Gipping Angling Preservation Society
Gipping Angling Preservation Society


Message from Chairman 23/05/16


It has been fair to say that this year has been disappointing due to the “David” situation. 


However I must thank my committee. In particular Roly and Richard Watson in dealing with the financial matters, John Rozier and Ian Wood in the day to day running of the club.


A tremendous effort with everybody pulling together. Also work done throughout the year by Andrew Winfield, Ryan Baker, Andy Arbon, Miles, Robert Hubvert, Justine and Ken for getting the trophy and Nick Chuddy for keeping the toilets so clean. If I’ve forgotten anybody please accept my apologies.


One of the jobs undertaken was clearing the stock ponds which are now ready for fish. We welcome back George Rodwell and Damien who have kindly agreed to run the Junior section. This is very important for the club some of you sitting here tonight were Junior members!


We have stocked Barham and Alderson with carp, and the canal at Alderson with small roach. The carp are already showing at Barham. The river has fished exceptionally well this winter with quality roach showing one fish topping 2lb. Work has been done creating swims in the hazelwood at Bramford. Thanks to Roly, Steve Prentice, Les Hart, Ken Elmy and others. We had a fine match there in March in memory of K Gosling.


Also thanks to Paul Ryan and team of bailiffs who have done a fine job particularly at Alderson where there were a few problems. A little more tolerance and respecting the person in the next swim is the answer.


We need to move forward together as a club and respect each other’s form of fishing as I said 3 years ago when you elected me Chairman.


We are open to all aspects of fishing if anybody has a problem rather than air it on social media or the bank why not come to a monthly meeting or contact me. Try to promote the club more – we need more members.

Lastly enjoy your fishing and don’t forget to smell the flowers along the way.



P Pollard – Chairman GAPs


Officers of the Society

President Richard Watson  
Chairman P Pollard 07799701205
Vice Chairman John Rozier  
Hon. Secretary Andrew Winfield 07887360027
Finance Officer Roly Pipe  
Match Secretary (Joint) Steve Airey  
Match Secretary (Joint) Les Hart  
Junior Match Secretary George Rodwell  
Minute Clerk John Rozier  
Committee Member John Rozier  
Committee Member Andrew Winfield  
Committee Member Roly Pipe  
Committee Member Ian Woods  
Committee Member Ryan Baker  
Committee Member Stacy Bird  
Committee Member George Rodwell  
Committee Member Robbie Beecroft  
Web Master Stacy Bird

Message from Chairman 15/3/15

Proposal for a change of the constitution

Article 1 “and six” to be change to “and eight”

Proposed R.Pipe

2nd J. Rozier

(in a nutshell this means an increase of the committee from 6 to 8) 

Message from Finance Officer 9/3/16

Appeal for the identity of the holders of certain membership documents


It has come to my notice that there is some uncertainty as to the location of certain membership books; these can be identified from the serial number in the top right hand corner of the first page that is not part of the card outer.


Some of these are term membership subscription books for a period ending 31 May 2017. The society has no record of the holder and when books are printed for the forthcoming season the holder will not receive a 2016/7 book.


If you are in possession of one of these I should be grateful for your advice as to


  • the date of issue
  • the source
  • the amount paid
  • the method of payment (cash/cheque/credit card)
  • your details, and ideally, a scanned copy of the first page.


The numbers in question are:


68; 104; 111; 116; 118; 121; 123; 125; 128; 130-131; 140-141; 147; 166-169; 174; 181; 192; 198; 201; 209-210; 212-227; 290; 312; 321; 348-350; 354-357; 361-365; 371-387; 389-400; 477-480; 486-500; 526-532; 534-551; 556-559; 574; 576; 599.


You can notify the society by post to


Roly Pipe

Tudor Croft

Ipswich Road



IP7 6BE or e-mail

Message from Chairman 24/2/15
After a committee meeting held on Monday 22 February 2016 the committee decided unanimously to suspend David Page both as secretary and as a member of the society until further investigation has taken place into the Society's financial affairs.


