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    From the Roman name Iulianus, which was derived from Julius. This was the name of the last pagan Roman emperor, Julian the Apostate (4th century). It was also borne by several early saints, including the legendary Saint Julian the Hospitaller. This name has been used in England since the Middle Ages, at which time it was also a feminine name (from Juliana, eventually becoming Gillian). [2]

    Sport on Shefford & District AA stillwaters has continued to produce some good catches.  However, the first issue to highlight is that a sheep at Willington Lake was found by the farmer with fishing line wrapped around its legs, which had broken through the skin and caused an infection that required treatment with antibiotics.  There is no excuse for any angler leaving line (or any other form of litter) on any of our waters.  Willington Lake is still a productive venue for pike anglers and the secret for success is often to locate where the silver fish are shoaled up.  Members have also enjoyed some good catches of roach, with some pegs producing quality redfins where all the fish are ‘netters’. 
    Andy Richwood is a regular visitor to Broom Lake and despite the odd blank his day sessions have produced a string of good carp with several commons over 20lb, topped by a fish of 25lb 1oz.  James Lamb and Dan Tadgell managed 7 carp between them during a recent 24h session, which included some fin perfect commons and a stunning looking mirror carp.  James commented that they caught nothing during the hours of darkness and the carp started to feed in areas where the sun hit the water during the morning.  The track around Broom Lake is now closed to vehicles and it is anticipated the track will remain closed until repairs have been undertaken in the spring.  Work parties are scheduled at Broom Lake on Saturday 27th January & Sunday 28th January and on Saturday 24th February & Sunday 25th February, when we will have a tree surgeon trimming overhanging branches and those thought likely to cause problems in the future.  The lake will be closed during the work parties and volunteers are encouraged to attend to put cut wood into the chipper and helping to pull cut wood out of the lake with the ropes provided. 
    The Airman has continued to produce some good nets of roach with fish seemingly shoaled in several areas of the lake.  The perch fishing has also shown improvement with 2lb fish being caught regularly and the odd perch occasionally topping 3lb.  The next match in the pike series will be held at The Airman on Sunday 21st January with the lake closed to anglers not taking part in the pike match (further details can be obtained from Bryan Lancaster 07810 454819). 
    There have been surprisingly few reports from our river venues.  Stephen Creasey landed a 5lb 5oz jack pike from downstream of Stanford Lock, whilst further downstream on Broom River several perch to over 2lb have been reported but the bigger specimens are proving elusive. 
    In the build-up to the AGM on the 28th March the Committee is reviewing how maintenance work is carried out on SDAA waters and who does it. We are evaluating what we can do ourselves and what we need to get contractors in to do for us. Like all clubs we do not usually get as many volunteers as we would like at work parties, so we are putting out a special request to all members. If you are interested in volunteering at future work parties can you please let us know in the near future, ideally by email to: [email protected]  
    As part of our review of the maintenance of SDAA waters, the Committee also want to recruit volunteers to act as 'Fishery Wardens' for each of our waters. The role involves identifying and reporting on issues arising on each water and putting forward solutions to these issues for Committee consideration. One for Broom Lake is already in place, so ideally we would like ones for The Airman, Willington & Stanford Pit and at least one for our river portfolio. It would also be ideal if the 'Fishery Wardens' were on the Committee as well, but this is not essential. The Committee meets 12 times per year on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month in Shefford.  If you are interested in volunteering as a Fishery Warden contact us ASAP, ideally by email to: [email protected]

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