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Covid-19 (7th January 2021 Update)

The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.

This info has come from the Angling Trust Website. Please check their website for updates.

Stay Safe

Posted 07/01/21


Please note Weirwood is closed during full lockdown. Other water remain open subject to guidlines IE no night fishing.

Posted 07/01/21

Burntwood Work Party

Working party at Burnt Wood, Sunday 25 October at 9am. Cutting back bushes and trees ready for Spring, tidying etc. Contact by text to Tim Wood on 07566228282 to advise if you are wanting to attend. Social distancing etc to apply.

Please note the water will be closed for fishing while the work party is going on.

Posted 18/10/20

Park Farm Closures

The shoot dates for Park Farm are below. This venue will be closed with no access on the following days:

Saturday 14th November

Saturday 5th December

Saturday 19th December

Saturday 2nd January

Saturday 23rd January

Saturday 30th January

Posted 04/10/20

Saw Lodge Closures

The shoot dates for Sawlodge Farm are below. This venue will be closed with no access on the following days:

Saturday 17th October

Tuesday 27th October

Saturday 31st October

Tuesday 3td November

Saturday 7th November

Monday 9th November

Saturday 14th November

Tuesday 17th November

Monday 25th November

Friday 27th November

Tuesday 1st December

Thursday 3rd December

Tuesday 8th December

Satarday 12th December

Monday 14th December

Saturday 19th December

Tuesday 22nd December

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Saturday 9th January 2021

Posted 04/10/20


Lydd (Windsuf Pit) is closed for 24 hours from Saturday 26th September 8pm until Sunday 27th September 8pm for Triathlon event. There will be no access to the water inbetween these times

Posted 23/09/20

Burnt Wood work party

Please note we have a work party at Burnt Wood on Sunday 25th October. All members are welcome to come and help. Venue is closed for on this day for fishing.

Posted 13/09/20

Membership open again!

We are taking on new members and of course renewals, get your membership forms in now!

Posted 13/09/20

Park Farm

Please note Park Farm will be closed Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July for hedge cutting. There is no access at all on these days.

Posted 12/07/20


Boat Induction - We have a boat induction followed by a wrok party on Sunday 26th July. The induction will be 8am to 9.30am with a limit to 8 members. To book a place call Trevor on 07460024294. **Please note Face Masks are compulsory** ****** Please note this Induction is now fully booked******

Work Party - Sunday 26th July 9.30am to 12pm - Contact Trevor 07460024294

Posted 07/07/20

Committee Update

he committee voted on a few items and the following was decided....

The interim rule regarding hours on the bank has been lifted. So you can now fish as much as you want. We may have to bring the time on the bank rule back, if we find a problem.

The club will allow the first 55 people who have their names on the waiting list to join. Application forms will be issued to the lucky 55 shortly.

We will continue with the no guest tickets at present.

We feel this is the best way forward for the safety and enjoyment of all our members.

Stay safe and tight lines.

Posted 07/07/20


Brooklands will be closed this Saturday morning 9am to 12pm for clearing of the reeds that are now blocking some of the swims.

Posted 07/07/20

Wierwood Night Fishing

Weirwood is closed for nightfishing bookings at present. This is a restriction by the management of Weirwood in protecting against Covid -19. You can still fish days, we will of course update you once night fishing is allowed again. 

Posted 01/07/20

Members Only Facebook Group

We have a members only Facebook Group. Its a great place for members to see whats being caught by others, ask advice, list items for sale etc. If you are a current member please join us on the following link:

Posted 01/07/20


Please note the campsite is opening back up as of Saturday 4th July. So the campers bank is closed from Friday 3rd July. It will reopen in October. The 4 swims effected are clearly marked - no member is to fish this area.

Posted 01/07/20

Overnight Fishing

Due to individuals abusing the spirit of the club rules regarding time on the bank, the club are currently reviewing the wording of the current rules and may consider the introduction of the need to book ALL overnight sessions on ALL of our waters.

Posted 30/06/20

Park Farm

Park farm, is currently closed for fish spawning and will reopen on 16th June

Posted 10/06/20


Is now open again! A big thanks to Andy and Caroline Crouch for their efforts in making the fallen tree safe.

