The Green Heart of Poringland


Cubs Pay Another Visit

Poringland and Brooke Cubs made another welcomed visit to Poringland Lakes for a fishing taster session.

On a glorious May evening, 18 youngsters, supported by group leaders, parents and volunteers, enjoyed some good sport catching mainly small roach and skimmer bream.  Encouragingly, several youngsters were trying fishing for the first time and seemed to really enjoy themselves.

During the 90 minutes session, a couple of hefty carp were hooked but unfortunately lost due to a combination of lightweight equipment and inexperience.

Organiser Stacy Robertson was delighted with the event and was keen to thank the volunteers.

“Thank you all so much for last night. The cubs had an absolutely fantastic time” said Stacy.

The cubs’ and scouts’ visits are becoming a regular feature, so much so that the group are due to return on Tuesday 11 June.

During the next visit, the scouts have volunteered to do some maintenance work, including raking and removing many of the stones unearthed by digging the electricity trench.

This new initiative reinforces the well-established link between the lakes and the scouts who previously made bird and bat boxes for the site.  It is hoped that the group will become more involved in the environmental side and may even undertake some basic conservation work in the future.

Scouts Taster Sessions Proving Popular

Brooke and Poringland Scouts paid another visit to Poringland Lakes and by all accounts once again enjoyed themselves, catching lost of fish.

This is the second in a three taster events for the local scout and cub group organised by co-ordinator John Hodgson. 

So popular are the sessions proving that another cub group, this time from Loddon, have enquired about the possibility of the lakes hosting similar taster session for their youngsters.


“We have 15 cubs aged between five and ten years old who would love to try fishing” said Akela, Natasha Davy.  “We meet on Thursday evenings in term time between 7pm and 8.30pm and wondered if you would be able to accommodate us please.” 

Cubs Catch Despite Cold

A chilling evening and a biting northerly wind couldn’t deter some 20 or so Cubs from the Brooke and Poringland troupe from enjoying a pleasurable session at Poringland Lakes.

Organiser John Hodgson was delighted with the turnout and the fact that everyone caught fish, including some real crackers that many an experienced angler would be pleased with.

“It was a great evening” said John.  Everybody caught fish, a huge 6lb 10oz carp being the star catch.  More to the point nobody fell in!” he smiled.  “So a huge thank you to all the volunteers.”

The event was the first of three sessions exclusively for the group.  The Scouts are up next on Tuesday 19 June, starting at 6.30pm followed by the Beavers on Monday 16 July, this time starting at six o’clock.

More of John’s pictures appear on Poringland Lakes Facebook page.  

Scouts Visit “Being Prepared” 

Following the success of last year’s visit by Brooke and Poringland Cub group, another session is being planned, this time for the Scouts. 

Making the request on behalf of the Scouts, John Hodgson said “Following the great success of last year’s Cub fishing session, I have been asked by the Brooke and Poringland Scout group to investigate the possibility of further sessions this year – not only for the Cub pack but also the Beaver colony  and the Scout troop who also wish to take advantage of the lakes’ facilities. 

“We had such a good evening last year, I for one look forward to a repeat this year” he added.              

Organisers are now liaising with the Scouts to try to find three evening dates in the summer months.

Cub Night Success 

“One of the most enjoyable and successful events we have ever staged.” 

That’s how organisers summed up a special event for the local Cubs held at the lakes on a balmy summer evening. 

Eighteen youngsters and four adults from Brooke and Poringland Cubs tried their hand at fishing for the first time, under the watchful eyes of Poringland’s own fishing champions. 

“The atmosphere was great, the youngsters and parents clapping and applauding every catch.” said lakes’ trustee Paul Bonham (pictured above). 

Cub leaders were equally enthusiastic about the event. 

“We would like you to pass on a big thank you to all the fishing champions at Poringland Lakes for what was an exceptional evening this last Wednesday.  To turn out in such numbers to accommodate us was very, very generous and very much appreciated. 

“It was apparent to all involved that the Cubs had a superb time, learnt a new skill and most of all a greater appreciation of our environment, how to look after it responsibly.  It was also a good illustration and just how much human effort goes into providing such a wonderful facility for both people and other animals. 

“A huge thank you!” 

The event was such a success, it is hoped the Cubs will return for another visit later in the year. 

During the event, lakes’ founder member and trustee Ray Noble presented a cheque for £25 to the Cubs in appreciation for the many bird and bat boxes the group have made and donated to the lakes in recent months.