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Custom Firesteels & Ceramic Rods 




On here you'll find a few links to people and organisations who I have had dealings with and can therefore vouch for their reliability and quality of personal service provision.



COMBAT STRESS - Help for all UK Veterans...



Helping UK Veterans with psychological injuries rebuild their lives.


Each year, a small but significant number of Veterans leave the Armed Forces suffering from mental ill-health, the symptoms of which can manifest themselves while in service, soon after or many years later. Symptoms can include depression, anxiety and, in some cases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Combat Stress may be able to help - Contact them for help and advice etc.


Founded after the First World War, our work is as vital today as it was in 1919. We have a caseload of over 5,400 Veterans, including 662 who have served in Afghanistan.



  • 0800 138 1619

  • 01372 587 000

  • Combat Stress 
    Tyrwhitt House 
    Oaklawn Road 
    KT22 0BX





Donations, however small, are always welcome. Check out the Combat Stress website...







If you are, then you may well benefit from doing what I did by applying to attend

a Fly-fishing course in the capable hands of a professional Instructor.


You don't need any fly fishing gear as it's all provided for you. Whether you are a complete beginner or with some experience, you're sure to benefit and have a lovely time in the process. You learn at your own pace as there's no pressure on you and best of all, it won't cost you a penny!  


As a veteran myself, unfortunately suffering from physical and mental health issues, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to attend a first class Fly Fishing course organised by for me by 'Fishing for Heroes'. Was it good? Best thing I did in years- a totally fulfilling and memorable experience!!! I was in good caring hands from the outset.


I already had some fly fishing experience, albeit self taught. Tom Hill, my one-to-one instructor not only corrected my casting faults, but he also conveyed to me a whole lot of wisdom/experienced based on practical know-how gained through years of fly fishing and instructing at all levels.


The result is that I can now go fly fishing without worrying whether I'm going to be hurting too much after the trip. Tom helped me to become a more efficient caster and as a result I hurt far less and can fish for longer than I used to.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating and as you can see from the adjoining photo, I attained a good result towards the end of the course and more importantly, I gained a fair sense of self worth.



Fishing for Heroes provides fully subsidised fly fishing courses on the basis of the proven therapeutic value Fly fishing provides. Fishing for Heroes does not discriminate as to which conflict a veteran ended up with mental health issues from! While PTSD is prominent, combat fatigue, and/or other emotional and psychological problems relating to having been involved in active service. No matter the mental health issues involved, you will be made most welcome. Once you go through the course, you will have the opportunity to attend Regional Fly Fishing days. Only Veterans like yourself attend such fly fishing days, so you will be in good company. There are more fly fishing opportunities, but these you can attend at your discretion. 


Want to find out more? You can call Paul West on 01332 331548 and ask him for an application form or check out their website


    'Fishing for Heroes'

 accepts and provides help to all veterans from all wars and conflicts.      



I've had the pleasure of fishing at a 'Fishing for Heroes' fundraising competition on Saturday 13th September 2014.

The fishery it was held at is Thrunton Long Crag, in Northumberland.


The fishery is set in a lovely part of rugged countryside and is easily accessible just off the A697.

It's literally a couple of hundred meters off the A697 and is well signed.


Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery,
Thrunton, Whittingham, Alnwick,
NE66 4SD

T : 01665 574400 | M : 07795 002607


The fishery is not so big as to be intimidating, but big enough to have well spaced stands where one can fishing in comfort and not having to worry about crossing lines with anyone. I've been back since with my mate and just as we thought the first time, the fish are in lovely condition and fight strongly right to the net! Anyhow, never mind what I say, just check it out for yourself and give it a go - you will love it and will want to go back time and again.



This is where I stayed for the duration of my 'Fishing for Heroes' Fly Fishing course.





