Polish anglers and families enjoy exchange visit to Sandy

Reception at Sandy for Polish visitors.
Reception at Sandy for Polish visitors.

The sixth exchange visit has taken place between anglers from Sandy and Poland with a packed five-day programme.

The fisherman from the Kings Arms Club in Sandy and the PKW club in Skarszewy, Poland, met up during the last week of July.

Seven Polish anglers accompanied by their four wives stayed with three families in Sandy and were treated to a full programme of activities.

After landing at Stansted the group spent much of the first day in Cambridge before being welcomed to Sandy by Mayor Will Jackson at the council offices.

Three days were taken up with fishing competitions at Damsel Lake, Manor Farm, the River Great Ouse at Willington and the Greensands fishery on Caldecote Road.

While the men fished the ladies had their own programme and enjoyed visits to Wimpole hall, Bedford and the inevitable shopping. On the Saturday the entire party had a guided visit to London.

The evenings were spent sampling traditional English dishes such as fish and chips and the final evening was spent at an outdoor barbecue and disco at Moggerhanger, during which the presentations were made.

All members of the visiting party had their caricatures done by local artist Jed Pascoe and they also took home some traditional English pottery with a fishing motif, Kings Arms tee-shirts and commemorative watches.

A total of 23 Kings Arms members took part in at least one of the fishing events and a great deal of fun was had by all, with the whole visit declared a great success. The Kings Arms club won back the inter-club shield they had lost in Poland last time around, thanks largely to the efforts of Edd Blain who won two of the three matches and was runner-up in the third.

The next encounter will take place on Poland in 2017.