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Shepherds Way Opening

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Dear Member,

We have confirmation that fishing will be allowed from Wednesday.

Shepherds Way will open on Wednesday 13th May and will be open daily from 0600hrs – 2100hrs. Night fishing will not be allowed until further notice. We are expecting more members than usual wanting to fish Shepherds Way, so there is a significant chance the fishery will be full in the coming days.  A bailiff will visit the venue each day. His job is to check membership tickets, record names and membership numbers and ensure regulations are being observed. We ask that you show him respect please.

All members must observe the following:

  • Fishing will be on a first come basis. If the carpark and/or fishery is full when you arrive you must leave. If you fish one day you will not be allowed to fish the next day. Alternate days must be observed to give all members an opportunity. Bailiffs will enforce this.
  • You must not “save” a swim for an angler that has not arrived.
  • Vehicles must be parked as close together as possible allowing for the maximum number in the carpark. You must not block other vehicles in.
  • You must be in possession of a valid membership pass. Current 19/20 passes expire 15th June 2020.  You will be asked to produce this by the bailiff. Failure to show a pass/ticket when requested may mean you are asked to leave.
  • The COVID 19 Rules must be observed. Please read before you visit.
  • The venue will be very busy, so we ask you to be polite & courteous to fellow members. There must be no unacceptable behaviour.

If all members observe the rules, we are hopeful you will enjoy the return to angling.

Tight lines and thank you for your co-operation.

The Committee.

COVID 19

FISHERY RULES.

  • Please ensure you maintain a distance of 2m from other anglers at all times.
  • Only 1 angler per swim.
  • Please use gloves when unlocking and locking the gate and using the toilet.
  • Ensure you wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet facilities. Anglers to supply their own towels to dry hands.
  • If you believe you may have Coronavirus symptoms you must not visit the fishery.
  • If you contract Covid 19 within 14 days of visiting Shepherds Way you must inform the club Secretary.

Fishing is at your own risk. BADAC does not accept responsibility for virus transmission.


All Club Waters Closed

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Dear Member,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that the Club will be closing all club waters and fisheries from 0800hrs on 25th March until further notice. This is due to the ongiong Corona Virus and advice from the goverment regarding social distancing and staying safe. Other angling clubs have followed suit and advising their members not go fishing at this time. 

May I take this opportunity to wish you the very best and encourage you all to stay indoors and follow the advice the government is giving. We will follow up with communications about how the club is dealing with this and other club matters going forward.

There will be a new padlock on the gate at Shepherds Way until the venue reopens.

Please stay safe. 

Kind Regards

Paul Hutton

Secretary. 


Shepherds Way silt removal

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Dear Club Member,

By the end of today we will have completed the removal of silt from Neates Lake at Shepherds Way. We estimate we have managed to remove 1,100 tons in phase 2, so adding that to the 500 tons we removed in phase 1, a total of 1,600 tons of silt has come out. We have also introduced 2.5 tons of chalk into the lake which will assist in reducing the remaining silt and promote a better biomass. Given how much rain we have had and how soft the ground is, some parts of Shepherds Way did get chopped up during the process. This was unavoidable. Roger Manser & I spread out a number of tons of Type 1 hardcore, although we were puffing like mad, to give safe access to a number of swims. Swim (peg) 3 has recieved some damage as this was used to site the excavator. This swim will remain closed until full repairs can be made. A large proportion of the silt has been placed in a bunded area opposite swims 1 – 7, adjacent to the road. This area has be clearly marked with “caution” barrier tape. Please be very careful not to enter this taped of area. The silt is deep, 5ft in places and will not support any weight whatsoever. 

The lake will reopen on Saturday 14th March. Due to the soft ground and muddy areas I recommend anglers wear wellies or boots that will cope with deep mud and pools in certain areas. In fact, I recommend that for a week or so, anglers walk  around the lake using the pathway that runs past the bailiff hut to the farside swims. We have laid type 1 hardore along here and this will avoid much of the muddy ground. 

Time will tell if our hard work has paid dividends but I have a feeling that as we get into the warmer spring months the lake will start to perform. Those that fish the lake in the coming weeks please let me know how you are getting on. 

I wish you all tight lines but please take care and observe the warning signs and information whislt the ground is recovering.

Thnak you for your patience.

Best wishes 

Paul Hutton

Secretary 


A G M Meeting

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Dear Club Member,

Due to the current government advice regarding social distancing due to the Corvid 19 pandemic, we are cancelling the Club AGM on 8th April 2020. We will be sending out the AGM pack, for your reference, shortly via email and by post to the few members that are not on line. We will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) later this year when the social climate allows us to meet. 

