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  2. Ian and Ollie take scurry league crown. 10th October 2011 …………….……………………………………………….immediate release. Ian Brothers from Wiltshire and his golden retriever Ollie accumulated a total of 700 points to win the first BASC Chudleys scurry league. In second place was Roland Ward, from London, with his dog Barney followed by Richard Fosbury, from Wiltshire, with his dog Summa. Fourth place was taken by Bob Clay, from Wolverhampton, with Mitzi. There were thousands of entries in more than 100 individual scurries organised by BASC staff and volunteers which were held at venues across the UK during the spring and summer. A scurry is a timed retrieving competition for dogs. Anyone who came first, second or third in the scurries won prizes on the day and league points, meaning more than 150 people gained places on the league table. BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, Glynn Evans, said: “The inaugural BASC Chudleys scurry league proved very popular. It is an inclusive competition open to all gundog owners. Well done to everyone who took part. Our thanks go to all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication and for ensuring the scurry league was a success. Our thanks also go to Chudleys, our main sponsor, as well as Gundog Gear, Lite Launcher and artist Sue Burch who all donated prizes for the league.” A presentation to the top four placed owners and dogs and a prize draw for the rest of the league took place at the Midland Game Fair. The full list of results can be found here - http://www.basc.org.uk/en/departments/gund...urry-league.cfm Notes to editors - Photographs are available to download from http://basc.thirdlight.com Login: press Password: media British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  3. BASC launches internet lobbying in run-up to Wales and Northern Ireland elections. 15th April 2011…………….…………………………………………….immediate release. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has launched campaigning websites which allow people to look up their Parliamentary candidates to assess their views on shooting issues ahead of upcoming elections in Wales and Northern Ireland on May 5. BASC is calling on its members and all who shoot to use the websites to lobby their Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland Assembly candidates. The websites, which sit alongside a similiar one for Scotland, allow shooters to send an email, which can be edited and personalised, to candidates to point out that shooting is an important part of the countryside and an important issue to their constituents. Candidates will be given the opportunity to respond. BASC is urging everyone who is involved in shooting to visit the BASC website, www.basc.org.uk, and to take a few minutes to send a message to their constituency and list candidates. BASC is asking people to forward the responses for inclusion on a database of politicians’ views on shooting. The email to candidates sets out the value of shooting to the countryside and to the economy. It also gives them the opportunity to comment on other shooting-related issues. Glynn Cook, director of BASC Wales, said that the website would give shooters in Wales the ideal opportunity to find out how prospective Welsh Assembly Government candidates feel about shooting sports. He said: "It is vital that candidates are made aware of the economic value of shooting sports to the all-important rural economy of Wales. By showing their support for shooting, candidates will be supporting the countryside of Wales. While professional campaigning organisations such as BASC have their work to do, nothing gets through to a Parliamentary candidate more effectively than a message from one of their own constituents. I ask all those in Wales who are involved in shooting sports to make time to send a message to their local candidates and then forward any responses back to us.” Tommy Mayne, director of BASC Northern Ireland, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the province’s shooting community to ensure that their voice is heard by those seeking to be elected. I would urge anyone with an interest in sporting shooting to use this facility to send a message to their constituency candidates stressing the importance of shooting as a sport that is growing in popularity and a sport that makes a very significant contribution to the Northern Ireland economy. It is crucial that any responses received from candidates are forwarded to BASC Northern Ireland so that we can update the database accordingly.” Shooting is worth £1.6 billion a year to the UK economy. It is worth £240million a year to Scotland, £73 million a year to Wales and £45 million a year to Northern Ireland. British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  4. Gundog training day in Cumbria. 12th April 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. Novice gundog owners and people thinking of getting a puppy to train as a gundog are being invited to attend a training day in Cumbria. