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Christmas Greetings from Bill

Christmas Greetings from Bill & Menhel, 2018

The card says it all but to all our guests, hard working mentors supporters and friends my best thoughts for the Xmas and may 2019 be one of your best years.

Our sincere thanks and best thoughts

Bill & Min

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28th November 2018 – Fishing For Forces Annual Lunch

Date: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Location: The Army & Navy Club, London

The Fishing for Forces Annual Lunch is a very special day in the FFF Calendar, when we gather with all our friends and supporters for a superb lunch.

As we support all branches of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, we decided to have a change of venue. This year, we are dining at The Army & Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN. This is a splendid venue steeped in the history of two branches of the Armed Forces with so much to see and enhanced with silver service dining.

Easily accessible and superbly located for shopping, sightseeing and historical London both before and after. We are fortunate that this event has become more popular each year so advanced bookings are recommended as some tables have already been booked.

To find out more or to make a booking, please contact me at the details below. I look forward to the pleasure of your company.

Bill Howell

T: 0207 385 2135
M: 07850 373760 mo
E: [email protected] 

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25th October 2018 – Chalybeate Springs, Tonbridge, Kent

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018
Location: Chalybeate Springs, Eridge Green, Tonbridge, Kent

On Thursday 25th October, Fishing for Forces and Tunbridge Wells FFS will be hosting 15 guests from mixed regiments from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for a day’s fishing at Chalybeate Springs in Tonbridge, Kent. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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27th September 2018 – Manningford Fishery, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018
Location: Manningford Trout Fishery, Pewsey, Wiltshire

On Thursday 27th September, Fishing for Forces and Imtech will be hosting 15 guests from from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for a day’s fishing at Manningford Trout Fishery in Wiltshire.

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE. Please get in touch if you’re able to help.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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22nd September 2018 – Children’s Fishing Day at Meon Springs

Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018
Location: Meon Spring Fishery, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1HW

Organised annually by Neil Mundy, the Children’s Fishing Day at Meon Springs is always very popular and well attended by a group of children that have special needs and appreciate our care and consideration.

Mentors may be required, so if you wish to join us, please contact [email protected].

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20th September 2018 – Leckford Lakes, Hampshire

Date: Thursday 20th September 2018
Location: Leckford Lakes, Hampshire

On Thursday 20th September, Fishing for Forces and the John Lewis Partnership will be hosting 18 guests from mixed regiments from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for a day’s fishing at Leckford Lakes in Hampshire. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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16th June 2018 – Three Fly Challenge at Meon Springs

Date: Saturday 16th June 2018
Location: Meon Spring Fishery, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1HW

The Wild Trout Trust is a special charity that FFF wholeheartedly support as their dedication and hard work keep our rivers and streams flowing. Come and join us on Saturday 16th June for the Three Fly Challenge and enjoy a great day, while supporting a charity that ensures you can fish rivers and streams in the future.

 

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6th October 2017 – Leckford Lakes, Hampshire

Date: Friday 6th October 2017
Location: Leckford Lakes, Hampshire

John Lewis Partnership will be hosting 18 guests from mixed units for their annual event at Leckford Lakes, Hampshire on October 6th.

Club members will mentor on the day.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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4th October 2017 – Manningford Fishery, Pewsey

Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Location: Manningford Trout Fishery, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Fifteen Guests from HQLF will be joining Fishing For Forces at Manningford Trout Fishery near Pewsey on October 4th.

MENTORS required please.

Mentors kindly note the postcode SN9 6JZ.

Manningford Trout Fishery
Manningford Bohune
Pewsey
Wiltshire
SN9 6NR

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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14th September 2017 – Chalybeate Trout Fishery

Members of HMAF will be hosted and mentored by TWFFS club members at the 2nd event this year generously partially sponsored by Fifdelity International worldwide. TWFFS in conjuction with FIW have kindly hosted two events a year and have done so for the past three years.

My sincere thanks to both groups for your all support it is truly appreciated.

Bill

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8th July 2017 – Chalybeate Trout Fishery

Venue Chalybeate Trout Fishery. Hosts TWFFS. Again this year thanks to the generosity of Fidelity International Worldwide they are holding an interoffice (3 at present) fundraising competition for FFF with FIW matching every pound that is raised which is fantastic. Tunbridge Wells FFFS members will mentor the day and if it remotely like last year will be a resounding success with a laugh a minute and merciless banter galore.