Temporary  contact points

Peter Pollard     07799 701 205;

John Rozier       07979 810 217; or

Roly Pipe          07743045079

Message from Secretary 22/4/15

Following the first meeting of the new committee, the following decisions were made
The Societies financial year is to remain the same - Jan 1st- Dec31st
Tench and Bream over 4lb are to be moved from large lake at Alderson to small lake
Guest Tickets are to be made available at tackle shops- max 2 guests per person per season
Maximum stay 2days and 2nights at Alderson- all the year round
The J LUNN memorial re-match sponsored by BIRDS is to be held MAY 9TH AND 10TH 2015
A work party is to be held at Alderson on Saturday the 25th April . To replace the steps in pegs 6 to 10 and electrify the otter fence. All members who would like to come along and lend a hand will be made most welcome. I would like to thank, KEN, CHUDDY and JOHN for the help outside of workparties at Alderson...Andrew for his expertise assistance with the lawnmower, and PAUL AND BART for helping me with the boat at BARHAM B Pit...
Saturdays workparty is the last planned one for Alderson...The next scheduled work will be at ELTON Waterbank to repair pegs 1 to 9...



Message from Secretary 6/4/15

Firstly,i would like to thank all those that attended the very sucessful work party at Alderson on saturday. Clearing of the island was completed,rafts and trees were cleared of tackle. The tracks around the lakes were repaired and most importantly stage 2 of the Otter fence was completed,thus enabling us to start work on electrification of the fence. A massive thankyou to Carl,Harry,Paul,Matt,Miles,Duncan,Chuddy,Paul,Peter,Tom.. I hope to make an announcement next week with plans for another workparty at Alderson soon..
Due to the bad weather recently the track at Barham B pit has deteriorated, so the bottom section beyond peg 51 has been closed un it improves.. The Society requires some hardcore/rubble to repair the track. Anybody wishing to donate suitable material for repairing track should contact the Secretary on 07860240895.... The track remains open to the car park behind peg 51 for the time being, but should conditions worsen it may have to be closed at short notice


Message from Secretary Vehicle access to Barham B Pit

Vehicle access to all parts of Barham B Pit is now fully open. Access at owners risk. Members are reminded to ensure the main gates at barham are closed upon entering and leaving the barham complex 20/3/15

G.A.P.S Annual General Meeting

G.A.P.S Annual General Meeting Has changed date to 13th April 2015 still being held at Bramford British Legion at 8pm

Message from Secretary

Firstly I am pleased to announce some very encouraging results for the specimen angler at Barham B Pit. G.A.P.S Annual Genersal Meeting Has changed date to 13th April still being held at Bramford British Legion at 8pm

18 carp were caught in February between only a handful of anglers, with 4 x 20lb+ fish amongst them.

The rivers close season is almost upon us, (March 15th-June 15th inclusive).

Members are reminded that the rental agreement on Causeway Lake allows access until 1 hour after sunset on March 14th.

With great sadness I inform the members of the death of Trevor Cook; Trevor was a very loyal servant to the society and a friendly face that was often around on societies waters.

Trevor’s funeral is to be held at the old chapel, Colchester Road Ipswich at 2.15pm.

The 5th and final match of the G.A.P.S carp series is to be held at Causeway Lake the weekend enquires to 

The K Gosling Memorial open match on the River Gipping is to be held on Sunday enquires to G Marjoram 07954997024

Tight lines



Angling Times Pike Championship Qualifier Causeway Lake 2015
The club are pleased to announce the stocking of 48 three summer old Mark Simmons carp all around 6 pounds. These are fast growing fish expected to grow to twenty pounds in three years. They are micro chipped to prevent theft. Barham B Pit Stocking 2015 Gallery
Elton Bank Work Parties
Flexible work parties are planned for Elton Water Bank in the evenings when help is available. Contact the Secretary to confirm your availability and to arrange a convenient time and date.
John Rozier   Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday Night Work Parties
Work parties will be taking place at Alderson Lakes to carry out otter fence work on Monday nights. 16:30 onwards, please bring a spade!
John Rozier   Wednesday, April 9, 2014

B Pit Barham Competion Fish
The birds competition fish has been caught out of Barham B Pit. Andy Arbon caught it, he named it 'Diamond Dave' in recognition of the late David Barrel.
John Rozier   Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Otter Fence - Final WORK PARTY - Request for Help
There will be a work party on Saturday 23rd August with a view to finishing the Otter Fence at Alderson Lakes. Please support this if you are available, even if it is only for an hour or so. There are a variety of jobs which needs carrying out. It is vital to finish this project to protect the venue for the winter, and to enable labour/volunteers to move onto maintenance on other waters.
John Rozier   Monday, December 8, 2014

