New Water For 2018, River Dee, Ridleywood.

St Helens Angling Association have acquired over ¾ mile of fishing on the River Dee, located at Ridleywood. Its-y-Coed, just outside Wrexham. The stretch is known to contain a good head of Dace, Roach and Chub, with occasional Barbel to specimen size, and migratory fish in season. Can all anglers fishing this stretch, please adhere to the country side code? Ensure all gates remain closed, leave no litter, no fires and be considerate of the wildlife.

For access enter post code LL13 9RY into your Sat Nav. This will take you to the parish church at Isycoed. Go past the church on your left-hand side until you pass Lower Hall Farm again on your left. Just past the farm you will come to a T Junction, turn left and you will immediately see a gate on your right leading into the fields. The key code for the gate is 6070, pass through the first gate, directly through the 2nd gate and follow the path until you reach the 3rd gate. Parking is on the right-hand side, just before the 3rd gate. DO NOT DRIVE PAST THE 3RD GATE. Access to the river is by walking across the field through the 3rd gate, approximately a 5-minute walk.

Upper and Lower Limits for fishing will be clearly sign posted.

As this is a new venue, we would appreciate any feedback from visiting members, especially photos and information regarding catches.

Tight Lines for 2018

The Committee

Carr Mill Dam Update

Dear Members

The Canal and Rivers Trust has recently appointed a Project Manager with reference to the works to be carried out to the Dam. They are looking to carry out investigative work throughout early 2018, including hydro surveys to the lake bed. The exact scope of works is yet to be confirmed, as to the way the works are to be carried out. They have scheduled in November 2018 to start carrying out the works, (whatever this involves), but have advised that the works could slip back another 12 months. Any further updates will be posted throughout the year.

We have arranged with the St Helens Council to carry out some emergency, and preventative work to the trees on the roadside, and overhanging Carr Mill Road. These works will be carried out in January by a fully qualified tree surgeon.

We currently have an application in with St Helens Council to add an additional 10 pegs to the area commonly known as Gallagher’s Field on Carr Mill Dam. We will keep you updated on how this application goes.


Best Wishes

The Committee


Sidings Lane Update

Dear Members

The Environment Agency has scheduled in a date of the 22nd January 2018 to carry out the fish survey on Sidings Lane. This will involve netting the water to establish current fish stocks, and introducing Fish Cages and floating islands to help protect our fish stocks from predators. All volunteers kindly welcome on the day.

The Committee


St Helens AA Christmas Match supporting Jack Mordecai`s Surgery Appeal

Dear Members

The annual Christmas Match is to be held on Carr Mill Dam on the 2nd of December, complimentary breakfast will be available  prior to the draw, and Hot Pot after the event. from the Boat House Café. As Christmas is a time of good will to all, we are hoping that we can all club together and help one of out club members in a time of need. St Helens Angling Association will be donating to the charity below, and we will be asking for donations on the day, and organising a raffle with all proceeds going to helping Jack gain the medical attention he requires. Please read the story below, and if you wish to personally donate on line go to hearts

Hopefully Jack and his parents will attend on the day, and his dad Nigel will draw a flyer.


The Committee

Jack Mordecai’s SDR Surgery Fund

Our son, Jack, who is 9 years old, was born prematurely at 26 weeks and spent 3 months in hospital. A scan at 20 days old showed that he has periventricular leukomalacia (or PVL). At 12 months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It is the cysts on the left side of his brain which have resulted in his spasticity.

Fortunately, his speech and mental capabilities are relatively unaffected. It is mainly the physical symptoms of his condition that hold him back. He has had innumerable hospital admissions since he was born but just takes everything in his stride, always with a smile.

The spasticity in his legs makes his muscles tight and painful, which in turn affects his balance and coordination. At the moment he is taking medication to ease the condition, but with his growth spurts comes increasing tightness. The problem at the moment is that when we have tried to increase the medication, his body becomes too limp, and as a result compromises his cognitive abilities.

The doctors have explained this to us and have given fresh hope with an alternative to the medications, which is an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The procedure will be life changing for Jack by permanently eradicating the spasticity in his legs and in turn giving him better posture overall and a much improved quality of life.

We’ve been told that Jack is an ideal candidate for SDR and that he may benefit greatly from it. The procedure involves probing and cutting the misfiring nerves in the spinal cord that contributes to spasticity in Jack’s legs.

