Evesham Jubilee club news
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Match fishing season starts Saturday under Corona Virus constraints

This Saturday 30 May 2020 is our first match under strict Coronavirus conditions. The match will be held on Jubilee Pool. Pleasure anglers please use Withies Pool to fish. The draw time for the match will be 0930 hours, however if everyone could arrive before 0900 hours it will assist the organisers. Fishing 1030 hours until 1530 hours it is likely that it will take around an hour to complete the weighing in leaving the fishery around 1630 hours.  From Saturday the normal match days start: Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

The new match entry fees apply which are £12 on a Saturday or Sunday match and £10 on a Wednesday. The extra monies will go towards the payout.

Coronavirus Covid-19.

These matches will be run using a strict social distancing policy. If you are unable or unwilling to accept reasonable precautions implemented by the match organisers then please do not attend these matches. Any person flouting the safety procedures will be warned and if they continue to disregard they will be asked to leave. The following steps will assist in the smooth running of the match;

1. Entrants to bring the exact monies to fish. No change will be given.

2. Competitors please bring and use two keepnets for carp alternating carp between the two nets. This will diminish the weights having to be lifted from the water by competitors. If a competitor wishes to use a silver fish net for bream, roach etc a third keepnet will be required.

3. Please remain at least six feet away from anybody prior to, during and post match. No competitor is allowed to follow the scales during the weigh in.

4. As per The Angling Trust Guidelines regarding weighing in;

At the end of the competition competitors will be expected to remain at their pegs until the weighing in officials arrive. No anglers to follow scalesmen during the weigh in procedures.
The weighing in officials will be appointed, one to weigh the fish the other to record the competitors weights. Weighing in officials should consider the use of gloves and face masks as a precaution and maintain social distancing measures at all times.  The angler should remove their keepnet from the water and transfer their fish to the weigh bag. The angler must step away allowing the weigh in official to come forward and weigh the fish. The weighing in officials then calls the weight and the angler must agree they are happy with the weight stipulated by the official. The weighing in official returns the fish to the water.

This is the basis for using two carp keepnets to assist the competitors and the weigh official to lift safely the anglers catch.

5. Have fun and stay safe.

Compiled by Mark Court and Chris Taylor.


Went to the fishery Saturday and there were 14 fishing. Every person had their membership card and understood the reasons.

Only Bob Evans was fishing Withies and he ended up catching 12 carp with 3 touching double figures. I think that was one more than Ray Nosworthy had showing the way on Jubilee.
Thanks to everyone keeping to the social distancing and ensuring they have their membership cards on them. It is imperative we have traceability in case someone gets the virus and we need to contact any attendee.

I know there is a lot of debate on match fishing. Strictly speaking if distancing is observed it ISN'T against the current restrictions. However we like the vast majority of fisheries are adhering to the Angling Trust's interpretation and not allowing matches or keepnets. Things appear to be improving (fingers crossed) and the next review of the restrictions is 1st June.

Under the Angling Trust's phase 2 competitions will be allowed so our first match could be an Affordable Open on Wednesday 3rd June (new price of £10 with the extra £2 going on payouts). This will be conducted under strict guidelines. Please check the forum, news page or Facebook on the 1st June to see if the match is going ahead. I will send a txt to those I think may not have internet access.

Tight lines

Mark Court
EJAS Secretary

Pleasure fishing from Wednesday - Please don't forget to get your club membership and Environment licence

Unless there is a very unlikely event where Parliament reject the prime ministers new guidelines then pleasure fishing will be allowed from Wednesday.

The main issues for us are:

1. The first visitor in the morning should protect themselves by cleaning hands after opening the gate.

2. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times. (6ft away from any other person) Fishing equipment or tackle must not be shared.

3. Pleasure fishing only. No keep nets (club rule anyway).

4. High Level of personal hygiene. The club has provided extra cleaning products should members need to use the portaloo.

5. Membership cards must be carried at all times when at the fishery. The owners have stipulated that we need to be aware of who is at the fishery. This will help to ensure we can stay safe and will be vital if we need to trace anyone who comes up on the new tracing app, soon to be implemented. Also if the unthinkable (and highly unlikely) thing happens where we get an outbreak at the fishery, then government officials will expect us to be able to provide a list of members to contact for any self isolating.

I know quite a few have already joined this year in anticipation of fishing starting, many thanks to those.

