TWAPS Information

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About TWAPS

The Thameside Works Angling Preservation Society (TWAPS) is a fishing club situated in North West Kent and manages several fishing lakes and a stretch of river on behalf of it’s membership. The club mainly covers the Gravesend, Northfleet, Dartford, Medway (including Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham), Maidstone and surrounding areas. The club has both day ticket and Members only waters. The club was originally known as Thameside Works Angling Club and was formed by the local factory angling clubs, e.g. Bowaters, Everards, Kent Kraft, Paper Sacks, Northfleet Power Station, A E I, plus Amalgamated Works, a club formed to cater for associate members who fished the Blue Lake at Northfleet. See more of our club history below…

Club History
Associate members bought a two and sixpence annual fishing permit, and Blue Circle (as it was then) suggested that a properly constituted organisation be set up at a meeting held in the Blue Circle Club during 1952. Each member club was represented at committee meetings held monthly and the organisation grew from strength to strength. The Blue Lake was at that time recognised as arguably the best fishery in the South East, but on the 17th November 1973 a massive oil spill decimated the fishery making it unfishable with membership declining to about 100 members only. Bromley Angling Club offered the use of their waters for several years until the Blue Lake recovered thus keeping the core of membership together. At present Thameside controls several fisheries and a stretch of the River Medway, with a membership of approximately 700.

Members fishing any club water do so at their own risk.

Day Ticket Information

Currently TWAPS issues day tickets for Shorne Country Park.

Day ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £6 for up to 2 rods.

Juniors (up to and including 17 years of age): £3 for 1 rod only.

Payment is made on the bank to an official TWAPS Bailiff. In cash only please, we currently do not accept card payments. Just turn up and start fishing!

Note: The lakes are open all year round and fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk.

See the Shorne Country Park page for more information about fishing there.

Fish Care

Fish care: How to look after your catch

Applying the right kind of fish care helps your catch recover from wounds and helps to prevent secondary infection

For all anglers fish care should be a top priority. Fish are surrounded by potentially harmful pathogens, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. The mucus layer on fish acts as a physical barrier to infectious organisms, and can prevent secondary infections on areas of minor physical damage.

Angler intervention could provide some benefit in waters where fish are stressed, possibly relating to overstocking or poor water quality, which may result in a compromised immune system.

A fish care kit is small bottle of serum or lotion that is designed to reduce infection in any area where a fish may become damaged. These can be areas such as hook point punctures, missing scales or even bites inflicted by predators.

A wound, such as hook damage to the mouth, should first be treated with an antiseptic by applying the liquid by squeezing some on a cotton bud and rubbing in to the wound. This treatment kills any pathogens present and to help prevent future infection. The would should then be sealed with an impermeable barrier. This ensures that the contact of the antiseptic with the damaged area remains for a reasonable time, and act as a physical barrier, in much the same way that a natural layer of mucus does.

Details regarding work parties can be found in this Article.

Committee & Bailiffs

All Committee Members and Bailiffs are volunteers who give up their time freely to help ensure that the club is run as well as it can be and to provide help, assistance and guidance with your fishing and related matters.

Committee Members are normally elected at an Annual General Meeting, or an Emergency General Meeting, and to maintain continuity, serve for a set continuous period of time before standing for election or until resignation. The period of time each Committee Member serves is as follows: Chairman – 5 years, Treasurer – 4 years, all other Committee Members – 3 years.

These people are here to help, so if you have any questions, observations or other queries, or just want a friendly chat, on anything to do with TWAPS, it’s fisheries or other related matter, just ask (you can use the Contact form). They will do their best to answer your query.

TWAPS Committee Roles and Responsibilities

The Committee Members’ individual roles and responsibilities are available to current Society Members only upon request.

Use the form below to request a copy, which will be sent to you.

Your membership number is required.

Thank you.

Committee Members are normally elected at an Annual General Meeting, or an Emergency General Meeting, and to maintain continuity, serve for a set continuous period of time before standing for election or until resignation. The period of time each Committee Member serves is as follows: Chairperson – 5 years, Treasurer – 4 years, all other Committee Members – 3 years.

The Chairperson and Treasurer were elected at an Emergency General Meeting in 2020.

All the other Committee Members were elected at the 2023 Annual General Meeting.

TWAPS Constitution

The Society’s Constitution is available to current Society Members only upon request.

Use the form below to request a copy, which will be sent to you.

Your membership number is required.

Thank you.

 

TWAPS Financial Summary and Audit Certificate

The Society’s most recent audited Financial Summary, as presented at the Annual General Meeting, as well as a copy of the Independent Examiner’s Audit, Report are available to current Society Members only upon request.

Please complete the form below and a copy of the above documents will be sent to you.

Your membership number is required.

Thank you.

Data Protection / Privacy Policy

Version 1.1. Last updated: 22nd September 2022

The Thameside Works Angling and Preservation Society (TWAPS) holds personal data about its Members for a number of reasons.

This policy sets out how TWAPS seeks to protect personal data and ensure that, with the authority of the Committee, the Membership Secretary and the Website Administrator understand the rules governing their use of personal data to which they have access. In particular, this policy requires these individuals ensure that the relevant compliance steps are addressed.

