Issue 134

 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK - established 1934.                                                                       April 2011..

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The caravan is sited on this 5 star award winning holiday complex which is also one of the top coarse angling centres in the country comprising 15 lakes.

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At this month's AGM General Committee member Neil Roberts proudly announced that the VAC has achieved Clubmark accreditation. Here, in his own words, is the full story:

After nine months of hard work, the long awaited email popped into my in-box from Jon Wilson (Angling Development Board) simply worded, Congratulations we made it in the end!

What he meant was that, thanks to the help and support of the Angling Development Board and a core VAC team from the General Committee, Verulam Angling Club had become the first Angling Club in Hertfordshire to gain the highly prestigious Clubmark from Sport England. That’s true recognition of a quality club providing a safe and well managed angling facility with an emphasis on growing its membership.

Neil (right) receiving our certificate at Riverside Road

Gaining Clubmark accreditation is no ‘walk in the park’, for starters the running of the club was broken down into four parts;

ü  The Playing Programme

ü  Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people

ü  Knowing your club and its community

ü  Club management

Each section had an onerous series of questions to prove our claim to be a club worthy of a quality hallmark. On top of that not happy with answers to questions the process required an ‘evidence file’ with supporting material to back up all the claims made. Ours ran to 270 pages!

So now can we sit back and enjoy the high life amongst the sporting club elite? Not a bit of it, there are annual checks, and every three years we have to do it all over again to keep our Clubmark status.

Why all the effort??  Well VAC want to continue to develop as an AC and increase participation in angling at all levels and ages, and to do that we will need help in the form of funding sometime in the future. As a Clubmarked club we ‘tick’ all the boxes in that regard. For more information on Clubmark click the logo, top left on this page.

The VAC General Committee sends out a huge thank you to Neil for his hard work in obtaining this milestone achievement plus to the team that helped make it happen; Roger Smith, Barry Killinger, John Youngs and Mark Jones.


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Picture Perfect?

Club DB, our excellent member database, is now serving us well with members able to log in and update their details at any time.


However, a small number of members have not yet sent in or uploaded a passport style picture which we MUST HAVE to print up your next membership card. We believe we have now resolved some the technical difficulties but for those who cannot upload a suitable picture please find time to either email your photo (quoting ID number) or pop a picture in the post to the Registrar. More details on the Subscriptions page.

Associate Venues - click the logos to go to the fishery web sites



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.

 £1 off all day tickets for VAC members


VAC members, on production of their club card, can fish the day ticket section of Jack's Lake free of charge



Your Contribution

Don't be shy, send your catch pics to the webmaster...  

Josh Blavins was happy catching bream on the feeder at Smallford when this 23lb mirror joined the fun.

Nathan Walters was delighted with this 14oz Marford dace.


Again at Marford, Neil Lucas with this 2lb 14oz roach


Verulam Angling Centre


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

Pop in or call Terry on 01727 861777


Almost Spring 


With the weather hopefully warming up soon why not pop in and stock up on bait from some of the latest ranges:





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