The 13th Annual Stoney & Friends Yateley Fish-in recently took place on the CEMEX Angling-run Yateley complex. This 3-day event attracted over 140 anglers, who whilst taking the opportunity for some quality fishing, would be helping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This year would also saw the first public outing of ‘Stoney’s Friends’ a musical quintet of anglers.
With the fishing well under way reports were coming in throughout Saturday of some captures from across the lakes, with Peter Welford of Cobham taking a personnel best 38Ib Catfish from the Match Lake, with Nick Page landing a 46Ib Catfish from the Split Lake; which proved to be the biggest fish of the weekend. Over on Sandhurst Chris Douce of Plymouth had a good weekend, taking Mirrors of 30Ib 4oz, 22Ib 7 17Ib respectively, with Phil Thorpe of Plymouth getting in on the action with a Common of 29Ib 8oz.
Over on the North Lake, Joel Pritchard broke his PB by over 10Ib with a 24Ib mirror. Paul Mepham worked hard to take a 22Ib 10oz Mirror, with Mark Jarvis taking the only other 2 fish from the North Lake, those being a stunning 22Ib Common and a 16Ib Mirror. On the South Lake the fish were proving difficult to catch, though the Hill family of Basildon did manage to get amongst them, taking 5 fish up to 21Ib, with lake steward Martin Lewis taking 2 commons of 22 & 18Ib respectively. The Pads Lake always seems to produce a high number of quality fish and this year was no exception, with Paul “Singy” Singleton taking four 20Ib+ fish and a stunning Mirror of over 30lb.
On to the Sunday, with the fishing over all the anglers assembled in the car park, ready in anticipation; not just for the infamous raffle, but a chance to catch a glimpse of the ‘Stoney’s Friends’ band. The band was put together by Ruth Lockwood, with Keith Arthur on vocals, Glynn Gomersall on drums, Nigel Bax on bass, Roy Naylor on guitar and Ruth playing the fiddle. A fine performance was finished off by the ‘Yateley Rover’ specially written for Allan Stone and the team. A massive thank you must go to all the band members for all the hard work they have put in.
It was very difficult to follow Stoney’s Friends but one has to find time to thank our supporters, in particular those who had endeavoured to raise large amounts of money for what is the main Stoney & Friends fundraising event of the year. Over the years the amounts raised by individuals has been outstanding and this year proved no exception. Of particular note are Joel Pritchard who, raised £873.50, and Tim Paisley contributing a massive £900 for the fund. A huge thank you to everyone for all the money raised.
And so to the final part of what was proving to be a fantastic weekend’s entertainment – the raffle which has become one of the highlights of the event and this year was no exception with some superb prizes on offer. We are always amazed by the generosity of our sponsors & supporters, who without their support we would not be able to raise anywhere near the amount we do. As always this event could not take place without the support of Mick Barnes and his team from CEMEX Angling, who generously provided the venue at no cost for the whole weekend. With the massive support shown by all, a total of over £15,000 was raised which brings the grand total raised through angling by Macmillan Stoney & Friends to over £300,000.
The Macmillan Stoney & Friends Committee would like to thank all their sponsors and supporters, without their generosity the event would not be the success that it is, thus we would not be able to raise the sums of money we do for people living with cancer.