27th June 2017
It all began Friday afternoon with the arrival of those who took part and almost immediately the party began as old friends came together and new friendships were made.
We kicked things off with our opening speeches and Gareth Stevens was awarded the most sponsorship award after raising over £400, and then we got our quiz underway, which always brings out the best in team names, this year it was ‘checked in, not dug in’ that won the quiz (no prizes for guessing which service these 5 lunatics represented).
We had Bar Toast join us and supply the event with alcoholic refreshments from their quirky little piaggio and our thanks to Nichola and Stacey for their support and service throughout the evening.
Our first band of the night took to the stage not long after our quiz and Stoney Road Acoustic Duo which consisted of Marcus Nye and Dave Smith entertained our happy band of carpers with a great set of acoustic numbers.
Once Stoney Road had finished we then started our auction which is always a highlight of the evening and this year it managed to raise just short of £2,200 which was a superb effort and we thank all those who won something.
Next up on stage we’re the popular Hawthorn Levi, a 4 piece band from Nottingham who again didn’t fail to deliver and got the crowd well and truly pumping, so much so they had to continue after they originally finished.
A huge thanks to both bands for their great performances and the support for which we are hugely grateful.
The party went on until the early hours and everyone had well and truly enjoyed themselves.
The draw for the match was carried out at 0930hrs, our usual out the hat draw was the order of the morning and once all the pegs had been chosen our very hungover carpers precariously went about their business and set up ready for the start at 1100hrs.
The match started and the conditions were good, it was overcast, a lot cooler than it had been through the week and everyone was confident of a fish or two, the pools we were using were Adelaide and George’s, 2 very young pools that had recently been opened following a period of stocking and development.
Just after 1320hrs our fist fish came out to Matt Johnson, bagging himself the first fish trophy and a few other prizes.
As we headed into our Q&A session, the M.P.G.S team took the lead, the first time they’d ever seen the top at this event.
Mark Hogg entertained our now sober carpers with his answers on a variety of subjects from best bait to best rig in his opinion and also enlightened the listeners on his famous Herons Knee Oil story.
Cudmore Fishery did us the honours with our food and everyone was treated to either burger and chips or pie and chips, and greeted with much appreciation from our hungry gang.
The fishing continued after Mark Hogg‘s Q&A and as evening turned to night the RAF were in the lead, by morning the tables had turned again and the Royal Navy & Royal Marine team had just nudged ahead, with 2 hours to go there was 6lb seperating them from the RAF and Ex-Military team .
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines team had a late surge in catches and as the final hooter sounded they ran out comfortable winners, retaining the trophy for a second year running.
The RAF finished second by 1lb 14oz from the Ex-Military team.
The team standings were:
Royal Navy & Royal Marines – 70lb 14oz
RAF – 44lb 4oz
Ex Military – 42lb 08oz
Civilian – 26lb 02oz
MPGS – 23lb 08oz
Army – 7lb
The winning pair belonged to the Royal Navy and Royal Marine team with Steve Brown and Ash Bonwick taking the title.
The individual title went to Sean Chance of the civilian team with a weight of 26lb 02oz and Steve Brown took the biggest fish title with a mirror of 12lb on the nose.
As we stated yesterday the event raised over £10,700 although this isn’t the final total and we will update you all in the next day or so to the final amount we raised, however, it’s fair to say that the real winner of the event were our beneficiaries.
We would like to publicly thank Edward and his team at Cudmore Fishery for going the extra mile in their support and hosting of us and to every company and manufacturer that donated prizes to this years event.
Our biggest thanks goes to all of those that supported the event by spending their hard earned money in either sponsoring an angler, buying raffle tickets or bidding on the auction.
Finally we hope to see you all again in 2018 where we have big plans ahead so watch this space.
8th June 2017
Mark who represents RG Baits and Rig Marole has caught a number of huge fish over the years and is one of carp angling’s most obsessive hunters after chasing one fish for over four years before he got the better of it.
His stories are superb and his take on carp angling is definitely an interesting one and well worth asking about.
Hopefully we will see some of you there, it’s free to attend and after the session our raffle will be drawn.
A huge thanks to Mark for agreeing to come along and we can’t wait to hear his take on things.