Choosing surgery for our child has been an impossible decision to make but we are now confident it will drastically improve Jack’s life in movement, posture, reduced pain and give him a level of independence with his daily activities.

Going forward, he would no longer need the medications that compromise his potential. We will still have the Jack we all know and love, with his unique personality and unhindered cognitive abilities.

We have always seen a huge potential in Jack, but for the spasticity holding him back.

Unfortunately, the NHS stopped funding this operation in 2015, and the cost is £16,000. You can find out more about the operation here: Alder Hey – SDR Information.

Any help you can give, no matter how small, to Jack to get the treatment he so desperately needs and greatly deserves will be enormously appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story xxx

Jack has featured in a ‘Patient Experience Film’ for Whiston Hospital’s NHS Staff Awards Evening which was held at AAC Liverpool on Friday, July 3rd 2015. Take a look at the snippets of Jack from the video here…

Dates for the Diary

Dear Members

The AGM will this year be held at 7.30pm  on Monday the 27th of November, at the Boat House Café, located on the banks of Carr Mill Dam. All members wishing to attend must bring along their current membership cards. Any proposals for the AGM must be received by the Committee, in writing, signed and dated, no later than 2 weeks prior to the AGM. Proposals can be posted for the attention of the Treasurer to the following address, or handed in to any committee member.

2 Avery Road, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside. wa110xa

The Annual Christmas Match will be held on Saturday 2nd December, at Carr Mill Dam, Draw will be from 8.30am at the Boat House Café. Complimentary Breakfast will be available from 7.30am and Hot Pot after the event.



The Committee



Sidings Lane

Dear Members

The Association is aware that for Sidings Lane is currently not fishing very well, and the water appears to be stagnant looking. We have arranged for the Environment Agency to carry out sample water testing analysis on the venue, and have requested a date for the water to be netted by the Environment Agency in order to carry out health checks on the resident fish, and to give us an indication into the stocking levels of the water. Once we are in receipt of this information, we will then work with the Environment Agency to decide on a way forward .


St Helens AA



Volunteers Required for Working Parties

St Helens Angling Association is looking to carry out a series of work parties on a voluntary basis, on Tuesday Evenings throughout the Summer to continually improve our waters. The first of these will be on Tuesday the 6th of June, where we a looking to reduce the amount of Hornwort Weed on the Basin at Blackbrook,(Behind the Ship Inn Pub) which is currently blocking up most of the pegs.

All members are invited to come along at 5.00pm  and assist. Any help, even if only for a short period of time is more than welcome.

Please bring along a rake if you have one available


The Committee.


Update from Canal and Rivers Regarding the Proposed works at Carr Mill Dam

Dear Members

Please read the e mail below reference the proposed works at Carr Mill Dam. This is the first official communication we have received from Canal and Rivers Trust regarding the works, and as you will all see the position/dates are as yet unknown. Any further correspondence or updates will be posted on the Website to keep all our members informed as much as possible.


The Commitee


Firstly, I’d like to apologies for the time it’s taken to get a response to yourself about the works planned at Carr Mill Dam. As we have previously discussed this maintenance project is in the very early days of being planned, and we are yet to appoint a Project Manager, who would do normally this type of stakeholder liaison. In the meantime, I have put together some points for you to share with your membership.

The Canal & River Trust owns Carr Mill Dam and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the structural integrity of the structures associated with the reservoir. Large reservoirs are subject to stringent statutory control under the Reservoirs Act 1975 (as amended by the Flood and Water Management Act, 2010), this is there to assure the safety of the public below dams. The Environment Agency is the enforcement authority for reservoirs in England.

Unfortunately one of the twin draw-off valves has failed and is inoperable.  Emergency drawdown would be by means of the single remaining valve (rather than two) which has a lesser capacity, but it be can be aided by auxiliary pumps.  However the Supervising Engineer is content with the management of the risk in the short term, but it needs to be fully operable before the next inspection. The intention is to replace both valves at the same time, as it is only a matter of time before the second one also becomes unusable.

The current plan is to drain down the reservoir to provide safe access to replace the valves. The use of divers has been discounted on safety grounds. A fish rescue will be needed along with a plan on where to hold the fish and subsequent restocking. The Project Manager normally considers other opportunities to carry out other work which may benefit the reservoir. I would advise you to write down any suggestions, and when the Project Manager is appointed then you can discuss it with them.

I hope that this helps.

Kind regards,


Paul Breslin

Fisheries and Angling Officer

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