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About Les Webber MBE

About Les Webber MBE

les with common carp






Les Webber MBE. was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex in 1937.

He went to school in Uxbridge.

Les started fishing when he was 8 years old and hasn’t looked back since. An all-round angler who enjoys fishing for many species. He is equally at home fishing for big Carp and other species around the world as well as big fish here in the UK.
He truly enjoys fishing for specimen Carp, Roach, Tench, Barbel and Pike.

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 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.

Kate Hoey presenting the Welchman Award

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. 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.
An MBE Awarded 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 through the Angling Projects Centre to Angling.

Les would like to thank everyone for their many kind words and congratulations cards that were sent.
One which really touched him and Judy was sent by The Young Anglers Project.
And 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.

Les with a Kingfish
les with grasscarp
36lb 8oz grass carp caught in France (above picture)

les with carp

Fishing with friend Chris Tarrant

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