Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hart­pury stu­dent for win­ning NGO award

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An 18-year-old stu­dent from Hart­pury Col­lege has won the Musto-spon­sored Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) Frank Jenk­ins Me­mo­rial Tro­phy, which goes to the best full- or part-time game­keep­ing stu­dent of the year.

The late Frank Jenk­ins was a well-known gamekeeper whose ca­reer spanned 60 years, and the award is judged an­nu­ally by se­nior mem­bers of the NGO.

The win­ner of this year’s tro­phy, the “out­stand­ing game­keep­ing stu­dent” Cor­mac Thomp­son, com­pleted his full-time Game­keep­ing and Coun­try­side Man­age­ment course at Hart­pury in Glouces­ter this sum­mer, and now runs the col­lege’s com­mer­cial game shoot.

Cor­mac was pre­sented with the in­dus­trylead­ing award by the Chair­man of the NGO, Liam Bell, on the NGO stand at the Mid­land Game Fair, held from 17-18 Septem­ber at We­ston Park in Shrop­shire. He also re­ceived a voucher for a new Musto High­land Ul­tra Light Jacket, cour­tesy of the tro­phy’s spon­sors.

Speak­ing about his suc­cess, Cor­mac said: “I am de­lighted to have won the Frank Jenk­ins. It is a great hon­our and I’d like to thank the NGO and Musto.

“I think qual­i­fi­ca­tions are es­sen­tial for any­one start­ing out in keepering. It is the way the world is go­ing. I want to thank the col­lege, es­pe­cially my course lec­tur­ers Rob­bie Ni­colle, Andy James and Ralph Tal­lis. A big thank you also to Robert Mitchell at North Molton in Devon, the shoot where I did my pre-col­lege place­ment and learned such a lot.”

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