Presentation and Christmas Draw Evening

Prize Night 2015

The club presentation and Christmas draw evening was held at the Three Bridges Cricket Club on Tuesday 15 December 2015.

Thank you to the members and their partners and guests who braved the weather to attend.  For those who were unable to attend you missed a fantastic convivial evening.

The prizes were presented by the Chairman, Barry Fulbrook to the following worthy winners:

Spring Cup Garry Poole
Summer Cup Ron Mott
Autumn Cup Mick Teague
Winter Cup Alan Purnell
John Clarke Brian Martin
John Clarke Memorial Cup Clive Sparke
Floating Line Simon Young
Aggregate – Total fish caught in all club competitions Garry Poole
Largest rainbow – Club Competitions Garry Poole
Largest rainbow – Out of Club Competitions Simon Young
Largest Brown – Club Competitions Colin Rogers
Largest Brown – Out of Club Competitions Not Awarded
Committee Cup for a member or non-members contribution to the Club Not Awarded
Committee Shield for a members contribution to Club Not Awarded
Bothomly Shield – Best junior Luke Hill
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Following the presentations, the Christmas draw took place with the prizes being well distributed among the members. Thanks to Jim Fulbrook for organising the draw. Well done Jim!

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A very substantial finger buffet was laid on and our thanks must go to Pam Purnell and Sue & Diane Leverett for laying on a superb spread

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Our thanks to Jim Fulbrook for the ‘smoked trout’.

Christmas Greetings


By Tim Lambert

Christmas is, of course, Jesus’ birthday. In England Christmas was originally called Yule. The old Saxon word Yule meant mid-winter. However when the Saxons were converted to Christianity the word Yule came to mean Jesus’ birthday. The word Christmas (Christ mass) was not used until the 11th century.

For most of history Christmas was just one of many festivals celebrated throughout the year. Until the 19th century Christmas was not particularly important in England.

Most of the things that make up a ‘traditional’ English Christmas were actually invented (or imported into England from other countries) in the 19th century. That includes Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas crackers, paper decorations and, of course, Father Christmas or Santa Claus with his white beard and red costume.

During the 17th century and 18th century people continued to celebrate Christmas as they had done for centuries. For centuries it was traditional to burn a Yule log in the fireplace at Christmas. In the 19th century it was also common to light a large Yule candle.

Boxing Day was originally a day when alms-boxes in churches were opened and the money was distributed to the poor. Later ‘boxes’ were given to servants.

Our modern Christmas really began in the 19th century. Long before the 19th century people in England decorated their houses at Christmas with holly, ivy and mistletoe. However they also used many other plants, such as fir, yew and laurel. In the 19th century people began to use colored paper decorations.

For centuries it was common to give Christmas gifts to friends and relatives at Christmas. However hanging out stockings to be filled with presents was first recorded in parts of England in the early 19th century. It became common in the late 19th century.

The first Christmas card was designed in 1843 by John Horsley. Before 1840 it would not have been feasible for ordinary people to send cards because of the cost of postage. However Rowland Hill introduced the penny post in 1840. By the 1860s Christmas cards were very popular in England.

Christmas crackers were first made in 1847 by a confectioner named Tom Smith. While in Paris he saw sugar almonds sold wrapped in tissue paper and he invented the Christmas cracker. He added mottoes to the sweets (later these evolved into jokes). Smith added the ‘bang’ in 1860. Little gifts were also added to Christmas crackers.

Christmas trees were used in central Europe from the Middle Ages. By the 16th century they were decorated. By the 17th century tinsel was used. Other Christmas ornaments included paper flowers, candles, barley sugar, gingerbread and wax shapes. The first trees in England appeared in England about 1800 but they did not become popular till Queen Victoria married a German, Prince Albert. In 1848 they were shown in a picture in the Illustrated London News with a Christmas tree. As a result Christmas trees became very popular in England. Electric Christmas tree lights were invented in 1882.

Father Christmas and Santa Claus were originally two different figures. In England Father Christmas was a man dressed in green (representing the return of Spring) who was supposed to visit families and feast with them at Christmas. (He did not bring gifts). However in the 19th century in England Father Christmas merged with the Dutch Santa Claus. He is supposed to be based on St Nicholas a Christian bishop who lived in Turkey in the 4th century AD. According to tradition St Nicholas gave generous gifts to the poor. St Nicholas had a feast day on 6 December. (In Poland Santa still brings gifts on 6 December). On that day it was traditional to give gifts or to give to charity to remember the saint’s generosity.

