Bon Voyage, Matthew

Bon voyage to a real trooper. . Matthew Jefferys

Yes, it’s true, Matthew is leaving Surrey to go North . . well, Norfolk actually.  He was made an offer he couldn’t refuse, and we wish him well in his new business venture.

Matthew has been a member of the LDAS for over ten years, and has always been active –  always willing to join a work party;  help with juniors; build a swim deck;  give some tuition to new members; as well as being a successful club Match team member.

Earlier this year he took over as Membership Secretary, and has modernised the process both in terms of efficiency and financial resources.

We searched high and low to find some flattering photos of you Matthew, but had to make do with these.

We hope you won’t forget us, and even manage the occasional visit to one of the club’s annual matches.

In appreciation of Matthew’s contribution to the club, the committee have presented him with an Honorary Life Membership, which is highly deserved.

We wish you, and your partner, Zen, all the very best in Norfolk.

1. Receiving his Hon Life Member award . . well deserved

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Although Matthew will be around until mid October, David Balaam is taking over as Membership Secretary from 8th September. 

Small Pond Drain Repairs

UK Power Network Services are carrying out work on the small pond at Spring Grove (Long Copse) on the 31st August  – 1st September. This pond will be CLOSED for these two days.

Work will commence at 9.30am and should be completed by 5.00pm each day. It will necessitate the use of a mini-digger excavating by the drain area. This work is being done under the Power Networks company scheme of helping the community.

This work is vital to repair a water leak within the pond wall which is currently reducing the water level to below the outfall level.

UK Power Network will endeavour to keep the noise levels to an acceptable level along with UKPN trying to keep the disruption to the area to a minimum.

If you have any concerns relating to these works please contact Dave Tarrant on 07875 111801.

More Rod Licence News

Some websites have been set up offering anglers a “check and send” service to buy rod licences. The Environment Agency is advising that “check and send” services are unnecessary and anglers could end up paying more for their licence than they should.

The new GOV.UK website is the only one needed to buy a rod licence but if anyone still requires help they should call 0344 800 5386.
The Agency has also experienced a delay in sending the new fishing licence out to purchasers and issued the following statement: “Please accept our apologies. Your fishing licence will be with you shortly. You are ok to fish using your confirmation email/text or your Post Office receipt until your fishing licence arrives. When you go fishing please make sure you take some identification with you.”

Dave Wilkins (Angling Trust, Regional Enforcement Officer, South East)

Some Events for 2017

Evening ‘speed fishing’ down at Long Copse is fast becoming a tradition and our first organised event at Ashtead Park last year proved a popular addition to the calendar. You’ll be pleased to hear that we’ll be continuing and expanding on both this season.

As these events are less formal than our Senior League matches, in a change from last year, we’re inviting junior and family members to join the seniors for these events. There will still be the element of competition, with optional pools for speed fishing, but the Ashtead Park days will just be for bragging rights, although I will be trying to get my pound back of Dave T (I’m certain he hasn’t spent it yet!).

We especially hope that more of you will join us for the Ashtead Park days, as the Wildlife Pond is constantly improving and the more it’s fished, the more the resident Tench, Bream, Crucians, Rudd, Pike and, of course, Carp will get used to our baits and hopefully prove easier to catch! (I’m reliably informed that the carp have a taste for sliced white bread already – sorry Clive, your secret’s out!).

Lastly, as our senior matches don’t start for a while, the committee have allowed me to run a couple of matches during April down at Long Copse. I’m trying a mid week match as many of us are either retired or self employed!

Anyway, enough waffle. The dates for your diary are:

Additional Long Copse Matches
Sunday 9 April – yes, short notice I know
Thursday 20 April
Both matches – draw at 8.30, fish from 9.30 until 3.30.
The ponds will remain open to members who do not want to fish these matches.

Wildlife Pond Fish-in Days
Monday 1 May
Sunday 4 June
Sunday 30 July
Meet at the lower car park 8.30am

Speed fishing at Long Copse
Friday 26 May
Thursday 8 June
Friday 30 June
Thursday 13 July

Be at the ponds by 6pm for the draw, fish from 6.30 til 8.30 (depending on the light!)
The ponds will remain open to members who do not want to fish these matches.

There is no need to book a place for any of the above, just turn up and catch as many fish as you can!

Tight lines,


PS. As most of you will know, I have taken over the job of Membership Secretary from Eric, who is now concentrating his efforts on representing the club as Chairman. Hopefully we’ll see him on the bank now he’s got a bit more free time. I’ll have some new membership cards with me on 9 April, so if you’re yet to join, download the form and come down to Long Copse next Sunday.

2017/18 Membership Form

1st April is the  start of the membership season.   Membership renewals are in the post to current members, or you can download the form here:   2017/8 Membership  Application Form 

Please note the following points;
* Complete all of the form even if you are an existing member in FULL CAPS
* Include all Email addresses (for Family members) if different to main one.
* Return the form with your payment (cheque or PO, please do not send cash) to the Membership Secretary, Matthew Jefferys, TOGETHER with a 2nd class Stamped Address envelope. From this year you can also pay via Bank Transfer.
* You will receive a NEW Membership Tri-Folded Card which has all the relevant information needed to fish any of our waters, including Willinghurst.
* You MUST add your passport photo to the card on receipt.

For more information regarding membership, contact Matthew Jefferys at

Membership Fees for 2017/18 season:

Seniors (18 – 64 year)    £70.00  plus joining fee in first year £20
OAP (65 and over)         £40.00 plus joining fee in first year £10
Juniors (under 17)         £27.00 plus joining fee in first year  £10
Disabled                         £40.00 plus joining fee in first year £10
Students (17 – 21)         £40.00 plus joining fee in first year £10
Family (2 adults+2 Juniors)  £120.00 plus joining fee in first year £25

Rats at Long Copse

Members of LDAS committee met up with the Mole Valley Senior Parks Officer and his pest control contractor on Wednesday and they have kindly agreed to place poison traps at Long Copse to deal with the rat problem.  It is therefore especially important to ensure that no litter or discarded bait/food is left on the bank so as to ensure that the rats will eat the bait meant for them.  Please report any rats seen or any improvement noticed say from 1st June onwards by which time we hope that the rats will start to disappear.