Farmoor Fly-Fishing Club are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

To mark the milestone, there will be a significant increase in early-season stocking of rainbow trout to their Darlow Water, near Hardwick, followed by top-up stockings at fortnightly intervals until mid-June.

More fish will be added in September and October.

The club was founded at a meeting in Oxford Town Hall in 1964, with former Oxford Mail angling correspondent and tackle dealer, Fred Taylor, to the fore.

Although the club retains its original name, members now fish at Darlow, a 25-acre lake in an idyllic setting in the Windrush valley.

The annual family barbecue and picnic is on Sunday, July 6, to which past members are also invited.

The free fly-casting course for all-comers, which has been popular for many years, will take place in May and June (details on 01235 529552).

The club will also continue to host the annual charity day for under-privileged children on June 18.

Members are reminded that the closing date for subscription renewal is February 28, while prospective new members should contact the membership secretary on 01993 882971.