th May

Underhill                                   Monday 1st June

Danesfield Wood                        Tuesday 16th June


Wirgol is not yet open – we will let you know when this water is available to fish again.


Bough Beech Reservoir    Wednesday 13th May

Any special measures - You must use hand sanitiser before using the gate, the Bailiff will check you have some.


Claygate Lakes                   Wednesday 13th May

Any special measures - Call the fishery before travelling


Gabriels Fishery                Tuesday 16th June

Any special measures - Call the fishery before travelling


More House Farm            Wednesday 13th May

Any special measures - Call the fishery before travelling


Weirwood Reservoir         Monday 25th May

Any special measures - Call the fishery before travelling


We will update all the information as we receive it, please visit the website regularly if you are able to do so, otherwise feel free to contact your committee with any other questions you may have.


Where it states "Call the fishery before travelling" if you get an answer phone please try again, do not travel unless you have spoken to the fishery directly.


On arrival at your chosen water please follow all the Government guidelines with regards to social distancing, health and hygiene. At some waters you will find pegs that have red/white barrier tape on the ground, these pegs are not to be used and in the unlikely event that you arrive at a water and all the available pegs are taken please do not use one of the marked ones as if you choose to do so you will be breaking the Government guidelines leaving yourself liable to a possible fine and prosecution as well as possibly endangering your fellow anglers and/or yourself. Also note that all toilet facilities at our own waters are closed.

We have now been fishing again for a few weeks and all is going well so far so enjoy your fishing and please abide by the rules as we hope these new guidelines will be relaxed further in the near future.  However, this will not be the case until the risks are reduced and we all have our part to play in helping to make that happen.


Weil’s Disease Information

Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is an infection you can catch from animals and  can be fatal although it's rare in the UK.

It is spread in the pee of infected animals – most commonly rats, mice, cows, pigs and dogs.


You can catch it if:

Soil or freshwater (such as from a river, canal or lake) containing infected pee gets in your mouth, eyes or a cut.


Non-urgent advice: See a GP if you might have been exposed to infected pee and you have:

a very high temperature, or feel hot and shivery/a headache/feeling and being sick/aching muscles and joints/red eyes/loss of appetite.


Ask for an urgent appointment if you have:

yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)/swollen ankles, feet or hands/chest pain/shortness of breath/coughing up blood.


Pennybridge Update

Fishing quite well, some small Tench, Crucians, Roach and Perch have been caught. 

We are intending to introduce more Crucian Carp to this water in the Autumn. The delay is of course due to Covid-19. We will update you on future issues and improvements as and when we have them for you.


Club Clothing

You can now order clothing online if you wish to do so. Please follow the link to choose any products you may wish to order –


Other News

As you are probably aware, match fishing has now had the green light to resume. However, there are guidelines to follow as announced by the government. Please contact your committee if you require additional information or wish to participate in future matches.


If you were a club member last year and have left it a bit later than you normally would have done to rejoin, due to the extraordinary circumstances this year, we will not penalise you by charging you the £5 fee which would normally apply if you do not rejoin before the end of May.

There are several outlets available if you wish to use them, including CSR, the shoe repair shop on Crowborough High Street which is due to reopen on 15th June. Please see the club website or Facebook page for all your other options.


We have had a minor issue with gates at one of our waters so can we remind you that gates should be left as found and if closed please make sure they are secured.


With all the changes this year, you will probably be aware that this has affected our AGM. Be assured that your committee is considering alternative ways to ensure this important meeting is carried out in a way that means you can still be involved albeit not in the standard format.


Please be assured that your committee is working hard to keep the club at the high standards we believe we have achieved over the years.


Maybe you are able to volunteer to help with working parties on the lakes, or you have a skill that may be useful on another basis. We would be really happy to hear from you at any time.


Do you have any original ideas for the Fundraising Officer? If so, please let us know.


We hope you have a great season and look forward to hearing about your record catches!

Keep in touch.


Best wishes from your committee.


March 2020 Newsletter


Dear Member,


Welcome to the last newsletter of the 2019-20 season and if you have been involved or follow us on Facebook you will know it's been a busy year again with lots of matches and work parties which included the complete rebuilding of the bridge at Mill House Farm as well as the more mundane general maintenance our waters require to keep them to the high standards you expect.


