Helena Venables

WMS is regularly asked to donate days for charity auctions run by shooting and countryside organisations as well as other groups, something we are very happy to do when we can. Over the past years we’ve donated days to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the British Deer Society, Sporting Rifle’s Save the Rhino auction, the Prince’s Trust, and more.

This year we’ve decided to stay local and support the local community that has made us so welcome over the past five years of operating in this remote rural area of West Wales. We are already sponsors of our local football team, Bont FC, having provided them with hoodies and football shirts, and will continue our support of this terrific team. This summer we will also be sponsoring Tregaron Trotting Club’s summer meeting; it’s a great honour to be asked to support this popular event that sees visitors and participants from all over Wales, Ireland and further afield.

In terms of rifle shooting we will be donating a day’s tuition and practice to the local Young Farmers Group to help members hone and improve the rifle shooting skills they use on their local farms. We will also be running some tuition days for locals who want to come along and improve and practice their rifle shooting skills in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

We’re also pleased to be working closely with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust on its plans to improve biodiversity locally especially on the wetland area of Cors Caron and Andrew is looking into the possibility of re-introducing grey partridges locally; he has already approached local farmers all of whom are very keen to support the idea.

This summer we will also be donating time to the Strata Florida Trust which looks after Strata Florida Abbey: established by Cistercian monks 850 years ago the Abbey is the burial ground of several Welsh princes and one of the most spiritual and significant historical sites in Wales. The Trust is working with the Prince’s Trust on a project to increase knowledge of the site’s history and restore several listed historic buildings. For more information look at www.strataflorida.org.uk/

We’re very fortunate to be part of a wonderful, close-knit, traditional local community and know we could not have got where we are today without the support of the local people and the businesses they run. Thank you to everyone.