Bishops Waltham Parish Fishing Club

Matches still cancelled due to lockdown, pleasure fishing allowed as local exercise and some dangerous trees cut down

Matches cancelled but pleasure fishing still allowed during lockdown

There is not a lot to report this month as match fishing is still cancelled due to the Covid lockdown. Pleasure fishing is allowed as part of allowed exercise, provided it is local. The Government had a change of mind after initially saying pleasure fishing was not allowed. They were lobbied by the Angling Trust who convinced them, provided social distancing was observed, that fishing was important as a relaxation from a mental point of view during lockdown.

Some of the dangerous trees cut down

Following the recent storms several trees around the South Pond were damaged or leaning. The Parish Council arranged for the trees to be assessed and any dangerous ones cut down. To date two trees have been cut down near the sluice at the Palace ruins end of the South Pond. Further work may be required.

March and April activities

With the current lockdown all activities, including matches and work parties, are cancelled until further notice. Check our web site for the latest information. Hopefully, now that vaccination is being rolled out, things will begin to return to normal, but probably not until May at the earliest.

Joining the Club

If you are interested in joining the club please contact our membership secretary Cathy Naylor on 07934-895513 for an application form. Alternatively, applications can be made by downloading a membership form from the website and sending, with an SAE, to our membership secretary (details on the form and on the web site). The membership year runs from mid-June.

Membership is now closed for the 2020-21 season. Membership renewals and applications for the 2021-22 season will be opened in May.

Membership is open to anyone who lives in Bishops Waltham, plus a number of Associate membership places (for those living outside the Parish). Priority is given to Parish membership (especially juniors), but anyone living outside of the Parish wishing to join should contact Cathy for an Associate Membership place.

Club web site

For more information about the club and its activities, the club's web site can be found at:

Steve Edge and Barry Jerome