We would like to inform you that as well as our email address we now have a permanent telephone number for all general enquiries which is 07873 322562. If you call it and get the answerphone please do leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as it's possible.


On the reverse of this newsletter you will find the membership renewal form, once again we have not had to raise the price on any category, so please complete this and post it to Sandra or pop into one of our outlets, you can also rejoin online. If you recently joined on our 3 months free offer you DO NOT need to use this form as you are already a member for the 2020-21 season and your handbook will be posted to you before the end of March. Should you choose not to renew this coming season we would be very grateful if you would drop us an email with a short explanation on why you've decided not to renew as this could help us to retain more members in the future, although we do appreciate some of you will just fancy fishing new waters. Can we also remind you that, should you not renew, your details will be held electronically until 31st January 2021 and that you may receive emails from us up to this date unless you contact us asking to have your details removed sooner.


We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend this years AGM and prize giving which will be held at the Social Club in Crowborough on Tuesday 5th May. We will have a Guest of Honour, the raffle with loads of prizes and a free buffet plus all the usual banter. Remember the specimen competitions are open for claims until midnight on March 31st so if you think you have a contender get in touch, and a reminder that Fish of the Year claims can be of a fish caught anywhere so long as it is a UK water.


As many of you are aware Pennybridge, one of our most popular waters, has not been fishing so well over the past couple of years, we have now found this is due to a water quality issue which we are working to resolve and we hope to see an improvement quite quickly but this will require ongoing treatment and monitoring, we have already secured some new stock for when the water is ready to take them.


Finally we hope you have enjoyed fishing our waters over the past season and that you continue to do so in the future and we look forward to seeing you at the AGM or on the bankside and hearing about your catches and any other thoughts you may have.


For and on behalf of the

CDAA Committee.

December 2019 Newsletter


Dear Member,

Welcome to your latest updates regarding your fishing club.


There is a new gate at Potmans Heath that includes a small gate within its construction, it has a 15" high step and has to be held open as you pass through it . There had been several complaints about this from members and it has been agreed that the main gate will be left open. Members are reminded that this is also a bridleway and this is the only way a horse can be got through . The RFA are aware that this will at some point have to be dealt with properly . The main gate will be left open for us and please if everyone remembers  to close it behind them it would be helpful.



I hope you will be pleased that there is a new stretch of water which will be available from October 1st. until September 30th. 2020. We will post a copy of the map on our website and Facebook page.

The only things we as members need to be aware of are:
No parking on the riverbank / through the gate. Park on Lossenham Lane only but do NOT obstruct the gate.
Maximum of 20 anglers at any time (match secretaries be aware)
Do not fish beyond the boundary post.
NO fish of ANY species to be taken away at any time.
Our use of the river will be reviewed and if the owner is happy he will continue.
Absolutely NO litter (and anglers using the water are responsible for clearing any BEFORE fishing.)
Cut NO vegetation down other than what is necessary to open up a swim.
March 15th - June 15th Close Season


We have noted the issues that have been brought to our attention about Pennybridge. The feedback has been that the fishing has not been up to its usual standard for some time and we have been working on some possible solutions for some time, and taking professional advice.

The water has been regularly tested and we have now commenced a plan of action. This includes the liming  of the water which will not stop you visiting and fishing the water. 

We will of course keep you updated on progress.


At the time of writing, we are waiting for a report and will update when we receive a response from the EA.

For those of you that like to fish this particular water please note that we have been made aware that the bridge over the stream, on the Sandhill stretch, has become dislodged by the recent flood waters. As this is a public footpath it is in the hands of ESCC Highways who will repair/replace  the bridge, in the meantime please do not use.



The next scheduled working party is on Sunday 15th December from 9.00 – 12.30. This will be at Mill House Farm, so please come along if at all possible. We also have a new bailiff for this water – Daniel Taylor, ably assisted by his son Hayden. He already has a good rapport with the owner and lives very near to the water. His details will be in your new membership books next season. Thank you Daniel, your help is much appreciated.

