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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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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

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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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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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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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April 2015 – Farlows, Pall Mall, London

Date: Thursday 16th April 2015
Location: Farlows, 9 Pall Mall, London
Time: 7pm

On Thursday 16th April, Farlows of London will be hosting the Lloyds Fly Fishing Society Social Evening at their Pall Mall store for their 175th anniversary. Plans for the evening are drinks, canapes and a simple auction, together with fishing supplies for sale at a good discount.

The evening is open to anyone who’d like to join us on what will be a fun evening and raise some money for Fishing for Forces.

For tickets and enquiries, contact Mike Dean on [email protected] and Iain Boardman on [email protected] Ticket price £10.

Download the Farlows event flyer here

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July 2015 – Cast & Blast: Meon Springs, Hampshire

Date: Saturday 11th July 2015
Location: Meon Springs Fishery, East Meon, Hampshire

Details: A special Fishing for Forces fundraising day and competition are being held at Meon Springs in Hampshire. All are welcome.

Print off our FFF Cast & Blast 2015 entry form and send with your entry fee cheque, made payable to Fishing for Forces, to:


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Running the Berlin Marathon for Fishing for Forces

Mike Trundley in his FFF running gear

Mike Trundley in his FFF running gear

On 28th September, Mike Trundley will be running the Berlin Marathon to raise money for Fishing for Forces.

I am a 55 year old teacher with some 33 years school experience. I have spent the majority of my professional life working in Special Schools and am now Head of School at Northgate School Arts College, Northampton.

I first ran a marathon in 1984 and after completing my second event in London in 1985 I ‘retired’ from the sport. I was persuaded to restart my running career in 2009 as a 50 year old. Since then I have completed New York (2009), Venice (2010), Edinburgh (2011), Paris (2012), Barcelona (2013) and Loch Ness (2013). I have managed to finish all the runs in under 4 hours and am currently on the threshold to qualify to run in Boston as an ‘elite’ runner in my age group. For this I need to be under 3 hours 40 minutes – in Loch Ness I ran 3 hours 40 minutes 12 seconds! This is my running target for 2014. My longer term target is to complete all 6 major city runs. Assuming I do Berlin in September I need to qualify for Boston and then get into Chicago and Tokyo.

In addition to this I play a bit of golf, enjoy hill walking and have a season ticket at West Ham!

It’s people like Mike who make Fishing for Forces what it is and we’re extremely grateful to him for his efforts. If you’re able to sponsor Mike, please do so by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MikeTrundley

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The Houses of Parliament Fundraising Lunch

Date: Thursday 20th November 2014
Location: The Houses of Parliament, London


Due to great response and the courtesy of Lord Dear, Fishing for Forces will be having another fundraising lunch at the Houses of Parliament.

This has proven such a popular event and requests were so numerous that Lord Dear has generously agreed to host another lunch in aid of Fishing For Forces. Six of the twelve tables have already been booked and with a three course superb meal and an auction with items for everyone in such a prestigious setting it is no wonder it has proven very popular.

To book your seat or a table pleas email [email protected]. First come, first served.

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The House of Lords Fundraising Event

House of Lords invitationDate: Monday 19th May 2014
Time: 12pm- 3pm
Location: The House of Lords

The Honourable Lord Dear QPM, DL invites you join to him at a lunch in The House of Lords on behalf of Fishing For Forces in association with Farlow’s of Pall Mall.

A warm welcome with wine and canapés upon arrival will be followed by a superb three course lunch. An auction of Ten superb items to suit all interest’s will take place whilst coffee is served ensuring a memorable afternoon. Individual seats £130pp or a table for Ten (including a guest from HMAF) will be discounted to £1200.00.

For your personal invitation to this very popular luncheon, RSVP please by 28th March. Contact in the first instance to [email protected] or call 07850 373760.

