The Thameside Works Angling Preservation Society (TWAPS) is a fishing club situated in North West Kent and manages several fishing lakes and stretches of river on behalf of it’s membership. The club mainly covers the Gravesend, Northfleet, Dartford, Medway (including Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham), Maidstone and surrounding areas. The club has both day ticket and members only waters. The club was originally known as Thameside Works Angling Club and was formed by the local factory angling clubs, e.g. Bowaters, Everards, Kent Kraft, Paper Sacks, Northfleet Power Station, A E I, plus Amalgamated Works, a club formed to cater for associate members who fished the Blue Lake at Northfleet. See more of our club history below…
Associate members bought a two and sixpence annual fishing permit, and Blue Circle (as it was then) suggested that a properly constituted organisation be set up at a meeting held in the Blue Circle Club during 1952. Each member club was represented at committee meetings held monthly and the organisation grew from strength to strength. The Blue Lake was at that time recognised as arguably the best fishery in the South East, but on the 17th November 1973 a massive oil spill decimated the fishery making it unfishable with membership declining to about 100 members only. Bromley Angling Club offered the use of their waters for several years until the Blue Lake recovered thus keeping the core of membership together. At present Thameside controls 5 fisheries and a stretch of the River Medway, with a membership of 750. Members fishing any club water do so at their own risk.