We will be keeping club fisheries, those that are wholly in our control, open. However, please keep looking at the club website for updates. I will send out emails if anything changes. 

With regards to avoiding virus spread we request that all members wash there hands and take particular care when using the toilet facilities at Shepherds Way. 

Please stay safe and we will update as necessary.

Kind regards

Paul Hutton

Secretary


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De-Silting at Shepherds Awy

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Dear Member,

I am writing to inform you the club committee has agreed to proceed with the second phase of de-silting at Shepherds Way. As you know, we closed the fishery in early autumn last year, in which we managed to remove approximately 500 tons of sediment. We had hoped to remove more but due to the low water levels at the time, the process of getting the spoil into the dumpers was difficult and slowed us down. For the second phase we will be using a different method to move the sediment which will be more efficient. We anticipate removing signicant amounts of sendiment from the entire large lake which will further improve the depth and water quality. 

We therefore will be closing Shepherds Way from Sunday 8th March until 17th March 2020 inclusive. We will reopen the venue on Wednesday 18th March after an assement of the water conditions. If we believe it needs a little longer to settle we will inform members by mail. 

If you are visiting the fishery between now and the start of de-silting please look for signs on the gate and container giving updates. 

I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience whislt we get this important work completed. It will make a positive difference and should improve your angling experience in the future. 

Kind regards 

Paul Hutton

Secretary.


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3 months free for new Members

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New Members
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Shepherds Way De-Silting

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Dear Member,

We have completed the de-silting at Shepherds Way. It was quite challanging as the water levels, when we started, were lower than we had hoped for, which made it more difficult to get spoil into the dumpers. However, we managed to remove 500 tons of silt which is a great achievement and should improve the health of the lake going forward. There were no fish casulties in the process, which is a minor miracle. Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to members Brian Varley & Brian Boys. They both voluteered to drive the dumpers for the entire week and did a fantastic job. They were covered from head to foot in silt evey day, got soaking wet in the rain, but stayed the course. We could not have done it without them. Well done lads. Also a big thanks to Roger Manser who kept his eye on proceedings and also kept the aerators running. James at Digger Boats should also be mentioned. Without his unique machinery, I do not think we would have been able to de-silt the lake using other options. Thank you. As you can imagine, it’s a messy job and some on the lake perimiter got cut up by the dumpers and excavator. We had requested help, this weekend, to assist in repairing some areas. We had two members pitch up on Saturday and six on Sunday and we did as much as we could, even though we could have done with a few more hands. Thank you very much to those of you that have helped across the last few weekends. It is very much appreciated. The large lake (Neates) will remain closed and will not open until Monday 4th November. Whilst the lake is recovering well, oxygen levels are low and we are running the aerators constantly during the day. The fish have been stressed, due to the work, so they need some time to chill out. The small lake will open on Monday 28th October. If you intend to fish the small lake please use the pathway on the south (roadside) of the lake to access it. Do not walk around the far side of the large lake or past swim 8. We have had to close off areas due to damage to the ground caused by the plant. The ground is very muddy and slippery in these areas and there is no reason for members to access whilst the large lake is closed. We will be putting hardcore into these areas next weekend before we reopen. Lastly, we require volunteers to help with putting down some type 1 hardcore into damaged areas on Sunday 3rd November please. We will start at 0900hrs and as long as we have a good few helpers, we should get in done in a couple of hours or so. If it is just Roger & I, we may not get it finished and we cannot reopen the lake until the fishery is safe. Many thanks in advance and well done to all involved. This is the beginning of a journey to improve an already beautiful venue and make it even more special. Kindest regards Paul Hutton Secretary.


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Shepherds Way De-Silting

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Dear Member, Just a note to remind everyone that Shepherds Way will be closed from Monday 21st October until Sunday 27th October for the de-silting of Neates Lake. The smaller lake will be open on Monday 28th October but Neates Lake (large) will remind closed to recover, reopening on Monday 4th November. May I thank everyone for their understanding. The club does not wish to close any fishery but the removal of silt has been long overdue and we believe Shepherds Way will benefit from this work in the future. Once the de-silting work is complete, I will contact you with updates on how we intend to further improve the health of the lakes. I would also like to personally thank the members that gave up part of their Sunday’s recently to come down and help us prepare the site. Your help is most appreciated. Well done. Kind regards Paul Hutton Secretary BADAC