Life of a Chalkstream


Update 12 March 2020 – Given the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the Life of a Chalkstream talk due to take place on 28 April 2020. We have taken the decision now because of the continued uncertainty regarding the spread of the virus together with the size and nature of this particular event. Our intention is to find another date when the event can be held safely so please watch out for a further announcement. Those who have already booked and paid will be contacted shortly and offered a full refund or a credit for the new date.


Original event details for information only:

We’re delighted to announce that Hampshire fly fisherman and author, Simon Cooper, will be giving a talk on the Life of a Chalkstream on Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 6.30pm for 7.00pm at Littleton Village Hall.

Simon is based at Nether Wallop Mill, in the heart of the Test Valley, and has a passion for all things fly fishing and in particular the chalkstreams of England. This passion led him to set up his company, Fishing Breaks, over twenty years ago and he has written a number of books.

Life of a Chalkstream is the story of a river that he discovered and brought back to life. A beautiful English chalkstream neglected for a generation or more. But perfection comes at a price, and Simon will talk about the highs and lows of the year he took to bring it back from the brink.

This is not just the tale of a river but the community that lives by it. How every creature, however big, small, fast or apparently unimportant has a niche and a role in the life of a chalkstream.

All are welcome to attend Simon’s talk which will also raise important funds for the work of CPRE Hampshire – the countryside charity. Tickets are £15 to include a drink from 6.30pm. The talk will take place from 7.00pm – 8.00pm, after which Simon will be signing copies of his book.

Venue – Littleton Village Hall, The Hall Way, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QL.

How to book
For tickets, please email or call 01962 841897 (the office is manned on a part-time basis – please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible). On-line bookings will also be available – Eventbrite link to follow shortly.

“If you fish for trout and grayling, or if you love the English countryside, then you’ll also love this book which, for me, ended too soon.”

“Pastoral and modern, it will interest naturalists, anglers and daydreamers.”

“Up there with Tarka the Otter for the marvellous river and nature writing.”

Life of a Chalkstream
Talk by Simon Cooper on Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 6.30pm for 7.00pm at Littleton Village Hall.
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