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1st July 2017 – Memorial for Richard Twite at Robinswood

On July the 1st there is a competition being held at Robinswood Trout Fishery by Jillian the lovely wife of Richard Twite a very well known and respected angler and renowned fishery owner. The entry fee proceeds are to be split between three charities at present unnamed but I have no doubt will definitely be most worthy and there are 1st,2nd& 3rd prizes as well. Come along and support such a worthy event and get a glass of Red FOC as well. For details please contact Jenny at [email protected] and get in quick as I am up for it, alongside quite a few already. Details below.

My best,

Bill


Robinswood was Richard’s favourite place in the world. He also supported some charities that were very close to his heart.

Richard’s wife Jillian would like to invite you to join her on Saturday 1st July 2017 at Robinswood to celebrate Richard’s life in the most appropriate way, a fishing competition along with a glass of red!

Whilst at it, we will be raising funds for three charities by donating all entry fees in memory of Richard.

The fishing competition will be for best fish with trophies being given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

If you would like to attend, please let me know as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers.

I hope you can join us.

SATURDAY 1ST JULY 2017
MEMORIAL FOR RICHARD TWITE
AT ROBINSWOOD

Best Fish Competition

Entry £30 per person to include a 2-fish ticket for the day with food and drink.
Non-fishing guests £5 per person

9am – Fishing starts
1pm – Lunch
3pm – Weigh in and trophy presentation

Usual Fishery rules apply. Trophies for Winner, 2nd and 3rd Places A small tipple will be provided to toast The Guv’nor

If you would like to attend, please telephone 01252 794321 or email: Jillian – [email protected] or Jenny [email protected]

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30th July 2017: Prudential RideLondon 100 mile bike ride in aid of FFF

We are very fortunate to have a great bank of supporters, one of whom – Stephen Cooper – will be raising money for Fishing for Forces by taking on the Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike ride on 30th July 2017.

Steve is a very keen angler who recently started to volunteer with Fishing for Forces and is now taking on this amazing challenge to raise money.

You can sponsor Steve through VirginMoneyGiving and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. VirginMoneyGiving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. 

You can find Steve’s sponsorship page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=StephenCooper12 

We really appreciate Steve’s support and hope that some of you will be able to sponsor him in his endeavour.

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6th June 2017 – Manningford Trout Fishery

The event was a roaring success sponsored by Imtech Engineering Svs with the mentoring being done by angling clients of Imtech who did a superb job ably assisted by a few FFF mentors.

The guests were from the RAF 28 Sqdn with a few military personnel for a competitive mix. Biggest fish went to Mr Robinson (Mil) at 3lb 8ozs and Biggest bag to Mr Walker (RAF).

After a wet and windy the day died beautifully and judging by the smiles mission accomplished. Pint Tankards were presented to the winners by Simon Robson and most generously half pint tankards to the mentors.

Mr Walker (RAF) then kindly presented Mr Robson and I with beautiful framed prints signed by all the RAF lads and mine is already on my Wall of Pride. I feel privileged and “mission accomplished”.

Bill.

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15th May 2017- Manningford – Tremendous day of fishing

A tremendous day kindly for a great crowd from Army Trg Br with everyone catching fish. Biggest bag to Lt Col MacMulen of 15.8lbs and biggest fish, a stonking 5.8lbs rainbow to Lt Col Martin.

The mentors surpassed themselves again with Mike Edwards doing photography and Mick Pegg (Mr Scales) on weigh in. The mentors have to be congratulated for catching the group up in a competitive manner and there was a lot of banter even during the rain.

Well done all and thank you Imtech Technical Svs for sterling support.

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11th May 2017 – Corfe Lakes

The Services Dry fly Association once again hosted a group of wounded personnel from Band of Brothers to give them a superb day at the waterside. The lakes were regrettably covered in Algae in parts but were still fishable but the decision was made top allow the guests to fish the river Avon running alongside. There were some stunning results and beautiful brown trout caught (mostly returned) but a few were kept for cooking. Again the SDFFA surpassed themselves with superb hospitality with lunch and the top question at prize giving was as usual “when is the next one”. Many competent and potential anglers will emerge from this group and it was a privilege to be part of the organising of such an event. Full credit must go to Jonathan Crew (SDFFA Hon Sec) for organising the catering and the day and Mark Hesketh (SDFFA Chair) for their enthusiasm throughout the day. New friends were made and future fishing days organised with BOB group and mentors. The club members again did a sterling job of mentoring so my sincere thanks to them all.

