Issue 181

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                            March 2015.

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The Show Must Go On

VAC vice-chairman Keith Speer, a regular on the VAC homepage with his many great catches, plus star of Tight Lines on Sky and the Angling Times*, died suddenly whilst returning to his car after a day on one of his favourite venues, the River Lea at Marford Farm. The cause of death, on 23rd February, was massive cardiac arrest. Keith was just 60 years old.

A sign of the love and affection for Keith, not only from his family but by his friends in the world of angling, was evident when around 400 people attended his cremation at Garston Crematorium on March 12th.


As agreed with his family, anglers were encouraged to attend in their fishing gear and, for the ceremony itself, it was standing room only. When his daughter Lucy spoke of her memories of her father there wasn't a dry eye to be seen.

The loss of Keith will have a big impact; he was the driving force behind many VAC events and a passionate campaigner. But one man doesn't make a club and it's perhaps fitting that the last song to be played, as the mourners paid their respects, was Queen's 'The Show Must Go On'.

*  The Angling Times have kindly provided a digital copy of their obituary page
Click here for the Sky TV / Tightlines tribute broadcast

As a simple tribute to Keith, a selection of some of his great catches are featured to the right................................................................................................................

Notice : The VAC Annual General Meeting is to be held on April 15th at New Greens Hall, St Albans, 8pm. All members are welcome.

For news on VAC venues we now provide guest access to the fishery reports on our
members-only forum.  

New memberships
: The book is now closed for this season as numbers reach a record 2,200. Membership for season 2015-16 will be available from early May following approval of subscriptions rates at the AGM in April. As previously we will offer an early-start option for a small premium on new memberships purchased at either Verulam Tackle Shop in St Albans or Colney Tackle in Hazeldine Rd, London Colney. On-line and postal applications will be for memberships to commence from June 16th.

For all the details please click the Subscriptions link above. Please be reminded that all able-bodied adult members are expected to undertake at least one work-party before the end of April and failure to do so attracts a work-party levy when renewing membership equal to the prevailing joining fee. This is to ensure that work-party obligations are not avoided by simply rejoining as a new member.


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Guest Tickets. Always a popular way to introduce your pals to the VAC. And now two bits of good news; during Winter months the price is reduced by 50% to just 3.50 per day and you can now also pick up tickets from Colney Tackle, London Colney. All guest must be accompanied by a full member.


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VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish for no charge subject to conditions. See VAC fisheries page for details.


VAC members can fish The Tring Anglers stretch of the Aylesbury Arm as part of a water share agreement.

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Your Contribution

A reminder that the Webmaster welcomes your contributions. Happy to receive your photos of  VAC venues, rainbows, kingfishers or unicorns. Doesn't have to be a fish

Andy Zneimer is back on this page again, this time with this super 12lb barbel from Marford.

Andy again with this barbel of 11.05 taken at last light on Boxing Day


Keith Speer

15-Nov-1954  -  23-Feb-2015

In honour of Keith, here's one of his famous 'snow' barbel - 17.15 on the stick float

Keith with possibly his greatest catch, a 3lb roach from Marford Farm

Keith was also reigning VAC Carp Champion along with Dave Currell (Team Barbel). But this 16lb'er was pole caught from Moor Mill


Verulam Angling Centre


VAC bailiff Terry Field is the the owner of the Verulam Angling tackle shop in St Albans. Situated at 219, Hatfield Road, directly opposite the Morrison's store.

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777

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