Forward Assist Veterans go Carp Fishing in France

When Tony Wright, Chief Executive received the offer of a week at a 30 bed  Farmhouse in France via Trustee Colin Back ,everyone agreed it was too good an offer to miss and the office volunteers started looking at the logistics of getting 12 people to Limousin in the French Lake District.

The villa in the quiet town of Rochchouart was kindly offered by Richard Skerritt of Skerritts Chartered Financial Planners

With no timeto lose we booked the villa from 7th -13th April. It was only then we realised how kind Richard had been as the rental of the complex would usually cost £1600!

Passports were hurredly renewed and a minibus booked. It was decided that as well as providing a stress free break for the group it would provide an exciting opportunity for our Angling Academy to try out their skills in new waters and the bus was packed with all the necessary tackle for fly and course fishing.

We departed Newcastle on the morning of the 6th April for Folkstone and after an eight hour shift our drivers were able to rest along side the others in a church hall in Folkstone kindly organised by our good friend Neil Payne from SSAFA.

The veterans aged from 21 - 72 years  spent the week in France soaking up French culture and experiencing the tranquility of rural life inbetween trips to a local carp lake where rain was inabundance and fish in the minority. It didnt really matter as  Helen,  Colin and Dave made sure the team of 10 were well fed during the trip with magnificent hot nutritious meals ready and waiting at the end of the day.

We also took the opportunity to do a little sightseeing and visited the village of ‘Oradour sur Glan’. Oradour is now a memorial to the townspeople who were rounded up and murdered by the Nazi’s in a seemingly unprovoked attack during World War Two.

The trip was a hailed a great success and plans are in place for another visit in 2014 thanks to the kindness and generosity of Richard Skerritt and his family. On behalf of Forward Assist, a big thank you to all those that made this trip possible. It is truly appreciated.

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