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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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23rd June 2018 – Fidelity Fundraising Day: A huge success

Fidelity International annual fly fishing fundraiser a huge success

Fidelity International Annual Fly Fishing Fundraiser

On Saturday 23rd June, two intrepid teams from Fidelity International converged on Chalybeate Springs Trout Fishery to compete in a yearly fly fishing fundraiser organised and paid for by the corporate citizenship teams for Fishing for Forces.

An eagerly awaited yearly event, there was lots of friendly banter in the run-up. Would Fidelity’s Kent office retain the trophy this year? Or could the Kingswood team, with their strong angling experience take the trophy back home after the loss of last year?

After a hearty breakfast and welcome by the Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society, the anglers eagerly moved on to their starting swim lanes with their mentors, to try and bring their respective teams to victory as well as the chance to get an individual award for the biggest fish, or biggest bag.

The more experienced anglers knew it would be hard going due to the hot weather and lack of cloud cover; however both teams still managed to catch fish before stopping for a barbecue lunch, with Kingswood trailing by 7 fish to 4.

By lunchtime, Stacey (the hustler) Belton had caught 3 of the 7 fish for the Kent office including an impressive 3lb catch!

Each fish caught in the afternoon was accompanied by shouts of ‘Who caught it?’, ‘Is it Kingswood or Kent?’ Cheers turned to groans from Kent anglers as one of the team caught a roach – a rival to a Kingswood anglers tiddler of last year, so this wasn’t counted. Lots of anglers lost fish from the hook as they were about to net them, and with tension mounting, both teams having lost count, it would all go down to the final weigh-in and announcement.

After a prolonged silence, Mick Heasman from Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society and Bill Howell announced ……. BOTH teams bagged 10 fish each!! It all came down to weight!! Come on, come on! Don’t keep us in suspense……….. and the winning team, with a difference of 1.1lb – KENT!! The winners were presented with their trophies by Russell Bell, Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society and Bill Howell, Founder of Fishing For Forces.

Biggest Bag
Stacey Belton

Biggest Fish
Guy Jewsbury

Congratulations to everyone who took part and also to everyone who has donated so far. To date, Fidelity has raised a fantastic £1,976 which they hope to double with company grant matching!

All at FFF are extremely grateful for the Sterling support from Fidelity and TWFF and we look forward to next year.

Bill Howell
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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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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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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POSTPONED: 15th September 2016 – Chalybeate Springs, Tonbridge, Kent

NOTICE: We regret that this event has been postponed. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Date: Thursday 15th September 2016
Location: Chalybeate Springs, Eridge Green, Tonbridge, Kent

On Thursday 15th September, Fishing for Forces and Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society 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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April 2015 – Chalybeate Springs, Kent

Date: Thursday 30th April 2015
Location: Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Details: Fishing for Forces and the Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society will be hosting guests at Chalybeate Springs in Kent. Club members will mentor.

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

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September 2015 – Chalybeate Springs, Kent

Date: Thursday 10th September 2015
Location: Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Details: Fishing for Forces and the Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society will be hosting guests at Chalybeate Springs in Kent. Club members will mentor.

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

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October 2014 – Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Thursday 9th October 2014
Location: Chalybeate Springs Trout Fishery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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15 members of HMAF were guests of Tonbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society at a Fishing for Forces event. They spent the day trout fishing in the beautiful environment at Chalybeate Springs.

Mentors were organised by TWFFS and the day was sponsored by both TWFFS and Fidelity International Worldwide.

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Fidelity Fishing for Forces fundraising day at Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

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Staff at Fidelity Worldwide Investment under the guidance of Vicki Haxton and Mick Heasman have kindly organised two events with other staff members within the organisation. The first is a dress down Friday where Fidelity staff regularly raise donations for a number of charities. The second is a Trout fishing day at Chalybeate Springs where approx 20 Fidelity staff from two offices under the guidance of Tunbridge Wells FFS (Mentors) will battle for a number of prizes with biggest fish and bag in the offing.

Mentors kindly supplied by TWFFS and Mjr Derek Saunders from HQLF is kindly presenting the prizes. Bill Howell of Fishing for Forces is staying the hell out of the way as this promises to be a trout day extraordinaire. Results later.

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April 2014 – Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Thursday 10th April 2014
Venue: Chalybeate Springs Trout Fishery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mentor Start Time: TBC

Description: On Thursday 10th April 2014, Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society are inviting 15 guests from HMAF for a day’s trout fishing at Chalybeate Springs in Tunbridge Wells.

Mentors kindly organised by society.

