It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Whitehouse.
Dave was a passionate angler and had been a member of the Society for over 40 years, with around 30 years of this as a stalwart Committee member and General Secretary. His contribution to the Society over this period has been immense and we are forever indebted to Dave for this.
Dave’s funeral service will take place at the Balcombe Crematorium at 2pm on Thursday 12th March.
Our thoughts and condolences go to all Dave’s family and close friends, and especially to his beloved daughters Lorna and Victoria.
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.
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;
Numbers of cormorants :
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.
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.
A member has been in contact to advise that a pair of forceps have been found at the Little Rowfant’s Road Lake. They have ‘Robert’ inscribed on them along with a personalised message. Please contact the website here if they belong to you and we shall put you in touch with the finder.
Members will have noted the continued works being undertaken across the Society’s waters, with especially those at Little Rowfant Lakes. As part of this on-going improvement, members will note that we have installed security cameras to hopefully reduce the instances of thefts & generally improve security at these lakes & our other waters where cameras and signage are in course of being installed. We have also installed a new gate to access the Road Lake, Top Lake & Stock Pond. This is located on the site of the former swing gate adjacent to the corner of the Road Lake nearest to the car park entrance. Please note that the large gates will now be padlocked, with no access to members. These large gates are for the sole purpose of plant & machinery accessing the site as and when required.
We have / are in course of installing new covers for the overflows at Little Rowfant Lakes – this to prevent instances of wildlife falling into and becoming trapped in the bottom of the over flows. Members are requested not to remove these covers.
The pathway along the near-side of Rowfant Mill Pond past the house is also shortly to be repaired & improved. It had been noted that the pathway had seriously eroded in recent years. New shuttering & in-fill will be installed to improve the pathway shortly.