2014-15 Carp Match Series
Dates have been decided for this years Carp Matches. The G.A.P.S. Carp Trophy is to be contested over a series of 5 matches BARHAM B PIT - 30th - 31st August ELTON WATER BANK - 27th - 28th September ALDERSON LARGE LAKE - 25th - 26th October ALDERSON SMALL LAKE - 29th - 30th November CAUSEWAY LAKE - 7th - 8th March Entry fee £50 for the series, or £15 for an individual match.
John Rozier   Monday, December 8, 2014

2014 Open Day
As part of National Fishing Week an open day will be held on Sunday August 3rd at Alderson lakes. Guests wishing to fish will be covered by an Environment Agency group rod license for the day, allowing guests to fish.
John Rozier   Sunday, September 7, 2014

Junior Match
A junior match will be held on the Canal lake on Sunday 27th July. Junior anglers will be offered tuition and assistance.
John Rozier   Sunday, September 7, 2014

Canal Captures
The canal has been producing some good weights for both pleasure anglers and the evening league matches. Double figure weights of small carp and silver fish making up the weights.
John Rozier   Thursday, June 19, 2014

Otter Fence - Request for Help
The Alderson lake otter fence is progressing well. Regular work parties have been taking place every Saturday and there is still plenty of work remaining. Therefore anyone willing and able to help would be gratefully welcomed. There has been a regular band of helpers, but it would be nice to see some new faces.
John Rozier   Friday, September 5, 2014

B Pit New Stock
The club are pleased to announce the stocking of 45 three summer old Mark Simmons carp all around 6 pounds. These are fast growing fish expected to grow to twenty pounds in three years. They are micro chipped to prevent theft. BIRDS TACKLE ARE OFFERING 5KG OF BAIT TO THE PERSON WHO CATCHES THE COMPETITION FISH FIRST - see gallery for the fish identity. A photo of yourself with the fish needs to be emailed/presented to GAPS or Birds Tackle.
John Rozier   Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Keith Gostling
It is with great sadness and regret that I have to announce Keith Gostling has passed away. Keith was a great servant to GAPS, twice filling the role of chairman and was an honorary Vice President of the club. Keith will be very sadly missed by all of us at the club. Since taking office last April, Keith has become a good friend to me, always on hand to offer help and advice. His wealth of knowledge was overwhelming at times, few people know the river gipping and it\\\'s history as well as Keith did. Keith joined GAPS as a teenager and spent over 55 years as a member. Keith chose to continue to pay for his membership when eligible for a complimentary membership as an honorary Vice President. GAPS owe a debt of gratitude to Keith and there will be a minutes silence in respect of Keith at the clubs AGM in April. Our deepest sympathies go to Keith\'s family at this difficult time. David Page GAPS secretary
John Rozier   Monday, February 17, 2014

AGM Change of Venue
Unfortunately due to circumstance outside of the clubs control the AGM will no longer be held at Ransomes Sports and Social club. The 2014 AGM will be held at the clubs headquarters BRAMFORD BRITISH ROYAL LEGION. GAPS are very thankful for the Bramford British Legion in making their venue available.
John Rozier   Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The club are currently busy with the planning, preparation, and at a later date erection of an otter fence at Alderson Lakes. There has been a lot of work consulting with the EA, drainage board and council footpath department for approval of the fence. Detailed designs have been drawn up and the fence components are currently being fabricated prior to galvanising at a fabricators. Vegetation clearance has started but there is a considerable amount still to do prior to fence erection and this is time consuming. The club are looking to do this right first time, which will mean that it will not be finished in a matter of a few weeks, but the finished result will be a proper fence fit for purpose. A lot of time has gone into this project already, however there is a considerable amount of work remaining, so please be patient.
John Rozier   Monday, January 27, 2014

As a result of winter maintenance work the club has a large amount of firewood for sale. This is cut but not split. For details please contact the Secretary on 07860 240895.
John Rozier   Monday, January 20, 2014

The early joiner memebrship scheme is now available to new members. Please visit the membership page to view details.
John Rozier   Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fur and Feather Open Match
The Fur and Feather charity open match will be held on the River Gipping at Elton Water Bank, Sunday 15th December. Tickets £15. This is an open match so non members are able to fish