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June 2013 – Longleat Country Game Fair

Date: Friday 14th – Saturday 15th June 2013
Venue: Longleat Country Game Fair


Longleat will be hosting its inaugural Fishing and Country Show on Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th 2013. This two day, family event will be held beside the stunning fishing lakes opposite Longleat House – a truly majestic backdrop to a superb event.

Fishing for Forces will have a fundraising stand there. It will be a great day for all the family and we hope to see you there.

For more information visit http://www.longleat.co.uk/fishingshow

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June 2013 – Littlehampton Armed Forces Day On The Green

Date: Saturday 29th June 2013
Venue: Littlehampton Seafront


Come and visit the Fishing for Forces fundraising stall on Saturday 29th June, as we turn our for Armed Forces Day On the Green at Littlehampton Seafront.

Our FFF Angling Ambassador Mr Sam Bridger will be manning the stall, so stop by and say hello!  A family day out for all.


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April 2012 – FFF Fundraiser at Apethorpe, Northampton

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012
White Lodge Lake, Swindon


On Saturday 21st April 2012, Lady Brassey will hold a Fishing for Forces fundraising day at Apethorpe in Northampton.
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Invicta FFC Fishing for Forces Event

Members of the Invicta Fly Fishing Club of Cambridge, in conjunction with the charity Fishing For Forces, organised and held on 23rd June a trout fishing day for forces personnel returning from Afghanistan and other postings around the world where British forces are present. Not a charity day but a “well done lads and thank you” day.

The event was held at Elinor trout fishery, kindly assisted by the fishery proprietor (himself no novice at fly fishing… Ed Foster, Captain of the England Fly Fishing team).

Members of Invicta FFC and Fishing for Forces guests after a day at Elinor trout fishery.

Members of Invicta FFC and Fishing for Forces guests after a day at Elinor trout fishery.

Each soldier’s day ticket was paid for by an Invicta member, with lunch provided by the club and some generous donors. The day began in heavy driving rain – an unfortunate introduction to any outdoor sport – settling down to an afternoon of gusting winds. After some initial casting instruction some guests, with mentoring Invicta members, spent some time on the bank, whilst some began on the boats with members. With a wind blowing onto the bank which seemed to hold most fish, making casting difficult for inexperienced casters, the afternoon session saw all guests in boats.

Most of the soldiers caught fish, almost all for the first time. Best bag, of 6 trout, was taken by Bdr Jason Palmer, with best fish, approaching 3lbs, being taken by Gunner Ashley McEvoy. Prizes were donated by Fishing For Forces, Invicta FFC and Elinor Fishery.

More information available from www.invictaffc.org.uk and www.fishingforforces.org

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Orvis Fundraiser at Wykeham Lakes, Yorkshire

The kind folks at Orvis UK will be running a fantastic Fly Tackle demo day at Wykeham Lakes, Charm Park in Yorkshire to raise money for Fishing for Forces. Come along and try your hand at casting on what will be a superb day by the water.

It will take place at 12pm on Thursday 16th June 2011 and tickets cost £5. To book, contact Mike Heelis or James Doyle at the Pickering store on 01751 473 060.


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Lady Caroline Brassey Fishing For Forces Fundraiser

The Manor House Apethorpe Northampton
on April 23rd 2011

The Manor, Apethorpe

The Manor, Apethorpe

There could be no more suitable title for this article as everything from beginning to end emanated and revolved around Lady Brassey.

From the moment she telephoned me with this most generous offer from her and her husband David, she took command and with blurring speed, everything was in place.

From the designing, printing and personally sending out two hundred and fifty invitations to friends, followed by organising wine and canapé’s as a greeting for guests, she was in complete command and aware at all times as to who was doing what, where and when. This of course left me at the starting gate with little to do – a rare event!

The weather was excellent and the setting stunning – from the Church Walk to the Lake walk, the beauty and tranquillity must have been felt by all who visited.

