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The Golden Balls team strike their rods to success yet again!
That’s right anglers, it’s that time of year again for the famous golden balls charity event at Hawkhurst fish farm, Kent. 76 carp and match anglers including children from the age of 10, took to the lakes 12th-13th September to try and catch as many fish as they could in order to win the famous GB trophy and raise money for the Cancer Research UK charity.

The event included four separate matches of 1 junior match, 2 senior matches and 1 24 hour carp match over the two days. This years matches were all organised by the golden balls committee, where 12 juniors competed side by side in their match for 6 Hours. … So how did they get on?

1st     George Bolt     44lbs
2nd      Ross Macauley     42lbs 10oz   
3rd     Ash Cornish     26lb

Whilst the juniors were competing, the first senior match also made a start at 9.00 am. Dave Sage came in 1st place on Saturday’s match having a total weight of 156.9 lbs. so how did the runners up do?
1st     Dave Sage     156.9 lbs
2nd     Vic Elmer     148.0 lbs
3rd     Daren Chaston     126.12 lbs

As the sun went down, and a new day arises the second senior match got on the way. With the cloudy skys holding off the rain Paul Lamb came in fist place with the following not too far behind him:

1st     Paul Lamb     148.3 lbs
2nd     P Ollernshaw     114.14 lbs
3rd     Mark Breckall     110.4 lbs

So after these successful three matches, how were the anglers getting on in the 24 hour carp match that started on Saturday at 12pm…with the eager anglers getting their rods in and their bait scattered all round their swims, Ashley Izzard got the reel spinning catching the first fish in the match automatically taking him to the lead with a 10lb carp. But as the night drew nearer the real excitement started. The specimen lake became very popular with Daniel Warren catching a 26lb mirror and Dale Cassell catching a 29 lbs not too far behind him. So who was the lucky angler to win the famous golden balls trophy?

1st     Dale Cassell     55lb 10oz
2nd     Ashley Izzard     43lb 8oz
3rd     Frank Wheeler     31lb

Heaviest fish trophy sponsored by rigmarole also went to Dale Cassell of 29lb 2oz.

So up to the marquee for the famous raffle, presentations and grand total to be announced, all the match and carp anglers including juniors had their raffle tickets ready and braced themselves to hear that magic total they helped raise go towards Cancer Research UK. There was an overwhelming number of prizes donated for the raffle, and tombola that also took part during the day times over the weekend. The raffle wouldn't have been so successful if it wasn’t for our generous sponsors (see below). These were very much appreciated by all the golden balls team and organisers, not to mention the lucky winners who won fantastic holidays ranging from a weeks fishing holiday at Sky Lakes to a wide range of fishing equipment from Fox, Warriors and so on.

The golden balls committee along with Cancer Research UK representative Helen Waters and David and Wendy Dukes (Mayor of Tunbridge Wells) addressed the eager crowd who all took part, how much they had finally raised. The honour was left to Ben Wilkinson to announce the grand total of £17,500 as all their faces lit up with pride, from raising such an outstanding figure for the one event. What an amazing achievement and have to take our hats off to all that played a part in yet another successful weekend. Speaking to Barry Cale the founder of golden balls charity moments after said he was very thankful to everyone that took part and couldn’t believe how much they had still managed to raise with the current climate.

This is now the 4th golden balls charity event he has organised with his committee to be at the amazing grounds of Hawkhurst fisheries, Kent. Barry and his family including two daughters Stacie Hudson and Hayley Cale who also arrange their own yearly charity events based around dancing would personally like to thank everyone who played a part in the event, from people simply buying raffle tickets to our wonderful marshals Tony the tench, John Crundwell and Will Izzard. They all deserve praise for giving us their time and effort over the weekend. Not to forget our great number of sponsors and Hawkhurst fish farm for letting us use their complex. None of this could have been so successful without them, and it’s great to know all the money raised will help find a cure for the disease that effects so many of us.

Should you wish to make a donation to Cancer Research UK after being inspired by this magnificent event, you can do so by entering this link into your web browser. www.cancerresearchuk.org You can also contact them on 0207 2420200 for further details. Next years event will be taking part at the same picturesque complex of Hawkhurst fish farm 11th-12th September. If you would like to take part or would like to find out more details, please visit our new website www.gballs.webs.com or you can contact Barry cale on bnccale@hotmail.com or 07860491478. well done again to everyone and good luck for next year.

