At last some good news with an excellent report from Ven.Fr. Stuart Hamilton. Well done to him and Ven.Fr. Willie Dykes for managing to organise the competition in this difficult time.
Fishing Competition 17th Oct. 2021
The competition took place at Burns Fishery, Tarbolton, with 13 anglers taking part.
Fishing began at 9am, and the big hand had barely left the hour mark when Frt Davy Kirk hooked into the first fish!!!!! Frt Billy Boe wasn’t far behind. Reigning champion Frt Stuart Hamilton was stuck in the middle of them, watching the two fratres go tit for tat, while he himself couldn’t even have told you what a fish looked like, let alone catch one.
Elsewhere around the lake fish were being caught. Frt Dave Penny quietly picked off the trout as he began to fill his bag, while Frt Bill Dykes started catching much LESS quietly.
By now Frt Davy Kirk has caught his four fish and was on the way to the weigh in. Closely followed by Billy Boe, and then Dave Penny. As mid day approached every angler has a fish in the bag……except Stuart Hamilton.
Into the afternoon session and Frt Craig Hamilton was amongst the fish even taking time to ‘showboat’, Frt Craig waited on the arrival of the REDGP before he hooked into the fish of the day! Revelling in the battle he managed to land a 4lb beauty in front of the ‘boss’.
The visitors were picking up good fish and as the afternoon reached the last hour, the reigning champion kicked into high gear. In a flurry of action he landed 2 and dropped 4, missing a further few fish. It was all too little too late. The whistle blew, and the weigh in told the tale.
33 fish had been landed and no one had blanked. Tension mounted awaiting the results.
Craig Hamilton was the runaway winner of heaviest fish with one at 4lb!!!!!!!
Tam Boyle took the visitors prize with a bag of 3 fish for 6lb 15oz.
And so to the main event the DGPA championship……and unsurprising it was the three heavyweights in contention….Kirk, Boe and Penny!!!!!
But who would conquer all……the weights were in and the returning office declared the result…..
3rd……Frt Dave Penny with 4 fish for 8lb 2oz
2nd…..Frt Davy Kirk with 4 fish just ONE ounce heavier at 8lb 3oz
And the winner, and again, champion of the DGPA, the all conquering master and salt of the earth, Frt Billy Boe!!!!! 4 fish for 8lb 9oz. A worthy champion!!!!!!
And so the day ended with a vote of thanks to the fishery and everyone drifted home with tales of the one that got away….except Billy Boe who went away with trophies, the claret jug and a full bottle of the good stuff.
On completion of his 5 year term in office District Grand Prior Sam approved these 5x £1,000.00 donations from the District Grand Priors Charity Fund.
Previous donations were -
Kirkpatrick had the pleasure to present to the Clyde Coast M.S. Therapy
Centre a substantial Donation on behalf of the Rt. Em. District Grand Prior
Samuel Dickson and all the Fratres of the District Grand Priory of Ayrshire.
The centre was very grateful for the donation and said that they were most
thankful to the Fratres of Ayrshire for the large donation.
Photo shows the inside of the hypobaric chamber with Ven.Fr. William Kirkpatrick with Dave Fleming and Emma of C.C.M.S.C.
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