Bill Howell (Founder).

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25th April 2017 – A great day at Manningford

Again a successful day for FFF as the smiles say it all. A great group from HQLF with lovely old friends appearing much to my delight. Biggest bag went to Matt Patterson and biggest fish to Mike O’neill a nice 4lb 8oz fish that put up a helluva fight.

Manningford fishery chef Gaydon did them proud and they all finished the day with fish and slightly bloated from food. Mentors did them proud and everyone took at least one fish home so mission accomplished, once more thanks to them.

Pic 4 Paul Dalgleish a staunch supporter and mentor complaining of the size of the one he lost and my face obviously expresses sadness whilst thinking “do I really give a xxx” having lost a good one whilst he bent my ear.

A great day for all.

Bill Howell (Founder)

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20th April 2017 – Chalybeate

Once again Tunbridge Wells Flyfishers Association hosted a group from HCMR and QOGLR for a superb day of fishing at this pristine fishery. A great day had by all with copious food for brekkie, lunch and tea and cake to finish.

Biggest bag won by Jamie Bradbury (HCMR and biggest fish by Adam Cooper (HCMR) so the Ghurkas have some catching up at the next event. The banter was superb and very few did not catch apart from the flak from confederates on the way home, but I am sure all departed very happy.

A superb job by the club who mentored as well and Jim the fishery owner for the stock and quality of fish. A privilege to be part of these events.

Bill Howell (Founder)

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The London Fly Fishing Fair 2017 March 10th/11th

Come and see us, Fishing For Forces, at the best fishing show to hit London. The London Fly Fishing Fair, 2017!

To be held 10/11 March 2017
BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE
ISLINGTON LONDON

There will be a full casting pool, fly tying area and many activities for everyone to get involved in our wonderful sport.

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“We are pleased to present the first edition of The London Fly Fishing Fair located in the heart of central London at the Business Design Centre, Islington on the 10/11 of March 2017. The fair will include all aspects of the fly fishing world as well as lifestyle aspects for the family.

If you are interested in fly fishing and want to know how to get involved in the sport, please come along to find out more.

From a beginner to an expert this is the place to find out more about fly fishing and how to improve your techniques, arrange trips and get the gear you need to get you on those fish.”

 

More details and tickets from the London Fly Fishing Fair website, thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk

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April 25th Manningford Trout Fishery

Fishing For Forces will be hosting a day at the water for 15 Guests from mixed regiments at Manningford Trout Fishery, Wiltshire.           

April 25th 2017

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE. If you can help out, or to find out more, get in touch.

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May 15th Manningford Trout Fishery

Fishing for Forces will be hosting a days fishing for 15 Guests from Army Training Andover, at Manningford Trout Fishery in Wiltshire.

May 15th 2017 

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE. If you can help us out, then please get in touch.

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May 18th Manningford Trout Fishery

Space for 15 Guests from HQLF Andover at Manningford Trout Fishery, Wiltshire.

May 18th 2017      

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE, contact us if you can help out. 

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Cast and Blast Saturday 15th July 2017

CAST AND BLAST SATURDAY 15th JULY 2017

AT MEON SPRINGS FISHERY (www.meonsprings.com) IN HAMPSHIRE IN AID OF FISHING FOR FORCES (FFF) registered charity 1141744 event sponsored by the John Lewis Partnership FFC

Fishing For Forces aims to provide a day’s fishing for all those who have been on Operational Duties. We believe they would benefit from the healing and therapeutic effects a day by the waterside has to offer. We also feel that this provides in a modest way, a means for those of the angling fraternity (and the public at large) who are not in the services, to show our appreciation of what they do for us.

FISHING COMPETITION

(LARGEST FISH AND HEAVIEST BAG) STARTS AT 09.30am WITH WEIGH IN AT 4.00PM. LARGE BLUE AND GOLDEN TROUT WILL ALSO BE PRESENT IN THE WATER. PRIZES WILL ALSO BE AWARDED IF THESE DIFFICULT FISH ARE CAUGHT. 20 CLAY SHOOT COMPETITION IN THE AFTERNOON. BREAKFAST/BBQ LUNCH AND AFTERNOON TEA AND CAKE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. LUNCH TIME RAFFLE AND AUCTION TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR FFF.

