I have joined the Notts AA and fished the Farndon stretch which was hard but i am assuming this is down to the recent weather we have had. Hopefully soon i will get my first Barbel!!
They do say that 'great minds think alike'.
I've caught most of my barbel from late August on, so you've plenty of time. I know the trend is for massive leads fished out in the middle, but I wouldn't neglect the near bank, especially if there is some colour in the water.