A working farm in the past, Venbridge Farm is now a very nice B&B owned and run by Anne and John - two of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. I felt as if I was part of the family. I heartily recommend Venbridge Farm to anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the reinvigorating idyllic and tranquil countryside at it best.


Check Anne's and John's website - you'll not be disappointed, trust me!





World renowned Guide and Casting Instructor

and House of Hardy Consultant


When only the best will do, then Ian is your man!


I had the pleasure of having Ian teach and guide me over a couple of days on the river Devron, near Banff. There's no standing on ceremony with Ian as his approach is quite informal and wholly enjoyable.





Enjoy a unique experience in the wild and stunning environment of the Scottish Highlands. Backcountry Survival – 57.3293° N 3.6088° W – the furthest North Survival school in Britain provides tailored courses and packages in wilderness survival techniques..


Manufacturer based in Cape Town, South Africa, making various lures for saltwater fishing.


Specializing in vertical jigging for GT’s, Dogtooth Tuna, Amberjack and Yellow fin Tuna .  We stock poppers and stickbaits , a complete range of drop shot swivel heads, bucktail jigs and jigheads from 2oz-8oz for the shore and boat angler.

We manufacture heavy lead dumbell eyes for saltwater flies, snoek leads and spinners and leaded hooks / cavallas for the  tuna pole industry.

Lumo Angelfish and kob spinners made to order.


We make diving weights for Spearfishermen and scuba divers in three different sizes.


Spincasting of promotional merchandise as well as custom designed jewellery. We manufacture and supply  replica Great White Shark tooth pendants. Extensive range of skull beads available.


Large and small orders accepted.


We can manufacture jigs to customer specifications and we export worldwide.



Take my word for it, you're dealing with genuine people...







The documents listed below have been chosen for their content being

 helpful to people with disabilities.

Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe with While Remodeling
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs
Home Accommodations for Special Needs
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs

Low Vision Internet Gateway
Managing Sensory Processing Issues At Home
Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities
Disabled Home Modification Checklists and Funding
Home Modifications and Selling Your Home
Special Needs Safety Around Construction Sites
Renters’ Rights for People with Disabilities
Moving for Seniors and People with Disabilities

I am grateful for Sarah Brian for providing me with the above documents.

sarah at forevercurious dot org





Buy air guns and accessories from this leading UK specialist


Wighill Park Guns is a leading supplier of air guns and accessories, both online and from our shop in North Yorkshire. We are here to help you choose the air rifles, pistols and accessories to suit your budget and your activity.


Pest Control

If you want to shoot vermin and pests to protect your crops or vegetable garden - or perhaps shoot rabbit and pigeon for food - we help you choose air rifles, rifle scopes, lamps and camouflage clothing. We help you make sure your shooting is legal.


Family fun

If you and your family enjoy 'plinking' together - shooting targets for fun - we have reasonably priced air guns, pellets and targets for you and we give you tips for safe shooting.


Field target shooting

If you want to shoot competitively, we'll help you buy the right kit and introduce you to the fast-growing sport of field target shooting - where old and young can compete together and enjoy their sport at many levels.

At Wighill Park Guns, our help doesn't stop when you leave the shop - our after-sales service is just as friendly and knowledgeable.


Please note that I have no connection with Wighill Park Guns other than having bought items from them and they impressed me with their efficiency and customer care.












WV14 9AE



01902 881484


Peter is the sort of man who under promises, but over delivers. I was impressed by his whole very personal approach to providing his services. I felt that he valued me and did right by me from start to finish and then some! He takes great pride in what he does, is very good at it and what he says he'll do, he does. He checks everything for you if picking a bike you have bought online and will phone you if he finds anything not as per the original sales' description. Peter cares and you can rely on him to collect or deliver...


Home of Fine Handmade Crafts

Louisville, Kentucky, USA


I've put this link on here because Mike of Carter Crafts was kind enough to allow me to use some of his Website content.


People like Mike who are generous in thought and deed deserve to be recognized and supported unreservedly.