know what an APPG is? Frankly, I had absolutely no idea when I
received an email excitedly telling me that a Chalkstream APPG
was being formed. It means, for those of us who don’t live in the
Westminster bubble, an All-Party Parliamentary Group.
these are informal cross-party groups that have no official
status within Parliament that are run by and for Members of the
Commons and Lords. The members meet to discuss, campaign on and
promote a certain issue. MPs often find that forming and chairing
an APPG can be an effective part of a parliamentary campaign, as
it can act as an extra vehicle with which to spread awareness of
the issue within parliament and as a springboard to events and
are a great many APPGs – at the last count over 400 (all have to
be registered with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards)
covering a vast diversity of topics: most nations around the
world are represented by one. Jazz and beer have their groups,
though some might say this should be combined into one. Serious
issues such as breast cancer or homelessness have APPGs.
this arena have stepped Sir Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne and
Sir Oliver Heald MP for North East Hertfordshire who will be
holding the inaugural meeting of the Chalkstream APPG on
September 15thto which all MPs and Members of
the House of Lords are invited. Obviously, us mere mortals cannot
attend but it might be an idea, if you live in a constituency
with a chalkstream, or know a friendly Lord, do alert them about
breaking news, the Environment Minster Rebecca Pow, who recently
greenlighted the River Otter beavers, is to hold a Chalk Stream
Summit on October 16th. In a
press release, that also covered sewage in rivers and water
leakages, her department said on Tuesday:
streams: Chalk streams – known for their clear waters and rich
wildlife – continue to be at risk due to low flows, poor water
quality and unsustainable abstraction by water companies. The
Minister urged water companies to significantly raise their ambition
to improve chalk stream catchments and asked them to join her at
a Chalk Stream summit she will host on 16 October.”
things considered, these are both great pieces of news.
effective way is via email. You can check your local MP, and
obtain his or her email address, with this handy link. I don’t think your email needs to
be overly long; something along the lines of:
already know that there is a new chalkstream APPG forming on 15
September, under Sir Oliver Heald and Sir Charles Walker.
are only 225 chalkstreams in the world and you are fortunate to
have the [insert names] in your constituency, However, these
delicate ecosystems under intense pressure from climate change
and urban development, especially abstraction and pollution. The
failing status of our rivers, and chalkstreams in particular, has
been well reported in recent weeks and months.
therefore, ask you to consider joining this APPG.
name] Constituent in xxxxxxx
Frankel book talk will be Zoomed
when you thought things were returning to something near normal
then the sting in the Covid tail strikes …...
sooner had we announced, then filled my September talk for the Frankel
book in the lovely riverside marquee at The Greyhound on the Test
then the whole edifice had to be swiftly dismantled as HM
Government reduced social gatherings from thirty to an intimate,
but ultimately impractical, six. However, some good has come out
of it as I will be doing the talk live via Zoom in October on the
date of Frankel’s fourteenth and final race.
don’t need to travel. You can pull up your comfortable chair.
Drink your own wine. And it’s free! I’ll chatter away for about
30 minutes starting at 7pm aided by a slideshow from the Frankel
archive, plus some I took on the road whilst researching the
book. You’ll also have a chance to send in questions of your own
and we’ll aim to wrap up by 8pm.
register, please me send an email with nothing more
than Frankel in the subject line. We’ll send you a Zoom link and
login code on the day.
Cooper in conversation about his new book Frankel: The
Greatest Racehorse of All Time and the Sport That Made Him.
met Andy Buckley when he was, as they say, a sallow youth working
in the Farlow’s store at Pall Mall. But he always had a bit of a
life plan, so when he disappeared to the Seychelles to guide I
wasn’t altogether surprised. Nor was I surprised when he returned
to set up a guiding business in his native Derbyshire.
It is a
tough gig starting from scratch, as I well know. But Andy is
talented, hardworking and knowledgeable as all those of you who
have been guided by him will attend. But for all his love of the
limestone streams such at the Dove, Andy relishes a trip down
south to show us soft natives how to do it.
month, along with his accomplished partner Ieva, who acts as
camera woman and director, they produced two great films on
Kanara on the Itchen and Bullington Manor on the Upper Test. Here
is the Bullington Manor film; I’ll bring you the Kanara film next
Autumn Two Pack
to be armed and ready for both eventualities in the autumn; the
fish on the surface. And the fish on the fin. My Autumn Two Pack
with September/October dries and the Chalkstreams nymphs should
cover just about every possibility and the 12f/6xt leader will
give you an extra edge.
don’t know about you but sometimes I find Microsoft Edge, the
web browser that replaced that old friend, Internet Explorer
a bit annoying popping up, as it does, photos and random bits
of news. However, sometimes it does come up with a
Last week I was suckered into trying World
Rivers Map Quiz but it is rather fun. It will take no more
than a couple of minutes, though I’m ashamed to say I scored
a fairly dismal 58%. I’m sure you will do better.