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Patron: Chris Yates

Sandra Armishaw (Founder)
Des Taylor
Reg Talbot (Treasurer & Secretary)
Ed Whitby

Former Patron: Fred Buller MBE

The Trust was founded by Sandy Armishaw who can be seen here signing the document to bring the Trust into life, witnessed by Roger Northcote

Angling Heritage (UK) was founded on the 9th February, 2009 and has its own dedicated website which can be found by visiting:

Chris Yates also signs the document to become a Trustee later becoming Patron. 

The following is an article which appeared in the February 17, 2009 edition of Angler's Mail, and was written by reporter, Gary Newman.


"I'm so glad we were able to make this unique recording." Sandra Armishaw

A NEW charitable trust aims to preserve our great sport's rich and fascinating history for the future generations.

Most of the younger generations of anglers are more interested in DVDs and the internet than they are in old books, photographs and other memorabilia from the past. They are also less likely to want to become river-keepers, ghillies, netsmen or boatmen, so much of the knowledge and skills accumulated in these trades over the course of hundreds of years could be lost.
But this is why Angling Heritage (UK) has been set up, and it was the death of angling legend, Fred J Taylor MBE that brought about its inception.
Angling Heritage (UK) was founded by Sandra Armishaw, who runs River Reads' bookshop in Devon, and was set-up after she'd recorded a conversation between Fred J and another angling great, Fred Buller - author of The Domesday Book of Mammoth Pike.
Sandra revealed: "I'm so glad we were able to make this unique recording and this demonstrates why the work of the trust is so important. Fred J enjoyed himself so much that he wanted to make further recordings, and now of course it is too late.'
'It is not just about the great names of angling such as Walker, Taylor, Stone, Venables, et al, whose social history should be recorded, but also those whose entire lives have been dedicated to the care of our rivers, habitat and indigenous fish.'
'I'd welcome any help from people who feel that they have something to contribute to this newly-formed organisation. Anyone donating items can rest assured that an accurate record will be kept and that their names will be recorded for posterity alongside some of the greatest characters in the world of angling.'

The recording session of Fred J and Fred Buller has been made into a limited edition book and two CDs, entitled Recollections with any profits going towards future recordings with other angling greats. The trust was launched on February 9 to coincide with what would've been Fred J's 90th birthday. For more information call Sandra on: (01805) 622064 or visit the website


Stop Press! A second recording of Barrie Rickards and Des Taylor has been completed and has sold out

Stop Press 2! A third recording of Bob Buteux and Len Arbery has been completed and is the third instalment of the Recollections series. This too has sold out.

Stop Press 3! A fourth recording was completed featuring John Goddard and Brian Clarke in 2012. If you are interested in a copy, please contact us.  Sadly, John Goddard passed away on 26th December 2012 making this recording even more poignant. To make sure that you get your copy, contact us now to express your interest.


Stop Press 4! A fifth recording was made in November 2012 between Bob Church and Dave Steuart, interviewed by Pete Reading. Another fascinating piece of history, so if you would like a copy, please contact us as soon as possible to express your interest.