Ten children from a local special needs school were treated to a day’s trout fishing in April by the Warwickshire Branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (MTFSC). The event was held at Wolvey, near Nuneaton, courtesy of Mark Smith and the Warwickshire Fly Fishers Club. This was the first such event put on by the MTSFC this year and was organised by W Bro Ian Hart (Provincial Grand Tyler) and W Bro Bob Croxall (Lodge of Grace) and was attended by W Bro Eric Rymer, Assistant PGM.
The ten children had never been trout fishing before and their individual helpers, both masons and non-masons, assisted the children to catch 38 rainbow trout during the day, much to their delight. Their teachers were full of praise for the day, saying that it was wonderful to see the children actively participating, especially those who were normally unresponsive.
After the fishing session, the children were given a slap-up lunch, prepared by Bob’s wife Julia. Following that, each child was presented with a certificate and three lucky ones with special medals, for catching the biggest fish (a whopping 9 lbs) and for best teamwork. The presentations were made by W Bro John Clough, one of the trustees of the Charity.
The minibus full of happy children – and teachers – left to go back to their school in Coleshill, accompanied by a very fishy smell!
The children and their helpers
W Bro Bryan Eden (Lodge of Faith and Hope 4772)