Horizon Angling Club for the Disabled
Originally started in 1985 by a few like-minded people who were keen all round Anglers, some with Disabilities that meant they had to receive assistance from fellow members.
The cub really took off in 1996 when the club, now with increased membership started friendly matches and it was then that the club became a registered charity.
The Club were very fortunate to be offered a permanent clubhouse by Portsmouth City Council at Hilsea Bastion, this was and is still, the clubs meeting place and the Portsmouth city council then granted a “peppercorn” rent and reduction of 80% on the Poll Tax.
The Club has the benefit of exclusive access to waters for angling within the Portsmouth and surrounding areas, including a couple of Private lakes that a well-known Company gave us exclusive rights to fish and even made the whole site easy access for wheelchair users and converted an outbuilding into accessible toilets for our members to use, We as a club maintain the waters or rather the surrounds with work parties with the company giving us valuable assistance at no charge to the Club.
The Club is mainly for the Disabled Angler but with assistance from the valuable Associate members who are permitted to join and use the facilities of the club, but are primarily when required to assist the disabled members.
The Club has a good social side with barbecues and Raffle and tombola events with Christmas “get together s” a regular feature.
We rely on donations for membership and Charity collection boxes to keep the club on an even keel. Horizon Angling Club for the Disabled is a Registered Charity that is involved in many aspects of fishing for the disabled angler and able bodied angler alike, in addition the club is also involved in many aspects of Coarse fishing, Fly fishing and Sea angling. The club runs matches throughout the summer Months for top weight and best specimens in a friendly manner. We meet every Thursday between 16:30pm and 19:30pm (winter Months vary) at our modest club house, Unit 11/12 Bastion 3, Scott Road Hilsea, Portsmouth PO3 5JH. We have our own Private Lakes that hold a good head of large Carp, bream and Tench, The club holds exchange tickets with several local course fishing clubs. The club also organizes a “Try Fly Fishing” day as well as organizing sea angling from the local pier and from local wheelchair accessible charter boat at a reduced cost to our members Pop down and enjoy a chat and a drink everyone is welcome the Tea/Coffee is free as is the Chat so all welcome.