The Green Heart of Poringland


Lakes Celebrate a Remarkable Success

Poringland Lakes is celebrating a remarkable success. 

Earlier this year, as a condition of grants totalling £2,685, Sport England and the Angling Trust set a challenging target of introducing 125 new people to the sport, of which 75 had to be under-13. 

With the 2017 participation programme now completed, final figures show that the Association has far exceeded those targets.  In total the programme attracted 159 new anglers including 121 under-13s.  Equally pleasing is the fact that 37 of the newcomers were women or girls. 

“It’s a truly remarkable achievement” said lakes' president Dave Gudgeon.  “I cannot praise all those involved enough.  All the organisers, coaches and volunteers have given up a great deal of their time to make the participation programme a huge success. 

“Many of the youngsters have joined the Kingfisher junior club which promises to go from strength to strength as we develop the next generation of anglers” he added. 

The participation sub group is expected to meet later this month to plan the 2018 programme including more Family Fishing Fun Days and Kingfisher meets.  

More Champions Appointed

In order to meet the ever increasing demand for Family Fishing Fun Days, five new fishing ‘champions’ have been appointed.

The new recruits successfully completed their formal training given by Eastern regional officer James Lewis and are now fully accredited Angling Trust volunteers.

The champions will support both the Family Fishing Fun Days and newly formed Kingfisher Clubs for kids between the ages of 6 and 16. 

The total of number of Poringland Lakes fishing champions now stands at thirteen.

Family Fishing Launched 

Plans to hold a series of Family Fishing sessions at Poringland Lakes took a step closer this week when James Lewis from the Angling Trust travelled from his Milton Keynes base to train local volunteers who will acting as ‘fishing champions’.

Following initial training, it was agreed to hold three sessions at Poringland Lakes, on three successive Saturdays, 2 April, 9 April and 16 April.  All sessions will be held between 10am and 12.30pm. 

Although aimed primarily at youngsters wishing to take up the sport, everyone is welcome to try their hand, either trying fishing for the first time or returning after a break. 

All children must be accompanied throughout by a parent or guardian.  Angling advice and support will be provided by Poringland Lakes own ‘fishing champions’. 

The Angling Trust will supply publicity material ahead of the events and provide equipment and professional advice on the day. 

District Councillor John Overton also attended the briefing session and will be adding his support by assisting with publicity and promotion which, it is hoped, will include a feature in The Link, South Norfolk Council’s community magazine.  Local schools and youth groups, such as the Scouts, will also be targeted ahead of the sessions. 

More details of the Family Fishing Fun Days will be published online via this website. 

Angling Trust Support Recruitment Initiative 

Hopes that Poringland Lakes could become an academy-style facility for local youngsters took a giant step forward recently when the Angling Trust’s regional officer, James Lewis travelled from his Milton Keynes base to visit the community fishery. 

For some time, the trustees and local volunteers have been keen to introduce local youngsters to fishing.  Now, thanks to support from the Angling Trust, that dream could become a reality. 

Already, principal partners Norfolk Homes have agreed to develop a beginners’ pond which will be well-stocked with silver fish.  Work is expected to start during the winter.  In the meantime the Association is exploring funding opportunities to buy fishing kit for the youngsters. 

Clearly James Lewis was impressed with what he saw.  

“Having recently been invited across to Poringland Lakes, I see that there is a huge potential to drive forward development and participation at the site. The lakes are in fantastic condition and lend themselves perfectly to all forms of coarse angling” said James. 

“There is also a real good hub of motivated volunteers who care passionately about the site and the fishing within it . We are currently working together to form a plan for family fishing events next year, so watch this space and please come and get involved'. 

The Angling Trust is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible not only take that first step into angling but become lifelong anglers.  The National Angling Strategy ‘Fishing for Life’, highlights the Trust’s ambition to get more people fishing, in particular youngsters. 

Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

Greater publicity has seen more and more people visiting Poringland Lakes. 

The exciting new initiative ‘Kids Fish Free’ has seen a real upsurge of interest with Grandparents, Dads and Mums giving their offspring their first taste of fishing.

 And they are certainly starting young as our picture shows.  This family took advantage of a perfect summer Sunday to visit the lakes, combining a spot of fishing and pond dipping with a delicious picnic.   

“This place is really lovely” said Mum.  “We live in Lakenham so it’s not far to come and it’s a great day out.” 

Exciting New Initiative Launched to Encourage Next Generation of Anglers

The Trustees have launched an exciting new initiative to encourage the next generation of anglers – free fishing for kids. 

Under the new scheme, accompanied children under-12 can fish free of charge. 

“We really do need to encourage the next generation of anglers” said head bailiff Ray Noble. 

“We already have several young regulars, boys and girls, who come along with Mum and Dad for a couple of hours fishing on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. 

“Only last week a father brought along his three children, two of whom were fishing for the first time.  You should have seen the smile on the young girl’s face when she caught her first ever tench.  It was priceless!” said Ray.