Members of Apuldram Fishing and Boat Club took the opportunity at their annual prizegiving evening to express their thanks to John and Jean Bassett, who have stepped down after 46 years of service as secretary and financial officer of the club.
Peter Etheridge, the chairman, made a presentation for their loyalty to a fishing club which is one of the oldest in Chichester Harbour.
We have always enjoyed great camaraderie and new members are made to feel very welcome.Peter Etheridge
“We are extremely fortunate to have had John and Jean work so tirelessly over the years and they will be a hard double act to replace”, he said.
The award ceremony and presentation took place at the Four Chesnuts pub in Chichester and was attended more by than half the current membership.
In addition to the presentation of the cups, the evening involved a skittles competition, a raffle, a quiz and other competitions.
Many cups were won by the junior members of the club, in particular Josh and Connor Boe, but the major trophy winner was Allan Blamire, winning four of the available 20 cups.
The club are based at Dell Quay, where they have their own clubhouse. They run sea-fishing competitions during the year inside the harbour on the foreshore, on beaches and in the open sea.
“We have always enjoyed great camaraderie and new members are made to feel very welcome,” said Etheridge.
BOGNOR Amateur Angling Society held a club beach match at Westend.
Results: 1 Tre Hart, 1 dogfish, 1 pouting, 1lb 11oz; 2 Steve Middleton, 1 dogfish, 1lb 9oz; Jt 3 Steve Osborn, 1 pouting, 4oz & Wayne Hart, 1 pouting, 40z. Heaviest fish: Steve Middleton, dogfish, 1lb 9oz. 10 people fished, 4 weighed in, total agg weight 3lb 12oz.
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