Anglers' Conservancy Group
broadcasts a radio show called "Fisherman's
Blues" (Saturday & Sunday 6.00am - 8.00am)
hosted by Keith Arthur a local resident of the borough.
The program as the title suggests is dedicated to fishing.
The greater part of the audience is made up of anglers
but also has an army of non fishing listeners (an army
is how they are described on the program). Perhaps the
attraction of the program to the non fishing community
(and to this listener) is the passion and in depth knowledge
of the subject that is conveyed. Dedicated anglers are
afterall regularly in touch with the environment and are
the eyes and ears of the river. If there is anything untoward
happening with a river then anglers are the first to notice.
Whilst the program is nationwide (and some times international)
in subject matter, the local area and The Thames get regular
mentions. With the host Keith Arthur being a local of
the area, familiar locations are mentioned and for the
non angler the program gives a good insight into the river
that runs through and defines our borough of Richmond
year the listenership of the program has been regularly
updated on the work of the Thames
Anglers' Conservancy (TAC) by a caller called Mushroom,
a local Ham resident whose enthusiasm and dedication to
the river knows no bounds. Essentially a voluntary organisation,
the members of the TAC have taken it upon themselves to
clear the towpaths of litter, engage with local residents
along the Thames who are not so enthused by anglers and
demonstrate that anglers are in fact passionately environmentally
concerned and share many of the concerns that local residents
might have. The goodwill and support towards the TAC is
growing apace as people see the good that Mushroom and
his team are achieving. The TAC was formed at the beginning
of the year and their
aims and motivations can be viewed here. The organisation
is growing steadily, powered by goodwill and a passion
for The Thames and the environment. The TAC is not just
an angling organisation but a wider environmentally aware
organisation and would welcome support from non anglers.
TAC is a friendly and dedicated group, growing steadily
with a commonsense, proactive and no frills approach to
their objectives. They are not afraid to get their hands
dirty, and with Mushroom's enthusiasm and tigerish instincts
to involve people, the TAC is a very worthwhile local
organisation that is growing steadily. Whether you are
an angler or not, but have a passion for the local area,
supporting the TAC in their regular clean ups whether
in person or by donating any unwanted useful tools or
equipment would be very welcome.
TAC is an example to us all of what passion and dedication
to a cause can achieve, and to which we are all beneficiaries
as the TAC team of volunteers strive to improve our environment.
TAC website provides all contact details.
Article: Arcadian Times, November 13th, 2010