Havannah Flash 5/12/19.
Was greeted by a beautiful red sky this morning from my kitchen window, made the thought of going out in the cold far more bearable. Got to The Flash for about 09:15, surprisingly traffic had been light and my detour via the lock up didn’t eat into the start of the day.
Met with Tony S and Chris C and our first port of call was to refurbish Peg 5 and add a plastic pallet as the platform. We drove some scaffold poles in and the job was done in pretty quick time. Chris and I made a start clearing the floating dead weed on the right of the bridge and cutting the stick up’s to the left of the bridge over to the twangs, Tony made a start on fixing up Peg 14 and cutting the stick up’s on that stretch. Jackie B turned up and helped out with the work in hand. We managed to get a good amount of weed and stick up’s out and create a free flowing channel between the twangs. Peg 15 was replaced and a platform installed. Peg 14 and 20 had wire grate added as these have become smooth and slick in the wet. Peg 13, no platform, had scaffold poles driven in and a platform fitted. A good half days work, thank you Tony S, Jackie B and Chris C (Senior Bailiff) for your time and assistance.
Spring/Summer evening work party’s.
I would like to thank everyone who spared a few of their hours, on an evening, to contribute to the programme of repairs and maintenance of the various waters that have to be looked after by the membership to remain in pristine condition. A big thank you to every member who took it upon themselves to litter pick during a fishing session and to the Bailiffs who give up hours of their personal time to police the waters and report where work is required. Some new faces this year, which was great to see, and some Dad’s and Lad’s/Lassie’s turning out was special. I hope that you were suitably and gainfully employed during the work and found that warm fuzzy feeling from giving back to the Asc and the membership. Work Parties will continue throughout the rest of the year but will be during daylight hours and on a weekend Saturday or Sunday. There is still a lot of work that is needed to be completed and with your continued support we can stay on top of it. Thank You All.
Wednesday 14/8/19 Yew Tree Res.
Cancelled due to bad weather and forecast of thunder and lightning. Which is a shame as I was so looking forward to showing off my new T.
Wednesday 24/7/19 Vulcan Res.
This water is in dire need of de-weeding and it was a great sight to see so many people turn up for this work party (11). A couple of new faces, which again was great to see. We got to use the new weed cutter but it was evident that this just was not going to be enough. Peg 1 had the new cutter being pulled from the peg over to Peg 28 and back, Peg 3 had a weed cutter pulled to the middle of the swim and back. There is a huge amount of man hours that is going to be needed to make a dent in this overgrowth. The club are going to invest in at least another of the razor cutters, not just for Vulcan though. Big John H and Ste McN did a great job strimming. Thank you for those who attended:
Chad the Male Model
Monday 15/7/19 Wood Pool. Lyme and Wood Country Park.
Another great turn out to contribute to the necessary upkeep of our waters, this week Wood pool, again, required de-weeding. Last visit here we really did not have the correct ‘tools’ for the job in hand, not saying it was a bad job but it needed something extraordinary. The executive officers had been looking at a specific weed cutter, it had rave reviews and a flashy YouTube video on it’s effectiveness. One was purchased after canvassing other clubs who had also bought this cutter previously. Well it certainly did the job, and it took half the time that we spent here on the last visit and achieved twice as much.
Sam and Ethan C
Lee S C
A special mention goes out to young Ethan, even though only 7 he was keen and did a great job raking out the piles of cut weed from the bank, some of which I am sure were heavier than him, thanks so much Ethan you made a difference.
Monday 8/7/19 Haydock Park Farm Complex. Lagoon and Cow Hey Pools.
The lane to this complex from the A580, East Lancs, was well overdue a trim and edge! Tonight’s aim was to remedy this overgrowth and hopefully get some other strimming and pruning done.
Thanks go out to:
The lane from the A580 to the gate and on wards to the car park, the car park, entry to Pegs 1,2 and 3 and some of the paths between the 2 pools have had strimming and pruning carried out. A good hour and half work
Monday 1/7/19 Wood Pool
It was requested that a Monday work party be held due to some members not being available for the regular Wednesday outings. Wood Pool is one of the venues for the Cory’s Trophy match on Sunday and also the Summer Pairs league in a couple of weeks and really needed some TLC with regard to the explosion of weed beds. 10 members turned out to make this a very productive few hours work, thank you to:
Chad the Male Model
A monumental amount of weed was cut, uprooted, pulled and cudgelled from Wood Pool. Thank you Ladies and Gents for your commitment and time.
