Big event will celebrate ‘saving’ of fishing grounds

TODMORDEN Angling Society members are getting set to celebrate at a big event for the group.

They will be toasting to the saving of the Ramsden Wood Fishery which had been threatened by a housing development.

After years of wrangling with development companies the society has finally reached agreement with the new owners of the land.

The society had been at loggerheads with owners of the land since 2002.

The housing went from one housing development company to another.

Fences appeared around the fished and there was a threat the water would be filled in.

When most recent owners, Bovis Homes took over the site, they recognised it was an important local asset and decided not to go ahead with the original plans, said society secretary Ray Barber.

“The houses were turned round so there would be no disturbance to the dam wall,” he said.

“Bovis Homes have now restored most of the damage to the water caused by the two previous builders, taken the fence down and fishing has recommenced.

“An agreement will be entered into between Bovis Homes and the angling society for the society to maintain the fishery for the enjoyment of anglers, local people and home owners for an indefinite period of time,” said Mr Barber.

To celebrate the “saving” of the fishery the society will be holding a special “taster day” at the fishery on Sunday July 31.

The aim of the big event is to attract people who want to try fishing for the first time.

Anyone interested should turn up between 10am and 4pm. They will receive 20 minutes of expert tuition and all bait, licences and tackle will be provided and there will no charge.

Bovis Homes North West will also be providing refreshments at the event.

The society will also be holding its next junior coaching session at Ramsden Wood on Saturday July 2.

Last Sunday the Club Trophy match was fished by 13 anglers on Croft.

Pete Mottram was the clear winner with 53lb, fished using pole and pellet.

Tom Barlow was second with 31lb using pole and meat, while Rob McEndry was third with 29lb including carp and tench, caught with pole and meat.

Craig Howarth was fourth with a 23lb made up of one 12lb carp and bream.

The next club match will be on Sunday July 10 at Townhouse.

Last Sunday’s open match on the Rochdale Canal was fished by 17 anglers.

Dave Stewart won with 35lb, comprising seven bream and two carp using method feeder and worm.

Todmorden society’s Paul Cryer was second with 18lb of fish using method feeder and meat and Alan Crook was third with 17lb including bream and carp caught with pole and pellet.

The next match is on the canal from Lanebottom to Nehesco on July 3. Ring 01706 846581 or 07769 905319 to book.

The next open match (ponds) is on July 17 on Croft.

Tonight’s junior match is also on Croft. The draw is up to 5.45pm with fishing from 6.15pm to 8.15pm. Ring 01706 839145 or 07737 326812 to book.

Next Tuesday’s evening match is on the Rochdale Canal at Durn.