Community Trust Fund secures future of Stockport Angling Club

26 July 2013

Stockport based Gosjac Angling Club, has had its future secured due to Manchester Airport’s Community Trust fund, with a donation of 1,376 towards the management of Cormorant birds, which were depleting fish stocks at the club’s main fishery, Sykes Reservoir, Alexandra Park, Edgeley.

The birds, which were eating young fish, are now set to be controlled by the creation of fish refuges, which mimic natural habitat features and act as a defence to allow the young fish to thrive.

Gosjac Angling Club, a not for profit organisation, was launched in 1959 and has over 100 members. However due to the on-going issues with the Cormorant birds, membership has declined in recent months.

Club Secretary, Michael Fox, explains: “The problem has been going on for some time now, where the birds predate on the young bream, roach, rudd and perch. This has led to over a 50% decline with members and over 85% with day passes. We are delighted to be given this donation from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund and cannot wait to kick-start the project. It should hopefully see a significant rise in members once the project is complete, and attract new people to the club.”

Councillor John Pantall, Stockport’s trustee on the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund welcomed the grant. He said “The application was one of the most unusual ones I’ve ever considered. It demonstrates the diversity of wildlife even in an urban area. Angling is a major leisure activity and I’m pleased we can support the Gosjac Angling Club to maintain the quality of the fishing in such a simple and practical way.”

The club now plans to unveil a plaque on-site to mark the donation from the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund, which since 1997 has donated over 2.8m to local causes. The fund continues to support community, social and environmental groups in the airport’s vicinity and is actively looking for new applications, especially those with an environmental background.

The fund was set up by Manchester Airport to help worthy causes and charities in the local area. The airport contributes 100,000 each year to the fund, and this sum is further increased by money generated through fines imposed on airlines when departing aircraft exceed noise limits. The money is then used to support neighbourhood and community projects throughout the area.

Wendy Sinfield, Manchester Airport’s Community Relations Manager said: “We are very pleased to continue to make these important awards to the local community and it is rewarding to see our grants being used how they were intended. Gosjac Angling Club’s application was very important to us, as we are extremely committed and dedicated to environmental projects in the area. The airport is devoted to supporting local people through the grant donations it makes to organisations based in Greater Manchester. These groups undertake important work in the local community and we are proud to give them our support.”

The building work for the project commences on 15th August and the plaque to mark Gosjac’s donation is set to be unveiled on 5th October 2013. The club expects membership to increase by 100% due to the donation, with day ticket sales set to increase by 300%.

To apply for the Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund, members of the public should use the online application form on or email the fund on


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Published on: 26/07/2013 09:41:38