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 Thursday 31st August 2017

Finale of the 2017 Junior Matches

Once again Apologies for the delay posting the results of the final Junior match but life has been more than a little hectic but now here are the details of the final match held at Mill Cotton on the 31st of August.
Despite the fact that some of the juniors had to return to school we had a outstanding turnout once again with 18 anglers on the bank on what once again proved a tricky day at the office. With fish being shy at best and downright picky at worst. I just wanted to say I have been blown away by the juniors attention and concentration  and the fact that despite several very tricky days over the five match series all maintained interest and focus when they could have been easily distracted.
results as follows:


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1st.    Benjamin Wallace     Peg: 35     12lb 14oz
2nd.   Ricky Marchant        Peg: 39     5lb 12oz
3rd.   Anthony Cooper        Peg: 40     5lb 9oz
4th.   George Hamer             Peg: 32     4lb 3oz
5th.   Tamyra Galloway       Peg: 36      3lb 4oz
6th.   Flynn Tupman            Peg: 26     3lb 3oz
7th.   Edward Baker            Peg: 37     2lb 14oz
8th.   Talisa Marchant         Peg: 27     2lb 7oz
9th.   Reece Hayes                Peg: 34     2lb 6oz
10th. Ashton Cole                 Peg: 29     2lb
11th. Bailey King                 Peg: 30     1lb 13oz) joint 11th
11th. George Maycock        Peg 33       1lb 13oz) joint 11th
13th. William Hamer              Peg 28       1lb 6oz) joint 13th
13th. Ryan Marchant             Peg 25       1lb 6oz) joint 13th
15th. Holly Marchant         Peg 31       1lb 4oz
16th. David Barley              Peg 21       12oz
17th. Alfie Scaman-Smith   Peg 23       10oz
18th. Nicole Marchant        Peg 24       ------

So at the end of the 5 match series Benjamin Wallace won the Redwell Cup for the final match he also was the overall champion with 72 points and won the Crowhurst cup, and Isaac Eames won the specimen trophy for a 4lb chub. The winners of all the five matches were also presented with replica cups that they all get to keep. So the five winners in no particular order were:
George Foster
Benjamin Wallace
Bailey King
Ryan Marchant
and George Foster....

In summary I would just like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who donated tackle, helped at the matches to all the parents that attended and stayed to help, to all the tackle dealers that donated stock or vouchers. In particular I would like to thank on behalf of Ian and myself, Pat Byrne, Deborah Hollis, Howard Neal, Chris Dunford and Sue Galloway for all the help on the bank. What I will take away from this event is that we had 30 unique juniors winning 76 prizes over the 5 matches They were all at very different levels of ability but with a united love of fishing. Some of the parent/helpers could do with chilling a little more with regard to the level of help some children need but that is just a minor gripe as long as the juniors enjoyed themselves I feel that is way more important!!. The fact is we have a very healthy junior section that will hopefully help the tackle dealers that supported us go on in the future with christmas requests and be the beginning of a lifetime of fishing and being around nature.


Thanks again all the very best
Bryan

More pictures can be found here  https://www.facebook.com/wdnac/posts/680265342176564

 

 

 


 

Thursday 24th August 2017

Hey Guys
time to catch up on with part four of the Junior Match Series, I have to say this past week has been a little on the crazy side with us being every day since wednesday last week at Ringstead, so time on the computer has been limited, so once again i'm a little late with the match update, there are some weeks when there are literally not enough hours in the day. Anyhow last Thursday we managed to accomodate 20 juniors in part four of what has been an amazing ongoing competition.... a huge thank you to everyone that has joined us from facebook posts and word of mouth including all the guys that just turned up. I would ask that if you intend to Attend the final match on Thursday the 31st then please contact Ian Halliwell so we can make sure we can fit everyone in!
Back to Thursday last..... we had a phenomenal turn out of 20 juniors all vying for the Pisces Cup on sadly another day where the fish were being very picky, all the children were fantastically motivated to keep trying from start to finish. once again I want to thank all the relatives friends and family that attended to help the children on a hard days fishing. I would also like to thank Pat Byrne for taking the time to set his bait demonstration for the children that were interested.  I would also send huge thanks to Ian Halliwell, Debz Hollis and Howard Neal for being on hand to help as well. The results were as follows.

