By Ailsa Young of Bradley Stoke Lions Club.
One of our commitments in Lions is to support youth and we were recently delighted to be able to host five youngsters from Avon Youth Club on a fishing trip to Clevedon Pier. Past president Robin supplied all of the fishing gear and the bait with support from Oliver’s Angling in Clevedon, for which we are very grateful. The guys and girls were hugely nervous of the ragworms and squid being used for bait, particularly as the ragworms have pincers in their mouths which pinch when teased by the unwary. Curiosity, however, took over and by the end of the session they were all quite happy to handle them.
We had a glorious sunny day, and everyone enjoyed the experience, despite the fact that the pier mistress Abbie was busy that morning and forgot to put any fish in the Severn for us. So no-one caught anything, only seaweed fish!
Thanks to Abbie at Clevedon Pier for giving us the opportunity to use the pier and thanks to Corrine Ainstey who runs the youth club, her husband Mark who helps with the club’s maintenance issues and volunteer Hayley who all assisted on the day.
The trip ended with an excellent fish and chip dinner sponsored by the Moon and Sixpence Pub across from the pier and for those who didn’t like fish (well, we didn’t catch any did we?) a plate of chips! A huge thank you to Anthony Antoni for offering this treat which ended a perfect afternoon.
We would like to welcome back into the pride any Lions who have left for any reason in the past, as well as any would-be Lions. If anyone would like to know more about the Lions, come to a meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Woodlands Lane on the second Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm start. Alternatively, contact past president Robin on 07712 046644.
This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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