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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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GWT Staff and Volunteers

Lord James Percy

Patron – Lord James Percy

Honorary President – Sir John Scott B.t.

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 Chief Operating Officer 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

The Year of the Gamekeeper 2020

  The Year of the Gamekeeper 2020 is a multi organisational initiative which aims to raise the profile of gamekeepers and celebrate their unique position as custodians of the countryside as well as support and sustain the long term future of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust. Our ability to support gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their families– […]

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March Newsletter 2019

Welcome to the new look monthly newsletter STAG Training Update We have received excellent feedback from the STAG training, which isdelivered on behalf of and in collaboration with the GamekeepersWelfare Trust. The course has been designed by Ex-Marines to tackledifficult issues such as leadership, communication, coping mechanismsand health and well being. The comments we have received are all […]

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