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A nice bag of roach from Pockeridge top lake on Thursday

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Working Party 10th June

Pre River Season Working Party Saturday 10th June.

The next working party will be meeting at Riverside Drive at 9am next Saturday 10th June. The objective will be to strim/tidy/prune from Riverside Drive up to the Golf Course and possibly into Monkton Park. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Chippenham Angling Club One Plan Submission

Below is the Club submission to the Council with reference to the Chippenham one Plan especially about the radial gate replacement

1 There appears to be a wish to remove cars from the town centre but also encourage retail/office/visitors. They won’t come if they can't park so this needs to be accounted for and does not appear to be included.

2 The river options are very concerning. Replacing the gate with a similar system will provide some flood management both above and below the weir. Any other option will cause potential further extensive flooding downstream (which was mitigated by the weir this winter) plus almost complete loss of water upstream in times of drought. The current situation due to the failure of the weir above Kellaways and the impact upstream of that is a good example of what might happen

3 If either of the non weir replacement options are chosen the river levels will be significantly lower than at present at best and will remove any water based amenity (Sea Scouts, Sailing Club, Chippenham Angling) as there is no guarantee of minimum water levels for any of these activities plus the bank steepness with lower water will make it impossible for most people but particularly disabled citizens to access the water and difficult for young children with their parents/carers, particularly in the Golf Course area.

4 What evidence is there that there is a problem with the ecology now? By changing the river level and flow it will just change the ecology, not necessarily improve and it could get worse with low water levels as many species of plants and fish require a certain depth of water to survive. The is also a potential issue with weed overgrowth if the flow/level is low as there wont be enough volume of water to control it. These issues will be exacerbated in the summer due to lower rainfall.

5 I understand the Hydrology study to establish exact water Summer and Winter water levels at fixed points along the length of the river Avon in question and the resulting width of the remaining river channel has not been completed so how can the public be expected to comment without the full facts . Further  the Environmental Impact study required has also not been completed, and is still " Work in Progress "

6 The examples given of how the river is and might look are completely different environments to that of Chippenham plus it is known that the Lyon one failed completely in the first heavy rains

7 The plan is not a conducive proposition to entice prospective retailers or leisure companies. High street retail is in decline as people shop online and leisure activities need parking. Therefore the Council will have to find the money out of an already stretched budget, which has more immediate needs for expenditure.

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From the Archive

More from the CAC archive. One is a newspaper clipping about donations the club made during WW1 and the others are the minutes for m the first club meeting in 1894! If anyone can de-
cypher them please let us know😀

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Fixture List for 2023-24 Season

Book in by text only to Andy Millidge on 07864 723556 by 6pm on the appropriate date

5 anglers as a minimum are required for a match to take place

River festival dates are 26th and 27th of August

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Day tickets

Day tickets are available on all our waters including the lakes that remain open during the river close season. The membership tab on the website has the details of how to purchase

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Exchange Tickets

The club is fortunate to have exchange tickets with several clubs both locally and further afield. This gives members the opportunity to fish many different waters at no extra cost.

The clubs are as follows: Devizes, Calne, Warminster, South Cerney, Marlborough and Frome. Visit the relevant angling clubs websites for more information on what they have on offer.

If you wish to obtain an exchange ticket please email the Club secretary at with your name, CAC permit number, date and location of where you wish to fish. You will receive a reply email whether we still have tickets available (the number of tickets is limited) or not.

If the booking is confirmed please make sure you take your confirmation email and proof of CAC membership with you when fishing any of our exchange ticket waters.

Please note it is not possible to pick up exchange tickets in person.

To obtain gate lock combination numbers please email the Club Secretary at

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About Us

Established in 1894, Chippenham Angling Club control the fishing rights on the Bristol Avon for approximately six miles upstream of Chippenham Weir to Kellaways Road Bridge, except for one short stretch on the eastern bank between Black Bridge and the mouth of the river Marden.

The stretch of river is split into 7 sections varying in depth, width and flow; and offers a wide choice for anglers to fish many different methods for various species. The fast flowing shallow gravel glides of Kellaways and Peckingell are excellant for Chub and Roach and provide some of the best Barbel fishing on the Upper Avon. Barbel in double figures are not uncommon.

The middle section, from "Black Bridge down stream to the Golf Course area is where the depth increases and the flow reduces providing good "waggler" fishing for Roach, Perch and the odd specimen Chub. Is is also not uncommon for decent sized Bream to show in this area. This area also benefits from CAC installed platforms to make fishing as comfortable and safe as possible with minimum disruption to the surrounding environment.

From the Golf Course down to the Town Weir, the river deepens to it's maximum depth of around thirteen feet and holds a terrific head of most species. During the summer, specimen Bream , Perch, Pike and Carp are regularly caught. When the flow increases later in the year, double figure catches of Roach are not uncommon. This is also a local haunt of Perch.

The club also controls the fishing rights on two small lakes (25 swims in total) at Pockeridge near Corsham. Both the upper and lower lakes contain a good head of Roach, Rudd, Tench, Perch and Carp.

The Club now controls the fishing rights to a small lake (14 swims) at Bromham, Burbrook Lake that holds a good head of Carp, Roach, Perch, Bream, Chub, Rudd, Tench and some Crucian Carp can be caught.

Membership is open to all, with day-tickets available for all Club waters. Anglers must be in possession of a current club membership permit, or day-ticket before fishing.

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