Fire at Rowfant Business Park, Wallage Lane, Rowfant

Members may be aware of the serious fire incident which was reported during the early hours of Monday 26th June at Rowfant Business Park, opposite Little Rowfant Lakes. Having visited the site, I am pleased to report that Little Rowfant Lakes appear to have not been affected by the fire, neither the fuel which burnt or the water / foam used by the Fire Service to extinguish the blaze. In doing so, the Fire Service drew water from the Road Lake to supplement its supplies, which has resulted in the water level reduced by 6 inches – the rains of today & forecast will hopefully soon replenish the level in the lake to normal. The EA who were in attendance throughout the incident have checked our lakes & advised that the saturated oxygen level remains high, so we do not envisage any ill effects from the emergency water extraction. The Fire Service had to cut the padlock chain to the gate to access the Road lake which will be repaired shortly.
The Committee have decided not to close Little Rowfant Lakes, but we would request that if any Members notice any fish deaths / in distress, please contact a Society official immediately. The Committee will be monitoring the lakes on a regular basis, but with clearing up of the fire incident area still in course we would ask all Members to remain aware of the potential threat, & especially if heavy rains see a flood of water which could be contaminated flow down from Rowfant Business Park.


Guest Permits

Members are reminded that Guest permits must be purchased in advance of fishing at a cost of £10 per Guest Permit per day. Guest Permits can be purchased from The Carp Shop, Horley Row, Horley, Surrey.


It has been brought to the attention of the Committee recently by more than one member that they have been troubled by a pair of Rottweiler dogs at both Little Rowfant lakes & Rowfant Mill Pond. One incident saw our member correctly report the incident to the Police. We are endeavouring to locate the owner(s) of these dogs, but in the meantime members are encouraged not to approach the dogs & to report any menacing incidents to the Police.

Handling & Care of Fish

The Committee would like to remind all members to handle fish with care, including the use of unhooking mats for all Carp & larger fish. Incidents have been reported to the Committee of fish not being returned to the water promptly. Whilst the taking of photographs is acceptable, please ensure fish are kept out of the water for the minimum of time to avoid unnecessary stress which put fish stocks at risk.

River Ouse – Anchor Inn Parking

Members are reminded that they must not park in the main Anchor Inn car park.
Anglers are requested to park in the overspill car park, which is the field immediately to the left of the Anchor Inn.  Parking is in the area immediately to the left of the field entrance.  The OAPS parking stickers, which were supplied with your membership card should be displayed at all times.
Thank you for your co-operation.

Cray Fish – Rowfant Mill Pond

All members, please note that due to the proliferation of cray fish within Rowfant Mill Pond, we have contracted with someone to catch & remove cray fish from the lake. You will see a number of cray fish pots attached to ropes leading onto the bankside in swims around the lake. Your Committee will keep under regular review the estimated population of cray fish within the lake and the continuation of the pots to effect removal of unwanted cray fish.

Special Announcement – Don Vallance

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Don Vallance, who passed away early Saturday morning 03 October 2015.

Don was an active member, Committee member and Life Member of the Copthorne & District Angling Society for more than 40 years and his contribution to the Society has been immense. Don’s love and passion for angling has touched everyone. We are all eternally grateful for the legacy Don has left us.

Our thoughts are with Don’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

Don’s son Jim can accept special messages:

Jim Vallance. 37 Hazelhurst Crescent Horsham. RH12 1XB

The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday 21st Oct at 10.30am at The Sussex & Surrey Crematorium and the wake afterwards at The Heathy Farm opposite the Crematorium. Don has requested no flowers – but donations to the Chestnut Tree Childrens Hospice which can be direct or through the Martins Funeral Directors, Broadfield.
Jim has also requested that if any CDAS members who would be likely to attend the wake to contact him direct by email on so he can ascertain numbers.