Is angling good for your health?

The Angling Trust is having a bit of a struggle getting angling recognised as being worthy of charitable status. We’ve been struggling with this for several years, writing repeatedly to the Charity Commission to make our case, not getting replies within promised timescales, and then writing again to make our case once more. Although there…

Weymouth Angling’s Clubhouse Saved for Now

This week has, for me, been dominated by the fight to save Weymouth Angling Club’s clubhouse in the heart of Weymouth Harbour. Last Saturday I wrote here and to our members about the need for anglers to contact Councillors in Weymouth to let them know of their disgust about plans to bulldozer this building with…

Sad to See Richard Benyon Go

This week David Cameron´s ministerial reshuffle saw Richard Benyon step down from his post as Fisheries Minister in the coalition government. This is unwelcome news – Richard Benyon was one of the best Fisheries Ministers we have had in living memory. He was a keen fisherman, and one who cared personally about fish and the…

Getting the word out at the Party conferences

Martin Salter and I have just completed a tour of Britain attending all three of the party political conferences. Our job was to ensure that anglers’ messages were heard at the top of British politics. The Trust jointly organised, with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), three ‘rural receptions’ at the Conservative party…

Good news! Minister listens to anglers.

This week we had positive news when Environment Minister Richard Benyon announced that plans are being drawn up to remove products containing the dangerous insecticide Chlorpyrifos from domestic sale. Mr Benyon was responding to strong representations from the Angling Trust following last months’ devastating pollution of all invertebrate life along a 15 kms stretch of…

Join our Campaign to Stop Google Ripping Off Anglers

The Angling Trust has continued its high profile campaign against internet rod licence rip-offs and last week we again slammed Google for advertising web sites which take advantage of hard-pressed anglers trying to buy a rod licence by charging them a £20 administration fee for a £27 rod licence, despite offering no additional service whatsoever.…