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Work Party Outing to Brick Farm Lakes, Wednesday 5th December 2018

11 members who had helped out at the work parties throughout the season had a great day at Brick Farm Lakes on Wednesday 5th December.

Thankfully the weather stayed dry after all the recent rain and although overcast, with a moderate south westerly breeze, it was still relatively warm for the time of year.

The fishing was excellent, commencing around 9am, when members were soon into fish, such that several had completed their limit by the time we all sat down for a superb full English breakfast at 11am, complete with Christmas crackers and paper hats.

After dining, some then took out a second ticket; while others went on to complete their limit. The fish were all of a good size, averaging around the 2lb mark, in great condition and gave a good account of themselves.

All in all, a really good day, thoroughly enjoyed by all participants and hopefully to be repeated again next year.


Autumn Show and Game Fair, Ardingly, 6th & 7th October 2018

Cinder Hill Fly Fishing together with the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK were at the Autumn Show & Game Fair at Ardingly again this year on Saturday the 6th. and Sunday the 7th. of October.

The weather forecast for the first day of the show was was not good with heavy rain anticipated in the afternoon.  The Saturday morning was cloudy, breezy and cool and right on cue the rain started at about 1pm. 

Visitors to our stand were fewer than we had hoped in the morning and the rain in the afternoon kept people in the covered areas of the show with very few venturing our way.  Luckily, the second day of the show was completely different. The weather was bright with long periods of sunshine and we were rewarded with a good public attendance.

This year most of the Casting participants were adults with only a few juniors wanting to "Have-a-Go", while our Casting prize Fly Rod Kit was won by a young man from Hartfield. 

Maintaining an adequate membership is vital for the future of our organisation and our Taster Days proved very popular with approximately 10 experienced Fly Anglers expressing interest in coming along to the fisheries for a trial session with a view to future membership. We also provided S&TC UK application forms to several interested anglers.

Once again we are indebted to our members, the Game Angling Instructors and Sussex Branch S&TC UK volunteer members who gave up most of their valuable weekend to make this a successful show for our two organisations once again, in spite of the weather.


Online Auction 2018

The 2018 Online Auction closed at the end of October and successful bidders have been contacted with the good news.

This year the catalogue of auction lots was expanded further and included a broad range of interesting and valuable items.

Total bids in 2018 almost doubled the value of bids in 2017 demonstrating the popularity of the event and at the same time generating very valuable revenue for the syndicate.

Thanks therefore to all our sponsors and individuals who gave so generously and have continued to support us. Thanks also to everyone else for all their hard work making this event possible.


Obituary: Brian Robert Raw. 29th October 1945 - 12th June 2018

  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brian Raw who was

  finally ‘brought to the net’ on the 12th June.

  Brian was certainly a larger than life character, somewhat Falstaffian in

  appearance, big and bluff and occasionally opinionated, but the overall

  impression was of someone who was both genial and generous of his time

  and expertise to an extent that is rarely found today.

  Although he relinquished his membership last year, Brian had been a member

  of the S&TC UK Sussex Branch and Cinder Hill Syndicate for many years and

  was one of the very early members of the Syndicate where he involved himself

  enthusiastically in all aspects of the organization, whether it be arranging work

  parties to ensure that the lakes were kept in prime condition for the members

  (and the trout), managing our fishing courses and helping out at the shows.

  Brian was an angler of outstanding ability who could always manage to tease

  a fish out of the most  unpromising waters or conditions.

Retirement from a distinguished career in teaching allowed him to devote even more time to game fishing whether

for trout in the Home Counties, sea trout on the Dovey in Wales or salmon on the Findhorn in Scotland, coaching

and guiding, as well as helping out at various local shoots. It was his fishing skills coupled with his background as a

teacher that enabled him to organise numerous fishing opportunities for children (many with special needs) under

the banner of the Masonic Fishing Charity (MTFSC).

The fact that Brian connected with so many people from different walks of life was evident from the packed church

at his funeral.