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), will host a basic gundog training day in Grizedale, near Hawkshead, on 18th June 2011. The instructors on the day will be BASC’s Northern region gundog advisors. The day will start with a short indoor session where instructors and participants will discuss subjects including acquiring a dog, housing, feeding, training equipment and the law relating to dogs. Outdoor sessions will cover hands-on training starting from basics such as issuing sit and stay commands and walking to heel, before moving on to intermediate training including redirection and paying attention to a stop whistle. BASC’s Northern regional director Phillip Pugh said: “The day is about training the owner to train a dog he or she will be proud of in the field. "This is a hands-on day run by our own experienced gundog advisors who will ensure the training is specific to working dogs.” The cost for the day is £40. Places are strictly limited to allow for plenty of one-to-one instruction so early booking is recommended. For more information contact Jean Pugh on 01200 445046 or email jean.pugh@basc.org.uk For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031. British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  5. BASC steps up a gear with Honda partnership. 7th April 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has agreed a partnership and sponsorship deal with Honda. The new partnership will support the work of BASC’s gamekeeping and conservation programmes. BASC will be hosting a series of taster days and Honda safety training days for members. Honda vehicles will be on display at BASC's stand at the major game fairs and there will be an opportunity for people to try them out at BASC's Gamekeepers' Fair at Catton Park in Derbyshire on the 9th and 10th April. A dedicated ATV section will be created on BASC's website. Tom Blades, BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, said: “We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Honda. Many of BASC’s 130,000 members use all terrain vehicles and we are proud to have teamed up with the world’s leading manufacturer. We have an established and growing interest in these popular and useful vehicles and we are proud to be working together with Honda to promote their safe use.” Phil Webb, head of power equipment for Honda UK, said: “The partnership will see a variety of joined up activities including events, advertising and PR and we’re very enthusiastic about the benefits that the alliance will undoubtedly bring to our future customers, BASC’s members and the rural community at large.” For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 or Honda's press contact Maddy Phelps on 07957490354. A picture of a Honda ATV in the field is available to download from http://basc.thirdlight.com Login: press Password: media British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  6. Shooting organisation employs internet lobbying in run-up to Scottish election 6th April 2010…………………………………………………………… immediate release. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), is calling on its members and all who shoot to use the internet to lobby their Scottish Parliamentary candidates in advance of the upcoming Scottish Election on May 5. BASC Scotland has launched a campaigning website which allows people to look up their Parliamentary candidates to assess their views on shooting issues. It allows shooters to email an automated text, which can be edited and personalised, to candidates to point out that shooting is an important part of the countryside and an important issue to their constituents. Candidates will be given the opportunity to respond. BASC Scotland press and policy officer Nicolle Hamilton said: “This is a novel but effective means of ensuring that all candidates are aware of the shooting interests of their potential voters. We urge everyone who is involved in shooting to visit the BASC website www.basc.org.uk and to take a few minutes to send a message to their constituency and list candidates. It is also vitally important that they send responses back to us.” The email to candidates sets out the value of shooting to the countryside and to the economy. It also gives them the opportunity to comment on other shooting-related issues such as the devolution of airgun legislation and tail-docking for working dogs. Nicolle Hamilton said: “While professional campaigning organisations such as BASC have their work to do, nothing gets through to a parliamentary candidate more effectively than a message from one of their own constituents. This novel approach, used for the first time by us in a Scottish election, is already giving us and the voters a clearer idea of their candidates’ views.” For more information please call BASC Scotland on 01350 723226 or the BASC press office on 01244 573031. British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  7. NEW GROUP FOR LADIES WHO WANT TO SHOOT. 6th April 2011. A new ladies’ shooting group for Wiltshire and the Cotswolds is launching to help like-minded women learn a new skill or improve their shooting skills. Monthly training days will be arranged at a clay pigeon shooting ground in the Wiltshire or Cotswolds area. The group will meet and learn various shooting techniques from the coaches and then enjoy lunch together at a nearby pub. The new group is being promoted by Country Sports South West, which aims to position the region as the number one destination for country sports. The group will also be affiliated to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation where group members will receive benefits such as shooting insurance plus a range of training and activity days. Annette Cole, Senior Manager of Country Sports South West, said: “A similar group has already been set up in the West of the region and is quickly growing in numbers as more and more women hear about it. A lot of women have thought about taking up shooting, often