History of Santa Claus in America

The Dutch took the tradition of ‘Sinterklaas’ to America. In time Santa Claus evolved into a figure who brings gifts to sleeping children at Christmas. The modern Santa Claus or Father Christmas was invented in 1862 by a German-American artist called Thomas Nast. In the late 1860s Santa Claus was imported into England.

Mince pies have been eaten at Christmas in England since the 16th century. Originally they were made of minced meat but in the 19th century the meat was replaced with dried fruit and spices.

Christmas pudding dates from the Middle Ages. Originally it was called plum pottage and was made of chopped meat with ‘plum’ i.e. dried prunes or raisins. In time the meat was replaced by suet.

Originally Christmas cake was eaten on Twelfth Night (6 January). In the late 19th century people began to eat the traditional Twelfth Night cake at Christmas. So a Victorian Christmas contained all the elements of a ‘traditional’ Christmas such as Santa Clause, Christmas trees, Christmas crackers, Christmas Cards, Christmas cake and pudding.

Today Christmas is still celebrated on 7 January in Ethiopia. The Russian Orthodox Church also celebrates Christmas on 7 January.


We wish all our members and supporters a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Crawley Fly Fishers 2016 Programme

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The 2016 Club activities programme is published and available for viewing or download as required.

The Club fishing competition dates for 2016 have been set although the venues are yet to be agreed.  The programme will be updated as this information becomes available.

Presentation Evening

CFFC Presentation 2005

A photograph from the club presentation evening some 10 years ago which should jog a few memories and a reminder that this years  Presentation Evening, to honour those who have been successful in Club competitions, will be held on Tuesday 15th December 2015.

Members and their partners & guests are welcome.  We are proposing to have light snacks etc. available and would be grateful if those attending could email the secretary, to confirm numbers for catering purposes.

The Xmas Draw board is open – £1 per square.  Many fabulous prizes on offer.

We have also extended an invite to Paul & Pang Sharman (Angling Trust) and hope Paul is able to attend  and present the cups / shields to the worthy winners.

CFFC Winter Cup 2015

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By Neil Nice

The CFFC Winter Cup competition was held at Coltsford Mill Fishery, near Oxted on Sunday 25th October.  The weather was looking good on arrival with everyone anticipating a good days fishing.  When we arrived they were stocking the lakes which was not a good sign and found out later in the morning that the stocking was to the cascade & top lake and not to the main larger lake.

Mick Teague and Alan Purnell who had let the others go ahead and hoped they would catch a fish or two noticed, as they walked up to the large lake, a fantastic movement of fish  in a very small area around the outfall & corner where the stream enters.

Not an easy place to cast from!  but Mick decided to have a go with Alan deciding to fish close to the same area by roll casting.  Alan started with two buzzers but quickly realised the fish were taking just below the surface so changed to a hopper + spider.  He had a couple of takes whilst listening to the hoops of delight as Mick was into fish after fish ( he was the far side of the Oak tree and just out of Alan’s line of sight).

Mick later moved aside and allowed Alan into the hotspot.  As Alan did not Coltsford dhave wellingtons he ended up fishing with his left leg on bottom rail and right leg perched on middle rail to get into a position where he could cast without hitting the trees & bushes.  Alan was having lots of follows and plucks before Mick came back and told him to strip, strip, strip just like he had done in Cuba!!

Alan was eventually catching by fast retrieving a Hopper and after losing that fly in a tree he switched to a March Brown which proved very successful and at one point had a very good fish on but unfortunately lost it.  Coltsford c

Upon further investigation he found the hook had opened out…………… !!  Mick then gave Alan another hopper which enabled him to quickly catch his limit.

Mick Teague returned to the spot and quickly caught another fish to also reach his limit.

Colin Rogers had a go in the hotspot but without success and later went down to the cascade to try his luck.

Garry Pool who had become aware of the very productive spot arrived and Coltsford bquickly caught a couple of fish one being the best fish of the day,  a Rainbow weighing in at 5 lbs 6 oz.

Dave Hathaway managed to get all 4 of his fish from the Cascade (I have never managed to catch one there!).


Alan Purnell 4 fish 10lbs 0oz (1st Place)

Mick Teague 4 fish 9lbs 13oz (2th Place)

Dave Hathaway 4 fish 9lbs 4oz(3rdh Place)

Garry Poole 2 fish 8lbs 8oz – best Rainbow 5lbs 6oz (4th Place)

Ray Jennings 3 fish 8lbs 7oz  (5th Place)

Fred Goulding 1 fish 2lbs 2oz (6th Place)

Colin Rogers Zero fish (7th Place)

Sandy Lewis Zero fish (7th Place)

 Congratulations to Alan Purnell for winning the Winter Cup.

