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August – heather and host

July went out with a heat wave and August came in with the eagerly awaited heather bloom to follow.  Our “glorious grouse” have encountered different and varying difficulties from predation (increasing), to a reduction in nutrition where heather beetle has taken a hold and particularly dry conditions early on in some places too.  Upland keepers […]

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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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GWT Staff and Volunteers

Lord James Percy

Patron – Lord James Percy

Honorary President – Sir John Scott B.t. MFH

Chairman – The Earl of Aylesford

Trustees

Chairman – The Earl of Aylesford

Mr Ken Butler

Mr David Clark

Mr Walter Cole

Mr Ian Grindy

Mr Raymond Holt

Lady Scott

Dr Mike Swan

Mr Brian Mitchell

Rev Dr Gordon Gatward

Matthew Nesbitt

Mr Philip Holt ACA FCIE is Treasurer of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust, assisted by his staff at Harrison Holt.  His firm maintains all the GWT accounting records, deals with the finances and prepares the annual charitable financial statements and reporting. This is a service that he provides for a number of charities, trusts and estates.

Harrison Holt Chartered Accountants, High Park Farm, Kirkbymoorside, YORK, YO62 7HS. Telephone: 01751 430100 e-mail: philipholt@harrisonholt.co.uk

Helen M J Benson is the Chief Executive and manages the day to day work of the Trust in running the helpline, overall management of activities including support, applications, job register, fundraising and publicity.

In Scotland we are incredibly fortunate to have Alan Tweedie on board who is part-time lecturer at The Borders College and is keen to promote GWT and its services around the country. Pictured below left.

 

“I have been involved in the gamekeeping industry for well over forty odd years and have seen many changes since I was young keeper back in the mid-seventies.  Throughout that period, I worked on several estates building up my experience  with pheasants, grouse and deer.  During my entire keepering career I worked with and met many wonderful characters from the game shooting and stalking world and their expertise and knowledge has instilled me with a lifelong passion for our unique industry.

Over the remaining years of my career working as a Lecturer at Borders College I have helped and guided many people from all walks of life  into the  keepering and stalking world therefore I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help further the wonderful work carried out by this  exceptional charity”.

 

Helen is ably assisted by Ruth Benson  (pictured below) who answers career and job related queries and runs the job register and sister recruiting website Rural Recruits.

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Volunteers

We have a number of dedicated volunteers who support gamekeepers and their families and contribute to fundraising and publicity ideas.

Our volunteers are: – Ruth Kerr, keepers daughter who has set up and runs our Facebook page as well as telephone and educational facilities for children, Ruth Minty, keepers wife and mother of a keeper who is our social services and health expert, Alan Child, runs his own shoot and a boarding kennels, has senior managerial experience in education, is a former trades union official and has a Master of Laws degree specialising in employment matters.  Susan Stringer who is a keeper’s wife and nurse practitioner represents GWT in Wales.  Christine Randall, Keepers wife and mother who has a wealth of experience in charitable organisations and gamekeeping. Jenni Thompson who has been involved with BASC and Stewart Blair.

News

GWT providing new services following on from the GWT survey

Prior to beginning our programme of training courses on line, fact sheets and webinars on financial health, housing issues and mental health and resilience awareness we have put together a video to explain our reasons, process and progress.  Click below to see and hear how it was done and how we progress what you wanted […]

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GWT HIND COURSE

Today we launch the Hind Course which is designed for gamekeepers’ wives and partners and will be delivered on line by Sally Thompson who is a GWT volunteer and mental health professional. The Hind Course aims to promote mental health well being and awareness, build resilience and provide coping strategies and information on where to […]

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