During and After Pictures
Wednesday 19/6/19 Haydock Park Farm Complex
A huge effort from the workforce tonight. Jimmy C started about 15:00 on Lagoon pruning and picking up litter, that yet again seems to be a 1st world problem on our waters! I finished work early so headed down to the complex for about 4 ish and made a start on removing 2 pegs from the front of Cow Hey that were too close to other pegs and were really just paving flags laid on the ground. I know some of you anglers like to cosy up but I have put a stop to that practice 😀 😀 😀 . We fitted 2 platforms to back pegs on the wooded side of cow hey, carried out lily pad removal from directly in front and very close to a back peg and removed a peg that again was too close to the pegs either side. Bill H did a great job strimming the area so we had good access.
and the gentleman who turned up at 4:30 to do a bit of fishing on your bike and trailer, but decided to give Jimmy a hand on Lagoon, thank you Sir, sorry I didn’t get your name.
Thursday 6/6/19 Havannah Flash
Tony Smith and I revisited Havannah flash tonight. We fitted toe boards to the steps that Ian Wilson had cut into Pegs 24 26 27/28 on yesterdays work party. Cut back branches on Pegs from 22 through 29. At one point it started to thunder and lightning, then the heavens opened up and it lashed down with hail, Tony and I were hiding under a tree like 2 school boys off an Enid Blyton novel. Next minute the sun was out, a rainbow in the sky and steam coming off the flash. A good couple of hours work.
Thank you to:
for attending Vulcan Res and giving back to the Association.
for your work and commitment on Havannah Flash.
Wednesday 05/06/19 18:00 Vulcan Res and Havannah Flash
Tony Smith and Ray Roughley are going to do a bit more work down Havannah Flash tonight if anyone fancies giving a hand, fixing up pegs, clearing peg frontage and pruning. Myself and Tony will also be at Havannah tomorrow evening (Thursday) working on same. 18:00 if you wish to participate.
Work Party on Vulcan cutting grass and pruning etc, 18:00 tonight, Lee Fairhurst will be running this.
2 work parties were scheduled for tonight 29/5/19:
Haydock Park Farm, Cow Hey and Lagoon complex.
Litter Pick and grass cut/pruning, was attended by;
Thank you all for your time and commitment.
Peg maintenance and weed raking from peg frontages, was attended by:
I was caught up in the Lake District dealing with a work commitment and didn’t make it back in time to assist, sorry lads.
Work Party on Havannah Flash, Wednesday 22/5/19 was attended by;
Thank you for attending and making a contribution, thank you to the regulars who couldn’t make it tonight and phoned or emailed me with apologies, which are not necessary.
A litter pick, strimming and pruning were carried out. We also fixed Peg 16 by dismantling it and moving it back 4 feet and re-fitting a new platform to it, Peg 18 re-planked and secured, Peg 19 secured and new platform. Weeds and stick-ups removed from in front of Pegs 16 -20. Tony and I stayed as long as we could see, and made a huge improvement on the Pegs of that twang.
Next Wednesday 29/5/19 will also be on Havannah Flash, again getting pegs sorted and weeds and stick-ups removed.
The work party on Vulcan tonight, Wednesday 15/5 was attended by;
Chad M (the Male Model)
Thanks you all for your combined efforts. Thanks to Carole for letting Chad out to play.
Pegs 21, 22 and 23 were refurbished and the diamond plate re-attached. All the major work has now been completed on this water, grass cutting pruning general maintenance will still be needed, but will not require a lot of effort or manpower.
Work Party Wednesday 15/5/19 Vulcan Res 18:00.
We have 4 pegs to refurbish, this is achievable as 4 were completed in less than 2 hours at the last work party.
Once Vulcan is complete we can concentrate our efforts on other waters, specifically Havannah Flash, now the spring league on the canal is finished there is general consensus to resume having matches on “the vannie”.
We need to get this water safe, fishable and back up to a standard where members want to fish it regularly. This is going to take very little effort but needs your commitment and support to progress. I will update on the proposed forecast of works and when we are going to schedule them.
Wednesday 8 May 19 Cow Hey and Lagoon 18:00. Update: CANCELLED due to bad weather.
An extensive litter pick and general tidy up, grass and shrub cutting.
Wednesday 1 May 19 Vulcan Res 18:00
Chad the male model
with your assistance and effort we managed to repair 4 pegs on Vulcan Res. A fantastic team effort and a welcome social gathering splintered with a bit of graft.
Pegs 19, 24 26 and 28 have been refurbished, when you fish from them you can thank those who contributed to their upkeep.