Hayley Cale
Golden Balls Secretary

The golden balls team would like to thank, in no particular order Norman Cale, Tim and Julie Sneed, Helen Waters, David and Wendy Dukes (deputy mayor of Tunbridge Wells), Tetly, Tony the tench, Trevor and Karen Dyer, Frank Wheeler, Glen Gatson, Wayne Gatson, Simon Sharp, Wendy Cale, John Crundwell, Hawkhurst fish farm, Ray Harris, Ashford Tackle, Vision Vinyls, Fresh Water Informer, Decathlon, Fox, Sky Lakes, Lake Serene, Etang Kingshaw, Spain Brothers, Venture tackle, tackle box, Kent tackle, rigmarole, smart carping, Benfleet hall lakes, Hawkhurst fish farm, strand quary café, uniform leisure, just baits, catcher baits, korda, Sparshatts, dynamite baits, crowborough tackle, any fish any where, nash tackle, acorn hire, Etang Baudy, solar tackle, CC mores, J & H lifting, rubben heaten, carp vader, tubertini, Stonnes fishery, AA Covers, fishing world of Kent.


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Chatton Ladies have entered 2 ladies teams in the Macmillan's Fishing Day at Derwent 11th October. The ladies have grown in strength and enthusiasm over the season and are looking forward to entering again, for some of the ladies it will be there first competition.

Chatton Ladies Raising Money for The Macmillan Big Fish at Derwent 11th OctoberAli has the assistance from a fishing instructor on the day, to help with coaching and fishing advice.

Ali commented:
“I’m thrilled we have 2 ladies teams entering this year for such a good cause. All the money raised will be used to fund vital cancer services, from specialist nurses and doctors to help and advice for people who have financial problems because of their cancer.”

Any ladies interested in entering this event please contact Ali at Chatton. No experience necessary, just a smile and the opportunity to help a good cause. If you wish to donate to such a good cause please contact Ali at Chatton or visit our Just giving page called Chatton ladies.

We have our last training session 4th october 2009 at chatton fishery.

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Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00

River Grom pollution case settled

Fish Legal is delighted to have secured a £17,500 settlement for its member club, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Angling Society, as a result of a civil claim mounted on behalf of the anglers following the pollution of the River Grom in June 2006.

Fish Legal Fishing NewsA series of equipment failures at the Tunbridge Wells sewage treatment works saw partially treated sewage pumped into the Grom over a 6 day period with a devastating effect on the river and its ecology. There was an extensive fish kill during the incident and water quality on the upper Medway was seriously affected for approximately 14km downstream of the confluence with the Grom.

Electro-fishing surveys carried out by the Environment Agency post pollution in July 2006 returned just 1 immature chub on the Grom. A year later, sampling carried out in August 2007 on the Medway upstream and downstream of the confluence with the Grom found average fish species richness for a river of type upstream, but severely impoverished populations downstream of the confluence, with a complete absence of grayling, trout and chub and only 1/7th of the expected fishery biomass.

The first problems with the sewage treatment process at the works began on the 17th June 2006. Southern Water however failed to inform the Environment Agency that the works were malfunctioning and the situation only came to the attention of the Agency on the 18th June when a member of the public phoned through reports of dead fish and pungent, cloudy waters on the Grom. The time delay meant that Agency staff were unable to respond swiftly with aeration equipment to boost oxygen levels in the river and avoid the worst effects of the pollution.

The damage of the river was compounded when back-up equipment brought in by Southern Water to help rectify the situation also broke down and it was not until 22nd June that the treatment works to be returned to full operation
Fish Legal solicitor, Guy Linley-Adams, explained:

“The Grom, which is a relatively small tributary of the River Medway, was still recovering after a similar, serious pollution incident from the Tunbridge Wells works in 1989. We were particularly disappointed that Southern Water did not respond quickly and appropriately to mitigate the environmental impact of the 2006 event. We have however been very encouraged by Southern Water’s willingness to engage with Fish Legal, to recognise the damage caused to our member club’s fishery downstream of their works and more generally, to recognise the presence of angling clubs across the Southern Water region.”