Coltsford-MillThe weather was good all day and we were made to feel at home with tea and coffee being provided over all everyone enjoyed a very good days fishing at Coltsford Mill and we shall use this venue for one of our 2016 competitions.

Autumn Cup (Revised)

Yew Tree fisheryArrangements for the Autumn Cup Competition have had to be revised because Yew Tree Fishery has closed temporarily for technical reasons.

Yew TreeThe Autumn Cup competition will now be held on Sunday 11th October at Hazel Copse and the Turkey Competition is now booked to take place at the Yew Tree Fishery on Sunday 15th November.Yew Tree facilities

Booking for the competition should be made via the list on the club notice board, directly to Neil Nice or through the comment section of the FaceBook entry or this web site post.

John Clark Challenge Cup Report

lakedownThe John Clark Challenge Cup match was held at Lakedown Fishery on Sunday 21 June 2015.

The match took place in fine weather although a fresh breeze kept the temperatures down in the early morning.  On arrival club members were made very welcome with complimentry coffee and tea being provided in the lodge. The fishery comprises of 4 lakes and the club members were soon spread out across all of them.  Two members managed to catch their 4 fish limit although the fishing proved to be hard with only 18 fish being caught on the day.layout

It was romoured that Alan Purnell had not caught a fish by lunchtime and was very relaxed and sunning himself by the lodge after lunch lodgewhen Colin Rogers awoke him and dragged him all the way down to lake 4 (quite a walk with all the gear!)  Shortly after arriving at lake 4 Alan perked up and was soon catching fish, reaching his limit soon afterwards.

Fishing successes were down to an assortment of flies with perhaps the only fly standing out from the crowd being the ‘blue flash damsel’.

The result of the match was:

1st  Brian Martin  6lb 4oz

2nd  Alan Purnell  6lb 2oz

3rd  Ray Jennings  5lb 8oz

Best Fish  Ray Jennings 3lb 8oz

Summer Cup Competition (Result)

Brick FarmThe Summer Cup Competition was held at Brick Farm on Sunday 17th May.  The number of entries was down on previous years partly because of the need to change the date at short notice due to the clash with the Cowpie Show Event.

The day commenced with a very tasty complementary breakfast roll and coffee supplied by Annie which got everyone off to a great start.  The weather was good with lots of sunshine but a very stiff and gusty breeze made casting a little problematic (for some!).

Initially fishing was difficult but eventually fish were being caught on dry Mayfly, and on nymphs of various sizes fished deep.  Lures of various types were tried by most fishermen with limited success. 22 fish were caught.

22 fish were caught and the flies used.

2 on a size 12 & size 16 hares ear  – fished very slow along the bottom (Stag Lake)

1 on a Minnie dirty white booby size 14 with a 6″ leader (Stag Lake)

1 on a Walkers mayfly nymph size 12 x 1 stripped very fast (Stag Lake)

4 on a Gold head orange blob (Well Lake)

2 on Dry May fly (Stag Lake)

2 0n May Fly (Size 14) emerger fished slow on the bottom (Brick Lake)

2 0n a Gold Head Black Nymph (Size 14) fished slow on the bottom (Brick Lake)

Subject to scrutiny by the competitions secretary,  the winner of the competition was Ron Mott with a catch of 9lb 3oz, Alan Purnell was second with 8lb 2oz and Frank Carlin was third with 7lb 4oz.  Ron Mott had the best fish at 3lb 2oz and Alan Purnell had the largest Brown at 2lb 12oz.

The quality of the fish ar Brick Farm was not found wanting and the size of the fish being introduced to the fishery are being increased as and when larger fish become available for stocking.

John Clark Memorial Cup

Chalybeat FisheryThe John Clark Memorial Cup Competition will be held at Chalybeate Springs Fishery on the 7th June 2015.

Fishing starts at 14.00 and ends at 20.00 to take in the evening rise

The fishery rules are as follows:

1.0  All fishing is with a single fly only maximum size 8, no droppers or “snake flies”, throughout the season. Floating or sinking lines are permitted.

2.0  You must catch and keep your catch (except brown trout which must be returned).

3.0  All anglers are required to carry an up to date Environment Agency Rod License for non-migratory trout.

4.0  Wading is not permitted and there is no fishing from boats.

Club members wishing to enter should contact Neil Nice (phone/email), complete the entry form on the club notice board, or leave a message on the comment section of the web site or on facebook.

The fishery is situated about 25 miles from Crawley near Eridge Green (TN3 9JA) and full directions can be found on their web site.