Work Party retrieved a traffic cone
The work party was attended by five members, including one of our juniors and his mum. He helped with retrieving a large traffic cone which had been thrown into the pond. Swims 10 to 19 were dredged for snags. Debris and undergrowth was cleared. A tree on swim 10 was cleared and the compound was sorted.
A promising meeting held with a new EA Fisheries representative
A very useful meeting was held with William West, representing Environment Agency (EA) Fisheries. William had recently joined the team and was establishing contact with local clubs.
It has re-established a contact with EA Fisheries which will be good for the future. We discussed a number of topics and William took quite a few notes and photos. Monies have already been allocated from the current budget but there could be funds to support our activities from the next round.
During our meeting, we spoke about the possibility of raising some of the swims to stop them flooding and this could be part funded by EA Fisheries Improvement Funding (FIP budget). The club's contribution could be in the form of equivalent cost of labour provided by club members. The next stage is to put a business case together in anticipation of funds becoming available. This would include materials and labour.
Another possibility is the installation of a solar powered aerator. This would provide aeration when the stream stops flowing and oxygen levels in the pond drop.
June to July activities
The new fishing year starts in June with renewals from Parish and Associate members. Although there are no matches in June, leisure fishing continues. The match season will get underway in July, details will be with renewal documentation.
Joining the Club
If you are interested in joining the club 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 applications for the 2022-23 season reopened in May, details are on the website.
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 can request an Associate Membership place if spaces are available.
Club web site
For more information about the club and its activities, the club's web site can be found at: www.bwpfc.org.uk
Steve Edge and Barry Jerome