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Neil, Tackle Box shop owner, on the return of community to Charlton's Pond.

Charlton's Pond’s been sown from a pretty poor area. It used to create a habitat for a lot of unsavoury people, and that has been changed around now. I always remember, when I saw the turning point about 2 or 3 years ago, it was a Wednesday night, and we used to have summer evening fishing matches. It was for the adults and it was the first one I took part in. It was a lovely night and it was one of the first matches we had on the pond since it was done up. It sounds silly, but it was like a film that I’ve seen on TV with Tommy Steel in it.

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Robbie, level 2 coach, on his involvement in the restoration of Charlton’s Pond

We used to come over here as kids and fish the pond but it was starting to get run down. Teenagers were coming over here drinking and drug abuse and it was a place not to go. When we were coming over here as kids there were families coming over and picnics. But it had got to the stage where no one was coming over here. So with that in mind we wanted to try to get it back to how it was. That was the aim really, to get the kids back involved, to enjoy fishing the pond like when we were kids. And obviously through the volunteers and grant money we’ve managed to pull it all together.
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