Countryside Fishing Experience
The East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity is in its sixth successful year of activity and is now well recognised by schools and other organisations in East Kent for the quality of the countryside fishing experience it provides for young people. This quality continues to flourish with each event held and this was in no doubt demonstrated at the second event of the year which was held at the Horsham Lake, Upchurch.
Horsham Lake has ample sites close to the swims and, as it is a popular venue for families, it was therefore the ideal venue to host students from the Meadowfield Special School and the Abbey Court Community Special School. Both schools meet the needs of pupils with profound, severe and complex special educational needs (PSCN).
As with previous meetings the team of Casters and helpers under the direction of Warren Muckell, the event organiser, swiftly organised the equipment and fishing gear at the designated fishing swims, and after a careful check by the caster secretary, Len Hopson, everyone patiently waited for the arrival of the students.
On their arrival the students, teachers and carers were welcomed by Pat Todd, the Health & Safety Officer, and briefed on the safety instructions. Each student was then assigned a caster and they proceeded to the lake to start fishing and compete in the various categories.
Later in the morning Assistant Provincial Grand Master Roger Waltham was welcomed to the lakeside. He has a keen interest in the workings of the charity and the media officer gave Roger an intensive tour of the course to meet the casters and their pupils.
Lunchtime eventually arrived and, despite their evident enjoyment of the fishing, the pupils and casters returned to tuck in to a barbeque lunch. Following lunch, a short session of fishing continued and, on completion, all participants attended an award ceremony.
Roger Waltham presented each pupil with a certificate of achievement as well as a special award. Special thanks were expressed by the accompanying teachers of the wonderful day their students had experienced and their appreciation to all those present that made it such a marvellous event.
The next meeting of the East Kent MFC will be held on Thursday 9th July 2015 at the Longshaw Fishery, Calcott Hill, Sturry, Near Canterbury, CT3 4ND.
“I have many loves and Fishing is one of them; it brings peace and harmony to my being, which I can then pass on to others”