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East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity

The East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity is part of the National Masonic Fishing Charity.


Caster and Students enjoying the new location for the fishing

About Us

APGM Mark Costelloe presents one of the many certificates.

Our Mission & Vision

“The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs”.

It achieves this by running coarse fishing events at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and, people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.

The charity is completely run by volunteers and is a not for profit enterprise

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The students all have a great time

First Aid

Qualified First Aiders on Site


The Students learn about fishing and the environment

Our Causes

What We Do

“The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs”.


A ‘Certificate of Achievement’ for all participants.


Medals for Biggest Fish, Best Caster, Best Retriever etc., are also often awarded.


Participating organisations or individuals are provided with Risk Assessments and Health & Safety Instructions


Qualified first aider always on hand.


Health and safety instruction is given to all helpers and fishermen.

Catch the Smile

What could be better than putting a smile on the face of a child or young person?
Here at the Masonic Fishing Charity we certainly do that.

We have found that this is far more than a day’s fishing though! It enables mentally disabled people to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results; it helps disadvantaged people and those from harsh backgrounds to renew their confidence in meeting people and interacting with adults from outside their spheres; it helps physically disabled people (including war heroes and stroke victims) to participate and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
A lot of the schools and centres also use the day as a basis for a project or scheme, creating IT projects, models and wall displays. One school has gained a ‘special award’ for sporting achievement and their attendance at our events was an important part of this achievement.

A Fine Catch girl holding fish
student catches a fish with the caster helping out

Volunteering as an Angler or Helper

Although this is a masonic initiative, not all of our volunteers are freemasons and there is no need to be one to join in.

There are many potential rewards to be gained from being one of our team of volunteers.  Volunteering  provides a great opportunity to share the sport with those to whom it would not normally be available.  It also allows the individual to gain an insight into the challenges faced by those less fortunate and of the great work that goes on in our local specialist schools and centres. If you feel you have the time and skills to give something to your local community and wish to learn more, click onto the “Help-Out” button below.