Notice Board

Night fishing and planned closure.

Angling Trust has advised us that the Government has agreed to night fishing from March 29th 2021.
We have therefore decided that we will permit 24 hour fishing from that evening.
We will monitor that closely and the numbers of members who fish.
Hopefully if it works sensibly and everyone sticks to our COVID rules, then at a later stage we will consider extending the hours.

We are commencing digging and moving clay clay from April 9th, and therefore will impose some safety restrictions on the Friday and Saturday.
There is an important work party on the the Sunday, April 11th, and due to the machinery on site, the fishery will be closed on that day.
Anyone fishing on the Saturday night must leave the fishery by 7am.
We do not have room for work party cars,  diggers and dumpers...plus anglers. Please ensure you have gone promptly by that time.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

To all members who attended the work party on 21st March.....:

Wow...what an amazing work party. Thank you all so much for the fantastic work this morning. It is the best work party I’ve ever been to and the best attended; the amount of work done was staggering. We completed much more than anticipated.....and the manner in which it was done was superb. It was good humoured, good fun and the camaraderie was brilliant.

I love that I know the fishery is in good hands for a very long time. That is very satisfying.

Have a rest, pat yourselves on the back....and get ready for the real work!!
Thank you hugely

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Environment Agency:Close Season 2021
The coarse fish close season on all rivers, streams and SSSI  annual close season helps to protect fish stocks across England when they are spawning by preventing fishing. Coarse fishing is still allowed on most still waters and canals, depending on fishery owner agreement. It is still allowed on Laybrook but we ask members to look after fish very carefully.

What to do if you see someone fishing during the close season
Contact the Environment Agency incident number on 0800 807060. Try and confirm number of anglers fishing involved, a description of the anglers involved, registration/description of any vehicles belonging to those involved, type of fishing method if recognised (i.e. bait fishing, fly fishing, spinning), location that the offence is occurring, if the offence is happening at the current time and whether or not fish are being removed.

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There will be a work party this Sunday 21st March
Starting at 9am
All members are welcome to attend.
See you there.
G Cornell - Chairman   

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February 25th 2021
Lockdown update:

Message to all members.22.2.2021 We have carefully considered the current advice and the Prime Minister’s announcements today. In light of the decreasing infection rate, the fewer hospitalisations and the increasing vaccinations we have decided to cautiously reopen the fishery from March 1st. We will open with the same swim restrictions, social distancing rules and hygiene rules as before. These are posted on the notice-board and will be on the website. It is your decision if you want to wear facemasks in the car park or on the fishery. There will be no night fishing until further notice. The rules about local exercise have not been changed and it is your decision whether to travel to go fishing. WDPS will not advise members on that. We hope that all members cooperate as well as they did previously and that we can gradually move towards being fully open. We have completed a great deal of work on the fishery so please be cautious of uneven paths and car park. Best wishes for a healthy return to normal. Graeme

WDPS 2021 Rules during Covid-19 These rules will be strictly enforced. If you or anyone in your immediate household is showing any of the symptoms of Covid 19 you should not go fishing. You should continue to follow the Government guidelines on isolation. If you have been advised to isolate for any period of time, do not consider going fishing.


These rules are for our protection to make sure we stay safe. If at any point we believe the fishery to be unsafe, it will be closed. It is up to all of us to make sure we do nothing to compromise our well being. Please remember that we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors for angling. If we fish safely we will continue to support the national effort to combat COVID -19 transmission whilst being able to enjoy our sport.

1. Anglers must arrive on their own unless they can prove they are travelling with someone they live with.

2. Anglers are encouraged to leave a suitable space (approximately 2 metres ) between cars in the car park if this is possible. There must be no double parking or restriction by the gate. Do not park in the taped area. For obvious safety reasons there must be no queuing or parking on the main road or by the entrance.

3. We recommend that you bring hand sanitizer and disposable gloves to use when operating the lock/gate and toilets. Rules for use of the toilets are posted on the doors and must be adhered to.

4. Anglers must be a minimum of 15 metres apart when fishing as social distancing needs to be increased when staying for an extended period of time in any area. For that reason we have closed some swims at Laybrook, indicated by hazard tape. You must respect these swim closures and any angler found ignoring these will be banned from the Club.

5. The following swims have been closed: Shelley 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28. Byron 6, 8, 10, 14, 17. Sutton as taped. This is subject to alteration by the Committee

6. You must stay in your swim and not allow any accompanying children to leave the swim.

7. When walking around the fishery, there are one or two points where social distancing will be difficult .Therefore, when fishing please keep as far away from the paths as possible and when walking please keep as far away from the swims as possible.

8. Dip tanks are in normal operation so you must dip nets and equipment as per Club rules. No keep nets to be used.

9. No fishing tackle to be shared.

10.If you arrive at Laybrook and the car park is full, you will not be allowed to fish and must return home. Only 16 cars will be permitted to park at any time.

11.Night fishing will not be permitted at this time. This may be revised by the Committee

Committee Members and bailiffs will be regularly present on the fishery and we ask you to follow these guidelines which are to protect all of us.

If you are asked to show your permit and identity, please do so observing the 2 metre rule. Do not hand your permit over. Pay careful attention to the Fishery Notices and Website for any updated information


All members must ensure that nets, mats, weigh slings and cradles are dipped in the disinfectant tanks prior to fishing. Some members seem to have ignored the rule and put the fishery at risk. If you are caught failing to dip you will face disciplinary action.
Graeme Cornell Chairman.

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