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Oxfordshire Masonic Bowling Association
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Summary of 2017
19 November 2017
2017 has been another successful year!

I'm sure it won't surprise anyone to hear that 2017 was a special year for Freemasonry. We celebrated 300 years! What an achievement!
A good number of Inter-Province sporting competitions were organised in the home counties including one for Coarse Fishing and another for Fly Fishing. Oxfordshire teams did themselves proud, the Coarse Fishing Team captained by Keith Harvey came first and the Fly Fishing Team, which I had the privilege to captain came second. Many of the team members are also fishermen actively involved in our Fishing Charity, very well done to you all!
Jim Webster a founder of the MTSFC. Turning out regularly to support our events.
I thought it would be a good to take a moment not only to reflect on 2017 but what's happened since we began running these events in Oxfordshire back in 2006. This year we celebrated our 12th year running events for Special Needs young people from all over the province. Over the 12 years we have entertained about 800 young people from 18 different local special schools on no less than 77 separate occasions. I know that many will be fishing because of their day out with us!
Ian Horrocks showing how to carefully unhook a small one.
In 2017 we held 4 events visiting our usual venues Milton Pools and Darlow Water. One was a joint Bucks/ Oxon celebration for the Tercentenary which was originally planned for Stowe School but, due to unfavourable lake condition was held at Milton. Schools from Banbury and Wendover attended. Virtually the whole MTSFC management team turned out to support us together with our own PAPGM Alan Knowles. Special thanks must go to the Bucks catering team for an excellent job providing the food and refreshments on that occasion! Most are shown in the picture.
A real beauty in the net for Roger Tomlin and his partner.
So where did our young guests come from this year?
 -Springfield School Witney
 -Cherwell Oxford
 -Northern House Oxford
 -Mulberry Bush School Standlake
 -Frank Wise Banbury
 -Kingfisher School Abingdon
 -Mabel Pritchard Oxford
How does the Provincial Mentor spend his day off?
Answer, show a young man how to catch a large common carp.
Thanks once again for the tremendous support given by Val, Ray and Antony at Milton Pools. Also the Farmoor Fly Fishing Club for their generosity in allowing us free access to Darlow every year and not forgetting all the individual fishermen and helpers for giving up their time to provide a happy day out for these youngsters!
I'm taking this one home!
Campbell's Lake at Milton did us proud this year with dozens of fish being caught including some very large Common Carp. Matthew Fisher kindly donated a fishing reel to each of our participants. We hope this will be an incentive for them to continue fishing in the future.
Lunch is served.
2017 was a very difficult year for Fly Fishing. Moving the event from June to May meant we had lower water temperatures and therefor more chance of getting "takes", this alone improved catch numbers.
A full keep net.
I can't recall any incidents in 2017; unlike a couple of years ago when one participant decided to see what was in the keep net and ended up in the lake. It ended happily, a change of clothes and he was soon back fishing and telling all his friends next day!
Frank Wise School group waiting for the presentation.
Brian Newcombe stood down at the start of 2017 after many years supporting the charity, we all wish him a happy retirement! Thanks as always to Alan Meech (School Liaison Officer) & Dean Casey (H & S Officer) without whom we could not continue.
Graham Snell & Alan Knowles and a happy young man.
Because we always struggle rounding up enough fishermen and having lost a number of our regulars last year, we managed to sign up a half a dozen new anglers. But we mustn't get complacent; do you know anyone who would like to join us? Getting signed up is not difficult but everyone must be DBS cleared.
The end of the joint Bucks-Oxon event, plus MTSFC management team.
As always a special thanks to the Province and the Provincial Team members this year including the PDPGM Nick Howland, PAPGM Alan Knowles and PPrSGW Tony Taylor, all of whom came along and spent considerable time with the youngsters before carrying out the presentations. Someone said it had something to do with the excellent food we provide, but I couldn't possibly endorse a comment like that!
John Stanley,
Oxfordshire Event Organiser.
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Summary of 2016
6 November 2016
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Farmoor Fly Fishing Club
16 June 2016
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Special Schools Fishing
21 April 2016
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Summary of 2015
30 October 2015
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Farmoor Fly Fishing Club
18 June 2015
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Milton Pools
23 April 2015
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Milton Pools
8 October 2014
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Darlow Water
18 June 2014
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Bullingdon Lake (near Bicester)
23 April 2014
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Milton Pools
9 October 2013
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Farmoor Fly Fishing Club
19 June 2013
The Oxfordshire Masonic Golf Society is back!
 
Mike Augar has accepted the challenge to resurrect the Oxfordshire Masonic Golf Society and is keen to hear from any of those brethren involved with the original society, together with any other brethren from around the Province that like to "Spoil a good walk", as attributed to Mark Twain.
If you were an original member and are interested in seeing the society up and running again or would be interested in getting involved in any way from helping to run the society or simply playing golf, please drop Mike Augar an email below.
 
 
Oxfordshire Masonic Golfing Society
Founded 1945
 
Objectives of the Society:
 
 
  1. To provide an opportunity for Brethren to meet outside masonry and for Masons, whether golfers or not, to meet their Brethren socially.
  2. To promote friendly rivalry between Lodges in this and other Provinces and thus promote further support for Masonic Charities.
  3. To arrange inter-Lodge and inter-Provincial matches throughout the year.
  4. To welcome non-Masonic guests to join in the appropriate meetings to further spread the good name of the Craft.
Brethren wishing to join the Society can obtain membership forms and fixture details from the Secretary.
Oxfordshire Masonic Social Club