With all of the Club’s 60th Anniversary activities now behind us, we can reflect on our first attempt to put on a festival of celebration that was enjoyed by anglers and non-anglers alike.
The Festival consisted of three weekends of “fun and frollicks” that started with a Duck Race on the Club’s stretch of the River Stour at Willington. This saw approaching 500 ducks take to the water and in the process raise £251 for Shipston Home Nursing who provide palliative care for local people.
The following weekend was the main Festival weekend with over 40 anglers fishing in a competition that tested them over 3 days and 3 different venues. The overall winner was the Club’s main festival organiser, Stuart Fleming, who after putting in months of effort organising events and sponsors got his rewards. Prizes, from a host of generous sponsors (see below), were awarded by Shipston Mayor Ronnie Murphy, who also presented Mrs Jan Oakey of Shipston Home Nursing with the cheque for £251.
Each day of the ‘fun and frollicks’ weekend was supported by a host of activities based at Shipston Sports Club culminating in a pig roast, BBQ and a live band on each of the three nights.
There is plenty for us to learn from the events and most of it is positive. The most important thing is that within the town we’ve put the fishing club on the map and we hope to have started something which will now develop into an annual event. It is clear however that the event was largely successful because of the organisations who supported us either with direct sponsorship or by joining in and running events at the Sports Club over the weekend.
The culmination of the whole Festival was Sunday 4th August, when we hosted an 'Introduction to Angling' day which was attended by over nearly 30 children and their parents.
The day took place at our lakes at Aston Magna and was well attended, despite rain which was at times torrential and everyone, including some parents, caught fish. A measure of the success is that we’d booked people into 2 hour slots and when the first 2 hours was up, no one left because they were having such a good time. Luckily the club members present just got out more tackle and everyone fished on.”
In terms of advertising for our sponsors, the event and sponsor’s names have been mentioned in both local newspapers and on both local and national radio (Touch FM and Talk Sport), we will also keeping a list of all of our sponsors on this website for some time.
We hope to see you again next year and if you enjoyed the event this year, please bring your friends along.
The 60th Anniversary events are sponsored by: