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.
27th October 2016
During this years event at Manor Farm Fishery, we were lucky enough to be joined by the guys behind Reality Carp Fishing who film the British Carp Cup footage for BT Sports.
Paul Smith and Lee May as they’re known to the world were on hand for the full weekend and filmed just about every nook and cranny of the fishery, interviewed almost everyone they clapped eyes on and earlier this evening the culmination of their work was released on Reality Carp Fishing’s YouTube page and we have to say that it’s 57 minutes of epic carp angling viewing.
As well as speaking to a host of people, there is plenty of fishing action, a Q&A with Ian Chillcott and Brian Skoyles and a piece on surface fishing with Brian who hands out tips to one of the participants of the event and we thank Paul and Lee hugely for their efforts as the end result is a superb piece of film and tops off what was a superb year for Carping4Heroes with Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Forces CARP benefiting from the support of everyone who took part.
To view the video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBgARM7eVcc
26th July 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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)