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Midsummer – the joys and the challenges

Well, we have had the longest day and are in for a scorcher of a week – welcome news for wildlife and consequential insect life where water is abundant and the showers over the past week or two have certainly helped. It is still uncertain for some shooting estates, stalking estates and fishing interests however […]

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May VE Celebrations 2020

May day took on a new meaning this year and Victory in Europe day we hope will mean the start of a new normal, setting out how we move from lock down into meeting our loved ones and getting back to work for some and planning ahead for many. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, […]

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Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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Midsummer – the joys and the challenges

Date posted: June 22, 2020

Well, we have had the longest day and are in for a scorcher of a week – welcome news for wildlife and consequential insect life where water is abundant and the showers over the past week or two have certainly helped.
It is still uncertain for some shooting estates, stalking estates and fishing interests however we are all doing our best to get back to some kind of normality and find a way forward wherever feasible.
The lock down restrictions are gradually easing which means family life at least can start to get back to normal too and those who live alone can feel less isolated and alone (we hope).
We have been concentrating to a large extent on alleviating that loneliness by phone calls, letters and small gifts throughout this period but are conscious this is only a plaster over a larger problem.
For those who have been directly affected by Covid-19 – we are really sorry. Loss is difficult at any time but during this period has been exacerbated and magnified. We are here for you.
For those who have been directly affected in their jobs and homes, it is incredibly difficult but I have been constantly amazed by the resilience of individuals and families. We are here to help with whatever aspect of these problems are affecting you – considering retirement, sourcing housing, mental health issues, and sourcing another job or thinking about training.
The festival held last week was not what we had hoped due to technical difficulties, other companies/organisations stretched due to furlough, or just over work. Thank you to those who patiently enduring daily newsletters in lieu of a dedicated website. We hope some of the information was of interest and I thank all those who contributed.
The results of the survey are being actively pursued and we have published this morning a fact sheet by Jonathan Manser of Knights solicitors who explains in detail shorthold tenancies and service occupancies. A big thank you to Jonathan; there will be more aspects published in due course as we are aware that housing is of paramount importance to the gamekeeping community.
The challenges we are experiencing go on in gamekeeping – through tighter legislation and under the radar wildlife proposals which are often printed without understanding or proper scrutiny or most of all discussions with those who really know. I salute you for your continued battles and working together where you can. This last is vital for our future.
We have your back where we can – and never hesitate to call us in confidence.

Blog archive

Midsummer – the joys and the challenges

Well, we have had the longest day and are in for a scorcher of a week – welcome news for wildlife and consequential insect life where water is abundant and the showers over the past week or two have certainly helped. It is still uncertain for some shooting estates, stalking estates and fishing interests however […]

Read more...

May VE Celebrations 2020

May day took on a new meaning this year and Victory in Europe day we hope will mean the start of a new normal, setting out how we move from lock down into meeting our loved ones and getting back to work for some and planning ahead for many. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, […]

Read more...

Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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11th December 2019

ON election day and approaching a time of giving perhaps it is time to take stock and consider how fortunate we are, even in these testing times.  The resilience of gamekeepers in the face of multiple challenges is amazing, just getting about this autumn has been difficult enough.  To hear and see the sheer ignorance […]

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Hatfield House – The Game Fair 2019

We are setting off to the Game Fair in almost record heat but in typical “can do” attitude for everyone attending. Those of us who live and work in the countryside are used to working with nature, the weather and plan accordingly. There is a huge amount of work involved in just a few days […]

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2018 Review

2018 began with sadness and tragedy, and we remember those we have lost within the Gamekeeping Community. We have risen to the challenge, coming together in “Raising the Game” to address mental health problems and make a difference. As part of this initiative we began “Stag Training”, which continues around the country in 2019, with […]

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Christmas Message

Christmas night is a time of reflection after a hectic day of family celebrations or perhaps a solitary day or perhaps a working day – there are certainly always jobs to do whether feeding round, seeing to the dogs or indoors with a lunch to prepare. For the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust it is a time […]

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Fundraising for GWT & Stag Training

We have now run two Stag Training events and have a progamme of events which can be added to wherever and whenever required.  So please ask. In the meantime we continue to be humbled by brave people who support us.  With a huge thank you to Fern for running the Great North Run in two […]

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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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