because their partners shoot, but have never known where to go before. We welcome all shooting abilities, whether you just want to have a go or want to improve your skills. It’s great fun and a great way to socialise with like-minded individuals and we are delighted to be associated with this initiative.” Group member shooting fees are negotiated with the clubs on their behalf and members can either use their own gun or use one of the shooting school’s guns and cartridges are usually included within the coaching price. For more information, or if you would like to join the group please contact Annette Cole, Country Sports South West. On annette.cole@countrysportssouthwest.co.uk or call 01823 480 903 or visit our website: www.countrysportssouthwest.co.uk Notes to editors Country Sports South West is an initial three year project to ensure the South West region, which is renowned for its unique landscape and countryside, becomes the premier tourism destination for country sports and celebrated for its local game produce. The new project also aims to improve the visitor experience and participation in country sports while creating sustainable rural tourism businesses which can respond to the future challenges and exploit new opportunities. This project is part of the Rural Development Programme for England project (RDPE) (jointly funded by EU and DEFRA) in partnership with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT). The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) BASC is the UK's largest shooting organisation. It provides a public voice for shooting and conservation and works with all political parties to achieve balanced representation. BASC works with the Regional Development Agency to implement sustainable habitat and wildlife management in accordance with the Rural Development Programme for England and campaigns on issues affecting shooting and conservation in South West England and across the UK. We defend private firearms ownership and use, promote habitat and sustainable quarry population management and encourage access to shooting and best practice in the field. BASC South West has a dedicated education programme to ensure our new and Young Shot members receive a comprehensive grounding before entering the shooting field. www.basc.org.uk The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) WRT is an environmental charity (Charity No: 1045806) established in 1995 to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments in the Westcountry and to advance the education of the public in the management of water. A cornerstone of our philosophy is working in partnership with external individuals and organisations to share expertise and facilitate better information transfer. By collaborating with a whole range of stakeholders - ranging from individual businesses through to academic institutions, Non Governmental Organisations and Government departments - the trust aims to circumvent sectoral interests and encourages joint solutions to the complex environmental problems our society currently faces. www.wrt.org.uk Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. In England, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013 is delivered through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). It is an important part of the Common Agricultural Policy and helps create genuinely sustainable farming, forestry and food sectors, while bringing wider benefits for the economy, the environment and rural communities. It is the European Union's major investment route for protecting and enhancing the environment while securing a range of public benefits for society. Defra is the managing authority and is delivered in the region by the South West RDA, Natural England and the Forestry Commission. For more information, see: www.sw-ruralgateway.info British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  8. BASC teams up with Eley Hawk cartridges. 30th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has signed a three year sponsorship deal with Eley Hawk, the UK’s leading cartridge manufacturer. Eley Hawk will be an official partner of the BASC shotgun coaching programme at UK game fairs and shooting events. BASC has signed an exclusive deal to use Eley Hawk shotgun cartridges on its coaching lines and at regional coaching events across the UK. In addition, BASC-accredited coaches will wear clothing featuring a specially designed Eley Hawk and BASC shotgun coaching logo. Novices shooting for the first time at the events will be presented with a commemorative BASC Eley Hawk First Shot badge as a memento of the event. Dr Peter Marshall, BASC’s director of shooting standards, said: “Teaming up with Eley Hawk is a marvellous opportunity. The future of our sport depends on bringing people into shooting and through our partnership with Eley Hawk we will help to ensure that its future is protected for years to come.” David Scott, UK commercial manager for Eley Hawk, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with BASC and helping encourage people to try shooting and join our sport. We are looking forward to working closely with BASC wherever we can to help promote shooting." Notes to editors - The design of the Eley Hawk and BASC shotgun coaching logo can be downloaded from http://basc.thirdlight.com Login: press Password: media For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  9. Gamekeepers aiming to be UK’s top shot. 29th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. The