Nigel Bruton of the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association was a mainstay of the club
Nigel Bruton sadly passed away last week at the age of 93. Nigel, who was a very accomplished local plumber, served on the committee of the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association, on a voluntary basis, for over 40 years.
He first joined the committee in the mid-1950s as a member of the general committee, followed by a short period as publicity manager until the early 1960s when he assumed the role of secretary. club – a position he held for over 30 years.
I joined the committee in 1990 as vice chairman for a year, followed by a few years as chairman, and worked closely with Nigel who then had extensive knowledge of all club issues. .
I saw with my own eyes the time and effort he devoted to the association at a time when membership was around 1,300, and the club’s water portfolio included Rushbrooke Lake and the West Stow Country Park Lake.
Nigel was heavily involved in setting up the original leases for these premier waters and many more during his years of service on the committee.
One of Nigel’s many accomplishments for the club was overseeing the drainage, netting, silt removal, filling and replenishment of Rushbrooke Lake in 1973 at no cost to the club.
He skillfully obtains grants from the Sports Council, the Thedwastre Council and the National Fishermen’s Council. He also secured a large replenishment of Anglian Water fish, also at no cost to the club.
Nick Bonney also worked closely with Nigel on the committee, primarily as treasurer, but also briefly as vice president and chairman over a 16-year period ending in 1994.
When I spoke to Nick last week, he recalled, “Nigel has done a tremendous amount of work during his tenure as secretary. He has always been the first point of contact for any exercise undertaken by the club. I know it’s an old saying, but he really was the linchpin of the club.
“He was also a passionate member of the association’s national team. I remember sitting with him on the bus all the way fishing the Huntspaill River and King Sedgemore Drain many years ago.
Nigel was a calm man but tenacious in everything he did for the club and could be quite bossy when he needed it.
He was a highly respected servant of the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association and the club had been the poorest since leaving the committee in 1995, although he was made an honorary life member in 1996.
The two archive photos included in this article show Nigel at the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association’s annual trophy parties in 1968 and 1969.
Meanwhile, spawning started in most of our local waters last week and as a result I have no carp catching stories or photos to offer. Carp do not feed during spawning and anyway, many of our local fisheries rightly don’t allow fishing in their waters before spawning is complete, which is a very stressful episode for carp.
Some fisheries decide to disconnect the stakes to prevent anglers from fishing near spawning carp which usually takes place in very shallow water at the margin.
The upside for carp anglers is that carp tend to feed more confidently after spawning, which usually only lasts a few days, so the catches could be impressive for the rest of June.
The veterans of the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association held their fifth game of the season at Barrow Lake last week and, again, the nets consisted of the little tench seeded last November and the appropriate bream. Bob Huant, a relatively new member of the section, had two wins in three games.
Fishing on ankle 16, his 12 lb 2 oz gaining weight was mostly made up of three bream. Runner-up Rob Parnell once again boxed a bream and five ankle tench 8 with 7 lb 8 oz. Everyone caught something. The next match is at Badwell Ash.
Mildenhall Angling Club membership cards are now available for purchase in the Londi store on Beck Row.
Unfortunately, they can no longer be obtained from the Mildenhall Pet Shop as it has closed. The club has requested that members carry their cards with them.
The club’s river matches begin with the new season looming and any member interested in participating should call 07478 279072
Bury St Edmunds Angling Club memberships are available from Tackle Up in Bury, Hooked in Newmarket and Just Fishin in Sudbury.