Part of Lady Brassey's collection

Part of Lady Brassey's collection

Lady B also added to the event by placing a large selection of glass and porcelain items from her own collection for sale to entice collectors and her army of family and friends made sure that from the moment one stepped through the gate (and paid the minor entrance fee) you were made to feel at ease and most welcome.

My wife and I manned the FFF stand and received many donations in different forms, from funds to fishing plus a pair of well-cared-for Salmon Rods and Reels courtesy of Lt Col (Ret) West for a fortunate vet to use in the future. Andrew Flitcroft (editor of Trout & Salmon) also took time to bring his family, take a few pictures and donated a subscription for a year to this superb magazine for the tombola.

The Fishing for Forces stand

The Fishing for Forces stand

Lady B commented with a disarming smile that if a short note did not appear in the magazine re FFF she would add something of him to her collection. I got the distinct feeling there is a dungeon somewhere on the estate for non-compliant persons but I was not foolish enough to look for it.

Four lads from 16 RA attended the event as stewards, bringing with them a stunning display board with pictures compiled by Cpl Dene Smith of our FFF Ravensthorpe event (Sept 2010 – I have one now to go with our stand) and they did a sterling job discussing with guests the merits of an Army career and the basics of FFF. The assistance by these lads was invaluable and my sincere thanks go to Cpl’s Smith and Docherty and Sgt’s Price and Shepherd.

I cracked up when one corporal asked a sergeant in good humour as Lady B whirled past on yet another task checking progress with daughters Zara and Chloe “is that the Lady RSM in charge” and the reply was “yes and she will add something of yours to her collection if you are not on that gate taking money sharpish” to which the corporal swiftly took off for the gate. A lot of laughter and good will was shared by both guests and hosts throughout the day and we fervently wished that all events could be so well organised.

The estate at Apethorpe

The estate at Apethorpe

The weather was idyllic with brilliant sunshine and people meandered around the estate admiring the lake and islands totally free of all worldly woes. The tombola stand was a very popular stop with a large number of tickets sold for numerous gifts donated by many of Lady Caroline’s friends and a superb presentation box of wine donated by a chap I had the pleasure to meet just once at a mill, after we chatted about FFF.

My genuine thanks to Trevor Hughes and associates of T&W Wines who delivered the package personally, the lads of 16 RA and to all of the friends of Lady B who donated and also took the time to come and support us throughout the whole day.

Mrs Howells manning the FFF stand

Mrs Howells manning the FFF stand

Edward (Son of Lady C) arrived with his family and a small addition to the family who, when introduced to my wife, inspired her to give me one of those “I want one of these” looks (see picture) to which I promptly took a sudden interest in the lake and fish therein.

The generosity of Lord and Lady Brassey and family did not stop there – they have most kindly offered their lake to veterans for a number of days fishing throughout the season and there are stories of 25lb plus Carp cruising just below the surface. I had to stop a couple of the lads jumping in for a closer look when they spotted one!

The day ended brilliantly with an astonishing record for FFF of £1,309.70, raised entirely due to the efforts of Lady Brassey, her family and friends.

Thank you seems such small reward on this occasion so we have to get more vets to the waterside to show our thanks and make sure they know who helped us get them there.

Lady B has asked if she can do something similar next year; there is no stopping this lady and Fishing For Forces is truly privileged to have such a good friend and enthusiastic family patronage.

From all the FFF team our very sincere thanks to Lady B, family and all friends for such a marvellous result to a wonderful event.

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Launch of our brand new website

Fishing for ForcesFishing for Forces is delighted to announce the launch of their new website, www.fishingforforces.org.

The first fishing event took place at Avon Springs Fisheries in Durrington, Wiltshire on 16th June 2010 and it was such a success that we we couldn’t wait to get more people involved.

The website includes all the information needed to join the scheme and provide fishing, keep track of fishing events in your area and donate funds to support the organisation. Fishing for Forces is really just starting out and we need all the support we can get.

If you’d like to show your appreciation for all the armed forces do for us, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

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