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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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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

Gamekeeping for Life Festival 2020

The Gamekeeping for Life Festival is now live!! However technical problems mean our festival will be held now through this news page and social media. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Join us in our “YEAR OF THE GAMEKEEPER 20/21” celebrating the role of the gamekeeper as true custodian of the countryside and have another […]

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Raising the Game Survey published

The Raising the Game Survey follows on from the initiative in 2008 and which we have been working on since then with the Stag Training courses, packs and other work around supporting gamekeepers and their families. That gamekeepers work long hours, put off retirement and have little outside recreational activity will not be a surprise […]

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