If you haven't joined yet then please do BEFORE fishing. This years membership is only £50 which is great value even though we have lost a couple of months through the virus. I hope members will understand that the club still has all its financial commitments and hasn't received any match funding, which is why the membership must remain at £50.

Amazing value for money and the feeding of the fish during lock-down will have them in peak condition.

You can renew your membership using most credit/debit cards on Paypal via this link below:
or using a cheque to the treasurer: Bob Evans, 188 The Ridgeway, New End, WORCESTER B96 6NP
If you are sending a cheque please txt Bob on 07747655514 to inform him it is on its way. This will save any embarrassment if you are asked for your membership on the bank.

You can also pay any member of the committee.

The government have said that everyone is being looked after financially however we all know governments can stretch the truth. If you are not in a very good financial situation due the virus then please contact myself or Bob in confidence to arrange a payment plan.

Feeding continues

Good afternoon,

Feeding continues, I found this article in Angling Times

So much food has been bought up by fisheries bulk pellets and sweetcorn are becoming very hard to find. We will need to replenish our pellets.

Membership subs are still being taken getting ready for the rush to the fishery when the lock-down is released.

If you are able to pay your subs then please go ahead. You can pay via PayPal or send a cheque.
Club Secretary


The fishery remains closed for fishing and as per government guidelines is also closed for exercise unless you are on the doorstep.

The information below has been undertaken using the Angling Trust guidance and their interaction with the government.

First thing to say is if anyone ever hears me complain about the 'fishing' shoot me!

As the weather gets warmer it is clear that we need to put some feed into Jubilee Pool, the extra stocking and weights through the winter do show that the fish rely on anglers feed. I have conducted research and have set-up a feeding plan linked to water temperature. We have one local committee member who with the required documentation is going to feed the fish. Each peg will be fed and recorded on a sheet. It is an extra expense for the club but I got a very good price on pellets. This initiative will ensure the fish remain healthy while adhering to the strict guidelines.

We have been lucky to have received a couple of donations this year so although this money would probably have been spent towards any stocking, it does mean we can fund some feed.
The pellets are £33 for 25kg (55lb's) delivered. So far we have purchased two bags. I am in a lucky situation where I still get my pension but haven't been travelling to matches from Cheltenham so actually have a little extra money. I will purchase the next bag.

If anybody is in the same situation and wants to purchase a bag please contact me by txt on phone number 07876770053 and I will give details of my Paypal or home address for cheques. I can take a picture of cheques and sent them to my account. Best not to send stuff to Bob as we don't want him to have to travel to the bank. I will of course add details of any donations to the forum unanimously so that you can see your bags have been purchased.

Please remain safe and let's hope we can get back to a healthy fishery in the next few weeks. I have had time to think of ways we can run matches with 100% distancing.

Thanks, Mark
Club Secretary

Withies Pool is looking better than ever

Many hours of work has been completed to make all 27 pegs fishable.  However that is a massive understatement not only can they be fished but they also now look in pristine condition.  The owners think it has never looked so good and I agree.  This has not been a easy task and many thanks must go primarily to Bob Evans,  Gary Seadon and Richard Ford.  It is a big shame we currently cannot fish but once we can it will be in beautiful surroundings.  

Angling Trust Latest advice Tuesday 24th March

- stop fishing and stay safe

Latest advice from Angling Trust Tuesday 24th March - stop fishing and stay safe

We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore, until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS. We have been in contact with the Government regarding its view on fishing as a permitted activity and hope to update you all shortly.


Fishing is not allowed on-going

I kept looking at the wording but unfortunately we are not allowed to fish now in a match or otherwise.  Please see below statement from the Angling Trust:


People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with
Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

AGM Feedback from meeting on Tuesday

The AGM was conducted on Tuesday. Highlights include:

Fishery rent negotiated and paid for 2020/21 season.

Small increase in match fee's on a Wednesday and Sunday - Carried unanimously
Wednesday Affordable Open now £10 with the extra £2 going on Prize money. The price for members and non members will be the same - £10.
Saturday Open remains the same at £12 but will be for members and non members.
Sunday Club Matches increase by only £1 to £12. This extra £1 will go on prize money.

There will be more 'Special Matches' with bonus prizes on Sundays. This and being able to fish anytime makes becoming a member worthwhile and extremely good value for money.

