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 2020 News & Events


 

Obituary, Brenda Newington

It is with great sadness that we report the death from cancer of Brenda Newington, a lovely lady and keen member of Cinder Hill Fly Fishing for many years.

Although relative newcomers to fly fishing at the time, Brenda and husband Clive joined the then Cinder Hill Trouting Syndicate back in 2012, and quickly became involved with the organisation such that Clive took on the role of Water Maintenance Organiser and members attending the various work parties were rewarded with delicious cakes baked by Brenda to enjoy during the mid morning coffee break, which were much appreciated by all.

Since being diagnosed, Brenda fought her illness so bravely, going through many courses of treatment, which, in recent years, limited her ability to go fishing quite so much, but on the good days, she still managed to get out and enjoy some time by the water and, just before her untimely passing, was looking forward to casting a line on our waters again, but sadly, this was not to be.

Our sincere condolences go to Clive and all the family on their sad loss, Brenda will be sorely missed by us all.

 


 

May 2020 - Rod Yuill - Retirement from Office

After some 12 years or more in office as Chairman, at the AGM back in March, although still involved with Cinder Hill Fly Fishing, Rod Yuill was finally able to step down and take a back seat. On collecting some paperwork from the Treasurer, he was surprised to find a package with his name on it, containing a gift in appreciation of all the hard work he has put in over the years. Rod's thank you email is reproduced below.

Dear Kevin and the Cinder Hill Committee,

A few afternoons ago I went to collect some papers that Robert had left out for me while he was at an appointment and I was surprised and delighted to find, in a box addressed to me, a very impressive Royal Brierley Spirit Decanter with an engraved image on one face of a Fly Fisherman. I really canít satisfactorily express how much I appreciate this outstanding and wholly undeserved gift.

I have enjoyed my years as Chairman of Cinder Hill, originally part of the Sussex Branch S&TA, although when I took on the role I was still very much a novice Fly Fisherman and had only been a Committee Member for about a year. I donít even think I was a member of the Fishing Syndicate at the time. Syndicate membership was however, hastily arranged and the first few years were a steep learning curve for me, but I found everyone to be exceptionally friendly and always willing to help me when I needed it.

Needless to say, Cinder Hill has been through some ups and downs over the years with a good many of the down years following the economic crisis of 2007/8. In the last few years It has been especially pleasing to see the fishery turn a corner and the membership numbers and finances improve thanks to the ideas and hard work of the Committee.

Thank you for putting up with my rather amateur Chairmanship for all of these years and I know that under Kevinís Chairmanship Cinder Hill will weather the present difficulties and continue to provide the most affordable and enjoyable Fly Fishing in the South of England.

Once again, my sincerest thanks you all for such a splendid gift.

With very best wishes,

  Rod,


 

12th May 2020 - Coronavirus Update - Resumption of Fishing

With the relaxation of the Government restrictions at last we can go fishing again, albeit with some restrictions in order to maintain "social distancing" and reduce the risks from COVID-19.

Accordingly, all Cinder Hill Fly Fishing waters will once again be open to members on Wednesday 13th May. However, of necessity, additional temporary rules have been put in place and members should please take a look in the Members Notices page.

 


 

30th April 2020 - Coronavirus Update

We hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Unfortunately, all fishing activities have had to cease due to the Government coronavirus lockdown regulations and as anglers, we are all spending a lot of time dreaming about going fishing again.

The Angling Trust has been working hard behind the scenes taking a proactive role to make the case for the safe resumption of fishing once the Government decides that some restrictions can be lifted and this piece from the Telegraph of the 23rd April may be a promising sign that their efforts have been noticed and there may now be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Please take a look at the latest news from the Trust detailing their stance on this matter which can be viewed at: https://www.anglingtrust.net/wwfa.

We can be sure that the anglerís voice is being heard and the Trust is doing all it can to enable us all to get out there as soon as possible and to enjoy our fishing once again.

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing as a Syndicate are members of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal and many of the members are also individual members of the Trust. However, for all those anglers who are not already an individual member, now would be a very good time to sign up to add your support to our national organisation representing angling in all itís forms at the highest level, which does so much to fight for our fish and fishing as well as offering discounts on the purchase of various items ranging from fishing tackle, white goods and day tickets on some waters and includes 3rd Party Civil Liability Insurance. The more members they have the louder will be their voice in representing angling interests in the UK. 

