OVER 70 members and guests of the Fenland Wildfowlers’ Association attended a celebration 60th anniversary dinner at the White Lion Hotel in Wisbech on September 14.
Tony Laws, former director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, proposed a toast to the club and the association president, Malcolm (Mac) Narborough replied explaining he is the ‘last man standing’ who attended the inaugural meeting at the Angel Hotel in Wisbech all those years ago on October 15, 1952.
During the 60 years, the club has gone from strength to strength - owning 132 acres of eight washes on the Welney Wash valued at over a third of a million pounds. They lease the shooting rights on nine miles of the foreshore between the River Nene and the River Ouse. The game shoot within the club shoot 1,000 acres of farmland behind the sea wall at Terrington Marsh.
Mr Narborough said: “All round conservation goes hand-in-hand with the shooting activities together with furthering the safe education of ‘young shots’.”
There were presentations to three wildfowling artists who, over the years through their generosity and support, have raised considerable sums for the club. These were Stuart Parfett, Simon Trinder and Julian Novorol,