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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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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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Ending March like a Lion

Date posted: March 28, 2015

For the Northern moors there has been sufficient good weather to get on well with burning and the pheasant and partridge shoots seem to have good stocks which bodes well for the season ahead all being well.  

That said, make sure you take a holiday or break before the busy season wherever you are.  

The forthcoming election brings uncertainty and nervousness, however the working gamekeeper has much to do and has strong organisations who will be working hard on their behalf to protect their interests and that of the industry and profession as a whole.

For the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust we have also much to do, in supporting individuals and families and ensuring that we continue to bang the drum that we are here to help wherever you are and whatever the presenting problem.  

At the beginning of the month we attended Newton Rigg’s conference which was again an excellent day; coming together, learning through the various workshops and listening to some thought provoking and informative afternoon speakers.  Well done Malcolm and his team.

We then turned attention to the SGA AGM and BASC Gamekeeper day which again were informative and valuable in bringing gamekeepers together.  It will be interesting to see the Year of the Rural Worker unfold which is a focus of the SGA for the forthcoming year. Their tireless efforts are to be applauded.

Unfortunately we have received a number of calls regarding redundancy this month. It is disappointing that some estate owners and employers seem to have little regard for the short window in which gamekeepers can gain other employment within the industry.  Cost cutting is the main reason given for change and re-structure and is inevitable in some cases whilst avoidable in others.  Taking advice from an incumbent gamekeeper who has intimate knowledge of the estate along with a good working knowledge of budgets and cash flow is sometimes sadly under used.

We have visited some colleges this month which is always a pleasure.  There are some really outstanding students, keen to learn and get out into the field.  We wish them all well as they move forward into employment.  We are always there for them at any stage.

Our own Trustees Meeting was held last week which is an excellent opportunity to take stock and review our work and achievements over the past year.  The letters and cards we receive are testament to the value of our support which is our reward – an absolute privilege to serve the gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies.

We have plans ahead to improve our service and ensure we become better known to anyone who may need help.  These will roll out gradually as the year unfolds.

It is looking like March is going out like a lion and we look forward to the NGO AGM shortly and Game Fair season thereafter.   I can confirm that we will be attending the CLA Game Fair and will give further details on where we will be in due course.  Our association with BASC,  GWCT,  NGO  and SGA continues to be valued beyond measure and we will continue to be with them wherever possible throughout the season.

Helen

 

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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Blustery showers in June

It was with great regret we were given the news that Don Ford, former Trustee of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust passed away after a short illness on May 29th 2015. Don was a founding member of the Trust and was involved in the Gamekeeper’s Association for many years prior to its foundation in 1992. He […]

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