Posted 08/06/20


Is closed until further notice. A large tree has fallen blocking the carpark. We need to remove it for health and saftey reasons before the water re opens.

Posted 07/06/20

Interim Rules and Membership in light of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of ongoing speculation by members as to the likely duration of the current interim rules regarding the 36 hour session limit arrangements, suspension of new members and guests and the need for social distancing, the Committee recognised the need to formulate a plan for the foreseeable future so members are well informed and can plan their fishing accordingly. The Committee also recognise the need to provide an opportunity for all members to gain access to our waters during this period of uncertainty.

The Committee agreed the following amended rules to be effective from the 16th June 2020:-

Maximum Permissible Time on Bank

The maximum permissible time on the bank shall be 48 hours on any CADAC water. Once 48 hours has passed there will be no return to any Cranbrook water within the next 48 hours.

For the avoidance of doubt the “on the bank” time shall include time to set up and pack up times.

Members must physically remove all equipment from their swim on completion of the maximum permissible time (48 hours) and are not permitted to “transfer their bivvy and swim” to another member.

For the avoidance of doubt Rother Fishery Association (RFA) waters are not covered by this ruling but are subject to any rules/restrictions imposed by the RFA from the 16th June 2020.

This interim rule shall be reviewed by the Committee on a Monthly basis and considering the prevailing Government laws and current CADAC membership numbers.

Suspension of New Memberships

It was agreed that the existing suspension of new members joining CADAC would remain in place and reviewed in one months’ time at the next Committee meeting. For the avoidance of doubt renewing members from Season 2019/2020 would be permitted to rejoin CADAC.

Waiting List

CADAC shall continue to maintain a waiting list for new members wishing to join the club for when the suspension of new membership is lifted. In the event that CADAC decides to allow limited numbers of new members,  then the successful applicants shall be determined on a “first come, first served” basis.

Guest Tickets

It was agreed that the suspension of guest tickets would remain in place until the end of October 2020.

Posted 04/06/20


Lydd (Windsuf Pit) is closed on Wednesday 12th August and Wednesday 26th August for Triathlon event. There will be no access to the water inbetween 1pm and 4 pm on these dates.

Posted 01/06/20


Brooklands is closed with immediate effect from the 24th May 15:30 and will reopen on Tuesday 26th May 6am.

Posted 25/05/20

Night fishing

We want everyone to be able to get to the bank and fish, so we are bringing in a rule change with immediate effect to help everyone. 
A maximum of 1 night (36 hours) on a venue with no return within 24 hours.
This rule change is subject to review.

Posted 13/05/20

Waters Open

Fishing can be resumed on CADAC venues (which are not subject to a closed season) as of 8am on Saturday 16th May subject to water owners permission, Covid-19 and angling trust restrictions. We will update members accordingly. **Spingwood will NOT be available to fish from Saturday due to ongoing talks with the water owner** 
Please respect the monument of task challenges the committee are facing at this time, by not phoning, texting or emailing for updates. Just keep your eye out on the Facebook group and our website.
We will have a full set of rules and guidance to follow before Saturday 8am.
You may have noticed we have stopped new members from joining. We want you all to be as safe possible on the bank with good social distancing. We hope you can see our commitment in keeping you safe and getting out there to enjoy what we all love.

Posted 12/05/20


We have just had notice that Springwood is closed until further notice. This is to comply with government advice, as the water owner sees it fit.

You will have noticed a number of commercial waters have done the same over the weekend.

Please not this is for all visitors not just Cranbrook members.

At present the committee still feels with our advise on keeping your distance from other members and with care using the locks, we can remain open.

Posted 23/03/20

Spring Newsletter

The spring newsletter is now ready to view online.

Posted 16/02/20

Rule book

The rule book has been updated for the 2020/21 season and is on the website ready to download.

Posted 16/02/20

Activity Invitation Letter

For all the info on activites we will be running in the 2020/21 season please click here

Posted 16/02/20


Please note you will not be able to fish Springwood from 31st May onwards.

Posted 16/02/20

Rosemay Lakes

Please note that Rosemary Lakes are closed from now for 2 weeks due to Copse Cutting and the Health And Safety aspects associated with the works.

