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June 2022 Newsletter


Dear Member,


Many thanks for supporting your club again this season. As you are probably aware, we held our AGM on 27th April. The first one in person for a while due to the dreaded pandemic. It was great to see everyone that attended and we had a really good evening.

It was confirmed that membership subs will not be increasing next season. This is around 10 years of no increases! Your club is doing well financially and fundraising has increased, largely due to grants and the very generous owners of some of our waters.

If you have any ideas for fundraising events going forward, please contact Cai Blakeway, Fundraising Officer, via the club email with any suggestions you may have.

We would also welcome any publicity ideas you may have, please contact Dave Flint, Club Secretary who is currently multi tasking as always.


Ladies – just to let you know that Amber Blakeway has organised three ladies matches.

12th June at Pennybridge

10th July at Scaland Wood

4th September at Underhill

She would love to see you so please contact her on 07912 151853 or email her via the club website if you would like to attend but you are more than welcome to just turn up on the day. The matches start at 10am and finish at 3pm.


Another reminder for you, the club sea section has now resumed. We hope this will be supported and please contact us for upcoming beach match dates.


We are also holding another Family Weekend when all are welcome to come along to Pennybridge and have a go at fishing so if you know anyone that might be interested let them know. All equipment and bait will be supplied and we will be there from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.


We have been advised by the RFA that, due to an ongoing dispute with the Environment Agency, no fishing is allowed from the south bank of the Royal Military Canal until further notice. So please ignore the information in your handbook and on both our own and the RFA’s website which states we can fish from both banks. We will update you via our website and Facebook page if this changes.


Hope to see some of you at Wirgol and Underhill, now they are both open again. Danesfield Wood reopens on the 16th June. And remember we welcome your reports so that we can judge how well, or not, our waters are fishing.


We held our annual Junior Day on 21st May. It was at Pennybridge Lake and was organised by your club and in conjunction with coaches from the Angling Trust. Both morning and afternoon sessions were fully booked and there was plenty of action for all the young anglers. The mayor came to visit in the afternoon and he was very impressed by the event and stayed for the presentations. Thanks to Crowborough Town Council who funded the event and thanks to all the volunteers that came to help on the day.

Many thanks must also go to Roger Funnell and his wife Janet for the smooth running of the event. Roger runs the clubs Junior Matches, so if you know any young anglers not already participating, please let them know they would be welcome to join in.


Some of you who have been members for a few years will know that Scaland Wood has suffered from lack of oxygen issues in the past and will probably remember when we were advised by the EA to cut the “wind tunnel” to help with this. Due to the fact that this water is a pond, with no water entering it other than when it rains and the runoff from the road, this has been an ongoing issue. As we now own this water outright the Committee decided to look into a long term solution to improve the water and after taking some professional advice we have ordered a solar powered system, at a cost of approximately £3500 and will use diffusers to oxygenate the water. This will improve the water quality and therefore the fishing, and when the water has improved we will take further advice on if it will be possible or advisable to increase the fish stock. But please bear in mind that like the liming at Pennybridge and Underhill this will not be a quick fix but more a long term one which will take a few years to show real benefits.


Best wishes on behalf of the CDAA Committee.

March 2022 Newsletter


Dear Member,


Welcome to the final newsletter of the 2021-22 season. Hopefully now emerging from the last very unusual season into a new and exciting one.


Your Committee members and valued volunteers have carried out all the planned maintenance tasks on schedule and of course we welcome anyone with some spare time to come along and join us.


We have recently stocked 250 Crucian Carp in Pennybridge and water testing is ongoing and very positive. If you haven’t visited Pennybridge in a while, why not give it another chance, it has been fishing well lately. Underhill is also undergoing water quality improvements and there has been a noticeable improvement in catches. There have also been improvements to the entrance/exit at Underhill to make parking a lot easier in all weathers.


More good news, the sea section of the club has now resumed. There is a beach match taking place on Friday 4th March at Langley Point Eastbourne. Please meet at the Sovereign West car park at 10.00am. Fishing between 10.30 and 3pm.


You will find your renewal form on the reverse of this letter. Once again, no price increases this season. Please post your form to Sandra Lawrence, Membership Secretary, Butterflies, Eridge Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 2SP. You can also rejoin at one of our outlets or via the club website. If you have recently joined on our 3 month free offer, you do not need to complete another application form as you will have the gate code for 2022-23 on the cover you have received. This will be in use from 1st April. 

Existing members wishing to renew will be able to do so from around mid February. Please see the website or Facebook for the details. This enables us to issue your new season book early if you prefer to have it ready for the start of the new season.


The AGM this year will be at the Crowborough Social Club on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm. There will be the usual raffle as well as a buffet, it would be great to see you in person if you can make it.


Best wishes on behalf of the CDAA Committee.

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