On Tuesday 10th March 2015, 15 young guests from Cheltenham College were invited for a day’s fishing at Manningford Fishery in Pewsey, Wiltshire, courtesy of Fishing for Forces. Housemaster Richard Penny wrote an account of their day for the college website, which you can read in full here: http://www.cheltenhamcollege.org/Fly-fishing-at-Manningford-Lake
The Cheltenham College team were treated to three hours of one to one instruction, a fly tying demonstration and 31 trout which were returned to the boarding houses and prepared for a BBQ later in the year. Everyone successfully hooked into at least one fish, but particular mention must go to Willie Weston (BH U6) for the biggest catch of the day and to Beth Adams for the largest bag. Their prizes were awarded by fly fishing guru Charles Jardine, who supports the Countryside Alliance’s Fishing For Schools campaign.
Huge thanks must go to Lt-Col Richard Thorpe, Chairman Army Angling and father of Alex Thorpe (BH, 5th), for organising the day and for enthusing (hooking?) the next generation of anglers, and to Bill Howells, Charles Jardine and all of the instructors who gave so willingly of their time, patience and humour