4th Annual Coarse Fishing Fund Raiser


On Saturday 22nd April 2023, once again the East Lancashire Branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity hosted their annual coarse fishing fundraising match at Fir Tree Fisheries in Wigan. The event, which was attended by a total of 21 Freemasons and their guests, was a total success, raising £405.00 which will be used to fund a day’s fishing for children from The Manchester Academy in Harpurhey – hopefully to catch a smile!

It was a wild and windy day, but this did not deter the East Lancashire anglers who had a great day’s fishing, in the company of friends old and new. WBro Ian Walvin and WBro Alex Miller, one of the branch organisers, said, “It was a challenging day fishing and the nets showed this! We would like to thank everyone who took part, and every lodge for their generous donations. We would like to personally thank WBro Mike Frost, WBro Dave Grimshaw, Paul Cavney and Randall’s Corner Café for their personal donations”.


The top 4 nets on the day were:




The Winner of the competition Terry Shaw – 50lbs 13oz.


2nd Richard Lofthouse – 50lbs 8oz


3rd Mike Creine – 46bs 4oz


4th Stuart Holmes 45lbs 12oz.


The top Masonic angler was also the organiser of the event with 28lbs 2oz.

WBro Ian Walvin of Milton Lodge, No. 1144


The Masonic Fishing Charity is a nation-wide Masonic initiative which aims to provide an interactive fishing and countryside experience for anyone above the age of eleven with additional needs. This includes people with mental or physical disabilities, the disadvantaged or those who have suffered trauma – including stroke victims and Ex-Servicemen suffering from PTSD.

The Masonic Fishing Charity is a wonderful Masonic initiative that really helps those in need and so if you would like to help (either as a Caster-Helper or as an administrator), please contact WBro Alex Miller on 07799 115600.

Alternatively, perhaps you would like to help by donating. Please contact WBro Ian Walvin on 07966 903662 for details.
If you would like a presentation in your Lodge to discover more about the Charity and how it operates, please get in touch with Alex or Ian.