Dreamstore Active Group Award

Dreamstore Active Group Award presented to the Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club

The Dreamstore Active Group Award has been presented to the Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club. Mike Robbins, the community leader who founded the Club received the Award at the Gatehouse Centre in Withywood.

David Hoey (L) presenting the Dreamstore Group Award to Mike Robbins (R), Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club. The Dreamstore Group Award is supported by the Environment Agency.

Dreamstore’s David Hoey said:

The Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club is an excellent example of a faith-based voluntary programme where sustainability is implicit in its design. It has been operational for more than three years and is limited only in its access to nearby waters. The Club has an open door policy to engage with young people their parent/carers and their wider families. It offers an opportunity for members of the community to get away from everyday life, and engage in a non-competitive peaceful environment of fishing.”

Hartcliffe & Withywood Angling Club has a team of active volunteers and has maintained participation levels of around 40 each year since its inception. It works actively with all the voluntary services based at the Gatehouse Centre, and has delivered to young people and their families without huge grants or full-time workers.  The Club’s collaborative sense and commitment to the community is an example to all.”

The Dreamstore Active Group Award is supported by the Environment Agency.

Dreamstore Active Awards are presented to highlight the huge volume of activity  which is undertaken by the voluntary sector and others, representing massive commitment and dedication to the value of angling within education, youth or community access and engagement. Dreamstore Active Awards provide acknowledgment to those whose work goes largely unsung. These are the only Awards that focus to the huge efforts that bring enormous value to wider society through angling. The Awards are not about the fish, equipment or celebrity. Each Award will be presented to an individual or group that is making a difference: www.dreamstore.org/awards

The Group Award is for a Club, Association, or Society that has demonstrated an ability to generate and sustain membership, and undertaken innovative and imaginative programmes or activities that have opened participation to new anglers and provided a welcoming environment to all those who take part its activities.