LEVAS Facts

Some Interesting Historical Facts

  • The current Fletcher Cup was first presented in 1927
  • Herbert Sallis became National Champion in 1932
  • In the early 30’s no Sunday fishing was allowed except on the Soar
  • Another rule around at that time related to the weighing of fish. It said that three members must be present. Failing that it must be taken to the Landlord of the Society’s HQ.
  • First recorded Annual Outing was to Market Deeping in 1932 (the President paid for all the meals!)
  • In 1950’s the Society were offered ownership of the fishing rights of the then Attenborough Gravels and the Trent but both were rejected.
  • 200 chub to 5lb and 30 grayling to 1½ lb were stocked in to the Trent in 1960.
  • By December 1962 over 40 applications for matches (1600 pegs) on the Trent at Long Eaton in 1963/64 season had been returned due to the water being fully booked
  • In 1967 British Waterways Board were planning to close the Erewash Canal. LEVAS joined with other organizations and saved it.
  • In 1968 the Erewash Canal downstream of Stanton was virtually wiped out by devastating cyanide pollution. The whole ecology was destroyed and it was only in the late 70’s when the Canal was again declared fit.
  • In 1969 the Society joined the National Federation of Anglers in its own right. It had previously been affiliated via the Loughborough Soar A C since 1933.
  • The RS Kirkland Trophy (for the Annual Outing) was presented by John and Jean Adams in memory of Jean’s father, Stan Kirkland, who was a real stalwart of the Society for some thirty years from 1938.
  • 1971 saw a LEVAS team in a National Championship for the first time. It was the last of the one-day Nationals on the River Severn with 116 teams taking part
  • In 1975 the Society team won the Division 2 National Championship.
  • In 1977 a special Jubilee Year match was organized. The top 5 individual pay out was – £3; £2..50; £2; £1.50; £1
  • 41 members attended the Centenary AGM on 19 March 1980 when the Full adult membership fee was raised to £4
  • Mary Cartwright was Club Champion in 1981/2 season. She went on to captain the LEVAS team in the 1982 Division 1 National (probably the only lady to do that).
  • Michael Church became Junior National Champion of 1981.  In the team that year were Mary Cartwright and current members Paul Mayo and Richard Clarke. (If you were also part of that team please let me know so your name may be added).
  • 1988, the Society threatens to relinquish fishing rights on Erewash Canal due to British Waterway’s continuous neglect. Eventually BW offer much lower rental.
  • 1994 saw the introduction of draw for swims at Fletchers Pond on the opening day of the season.
  • 1999 saw the first stocking of (1100) carp into Grange Pond.
  • Raging floods in November 2000 washed through Fletchers Pond. Members rescued 17 large carp from surrounding fields as the waters subsided.
  • 2003, Alan Wright became the first angler to win the National Championship twice, as he topped a fine team performance on the River Soar which saw LEVAS achieve promotion to Division 1.
  • 2005: The club set up its website.  The intention was to build it into a comprehensive information and message system for the use of all (members, prospective members and other interested parties).
  • 2005, in the National Championships on the Grand Union Canal, the team were relegated to Division 2. 
  • 2006: The post of Publicity and Press Officer was created at the AGM.
  • 2006: LEVAS failed to enter a team in the National Championships Division 2 (Grand Union Canal) due to members' lack of interest.  LEVAS's stretch of the Erewash Canal was used for the Division 1 National Championships, and for the Erewash Canal Championships (fished before the 'national'.
  • For the 2006-2007 season, LEVAS had 677 paid up members, consisting of 455 adults, 96 OAPs, 23 disabled, and 103 juniors, a substantial increase on the previous year.  In addition, 40 members also took out permits for Fletchers Pond, and 130 keys for Grange Pond were sold.
  • 2010: LEVAS restricted fishing on all their river fisheries to members only (no day tickets) although all fisheries may be fished by visiting clubs for ‘block booked’ approved matches.
  • 2011: Erewash Canal covered in a form of ‘duck weed’ throughout LEVAS controlled stretch. Problem increased throughout the summer and autumn. By November all canal was covered.
  • 2011: The LEVAS website ceased in July. Committee are planning to have new website operational by 2012.

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