Lord William’s School, Thame

Dreamstore has assisted the development of angling at Lord William’s School in Thame, Oxfordshire. The work is developing into curricular activity. Dreamstore has supported the cost of travel to Go Fishing 2006 at the NEC and to the Burghfield Match Lake, which was provided courtesy of Cemex. Pat Mansfield described the year of activities in her Fishing Report for the July 2006 edition of the TAKE ME HOME school publication.

Haydon Brown won the story competition judged by Chris Tarrant. Mr. Tarrant sent come wonderful prizes and signed photographs for all entrants. We also appeared in the Thame Gazette.

May got underway with another short course in Angling. We have now had 87 students doing the course and still more wanting to do it.

Also in early May we went to Burghfield Match Lake (courtesy of Cemex) – what a fantastic day! The sun shone and the fishing was good – carp, bream, perch and tench falling to a variety of different baits. Our second girl joined the fishing that day and both girls caught fish.

On 7th June, which was a very hot summer’s day, we were guests of the Oxford Masons and went fly-fishing to Bushyleaze in Lechlade. The setting was breathtakingly beautiful. Each Student had 1 to 1 tutoring in the art of fly-fishing; some of the students even had fresh trout for dinner that night.

Stephanie West won the casting competition and Callum Boland caught the largest trout weighing in at two and a half pounds. Because of the excellent behaviour of our students, we have been invited back in September. Well done everyone!

As the term and the school draw to a close so does the second short course of the year. We finished off a fantastic day’s fishing at Angling Project, Wraysbury on 30th June.

In September we are going back to Burghfield Match Lake courtesy of Cemex. Dreamstore is funding the transport to enable a lot more students to have the opportunity to fish this fantastic venue.

Comments from some of the students taking part:


I GOT IT! I tugged my rod and something tugged back. A fish. I landed the fish of my dreams.


I caught a 6lb carp WOO! That was the biggest fish I’d ever caught.


I watched my float drop and break the surface. I instantly put down my lunch and clutched my rod firmly with both hands.


I sat there for an hour just watching the geese and ducks come and go. Then I changed to sweetcorn the tip of my rod started to move, finally I had a bite.

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