The joy of fishing

The West Lancashire branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity held their second event for the year 2017 at Charity Farm, Smithy Brow, Wrightington, bringing together five members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Sisters team as well as seven young adults with special needs and their carers, to sample the delights of fishing.

Pictured left: The joy of fishing. Pictured right: A member of Help for Heroes (left) with a volunteer caster savouring their day.

Pictured left: The joy of fishing. Pictured right: A member of Help for Heroes (left) with a volunteer caster savouring their day.

Despite being a little wet, the weather developed into a perfect day for fishing, enabling all those who participated to catch lots of fish, including some nice specimens of carp, tench, roach and perch, with of course lots of help from the volunteer casters.

The enthusiasm of all the participants was a delight to behold, especially with the young adults, who were whooping and hollering to each other every time they caught a fish. One young person caught over 20 fish and although many were on the small side, her delight was absolutely brilliant to see.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent was welcomed by Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Keith Kemp, Chairman of the West Lancashire branch of the MTSFC, and treated to a tour of the lake to meet the casters and their students. They were later joined in a surprise visit by the Provincial Grand Secretary Peter Taylor.

Tony Bent (right) presents a certificate of achievement to a proud participant.

Tony Bent (right) presents a certificate of achievement to a proud participant.

After a successful morning of fishing, a lovely lunch was served at the Charity Farm café, which catered not only for the participants, but also the carers, castors and helpers. Following lunch, the participants went back to the lake for a short session of fishing, before returning to the café to receive a certificate of achievement from Tony, acknowledging their attendance at this fishing extravaganza. Everyone went away happy with the day.

The organisers would like to thank all those who helped on the day to make it such a success.

The charity is always looking for helpers and casters, so If you would like to help in any way please contact:

West Lancashire Coordinator and Treasurer – Dan Mitchell – nettammmitchell@yahoo.co.uk

Fundraising Officer – Richard Dennison – richard@dplrentals.com

Article and photographs by Paul Thompson

The West Lancashire branch of the MTSFC end their 2017 season with another successful fishing experience for all.

The West Lancashire branch of the MTSFC end their 2017 season with another successful fishing experience for all.