Keeping the opens the same price for members and non members should encourage more income for the club and ultimately more benefit for members.
Bob Evans remains Treasurer
Mark Court becomes Secretary
Phil Simnett has resigned as Chairman. This is due to taking over Tony Hemming's matches and other commitments. Phil will continue to look after the fence batteries and remain part of the club. John Davis as President and behalf of the club thanked Phil for his service.
Easter Egg match (Open) - Easter Sunday 12th April
John Davis very generously donated a load of Easter Eggs and a couple of alcoholic bottles as prizes.

The club will add to these prizes to make the Easter Match well worth taking your chance in.
It is an Open so bring friends. The match fee is £12 for all. The prizes are EXTRA to the normal prize money so a good payout is also guaranteed. As per the clubs normal policy Monies and prizes would be spread out to give the best chance for the many to get a prize.
Don't forget to join before the new season. Membership take up so far is good and we have had a couple of welcomed donations.
The future is looking good.
Club Secretary

This weeks matches  - Wednesday Jam Factory on Ash.  Sunday is the return to Top Barn

This Wednesday's away match is at the Jam Factory on ASH. Please arrive around 8.30 for 9.00 draw.  Match fee is £15 with £8 going on payouts.

This Sunday is the return to Top Barn.  Please arrive around 8.30 for 9.00 draw.  Match fee is £15 with at least £8 going on payouts.

Top Barn Address

Top Barn Harvest Shop,
Holt Heath,
WR6 6NH.

It would be great to see a good crowd at these great venues.

Help required during the 'closed for fishing' month of March at the Jubilee Fishery.  Just a few hours on a couple of days would help greatly.

If you can help Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays over the next 5 weeks of March please contact Bob on 07747655514.  Jobs will be allocated on skills, fitness and agility so even I would be able to help in some way!  Typical things to achieve include clearing and burning of weed in Withies.  Removing of debris from Phil's Pool and general tree cutting, strimming and peg tidying on all pools.

See you soon.

Mark. (for Bob Evans).

Ray Nosworthy Wins Meat Bonanza Match

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Eleven anglers took part in the Sunday EJAS Club Match held on a blustery day on Jubilee Pool.

The winner of the match was the ever consistent Ray Nosworthy who weighed in a very creditable 31lb 8oz of carp from peg 14. Ray chose the Sunday Roast from the meat prizes on offer.

Second place was secured by James Gardner with 19lb 9oz from peg 11. James chose the ten chicken breasts as his meat prize.

Third place was claimed by Chris Taylor with 19lb 5oz from peg 10.  Chris had two sirloin steaks as his meat prize.

Section winners were Alan Gardner with 12lb 5oz from peg 8 ( Section J1,4,6,8,10 and 11) The other Section winner was Gary Seadon with 13lb 9oz from peg 23 ( Section J14,17,19,21 and 23).

Thanks to Mark Court for his efforts in organising the meat prizes. The Bonus Peg funds were not won today.

Pete Lewis wins Match at The Jam Factory Sunday 16 February 2020

Ten brave or foolish EJAS club members took part in the Sunday Club Match held on Ash Pool at The Jam Factory. Conditions were appalling as storm Dennis continued throughout the day. There were occasional bouts of calm weather and periodically it ceased raining.

The organiser decided to pay out the first three anglers overall and in addition there were two Section prizes to fish for.

The winner of the contest was Pete Lewis weighing in a very creditable 58lb 5oz of carp on Peg 3. Pete's catch was taken on the pole fishing sweet corn. Second place was claimed by Frank Wallace weighing in 23lb 4oz of carp and silver fish on Peg 5. Franks catch was taken on the pole using maggot and worm. Third place was secured by Chris Taylor weighing in five carp for 21lb 12oz on Peg 4. Chris's fish were caught on the long pole on pellet.

Section winners were Steve Dobbs weighing in one carp on Peg 2 for 3lb 12oz and Phil Simnett weighing in 20lb 11oz of carp caught on bread.

Thanks to Mark Court for organising the contest and his efforts to negate Storm Dennis's impact on the participants.

Wednesday Affordable Open held on Withies  - Special mention

5th February 2020

It was very cold initially but very little wind. By lunchtime it was a beautiful day.

We decided to fish Withies - pegs 3,5,9,11 and 14.

