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What a difference a week makes

A week ago we were preparing for the coronavirus shut down not really realising the effects it would have on all our lives, both personal and in our work. For the gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies the situation has changed immeasurably.  Whilst we still live in beautiful places, where we can isolate quite comfortably for the […]

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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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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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Success stories

“Much of the work of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust goes unnoticed by most of the NGO membership, so I would like to express my thanks to the charity in providing my daughter Georgina a trike at the early part of the year.

Georgina has hemi-plegia cerebral palsy which makes mobility an issue for her much of the time and riding a conventional bike impossible at the moment, however with the stability of this specialist trike she can whiz around like any other six year old – this is not only fun but is essential physiotherapy exercise for her leg and core muscles”.

Richard Bailey

 

 Educational Assistance

“Just a quick thank you for the help with funding (2011-2012) when on my NC in Gamekeeping course based at the North Highland College. I truly believe that without your support I would not have been able to complete it. As an English resident before I moved here, I was not eligible for the bursary offered to other Scottish members of the course, who were entitled to funding for their course fees and accommodation whilst in college (away from their placements).

I managed to gain ‘Student of the Year’ in which I was very surprised and pleased.

The Gamekeeping industry is a very tight knit community and I feel there is a great need for us to stick together and support each other; what GWT offer is fantastic. It is great to know that GWT is only a phone call away whenever I need a reassuring chat.

I would just like to directly thank Helen Benson and all the trustees that work alongside her, supporting gamekeepers like myself. I am sure I speak for many different people within our industry!

John Weir

(Webmaster postscript – John has subsequently been shortlisted for a Lantra Award)

John Weir receives Student of the Year

John Weir receives Student of the Year

 

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Firearms and Mental Health from Police Scotland

Firearms and Mental Health Introduction EVERYONE’S mental health is important and at some point, in all our lives the majority of us will be affected by circumstances or feelings that can impact negatively on us. It is important that members of the shooting community, as well as their family, friends and colleagues, understand that it’s […]

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New message from Police Scotland regarding shotgun and firearms licensing during the Corona Virus Crisis

NFEL – Coronavirus response The current unprecedented circumstances in respect of the Coronavirus has impacted on the ability of Police Scotland to deliver a number of business as usual functions.  It is necessary that we have as many officers as possible available to front line operational policing and support our colleagues in the NHS. As […]

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