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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Patron – Lord James Percy
Honorary President – Sir John Scott B.t.
Chairman – The Earl of Aylesford
Chairman – The Earl of Aylesford
Mr Ken Butler
Mr David Clark
Mr Walter Cole
Mr Ian Grindy
Mr Raymond Holt
Dr Mike Swan
Mr Brian Mitchell
Rev Dr Gordon Gatward
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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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 […]