Annual Ford Charity Fishing Festival 

Floundering in severe weather conditions!

Another January and another cold, wet dousing for the Meon Valley Lions at the 42nd Charity Ford Open Fishing Festival, on Weston Shore. This event is one that Lions have supported every January without fail since 1996, so a bit of cold and damp wasn’t really going to put us off.   Back in the day, over two hundred fishermen took part in this fishing event, spreading from their pitches on Weston Shore in the west, right round to the Hamble in the east. 

Numbers have dropped since its heyday and the closure of the Ford transit plant, but we still had almost 100 plucky sea-anglers turn up for the competition, on the last weekend of January. If the Lions weren’t too keen on the wet weather conditions, the fishermen certainly were and over a dozen fish were landed during the course of the morning. Tony Sherwood won the prize for largest fish with a 1lb. 4 oz. flounder and Mike Taylor was overall winner for the largest catch of the day, totaling 2lb. 2oz. The net result (no pun intended) was that the event raised £959 for charity, a sum the Lions will round up to £1,000 for donation to the Winchester based hospice, Naomi House and Jacksplace. This brings the total collected for this charity over the years to in excess of £40,000, which I think you’ll agree is a grand effort. 

Photos: Winners Mike Taylor (left) and Tony Sherwood (right); The 2017 cheque presentation: (L to R) Peter Oates (Ford Sea-Angling Club), Sarah Hudson (Naomi House)  and Lion Dick Cowles

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