Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association News

GWCA Newsletter June 2020

Hello, I hope that all of you are keeping well and that Covid has not caused you too many heartaches. I am just taking this opportunity to keep you updated with what has been happening. The Club's committee has still been active, keeping contact via the joys of email and telephone. It was good to see that what we do every year to assist our members with paying the subs is more than a lot of clubs managed in these circumstances. We also have agreed to match where BASC are giving extra credit to assist people. We had already taken subs from over ½ of the club when BASC announced that they were cancelling this years subscription rise. Therefore rather than trying to refund, we will keep our subs static for a couple of seasons. A vast majority of the club has now paid their subs, but just a reminder for those still to do so..... although GWCA has extended the cut off to 31 July, your BASC still expires on that date. BASC are currently working from home and this can cause delays in getting your renewal with them. Therefore if you do not pay until…

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Newsletter re Subs

To all club members. I hope that you are all keeping well in the current situation and that you and your families are safe. As many of you are aware, BASC has now stopped their proposed price increase for this season. (eg £2.00 more for full membership). Club Subs were proposed to be increased at the AGM to cover BASC increases. This is the price that people have paid this season. We have had well over half of the club already paid or already set up their standing orders, so the admin to refund people the £2 would be onerous. Therefore, it will be proposed that the club subs be held at this rate until 2022 to recompense members. BASC has also said that it will reduce the fees for this year by £10 for anyone who has lost their job due to Covid19. The individual member would need to contact BASC, who then send the rebate directly to the member. In line with that, the Committee is proposing to assist members that have lost their jobs and therefore suffering hardship. Any member that obtains the reduction from BASC will also receive a refund of £20 from…

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Newsletter re Frampton Fair

Dear members I do hope that my email finds you well in what can only be described as 'unprecedented times'. With a 35 year history, even in 2001 when faced with Foot and Mouth, the Frampton Country Fair has always put on a fabulous show and attracted many thousands of visitors. We are still working towards another great year, although following Government guidelines. The success of the Fair relies on many different components and one of the most critical is our volunteer workforce of which GWCA members play a key part. So although it may seem premature, I am contacting you early to ask for your help at this years fair Of course, if the Government guidelines are such that it is clear it cannot go ahead in September, the organizers will reluctantly and sadly cancel the Fair for this year. However at the moment there is no certainty or clarity on what the situation will be then but we feel that it is best to prepare to make sure that things are in the best shape possible should we be fortunate enough to be able to go ahead. Would you please therefore let me know if you are able to help on…

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March 2020 Newsletter

Gloucestershire Wildfowling and Conservation Association Newsletter - March 2020 Bag Returns Now that the season has finished could everyone please remember to fill in their bag returns and send them to George as soon as possible. It is a mandatory requirement of our membership of the GWCA that we all complete bag returns, even if we didn't shoot at all during the season so please fill in yours. Contact details for completed returns is as follows ************* Or by post to George Downing ************************************************************* Poulton Court Cleaning Fairies Contrary to the beliefs seemingly held by some members of this club I would like to assure everyone that there are no cleaning Fairies at Poulton Court. Several times during the course of last season the club hut has been left in a disgraceful state by people who have had an overnight stay there. It really isn't asking much to expect everyone who books the hut for an overnight stay to ensure that it is left clean and tidy when you pack up to leave the following day. Recently the club hosted an event attended by senior members of Natural England as an awareness exercise to enable them to gain a greater understanding of all the good work we do in terms of conservation…

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Jan 2020 Newsletter

Gloucestershire Wildfowling and Conservation Association Newsletter - January 2020 Frampton Associate Flight Many thanks to all the full members who turned up on the 4th January for the clubs organised associate flight at Frampton marsh, your assistance was greatly appreciated. There was a high turnout of full members on the evening which meant a good full member to associate ratio, It was good to see so many full members giving their time to guide our newest club members on the start of their own journey with the GWCA, so once again many thanks to everyone for all your help on the flight. AGM Date The date for the clubs AGM has now been set for Wednesday 25th March, the venue will once again be the Anchor Inn, Epney The meeting will start at 7.30 prompt. Please come along if you can and hear what your committee has been doing for you all as members of the club over the past twelve months and the plans which we have in place for the coming year. If you want to ask any questions regarding how the club is run on your behalf or have any suggestions then please feel free to speak on the…