Does TWAPS need the individual Member’s express consent to store and use their personal information?
Yes. Members, or Junior Members’ parents or guardian, will be asked to give explicit consent when joining the Society or renewing Membership. Failure to give consent will result in not becoming, or continuing to be a Member.

What Members’ personal information is stored by TWAPS?
TWAPS stores individual Members’ first name, last name, full address and postcode, email address, land line telephone number, mobile telephone number, date of birth and whether or not the Member is disabled.

Why does TWAPS collect and store Members’ personal information?
TWAPS uses Members’ personal information solely for conducting TWAPS business. TWAPS needs to keep records of who its Members are and how old they are. From time to time, TWAPS keeps its Members informed by distributing, either by email or by post, newsletters and other TWAPS related notices from time to time. TWAPS has different categories of membership such as Junior, Adult, Disabled etc. which are based on either an individual Member’s age or having a disability.  TWAPS also keeps a list of any expelled Members who are not permitted to rejoin.

What does TWAPS do with the stored Members’ personal information?
TWAPS issues membership cards and, for new Members, identity cards using the information supplied on the membership form. TWAPS also communicates with members from time to time. Baliffs can also request certain Individual Member’s details from the Membership Secretary or Website Administrator when dealing with any disciplinary matters.

How does TWAPS store Members’ personal information?
TWAPS stores Members’ personal information in electronic from in a secure environment which is controlled by both the Membership Secretary and the Website Administrator. The data will be password protected and regularly backed up to a secure environment.

Who has access to TWAPS Members’ details and why?
The Membership Secretary maintains the database storing Members’ personal information, including the creating, updating and deleting these details. The Website Administrator, Society Secretary and a designated Committee Member can view these details but does not make any changes. The Membership Secretary uses this information to issue membership cards and identity cards. The Website Administrator, Society Secretary and designated Committee Member use this information to communicate with Members from time to time. Both the Membership Secretary and the Website Administrator respond to queries from Bailiffs when dealing with disciplinary matters.

How can individual Members see what personal information is stored about them?
Such requests should be sent to the Membership Secretary in the first instance, quoting the membership number and full name. A response containing all the Member’s details should be received within 30 days from receipt. The Membership Secretary may contact the individual Member for verification purposes. There is no charge for this service.

How can individual Members have their personal information stored by TWAPS updated?
Such requests should be sent to the Membership Secretary in the first instance, quoting the membership number, full name and requested changes. A response containing the amendments should be received within 30 days. The Membership Secretary may contact the individual Member for verification purposes. There is no charge for this service.

How can individual Members have their personal information stored by TWAPS removed?
Such requests should be sent to the Membership Secretary in the first instance, quoting the membership number, full name and requested removal. A response confirming the removal should be received within 30 days. The MemVersion 1.1. Last updated: 22nd Septemberbership Secretary may contact the individual Member for verification purposes. There is no charge for this service. The removal of individual Member’s details may result in that individual no longer being a member of the Society.

For how long will Members’ personal information be stored by TWAPS?
TWAPS will continue to store Members’ data for as long as individuals remain TWAPS members. Should a Member not renew their membership or leave the Society, their details will be kept for a further 12 months, unless the Membership Secretary receives a request to have the individual Member’s details removed.

Which other individuals or organisations have access to TWAPS Members’ personal information?
TWAPS users a third party mailing list provider, currently Your Mailing List Provider (YMLP), to send emails to Members. TWAPS Members’ personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or otherwise disclosed to any other individual or organisation (with the exception of the third party mailing provider) without individual Member’s express written consent, or unless ordered to do so by a court of law.

In memory of some TWAPS Members who are sadly no longer with us.

Cobham Memorial Bench

At Cobham we have a bench to mark those members of the Society who are sadly no longer with us.

The bench currently contains some small plaques in memory of the following members:

E. Mitchell 1945 – 2008
David F. Deed 1955 – 2009
Colin John Beeching 1958 – 2011
Fran Doyle 1948 – 2019

May they rest in peace.

Blue Lake Memorial Bench

At the Blue Lake we have a bench to mark a member of the Society who is sadly no longer with us.

The bench currently contains a small plaque in memory of member Simon Bell.

Simon “Little Legs” Bell 1974 – 2017

May Simon rest in peace.

Reg Graham

1952 – 2022

Reg Graham

Reg was a very long standing Member of TWAPS and an active match angler. As a popular angler, particularly within the TWAPS match group, Reg continued to fish and take part in TWAPS matches until shortly before his death.

Reg will be sadly missed by all TWAPS anglers who knew him.

TWAPS extends its condolences to Reg’s family and friends.

Rest in peace Reg.

John Dale

1947 – 2023 Age 76

Rest in peace John

Roy Stedman

1939 – 2023 Age 83

Roy was a long standing Committee Member and Bailiff and attended numerous working parties for the benefit of TWAPS Members.  The Committee thanks Roy for his long and distinguished service.

Rest in peace Roy

Steven Dixon

Rest in peace Steven

1947 – 2023 Age 77