Covid 19 update 01-08-2021
At its last meeting existing Covid related restrictions as applied to the Association’s fisheries were reviewed by the committee.
In the interests of our members health and safety it was decided to ere on the side of caution and to seek to apply the lifting of restrictions with care.
The regular use of hand sanitizers is still a requirement of the Association
The Association’s keepnets at Stonar, which are only to be used at Stonar, have been brought back into use.
Two members may share a swim where it is possible to maintain a reasonable level of social distancing. How this “reasonable distance“ is interpreted the committee would like to leave to the common sense of the members.
The ban on the sale of guest tickets has been lifted. (see bye-law 4a. for details)
Junior members may fish on their own during the day but must be accompanied at night.
The Association’s toilets will remain locked until the danger of cross contamination is reduced. Members must make their own arrangements for the collection of waste and its disposal off site.
Do not enter the fishery if you or a member of your family is exhibiting signs of Covid 19. Follow the national guidelines.
If you are “pinged” by the NHS app. whilst on site, leave the fishery as quickly a possible and do not return during your period of self-isolation.
Members must note that the Association’s rules and bye-laws continue to apply unless superseded by the practices detailed above or any future revisions advised to the membership.
--MANDATORY NOTE TO ALL ANGLERS--
Due to a local outbreak of K.H.V. no keepnets to be used on any still waters. Dip tanks are in place on all stillwaters. Nets, mats and slings MUST be dipped (FULLY immersed) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Keep nets are allowed on the River Stour (only) from the start of the river season.
Since 1928 The Association has been managing extensive fisheries in the Stour Valley below Canterbury, offering first class lake and river fishing for a variety of species. The historic and famous stretch of the River Stour, which the Association leases from the Fordwich United Charities, reaches downstream from Fordwich Bridge as far as Plucks Gutter. Fordwich trout were referred to in Izaak Waltons The Compleat Angler, their descendants are still running up the river to spawn, when the conditions are right for them.
The fisheries between Fordwich and Grove Ferry are in surroundings of great natural beauty and are part of an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), recently upgraded to an International RAMSAR site. Fishery management in the SSSI is subject to an agreement between the Association and English Nature.
Care is needed not to interfere with wildlife or the natural vegetation. The Associations Committee takes its conservation responsibilities to protect this part of our heritage seriously and will take action against any member found to be damaging the environment.