At last I have a chance to sit and write this newsletter, which I hope will give you a complete review of the year, the time just seem to fly these days. 

On the whole 2013 has been a successful year for us, we’ve seen several new members attending this year events, all of whom have been very impressed with both the service we provide and the fishing itself. As usual the bankside banter has added to the friendly atmosphere, which is something I personally believe is as important as the fishing itself.  

Being the last of the Mohicans, sorry SDAF founding members, I have certainly met a lot of people and I think looking back on things, sdaf has provided the opportunity for people with disabilities to take part in an activity that is therapeutic, peaceful and a great platform to meet  people and make long-lasting friendships. I’m proud to have been part of it and hope that it will continue providing this opportunity for many years to come.  

Ben Foster wins Joe Flinter Memorial Match  

Using bread flake throughout the match newcomer Ben Foster tempted the winning weight to win this year’s (2013) Joe Flinter Memorial Match, congratulations Ben, I'm sure he will be keen to retain the next year. Top junior of the day and winner of the junior Joe Flinter Memorial Match trophy was young Danny Mayes.  Special thanks to Wendy Flinter for once again providing trophies, medals and sausage and chips for everyone, also we must thank all the volunteer helpers and coaches and of course, the match contestants.  

General News

Late last year I set up a meeting with the chairman of the Gipping Valley Angling Club (GVAC) to discuss our future use of Middle Farm Lakes, especially our long-term use of the fishery. After a lot of thought and discussion with both GVAC and the SDAF management committee, a contract was both agreed and signed. Under the terms of this new contract we/sdaf can continue to use the fishery for our group sessions but as an added bonus SDAF members can now use Middle Farm Lakes on a Monday to Friday basis throughout the year. If you wish to use the fishery outside of our group sessions you will have to take your own fishing tackle including a landing net, disgorger and make sure you use barbless hooks which must not exceed size 10. Please remember to take your SDAF membership permit and your national rod licence with you and do not, under any circumstances, leave any litter.  


If anyone making use of the above agreement needs to be assisted by their carer, who is able bodied and not an SDAF member, the carer would not be permitted to fish, if he or she would like to fish they would need to purchase either a day ticket or an annual GVAC membership permit. Advice on GVAC membership and day ticket is available from Bosmere Tackle in Needham Market or by calling the shop on 01449 721808.    

By Ian Wood on November 9th, 2013