of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
 Issue 51

May 2004 

  Get Ready.....Riverside reopens on Monday 7th June (4am)

(2004/05) - NEW !!


To contact the Secretary by email Just click here 

Match Bookings :

Now being taken for Frogmore 2004. Contact Derek Greening on 07817 898033



Got something to say or had a good catch on club waters - then just click to let us know. 



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- Tight Lines....



Remember, our Junior Section needs YOUR contributions..........


VAC members, on production of their VAC club card, can accrue a  'loyalty stamp' and after three paid visits to the venue, gain a fourth visit free of charge. 


Remember to call the VAC HOTLINE for all the latest news on club waters:


      01727 835904


Smallford Wallpaper


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Good Practice Guides



Fishing, golf, sun & sand - 2 bed family apartment to rent on the Costa Del Sol.


AGM Round Up

Brian (left) awards Dennis with a gift from the VAC


This years AGM saw a record turnout of 91 - almost 8% of the end of season record membership of 1160.


As new and rejoining members will read in the latest (paper) copy of Verulam News,  the AGM saw the stepping down of Dennis Bateman from the position of VAC President after 19 years and, in total, 42 years of committee service. Taking up the challange we have Brian Bangs who recently stepped down as Chairman of the General Committee.


In recognition of Dennis's service Brian, on behalf of the VAC, was delighted to present a magnificent framed print of chalk stream grayling.


Motions to extend the Rivers Only membership to include the Ivel and to raise subs by 2 (adults, others pro-rata) were passed. Also passed was a motion to move trout fishing from Riverside Road to Lake 1 at Frogmore in 2005. The motion was passed by a majority of 15 although it would seem that this result has created a number of significant secondary issues which the various VAC committees are now reviewing.


Your Contribution

In the above mentioned Verulam News member Joe Freeman, 88 years young, writes in with some early memories and Derek Pullman, a member since 1969 harks back to film and slide show nights at the Peahen.


It would be great if our more senior members could dig through the old cake tins etc. and unearth some of those snaps of VAC days gone by.


Nothing last forever and members, fish and fisheries come and go. So why not share some of those memories and help preserve VAC history.


Send your digital submissions here - or just drop me a line if you have pictures or slides that need scanning.

Frogmore car park Pool 1996 before it was reworked - note the high n dry platforms



Stormy Weather................

The end of April and the start of May has seen numerous downpours. Great for getting the new grass seed sprouting down by Tony's Lake at Frogmore, but a nuisance for those out after carp on the match & car park lakes and over at Smallford. All three venues have reported the occasional good carp with the warmer days, of course, proving best. Incidentally, please note that carp and pike anglers at Smallford are now expected to have unhooking mats.

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Match News:

The coming seasons fixtures are now on-line, just click here to find them and a summary of our popular match section.

Rod Licenses:

Don't forget that your 2003-04 licenses expired on 31st March.

Waters Wanted:

If you know of any still or running waters that the VAC may be able to invest in please contact the fisheries chairman, Barry Killinger, on 07966 394717 (before 9.30 pm please) or via email to the Secretary  Just click here 

Visit Queensway on the web at or click the logo

Each month, Queensway Angling are offering special offers exclusively to VAC members.


Please phone for instant quotes - 01442 254723 - or email

May offer 15% discount off of all match rods over 80.00 (good selection of top quality match rods including Drennan, Koram, Carbonactive, Fox, Harrison).


Special offer!!! - Matchbox gold seat box (loads of drawers trays, etc) pole seat rrp 409.99 NOW ONLY 299.99.

Click on our website to view the shop, special offers, and second hand list. Best selection of carp, match, game and sea tackle in the area.


Trolley (pump up tyres) + luggage bar 40.00


Stock up now on carp baits!!

Freezer baits include solar, carp company, mainline essential baits, Dave Thorpe, Richworths, Dynamite Terry Hearn, Kevin Nash. Full range of hook paits, particles etc. in stock at good prices.

  • 45 umbrellas from only 17.99.

  • Remote bivvy/headtorchs only 19.99

  • Wychwood rucksacks from 29.99.

  • Good selection of water-proof suits from 60.00.

Fox A-pod with buzz bars 35.00 (outstanding value for money)

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