search is on for the sharpest-shooting gamekeeper in the UK. A national clay shooting competition for gamekeepers run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be held on 9th and 10th April 2011 at the BASC Gamekeepers' Fair at Catton Park, Derbyshire. Prizes of £50, £25 and £15 will be awarded for the top three scores on each day. The person with the highest score overall will also win the Lord Lichfield Challenge Trophy for gamekeepers. Tom Blades, BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, encouraged gamekeepers to attend the fair and take part in the competition. He said: “The clay shoot provides a fantastic opportunity for ‘keepers from across the UK to come together and pit their skills against each other. It will be held at one of the top events in the gamekeeping calendar, the BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair, and we look forward to catching up with familiar faces and meeting new people.” The gamekeepers’ competition is one of two clay shoots being held at the event over the weekend. It will run alongside an open 50 bird sporting competition on both days. A shotgun worth £800 is the prize for the overall high gun and cash prizes are up for grabs. There will also be cartridge prizes in the ladies’, junior and veterans’ classes. Participants in both competitions have their own car park and do not have to pay to enter the show in order to compete. Entry to the 50 bird sporting competition is £20 and re-entry is £17. There is no additional cost for entry into the gamekeepers' clay shoot. For more information on the 50 bird sporting competition, phone 07795 143116. For more information on the gamekeepers' clay shooting competition, phone Sarah Bann on 01244 573019. Further details of BASC's Gamekeepers' Fair can be found at http://www.basc.org.uk/en/media/pressrelea...24F23B5D5C7C6C9 For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  10. Fun for all the family at BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair 2011. 23rd March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. People of all ages are invited to a gamekeepers’ fair run by the UK's largest shooting organisation, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). The fair will be held at Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, on 9th and 10th April 2011. One of the main attractions of this year's event will be a Honda ATV riding experience, where visitors will have a chance to try out Honda ATVs and be shown how to use them safely. This year for the first time there will be a dedicated gamekeepers' village that will include a range of specialist stalls for gamekeepers. Central to the gamekeepers’ village will be the BASC stand, where visitors will be able to get advice and information from BASC staff and other experts including a specialist game bird vet and a bio-security consultant. This year, also for the first time, BASC’s rural land development manager Paul Williamson will be available on the BASC stand to give advice on purchasing, leasing and managing shooting land. A dedicated deer management village and Game’s On food hall, which were huge successes when they were introduced last year, are set to be even bigger and better. More than 200 traders will show off their wares and there will be displays, demonstrations, activities and entertainment for all ages. People can have a lesson with a BASC accredited shotgun coach and take part in stick dressing and pigeon plucking contests. There will be craft and antiques marquees and gundog scurries sponsored by Chudleys dog food. The winners of the scurries will win prizes and qualify for the BASC Chudleys scurry league. Clay shooting competitions will be held on both days, including a national clay shoot for gamekeepers. Steve Bloomfield, BASC’s Midlands regional director, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair 2011. We hope everyone who comes to the event has an enjoyable time.” The fair will be open from 9am until 5pm on both days. For a full list of activities and attractions, visit http://www.basc.org.uk/en/in-your-area/mid...dland/index.cfm or phone 01889 565050. If you would like to send a reporter / photographer along to the gamekeepers' fair, please contact the BASC press office on 01244 573031. For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  11. Deer Carcass Handling Day in Grizedale. 21st March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will run a deer carcass handling day at Grizedale in Cumbria on 16th April 2011. The day will be spent exploring the necessary skills for the post-mortem handling and inspection of shot deer in line with current DSC level two portfolio requirements. Delegates will look at gralloching, inspection, extraction, lardering and basic butchery under the supervision of professional deer stalkers and instructors. Equipment and light refreshments are included in the cost of £70 per person. For more information and to book places, contact Steve Woodhall on 01539564400 or email steven.woodhall@basc.org.uk For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  12. BASC NI gundog working test. 14th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. BASC Northern Ireland will host its annual gundog working test at the Larchfield Estate in Lisburn on 19th March 2011 from 9am. There will be both a team competition and an individual competition with the top team of three people taking home a prize of £150. The best individual will win £75, with overall top dog on the day taking home £100 and a dog transport box worth £350, courtesy of Plastic Promotions. There will also be runner-up prizes. Entries will be accepted on the day. Tommy Mayne, BASC Northern Ireland director, said: “We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors Chudleys dog food, Norspace and Plastic Promotions for their continued support of this event. This popular working test is always well supported and we look forward to seeing old and new faces on the day.” A gundog working test is a competition which aims to assess the working ability of various breeds of dog. For more information, phone BASC Northern Ireland on 028 9260 5050 or Tommy Mayne on 07775 400531 or email nire@basc.org.uk For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  13. Tina takes top trophy at Crufts. 