He added:

“Since the incident, Southern Water has spent in excess of £2 million on improvements at the sewage works concerned and they have extended an open invitation to all members of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Angling Society to visit the newly refurbished works to see for themselves the investment that has gone into improving the quality of discharges into the club’s waters.”

Southern Water and Fish Legal together are looking to compile a list of all angling clubs downstream of sewage works in Southern Water's area so they can be contacted immediately in the event of any problems at any of Southern Water's sites.

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Thursday, 17 September 2009 00:00

Angling Trust Recognised by Sport England

The Angling Trust took a big step forward this week when Sport England awarded it formal recognition as the National Governing Body (NGB) for game, sea and coarse angling.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsMark Lloyd, Angling Trust Chief Executive, explains: “At last angling has a single membership organisation recognised by government to represent the voice of anglers and the future of their sport. This builds on the recent success of the Angling Development Board in getting angling recognised and funded as a sport by Sport England. Angling clubs who are members of the Angling Trust will now find it easier to get support and funding from their local authorities and County Sport Partnerships.”

“More than 1,100 clubs and just over 10,000 individuals have joined the Angling Trust so far. This makes the Trust one of the largest NGBs already in terms of club membership. If the 250,000 anglers who are members of our member clubs were to join as individuals for just £1.75 a month, we would be the largest NGB in the country. We also need the support of all anglers to create a powerful and influential organisation which can demonstrate the importance of angling to government and other decision-makers.”

Mike Heylin, Chairman of Angling Trust said: “Governing body status is important to all of us for the funding of development plans for angling but anglers need to understand that it does not mean that Angling Trust governs angling. For anglers we remain a representative body taking the message of the importance of angling and all our fisheries to government and beyond. Angling is governed by law, regulation and byelaws, the importance of the Angling Trust is that it can speak with the law-makers and regulators and represent the views of anglers nationally, that is why it is important that anglers take up membership.”

Governing Body status will also make it easier for the Angling Trust to secure public funding to support its activities promoting angling participation and will give it the authority to govern the national angling teams fishing in international competitions. The official recognition will also help the Trust campaign and lobby on behalf of anglers on issues ranging from access to waters, local angling bans and environmental and fisheries legislation.

Anglers can sign up on the Trust’s website at www.anglingtrust.net. Clubs, fisheries, tackle shops and riparian owners should contact us on 0844 7700616 for more information about Angling Trust and Fish Legal Membership.


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Thursday, 10 September 2009 00:00

Nations World Angling Championships 2009

The 2009 World Championships took place in Almere, Netherlands on 5th & 6th September 2009. Joint Managers, Mark Downes and Mark Addy said “this was probably one of the best run Championships to date, but for the England team the most frustrating one we have witnessed in our reign as managers”. The England team were: Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Steve Gardner, Sean Ashby, Stuart Conroy and Des Shipp, Joint Managers, Mark Downes and Mark Addy.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsMark Downes, Joint Manager, stated “our fifth placed finish a mere 3.5 points behind eventual winners Slovakia was in itself close but when the results are scrutinised you realise just how close. Hindsight is a great thing but with just a few small tactical changes we all agreed the title was there for the taking. Bream were our main quarry and on day 1 four of our 5 anglers caught them but on day 2 we only managed to get two with bream and as a result we thought we were well out of the race. Yet because of the increased difficulty in assessing other teams’ placings, due to the new 3 section system we failed to spot exactly how close we were.

Will Raison’s silver medal win with an almost perfect score once again showed the world just how good he is. His superb section win on day 2 nearly tripling the weight of his nearest section rival had the 1000 or so spectators camped behind him awestruck; it will only be a matter of time before he gets his next title.

Mark Downes continued: “Mark Addy and myself realise we cannot rest on our laurels as even the slightest lapse will be penalised. I feel more and more teams can now win this title especially under the new points system, which I feel has to be reassessed, before next year’s Championships in Spain”.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager stated: “the FIPSed technical commission had rejected two waters offered by the Dutch Federation before accepting the Lage Vaart canal as the venue for the 2009 World Championships in Holland. Reservations because of lack of fish were totally unfounded as the results show. This was one of the fairest match waters that I have seen in my 26 years of World Championship involvement and congratulations must go to the organisers.

