Fur & Feather Christmas Match

Fur and Feather

The 2019 Fur and Feather will take place on Saturday 14th December at Darenth Fishing Complex, Darenth Hill, Darent, Kent, DA2 7QY.

The draw will take place at 8:30am and fishing will be from 9:15am until 12:15pm.

Afterwards there will be a Christmas lunch, prizes, raffle, banter, ribaldry and raucous behaviour at the Questor Café, Questor Industrial Estate, Dartford,Kent. DA1 1JS.

Fishing is limited to 30 places, so please, either ring/text Billy Hargreaves on 07423 196402 with your name and membership number, no later than 9pm on Thursday 5th December.

Should you however say you wish to fish the match and then don’t turn up you may be liable for the cost of the Christmas dinner and charged accordingly.

You must book your place in order that sufficient notice can be given to the Café for the Christmas meals and for Billy to arrange the necessary competition and raffle prizes.

This friendly fishing match is open to any member. If it is over-subscribed, a draw will have to take place to fairly allocate the number of places available. The draw, should it happen, will take place immediately after the closing date, and the successful entries will be notified.

In mid December every year the Society organises a friendly match for members, followed by a meal and friendly get together in pub/restaurant shortly afterwards.

Being a light hearted social affair, there are several prizes up for grabs and a raffle, and a chance to catch up with old fishing friends and make new ones too! The match and the post-match festivities are open to all members and the match fees, prizes and the meal are all funded by the Society.

Places are always limited, either because of the number of pegs available for the match, or because of the number places available in the pub/restaurant, or both. Because of this, places are allocated on a “first come, first served” basis, once applications to take part are accepted.

The 2018 Fur & Feather took place on Sunday 9th December at Stones Fishery Match Lake, Sheerness.

A social gathering including a meal, prize giving and social get together which took place on Tuesday 15th January (2019) at The Pocock Public House in Gravesend DA12 1AH.


Previous Fur and Feathers

The 2017 Fur & Feather match took place on Sunday 10th December 2017 at Stones Fishery Match Lake, Sheerness.

Fishing took take place between 9am and 1pm. It was a cold winters day with snow showers to begin with, following by lots of rain, with an occasional stiff breeze (see video). With conditions far from ideal, some of the 25 or so anglers actually managed to catch. Results are shown below.

Following the match there was a prize presentation, raffle and sit down Christmas dinner held at the nearby Five Bridges Pub.

TWAPS thanks Derek and Tracey Graves for all their hard work in organising and running the Fur&Feather. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

2017 Results:

Jack Louth – 26lb 7oz
Stuart Eastman – 4lb 14oz
Terry Williamson – 4lb 2oz
Ian Collier – 3lb 8oz
Dave Shirley – 3lb 4oz
Charlie Rayner – 2lb 14oz
Tony Rayner – 2lb 9oz
Dennis Hammond – 2lb oz
Everyone else – Did not weigh in

In 2015 and 2016 the Fur and Feather also took place at Monk Lakes, followed by Christmas lunch, prize giving and a raffle at Lashings in Maidstone. Again a good time was had by all.

In 2014 the Fur and Feather took place at Monk Lakes, followed by Christmas lunch, prize giving and a raffle at the nearby Style Bridge Inn. A good time was had by all.