Wednesday 24 April 19 Yew Tree Res 18:00
A skip has been arranged so we can get rid of the wood and other detritus that is piled up against the fence by the gate. There is a chance of showers, but the skip has been booked so we will have to brave it and carry out the work regardless. This is not going to be heavy lifting but the walking back and forth will contribute to your 6000 steps a day 🙂 .
I am looking at running work parties from May on a week night, 1 a week. We have in the past ran these on a Wednesday from 18:00 this normally gives us 2 1/2 hours plus,to carry out maintenance on our waters. In May I want to concentrate on Vulcan Res and get the pegs that were proposed in the last 2 washed out work parties finished.
What a fantastic turn out.
A few of us started early on Sunday morning, I felt guilty sat with my Hot chocolate and McMuffin (not really). A huge thank you to all who turned out to assist in the work party today:
Myself, Eddie M, Tony S, Martin E, Graham B, Ste McN, Paul L, Jackie K, Chad Male-model, Brian C, Mike W, Wayne O’S, Colin P and Eric K, again a big Thank You.
We achieved the aim of the work party and within the time I estimated it would take.
Sunday 17 March 10:00. Newton Lock up.
Due to circumstances beyond the clubs control the lock up in Newton le Willows HAS to be emptied, in the short term we can move the stores to the lock up at Moathouse farm. It is intended, wet or dry day, to carry this out on Sunday 17th March meeting at the Newton lock up at 10:00. We have one van but could do with at least one more to transport the stores. One team at Newton loading and one team at Moathouse unloading will make this an easy and low time task. Everything in the Newton lock up is being moved out. Sorting out what is to be kept etc can be done at a later date, the priority is getting the lock up empty. Please spare a few hours of your time to assist with this low energy task.
Vulcan Res 3/3/19 cancelled, rained off.
Thank You Members.
Although we have a schedule of works and potential tasks that need attention it is not always possible to get round to doing them immediately. This last week (11 – 18 Feb) there have been opportunities where members have been out on the waters, and without needing to disrupt angling or call for any assistance, they have carried out litter picks and canal drags. Thank you all for your efforts and commitment to keeping our waters pristine. There is more that can be done with a member base of over 900 members it can’t always be someone else’s job to do it! Don’t always think it is someone else’s responsibility; Story time:
This is a story about four people, named Everybody,Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.
Sunday 03 March and Sunday 10 March. Vulcan Res
It is proposed to hold 2 Sunday work parties on Vulcan Res (3 and 10 March). There are 8? pegs that are in need of renovation, 2 were done late last year as a ‘test’ to gauge the manpower and resources required.
Work schedule for the peg renovation : The diamond plate will be removed, the wood structure removed/disassembled, scaffolding poles made secure, new wood planks installed and the diamond plate reinstalled. We achieved this with 3-4 people on each peg in less than an hour per peg. The more that turn up the more we can achieve on each day of the work party.
The Res will be closed to fishing on both these Sundays, if we do not achieve the peg renovation on these 2 Sundays then the Res will be closed on further days so this vital work can be carried out.
This is the only major work required on this water and getting it done this early in the year will negate the chances of further closures as grass cutting and tree pruning can be carried out without closing the water.
If you are turning up then you will not require any tools, other than cordless drill/screwdriver, hammer if you have these.
Please bring work gloves
Information on this event are posted in the Official Forum and on Facebook link.
Sunday 6/1/2019 First one of the New Year. Havannah Flash
Proposed to cut steps into the steep bank at Peg 25 and 26. I fished Peg 26 on the last match (30/12/18) and was pretty intimidated in getting down to the peg, very wet and slippery. Peg 25 was the same and Chris Grehan who fished it, is no spring chicken, and needed assistance to get to his peg. Tony Smith and Ray Roughley have previously fixed these platforms up and while needing a bit of tarting up the access is what needs attention desperately. Should be a good 3 hours or so of work and hopefully with help they can be fully accessible in all weathers.
Big thanks to Tony Smith for fixing up 2 pegs on Havannah Flash, without assistance.
Sunday 25/11/18 Vulcan Res,
replace one/a few of the unsafe pegs. To determine how long it takes and what resources and man power required to complete all the pegs requiring replacement.
A huge thanks to all that turned out to help on Vulcan this morning.
John Austin, Ste McNally, Wayne Oshea, Chad Maughan, Eddie McLorie, Martin Egan, Tom Cox, Colin Partington and his brother and me (Eddie Marcroft).
We managed to refurbish pegs 27 and 25, this is an on going project over the coming weeks.