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Written by Alan Dunne   
Thursday, 04 March 2010 12:34

Known to all as BDAS, the initials standing for ‘Basingstoke & District Aquarist Society’, the original club was formed as long ago as 1954. The founder members who are no longer with us were all well known and respected fishkeepers in their time and a great deal that we nowadays take for granted both in knowledge and systems was pioneered by them. Some, like Adrian Blake and Mervyn Strange, were well known in the world of fishkeeping and others, such as Arthur Marshall, were local characters. All had one thing in common – a love of fish and fishkeeping in general.


The club was well supported locally and was also well known nationally due to its involvement in Open Shows and competitions. Its displays and tableaux were regularly exhibited at the major national shows at Belle Vue in Manchester and Kempton Park and Sandown Park in the south.  It was also a member, and still is, of the Three Counties Group of Aquarist Societies which still annually hosts an Open Show held at the Bracknell venue of Pinewood Park.


The original society met in a number of different locations over the years and more recently at the Wote Street Club in the town centre. Finally due to parking constraints it was decided to move the meetings to Kempshott Village Hall. Following the sad loss of Arthur Marshall meetings lapsed for a period and were then revived at the beginning of 2010 continuing at Kempshott where we currently still meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month at 8.30pm.


The 2012 programme has now been arranged and looks to be as interesting and varied as that of 2011. Our usual intention as always is to mix informal discussion with more structured talks.


Tue 14th March General Discussion All
Tue 10th April   
Biotype Aquariums     
Andy Pearce 
Tue   8th May AGMs

Tue 12th June Conservation Issues Nigel Hunter
Tue 10th July  
Myth Busters      
Mats Petersson
Tue 14th Aug    
Frozen & Live Foods 
Chris Ralph & Mats Petersson 
Tue  11th Sept Poachers Turned Gamekeepers  
Andy Pearce & Chris Ralph 
Tue   9th Oct 
Behind the Scenes Tony Sadler
Tue 13th Nov 
Tank Set Up
Chris Ralph


The programme is intended to be flexible and may be subject to change as the focus is primarily on members’ interests. Meetings are at Kempshott at 8.30pm for 8.45pm start. Hopefully you are all familiar with Kempshott Hall located on the outskirts of Basingstoke just off Pack Lane. Drive past Halfords, Staples and Homebase and keep going. The turning for the hall is off to the right after about half a mile. For those of you with sat nav or wishing to google for directions the post code is RG22 5HN. For more details please contact me   Andy Pearce on 01252 325686 or 07969 379988 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all at future meetings.





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