Our first outing of the season took place at the Dashwood Estate, West Wycombe on Friday 27th April.
The weather was quite atrocious but the pupils from Chiltern Wood School didn’t mind one little bit. With the help of the casters they soon got stuck in and with a bit of patience caught a few trout, the rainbows they took home to mum but the browns had to be released.
We were blessed on the day with a visit by PGM John Clark and his lady Sarah, as well as the MTSFC President Roger Croome and Vice President Mike Higginbotham, all of whom came ready prepared for the downpours, and kindly walked the lake and chatted to the youngsters during the course of the day.
The primary reason for PGM John Clarks visit was to congratulate W. Bro. Dave Hollis on gaining Grand Rank for his 14 years of hard work on behalf of the charity.
After a couple of hours fishing, the shout was heard “Lunch is ready” and we all made our way to the covered BBQ. It’s amazing how much a youngster can eat! The ‘dinner ladies’ as usual did a great job and everyone was well satisfied.
A little more fishing then it was time for presentations. Accompanied by lots of cheering each pupil was presented with a framed certificate to take home as proof of their achievement, and it certainly was an achievement for these youngsters, all of whom had some form of difficulty.
Time for home and the pupils rejoined their coach just as the rain started again and the marquees had to be packed away.
Without the casters and the ladies who catered for us, this day would not have been possible so we give a very big Thank You for giving us your time.
Finally a very big Thank You also to Peter Lawrence a Middlesex Mason who very kindly sponsored the day to the tune of £350. It was very much appreciated.
Photo 2 PGM John Clark thanking Peter Lawrence who sponsored the day