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Airdrie & District Angling Club. News!

Just a wee update for any Hillend Loch members or future members and associates out there in cyber space that the dates have been set for the renewal of all memberships etc. All enquiries and membership collections will be available at the Hillend Fishing Lodge on the following dates………

Friday 26th Feb 7pm – 9pm
Saturday 27th Feb 10am – 2pm
Sunday 28th Feb 10am – 2pm

Friday 5th March 7pm – 9pm
Saturday 6th March 10am – 2pm
Sunday 7th March 10am – 2pm

Friday 12th March 7pm – 9pm
Saturday 13th March 10am – 2pm
Sunday 14th March 10am – 2 pm

Season 2010 subscriptions are as follows…

Adult Full Member £75
Sen Citz Full Member £60
Junior Full Member £55

Adult Assoc Member £85
Sen Citz Assoc Member £65
Junior Assoc Member £60

Please note; Any New Full Member is charged a £5 registration fee.

Lochside Day Tickets remain at £10 for Adults & £8 for juniors
Day Membership Tickets can be purchased for £8 for Adults & £6 for Juniors

Day Memberships are available from the following outlets…
Hillend Fishing Lodge
Sunny Convenience Stores, Caldercruix
Airdrie Angling Centre
Lochside Tackle, Armadale

Boat Charges remain the same as 2009. Electric Outboards are available at £8 per session including 1 Battery.

Best wishes for the forthcoming season to all our Members, Associates and Day Ticket visitors. Tight Lines!


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