Important - Fishery access is changing

This message is important if you intend to fish promptly in the new season. Please pass it on to others who may not see it here, or who didn't pick it up from the AGM notice.

The club is soon going to replace the combination locks with keyed padlocks on our fisheries and the changeover will begin on the 13th June for the following few days. After a fishery is changed, you will need the key to access the fishery. This is important if you are fishing  and especially if doing a several day stint over June 13th because you might get in using the code, but could need a key to get out. If you hold a key for Aldermaston already, this will be replaced when you collect your permit.

The club is doing this to address several problems such as continuing lock damage, and the public learning our code.

The club advise that you collect your permit and new key before 13th June if you wish to start the season promptly. The outlets have been instructed to not issue a permit without a key, so bring the extra £5 for the key deposit when you go to collect your permit.

Forum users - club policy enforced

When the new forum was launched, the requirement to update your profile with your membership number and name as on your permit was stated on this website. This is a club policy because the forum is for members only, and those details enable bona fide members to be verified. Over the last few days the policy has been enforced and all accounts without those details have been disabled.

If you are a user of the forum all you need to do is to email the admin on the enquiries page, select the webmaster and state you want your account enabled. Make sure you include the forum username, your name (as on  your permit) and your membership number. It will then be restored in a couple of days.

Thank you for your support in sharing club information with only our members.

Water Quality Reporting

There is a new page on the website where the club is sharing water quality meaurements for all the lakes. Since 2012 the club is keeping measurements of water quality to monitor the trends in our fisheries, and the most recent records are shared in this section. It will help us to understand what is normal and what is unusual in the water conditions, should there be cause for concern.

This was begun following the low oxygen levels we experienced last year, and the EA didn't have any historic data to help us understand whether the issue was new or seasonal. By having our own records we can build up a picture of how our lakes change in the seasons, and how to respond to those changes. You can find them at

Civil Service exchange permits

For a number of years now Newbury AA have operated an exchange scheme with Civil Service AS where 5 permits are available for exchange to use nearly all Civil Service fisheries. As of this week we have moved two of them to Experience fishing in Newbury. Three permits remain with Thatcham Angling.

It operates on the basis that you hand in your permit and borrow the CSAS on for the day. The tackle shops will be able to explain the procedure if you wish to take it up.