MTSFC Special Needs Fishing Day – A First for the Royal Arch

On the 18th May The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent attended a Masonic Fishing Charity (MTSFC) event for special needs anglers to mark the first time a Royal Arch Chapter, Cranbourne Chapter no 1580, hosted such an event.

The aim of Masonic Fishing Charity (MTSFC) 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, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.

The Masonic Fishing Charity receives its funding from the generosity of Craft Lodges and the Provinces in the form of donations and sponsorship. Usually the sponsorship is by a Craft Lodge hosting the event. For the first time, a Royal Arch Chapter, Cranbourne Chapter no 1580, hosted an event on the 18th May.

Stewart Willett reports that Cranbourne Chapter were present at the Verulam Angling Club, where the Charity entertained twenty disadvantaged children from two Hertfordshire special needs schools. The sponsors are always invited to come and have lunch at the event, to experience the day and to witness how well their money has been spent.

To mark the occasion we were pleased to receive James Sharpley, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, with Peter Walters, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals. They were there together with Simon Cooper, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Martin Francis representing Hertfordshire Craft, all of whom accompanied Tom Cousins, First Principal of the day’s sponsors, Cranbourne Chapter.