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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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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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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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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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Injured and wounded soldiers in Wiltshire becoming more hooked on fishing

Article from: Army Press Office South West

Injured and wounded soldiers in Wiltshire are becoming more hooked on fishing thanks to a new donation of rods and equipment.

The personnel, who attend the Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC) Tedworth House, in Tidworth, are to benefit from the gift from the charity Fishing for Forces.

Fishing for Forces at Tedworth House

Fishing for Forces at Tedworth House

The PRC is part of The Defence Recovery Capability and a Ministry of Defence led initiative managed in partnership with the service charities Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

Colonel Peter Smith, Officer Commanding the Personnel Recovery Centre, said:

Fishing for Forces provides some excellent opportunities for those who have been out of hospital for only a few days, as well as those two to three years down their recovery path.”

WO2 Dean Williams, who runs the Recovery Sport Programme at the PRC, highlighted how the new fishing equipment will have a very positive impact.

“It is amazing as interest in fishing has really taken off here and I have an event on my calendar now every month,” he said.

“It builds confidence and aides social interaction and ticks a lot of boxes such as learning a new skill and helping take daily worries away and having our own kit will really help us.”

Corporal Ben Ayres

Corporal Ben Ayres

One of the soldiers who will benefit from the donation from Fishing for Forces is Corporal Ben Ayres. He has been a resident at the Personnel Recovery Centre Tedworth House for a few months and has already tried fishing.

“It is an activity that gives you a chance to get in touch with nature and relax whilst doing a sport,” he explained.

Five full sets of fly fishing equipment and ten sets of coarse fishing tackle have been donated by Fishing for Forces. Charity Founder, Bill Howell, who sets up fishing events throughout the year realised that sometimes the soldiers were unable to attend group events so now the centre can organise individual trips when required.

“We at FFF are extremely pleased that Tedworth PRC is now established as our first “Fishing School” . As well as organising monthly events for large groups from all branches of HMAF we will be establishing “Fishing Schools” and supplying all the tackle to all the PRC centres throughout the UK”. Many Angling clubs and individuals throughout the UK have offered both fishing venues and their time to be mentors.

Mr Roger Hunt and the members of Salisbury and District Angling, Mr Sidney Garrood and his fly fishing friends give their waters and time freely to the guests of Tedworth House on a regular basis passing on the basics of angling to all. Usually with lunch organised as well.

Bill explained “this provides, in a modest way, a means by which those of us not in the services can show appreciation for what they do for us. It is open to all serving, wounded or otherwise and veterans back to WW2”.

Another of the mentors and staunch supporter is local businessman Peter McLeod, who is based in Tidworth, with his company Aardvark McLeod International Fly Fishing Specialists.

“Helping out at these events is probably the most rewarding thing that I have done in a long time,” he said.

Anybody wishing to know more about Fishing for Forces should check the website www.fishingforforces.org. You can also email Bill at [email protected]

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