The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation were pleased to be able to celebrate with many of this year’s NGO Long Service Award winners at The British Shooting Show on Friday.
Due to Covid, last year’s awards could not be presented in person, so the NGO were delighted to be able to celebrate this year’s awards in person once again. Not all of the recipients were able to attend the show, but those who weren’t will be presented with their awards at their Estates.
The gamekeepers who were presented with their Awards for 40 years’ continuous service, include:
David Droanfield, from Witham, Essex
Graham Harris, from Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire
John Kewell, from Graffham, West Sussex
Charles Patrick, from Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gordon Cooke, from Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
Len Ireland, from Littlehampton, West Sussex
As well as a framed certificate, the six recipients also received a unique, bespoke cast medal, a bottle of champagne, and an NGO tie. The Long Service Award, in association with Elanco, is open to full-time gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies who each have 40 or more years of continuous employment.
In addition Geoffrey (Geoff) Garrod, Vice Chairman of the NGO and Regional Chairman for Essex received his Long Service Award, having worked as a gamekeeper for over 43 years. He also writes for Sporting Gun Magazine, and was named the Great British Shooting Awards 2020 Gamekeeper of the Year – so we were delighted to be able to present him with his Long Service Award, alongside the other keepers.
The Awards were presented by David Pooler, the Interim Chairman of the NGO, and Jeremy Marsh of Elanco, who kindly sponsor the Award.
“It was a privilege to be able to present the NGO Long Service Awards at The Great British Shooting Show”, says David. “The gamekeepers who receive these Awards show true dedication to the shooting industry and commitment to managing the countryside for decades. Forty years as a gamekeeper is true commitment to the role, and the award-winners truly are an inspiration to future generations of gamekeepers.”
The NGO assumed responsibility for running the Long Service Award with the blessing of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) when it was announced in 2015 that the CLA would cease to run its annual Game Fair at which it had made a similar presentation to gamekeepers for many years. To mark the passing of the baton, it was renamed the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Long Service Award.