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1.   George Foster                  Peg No: 33     15lb 8oz
2.   Edward Baker                   Peg No: 37    15lb 2oz
3.   George Hamer                  Peg No: 29    8lb 4 oz
4.   Bailey King                       Peg No 32     7lb 15oz  
5.   Ashton Cole                      Peg No: 40    7lb 11oz
6.   Benjamin Wallace              Peg No: 27     5lb 4oz
7.   William Hamer                   Peg No: 34     5lb
8.   Ollie Cutts/Edward Taylor  Peg No: 21     3lb 15oz
9.   Nicole Marchant                Peg No: 35      3lb 10oz
10. Anthony Cooper                Peg No: 31      1lb 4oz
11. Talisa Marchant                 Peg No 39       1lb 2oz
12. Tamara Galloway               Peg No: 25       11oz
13. Alfie Scaman-Smith            Peg No: 22       4oz
Joint 14th. David Barley           Peg No: 30        3oz
Joint 14th. Samuel Dexter         Peg No: 23        3oz
16. Ryan Marchant                   Peg No: 26        1 1/2oz
17. Rickie Marchant                 Peg No: 24         1oz
Sadly Holly Marchant and Reece Hayes were unlucky and failed to catch but everyone received a prize and are probably a bit more motivated for the last match for the Redwell Cup on Thursday 31st August. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and took something away from what was a tricky days fishing despite the weather being very nice. I hope to see everyone again for the final match All the best Bryan

 

 


 

Thursday 17th August 2017
Happy to report the results of part three of the 2017 junior series which returned to Darwen lake, despite a mixup over the peg fees a fantastic time was had by all. This time round Ian Halliwell retook the helm for the  12  juniors that attended.  Sadly as is the way of English summers we had a very mixed session with rain, strong winds and then of course, scorching sunshine.... but our band of willing juniors stuck at it once again despite challenging conditions. Throughout the day I was kept on my toes weighing some beautifully and sometimes deceptive fish with six fish of 10LB +  and 20 fish well over 5lb that needed weighing the juniors all did exceptionally well and no-one had a blank which was wonderful to see. The results and details are as follows:
1  Ryan Marchant           Peg 3            48lb 7 oz
2  David Barley                Peg 2            41lb 6oz
3  Isaac Eames                 Peg 10          39lb 3oz
4  Morgan Datt                Peg 12          37lb 3oz
5  Holly Marchant           Peg 6        34lb 7oz
6  Edward Baker              Peg 9            26lb 6oz
7  George Foster             Peg 5        25lb 11oz
8  Ricky Marchant           Peg 4            16lb 12oz
9  Nicole Marchant         Peg 8           15lb 13oz
10 William Hamer          Peg 11         10lb 10oz
11 Benjamin Wallace    Peg 1           4lb 9oz    
12 Flynn Tupman            Peg 7                    10oz
I wanted to extend a huge Thank you once again to all the Mums and Dads Grandpa's Uncles and Aunts as well as all the volunteers such as John Howard and Chris Sadly Debs was unwell and could not attend but despite this I think a good time was had by all And everyone that attended won a prize.  Ryan won the Brian Crowhurst memorial Cup very kindly donated By Darrell at Darwen lake this was for the best aggregate weight of 58lb 12oz over the two Matches at Darwen. Ryan also won the Reynolds Cup as outright winner of the third match. Also what was really nice is that several of the juniors managed personal bests in various species Isaac had several Chub around 4lb Holly had a stunning 10lb 6oz common Ryan had a Barbel of around 4lb and a Mirror Carp of 10lb 15oz.  Edward manage a PB Common of 10lb 4oz and Nicole had a Common of 6lb 11oz we all look forward to our return to home water at Mill Cotton on the 24th see you all there and dont forget to Ring Ian to book in if you intend to join us
All the best Bryan

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Junior Match Thursday 10th August 2017

Slightly late again but here is the lowdown about the second junior match that took place on Thursday the 10th August.

We were absolulely delighted if not a little surprised to have 16 attend our second match of the season, a truly magnificent turn out. Unlike the first match the weather was more kind to us this week however the fishing was a lot more difficult. We had a short tutorial from Pat Byrne talking about setup for float fishing and how to plumb out and plan for a match. Everyone learned a little myself included and I Hope fun was had by all.

The match started at 10 am and was difficult as the fish decided to be more than a little picky but everyone stuck at it, and all but one managed to catch. The spot prize was won by Benjamin Wallace who won a John Bailey Fishing book.