At the moment, the Trust is offering a free gift worth £29 for all those taking out individual membership and paying by Debit/Credit Card or by Direct Debit. As the annual subscription is also £29 (£25 for Senior Citizens of 65 or over) membership would effectively cost you nothing for the year. Details of how to join are in their newsletter, or click on the join tab on the left to visit their website

As soon as we have more news we will let you all know.

 


 

30th April 2020 - Some Light Relief! 

With no fishing allowed due to the current coronavirus lockdown, in attempt to lighten the mood during these worrying times, one of our members, who is an avid fly dresser, forwarded this cartoon, which brought the following response from another member.

Enjoy and have a laugh!

 

Sir,

It has come to my belated attention that you circulated amongst your fishing coterie a derogatory and tasteless pictorial lampoon of that most dedicated of souls, the Fly Tier.

We have serious intent regarding this ancient craft and have taken serious umbrage to your missive. Was it not dear Isaac himself who stated in his book "now the flies, which is the third bait wherewith trouts are usually taken" not enough to inspire you?

An unreserved apology and written withdrawal is expected forthwith.

Our motto is and will remain" honi soti qui mal y pense".

I am of the Amish persuasion and as such my reluctant colleague who abrogates himself entirely of content has agreed to forward my comments.

Yours,

T Chomondly-Mascelain    Chairperson, Pan Global Fly Tying Consortium

 


 

24th March 2020 - Coronavirus 

In view of the Government instructions for us all to stay at home, only go out once a day for exercise and stopping all non essential travel, we have no choice but to close the lakes for fishing and they will remain closed until Government instructions allow us to resume our activities. All stocking has also been temporarily suspended.

We hope that the actions imposed upon us all help to bring this virus under control in the not too distant future, allowing us to enjoy our freedom and fishing once again.

We will review the situation at every new Government announcement and let members know accordingly.

For now, look after yourselves, stay safe and well. 

 


 

Obituary, Jim (The Fish) Smith, 31.07.1944 to 27.12 2019

It is with great sadness that we report the peaceful passing, on 27th December, in Eastbourne Hospital, of Jim Smith, a much loved and familiar character to so many anglers here in the south east.

Jim was a long time member of Salmon & Trout Conservation and for some years also a member of the Cinder Hill Fly Fishing, although unfortunately he didnít manage to fish very much in recent years.

From his home in Isfield, in his capacity as bailiff for the Ouse Angling Preservation Society and the Environment Agency, Jim would walk the banks of his beloved rivers Ouse and Uck and woe betide anyone caught fishing without an appropriate permit or licence.

A true countryman, his knowledge of the rivers and the flora and fauna surrounding them, their history and nature in general was without equal and he was always more than happy to convey this knowledge to anyone interested.

Jim will be sorely missed but well remembered by all who knew him.

A further tribute to Jim follows, courtesy of Mark Orchin, Secretary of Cinder Hill Fly Fishing.

I remember fondly the many chats I had with Jim along the river bank on the Sussex Ouse going back over 30 years, his figure instantly recognisable slowly making his way down the bank towards us anglers to check our licence, give advice and have a good old chin wag about anything to do with the river and its inhabitants.

Jim (As Field Officer and honorary Bailiff) wrote regularly in the Ouse and Arun River Trust (OART) quarterly magazine by way of his countryside diary, where it was clear that his countryside knowledge was not only superior but borne from a lifelong love of the river and its surroundings. It was no surprise on several occasions to see Jim interviewed about the river on TV and he would have given Jack Hargreaves & Oliver Kite a run for their money! As a committee member of our local Historical Society I invited Jim over to give a talk one evening a few years back and he kept a sizeable audience enthralled with his knowledge of the river, its history and the wildlife it contains, going back some 60 ó70 years, in fact, after 2 hours we had a job to get him to close the talk!

I think it is Jimís legacy, that all of us who visit the countryside, should try to learn more about the wildlife and surroundings, not just the fish, but the birds, plants, trees and insects and how our current climate crisis is affecting nature and to pass it on to future generations. Jim was passionate about keeping everything as it should be and wrote frequently about the litter he and colleagues picked up at Barcombe Mills after hot summer weekends, often filling dozens of bin liners Ė a thankless task so often repeated.

I once saw Jim in the Anglers Rest at Barcombe (now sadly closed) singing old folk songs with pals with a pint of Harveys after a day on the river, a treasure of knowledge has now left us. RIP Jim Smith.


 

Our Chairman's New Year Newsletter, January 2020

To view Rod Yuill's New Year Newsletter please click here.

                                                                                     


     

      

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Cinder Hill Fly Fishing

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Updated May 2020