Alan on peg 9 got off to a flying start and had 4 fish in the first hour or two. I had one on peg 5 and Ray on peg 3 had just got one.

The fish dried up for Alan and he only got one more for a credible five fish, Ray moved into bagging mode on peg 3 and ended the match with 8 carp! Ray broke his perfect record from the last match by losing one fish. That was the only slight downside to a skillful match teasing the carp from near the remnants of the lilies.

I manged to get one for carp to take my total to two.
It wasn't all good as Rich on peg 11 and Gary on Peg 14 both great anglers didn't even get a bite!

Results 1st Ray Nosworthy Peg 3 28lb. 2nd was Alan Gardner Peg 9 with 16lb and 3rd for info Mark Court Peg 5 with 9lb.

Death of EJAS Club Member Tony Hemming

It is with deep sadness that I write following the death of Tony Hemming from prostrate cancer. Tony had been suffering with the disease for sometime. Tony was taken into St Richards Hospice, Worcester on the evening of Sunday 5 January 2020. Tony passed away the following day. Our thoughts are with Tony's family and close friends he will be missed by all that knew him.

Tony's funeral will be held on Friday 24 January 2020 at 11am. The service will be at Evesham Crematorium (near Fladbury Village). The funeral I believe is open to all wishing to pay their respects to Tony's life.

The Treasurer Bob Evans has made the following statement in respect of Tony's passing;
"All fishing clubs have their problems and Jubilee AS are no exception. However if you judge a club by its members Jubilee AS is one of the best and Tony Hemming was one of the best. The hundreds of hours Tony gave up to keep the club going was unmatched. Tony was a real diamond and a totally unselfish human being. Tony will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace mate".

I think these sentiments would be agreed by all that know Tony. Personally I will think of him every time I walk passed Peg 9 which I am sure was Tony's all time favourite peg.

Evesham Jubilee Angling Society present cheque for £680 to Ria Simons on behalf of St Richards Hospice

Presented by Chris Taylor, John Davis and Alan Gardner

Recently the proceeds from the Annual Grant Davis Memorial Match and BBQ along with donations were presented to Ria Simons from St Richards Hospice.  The cheque for £680 was well received and Ria gave a short speech on how important donations like ours were to enable the general running of the hospice and future planned expansions.

New Guestimate Match Total Weight Option on Matches - Update

Starting again in the New Year with the pot standing at £14.

Many thanks to the 7 who entered today adding £7 to the fish fund and making the potential payout £17.
However with 11 fishing nobody thought with the weather so cold that the Pool would fish so well! The lowest guess was 84lb and the highest was 132lb......the total match weight was 242lb 4oz! That just shows the work everyone has done /Bank Clearing/culling the lilly's/siltex/stocking has paid off so far. We should be proud of the water and hopefully get a healthy membership next year.
I feel I have to make a change for Wednesday, taking into account there could be less fishing or even more I don't want the parameters to change too far but I think asking for guesstimates to be within 1lb below or 1lb over is asking a lot so on Wednesday the guesses will need to be within and including 3lb above or below.
The rollover £17 plus entries will be running on Wednesday to try and guess the overall combined match weight of all anglers to be within 3lb's over or 3lb's under.
I will add the guesses and results onto a new page on the website in due course.
Thanks for making it a success so far

I am starting a new Pool for guessing the overall weight of a match. This will be optional and will cost £2. £1 will go to the pool and £1 will go to the fish fund. A donated £10 will start the pool.

The aim is to guess the overall total weight of fish all angers catch in a match. If are within or exactly 1lb over or 1lb under the amount caught, then you win the pool. If nobody guesses within this amount the money rolls over. Anglers will be requested to weigh in any weights over !lb. This will be for any matches I attend and is totally voluntary. Guesses will be recorded before the match starts and winners will be notified on the Web page and Forum. I will also post near misses etc.


1. This will be run if I am attending the matches. I will add MT next to the fixtures I am planning to attend each week. If for any reason I do not make the match then it will NOT be run.

2. There must be at least 7 anglers present at the match start, just like the bonus/golden pegs.

3. The lowest possible guess must be 30lb. If you don't think a match will produce 30lb overall then do not enter. If a match total does not reach 30lb the money rolls over - no refunds.

4. If a match is unexpectedly abandoned after commencing then the money rolls over - no refunds.

5. If I am forced to leave a match mid term then the match organiser will provide a copy of the weigh sheet to me and I will provide results ASAP.

