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Annual Ford Charity Fishing Festival 

We have organised a Fishing Festival on Weston Shore, Southampton Water for many years. All profits from the festival are donated to Naomi House Hospice.

The Fishing Festival is run in conjunction with the Ford Sports and Social Club Sea Angling Club and with a generous donation from Unite the Union.


2019 Annual Ford Charity Fishing Festival Announced


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AND SPONSORED BY THE FORD BRANCH (2/251) OF UNITE

                                                                                                                                                                    

44th OPEN

         BEACH FISHING FESTIVAL  

ROLLING MILL TO BEACH LANE, NETLEY


SUNDAY 20th JANUARY 2019

Fishing Times: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (Scales close at 2:15 pm) 

COMPETITION WILL BE FISHED IN TWO ZONES

BOOKING IN FROM 7:00 AM


FIRST PRIZE: £400

SECOND PRIZE: £200

PEN SEA LEAGUE QUALIFIER


Large Senior & Junior Prize Table


Entry fee £11.00, Junior £4.00.  


Optional Pool £4.00 (£2.00 overall Heaviest Fish, £2.00 Heaviest bag in each Zone)

Sign on and draw for Zones (area available for disabled) from 7:00 am HQ Weston Shore


NO PEGGING BEACH PRIOR TO SIGNING ON


Fishing to Angling Trust Rules


ALL PROCEEDS TO ROSE ROAD ASSOCIATION

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The Rose Road Association provides vital services for over 300 children and young people with severe physical disabilities, learning difficulties and/or autism from across Hampshire. We offer overnight short breaks, a community outreach service, after school and holiday activity schemes, Saturday clubs and advice and support to families.


At the heart of our operations is the Bradbury Centre which is a nurturing and safe home-from-home where children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities can come for short breaks. This respite care gives families the chance to regroup, to relax and to rebalance family life.


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2018 No Hake-news here!!

It was a cold, grey and very damp morning that greeted the Meon Valley Lions, as they turned out to organise the 43rd Charity Ford Open Fishing Festival, on Weston Shore. The Lions club has been involved with this event every January, without fail since 1996 and we’ve seen just about every weather condition known to man in that time. A bit of cold and damp wasn’t really going to put us off.

In its heyday, over two hundred fishermen took part in this fishing festival and the pitches extended from Weston Shore in the west, right round to the Hamble in the east. The Ford transit plant has since closed, but Peter Oates and members of the Ford Sports and Social Club have worked hard with the support of the Transport and General Workers Union, to keep the competition alive.  It is still a popular event amongst the sea-angling community and we attracted a large group of plucky sea-anglers again this year, including 74 seniors and 4 juniors.

If the Lions and fishermen found the conditions a little challenging, it didn’t seem to adversely affect the fishing itself, with one of the most successful catches landed in recent years. Here are the results and prize-winners:

Charlie Cramer and catch

Photograph: Junior Charlie Cramer with his catch 

1st prize (£400): Chi Cheung

2nd prize (£200): Peter Easterby

3rd prize (£100): M Ramsey

Heaviest fish (£148): Peter Easterby

Heaviest bag – white zone (£74): John Richardson

Heaviest bag – red zone (£74): Chi Cheung


In the last five years of competition, no junior has caught a single fish.  This year however, two were successful and Charlie Cramer and Matthew Tay were both awarded prizes of rods and reels for their efforts. 

At the conclusion of the day, the event raised £822, a sum the Lions will now round up to £1,000 for donation to the Winchester based hospice, Naomi House and Jacksplace. It’s a tradition that we channel the proceeds of the Fishing Festival to this deserving charity and this year’s contribution takes the total collected through the fishing festival down the years, to in excess of £45,000. The cheque will be presented by the Lions President to representatives of Naomi House at a ceremony in the Good Companions Public House, Eastleigh in March.

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Photo: The 2017 cheque presentation: (L to R) Peter Oates (Ford Sea-Angling Club), Sarah Hudson (Naomi House)  and Lion Dick Cowles

We have organised a Fishing Festival on Weston Shore, Southampton Water for many years. All profits from the festival are donated to Naomi House Hospice. The Fishing Festival is run in conjunction with the Ford Sports and Social Club Sea Angling Club and with a generous donation from Unite the Union.


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