The final result was as follows:


1. George Foster 12lb 10oz Peg 31
2. Dylan Maynard 11lb 1oz Peg 33
3. Holly Marchant 9lb 3 oz Peg 40
4. Reece Hayes 9lb Peg 35
5. Ryan Marchant 7lb 10oz Peg 30/1
6. Edward Baker 3lb 7oz Peg 36
7. Harrison Hardy 2lb 14oz Peg 28
8. Sam Dexter 2lb 7oz Peg 34
9. David Barley 2lb 5oz Peg 41
10. Benjamin Wallace 1lb 15oz Peg 32
11. Ashley Wyatt 14oz Peg 26
12. Edward Taylor 10oz Peg 39
13. Rickie Marchant 6oz Peg 37
14. Alfie Scamam-Smith 5oz Peg 29
15. Isaac Eames 2oz Peg 27
16. Nicole Marchant ---- Peg 30/2

I Would like to ask that in future, if you intend to bring a junior along for any of the final three matches that you ring Ian Halliwell in advance to book in so we can try to ensure that we have enough pegs helpers and prizes.
In conclusion just wanted to say a huge thank you to Pat Byrne, Howard Neal and Deb Hollis for the assistance in organising the event and a special thank you to all the children, Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, brothers sisters and friends that made the day So much fun. All the Best Bryan

 

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Junior Match Thursday 3rd August 2017
Firstly sorry for the delay in post but its been a manic week with a lot going on but here are the results from match one in the 2017 junior competition.

We had 8 juniors for our first match at Darwen Lake who very kindly allowed the juniors to fish there. the results are as follows

1st place: Bailey King 33lb 11oz
2nd place: Anthony Cooper 27lb 10oz
3rd place: Ryan Marchant 10lb 5oz
4th place: Alfie Scamam-Smith 9lb 4 oz
5th place: Benjamin Wallace 8lb 6oz
6th place: David Barley 7lb 8oz
7th place: Isaac Eames 7lb
8th place: Holly Marchant 3lb 14oz

Conditions were pretty awful with swirling winds and heavy rain at times, but there was not a single complaint from all the children and all tried their best for the whole 4 hr match. resulting in some great weights and a few specimens including a 12lb 7oz Carp by Anthony a 8lb 9oz carp by Ryan and a 2lb 3oz Chub from Alfie. Anthony Cooper won the random spot prize which was a book and dvd on rigs and knots. All that entered received a starter pack of tackle and all won a prize. I want to extend a huge thank you to all the staff at Darwen To the lovely Deb Hollis and Pat Byrne and all the parents uncles aunts and grandparents who made the day such fun. Looking forward to part 2 on thursday at Mill Cotton. All the best Bryan

 

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 28/07/2017
Mill Cotton update
Thankfully due to the closure of Mill Cotton earlier this week the installation of the otter fence has completely achieved its objective and the fence in its entirety is now erected, obviously it was not an easy decision to close the fishery, but in retrospect it has worked very well and now, other than some finishing touches we can just let the ground make its recovery. At first sight I'm sure there will be some who feel the fencing upsets the look and feel of the place but as I mentioned elsewhere it wasnt until the clearing work had started that there was a rather large barbed wire fence circling mill cotton. Mother nature will need some time but it will settle and most importantly it will secure the site from any animal issues with the bonus that now if anything does get on site we can legitimately have them removed by the relevant organisation, having taken all reasonable steps ourselves, to stop them getting on site in the first place.
 
 
25/07/2017
URGENT NEWS
As many of you will be aware we are in the midst of having a otter fence installed around our Ringstead complex and we had hoped when they started on Mill Cotton to keep one side open whilst they were doing the opposite side and then swap once that side was done. So the project was week one pegs 1-20 closed - fishing on 21-40 then the switch. Sadly this has proved to be a logistical nightmare, with people parking and fishing where requested not to, and being close to heavy machinery making the installation take longer than it should and more importantly creating a health and safety risk. So it is with that in mind that we have taken the difficult decision to close mill cotton 1 and 2 thats the snake and the doughnut from tomorrow Wednesday 26th July for probably a week. But I will keep this page and the Facebook page updated with progress and likely reopening time! Sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused by this but your safety is our paramount concern and we cannot guarantee that if fishing continues whilst the work goes on!
 
 
 

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BRIAN CROWHURST
 
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It is with deep regret I have to announce the sad passing of Club Chairman Brian Crowhurst. After a short but terrible illness, he sadly passed away on sunday morning. I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten members of just what the club has lost and my feeble words will only go so far to illustrate a wonderful life devoted to fishing in general and this club in particular.