Small Lake New Stock
See the gallery pages for photos of recent stock into Alderson Small Lake, approximately 300 small carp have been added to the existing stock.
John Rozier   Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fallen Trees
Please take care around the clubs waters, numerous trees have been damaged in the strong winds and some have been uprooted. Dangerous trees have been made safe and any remaining trees will be cleared as and when it is possible to do so. Thanks
John Rozier   Tuesday, October 29, 2013

PAC Pike Fish-in - B Pit
On Saturday 5th October the Suffolk Pike Anglers Club will be holding a teach in at Barham B Pit. This is aimed at anglers who are new to pike fishing or those who would like some guidance with unhooking and handling and other fundamental aspect of fishing for Pike. This event is open to GAPS members and non members. Details can be found on the Suffolk PAC webpage:
John Rozier   Monday, September 9, 2013

Barham B Pit Carp Match
The annual Carp Trophy will be held at Barham B Pit on 14th - 15th September, open to all members. Entrance fees are £15 with a £5 deposit up front. 08:00 draw for pegs, 10:00 match start. Finish at noon the next day. Please contact the General Secretary David Page, or alternatively see our Facebook page for details:
John Rozier   Saturday, March 9, 2013

We are pleased to offer a free junior membership for the remainder of the season, and a tackle shop gift voucher to any junior who catches a fish at our open day! So parents, bring the kids along for a day out and a bargain. GAPS
John Rozier   Monday, July 8, 2013

OPEN DAY Alderson Lakes August 17th
ALDERSON LAKES OPEN DAY, Saturday 17th August 2013 GAPS are very pleased to announce an open days fishing for all, at Alderson lakes (NEEDHAM MARKET) on Saturday 17th August, 0800 to 1700. This event is open to all, anglers and anybody who is interested in trying angling with a view to joining. Free fishing will be provided; anglers are to bring their own tackle and to conform to existing club rules. All visitors wishing to fish will be covered by the club who will have an Environment Agency group rod licence for the day. There will be guidance and advice on the day from the clubs stewards, along with a prize of free membership for the rest of the season for the best fish of the day as per the stewards decision. The complex of three lakes will be open to all and guided tours will be available throughout the day. Juniors are very welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult. We welcome existing members, old members and new members, so please come along and pay us a visit.
John Rozier   Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Email Newsletter
Unfortunately we are having some technical difficulties sending out the newsletter this month, apologies. Hopefully this will get sorted soon. Paul\'s email account doesn\'t like sending out emails to too many recipients as it thinks it is spam mail being sent out.
John Rozier   Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Alderson Canal Lake
The Canal lake is fishing well with the small Carp stocked earlier this year showing as well as small Tench.
John Rozier   Monday, January 7, 2013

Membership Book - New Sellers
We now have two new sellers of membership books, Pegg Angling Diss, and Tackle Up Felixstowe. These additional outlets will hopefully aid members wishing to join who live in these areas.
John Rozier   Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Memebership Books
2013-2014 membership books are now available at local tackle shops. Details of where to purchase these from and this seasons subscription rates can be viewed on the membership page of this website.
John Rozier   Monday, May 20, 2013

Pike at Barham
It appears that the pike at Barham are at leaast giving some sport to those brave enough to go out in the current weather we are exp[erieincing. Two anglers have both caught fish weighing 20lb 8oz along with other decent fish. Please see the gallery for pictures.
Les Hart   Sunday, November 3, 2013

Early Joining scheme opened
The early joining scheme for new members has been started in January 2013 instead of February as in previous seasons. This allows new members to join the society and for a few pounds on top of the normal rates payable have nearly six months membership extra
Les Hart   Wednesday, May 1, 2013

***Elton Water Bank***
Reports this week of good catches from Elton Water bank. Steve Airey caught 6 tench on Monday 5th November whilst Lenny Harding had the same amount on Tuesday 6th. Dick Young also accompanied Lenny Harding and he had 5 tench - a 6lb 13oz bream, and a 6lb 1oz carp.
Les Hart   Saturday, August 11, 2012

Alderson Lakes
ALderson lake appears to be fishing quite well in all lakes at this time with lots of small fish being caught - especially in the large lake. Skimmers and decent rudd also making an appearance.
Les Hart   Monday, September 17, 2012

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