“This year was the first Nations World Championships fished to the new split section ruling, and as a result the final team placing changed. Under the old system it would have read 1st -Belgium 108 points, 2nd - England 111 points, 3rd - France 113 points. Drennan team England caught up really well to the first match day and had formulated a plan that we all expected to work well. It was almost perfect and indeed only one bream extra in any one of 3 sections would have won us the gold. It was good to see Slovakia and Russia on the podium and to see Will Raison win yet another medal. Although the team are disappointed, they did put together an exceptional performance and they can’t wait to get to Spain next year.

“The Dutch Federation can be proud of their efforts as the organisation was exceptional and the venue was superb.

“Finally, I would like to thank Peter Drennan and his company for their continued financial support of the Team”.


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Thursday, 10 September 2009 00:00

New Chairmen at Angling Trust and Fish Legal

The Angling Trust has announced that Stephen Marsh-Smith has resigned as Chairman of both the Angling Trust and Fish Legal and that Stuart McPherson has resigned as a Director of the Angling Trust and Committee Member of Fish Legal and Chairman of the Marine Committee.

Angling Trust Fishing NewsThe Angling Trust Board thanked Stephen and Stuart for all their voluntary work which has contributed to the formation of the Trust. The Fish Legal Committee expressed their thanks to Stephen for 8 years’ service to the ACA and Fish Legal.

Michael Heylin was elected as Chairman of the Angling Trust at an Angling Trust Board meeting on Friday 4 September. Roger Furniss was elected as Chairman of Fish Legal at a Fish Legal Committee meeting shortly afterwards. Both appointments were supported unanimously by the Directors of Angling Trust and Trustees of Fish Legal respectively. A new Chairman of the Marine Committee will be recruited as soon as possible.
Michael Heylin said: “I am privileged, humbled and honoured to be able to Chair the Angling Trust, an organisation which I believe is absolutely vital for the future of angling in England. The Board and I are determined that the organisation will be transparent, accountable and listen to its membership and that we will take action to protect the interests of all sea, game and coarse anglers throughout England.”

Roger Furniss said: “I have seen how valuable the work of Fish Legal is to its member angling clubs and riparian owners at first hand on many occasions and I am looking forward to the opportunity of helping expand and develop this work which benefits all angling. The Fish Legal Committee and I will be looking at ways of increasing the resources available to this unique organisation in partnership with the Angling Trust in England and with the relevant governing bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

For further information and photographs of the new Chairmen, please contact Mark Lloyd on mark.lloyd@anglingtrust.net or 07973 468198.


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Sunday, 20 September 2009 17:48

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A major, new research programme focusing on the social benefits of angling in the England and Scotland is underway. The project, ‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’ is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and runs from January 2009 - January 2012.

The research is investigating the positive roles angling can play for (i) those who participate in it; (ii) young people; and (iii) communities where angling takes place.

Substance, a not-for-profit social research company, is managing the research programme. The research will work closely with angling bodies, policymakers and community groups, including the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and a range of other angling organisations in the UK.

A questionnaire survey on angling participation kicked off in July 2009. We are strongly encouraging ALL anglers – whether they are coarse, game or sea anglers; match, pleasure or specimen anglers – to take part. By clicking here you can access the internet version of the questionnaire; alternatively, you can visit the project website at www.anglingresearch.org.uk and follow the designated link to the questionnaire.

By completing the questionnaire you will be providing vital information for the research, which will inform both angling stakeholders and policymakers.

All information collected by the questionnaire will be anonymised and no individual personal data will be disclosed.
For more information please visit: www.anglingresearch.org.uk


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Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00

Sport England gives green light to angling

Angling is one of the first sports to be recognised by Sport England as making good use of the opportunity to work with County Sports Partnerships (CSP) to increase participation. Sport England has given the Angling Development Board (ADB) the green light to work with all 49 County Sports Partnerships and access their core services for angling.

