Despite strong wind and rain, two tents being blown over in the early hours of the morning, and a power cut, 40 children from six local primary and secondary schools enjoyed a fabulous day of angling activities at the Fishing for Schools eastern region’s open day on 5 October, at Lenwade, near Norwich.

This was the third annual open day at the same venue – providing learning opportunities to a wide range of young people of all abilities in a peaceful waterside setting.

The successful outdoor event was held by kind permission of the Lenwade Pike Club members and was a taster session of the eastern region’s educational programme, which has been operating in local schools since May 2016.

Activities on the day included:

  • Fly fishing, with coaches Mike Smith and Jim Gill
  • Rig making, with Chris Oakley, Glen Hales and David Burnley
  • Knots, with Tony Hull of the Norfolk and Suffolk Flyfishers and Albert High
  • Entomology, with Glenn Wiseman of the Norfolk Rivers Trust
  • Coarse fishing with members of Lenwade Pike Club
  • Cookery with Charles Jardine, director of Fishing for Schools
  • Fly tying with Richard Slaughter, Steve Beckham, Terry Lawton and Dave Pitchers.
  • A carp fishing masterclass from Hassan Khan from local fishing industry giant Angling Direct

Pupils attended from the Clare School, Norwich; Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, Great Yarmouth; Fred Nicholson School, Dereham; King Edward’s Academy, King’s Lynn and the Taverham Academy.

Organiser Sally Acloque said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and there was a great buzz of excitement, particularly when they caught a fish!

“Local sponsors and the more than 40 volunteers enjoyed the enthusiasm of the children, and the day was encapsulated by a young girl from the Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy who said “this is the best day of my life”.”