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25th Anniversary Event at Packington Hall Meriden 21st March 2017

We are now reflecting on our first conference in a series of five throughout the country with delight, pride and true gratitude to those who came along to speak on the day, support us through sponsorship and practical help and delegates who joined us. Lord Aylesford as our Chairman hosted the event with typical generosity, […]

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25th Anniversary Year for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust 2017

This year marks 25 years of the existence of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust and there are Trustees who were at the beginning of this journey which supports more people in different ways around the country. Our Chairman The Earl of Aylesford along with Mike Swan and Ian Grindy representing GWCT and BASC respectively were founder […]

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A very Happy Christmas to everyone

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25th Anniversary Event at Packington Hall Meriden 21st March 2017

Date posted: March 23, 2017

We are now reflecting on our first conference in a series of five throughout the country with delight, pride and true gratitude to those who came along to speak on the day, support us through sponsorship and practical help and delegates who joined us.

Lord Aylesford as our Chairman hosted the event with typical generosity, good humour and a practical approach which flowed throughout the day.

We are most grateful to Hull Cartridge who are a major sponsor throughout the year, who brought lovely “goodie bags” and came with professionalism, enthusiasm and a real willingness to join in which was refreshing and appreciated.

Marsdens Game Foods are also a major sponsor and we look forward to working with all the team throughout 2017.  Thankyou to Simon Evans and all their sales staff.

We also recognise Kings Game Cover who have committed to matching sales by £1.00 per bag of their Winter Wildlife holding cover and who are a long term supporter of GWT for which we are immensely grateful.

Sponsors for our event at Packington also included Adrian Flux, Robert Harlow with Thomas Jacks providing a magnificent array of night sight and thermal imaging kit and who will also be present at Blair Castle on 12th April.

The premier of our video showing with a disarming honesty of personal challenges was well received and we thank all involved with particular thanks to Lady Scott and to James Marchington who travelled all over the country to complete in time.

Our speakers were Lord James Percy who was typically down to earth, amusing and forward thinking with Jake Fiennes from Raveningham Estate who was comprehensive, incredibly well informed and with key advice for the young students and keepers present from Hartbury College and elsewhere in the region.  Darren Preece followed from Normanton Shoot along with Mr Robert Harlow, shoot captain with a candid sketch of the shoot, his working relationship and challenges which were overcome with trust, honesty and integrity from both parties.  Lord Newborough and Headkeeper David Pooler gave a fascinating account of Rhug Estate with many activities, income streams, challenges and a vision which was shared and respected by estate, farming and shooting interests.  Finally and by no means least we received a presentation from GWCT advisor Austin Weldon from nearby Loddington which runs the Allerton project.

Estate tours and demonstrations by Thomas Jacks followed lunch.  With over 70 delegates leaving with a smile and our Gamekeeper for Life packs launched on the day within the Hull Cartridge bags handed to all – a successful day.

Thankyou to all not least all our Trustees who rolled up their sleeves to make a good event memorable.

On to Swinton Park in Yorkshire on 28th March!

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25th Anniversary Event at Packington Hall Meriden 21st March 2017

We are now reflecting on our first conference in a series of five throughout the country with delight, pride and true gratitude to those who came along to speak on the day, support us through sponsorship and practical help and delegates who joined us. Lord Aylesford as our Chairman hosted the event with typical generosity, […]

Read more...

25th Anniversary Year for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust 2017

This year marks 25 years of the existence of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust and there are Trustees who were at the beginning of this journey which supports more people in different ways around the country. Our Chairman The Earl of Aylesford along with Mike Swan and Ian Grindy representing GWCT and BASC respectively were founder […]

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A very Happy Christmas and a healthy and successful New Year

A very Happy Christmas to everyone

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