It came as a ‘great’ shock for me to find out on the 29th April that my steel vehicular bridge over the River Tavy needs huge repairs or to be replaced, this is due to rust and wear and tear. My bridge has now sadly had to have its carrying load reduced and is unable to take lorries.
Repairs to this bridge are expected to be in the region of £100,000 and replacement of this bridge with a fully galvanised bridge have been quoted at £150,000 and these costs are expected to rise due to steel prices currently increasing. To make matters much worse the new bridge quote doesn’t include the cost of removing my old bridge!
If the fishery was to lose the use of this bridge, all guests and anglers visiting the fishery would have to use our old narrow entrance from the B3357 behind the fishery.
Whether you’re one of my loyal fly anglers or new to the sport, or someone who has holidayed at the fishery many times or just once, or If you have known me since I moved here 32 years ago or just for a few days, I do hope my home has a special place in your heart and if you are in a position to ‘Help Bridge The Gap’…Thanks very much but if you can’t don’t worry, I’ll continue working hard and do my very best to keep the bridge in use that my Late Father erected in 1995.
How to help
Those Tavistock Trout Fishery supporters that are able to contribute more than £25 towards the ‘Help Bridge The Gap’ fund will have their name entered into a raffle for a free weeks holiday (4 people) at the fishery inc’ a fishing permit each day! The top 20 contributors to the ‘Help Bridge The Gap’ fund will also have their name ‘engraved’ on a brass plaque on the bridge after the repairs or replacement of the bridge.
If you are able to help you can do so in one of the following ways:-
Sort Code 30 98 46
Account number 24889060
Ref: Bridge and your surname.
Please also phone me or send an email so that I can thank you for your support!
Made out to ‘Tavistock Trout Fishery’ & handed to myself or posted to Tavistock Trout Fishery, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9JW.
If you are posting a cheque please also add your name, postal address and telephone number so that I can thank you for your support!
All donations gratefully received and thanks so much for all your kind support!