Match series postponed due to frozen pond, Paul Collins currently leading the results

Match cancelled due to bad weather

Match 5 of the Match Series had to be cancelled at the end of November due to the bad weather. Assistant Match Secretary, Paul Collins, broke the ice on pegs one to nine on Friday in preparation for the match. He did the same again on Saturday during the day, but by Saturday night it had frozen again, so Sunday's match had to be cancelled. Depending on the weather, it may be possible to fit the match into the schedule in the New Year.

Match 4, on November 14th, was more successful. Six anglers fished and it was won by Paul Collins fishing on peg 16. Rod Pilling was a close second, fishing on Peg 2, followed by Nick Richardson in third place fishing peg 9.

The results for the match were:

1Paul Collins40lb- 5oz
2Roger Pilling32lb-14oz
3Nick Richardson24lb-13oz
4Rod Langthorne17lb- 0oz
5Chris Shepherd7lb- 9oz
6Steve Edge4lb-9oz

Paul Collins has a large lead in the Match Series

Paul Colins, the Club's Assistant Match Secretary and Junior Liaison, has establish a significant lead in the Match Series. He currently has 40 points, well ahead of Rod Langthorne, in second place with 25 points. The final results are based on each competitors best six results from eight matches, so there is still time for Paul's lead to be beaten. The next four positions are very close with only one point between them.

The positions in the results table are currently:

1Paul Collins40
2Rod Langthorne25
3Steve Edge21
4Chris Shepherd20
5Roland Palmer19
6Roger Pilling18
7Nick Richardson14
8Liam Crosswell13

January & February activities

The "hangover" match, on 2nd January, is a fun match. It provides an opportunity to get some fresh air and fishing and recover from the excesses of Christmas and the New Year festivities. It is a later start at 9:30am for the draw and fishing from 10:00 to 13:00. After the match everyone adjourns to the pub to warm up and discuss the "one that got away". Of course, if the weather conditions continue as they have done in December, it could be straight to the pub!!

As weather conditions in January can be severe, there is only one match scheduled. This is match 7 in the match series on 17th January, with the draw at 9am and fishing from 9:30 to 13:30. If the weather is not too severe it may be possible to fit in the cancelled match(es). The last two matches of the current season are in February. These are the final Match Series match on 7th February and the Points Only match on 21st February. Both matches are from 9:00 to 13:30. Fish can be hard to catch at this time of year and the Points Only match uses a different method for calculating results, with one point for each fish caught, irrespective of size.

Joining the Club

If you are interested in joining the club please contact our membership secretary Cathy Naylor on 01489-890086, or contact our chairman Roland Palmer (after 6pm) on 01489-894063 for an application form. More information is available, and a form can be downloaded, from our web site at

Subscription amounts have been kept the same for this season. Membership is open to anyone who lives in Bishops Waltham, plus a small number of associate membership places (for those living outside the Parish). Priority is always given to Parish membership, especially juniors. All of the associate membership places have been taken up this year and there is now a waiting list for places for next season. Anyone living outside of the Parish wishing to join should contact Cathy to put their name on the waiting list.

Club web site

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