The Masonic Fishing Charity (MFC) East Kent
The Charity (Registered Charity No. 1141630)
The East Kent Branch is part of the national Masonic Fishing Charity. The branch operates independently, conducts its own fundraising and operates its own events. The national body directs general policy, provides Environmental Agency Temporary Licence, Health & Safety equipment, Risk Assessment guidance, insurance cover and CRB checking for helpers.
Our Work – who benefits?
Anyone aged 11 – 18 years, with physical, learning or behavioural difficulties, the disadvantaged or those who have suffered trauma, are the groups who primarily benefit from the interactive fishing and countryside experience provided.
The experience enables these people to gain in confidence and to meet new challenges. It helps disadvantaged young people to renew their confidence in meeting others and interacting with them. It helps those who are physically disabled to participate in sport and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
Many Schools and Centres who cater for special needs pupils use the day as a basis for a curriculum project and to provide a focus for sporting achievement for those who are unable to partake in established team and individual sports.
How can you help?
One of the absolute joys of helping with the Masonic Fishing Charity is the opportunity to work directly in the community and to witness firsthand the positive effects of your labours.
The East Kent Branch is always happy to receive contacts from people who would like to help, irrespective of whether they are or are not Masons. Each event requires a variety of assistance be it as a fly fishing caster, a coarse fishing caster, general helper, casual observer willing to talk and encourage or financial helper willing to contribute to the cost of holding events.
In whichever capacity you consider yourself most able to help, follow the appropriate link or contact the branch secretary directly; your interest will be greatly appreciated.
Catching a SmileThe therapeutic effect on each youngster of a day spent fishing, with the help of an experienced caster, is a joy to behold. Tension and frowns at the start of the day turn into big smiles and shrieks of joy as the fish are caught.
The youngsters are provided with food and drink during the day and at the end, each one is presented with a certificate as a record of the day’s activity.
Each event is supported by a group of volunteers, many of whom, though not all, are Freemasons.
2018 Calender of Events
Thursday 26th April 2018
Horsham lane, Upchurch, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 7AP
Thursday 24th May 2018
Hertsfield Farm, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent TN12 9BS
Thursday 12th July 2018
Chart Hill Road, Chart Sutton, Kent ME17 3EZ
Thursday 20th September 2018
Calcott Hill, Sturry, Near Canterbury, Kent CT3 4ND
Recent Fishing Charity News
Another successful event held by the Masonic Fishing Charity.read more
Monk Lakes in Marden hosts the latest Masonic Fishing Charity outing. With children from Maidstone and Dover taking part. Great fishing and big smiles all-round.read more
The East Kent branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity hold their fourth and final event of the 2017 season.read more