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Angling Trust celebrates Volunteers’ Week with
Excellence Awards to 23 volunteers
The Angling Trust is celebrating this
year’s Volunteers’ Week (June 1st-7th)
by presenting Volunteering Excellence Awards to 23 volunteers in
recognition of their fantastic contribution to our work.
The volunteers, all members of the
Angling Trust’s Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) or angling coaches, have
been nominated because of their
commitment to protecting fisheries or
promoting fishing to new anglers.
Among the award winners is volunteer bailiff Roy Bridson who reports
daily from the Peterborough area to
assist the Environment Agency in
their fisheries enforcement role –
despite receiving treatment for cancer. Roy has made numerous reports
to the police, Environment Agency,
parish council and Canal & Rivers
Trust on a variety of incidents from
children playing at the lock near his
home to illegal angling.
Volunteer bailiff Phil Hoult, from
Exeter in Devon, actively patrols the
mixed fishery of the River Exe reporting incidents and has been described
by the local Environment Agency
Fisheries Enforcement Officer as a
“godsend”. He also helped promote
the VBS to the Exeter & District
Angling Association and has now
become their club bailiff.
Licensed angling coach Richard
Hawkes was instrumental in setting
up Corby Junior Fishing Club and
regularly runs taster and coaching
sessions on the Boat Lake in the centre of the town. To date he has introduced more than 200 youngsters to
Roly Palmer has worked tirelessly
over the past 15 years for Exeter &
District Angling Association and has
built up a very good reputation as a
level 2 coach in the area. He works
with hundreds of juniors and adults
each year and has proven that by running regular family friendly coaching
events you can swell numbers joining
the club – the junior membership has
risen to over 100 in the last couple of
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the
Angling Trust, said: “Volunteers play
a vital role in the work of the Angling
Trust giving up many hours of precious time to benefit angling and
society in general. It is only fitting
that we celebrate their contribution
during National Volunteers Week and
present our Volunteering Excellence
Awards to those who have shown
outstanding commitment.
“Our Voluntary Bailiff Service goes
from strength-to-strength with nearly
500 professionally trained members
regularly patrolling at the water’s
edge and supporting the Environment Agency and police in protecting
fisheries. Similarly, volunteers supporting our participation team have
helped organise events or assisted
with coaching to provide opportunities for thousands of youngsters to try
fishing and explore the great outdoors.
“Thank you to everyone who has
volunteered their time, knowledge
and skills to the Angling Trust over
the years and congratulations to our
latest award winners. Your effort and
commitment are very much appreciated.”
Full list of Angling Trust Volunteering Excellence Award winners by
North West
Mark Davenport, Warrington,
Mark joined the Voluntary Bailiff Service in September 2016 and has been
an active member of the Cheshire
group since then. He initially combined this with a full-time role as a
serving Police Inspector with Greater
Manchester Police but since his
retirement a year ago, Mark has
become even more active and is now
Area Coordinator for North Cheshire.
A c o m m i t t e e m e m b e r o f Ly m m
Angling Club, Mark’s demeanour and
communication skills are first class
and he recently helped the Building
Bridges team organise a multi-cultural fishing contest on the Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn, which proved a
great success.
Paul Higson, Bury, Manchester
When Paul joined the VBS in May
2017 he was already a very active
member of Little Britain Anglers, a
Bury-based club, which runs several
recovering industrial river and canal
sections. Without doubt, these suffer
the worst crime, pollution and antisocial behaviour in the whole of the
North West. Paul was appointed
North Manchester Area Coordinator
and in six months has doubled the
number of reports from volunteer
bailiffs in the area, some excellent
intelligence for police and fisheries
enforcement officers. Paul is also a
volunteer at a local bird sanctuary
and recently featured in the local
paper for helping to rescue a swan.
North East
Adi Austin, Middlesbrough,
Adi has excelled as a volunteer bailiff
and has shown dedication to the
areas of Northumberland that he covers, promptly recording and reporting
matters which is a credit to himself,
the Voluntary Bailiff Service and
Angling Trust.
Neil Heath and Steve Withy,
Hartlepool, Cleveland
Neil and Steve patrol areas of County
Durham together and report daily on
their patrols, providing a great reassurance to club members. Again, a
credit to themselves, the club they
represent, the VBS and the Angling
Chas White, Stockton on Tees,
Chas is a model volunteer bailiff and
huge supporter of the aims of the
Angling Trust. He has reported many
matters and is now volunteer Area
Coordinator for the Cleveland Area.
Chas also actively promotes the work
of the VBS and the Trust to the clubs
and syndicates he belongs to and
fully deserves the award.
Lee Headings, Middlesbrough,
Lee has excelled as a volunteer bailiff
and patrols many areas of Cleveland.


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