Club’s helping hand to continue good work

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Ripley West Labour county councillor David Williams has presented £339 from his Derbyshire County Council Members Community Leadership Fund to the Moorwood Moor Angling Club, based at Moorwood Moor ponds, near South Wingfield.

Cllr Williams made the cheque presentation at Ripley Town Hall to club officials John and Kathleen Nicklin.

The club aims to coach 6-16 year olds throughout the Amber Valley area to learn the art of angling cheaply, as the cost to parents/guardians is kept to an absolute minimum, and with tackle and bait provided free to participants.

As live fish are returned to the water after being caught, young people are trained to protect the environment and conserve and care for fish stocks. It also aims to give all people a constructive outlet for their surplus energies through participation in a peaceful pastime.

The money would be used to contribute towards these aims by purchasing a new petrol powered heavy duty grass mower.

This would help to keep the grass down to a short, safe bank side level and improve fishing places.

In 2013, with the help of Plant a Million Trees Derbyshire and with the help of its junior members, the club planted 60 trees in Coppice form around the ponds.

Cllr Williams said he was impressed with the way the club had developed under Kath and John’s leadership over the last four years.

In 2012, John and Kath Nicklin were nominated and awarded the Derbyshire County Council Excellence in the Community award in the ‘Improving Life’ category at the Buxton Dome, for the work they had done in creating the angling club and the coaching they had done there.

John and Kath thanked Cllr Williams on behalf of the club and said the money would be used wisely.

For more on the club, you can email johnandkathnicklin@tiscali.co.uk