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Chatton organises prize draw to support Great North Air Ambulance


Ali Brown from Chatton Fishery with flies tied and donated by Andy Richmond from Irvine to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance. The draw will take place on on Sunday, December 20. Tickets can be bought from the fishery. Fishery report

GAIA instructors Barry Mitchell, Kevin Dawson and Richard Phillipson at Chatton.
GAIA instructors Barry Mitchell, Kevin Dawson and Richard Phillipson at Chatton.

GAIA trio form development team for NE and the Borders

THREE members of the Game Angling Instructors’ Association (GAIA), who have come together to form Fly Fishing and Fly Casting North East and Borders, held their first event at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday.

Barry Mitchell (07979 023301), Richard Phillipson (07880 945268) and Kevin Dawson (07753 639135) will give demonstrations and tuition at various fisheries throughout the region.

Kevin from Rothbury and Barry from Morpeth are single handed instructors – although Barry hopes to be qualified in double-hand instruction next month – and Richard from Haltwhistle is a double handed instructor.

For £10 and £5 for under 16s at weekends anyone of any age – from complete beginners to those who wish to improve their casting technique – can attend and learn how to cast and enjoy fly fishing. All tackle can be provided if required.

The trio also plan to hold river fishing tactics and methods for trout fishing sessions and grayling days a number of the region’s rivers next year.

The next scheduled event is for October 18, when Thrunton Juniors will be given casting instruction.

July fish count data online

THE Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for July is now available on the web. Please note the revised reporting format for the Wear to take in account data from a counter in the new fish pass at Freeman’s reach.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

FOCL voted best for itineraries  

EXPERTS at the world’s leading cruise reviews website Cruise Critic have voted Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) Best for Itineraries in the ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards 2015’.

The winners are selected by Cruise Critic’s team of knowledgeable cruise experts, based on the lines and ships that they feel “are at the top of their game”, and best represent excellence in each of the 25 categories.

FOCL has also been awarded Cruise Critic’s Best Value for Money accolade for the past three years, in recognition of the exceptional value that its cruise holidays continue to offer. Full story Travel

FOCL boost for English bowlers

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) is now an “Official Partner” of the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA), the governing body for the sport of flat green indoor bowls in England, with 300 clubs, 63 county associations and 100,000+ players affiliated.

FOCL’s new partnership with the association means that the cruise line will be supporting national televised indoor bowling events nationwide, as well as undertaking local activity with EIBA members across the country. Full story: Travel

Around the world in 107 nights

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL)’s Around the World Voyage 2017 brochure showcases an exceptional itinerary - and the opportunity to explore the planet in a magical 107 nights.

Leaving Southampton on January 3, 2017, aboard the smaller, more intimate Black Watch, prices for this circumnavigation of the globe costs are from £94 per person, per night – and guests will receive up to £550 per person free onboard spending credit* on outside cabins and above (amount varies by cabin type).

Solo travellers can also benefit from reduced single supplement on selected twin outside cabins (subject to availability). Full story Travel

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Updated 2209 Tuesday, October 6, 2015