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Start of Season letter from Chairman

Dear Members, With the season fast approaching, I thought I would update you with what has been happening within the Association. Firstly, we are now the 'Gloucestershire Wildfowling and Conservation Association'. This was done to recognize the amount of conservation work that we as an association take part in. It also emphasizes that point to government and other organisations and agencies. On that note, we are currently in the initial planning stage of further work at Poulton Court that may be paid for entirely by grants. This is potentially a 5 year project and requires a lot of work by the committee. We now have a waiting list of people wanting to join the Association. We limit our associate numbers, to ensure that people can get out and have good instruction on the ID course. Marsh walks have just started for our associate members and will be taking place throughout the summer. New associate members where they can, are advised to attend these as it is a way to gain a knowledge of our marshes before the season starts and also a way of meeting other members of our association. Associate flights are currently being organised and dates for these are on…

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May 2019 Newsletter

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association Newsletter - May 2019 West of England Game Fair Many thanks to everyone who helped the club at the West of England game fair over the two days the event was held. Much interest in the club both in terms of the wildfowling and conservation activity we undertake was generated from this event and those who attended in support of the club worked hard to promote the GWCA and our wildfowling and conservation activities, so once again many thanks everyone. AGM The AGM was held at the new venue of the Anchor Inn, Epney this year as a cost effective change from the Fromebridge mill and proved to be a popular evening with many members turning up and having an opportunity to hear what the clubs committee has been doing on their behalf over the last twelve months,and ask any questions they wanted to .Also the evening was an opportunity to socialise with other members during the cliose season with fun events like the raffle raising a good sum of money for the club. Many thanks to everyone who worked to make this evening such an enjoyable occasion and also to those who donated raffle prizes. Robert Nirac Trophy Winner This…

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GWA Newsletter Dec 2018

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association Newsletter - December 2018 GWA host BASC Ladies day The GWA hosted an introduction to wildfowling for Ladies day on Monday 3rd December with the ladies getting a guided tour of WWT Slimbridge, chance to get out on a flight at the clubs marshes and an evening meal at the Anchor Inn, Epney. In spite of the terrible traffic issues on the local motorway network all Ladies attending this event had a fantastic time, there was a variety of shooting experience amongst the participants ranging from shooting driven game to shooting clays but all were new to the world of wildfowling and have hopefully gone away from the event with a desire to take their wildfowling experience further. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and made this event such an enjoyable experience for all the Ladies who attended. Junior Day The junior evening flight at Wainlodes was judged to be a great success with all the youngsters that attended getting shots in and four mallards in the bag come the end of the evening, many thanks to everyone who helped organise this event and made the evening so special for tomorrows generation of wildfowlers. Wildfowl ID Course Congratulations…

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News Feb 2018

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Newsletter February 2018 Message from the Chairman Dear Members
Now that the season has ended, (I hope everyone managed to get some shooting in during the last four and half months and bag a few birds). It's now time to look ahead. Your committee will be working on projects during the closed season to try and add more shooting areas and accesses to our list of sites. We will be arranging work parties and I hope people will be able to give up some time to participate in these. Even a couple of hours is always a big help. Frampton fair, even though still a long way in the future, will suddenly be upon us. Again, we will be looking for volunteers to give up a couple of hours to help on the day. 
Can I thank all those members who took out associates during the last season, your help and advice certainly paid off this year with 100% pass rate achieved on the ID course Please keep watching the web site and read the news letters as this is the only way the committee can inform you of what is happening. Again I hope you all had a successful…

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