10th May 2017
With little over 6 weeks to go until this years event at Cudmore Fishery we have again a huge list of supporters who have all donated prizes for our raffle and/or auction.
We cannot thank all those who have pledged their support enough and it’s hugely appreciated, however, the support doesn’t just benefit those who win the prizes but many 100′s of wounded, injured and sick veterans as a result of the funds raised during the event, and that is something all our supporters should be proud of, as they really are enabling life changing support.
The list of supporters at the time of writing this article contains:
Carp Gran Canaria
Manor Farm Fishing
The Tackle Box
Leicester City F.C
Yet again we are blown with the support and with a few weeks left to go we hope to have a couple more additions to the list by the time the event comes around.
29th March 2017
We’re able to announce that this year, part of our fundraising efforts will be donated towards the family of L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, who died in Iraq on January 2nd, and the first British soldier to die in the country since 2009.
Scott was a member of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) and was part of the UK’s commitment to training Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS, however, Scott wasn’t killed as a result of enemy action and an investigation is still ongoing.
We were contacted by friends of the event who represented the Army team last years and were close friends of Scott, and they asked if there was anything we could do to assist his young family that have been left behind.
A few messages later we were in contact with Scott’s Mum, Anne, who explained that Scott had become a Dad to Safaya-Rose just before he deployed, which is a truly heartbreaking story, and we felt that the Carping4Heroes family would answer the call to support Scott and his young family and therefore part of our efforts in fundraising will be donated to the memory of Scott.
13th March 2017
This weekend was Carpin On 2017 and we were present with our friends at Forces CARP on stand 110a, during the weekend we met many old friends and spoke to many new faces, on the stand we promoted this years event at Cudmore Fishery and we also ran a competition that involved guessing the weight of 4 well known fish.
The 4 fish were:
The Parrot (caught by Terry Hearn)
Single Scale from Ashmead (Caught by Ian Chillcott)
The Black Mirror (Caught by Dave Lane)
Chillies Fish from Chillham Mill (Caught by Adam Penning)
and the correct weight if you put all 4 of the fish together was:
And a huge congratulations to Mr Harry Dickson who won with a guess of 207lb 12oz, Harry will be sent a Nash Tackle 2 rod set up for his troubles that include the new KNX Colt rods, BP6 Reels and S5 Alarms.
We thank the guy’s at Carp Conferences who run Carpin On for having us again at their superb show and for the support they continue to give us and we also thank Kev, Lindsay and Neil plus Abi and Faith for helping us this weekend.
2nd February 2017
27th January 2017
It’s with sadness that we report the passing of keen angler Charles Hickmott, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 99.
Charles was from the Wellingborough area and although he never personally attended an event, he requested in his will that all donations during his funeral to be made to Carping4Heroes.
An online donation site has been set up by the funeral directors and the link is:
Charles’ funeral will take place on February 10th at 1pm at the Nene Valley Crematorium.
Although Charles has now passed, we would like to thank him for kindly requesting donations to be passed on to us following his death.
Our condolences go to Charles’ friends and family and we can assure them that Charles’ request will be gratefully received by our beneficiarys.
6th January 2017
07th November 2016
This year, our dinner night will consist of a 3 course meal plus entertainment by comedian Sally-Anne Hayward and music by local band Pure Draught, we also have long time carp angler and supporter of the event Brian Skoyles attending plus a Help for Heroes Ambassador as our guest of honour.
As with all our dinner nights we will hold a raffle and an auction on the night with all monies raised being donated to our benefactors, this year will also include a local charity close to the dinner venue, Hull 4 Heroes who are working towards creating housing for Veterans who live in the City of Hull.
We have our sight’s set on raising £2,000 from the evening and if you want to attend what is always a fantastic event then please visit the website shop where tickets are prices at £40 per person or a table of 10 for £380.
02nd November 2016
Most of you will instantly realise that this a change of venue, having held the previous 4 events at Manor Farm Fishing and the reason for change is that we have outgrown Manor Farm Fishing.
It was a fantastic 4 years at Manor Farm and we wish to thank Sue and her team for all their support and efforts in helping us every year.
The show must go on as they say and we’re looking forward to using Cudmore Fishery and putting on another superb event in aid of our Men and Women of the Armed Forces.