Advanced Member Notice:Burbrook Lake Closure
The lake will be closed on Saturday 27th May until 3pm for a match
Annual Permit offer ends in 9 days!
Chippenham Angling Club are offering 10% discount on all our 2023/24 adult annual permits purchased throughout May!
Discounted price only available from our website!
An adult permit is now only £45, senior £31.50, disabled £19.80 with this offer.
Please see club website membership tab for further details and to purchase.
Excludes juniors(which are only £5). All CAC rules apply.
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😀
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
Working Party Pockeridge lower lake
Successful Pockeridge Lake working party
Yesterdays working party cleared several swims of reeds and pruned overhanging trees all the way round the lower lake plus strimmed paths. A fallen tree was also removed from the top lake with some difficulty!
Chippenham Radial gate replacement Have your say before the 6th June Deadline
A copy of the EA newsletter about the radial gate replacement project in Chippenham is pasted below. It is really important that anglers put forward their views to the EA project team to ensure our sport is properly represented. Option 2 in particular will have a huge negative impact on fishing on the town stretches back up to Sea Cadets.
Chippenham River Improvement Project EA Newsletter April 2023
Replacement of Chippenham radial gate and river corridor improvement
The Chippenham radial gate and weir is nearing the end of its working life. The Environment Agency are looking to work in collaboration with other organisations and landowners to look at options for replacing the gate and improving the River Avon through Chippenham.
Following major flooding in 1960, the river channel through the town centre was significantly modified, generally making it wider and deeper. This included the construction of the Chippenham Gate (radial sluice gate with weir and fish pass). Chippenham Gate was constructed at the same time as several other sluice gates on the River Avon, including Twerton and Pulteney gates in Bath.
The purpose of the radial gate is to retain upstream water levels during low and medium flows whilst enabling high flows to pass through the structure, preventing an increase in flood risk. The water level is retained at an artificial level upstream for amenity purposes, there is not a flood risk benefit from retaining this water level.
The radial gate has however become increasingly unreliable and is nearing the end of its working life. With the gate in its current condition, there is a risk that the structure could fail. The gate opens currently due to water levels lifting floats within chambers alongside the gate, there are no motors to allow it to be manually operated. If the gate was to fail to open during high flows this would lead to a large increase in flood risk to both residential and non-residential properties in Chippenham.
Whilst the gate could just be replaced with a newer structure there is the opportunity to provide additional benefits over a wider area within Chippenham.
Looking at the Options…Please attached photos.
The draft plans for the replacement of the gate and the wider river corridor, are being developed in collaboration with stakeholders and landowners. As part of this opportunities are being investigated to improve the river upstream of the gate, to provide a watercourse that is more natural, whilst still ensuring the same level of flood protection can be provided. It may also be possible to improve the ecological and amenity value of the river. This will create benefits for the town, and wildlife along the river creating a more natural environment to enjoy in Chippenham.
The project team are looking to identify a preferred option in summer 2023; produce outline designs by end of 2023; and create detailed designs in 2024.
They hope the construction of the project will be in 2025/26.
Have your say!
We are very pleased to be able to join with our other partners on the Chippenham One Plan consultation. This consultation is to help inform a Chippenham Town Centre Masterplan to help boost the local economy, enhance the environment and celebrate the town’s heritage. Creating a River Park is a key part of the Masterplan, and replacing/removing the existing sluice gate and weir form a key component of this.
As part of this consultation we will be presenting to the town council and other stakeholder groups, and members of the project team will also be available at the public drop in events, which are:
Thursday 27th April – 18:00 to 19:00 – online webinar(joining details TBC)
Thursday 11th May – 9:00 to 18:00 – Borough Parade
Saturday 13th May – 9:00 to 13:00 – Olympiad leisure centre
Friday 19th May – 9:30 to 14:00 – Chippenham Library
Please do let us know your thoughts on our options, or other factors we should be considering, by either coming to meet us in person, responding to the main public consultation, or emailing us directly. The main consultation closes on 6th June.
You can visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/ChippenhamOnePlan or scan the QR code in the photos
As the project progresses we will be keen to hear you views, we will be looking to hold some engagement events to share updates of the project and to undertake public consultation.
If you would like more information on the project or if you know of anyone that would like to receive these newsletters please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that Day Tickets are available on all our 3 lakes at Pockeridge and Bromham during the river close season.
Visit our website Chippenhamanglingclub.com or local tackle shops for details and to purchase. All are fishing well at the moment. A couple of pics of fish from Pockeridge top lake below.
In addition to normal club rules the following, dictated by the terms of lease, also apply:-
FISHING between the hours of sunrise to sunset. NO NIGHT FISHING.
MAXIMUM OF TWO RODS ONLY
Children under 12 to be supervised by an adult at all times and be fishing the same swim.
BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY, SIZE 10 OR SMALLER.
LEAD FREE weights only.
NO SURFACE FISHING, FLOATING BAITS OR FLOATING LOOSE FEED.
NO TINS OR GLASS BOTTLES are to be carried.
NO LINE TO BE IN EXCESS OF 10LB BREAKING STRAIN
No Braided line, Hooklenghs or similar material to be used.
Permitted Baits Only. Maggots, Casters, Worms, Sweetcorn, Luncheon meat, Hemp, Tares, Prawns,
Bread (hook bait only and must be sinking)
Pellets and Paste (paste as a hook bait only) can be used only from the 1st of April till the 30th of September.
NO PELLETS OR PASTE BETWEEN 1ST OF OCTOBER & MARCH THE 31ST
KEEPNETS may be used for silver fish only, NO CARP to be retained, unless in AUTHORISED MATCHES where Carp and Silvers to be in separate nets. All match anglers must lay out their nets when arriving at their peg even if it is raining. Nets can be placed in the water 10 minutes before the match begins.
Burbrook Lake - Bromham
1 Fishing from platforms provided only, between the hours of sunrise and one hour after sunset.
2 No night fishing.
3 A maximum of two rods only to be used in each swim.
4 Seperate Keep Nets to be used when retaining Carp.
5 No boilies, no nuts.
6 No tins or glass bottles are to be carried.
7 No Braided lines (including hook lengths and Lead Core) to be used.
8 No Line to be in excess of 10lb breaking strain to be used.
9 Barbless hooks only.
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
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 Laurence.email@example.com 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 Laurence.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.