26th July 2016


IMG_5237It was our best event to date and the whole weekend was full of superb memories and our thanks to everyone involved for making it a great event.

Elliott Porter and Hawthorn Levi who provided the entertainment on Friday evening were a huge hit and certainly added to the occasion, the quiz was an eye opener and always a giggle with some of the answers and the auction raised just over £2k alone.

On Saturday it’s fair to say we had many people wishing the earth could swallow them up and as the temperature soared past 25 degrees by 9am it didn’t look too fun for those that may have had a fizzy drink or two too many, however, once the draw had been made and the anglers were in angling mode most felt human again.

11 minutes in to the match, Alex McKenzie of the RAF landed the first fish and also bagged himself the DNA Baits 1st fish trophy plus 5kg of DNA baits and a few other prizes.

With the temperature almost hitting 30 degrees and the previous 5 days warm weather, the fish on both lakes weren’t in the mood to play except with themselves, however a few fish did start to grace the bank and keep the scoreboard ticking over.

By 4.30pm it was all to play for and the anglers wound in as we held our traditional BBQ and Q&A session, a huge thanks has to go to Gary Clifford and his team for providing the food at the last minute and it’s fair to say they did a sterling job and the bar was also a welcome addition.

Unfortunately Lee Jackson was unable to make the event and Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers were called up for England duty, which meant Ian Chillcott was going to be joined by Brian Skoyles on stage for the Q&A with event organiser Simon Bangert compering the session, and as ever it was a superb insight in to how the sports top anglers tick and there opinions on such topics as the otter problem, advertising and whether Spongebob Squarepants could beat them in wrestle.

Obviously we send our thanks to Chilly and his wife Lindie for taking time to be with us and yet again show their support for our armed forces which is hugely appreciated.

During the day, Brian Skoyles wandered around the lakes and offered floater fishing tuition which was greatly received with a number of anglers taking home some superb surface fishing tips and again, we thank Brian for his efforts and support and that of Daiwa for donating a Floater rod and reel.

Stu Lennox also gave demo’s of his PVA bag technique during the Saturday and his assistance and support was also hugely appreciated.

We also had the guys from Rod Hutchinson with their range of products with us plus Bait-Tech and Lee and Paul from Reality Carp Fishing were busy filming the event and Mark from Carp Radio got plenty of stuff for their next carp radio show.

Once the Q&A had finished and everyone was fed we held our raffle and a huge thanks goes to everyone who donated prizes, as with all our events a formal letter of thanks will be sent in the next couple of days.

Following the raffle the fishing resumed and it was slow fishing for much of the night until around 7am where the fish finally stopped taking the mickey out of everyone and some decided to make an appearance.

By the time the final hooter had come just over 40 fish had been caught, which isn’t a bad effort given the conditions and number of anglers taking part.

Once all scores and catches had been tallied up, we had the following winners:

Individual Winner – Matt McKay (Royal Navy & Royal Marines) 65lb 03oz

Biggest Fish – Matt McKay (Royal Navy & Royal Marines) 20lb 07oz

First Fish – Alex McKenzie (R.A.F)

Winning Pair – Steve Brown & Matt McKay (Royall Navy and Royal Marines) 117lb 13oz

Winning Team – Royal Navy and Royal Marines 177lb 8oz

So our new champions and virgins to Carping4Heroes were the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Carp Angling team with a sterling effort and we congratulate them on a great match.

But the winners of the event were our beneficiaries Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Forces CARP who will benefit from our fundraising efforts which we believe to be around the £14k mark, however we will announce the exact amount in due course.

Thank you to the venue for letting us use their excellent facilities again and thank you to each and everyone of you that came and enjoyed a special weekend with us

Our next event will be the dinner night on November 19th at Hull City’s KC Stadium.


