Speaker Meeting

Mon 10th October 2011

Peter Kavanagh, a lave net fisherman on the River Severn.

Our speaker this week was Peter Kavenagh a vice chairman from the quixotically named Severn Estuary (Nets and Fixed Engines) Fishermen's Association. This august body has coordinated salmon fishing on the river over many generations. We learnt about rockstaffs, rhymes, toes, sandbars, gutters, putchers, engines, not forgetting lave netting, all varieties of equipment used historically, but now, sadly, a declining art and business. Peter fascinated us with tales of yesteryear, illustrating this with pictures of the equipment where it had survived for photographic posterity.

A most enlightening talk, once again demonstrating how little we really know about what goes on our doorstep.