11th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. A gamekeeper's wife from Powys and the couple's dog have taken the top trophy in the gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2011 which were run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Tina Twist and her golden retriever Dikeadaze Alfredo, known as Alfie, won the Northesk Memorial Trophy. They went head to head in the main arena with winners of other gamekeepers’ classes. Mrs Twist and two-year-old Alfie qualified for best in class by winning the BASC John George Memorial Trophy in the gamekeepers’ any variety retriever class at the event at the NEC in Birmingham yesterday. She said it felt “fantastic” to have won but said her prize winning appearance in the televised main arena made her nervous. She said: “It was very scary in the ring, I could hardly hold the lead because I was shaking. “I always enter the gamekeepers’ classes, it’s worth doing. I shall just carry on enjoying what I do and enjoying the dog. I love what I do, I feel very lucky.” Mrs Twist, who is a dog groomer, was presented with the Northesk Memorial Trophy in the main arena by Sheila Gussey, who helped to establish and develop BASC’s presence at Crufts. A gundog demonstration in the main arena which was organised by BASC was broadcast on national television, taking gundogs to a wider audience. Tom Blades, BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part in BASC’s gamekeepers’ and other gundog handler classes. “Uniquely all of the dogs which took part have just finished a busy shooting season and BASC’s rings at Crufts provide a showcase of working gundogs and give their handlers an opportunity to show these animals in their prime. “The UK’s largest shooting organisation having a presence at the world’s premier dog shows gives us a wonderful opportunity to put these animals in front of a global audience." A photograph is available to download from http://basc.thirdlight.com Login: press Password: media British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  14. BASC welcomes proposed changes to firearms law in Northern Ireland. 10th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. Amendments to the Justice Bill in Northern Ireland which will allow young people to use shotguns and air rifles under supervision and which will make firearms transactions less bureaucratic have been welcomed by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. Tommy Mayne, BASC director for Northern Ireland, said: “These changes to the province’s firearms legislation will bring NI more into line with the rest of the UK and will be of great benefit to our young people as it will allow supervised access, which in turn will promote safe handling and respect for firearms from an early age.” “We also welcome Lord Morrow’s amendment in relation to one-on-one-off transactions for firearms dealers, which will allow a dealer to exchange one firearm for another of the same calibre and type. However I believe there are further improvements which could be made” “BASC and other shooting bodies meet with both the Department of Justice and the PSNI Firearms and Explosives branch basis to advise on firearms related matters. The committee had very recently reached an agreement in principle with the PSNI in relation to a “banded system” allowing one firearm to be exchanged for another firearm within a specific band.” “This system would have been significantly more beneficial for both the shooting community and the Province’s firearms dealers who for many years have struggled to make a living given the very long delays in processing applications. Nevertheless, we thank Lord Morrow for his work on behalf of shooting.” For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031. British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
  15. Lord Tebbit to present prizes to Young Shots. 9th March 2011…………….……………………………………………….immediate release. Politician Lord Tebbit, a keen shot and author of a game cookery book, will present prizes at a Young Shots clay shoot run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation. The clay shoot will be hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) in conjunction with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust at the Mid Norfolk Shooting School on 12th April 2011. The 50 bird sporting event is open to members and non-members aged between 10 and 17-years-old. Entry costs £15 per person. Places must be booked in advance by phoning 01284 728752 or emailing east@basc.org.uk For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573031 British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom
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