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Date: 26th January 2018

The National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust has announced this years winners of the prestigious Rufus Beldam Bursary, which included three Gamekeeping students from Newton Rigg College.

The bursary was set up in Rufus Beldam’s memory by his family and friends. It is through their generosity that aspiring young keepers receive assistance in obtaining the necessary additional qualifications to help them become first-class keepers, committed to the welfare and conservation of the countryside and its traditions.

All of the applicants were required to submit an application form, stating why they should receive the bursary. These were then shortlisted by Game & Countryside Lecturer, Curtis Mossop and staff who used academic progress, endeavour and likeliness to success as a gamekeeper to nominate the students. National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Development Officer and Newton Rigg alumna Sarah Read then visited the College to formally interview the candidates and select the winners.

This year the College were allocated 2 x £500 bursaries for full time students but felt a third student was additionally a deserving winner, thus Adam Kidd recieved a full £500, Lewis Westall and Sam Kilduff £250 each. The bursary will be used to help support the winners in achieving additional qualifications such as ATV, chainsaw and shotgun loading in the hope it enables them to become more employable.

Adam Kidd - "The bursary I have received is greatly appreciated, it will allow me fund additional qualifications such as DSC1, Game meat hygiene, fox snaring and Chainsaws which I hope will enable me to follow my chosen career path in gamekeeping. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bedlam Family and the bursary organisers for selecting me as a worthy recipient.”

Lewis Westall – “I cannot thank the NGO educational trust and the Beldam Family enough for awarding me the Rufus Bedlam bursary. I intend to use the bursary to fund courses such as DSC1 and game meat hygiene. I feel incredibly privileged to have been awarded the bursary.”

Sam Kilduff – “I am extremely grateful to be receiving the Rufus Beldam Bursary. This will help me achieve additional qualifications such as my ATV course which will contribute towards my employability as a gamekeeper in the future. The bursary is a huge help, being a full time gamekeeping student I would not have been able to afford this on my own, so I would like to thank the Beldam family, Sarah Read of the NGO and everyone at the Educational Trust.”

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