Gamekeepers receive new look NGO Long Service Award
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:
• 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.
• 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.
Alec Throup received his long service award