Clubs & Associations

Oxfordshire Masonic Bowling Association
Founded 1933

Affiliated to the
Oxfordshire Bowling Association
Interested in joining us?
Bro. Michael Hine
5 North Avenue
Oxon OX14 1QN.
Telephone: 01235 529550.
Email: Masonic Bowling
Oxfordshire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity - Summary of 2016
6 November 2016
Having just concluded our final visit to Milton Pools we find ourselves at the end of yet another successful year. We can all now relax for a few months with our tenth anniversary under our belt! We only entertained 14 youngsters at the last event as one school (of the planned three) unfortunately pulled out. This again emphasizes the need to always have at least two schools attending at each event, in case one school has a last minute problem.
Numbers this year were slightly down, nevertheless the enthusiasm from all participants definitely was not! Many have never been fishing before, let alone hooked and landed their first fish. Their excitement is a delight to behold for all of us who sometimes take catching a fish for granted. Ask any of our fishermen or helpers, this is why we continuing to run these events!
Angus Campbell with two on the go, fly fishing
So where did our guests come from this year?
 -Bicester Community College
 -Springfield School Witney
 -Bardwell School Bicester
 -Mulberry Bush School Standlake
 -Kingfisher School Abingdon
 -Isis Academy Oxford
 -John Watson School Wheatley and
 -Marlborough School (Sen Support Services) Woodstock
Keith Pauling, perhaps his last day fishing?
I can say without fear of contradiction the feedback that we get every time from teaching staff is without question always positive. I would like to share the following received after our April event:-
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all your colleagues for the excellent day we spent with you at Milton Pools.

I have never had such an awesome opportunity to join with such a wonderful group who offer time and knowledge to enhance the learning of the young people we work with.

I had the chance to witness what a difference outside the classroom can make for young people, a young man who rarely speaks chatted happily with his fisherman, another who never stops chatting and is unable to concentrate for more than 10 minutes at a time sat and watched and waited quietly with only sensible chat relating to fishing.

A young girl who rarely gets the chance to be outdoors spoke and signed to others and learned how to land a fish, relaying to us later how it happened.

Quite simply it was nothing but a joyous experience all round, with lunch and cake included.

Our young people were overjoyed with their certificates and gifts.

Thank you is quite simply not enough."
Keith Harvey, PG Mentor putting it into practice!
This is what encourages us to carry on year after year and we will soon be arranging next year's programme.
Ian Horrocks, I know it wasn't that bad!
We must not forget the tremendous support we get from the Val, Ray and Antony at Milton Pools, the Farmoor Fly Fishing Club for their generosity in allowing us free access every year and all the individual fishermen and helpers for giving up their time! Thanks also to Drennan for kindly providing "goody bags" and to Top Tackle Oxford, for the reels that were raffled raising £55. My personal thanks to Stuart and Shaun for the excellent pictures, plus Alan, Brian and Dean, the Oxfordshire Committee.
Angus Campbell, about to land another one
Special thanks for the support of our Provincial Team including PGM James Hilditch, the APGM Alan Knowles, Past DepPGM Nick Howland and PPrSGW Tony Taylor, all of whom came along and spent considerable time with the youngsters before carrying out the presentations.
Alan Knowles ably assisted by Tony Taylor doing the honours in June
The bad news this year, we lost two of our key fishermen Keith Pauling and Wally Ward. Keith was not only a coarse and fly fisherman, but with support from his wife was always happy to sell products to raise funds for the charity. Wally, the President of the Farmoor Fly Fishing Club passed away this summer; he was a great supporter of the MTSFC! So please don’t forget, we always need to sign up more fishermen to our team; tell them about the fun we have!
PGM presenting the Certificates in October
On a more positive note, the central counties are expanding adding Wiltshire to the active MTSFC provinces. Supported by their PGM Philip Bullock and the APGM Stephen Bridge, Ian & Elaine Lever ran their first event in September. It was well organised and we can look forward to more of the same next year!
Family of Swans at Darlow in June
Thanks again to the generosity of Oxfordshire Freemasons who provide the funding to make these important community activities possible.
John Stanley,
Oxfordshire Event Organiser.
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