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Sheffield Partnership: Rivers in Town Environments (SPRITE) meetings

John Blewitt (who is in charge of the Free membership angling arm of SPRITE) has circulated the following 2 letters about upcoming events:

Monday, 06 April 2009

Well, we have finally managed to get things moving on the River Don fishing front. A meeting has been arranged at 7.30 p.m April 20th 2009 at the Hillsborough Hotel. The Hotel is located at Langsett Road/Wood St. Sheffiled6. There is ample parking space on Wood St. The Tram stop is Primrose Hill and a map is attached. It has been agreed if anyone is under 18 they will be admitted (normal licensing rules apply). An agenda has not been formulated, but things to be discussed are.
the name of the club
the aims and objectives
how is it to be funded
rules of the fishery.

I imagine other questions will arise; hopefully they will be addressed and answered. I am looking forward to meeting you on the evening and if anyone wants to bring any other interested parties, feel free to do so.

This initiative is both exciting and innovative, it will reap untold benefits to the River Don. All persons are welcome. Can you please inform me by phone or e-mail whether you will be attending.

Hope to see you on the night


and also:

"Dear All

After quite a long and laboured start, it looks as if S.P.R.I.T.E is finally up and running. The fishing section is being formed, exhibitions and walks for various initiatives are being manned and funding for certain projects are being applied for.

One of our core businesses is the cleaning of the River Don, initially from Hillfoot Bridge upstream to the Winn Gardens estate. We are holding the initial clean up of No 1 section commencing at 10.00 on the 2nd May 2009 and finishing at 15.00. Number 1 section as I like to call it, is from Hillfoot Bridge to the first weir (Sandbed). Not only will the river be cleaned (where appropriate) but also the surrounding areas. Protective equipment will be supplied.

I am praying for fine weather and a good turnout of people, please come ready for a hard days graft and dressed accordingly. Bring wellies and waders if you have them.

Just a note on how I see the other cleanups going.
Section 2 from weir to the silver mill 13th June.
Section 3 from above the industrial estate to Coopers Bridge.
Section 4Coopers Bridge to Penistone Road.
Section 5 Penistone Road to Leppings Lane.
Section 6 Leppings Lane to Winn Gardens.
For sections 3, 4, 5 and 6, the dates will be confirmed at a later date.

Please pass this information on to any other person that may be interested in helping with the river corridor.

Cheers and thanks

J Blewitt"


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