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He is a keen conservationist, as his
beloved Angling Projects Lake at
Wraysbury shows. It was awarded
this year with a Gold Accredited Fishery Award by The Institute of Fisheries Management. This is just one of
many awards given to Les Webber,
the founder of Angling Projects and to
the water he has developed and nurtured at Wraysbury. Over the 32 years
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of Angling Projects and Junior Coarse
Angling UK, Les has been awarded
the Seymo/Angler’s Mail Heroes of
Angling Golden Rod Award in April
1995. He has been awarded numerous National Fishing Week awards
including The Best Overall Performance Award in the year 2000 for the
largest number of events. In April
2006, he was awarded the coveted
Countryside Alliance Welchman
Award for outstanding services to the
Countryside Alliance and field of
Sport and Conservation, which was
presented by Kate Hoey, MP.
Several Investors in Education
Awards for getting angling into
schools and working with BTEC Students as part of their courses. Les has
worked tirelessly to get angling onto
the mainstream curriculum. Les and
the Angling Projects and Junior
Coarse Angling Team use angling to
encourage kids to attend school, to be
respectful to their teachers, groups
and the environment, applying
angling to team building and writing
essays, maths and reports and helping children learn by using fishing as
something they can relate to positively.
In June 2008, he was also awarded
the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday
Honours list for Services to Angling
for 32 years of voluntary hard work
getting kids hooked on fishing and
away from drugs or crime. In those 32
years, Les has introduced over 40,000
children to angling through the
Angling Projects Centre.
Les would like to thank everyone
for their many kind words and congratulations cards that were sent.
One that really touched him and Judy
was sent by the Young Anglers Project, which reads:
Dear Les,
We at the Young Anglers Project are
immensely proud of you being
awarded an MBE for services to
angling and young people. Your dedication and commitment is outstanding, and your many years of recognition in supporting such a variety of
children and young people is legendary. Les Webber, a legend in his
lifetime, a friend and champion for all
to admire.
From Keith, Barrie and Rob England.
Les Webber is a true angling legend
and hero and an all-round gentleman.
Here are a few images of Les with
some of his spare time catches and
during his time off with friend Chris
Tarrant. n

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