Menteith School and Kirk Day This
day marks the very end of our trout season. The fisheries company donates
all the 40 plus boat proceeds to the Kirk and School and a barbeque and
giant raffle is held by Port School Fundraisers. The end of season party
and the generosity of the anglers and the fisheries board is greatly appreciated
by the community, and it allows both the Kirk and School to make some
purchases that make a big difference. The school children sang some lovely
songs to the assembled community of anglers and parents. This year around
£2400 was raised. Sincere thanks to all those who supported the
event which included; The Lake Fisheries Board and employees, the Anglers,
the Aberfoyle Butcher, The Lake Hotel, The Forth Inn, John Buchanan, Walter
Scott Steamship, Rob Roy hotel, GoApe, Gleneagles Hotel, DS Wholesalers
Dunblane and the Police International Flyfishing Association. Many other
local business donated smaller prizes for which all were grateful. No
big fish were landed this year.
Permit charges have gone up in relation to inflation (RPI), and a further
reduction has been made in the limit size which has been reduced from
12 fish per boat to 10 fish (see Tarrif 2008)
Anyone landed a plane?
the Second World War the military commandeered the lake and it was used
as an ammunitions dump, particularly for phosphorus bombs. You can still
see the remains of jetties built by the army on the western area of the
lake, which is inaccessible by land.
On 3rd June 1943 Sgt. Pilot Thomas Hetherington was flying his MK1 Spitfire,
Plane No. P8187, from O.T.U. No.58 RAF Grangemouth on a low flying exercise.
Sgt Pilot Hetherington is rumoured to have been showing off to the land
girls working in fields on the north side of the lake when his wing touched
the water and sent the Spitfire crashing into the lake. Hetherington escaped
unhurt and was later reprimanded by Group Captain Cyril Wallace.
There is no official record that the plane was removed. Some say that
the valuable Merlin engine was rescued from the wreck but that the plane
itself is still in the lake. Divers have tried to locate the wreckage
in the past but today the best equipped survey of the Lake is commencing.
The search is being led by Dave Brunton of the Scottish Historical Aviation
Research Group (pictured left) lowering the sonar side scanner tow-fish
into the water. So far only surprising uncharted rocky outcrops have been
discovered, but the researchers hope that the use of a magnetometer to
highlight metal will prove decisive.
Below: Val Stewart of the Historical Aviation Association
studies the instrument monitors.