Farnham Angling Society raises £1,771 for the Second Chance Children’s Charity

Followin the 2010 24-Hour Jack Frost Memorial Charity Match that took place at Badshot Lea Big Pond on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May, The Second Chance Children’s Charity benefited from a donation of £1,771 via Farnham Angling Society.

Now in it’s 10th year, the match commemorates the late Mr Jack Frost, who gave 40-years of service to the Society and was an active charity worker. The matches have now raised a total of £25K that has been donated to The Second Chance Children’s Charity based in Portsmouth and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. On behalf of FAS I again express thanks to the 20 anglers that took part who enjoyed the match and congratulations to all for raising the funds.

The match started at midday on Saturday 29th May, with a light southerly wind and varying rain persisting until about 5pm in the afternoon. The greatly fluctuating temperatures had seen the Carp start to prepare for spawning, only to seemingly stop as temperatures dropped, so expectations were high that the Carp may feed pre-spawning . . . Only 24-hours later would we know !

At 1pm on Sunday 30th with everyone having packed up and wearily made their way back to the main car park, and with all of the score sheets and sponsorship having been tallied up, the results were read to the waiting teams by Trevor Stewart of The Second Chance Charity who gave some background as to the work that they do in helping deprived and abused children from all over the UK the opportunity to take part in outdoor pursuits, fishing being the main one used.

The funds raised were slightly lower than in previous years with lower numbers fishing the match, but boosted by late entries we still managed to raise a very respectable £1,771 that will be put to very good use and I was pleased to hear that everyone that fished the match enjoyed it. With the fundraising rightly recognised as the most important aspect of this match, young Harry Ashbolt & myself as the Junior & Senior anglers having raised the most sponsorship with £184 & £215 respectively, each received recognition.


Harry and I receive tankards from Trevor Stewart of Second Chance.

Jamie & Trevor Hopkins were the deserved winners, the brothers having caught well throughout the event to finish with a catch 360lb 0oz of Bream and a few Tench off the left hand side of The New Pin. The winners of the match received complementary Farnham Angling Society permits for the 2011/2012 season and tankards from The Second Chance Charity.

Trevor & Jamie with 105lb of their winning catch of 360lb.

They had been pressed well by Paul Turner & Mark Hopkins who came second with 172lb 0oz of Bream, Roach, Tench and Perch from the New Pin.

Steve Benton & Les Haratt finished third with 140lb or Bream, Carp and Roach from pegs 24 & 25 on the Old Pin.

Steven & Les with 40lb of their 140lb total and Les with a 13lb Carp that also contributed.

With the ongoing generosity of many tackle shops and bait suppliers that support the event, there were fishing tackle prizes for not only the two members raising most sponsorship, but all anglers finishing in the top three teams and also to those landing the best specimens and most species.

The full Match Results reads:

1st Trevor & Jamie Hopkins Pegs 56 & 57 360lb 0oz

[2 x FAS Permits for 2011-12]

2nd Paul Turner & Mark Hopkins Pegs 58 & 59 172lb 0oz

[£25 Gift Voucher for Guildford Angling Centre + Reel & Lead Pouches & a Fox cap]

3rd Steven Benton & Les Haratt Pegs 24 & 25 140lb 0oz

[£20 Gift Voucher – Tackle Up]

4th Tony & Harry Ashbolt Pegs 4 – 8 84lb 0oz

5th Dave & Sharon Benton (Ryan replaced Sharon) Pegs 17 – 20 70lb 2oz

6th Nathan Reed & Terry Cash Pegs 61 & 62 40lb 6oz

7th Alistair Wood & James Wood Peg 14 28lb 4oz

8th Kenny Bremner & Mark Hewing Peg 9 28lb 5oz

9th Ian Gray & Deryk Randall Pegs 26 & 28 27lb 10oz

Me with a 12lb 0oz Carp, one of just 4 fish caught by The Spidemen (usually on the web and responsible for the FAS web site), clearly match fishing is not our strong point !

10th Daniel Ibbott & Rob Hill Pegs 21 & 22 5lb 1oz

Prizes were also given for the following:

Best Catfish Tony Ashbolt 15lb 11oz

Best Carp Ryan (on the right) 14lb 9oz Reuben Heaton scales

Best Bream Jamie Hopkins 8lb 8oz Bivvy pegs

Best Tench Trevor Hopkins 4lb 8oz Atomic Catapult

Best Silver Fish Nathan & Terry 5lb Pike Prologic reel

Most species Nathan & Terry 6 species Prologic reel

On behalf of Farnham Angling Society, I would like to express sincere thanks to all of those that contributed to the prizes, with special thanks to Rob at Hampshire Tackle, but also to Ruth at Yateley Angling Centre, Roy & Phil at Guildford Angling Centre, Andrew at Backhurst Bait Supplies, Dennis at Gold Valley Tackle, Mick & Fran at The Creel, Peter at Goldsworth Angling, Simon at Tackle Up & David Benton for their generosity in donating the assorted fishing tackle and gift voucher prizes for the event.

A big thank you once again to all those that took part and supported the event, including Farnham Angling Society, all of those tackle and bait shops that donated prizes for the event and to Trevor Stewart from The Second Chance Charity who came for the last 3 hours of the match and gave some insight to all of us into the enormous and varied work undertaken by Second Chance and made the presentations. I hope to see many of you again next year when I hope that we can get a full contingent of 17 pairs fishing the match. The date for next year’s event is likely to be 28th & 29th May 2011 and will be confirmed shortly.

A very happy Harry with his first ever Catfish of 7lb 9oz.

Remember that the match is a Charity event with the onus on fundraising, it is not an ultra competitive match, but the application to win the event is














worthwhile as 24-hours of quiver-tipping proved

for Jamie and Trevor.

Another record total could well be on the cards in 2011 with the lakes shoals of larger ageing Bream having reduced in size but now rejuvenated with a very healthy stock of younger fish whose average weight is likely to increase to 2-4lb for next season. Plus, with so many Kittens coming through, the Catfish are likely to be mostly mid to upper doubles next year, so if the Carp are on the feed as well, it could be a memorable Charity match in 2011.

If you would like to take part in next years match that will raise funds for The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, then please call me to secure your place ASAP with a £50 deposit cheque made out to The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. I look forward to hearing from you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ian Gray – Honorary Secretary