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A Red Letter Day for FFF

The lads getting some instruction

The lads getting some instruction

11th April 2013
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The morning started quite grey but brightened considerable with the arrival of 15 lads from 5 SCOTS accompanied by Capt Rob Whyte. The mentors were on high alert and greeted them with coffee and bacon and egg baps and TWFFS baseball caps then it was down to business.

After a short safety talk they were given 15 minutes of excellent casting instruction by Dave Crouch then allocated a mentor 1-1 and fishing began in earnest.

The usual banter of “nae problem laddie” came around the beautiful lake “rod, fly, fish let’s get on” was the cry and then realisation dawned that there was a little more to this than fish jumping on the fly so we need to think this through.

The banter died down and a silent air of concentration reigned until after 20 minutes the cry of “fish on” went round the lake and all kinds of advice and insults were flying in all direction’s aimed at the poor sod who had hooked the first fish. It was then that I realised the competitive spirit had kicked in as it always does at these events once a fish is caught and concentration heightened and became more intense. In a very short time fish were being caught all round the lake and the weigh in for biggest bag and heaviest fish began in earnest.

The morning session was blessed with a cracking bar of silver weighed in at 7lb by Sgnt Van Niekerk, whose smile as a novice to fly fishing was as wide as his fish was long.

Giftbags and breakfast

Giftbags and breakfast

Lunchtime arrived with quite a number of decent fish caught and the Society had laid on a superb spread cooked by 2 mentors Scott Benton and Andy Stoner with sausages, burgers, bacon etc with potato salad & coleslaw that was munched with enthusiasm and several double helpings were observed being enjoyed. During lunch I passed out FFF T Shirts and Alex Nicholson then presented all the guests with a goodie bag with superb mementoes such as leather bound notebooks and other very useful items. These were received very graciously.

On the subject of enthusiasm, after washing lunch down in short order several of the lads picked up their tackle and headed straight back to the lake with mentors running behind still trying to finish what lunch they had managed to grab. These lads were determined not to be denied a fish.

The weather was kind to us as the rain did not return although the wind kept changing in strength and direction but nevertheless hotspots were found and after two fish you had to move and thankfully due to local mentor knowledge nobody blanked.

We also had the pleasure of Steve Backley OBE joining us and his fishing is as mean as his Javelin throwing and he bagged some respectable fish.  His list of Gold, silver and bronze medals won at Olympic, Commonwealth games and World and European Championships is nothing short of incredible.

Thin Red Line Cake

Charlotte Stevens’ Thin Red Line Cake

At the weigh in whilst tea and cakes were being served a work of art in the shape of a magnificent cake appeared presented and made by Charlotte Stevens and was promptly put back in the box by the lads to be taken back to barracks. Greedy beggars didn’t even offer me a finger dip!

After the weigh in Peter Thomason (TWFFS Chair) kindly presented the 1st and 2nd prizes of FFF engraved glass tankards and wristwatches kindly donated by Chris Ball and 3rd prize was a super golfing umbrella donated by Alex Nicholson again from Legal & General. Peter was then presented with a mounted Regimental Plaque by Capt Whyte that I know will take pride of place in the TWFFS lodge. Several more watches and umbrellas were donated to FFF to present at other events. Before I could give my thanks to all I was suddenly presented with a cheque for £500.00 by Alex from L&G to hold other events where possible and it will be put to very good use.

The whole crowd at Chalybeate

The whole crowd at Chalybeate

Special mention has to go to:

Keith Nicholson (TWFFS Treasurer) for organising the funds and such a splendid day leaving me very little to do. Southborough Butchers Chris Wickens and Stuart Knight for a seemingly unending supply of burgers and bacon and sausages.

Jim Streeter fishery manager for his unbounding enthusiasm and welcome and astute stocking of quality fish. And all the mentors who made it a very special day for the lads judging by the handshakes and thank you’s and see you again soon as the lads departed.

Guess who got stuck in the mud and was rescued by Scott and his landrover. Yep, the Prat in the Hat. Thanks Scott!

The total caught was 35 fish.

Largest fish 7lb Sgnt Van Neikerk. Largest Bag 6lbs 7ozs Pte Aitcheson and 3rd with 6lbs 6ozs Pte Aithcheson.

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April 2013 – Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Thursday 11th April 2013
Venue: Chalybeate Springs Fishery, Tunbridge Wells

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On Thursday 11th April 2013, 15 guests from 5 SCOTS Battalion are invited for a day’s fishing at Chalybeate Springs Fishery, Eridge Green, Tunbridge Wells.

Mentors organised by Tunbridge Wells FF Society

 

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