If you tell someone a story often enough it’s difficult to sift fact from fiction, particularly in the world of angling. The truth can become indistinguishable from fantasy and myth. If you believe some angling stories that are bandied about, you could just end up missing out on some good sport. Like many anglers, the volunteers of the East Kent Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity rarely hit the water without a hat on. It protects the head against the sun and it helps to reduce the glare. Importantly it complies with the Masonic Fishing Charity Health and Safety Regulations. But it also brings good luck! Or at least that is what these anglers believe.
On Thursday 27th April the East Kent Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity gathered at the Horsham Lake Fisheries in Upchurch, Kent. The volunteers were eager to kick off their first event for 2017. Students were due to be attending from the Abbey Court Community Special School in Strood and the ISP School in Sittingbourne. Both schools are community day schools providing education for children who have profound severe & complex learning difficulties.
Later in the morning Assistant Provincial Grand Master, David Graeme, was welcomed to the lakeside. He was given an intensive tour of the course to meet the casters and their charges. David has visited the East Kent Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity on numerous occasions and has taken a keen interest in the workings of the charity.
After a very successful morning and after many fish were hooked, the lunchtime klaxon was sounded. This alerted the young anglers that a barbecue with all the trimmings was awaiting them. A short session of fishing continued after lunch before proceedings were brought to an end. Afterwards all participants attended an award ceremony where David Graeme presented certificates and medals to each student.
The first event of 2017 was indeed another successful occasion about which East Kent Freemasons can be proud. Their branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity is making a very worthwhile contribution to the community.
If you were to ask a dozen anglers what the best bait/flavour was for any given species,
like as not you will get twelve different answers.