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Beckingham Hall is CLOSED

Regrettably Beckingham Hall is closed until further notice and there is a notice on the gate at the entrance to the lake.  Updates will be posted here.  Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The 2017 rulebooks have been posted out

The new 2017 green rulebooks have now been posted out to all members along with a new Tails Up catalogue giving members a chance to purchase bait at a special discounted rate.  Thank you to Jamie for sending these out, at least he didn’t have to lick the stamps.  If your rulebook hasn’t arrived please let the membership secretary know or pop into JP Tackle with your 2017-18 membership card to pick one up.

A hard match was fished at Totham Pit

A hard match was fished at Totham Pit with only two able to catch fish, Russell Samuels managed to land two nice Tench of 6lbs 3oz and 5lbs 3oz but he also lost three fish of a good weight. Following close behind him was Bill Woollcott with a massive Perch of 1oz 8drms which took him all of 5 seconds to land. Three other matchmen were unable to find any fish!!


Russ with his fine brace of Tench.

Junior Hoodies

We have plenty of tee shirts and hoodies in extra small and small junior sizes available priced £20.  Please contact Denise on 01621 857427 to make a purchase.

Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday 6th May

For next Saturday’s work party we are hoping that our regular, dedicated, work party participants (and others who we would very much appreciate joining us) will be prepared to undertake one more session on the stream and ditches above Sandford. Good progress has been made here and as a high priority area we want to do more work while there is little impact from pennywort elsewhere in the Navigation. So we will again be meeting at Barnes Mill Lock for a 9am start. Click here for a map of the area: Barnes Mill Lock or put CM2 6NP into your Satnav or Smartphone. From the roundabout near the Fox and Raven Pub in Springfield turn as if going to the Fox and Raven, but then turn immediately left into Mill Vue Lane. Follow the road round, through a wooden gateway and park about 100m further along on the right. If the gate is closed – hoot your horn for attention!

Incidentally, having checked for pennywort at several ‘hotspots’ along the Navigation over this weekend (and I don’t want to speak too soon!), and having memories of arduous work parties at them, many places that have caused us problems in the past are currently clear – showing just how effective our tenacity and continuing work has been. We promise we will be going somewhere other than the water meadows for our June work party!

Our usual suggestion – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. We provide all tools and equipment – but you are welcome to bring anything that works especially well for you. We stop for (free) refreshments about half way through the work party and try to finish by about midday – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so.

Whether or not you will be at the work party please ensure that the date of our next CCT talk is in your diary – Tuesday evening, 23rd May at Moulsham Mill when there will be an interesting talk about Beeleigh Mill – with potentially an opportunity to visit the Mill at a later date.

We hope to see you at the work party on Saturday.  Kind regards – Neil.

Totham Pit treated with Siltex

Totham Pit was treated with Siltex over the weekend to try and improve the water quality and growth rates of the fish.  There are further plans to remove the weed that clogged up the shallows last season, if it returns this year, as the thick silt and de-oxygenation caused by the weed at night in the shallows are believed to be the main threat to the carp as the water warms up in the spring

Jamie and Paul spreading the Siltex in the shallows at Totham Pit

Howells night permits are now sold out

Howells night permits for 2017-18 are now sold out as the last five were offered to members on the waiting list last night.  Sorry if you missed out, another waiting list for next season will start soon.

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