Jedforest Angling Association makes a splash

For nearly half a century, Jim Oliver has worked tirelessly to help Jedforest Angling Association make a splash.

Now, approaching the grand age of 87, Jim has decided to stand down as club secretary, a role he has held for 21 years (he was club president for 20 years before that).

Hooked on fishing: Jim Oliver (above right) with angling association mates (l to r) Kenny Hall, president, Jim Tait, committee member and new secretary Terry Brown.

And as legacy’s go, Jim Oliver’s ranks with the best of them.

Together with the late Walter Renwick, he helped create the top Hass Loch in the early 80s by damming the Broombaulks Burn.

Today, the loch (right) and its nearby sister, is one of the club’s prime assets – as well as an outstanding natural feature of the Scottish Borders.

Taking over as secretary is Terry Brown who paid tribute to his predecessor.

“It is no exaggeration to say the club runs in his veins.

“He was instrumental in the construction of the Hass Lochs in the early 80’s and until recently visited them every day checking on visiting anglers as well as going down the Teviot as the club’s Water Watcher,” he said.

The association is always keen to hear from potential new members and has made reviving a junior section one of its key objectives for the future.

As well as the local membership, it also has strong links with visiting anglers from throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, together with an informal ‘twinning’ arrangement with an angling club based in the Netherlands.

Anyone interested in joining Jedforest Angling Association or seeking more information should contact Terry on 07720 894 247 or check out the website at

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