In 1918 the Estate granted the people of the village the fishing rights to the River Leven in recognition of the contribution made by local people to World War I. These rights continue today. As a result of this gesture the Kinlochleven & District Angling Club was founded and they were now custodians of the river. The membership consisted of the people of the district, some of whom had returned from the Great War.
2018 was a poignant year for Kinlochleven & District Angling Club as it marked the 100th Anniversary of the club and that of the end of World War I. To mark this occasion the Club purchased a memorial bench, which is dedicated to those founders of the club and those from the district who gave their lives during the Great War.
The bench is installed at the Canteen Pool near to the picnic tables beside the river. This site was originally cleared of trees and approx 200t of stone was added. This work was undertaken by the Angling Club to improve access to this pool and improve this amenity site within the village for the benefit of locals and visitors.
The location will allow the bench to benefit all and the commemorative plaque on the bench ensures that our local history and our predecessors and their contribution to the village and their country, is not forgotten.
On 11th November 2018, after attending the service at Kinlochleven War Memorial, members of Kinlochleven and District Angling Club and their families gathered for the unveiling of a commemorative bench sited in the centre of the village on the bank of the River Leven. The bench was unveiled by member Dougie Lawson and Chairman Stuart Symmers gave thanks to all who made it possible.