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The metal poles and wooden posts, and the metal fencing will be removed from Alders this week. I am expecting contractors to be using a boat to pull the posts out vertically. This may take place as soon as Monday 11th January. Apologies for the short notice, the water will not be closed but obviously might be slightly disturbed and access to lower a boat in will be needed near the car park.
As many of you will be aware, Bellwood has been partially closed for some time because of the risk that some trees could fall or drop branches on anglers. Next week beginning 6th February the closure will be increased to a full closure while the trees are attended to. After that, subject to no other issues such as flooding, the lake will be re-opened. The club apologises for the inconvenience, but safety is of the greatest importance.
The annual Help for Heroes match on Enborne Canal on 24th September and a grand event it was as usual. 30 Anglers from local clubs and members from as far as Stratford upon Avon and Shipston on Stour turned up at the Lamb Inn on Enborne Road for Bacon Rolls and the draw. The match was fished on Enborne Canal and everyone caught fish and the result was spectacular. 3rd on the day was Mervyn Burrows with 6-14-0, 2nd was Chris Coleman from Shipston with 9-2-0 and the winner was Dave Smith with 22-12-0 made up of Perch to 2.5lb a 3lb Tench and Roach to 14oz. Dave and Mervyn clearly benefitting from the over 60's match on the same water 3 days earlier. Back at the Lamb Inn a full hot Dinner was laid on and then the anglers set about the main event of the day which was to raise money for H4H. A large Raffle was organised which had been well supported by Tony at Thatcham Angling and Kevin at Tadley Angling as well as donations from club members. A grand total of £701 was raised and a cheque for that amount will soon be on its way to the H4H offices. Thank you to everyone who contributed.