HISTORY OF HODNET ANGLING CLUB
The Club was founded in 1972 by anglers living in and around the Hodnet area, who were members of the Hodnet Working Men’s club. The driving force in the early days being the late Mr Ted Cartwright.
The club’s first water was Falls Pit, located on the edge of Hodnet, which was loaned free of charge by Brigadier Heber Percy of Hodnet Hall. As the club grew it re-formed, as a separate body no longer associated with Hodnet Working Men’s Club, and took on other waters in the area, i.e. Plewes & Ryley’s Pools, followed by the Goldstone stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal plus a stretch of the River Tern. In more recent times Preeswood Pool was taken on, plus Goldstone and Hammersely’s Pools – the end result being that the club now has a varied choice of waters on offer which can meet most angler’s requirements.
The club has been represented in local and national competitions by some of our members who regularly fish our club matches.
Our Canal waters have hosted some major competitions, such as the Embassy Pairs, Fishomania, Angling Times Winter League Semi Finals and the CRT/Anglers Trust ‘Nationals’. It is a great accolade for the club to be selected to host these major competitions.
Not content to rest on our laurels, the latest addition to our facilities are the Disabled Anglers Platforms and access paths at Ryley’s Pools and Preeswood, which were specifically formed to accommodate wheelchair users. The works were completed using funding from the National Lottery.
In 2012 the club was one of the first in the West Midlands region to achieve the prestigious ‘Club Mark’ award – which enables suitably vetted and trained committee members to run junior coaching sessions.