East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity

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One of the lakes at Parkwood Trout Fishery

Great seasons in any activity generally require some planning on the part of the organisers. Planning the events well in advance and an effective provision of logistics, is very important. With this strategy in place and a well organised crew, the East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity team of volunteers, continue to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs.

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The lines are cast

After a long winter it was great to be out and about again and the first event for this year was held on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at Parkwood Trout Fishery. This delightful fishery situated at Harrietsham, near Maidstone, has clear waters and two pools fed by a tributary of the River Len.

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A student being coached by his caster

The guests of the East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity for this event were a party of students from the Bower Grove School in Maidstone. Bower Grove School is a community day special school for boys and girls aged between 14 and 16 years of age. Their aim to provide young people with a high quality of education, accessible to students of varied abilities and different learning styles, whilst taking into consideration their challenging social, emotional, behavioural and learning needs.

On their arrival the students were welcomed by the events coordinator and briefed on the safety instructions before being assigned an experienced caster who would assist and coach each one at the lakeside.

During the course of the morning the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Peter Rodd, was welcomed by the Branch Chairman, Peter Brooshooft, who gave Peter an intensive tour of the lakes to meet the casters and their pupils.

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A satisfied student with his first catch

The first event of 2015 was indeed another successful occasion and the East Kent Freemasons can be proud of the very worthwhile contribution that the East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity is making to the community. Kevin Wiley the senior teacher summed it up by saying “A big thank you to the whole team for a great day at the Parkwood fishery. Every aspect of the day was excellent. The fishermen managed to produce fish under quite challenging conditions.

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Peter Rodd presenting a student with his certificate

Needless to say the children had a great time and all left with their own Trout. And they were “Brownies” no less! I went back to school to a staff meeting and a number of staff said how much the children had enjoyed themselves and were “buzzing”. They broke out into a spontaneous round of applause which really was for yourself and your team. A big well done and thank you for giving our children such an opportunity, one that they would not get any other way. All the very best and keep up the great work.”

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