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Forum News

Forum News

Monday, 06 March 2017 10:20

Progress on EA Budgets

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After 12 months of highlighting and lobbying on the poor state of EA area funding across East Anglia and particularly the Broads, I'm pleased to announce that some progress has been made.

From the poor position that the Essex Norfolk and Suffolk area found themselves in 2015/16 of £212k, the budget for 2017/18 is now £383k a 81% increase and across the region this equates to an 42% increase overall.

What this process has identified however is the variance in management practices across areas and how this impacts the actual delivery of any fisheries service to us anglers, be it in cost recovery and skills.

The merger of Essex Norfolk and Suffolk area with Cambs and Beds is a clear demonstration of how structural change can influence fisheries and I look forward to seeing the outcomes from this.

We now have an agreed set of enforcement recovery plans for both Northants and Lincs and East Anglian (East), subject to the outcomes of the long awaited national enforcement review.

I would like to thank the national fisheries team for progressing this complex issue, with strong lobbying from the PAC. But like most things, this has brought winners and losers as overall rod licence income continues to decline. 

Kelvin Allen

AT East of England Forum Chair 





Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:45

Chairman story telling in Peterborough

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Angling Trust regional chair Kelvin Allen presented his story at the recent "The Reasons" event held in Peterborough Museum on the 1st Dec.

This forms part of the NERC funded DRY project which looks at dilemmas around drought and water scarcity.

Kelvin presented the case on water needs and balances, which ended with two questions given the major expansion in both managed wetlands and housing in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Where is all the water coming from? and is there any water left for the Environment? His presentation is available below as an attachment.

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For more information on project DRY visit



Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:45

Regional Forum Cambridge 17th Nov 2016

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  East of England (Cambridge) Fisheries Forum


NOVEMBER 17th 2016

Milton Country Park

Cambridge Road, Milton, CB24 6AZ

Tea & Coffee served from 6.45pm  -   Meeting begins 7.15pm

In Association with The Environment Agency

This meeting is open to all anglers and fishery owners and is free to attend


A Framework For Juniors - Successful Junior Participation and Family Fishing Programs explained

Fisheries Update and News - How your local Environemt Agency team have been spending your rod licence money to improve fish stocks in your region

The work of the Voluntary Bailiff Service - Paul Thomas, Anglign Trust, Fisheries Enforcement Manager for East Of England explains how the VBS has been helping to tackle fish theft and poaching

Open Forum Session - Ask questions and raise issues with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and is a chance to tell the Angling Trust what YOU think their priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.

It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of the venue, make sure you attend.

If there is a specific question you would like to ask at the meeting please let us know in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register, just click the link below


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Friday, 16 September 2016 13:50

East of England Grant-Writing Skills Workshops

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Angling trust grant-writing skills workshops

Are you a club or fishery looking to improve your facilities, protect fish stocks or run a special project? Do you need to find external funding to do this?

Whatever stage you are in at in planning your project, we would urge you to attend one of four special Grant-writing Skills Workshops in the East region on:


Tues 26th July

Park Inn by Raddisson Harlow

Southern Way


CM18 7BA


Thurs 25th August **NEW**

Environment Agency offices

Bromholme Lane



PE28 4NE


Weds 9th November

Mercure Norwich

121 - 131 Boundary Road,




Weds 8th February

Madingley Hall



CB23 8AQ


All four workshops are free to attend open to any angling provider. The evenings start at 6.30 pm (sandwiches and tea/coffee available on arrival from 6.10) and will finish by nine o’clock at the latest.

To register for one of the workshops simply click on the relevant Eventbrite booking link here:

Starting with first principles, the workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Who are your principal customers or target groups?

  • What is a Development Plan?

  • Different sources of funding;

  • Three key elements of your application: NEED, DELIVERY, IMPACT;

  • Your contribution to the project;

  • Tips for a great application;

  • Strategies for small clubs and fisheries;

  • The Angling Improvement Fund application process.

We also hope to give a brief overview of the Environment Agency’s sister scheme: the Fisheries Improvement Programme for habitat restoration and structural works on rivers and natural stillwaters.

These are part of a series of workshops being held across the country this year supported by the Environment Agency. For more details and a closer look at the Angling Improvement Fund, please visit the Angling Trust website at:


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The Angling Trust team have arranged the following Grant Writing Workshops across the East of England during 2016/17.

These useful events follow on from does run last year which enabled many clubs and fisheries to structure a successful Angling Improvement Fund Grant. Click on the eventbrite link to book your place. 






Eventbrite Booking WEBSITE

Weds 25th May



Best Western Rockingham Forest

Rockingham Road,


NN17 2AE

Thurs 9th June



Best Western Plus Bentley Hotel

Newark Road,

South Hykeham,



Tues 26th July



Park Inn by Raddisson Harlow

Southern Way,


CM18 7BA

Weds 9th November



Mercure Norwich

121 - 131 Boundary Road,



Weds 8th February




Madingley Hall



CB23 8AQ

Monday, 15 February 2016 08:07

2016 East of England Regional Forum Schedule

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The following schedule of forums have been agreed to be held at the following locations and dates,

April 27th 2016 Great Gonerby Social Club Near Grantham Lincs – NG31 8JP 19:30 - 22:00
June 9th 2016 Essex
Sep 21st 2016 Norwich
Nov 17th 2016 Cambs


For each forum upto 4 specific topics will be included in the agenda along with time for any questions and answers.

The forums are open to all anglers including people not members of the Angling Trust. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:58

Forum comes to Milton Keynes

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Angling Trust Open Forum Milton Keynesadams mill open day 07

You are invited to attend the:

Angling Trust Fisheries Forum

November 25th 2015

in association with the Environment Agency

Milton Keynes Irish Club, The Pavilion, Manor Field, Milton Keynes MK2 2HX

Tea and coffee will be served from 6.45pm and the meeting will start at 7.00pm

The forum will befocussed on 3 major topics, River Restoration, Club Sustainability and Junior Participation


Welcome from the Chair - Kelvin Allen

River Restoration of the Upper Ouse - Kye Jerrom Environment Agency

Club Sustainability - James Roche Angling Trust

Junior Participation - James Lewis Angling Trust

Closing Remarks

Kye Jerrom is the fisheries specialist within the Fishery, Biodiversity and Geomorphology team at the Environment Agency.

James Roche is the Senior Regional Office (North) within the Angling Trust., leading to establish development and participation programs across the East Midlands.

James Lewis is the East of England regional officer for the Angling Trust leading on angling development and participation programs across East Anglia.

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and is a chance to tell the Angling Trust what YOU think their priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.

There will be time allocated for Q&A with all speakers

It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of Milton Keynes, make sure you attend.

To register, use the following link REGISTER NOW