For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.
The Dorset branch of the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (MTSFC) once again had the pleasure of hosting 6 Special Needs children from Mountjoy School in Beaminster and 6 from Beaucroft School in Wimborne to a morning's coarse fishing at Higher Kingcombe Lakes at Toller Percorum near Dorchester.
'The Masonic Fishing Charity's aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs'. It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly and inviting participants with special needs to come and join in. This includes anyone over 11 with mental or physical disabilities, the disadvantaged or those who have suffered trauma. These events help the participants to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results.
All the children had the joy of catching one or more fish of varying sizes which no doubt gave them a healthy appetite as they managed to devour all the hamburgers and hot dogs carefully prepared by Ted Aston and his wife, Angie! Thanks go again to Paul and Andrea Crocker for letting us use their lakes without charge; Bro Dave Beadnell-Smith and his band of merry anglers who so caringly coached and encouraged the children; and Paul Illott, Colin Wills and Barry Hampson for all the work behind the scenes.
After lunch, the day was rounded off with all the children being presented with a medal and certificate by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Nigel Leonard.
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