Long-serving Shropshire gamekeeper receives special CLA award

28 October 2013

Craig Childs, head keeper of the 3,500 acre Grindle Shoot, has been presented with a CLA Long Service Award in recognition of more than 40 years' service to the profession.

Craig began work on the Grindle Shoot as an assistant keeper when his father Stan became the full-time keeper in 1966. During the 1970s the shoot developed under the guidance of Major Edward Vaughan and became renowned for its high quality partridge.

In 1981 Craig became head keeper and has been assisted by his son, Ben, who recently became the third generation of the Childs family to be head keeper of the Grindle Shoot following Craig's retirement in January.

Craig said: "I have made so many friends over the course of a fabulous career and would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I was given the opportunity. This award is the icing on the cake for me."  

Shoot captain David Gwynne said: "Craig has completed an amazing 46 years of service and has been heavily involved in the development of the shoot. We are all greatly indebted to Craig for his efforts and even though he has officially retired, he is still assisting his son with all aspects of the shoot."

The award was presented to Craig by CLA President Harry Cotterell at The CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall near Alcester, Warwickshire.

Harry Cotterell said: "Craig has put decades of sterling service into the countryside and is a credit to his estate and local community for the role he has played in looking after the stunning rolling Shropshire valleys."