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“Raising The Game”

We are very much looking forward to The Game Fair where we have our stand on row K1113 (Gunmakers Row) – do call and see us. The work undertaken over recent months through our collective initiative is gaining ground and momentum.  With a number of organisations/companies including information on their websites or newsletters and offers […]

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April 2018

It was a great pleasure to be present at The Borders College on 19th April to meet with Scottish Sporting organisations  and discuss how we can work together to improve our services and become a greater force for good. There were lots of ideas and great enthusiasm in the room to make a difference so […]

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A New Year and a New Start!

Traditionally our new season in February marks a new start but a New Year does give us pause to reflect on our own lives and how we wish to live and work in the 21st Century whatever stage of life we find ourselves. There have been some excellent stories of making a difference to individual […]

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April 21 – Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Date posted: April 21, 2016

It is truly remarkable that most of us cannot remember another monarch whilst we have lived and most of all are in awe at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s immense energy and stamina which outstrips most of us at the best of times.  Duty, honour and trust are words which spring to mind and I hope that in some small way the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust can aspire to emulate those important principles for life.

April has been a busy month both in terms of calls to the helpline and requests for support but also visiting Colleges and the first Game Fair of the season.

Newton Rigg continue to provide a template of excellence and it was a real pleasure to meet students and explain the role of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust and how this relates to their fledging career and journey into gamekeeping.  That Malcolm Riding was celebrating a significant birthday on that day was a bonus.

The first Game Fair for GWT was held at the Gamekepeers Fair, Catton Park on the weekend of 17th/18th April in sunshine and hail showers on occasion.  We have many people to thank not least our very own Darren and Matt who are always on hand to answer queries, sell raffle tickets and provide support throughout.  Sarah, Sam, Richard, Alex too deserve sincere thanks providing the stand, and on hand to supply teas and coffees throughout the weekend.  All this would not have been possible without the organisation and generosity of Steve Bloomfield Show Director.

We all have people we look up to and admire throughout our working lives and one of these was definitely Don Ford.

Don Ford, one of the founding members of GWT and whose loss in 2015 we have felt keenly, was rightly given tribute through the Don Ford Memorial Trophy during the weekend.  His son Colin attended specially to present the trophy to the winner of the Gamekeeper’s Clay Shoot on Sunday afternoon.

Steve Bloomfield also organised donated Zeiss binoculars for a raffle throughout the weekend.  These were won by Arthur Ellwood of Gamekeep, another stalwart supporter.

Thank you all and not least to Daniel (pic insert) and Isaac who sold raffle tickets and tea all Saturday at Catton !CgKQaO5WcAA8pJd Daniel at BASC Catton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Raising The Game”

We are very much looking forward to The Game Fair where we have our stand on row K1113 (Gunmakers Row) – do call and see us. The work undertaken over recent months through our collective initiative is gaining ground and momentum.  With a number of organisations/companies including information on their websites or newsletters and offers […]

Read more...

April 2018

It was a great pleasure to be present at The Borders College on 19th April to meet with Scottish Sporting organisations  and discuss how we can work together to improve our services and become a greater force for good. There were lots of ideas and great enthusiasm in the room to make a difference so […]

Read more...

A New Year and a New Start!

Traditionally our new season in February marks a new start but a New Year does give us pause to reflect on our own lives and how we wish to live and work in the 21st Century whatever stage of life we find ourselves. There have been some excellent stories of making a difference to individual […]

Read more...

September 17

As I write this note the trees are turning and the swallows on their way South with partridge in every hedgerow and pheasants awandering! Grouse days have been fruitful and frustrating for nearby moors, with fog and muggy weather on some days and cool conditions on others.  Par for the course, but always good to […]

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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 and a healthy and successful New Year

A very Happy Christmas to everyone

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Flaming June

  May was a busy month with the Countryside Clay Shoot at Six Mile Bottom, and we are indebted to BASC, Richard Clarke and his team as well as all the competitors for making this a date to hold in the annual calendar.  Bringing organisations together in a common aim and supporting good causes is […]

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April 21 – Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is truly remarkable that most of us cannot remember another monarch whilst we have lived and most of all are in awe at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s immense energy and stamina which outstrips most of us at the best of times.  Duty, honour and trust are words which spring to mind and I hope that in […]

Read more...

End of the Season 2015-16

It is nigh on the end of the Pheasant season and I can almost hear the sigh of relief!  The last few weeks are often hectic and to begin a new season of vermin control, tidying up and catching up is beckoning along with I hope, for many a well earned holiday! For the grouse […]

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