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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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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 bill@fishingforforces.org

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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A chilly day at Chalybeate Springs

A very chilly day for April at Chalybeate Springs fishery, but our guests from HCMR (Blues & Royals) – hosted by Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society (TWFFS) and Jim Streeter, the owner – being soldiers, weathered it well once the chefs of TWFFS had filled them with hot tea and coffee, with sausage and bacon sarnies to match. Fishing for Forces t-shirts and TWFFS baseball caps were distributed and the caps were worn and t-shirts put on over fleeces (brave souls).

The fish were showing and several came to the net quickly and it was game on for the prized FFF tankards for biggest fish and biggest bag. Lunch, as usual, was a splendid fare of burgers, bacon, and sausage rolls, with lots of cake as dessert. Then, it was back to the water in earnest and everyone caught fish. At the weigh in, there were lots of comments and laughter despite bitter cold, and the biggest bag of 9.2 lbs of 3 fish was taken a young Ghurka Cpl Yubaraj Gurung of 10 QOGLR. The biggest fish of 3.2lbs was captured Tpr Moules.

HCMR guests casting at Chalybeate Springs

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Russell Bell Chair of TWFFS kindly presented the tankards and Major Douglas then presented Russell and TWFFS with a HCMR plaque as a superb token of thanks. Everyone caught fish and judging by the handshakes, snide comments and smiles, a good day was had by all guests and mentors. TWFFS and the fishery did them proud and I, representing FFF, am very privileged to work with them and have their sterling support.

Bill Howell, Founder

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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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Fidelity International Worldwide Fly Fishing Competition on 2nd July

Fidelity International Worldwide, under the guidance of Vicky Haxton and Mick Heasman, are for the second year running holding an inter office fly fishing competition to raise funds for FFF at Chalybeate Springs fishery.

Last year was a tremendous success with loads of ribald competitive banter and abuse and several attempted sword fights with 10ft fly rods. I had to referee with the aid of the Tunbridge Wells Fly fishers which is not easy when you are rolling around laughing at the antics of normally polite personnel from the financial industry, who were aiming flies into the blue and still catching fish. As I explained to one young lady that she would not beat her opponent in to submission with a light carbon fly rod, and this baseball bat would do the job, she promptly whacked me with it for suggesting she hurt her friend. Work that one out? It was a great day, made so by the participants for their fervour to win the glass tankards so coveted by all, and raising lots of money to boot.

Fidelity in their generosity will once more match every £ raised so please help us by donating on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/FidelityF4F you will be enhancing the days at the waterside for our lads and lasses from HMAF.

My sincere thanks

Bill Howell (Founder)

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4th July 2016: Petersfield to the Somme 2016: In aid of FFF

The Petersfield to the Somme team

The team: Roger, Dom, Tom, Mark, Luke, Mike and Clive

This year, we are very fortunate to have a dedicated team of supporters who will be raising money for Fishing for Forces by taking on an incredible challenge. Roger, Dom, Tom, Mark, Luke, Mike and Clive will be cycling from Petersfield to the Somme and back again, a round trip of 350 miles! They will leave on the 4th July and return on the 9th.

A quote from their Virgin Money Giving page:

“We are aiming to raise money for ‘Fishing For Forces’ which is a charity that we have all experienced their work first hand. The aim of the charity is to provide a days fishing for those returning from operational duty, whether it’s part of a group day out at a local fishery or a day out with a local fisherman, easing their path back into a normal life, with lifetime support should they take up the sport. This charity is open to all servicemen and women from the Navy, Army and Air Force who have been affected both physically and mentally from conflict and individuals from WWII are still receiving the full support of the charity.”

“We are aiming to raise at least £2,500 for this amazing charity and we feel that it ties in well with the 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme, where we will be laying a wreath at a memorial service half way through our expedition, to pay our respects. ”

“Please help us support this amazing charity and any donations will be an amazing help and will be gratefully received. “

We feel very lucky to have such wonderful supporters, and we’d be thrilled if you would visit their page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycletothesomme and give what you can to help them reach their target.

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Meon Springs Cast & Blast Fundraising Day on 16th July 2016

Meon SpringsMeon Springs’ Fishery in Petersfield, Hampshire, is holding its annual Cast & Blast Fundraising Day – combining fly fishing and clay shooting – on Saturday 16th July 2016 with the aim of raising money for Fishing for Forces.

The competition starts at 0930, with a weigh-in and prize giving at 4pm. There will be a 25 bird clay shoot competition in the afternoon.

As with the Three Fly Challenge, breakfast, BBQ lunch, and tea and cake are included in the price. There will also be a lunchtime raffle with some excellent prizes to help raise much needed funds.

Read the full article on the Meon Springs website

Thanks to all at Meon Springs for their support and we hope to see you there!

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The Wright Stuff promotes FFF

As you may know from our previous posts, we’re lucky to count Matthew Wright of the The Wright Stuff among our Fishing for Forces supporters. On Wednesday 30th September, he was kind enough to mention FFF on his show during an interview with Chris Tarrant (also an FFF supporter).

If you’d like to see Matthew and Chris Tarrant, you can watch the episode here at 5 on Demand: http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-wright-stuff/episodes/episode-193-58

The episode will be available until 6th October 2015.

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Matthew Wright Joins Fishing for Forces

On Thursday 28th May 2015, we were delighted to welcome Matthew Wright to one of our Fishing for Forces days. The host of The Wright Stuff joined us for a day’s fishing and a brilliant time was had all round.

Watch the show over at Demand5: http://www.channel5.com/shows/the-wright-stuff/episodes/episode-104-78

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