Game­keep­ers re­ceive new look NGO Long Ser­vice Award

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The Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) new Long Ser­vice Award, for full­time game­keep­ers, stalk­ers and ghillies with 40 or more years of em­ploy­ment, were awarded at the Mid­land Game Fair.

Liam Bell, Chair­man of the NGO, made the pre­sen­ta­tions, he said: “As a work­ing game­keeper with sig­nif­i­cantly fewer than 40 years’ ser­vice, I feel greatly hon­oured to have been able to present the NGO Long Ser­vice Award to my peers.”

Those el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the NGO Long Ser­vice Award at the Mid­land Game Fair were:

Ian Gar­foot,

• 61, has been the head­keeper at West­wick Es­tate, in Nor­folk, for 32 years, hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked for nine years at Roth­well in Lin­colnshire, of­ten load­ing for Sir Joseph Nick­er­son.

• 56, has been head­keeper on the Bul­land Shoot, near Taun­ton, for 23 years. He has worked on three shoots dur­ing his ca­reer, hav­ing started out on a work ex­pe­ri­ence scheme.

• 64, now re­tired, Kevin started out as a young man at Garen­don Park, Lough­bor­ough, be­fore mov­ing to the Lit­tle­cote Es­tate shoot in Wilt­shire. He then spent a year at We­ston Park, be­fore re­turn­ing to Lit­tle­cote. His next 30 years were spent at the Lower Lodge shoot in West Sus­sex.

Steven Ha­mar,

Kevin Hub­bard,

• 59, re­tired a year ago, hav­ing worked for 39 years at Druids Lodge Es­tate in Wilt­shire, a busy pheas­ant and par­tridge shoot. He now lives in County Durham, and is en­joy­ing help­ing the lo­cal keep­ers on the moors and count­ing grouse.

• 57, has been at Bolton Abbey in North York­shire for 42 years since leav­ing school in the 1970s, and is one of the es­tate’s eight keep­ers.

• 67, now re­tired from keeper­ing, started at 16 on the Conghurst shoot, Kent, hatch­ing pheas­ants un­der broody hens for the Piper Fam­ily. From 1981 he keep­ered at San­dling Park, Kent, for the late Cap­tain Alan Hardy, and today he still helps the fam­ily.

An award for more than 50 years’ ser­vice was made posthu­mously to Frank Jenk­ins, a game­keeper of around 60 years’ stand­ing. It was ac­cepted by his son Martin, who is also a game­keeper.

Godfrey Pit­man,

Alec Throup,

Michael War­ren,

Alec Throup re­ceived his long ser­vice award

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