TO ENTER – PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM (Word doc) AND SEND A CHEQUE FOR £90 TO NEIL MUNDY – PINE VIEW, FOREST ROAD, DENMEAD, HAMPSHIRE PO7 6UA (TEL – 02392 254 886 OR MOB – 07964 379 988). CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES WILL BE SATURDAY 1st  JULY.

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Fishing For Forces Annual Lunch 2016 – Tuesday Nov 29th

Tuesday November 29th  2016 at 12 Noon: The House of Lords

Dear FFF Supporter

For our annual lunch this year, FFF have managed to reserve the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace at the HOUSE of LORDS courtesy of our patron Lord Dear Kt.QPM.DL.

We have managed to keep single seat prices to £120.00 pp and a table of ten to £1000.00. A table of ten will consist of nine civilian guests and a member of HMAF as an FFF ambassador.

Lunch will be an excellent three course meal with a raffle of numerous superb items to suits all tastes so please bring a £20 note with your name written clearly on it. This will be followed by a small auction of very desirable items.

As you know this is a very popular venue and tables are booked quickly so to allow for invitation posting please RSVP by Friday Nov 19th. Your support is invaluable and it would be a genuine pleasure to have your company.

Due to high security a photo ID (passport / drivers licence) will be required with your personal invitation so please arrive promptly to avoid delayed entry.

For your personal invitation and to secure your seat, please contact Bill Howell on 07850 373760 or [email protected]

We also would appreciate being informed of any special dietary requirements.

Looking forward to the pleasure of your company.

Bill Howell.

FFF Founder

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14th April 2016 – Calstone Fishery, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 14th April 2016
Location: Calstone Fishery, Studley, Wiltshire

On Thursday 14th April, Fishing for Forces and Calstone FFS will host guests from Tedworth House and other PRCs for a day’s fishing at Calstone Lake in Wiltshire. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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14th April 2016 – Chalybeate Springs, Tonbridge, Kent

Date: Thursday 14th April 2016
Location: Chalybeate Springs, Eridge Green, Tonbridge, Kent

On Thursday 14th April, Fishing for Forces and Tunbridge Wells FFS will be hosting guests from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces for a day’s fishing at Chalybeate Springs in Tonbridge, Kent. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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19th May 2016 – Ratfyn Lake, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 19th May 2016
Location: Ratfyn Lake, Wiltshire

Details: Fishing for Forces and SADAC will be hosting guests from Tedworth House and other PRCs at Ratfyn Lake, Wiltshire.

Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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15th June 2016 – Manningford Trout Fishery, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016
Location: Manningford Trout Fishery, Pewsey, Wiltshire

Fifteen Guests from HMAF will be hosted by Fishing For Forces at Manningford Trout Fishery near Pewsey on June 15th.

Mentors required please.

Mentors kindly note the postcode SN9 6JZ.

Manningford Trout Fishery
Manningford Bohune
Pewsey
Wiltshire
SN9 6NR

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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16th June 2016 – Calstone Fishery, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 16th June 2016
Location: Calstone Fishery, Studley, Wiltshire

On Thursday 16th June, Fishing for Forces and Calstone FFS will host guests from Tedworth House and other PRCs for a day’s fishing at Calstone Lake in Wiltshire. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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Wild Trout Trust Three Fly Challenge on 18th June 2016

Wild Trout TrustThe 2016 Wild Trout Trust Three Fly Challenge is on Saturday 18th June 2016 at Meon Springs Fishery in Petersfield, Hampshire. 

It is a fishing tournament that will test your skills, while raising money for the Wild Trout Trust, a worthwhile charity dedicated to preserving river habitats throughout the country.

The rules are simple.  You can use only three flies and points are awarded based on which fish are caught on which flies; a fish caught on a dry fly gets you  the most points, a nymph bags you the least.

It’s a sociable day and a favourite for many people in the angling calendar. In recent years around £13,000 has been raised for the charity.

Tickets cost £95.00, including breakfast, lunch, a 4-fish ticket and flies.

Book your ticket here

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