20th July 2016


We can announce the following lots from our auction have received these following highest bids:


  • 6 Month Carp-Talk Subscription – £15
  • Angling themed cake – £100
  • 24 hrs for 2 at Eric’s Willows Lake – £40
  • 48hrs for 2 at Linear Fisheries – £80
  • Mk 2 9Ah Cobra Power Pack from A.M.P.S – £20
  • 7 days for 2 anglers at Etang Baudy (drive and survive) – £200


As published in a previous post and on the website, bids can be submitted via email to carping4heroes@gmail.com, the lots will start on the night at the highest bid received by midnight 21st July for each item (the individual with the highest bid will be contacted to submit a maximum bid if they cannot attend the event)


19th July 2016


Some of you may know that our caterer, Andy’s Snacks has had to pull out of this years event at the last minute due to unforseen circumstances, which is a huge shame as Andy was a real hit with all those who attended last years event.

In good old C4H style, we didn’t mess about and we managed to find a replacement with 3 days to go and in the height of all outside caterers peak season, however, it wasn’t easy and we sweated some.

We’re pleased and hugely grateful to have Gary Clifford who runs All in One Bars and Caterers join us this weekend and provide all our catering needs, in addition he will also be supplying a fully licensed bar as well.

Some of you may know that our caterer, Andy’s Snacks has had to pull out of this years event at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, which is a huge shame as Andy was a real hit with all those who attended last years event.

You can check out Gary and his services via his website at www.allinonebarsandcaterers.co.uk


18th July 2016


IMG_8732Last Friday Carping4Heroes founder and Help for Heroes Ambassador Simon Bangert was joined by Darren Nokes and Mark Greenway of Dovetail Games, the developers behind the hit angling computer game, Euro Fishing, at Tedworth House, the Help for Heroes flagship recovery centre based in Wiltshire.

The reason for the visit by Dovetail Games was to donate two Xbox one consoles plus the game to Help for Heroes for use in their recovery centres by wounded, injured and sick members of our Armed Forces.

The donation was wider support that Dovetail Games have shown Carping4Heroes and through conversation earlier in the year they wanted to donate a copy of the game to the recovery centres as well as our raffle, however, on investigation it was found that Help for Heroes only had the older Xbox 360 consoles which Euro Fishing can’t be played on, obviously that immediately put paid to that idea, or so Simon thought until Darren Nokes said that Dovetail Games would happily go above and beyond the call of duty and not only donate 2 copies of the game but also the consoles so it could be played by the guys and girls at the recovery centres.

Obviously this type of action is extremely humbling and not only are we grateful at Carping4Heroes for the support but on behalf of Help for Heroes and all those that use the recovery centres we appreciate and thank Dovetail Games for their generosity.

Darren said ”We are proud to be able to support Carping4Heroes and therefore Help for Heroes and donating the Xboxes for their recovery centres. Being given a tour of the recovery centre was a truly inspiring experience and we hope the donation helps in some small way towards the recovery of all those that use them.”

Pictured is Simon Bangert, with Darren Nokes and Mark Greenway plus Susan Gibbings of Help for Heroes who accepted the consoles and games.


11th May 2016


Elliot Porter to join music acts


Elliot Porter


On the Friday evening of the event we hold a social get together, which is open to all to attend and over the past couple of years we’ve had live bands play for your entertainment.


This year is no different and as previously announced we have 3 acts playing for us this year, however it is unfortunate that we have to announce that MH Acoustic will not be joining us this year due to unforseen circumstances.


We can announce that we have a superb replacement taking MH Acoustic’s spot in the guise of Elliot Porter who is a singer/songwriter and has featured on BBC Radio 2′s Introducing show.


His music and sound can be found on his website at www.elliotporter.co.uk and we are hugely grateful to him for stepping in at short notice and look forward to having him join us on our Friday night social.



13th March 2016


Carpin’ On 2016




This weekend we’ve been down at Five Lakes Resort in Essex at the Carpin’ On Show where we promoted this years event and also had our minefield game running.


It was a great weekend where many that came to the show came and said hello and thank you to all that supported us and played the minefield game that had 2 great prizes up for grabs from Eric’s Angling and Star-Flite Stainless, so our thanks to both for their support.