6. If the pool money is not won before the end of the season then the Pool will carry over onto the away matches during the close season and will continue into next season.

7. There will be no minimum entry requirement. If you don't start guessing until the pool reaches a certain level then fine, this is ultimately about collecting money for fish fund.

8. The pool will be run on any matches I attend. This includes opens/away matches. I may not attend a river match for-instance and in this case the pool could well be run on a Saturday Open that I don't normally attend.

9. If two anglers guess the weight exactly the same but one above and one below the pool with be split 50/50.

10. If I make a genuine mistake, saying adding up the weights you have until the next match to let me know. Once the next match starts then previous match discrepancies will not be valid and any wins will not be paid. I will adding a new page to the website which will include all entry details and where possible a picture of the result sheets. Please check your entries.

11. If someone accidentally forgets to weigh in an amount, or there is a weighing malfunction or any other issue then my decision will be final. If in the unlikely event there is a objection then I would need to informed and a letter written to the committee details your issue. This statement is required but I am not expecting any issues!

I will start this on Sunday with the pool starting at £10 plus a £1 from each entry.

Club Admin Officer.

Approx 230lb's of Carp added to Jubilee Pool

A bargain we couldn't refuse. Received 4th November 2019

Approx 230lb of Carp added to Jubilee Pool

We received an offer of 200lb's of carp from JS Fisheries at a price which represented a 60% discount on anything I could find on-line.  One of the leased pools at his fishery had been sold so the fish needed to be moved and as we are a local club they were offered to us.  The deal was for 200lb of fish averaging 4 - 6lb.  When they arrived today Jack thought there would be more than 200lb and we estimated the final total received was 230lb's a bonus 15%.  As there are currently on-going negotiations with the owners for next years rent I notified them that these fish will be financed solely by donations and I would finance the delivery and collect donations independently.  The committee was very keen to get these fish but only on these terms.

Donations so far are £100 from myself plus approximately 40 Pink Bluetooth speakers which will be sold for only £5 with 100% going to the fund (sold 5 so far with more orders pending)  £25 plus £100 pledged from Ron Evans.  If members just give between £5 - £20 the required figure would be achieved and surpassed in no time.  I will update the forum with each donation (anomalously unless stated) and update the news page weekly.  Please see forum for exact purchase figure. I also plan to hold the occasional 'fish fund match' pending committee approval, with the first hopefully during the Christmas period.

Donations can be made to Mark Court at the fishery or via Paypal to courtieboy@gmail.com.  I will add more payment methods on the forum.  If you wish to donate via the treasurer Bob Evans please let him know it is for the fish so that he can pass the money on.

Tight lines,

Mark Court

Club Admin Officer.

PS If as expected the figure required for these fish is reached reasonably quickly JS Fishery has already stated that he will do us another great deal on Bream when they become available during the colder months of Jan - Feb.  We would be looking for around half the amount we received last year.

Chris Taylor Joins the Ton Up Club

Sat 3rd August 2019

Chris got his ton at the Saturday Open on 3rd August 2019.  He achieved it from peg 2 on Jubilee and weighed 105lb 3oz.  Chris caught the fish on hard pellet and corn.

This is the tenth ton at the fishery and the seventh from Jubilee.  This is the only ton of 2019 so far......

Congratulations to Chris on this milestone.

Ten brave or foolish EJAS club members took part in the Sunday Club Match held on Ash Pool at The Jam Factory. Conditions were appalling as storm Dennis continued throughout the day. There were occasional bouts of calm weather and periodically it ceased raining.

Eleven anglers took part in the EJAS Sunday Club Match held at Court Farm Fishery. Conditions were mild but breezy with bursts of heavy rain.
It was determined that the first three anglers overall would receive the main pools monies. In addition there were two Section prizes to fish for.

Fourteen anglers contested The End of Year Whisky Match held on Jubilee Pool. Conditions were mild but there was a moderate breeze making presentation difficult. The format of the match was that the first four anglers overall received pools money. In addition there were two Section prizes comprising of cash. The overall winner also received a...

Thirteen anglers took part in The Christmas Fayre Match held on Jubilee Pool. There were prizes for all entrants comprising of gifts, chocolates, wine, beer and biscuits. It was decided that there would be pools prizes for the first three anglers overall and two section winners prizes.