Re opens 17th February 2020

Posted 04/02/20


We have agreement with the owners of Springwood to take any Catfish caught at Burntwood.

We have a holding net in place at Burnt Wood for any member who catches a Catfish. Please use this if you catch one, it is against the rules to put a Catfish back in Burntwood. Then contact : Mark on 07973383952

This is all good, however we need some members to volunteer to transport them from Burntwood over to Springwood. If you can help please contact Mark on 07973383952.

Posted 04/07/19

Rule Book

We have updated the rule book, please make sure you read it. Its all on the website to download.


Rosemary Lakes

Please note if you wish to night fish Rosemary Lakes, booking details have been changed.

Call Trevor on 07740407701 with your membership number at least 48 hours before wanting to night fish.

Posted 16/05/2019


We have a members only facebook group with lots going on please click on the following link and ask to join.

CADAC Facebook members only group

Posted 04/05/19

Please make sure you and everyone you know uses our fundraising portal to collect free donations for us when you’re buying anything online

Read more on the new rod licence changes

If using the electronic bank transfer for renewals or guest tickets, please make sure you use last name and post code to identify payment.

CADAC Baseball Caps, Polo Shirts, Hoodies and Woolly Hats

Look the part this season.

To view any of our clothing, visit our merchandise page HERE

We need ALL our members, their friends and family to use our Easyfundraising portal when buying anything online. It's so simple and easy, the more people that use it, the more is raised for the club.

Make sure you (and everyone you know) uses it every time you buy something online.

 Click here to join our members only Facebook Group

Working Parties - YOUR club needs you! - 13/09/2020

Sunday 25th October 2020


To do: Strimming, bonfire, tree clearing, swim maintenance

9am onwards - Bring strimmers, tree pruners, saws etc

Please don't leave it all for the Committee to do!

Read more, click here...

CADAC Newsletters - 30/12/2018

CADAC Newsletters

All CADAC members receive regular newsletters either by post or by our e-newsletter service.

Latest Newsletter out now!

Read more, click here...

CADAC Merchandise - 29/12/2018


We have a stock of Polo Shirts, Hoodies, Woolly Hats and Baseball Caps with the clubs logo embroidered on the front. They come in either black or olive green. Various sizes of shirts and hoodies from Medium to XXXL. Hats and caps are one size fits all.

Read more, click here...

Do ALL your online shopping here - 28/12/2018

Easily raise funds for the club

Imagine how much we could raise if every member, their family and friends used it every time they bought something online!

Read more, click here...

Bailiffs wanted - 27/12/2018

Bailiffs wanted

Due to the widespread locations of our waters and the ever increasing incidents of tresspassing and poaching, we are looking for members to come forward and be Bailiffs for individual waters.

Read more, click here...

Be a qualified angling coach - 26/12/2018

We are looking for volunteers that would be interested in taking a LS2 or LS1 Angling Coaches course.

Read more, click here...

Cranbrook Angling gains FishMark Accreditation - 26/12/2018

Cranbrook & District Angling Club is proud to announce that we have attained the prestigious Angling Trust Fishmark Accreditation, making us the ONLY officially recognised coarse fishing Clubmark accredited club in Kent.

Read more, click here...

WANTED Wood chippings and chip bark - 25/12/2018

We urgently need several tons of chip bark and wood chippings.

Read more, click here...

Be an Angling Champion - 24/12/2018

Having Angling Champions in a club can help encourage others to go fishing.

Read more, click here...

Fishing Cartoons - 23/12/2018

Fishing Cartoon

We have been going through the club files and found these hidden away in a box file.

Read more, click here...

Tale from Burnt Wood - 22/12/2018

 Tale from Burnt Wood

The bicycle ride from Maidstone to Burnt Wood took some time, I would strap the two rods and rest together, accompanied with the landing net which I would then wrap around the whole ensemble and then tie the whole thing to the frame of the ten gear racer.

Read more, click here...

The Fishermans Prayer - 21/12/2018

The Fishermans Prayer

Our fisherman, Who art on riverbanks...

Read more, click here...

Burnt Wood Regeneration Project - 31/08/2011

 Burnt Wood Regeneration Project

Take a look at the work we did back in 2011 to extend and regenerate the lake at Burnt Wood.

Read more, click here...

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