We can now announce that the winners are:


* Eric’s Angling £100 Voucher – David Westgarth of Norfolk

* Star-Flite Stainless 2 rod set up – Bradley Hayden of Basildon


Both have been contacted and the prizes will be with them in the week so a huge well done to you both and thank you for the support.


Also a huge thanks to Mick, Gareth, Neil and Adam who manned the stand throughout the weekend, their assistance and help was invaluable and they did a great job and finally a huge thanks to the guys at Carpin’ On for having us along and for their support of our wounded veterans.


Tightlines and see you all in July at Carping4Heroes 2016.


11th March 2016


See us at Carpin’ On 2016




This weekend we will be at the ever popular Carpin’ On show at Five Lakes Resort in Essex and based on stand 68, right next door to Delkim.


Over the weekend you can play our minefield game where we have 2 fantastic prizes up for grabs:


  • £100 Eric’s Angling Centre voucher
  • 2 rod set up from Star-Flite Stainless rrp £116


The guys on the stand will also have details about this years event, as well as details about those charities we’re supporting this year so please do pop by and have a go and say hello to the guy’s, I’m sure they’ll appreciate anyone bringing them a cup of tea when you visit them ;-)


A huge thanks to Eric’s Angling and Star-Flite Stainless for their support and of course Carpin’ On for allowing us back again.


We won’t have any hoody’s or t-shirt’s for sale over the weekend, however, they are still available via the website.


12th February 2016


Carping4Heroes via Mud




As some of you may already know one of our volunteers for the event is carrying out a challenge under the Carping4Heroes banner.


Kenwyn Hughes, who isn’t even an angler yet helps us year on year is doing 5 Tough Mudder type runs throughout 2016, he has a just giving page set up that allows you to choose which charity you’d like your money to go to (Help for Heroes or Combat Stress) and we would love it if all our superb friends and supporters got behind Ken’s crazy yet honourable challenge in support of our wounded.


Lately he’s been on the charm offensive with his local media and we’ve posted a couple of pictures of his articles with this post.


To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/2016MudRun or you can text MUDC50 followed by amount To 70070.


We thank Ken for his support and wish him all the best in his challenge and hopefully he will smash his £500 target.




10th February 2016


Carping4Heroes at the 2016 Northern Angling Show




Well it’s only 10 days away and yet again we will be exhibiting at the Northern Angling Show that’s being held at Event City in Manchester over the weekend of the 20th-21st February and what a cracking line up the lads who organise the show have in store for the angling loving public this year.


For the first time in a very long time, Matt Hayes and Mick ‘the Duke’ Brown will be together on the main stage taking questions from Carp Team England’s manager Rob Hughes and other huge stars such as Ali Hamidi and Dean Macey from the Big Fish Off TV show plus Simon Crow, Mark Holmes, Jamie Clossick and Mark Watson and a host of others will also take to the stage to keep you entertained over both days, and if that wasn’t mouth watering enough, there is a huge list of exhibitors as well so you can see all the newest and latest bits of kit and gadgets from all the industry’s main manufacturers such as Korda, Nash Tackle, Trakker, Avid, JRC, Greys, DNA Baits and just about every other huge name in the angling industry plus a number of tackle retailers such as Eric’s Angling where you’ll be sure to gra a bargain, and tucked away in the corner will be ourselves on stand 136 so please come over and say hi.


This year we will be asking you guys to play a simple minefield game where the top prize is a £100 Eric’s Angling Voucher and we’ll also be promoting this years event and the 3 causes we’re raising money for so we hope many of you going to NAS 4 stop by and support the cause.






18th January 2016


Official 2016 event flyer unveiled


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This year the look of the flyer has changed slightly to incorporate the other organisations we’ve added to our fundraising and it has a very distinct patriotic look about it.


Our thanks to Carp-Talk as they designed the flyer for us and we’re sure you will all agree it looks superb.

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