Sport EnglandThe ADB will initially focus on 24 CSPs during 2009 and 2010 throughout England to gain their support to:

  • develop angling clubs and fisheries
  • train and develop angling coaches
  • establish programmes to increase participation in angling, particularly amongst young people and under-represented groups
  • improve local knowledge and information sharing
  • develop local networks and relationships to deliver the community benefits from angling

Sport England is investing £10 million per year to ensure CSPs provide a minimum and consistent level of support to deliver their national sports strategies. The ADB has made good use of this offer through its eight recently appointed Regional Development Officers.

As part of this process the ADB has already started forming County Angling Action Groups to bring together angling clubs, fisheries, coaches, volunteers, schools and community groups to identify local needs. The ADB is working with CSPs to form County Angling Action Groups and access core services. Already nine Groups have been formed and a further 15 are in development.

Jackie Sheldon, ADB Senior Development Manager said “This is an exciting time for the development of angling. Being one of the first sports to gain the green light by Sport England to work with the CSP network indicates that the ADB has made significant progress in just two years. It has demonstrated the potential for angling to deliver on national, regional and local benefits through the development of angling. This includes increased resources, recognition and support for angling at a local level. We are encouraging angling clubs, fisheries, coaches and volunteers to get involved in the County Angling Action Groups to take advantage of these opportunities.

David Moore, Chair of the ADB, said ‘We have been working towards this recognition for two years and we appreciate the support which Sport England, the Environment Agency and British Waterways have all given us to make this breakthrough for angling’’.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the County Angling Action Groups should contact their Regional Angling Development Officer whose contact can be found on the ADB website:

www.anglingtrust.net

Or telephone the Angling Development Board Office on 0115 9815972

Further information regarding the work of the ADB can be obtained from Jackie Sheldon, Senior Development Manager, Angling Development Board at Jackie.sheldon@anglingdevelopmentboard.org.uk


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Fish Legal has sent formal letters of claim on behalf of two of its member clubs – the Ribblesdale Angling Association and the Mid-Ribble Angling Society – after both clubs had their fishing wiped out by mud pouring into the River Ribble when a gas pipeline was laid across the river and its tributaries between June 2006 and August 2007.

Fish LegalEntrepose – the contractors for National Grid - left large areas of earth next to the river exposed during the works and failed to put in place a comprehensive and effective system of settlement lagoons and silt traps to protect the watercourse from sediment-laden run-off. Further slugs of sediment flowed downstream when trenches were excavated in the river channel itself.

The claim made by Fish Legal on behalf of the anglers follows the prosecution and conviction of Entrepose by the Environment Agency for 18 separate pollution offences under Section 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991. The company also asked for another 18 other offences to be taken into consideration.

National Grid won the lucrative contract to lay the gas pipeline from Panal, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire to Nether Kellet near Carnforth in Lancashire. Entrepose was contracted to undertake the £55million project on their behalf.

John Whitham of the Mid-Ribble Angling Society and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association said,

“The silt pollution at the height of the salmon season made the river unfishable. Some club members had taken time off work and travelled from as far afield as London - and, in one case, America - to find that the river was so dirty that the fishing they had planned and looked forward to for many months was ruined.”

He added:

“We are aware that such developments are probably necessary but the companies contracted to do the work must be held responsible for all their sub-contractors ensuring that there is no damage to the environment or the assets of others. Not only does such neglect affect anglers but also the local tourism industry and many others associated with the sport of angling.”

Fred Higham of the Ribblesdale Angling Association was angered by the lack of care taken by Enrepose:

“from the outset, and at our first site meeting with the Entrepose Management Team, we highlighted our concerns at the possible siltation effects on the river. When I said my concern was for the river, their reply was, “ours is for the pipeline.” They seemed to be unaware of the river habitat’s sensitivities or to even care about the potential damage they could and did do, not only to our fishing, but also the environment.”

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Fish Legal and the Angling Trust, said:

“Any company carrying out work of this scale should put in place stringent measures to prevent soil being washed into streams. Entrepose seem to have been surprised by the fact that it rained very heavily in the North West of England. Their mismanagement of this huge project led to significant damage to fish spawning and invertebrate habitat as well as ruining our members’ fishing. We hope that the company will agree to settle these claims for the loss of amenity promptly and without dispute.”


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