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Work Party Outing to Brick Farm, 30th November 2016

Some twelve members who had helped out at work parties through the year, had an end of season/ pre Christmas day out to Brick Farm Lakes at Windmill Hill on 30th November, where, in addition to the fishing, we enjoyed a superb full English breakfast provided by Annie, in the magnificent oak fishing lodge.        


It was a beautiful sunny day, not cold, with light winds, but two nights of sharp frosts had resulted in there being ice on the water in the margins and the early starters also found that ice building up in the rod rings made casting a little difficult. The fish weren’t that co-operative either, with just three being caught before our 11 o’clock breakfast, two going to Brenda Newington, the only lady present.

However, whether it was due to the lunchtime arrival of fresh stock or not, the fishing improved greatly thereafter and most managed to catch their limit, although sadly there were still a couple of blanks, who shall remain nameless. All in all it was a very enjoyable day.


On-Line Auction

Our recent on-line auction of 10 lots kindly donated by Syndicate members, Duncton Mill Trout Fishery, Brick Farm Lakes, our sponsors Selectafly and the Ridgeview Wine Estate, raised a total of £370 for Syndicate funds. Thanks are due to all the donors and bidders, whether successful or not. 



Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK

at the Autumn Show & Game Fair, Ardingly 2016

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and the  Sussex Branch of S&TC UK were at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Show-ground, Ardingly, held on Saturday the 1st. and Sunday the 2nd.of October.

We didn’t have quite as many people this year on the Friday afternoon to help set-up the tent and get things organised for the Show.  We are demonstrably getting better at it because it all seemed to fit together quite smoothly and we didn’t have to repeat anything.  Even the weather was on our side and the showers stayed away until we had finished.

Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said about the weather on Saturday, the first day of the Show, as it started to rain soon after 9:00am. and, with only a few short breaks, continued until the early afternoon. Needless to say, this kept most of the visitors in the covered parts of the Show and only a very few intrepid individuals ventured as far as our tent.  Luckily things changed in the afternoon and we enjoyed sunshine for the rest of the afternoon. This brought more visitors to the stand and, in the end, we had quite a busy afternoon. Sunday started cool and breezy but the sun appeared and we had a steady footfall of people through the tent.

We were lucky to have Henry Gould helping us with the casting and demonstrations on Sunday. Henry has been a member of the England Junior Fly Fishing Team and is now about to move up to the Senior Team. You may have seen the interview with him on the Meridian South East News on Sunday at 6:00pm.

There was steady interest in membership of the Fishing Syndicate as well as S&TC UK and on Sunday we ran out of Syndicate leaflets.  However, time will tell whether that translates into actual members next year.

There was considerable interest in the Courses and we understand that the remaining adult course in October is now fully subscribed and there is a list of people interested in attending courses next year. Our attendance at these shows is a valuable aid to recruitment for the Syndicate as well as the National Organisations.

The rod awarded to one of the "Have-a Go" casters at the end of the show was won by a young man who is very keen to continue fishing and will be put to very good use.

Needless to say, the success of our attendance at these shows is wholly due to the time and hard work of our trusty band of instructors and volunteers to whom we owe our gratitude.

We are planning again to be at the South of England Show at Ardingly on the 8th. 9th. and 10th. of June next year so why not put the dates into your diary and come along to see us.


Water testing volunteers required

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust is seeking new volunteers to join their water testing team. They meet monthly in Barcombe, near Lewes, to test samples for physical and chemical parameters relating to water quality.

Full training will be provided, so no previous experience is required, although a basic knowledge of using scientific instruments would be useful. This opportunity is open to all, but would be particularly suitable for students wishing to boost their CV and gain experience in water testing.

If you’re interested in finding out more please email: st.pierre@oart.org.uk


Cinder Hill Trouting Syndicate in association with

the Sussex Branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation UK

Online Auction 2016  

In the past at our AGMs and Annual Dinner, in order to bolster our funds, we have held an Auction of various items kindly donated by some of our sponsors and friends of our Branch and the Syndicate.

Once again, this year, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and friends, we have items to auction.

However, this time, as the AGMs & Dinner were held as completely separate functions, the latter at the Chequers Inn at Maresfield being a purely social event, we are therefore again holding an Auction, but this time completely “on-line”.

The catalogue of the Lots on offer can be accessed here and you are invited to make your bid for any one or more of the items via our Googlemail account: sta.sussex@gmail.com. The closing date for bids is the 31st August 2016 and regular updates of the current situation will be provided. Bidding is not restricted to members of the Branch or Syndicate, anyone can make an offer, so please feel free to circulate the details to friends and family.

As soon as possible after the closing date, the winning bids will be announced, the successful bidders contacted and arrangements made for payment and delivery.


Annual Dinner

Some 25 or so Syndicate and STCUK Sussex Branch members, partners & friends attended a purely social event on Friday the 17th June, at the Chequers Inn, Maresfield.

Unencumbered by the need to hold the Branch and Syndicate AGMs prior to the meal, a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all. 


Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK

at the South of England Show 2016

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing Syndicate together with the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK were once again at the South of England Show, this year held on the 9th. 10th. and 11th. of June.

Somehow or other we managed to get the tent set up on the Tuesday afternoon without any of the usual set backs. We even succeeded in getting all of the poles in their correct places first time around, got all of the walls up without first attaching one or more of them inside out and even managed to get the roof on before it started to rain and therefore succeeded in remaining dry for our journey home.

The weather on the first two days of the Show was warm and dry but, once again, visitor numbers to our stand were low. Numbers were much better on the Saturday with a steady flow of mainly juniors wanting to "Have a Go" at fly casting. So many of the juniors were interested in taking information about our courses such that we ran out of course leaflets quite early on the Saturday. 

This year we were again lucky enough to have Luke Hill, who is a member of the England Junior Fly Fishing team with us to help out. A healthy number of people seemed to be interested in joining S&TC UK, with the majority also being interested in membership of the Syndicate. We suspect attendance numbers were probably lower than last year but overall it was a successful show for us.

It’s only courtesy of our fantastic and loyal band of volunteers that we are able to attend these shows which help recruitment to the Syndicate as well as the national organisations, so once again, let us place on record our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us in any way.

We are planning to attend the Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly on the 1st and 2nd of October so why not come along and see us there.


Obituary - Ron Staplehurst

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of an old friend at the beginning of April.

Always known as Ron, he was a member of the Syndicate for a good many years, only giving up a couple of years or so ago due to failing health. He also served on the then Salmon & Trout Association, East Sussex & the later Sussex Branch Committee for many years.

Although somewhat controversial at times, until his health failed, Ron would always turn out to help on the Syndicate work parties and at the various shows where the Branch had a stand. Most afternoons at around 3pm, provided the weather was half decent, Ron would visit Cinder Hill & Piplye, sometimes he would fish, but often he would just tidy up the huts, empty the rubbish bins, disposing of the rubbish, feed the ducks, chat with any members who happened to be there fishing at the time and collect the catch return sheets every month.

Ron simply enjoyed being there and we are very happy that his family are planning to scatter his ashes at the place he loved so much.


January 2016 Newsletter

The January 2016 Newsletter can be viewed here







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