Covid-19 Update – May 12th

Following Sundays exciting announcement from the Prime Minister that fishing will now be allowed under “Step One” of The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, we are pleased to announce that Poppy Hill Lakes will re-open on Thursday 14th May at midday to enable us to do this safely and to keep within the guidances set out. There will need to be a few, hopefully temporary changes, to some of the clubs rules and way in which the fishery operates, details as follows;

  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell or have had any of the symptoms of Coronavirus recently
  • Members must be responsible for providing and using their own PPE, wipes, sanitiser etc. Hand sanitiser should always be used before and after handling any gates, locks etc. and locks and latches should be wiped afterwards.
  • The toilet facilities will be suspended until further notice to reduce the risks of spreading the virus as this would prove difficult for us to keep clean and sanitised.
  • We are temporarily introducing a 24hr on / 24hr off rule. Anglers are permitted to fish for 24hrs continuously then must go home and not return for a further 24 hour period. This replaces the current  “72hr” rule in the club book. We hope this will make it fair to all our members in what could potentially be a very busy period as everyone eager to get back to fishing, and will continue to monitor the situation.
  • Current social distancing rules as per the government guidelines should be observed at all times. Please respect the safety or your fellow anglers and club officials.  Membership books should be with you at all times and presented when requested by a Bailiff.
  • To keep numbers down onsite, please do not bring non fishing family members. Do not visit Poppy Hill unless it is with the intention to fish.
  • At this time there is nothing from the government that specifically says night fishing is not allowed. We understand that further clarification is being sought by the Angling Trust into this subject and an update is expected in the coming days.  At this time, LGCAA will permit night fishing  at Poppy Hill but this could be subject to change, in which case we will advise our members accordingly.
  • All anglers must take all their rubbish home, please check your swim when leaving and make sure you have not left anything behind.

The latest guidance (at the time of writing) for anglers can be found at the Angling Trust website https://joinanglingtrust.net/individual-anglers-phase-one-may-2020/

Please check our own social media pages and noticeboards regularly for any updates and changes to club rules.

2020 Membership Books

2019 Season club books are still in effect and your current book runs until 31st May. With tackle shops unable to open, we currently have no outlets to sell the forthcoming seasons memberships. Hopefully this will change soon if the Government adds tackle shops to the exemption list. So in the next few days LGCAA will be introducing Paypal Payments on our website to enable you to buy your 2020 season membership on-line. This method of selling membership is completely new to us and postal services are a little slow at the moment so please bare with us in getting your book to you. Whilst sadly we are unable to include Lake 3 in this seasons membership, we do have the addition of Turnford Angling Consortium included in your membership. Separate TAC membership cards will be issued and used alongside your LGCAA club book.

2020/21 Season Membership
Senior (ages 17-65)- £95
Junior (ages 12-16)- £45
Senior Citizen – £70
Married Couple – £165
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Juniors) – £225

There will also be an opportunity for you to purchase 2020 seasons membership at Poppy Hill On Saturday 23rd May between 9:30am and 1pm. We can accept cash or you can use the PayPal option on our website and collect your book between these times. If you are paying by cash please make sure you have the correct money.

Tight lines everyone, stay safe and be sensible in all your actions, both whilst traveling to venues and while participating in our wonderful pastime. We are all acting as ambassadors for angling. Should the lockdown restrictions get tightened again, how we act now will influence what happens when restrictions get lifted again.