***All Waters Closed***

In view of the latest Covid-19 situation, your Committee has decided to close all of the Society’s waters with immediate effect and until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Committee

24 March 2020

***Annual General Meeting Cancelled***

In view of the Covid-19 situation, your Committee has decided to cancel the AGM scheduled for Thursday 2nd April 2020.

In order to maintain the Society’s continuity and well-being, the Committee has decided to assume that all of the proposals contained in the agenda would have been approved by the AGM and are therefore declared effective and will be implemented with effect from 01 June 2020.

This means that that new season membership applications can now proceed normally. Printing is underway and we expect to start sending these out in April.

The Society’s waters will remain open for fishing as normal until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Committee

17th March 2020

Dave Whitehouse

It is with great sadness that I write to advise Members of the recent death of our long-standing Member & Official of the Society, Dave Whitehouse. Dave had been fighting illness for the past few years, and passed away peacefully a few days ago. He was a Member of more than 40+ years standing, and been an Official of the Society for much of this time, including 20 years as General Secretary. His contribution to the success & development of the Society was significant, and he will be much missed both at our regular Committee meetings and on the waters for his wise and considered views. Dave’s funeral service is to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday 12th March at the Sussex & Surrey Crematorium off the Balcombe Road, Crawley. His daughters, Lorna & Victoria, have provided an open invite to Members & friends to attend the service to celebrate his life.

Additionally, Lorna & Victoria have donated Dave’s considerable collection of fishing tackle to the Society with a view to raising funds for an organisation that Dave felt so passionately about. Your Committee have decided to bring a number of items to the AGM scheduled for Thursday 2nd April with a view to auctioning them, with all proceeds to go to the Society. As a mark of respect to Dave, and to provide a lasting memorial to his contribution to the Society, we plan to install an engraved bench on the bottom bank of the Wilderness Lake at Little Rowfant – this being an area that Dave regularly fished both in pleasure sessions & in our walk-off matches.

Paul Whitfield

General Secretary

Jim Smith

It is with great sadness that I report that Jim Smith has recently passed away. Those members who fished on the River Ouse over the past 50 years will no doubt recall Jim who was such a character & had such a passion for the river & the local area. The OAPS web-site – please see link below, has a lovely piece written to reflect Jim’s contribution to the OAPS & the catchment area.

http://www.ouseaps.co.uk/

Cormorant Sightings

Can all members please note that with immediate effect the Committee will be monitoring cormorant sightings on our lakes at Little Rowfant. Recognising it is not possible to have Society Officials on the waters 24 hours per day, we are asking members to advise the Committee of all cormorant sightings at Little Rowfant Lakes by way of a simple e-mail to the C&DAS e-mail address to include the following information;

Date :

Time :

Numbers of cormorants :

60lb weight limit for all keep-nets

With immediate effect, can all Members please note that your Committee is introducing a 60lbs weight limit for all keep-nets. This applies equally in competitions, but also those pleasure anglers who wish to utilise a keep-net during a session. Your Committee have taken this step in response to the greatly improved fishing being experienced at Little Rowfant Lakes recently, where the works have been completed to open up new swims, & some additional selective stocking has taken place.

For those attending competitions, we strongly suggest three nets be in the possession of each competitor – it is of course already a requirement to segregate carp & silvers. We have seen match weights increasing in excess of 100lbs, & your Committee is concerned as to fish welfare & maintaining the excellent fishing on this prolific water. Your Committee will be looking to implement a rule change at the April 2020 AGM to see the above introduced formally.

Little Rowfant Lakes – New Swims

I am delighted to advise Members that the works at Little Rowfant Lakes adjacent to the car park & Peg No.6 channel have now been completed to the point where they are open to be fished. Some further works will be undertaken, including the planting of a new hedge to run down the right-hand side of the car park, some selective planting opposite the car park to enhance the appearance of the bank, along with some further general tidying. Members are asked to avoid walking on areas other than the new swims & paths constructed. Grass seed has been spread on all areas, & needs to take root. Please also avoid damaging any of the new reeds & lilies planted along the edges & in the margins.

On behalf of the Members I wish to place on record our thanks to Les Eggleton for his commitment & efforts in bringing this major project to completion.