His was certainly a life well-lived. Our thoughts go out to his widow Sheelagh and family for their sad loss


Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Connect With the Countryside, Ardingly, 12th July 2018

Once again this July, on a very pleasantly warm and sunny day, volunteers from Cinder Hill Fly Fishing, together with the Sussex Branch of S&TC UK, were at the annual Connect with the Countryside event held at Ardingly Showground, for schoolchildren from local schools.

Unfortunately, this year, we only had two instructors available, which meant that we had to change the way we organised things. The children came to our enclosure by the lake in school groups, which were divided and allocated to one of the instructors. Each session started with a brief demonstration of casting techniques and then as many children as possible were given the opportunity to try their hand at fly casting. 

The pace was hectic and the two Instructors worked continuously with barely even a moment to stop for a drink.

Once the school coaches had all departed, instructors and volunteers adjourned to the Pavilion where a very welcome and enjoyable buffet lunch was provided for all of the Exhibitors by the Show Organisers.


Cinder Hill Hut

The new floor in the hut at Cinder Hill has now been completed and

will soon be getting a couple of coats of paint to finish the job.


South of England Show, Ardingly, 7th, 8th & 9th June 2018.

The South of England Show was held at Ardingly this year on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June and once again, Cinder Hill Fly Fishing and the Sussex Branch of the S&TC UK were there. 

Thursday and Friday were a bit cloudy to start with, but there were long periods of warm sunshine. 

Saturday was warm and sunny all day, the visitors were out in force and the Instructors were kept very busy with large numbers of both adults and juniors wanting to “Have-a-Go” at fly casting.

Encouraging numbers of the people visited the tent during the day and approximately 15 anglers signed up for our “Taster Sessions” with a view to joining us, while several of our existing members and Sussex Branch S&TC members called into the tent to say hello.

Once again, we make no apology for mentioning our hard working band of volunteer instructors as well as our and Sussex Branch S&TC members without whom it would not be possible for us to attend these shows, which are so valuable in helping with recruitment for us as well as for S&TC UK. The Show was a great success and we are indebted to everyone who supported us.

We shall be attending the Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly on the 6th. and 7th. of of October so do try to come along and see us there.


Charity Fishing Day in Aid of McMillan Nurses

Sunday 20th May 2018

At Piplye on May the 20th, member Laurie Storer and Secretary Mark Orchin once again organised and ran a very successful Charity Fishing day in aid of Macmillan Nurses.

Laurie also very kindly donated funds to enable an additional stocking of some considerably larger fish.

A tasty barbecue was provided along with scrumptious cake, drinks and a raffle.

Attended by some 13 members plus guests, the day raised £281 for this very worthy cause and a similar event will be arranged again in 2019, most likely again in May, we’ll keep you posted.



Annual Match with the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild,

Saturday 14th. of April 2018

Report courtesy of Rod Yuill.

The Annual Match with the Sussex Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild was held on Saturday the 14th of April and, once again, took place at Duncton Mill, near Petworth in West Sussex.

It was a cool misty morning and visibility on the drive over there was not good. However, everyone arrived at around 8:30am and, as usual, a welcome cup of coffee was available in the Lodge. The Draw for the order of lakes to be fished took place at 9:00am and we all set off in the mist to our first lake, with initially, the mist seeming to become denser before eventually the sun managed to burn it off by mid-morning.

Some fish were caught within minutes of arriving at the lakes but it took me some time and a few flies snagged in trees before I managed to break my duck and land my first fish. By the time the bell rang to change lakes, most people had been lucky and caught at least one fish. 

We all moved to our second lake at 11:45am. and continued to fish until lunch at 1pm when everyone made their way back to the Lodge where once again an excellent lunch was provided by Martin and Caroline, after which, at about 2:00pm, we made our way back to our final lake of the day. 

Fish continued to be caught in the afternoon until the final bell when we all convened for the weigh-in. A good number of people had managed to catch their 4 fish limit, but unfortunately for us, the Fly Dressers had managed to catch a greater number of fish and two or three of their fish were in excess of 4lb. meaning that the total weight of their fish exceeded ours and they therefore retained the trophy for yet another year.  However, it was a very enjoyable day and the weather had been good. Surely it has to be our turn soon.


Our Chairman's New Year Newsletter, January 2018

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