We live in a world where superlatives are used out of context and by that definition become devalued by there over-use. His works and words and deeds should be the measure of a man when I was a child legends were people Like Robert Falcon Scott, Neil Armstrong and Jackie Stewart.... being orange and or, on television should never qualify ...!

However I truly believe in the case of Brian Crowhurst we had a legend in our midst... A man who's love of fishing prompted him to devoting most of his life to making sure WDNAC was ahead of the game and with his forsight saw the future of fishing and how to make sure the club would thrive. At the recent AGM as a club we were lucky enough to be able to show him our gratitude for the 60 + years of service, a feat that I truly believe will never be surpassed or equalled.

At this time we wish to extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Shirley and family and take this opportunity to thank them for allowing us to have monopolised so much of his time! Finally in conclusion to everyone that knew him, his family, friends and associates and a club that will be poorer for his absence but richer for the shared memories of a life well lived in service of others.

The Fishermans Prayer

I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

RIP Brian..... Tight Lines where-ever you find to fish!!!

Bryan Dray
Club Secretary
 
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  08/04/17
NIGHT PERMITS
 
As of midnight Saturday 8th April  we will be closing applications for night fishing permits for 2017  we reached our allocation and we will be unable to process any until next year!
Sorry for any disappointment caused but demand has outstripped availability this  year.
We will announce in due course when permits will be available for 2018.
 

 01/03/17
Just a heads up for all those interested...
WDNAC Club AGM
will take place on 16th March at 7.30pm at Old Grammarians Wellingborough
 
Address: 46 Oxford St, Wellingborough NN8 4JH
All Welcome!!!! 
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NEWSFLASH!!! 11/01/17
Sadly once again we have had to close the gate to Barkers...
Ashley refered to some inconsiderate parking the other day snd this has led toi parts of the new track being impassible ... so for the foreseeable future the gate will remain closed. this weekends work party will be improving the car park by the Sluice gate (washing machine) so there are secure and relatively dry places to park!
 
Recent post on Facebook!!

Work Party Update: Sorry its a bit late this week but Saturday's time was spent at Ringstead. New platform style swims are being considered for Mill Cotton & the trial kit had arrived & was being drilled pre assembly for a test install. Digger & dumper work was too move more stone to Barkers to enlarge the first parking area. Unfortunately anglers are still parking on the grass even in the current state & cutting the ground up. Please be prepared to walk to your peg at present from a car parking area & use some common sense or we will have no choice but to unfortunately close the main gate to protect the ground until it dries out.  Also, the club won't be pulling any stuck cars off of grass verges. It is up to the angler to arrange for that without damaging the bank even more. If they choose to park on grass in a bog then they can get out of it as well. We will be charging for materials to repair any excessive rutting of the ground as there is no need for it. Hundreds of pounds in materials & hours of volunteers time have been spent repairing tracks & providing extra car parks to fish Barkers & the river & all we are asking of the anglers is to be respectful of this & maybe have to walk less than 50 yards to where they want to fish.

 

Please think of where you are parking... 

 
 
 
 

 30/01/17
Nice Feature in Angling Times abouy the club there was also a lovely feature in Improve Your Coarse Fishing about our new stretch of Canal, as soon as I can get a webfriendly link I'll post it here. But here is the one from the 
 
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ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN SEE AN ONLINE VERSION OF THE NEWLY COMMISIONED CLUB BOOKLET. THE WEB PAGES FOR THE CANAL AT THEDDINGWORTH AND THE NEW WATER AT CANONS ASHBY HAVE BEEN FULLY UPDATED AS HAVE THE MATCH FIXTURES FOR 2017. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM ALL OF YOU WITH DETAILS OF YOUR CATCHES SO WE CAN UPDATE THE WEBSITE ON A MUCH MORE REGULAR BASIS. AS /WELL AS BUILDING A DATABASE OF RECORD CATCHES ON OUR WATERS PLEASE SUBMIT PHOTO AND WEIGHT DETAILS OF ANY SPECIMEN FISH TO THE CLUB EMAIL ADDRESS. THERE IS NOW A LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE BOOKLET TOO. DONT FORGET TO SIGN UP ON THE NEW FACEBOOK PAGE TOO.

 
Small increase in membership fees first in 6 years
£40 Adults
£25 Ladies and OAPS
£10 for juniors (7th year unchanged)
£65 Night Fishing Permit (strictly limited)
 
TO DOWNLOAD BOOKLET CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD IN PDF FORMAT

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