We recently had a very successful day at Pennybridge, and with a good turnout of people, this water is now all tidied up for the winter. Many thanks to everyone that helped out.

We, as a club already have a planned maintenance schedule on a yearly basis. We are currently working on a 5 year plan as this will enable us to more easily apply for any potential grants which we may be considered for.

As ever, we have a small crew of volunteers that carry out most of the maintenance at present. It would be so helpful to recruit some more helpers to lighten the load for the regulars.

Most of the working parties are only for a couple of hours each so please consider coming along.


Do you have any great ideas to raise funds for items such as new equipment to maintain our waters? If so, don’t keep them to yourself!! We would love to hear them.

HOOKED ON GREEN - Christmas/New Year Opening Times
Monday 23rd – 07.30-18.00                                                        
Christmas Eve – 07.30-13.00                                                       
Christmas Day / Boxing Day Closed                                         
Friday 27th - 09.00-18.00

Saturday 28th - 09.00-18.00

Sunday 29th - 10.00-16.00

Monday 30th - 09.00-18.00
New Years Eve - 09.00-16.00
New Years Day Closed



September 2019 Newsletter


Dear Member,

Welcome to your September newsletter for your fishing club.

Please take some time to read our ramblings, as there may be some useful information between the lines!!

Firstly some of you may have realised that Pennybridge has not been fishing so well over the past couple of summers. We have now taken some professional advice and it seems that there is an issue with the water quality when there is little or no flow from the inlet causing the fish to become "stressed". We are now in the process of speaking with the owner and deciding what course of action we take as this will be an ongoing issue if nothing is done so rest assured we are on the case to get the fishing back up to scratch at this popular water.

Whilst monitoring our waters, it has been observed that there are still some issues with litter. Please ensure you take all your rubbish home and keep an eye out for any that may have been left by other anglers. If you do see any laying around, it would be greatly appreciated if you could dispose of it appropriately and just let us know. This is of course, an ongoing problem and we are doing our best to keep all the waters as we would like to find them ourselves. Don’t forget, litter can and will harm wildlife and fish and to that end we would prefer it wasn't left in the toilets as is happening at some of our waters.

While on the subject of litter did you know that if you have any old fishing line to dispose of, there is a line recycling box at Crowborough Tackle. Please try and remember to use it as this is a brilliant service and your line will eventually become road cones, amongst other products.


The working party team have been working very hard as usual to try and ensure we can all go fishing in a safe and tidy environment. The latest large project has been at Mill House Farm where a new bridge has now been constructed. Particular mentions must go to Dave Flint and Cliff Milledge who took on the roles of project managers. There was a good turnout for this particular task and many thanks to those who supported the day by working, supervising and making plenty of cups of tea available.

Don't forget, if you would like to help with any of these essential works, please contact us by email on


The next scheduled working party was due to happen on Saturday 15th September at Oast Farm. That one will now not take place as the works have already been carried out, due to the fact the lake is booked for a match that weekend. Please see the club website or Facebook page for further updates.

The following one will be at Underhill on Sunday 27th October from 9-12.30. We would always make you welcome and would really appreciate your help if you are free on that day. Just let us know you are coming and we can bring more cups!!



This scheme allows you to fish waters belonging to Haywards Heath and Glynde fishing clubs. They are held by Jed at Crowborough Tackle. If you would like to use this facility, please take your membership book and £10 to the shop. Jed will exchange books with you and when you return them, you will get your CDAA book and your £10 back. This excellent opportunity has recently been underused and it does open up a lot more fishing venues to you.

In conclusion, please feel free to contact us about anything you would like to comment on, or with any suggestions you may have. We are on Facebook, Twitter, email or the old fashioned telephone.

Don’t be shy as its good to have feedback when possible.


Robin from Hooked on Green in Uckfield would like to mention that he has now added Dynamite Baits to his list of suppliers and has an increased range of Groundbaits and pellets. They are open 7 days a week and you are entitled to a 10% discount if you produce your membership book at time of purchase.

Another available outlet, although not local to our waters is Bodle Angling which has opened in Burgess Hill.

Details can be found on our Local Tackle Dealers page of this website.

John Butler
Honorary Secretary

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