Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales

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The Masonic Fishing Charity


 

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Whilst we are the Masonic Fishing Charity you do not have
to be a freemason to help us or take part in our activities.

 



Masonic Fishing Charity, North Wales Branch


The Masonic Fishing Charity is a registered Charity with the main aim of bringing an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs, this includes disadvantaged children, young people and adults. Charity is an integral part of the ethos of Freemasonry and in North Wales we organise events as part of our commitment to working in the community. We hold four fishing events during the year, and the first event in May was for two schools in the Wrexham area.


Anyone who has fished at Tan-y-Mynydd, Moelfre, near Abergele will know how enjoyable it is to spend a few hours in the peace and tranquility of the Welsh countryside. As an organisation, we simply want to help others who would not normally have the opportunity to share and benefit from the pleasure that fishing in natural scenic surroundings can bring.


All our guests are introduced on a one-to-one basis to their Fishing guide for the day, who involves them as much as possible with Casting, playing and landing the fish. We also provide BBQ lunches for everyone attending, which is free of charge, and the children are presented with a Certificate to take home at the end of the day.


The Tan-y-Mynydd Fishery site has modern welfare facilities and catering arrangements and is, also, subject to stringent Health and Safety Standards and Risk Assessment prior to any Fishing meeting and also on the morning of the event.


We have an army of volunteers and not all of them are Anglers! We welcome help in all aspects of the Masonic Fishing Charity, from preparation to organising an event. All our volunteers working with us are required to have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate at advanced level, the Charity carries out this service which is free of charge. You do not have to be a Freemason to get involved.


 

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


 


All our fishing events are held at the Tan-y-Mynydd Trout Fishery, Moelfre, Abergele, North Wales.
LL22 9RF, Telephone 01745 826722

 


Casters and Helpers

Please telephone Brian Popplewell on 01244 819060 to confirm your availability for any of the fishing events for the 2016 season. This will ensure enough Casters & Helpers are available on the day.


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OBJECTIVE


Tan-y-Mynydd Fishery

The Masonic Fishing Charity is run completely by volunteers and is a non profit making enterprise.


The Masonic Fishing Charity is a registered Charity with the main aim of bringing an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs, this includes disadvantaged children, young people and adults. Charity is an integral part of the ethos of Freemasonry and in North Wales we organise events as part of our commitment to working in the community.


Anyone who has fished at Tan-y-Mynydd near Abergele will know how enjoyable it is to spend a few hours in the peace and tranquillity of the Welsh countryside. As an organisation we simply want to help others who would not normally have the opportunity to share and benefit from the pleasures that Fishing in natural surroundings can bring.


All our guests are introduced on a one-to-one basis to their Fishing Guide for the day who involves them as much as possible with casting, playing and landing fish. We also provide BBQ lunches for everyone attending and the children are presented with a Certificate to take home at the end of the day. Tan-y-Mynydd Fishery is subject to stringent Health and Safety Standards prior to any Fishing Meeting also on the morning of the event. The site has modern welfare facilities and catering arrangements.


You do not need to be a Freemason to become a volunteer for us.

 

As we provide a one-to-one fishing guide and participant relationship we always need Male and Female fishermen who are willing to give up their day and act as Casters. Your role would be as follows:


� You must be prepared to fill in and submit a Disclosure Form to the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) for the safe working with children and vulnerable people. This is completely free and totally confidential. Contact John A. Bell on 01492-516247 or email johnbell755@gmail.com.

� On completion of your DBS you will be sent some more information about the Charity and the Health and Safety Issues. On arrival at the fishery, a 'Safety Rules' and general briefing will take place before the participants arrive.

� You would need to be available on a Tuesday and to arrive at the venue before 8.30am. (Breakfast of bacon rolls is provided with tea, coffee and soft drinks always available). You will also receive a Health & Safety talk.

� When the participants arrive with their carers from the school, you will be introduced and asked to take them to the lake to commence fishing.

� Subject to their ability, you can then show and let them bait up, cast, retrieve, hook and land the fish. It is not for you to show them what you can do but to see what they can achieve.

� There would be a break for lunch which would be provided for you and all the participants.

� Just before the participants leave, a presentation is made for the biggest fish, best caster and best retriever. So you will have an important part to play in their enjoyment and success on the day and being part of the photographs on the day. But, the days are not competitions and everyone receives a certificate of competence.

� You would be expected to provide your own tackle for the participant to use and MTSFC will not be responsible for any breakages that may occur - so it is best to bring your old gear!

� As the teachers, carers or helpers come with the participants you will not be dealing with any personal needs of your charge. Details of this will be given to you on the day.

� There is absolutely no charge to you for attending although a raffle is often held which you may like to take part in.


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North Wales Area Executive

Rainbow Trout

Members of the North Wales Area Executive


Chairman, Tony Ashton


Telephone: 01244 817882 or Email: kermia95@yahoo.co.uk


Responsibilities :

Agreeing the number of Fishing Events with the Team. Coordinating the roles of Team Members. Ensuring that procedural documents are implemented i.e. Risk Assessments, Environmental Agency Licence, Employers Liability Insurance. Doubles up as the Health & Safety Co-ordinator.



Secretary, Ken Elliott


Telephone: 01244 536744 or Email: merlot142@hotmail.com


Responsibilities :

Give notice of Meetings and record details. Understand Health & Safety Policy and the Risk Assessment requirements.


Treasurer, Graham Sherratt


Telephone: 01352 780935 or Email: graham.sherratt1@btinternet.com


Responsibilities :

Maintain Branch Accounts and submit reports to the Fishing Charity as and when required. Pay Branch bills as required.


D.B.S. (CRB) Co-ordinator, John A. Bell


Telephone: 01492-516237 or Email: johnandria@uwclub.net


Responsibilities :

Officer responsible for advising on Compliance Standards.



School Liasion Officers, Clive Shields


Telephone: 01352 731221 or Email: clives35@hotmail.com


Responsibilities :

Advise schools on the arrangements that are in place for their Fishing Event. Meet and greet on the day.




Chief Caster, Brian Popplewell


Telephone: 01244 819060


Responsibilities :

Arrange for sufficient volunteers Casters, Helpers, First Aiders to attend Meetings.



Publicity Officer, David Rowlands


Telephone: 01244 533618


Responsibilities :

Arrange for Information about Events to be updated on Provincial Website.



Technical Support Officer, Ken Brown


Telephone: 01352 721177


Responsibilities :

Provide Technical Support as, and when, required.



Qualified First Aiders, David Kinnair & David Thomas


Telephone: T.B.A.


Responsibilities :

Administration of First Aid.



 

Vacancies


 

Fundraising Vacant - please apply to the Chairman if interested in this important job
Merchandising Vacant - please apply to the Chairman if interested in this important job
Additional First Aider Vacant - please apply to the Chairman if interested in this important job
School Liaison Officer Vacant - please apply to the Chairman if interested in this important job
Casters & Helpers Vacant - please apply to the Chairman if you are able to assist.

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