BASC boosts memberships by
more than 550 at The Game Fair
More than 550 new memberships to the UK’s largest shooting organisation were processed at this year’s Game Fair at Ragley Hall, allowing new members to take advantage of complimentary entry.
The Game Fair is the annual gathering for people passionate about countryside pursuits and the great British countryside. It offers visitors the opportunity to try shooting, angling and tour the largest collection of fieldsports-related stands and businesses brought together in one place in the UK.
BASC chief executive Ian Bell said: “A warm welcome to each and every one of our new members. They have made an excellent choice in joining an association which holds the values of sporting shooting and conservation close to its heart and the best interests of our members at its very core. It was fantastic to get to meet so many of our members and our new members at the Game Fair over the weekend.”
BASC chairman Peter Glenser QC said: “Welcome to the newest members of the BASC family. The greater the size of our organisation, the greater our voice is for promoting high standards in the field and for the protection and promotion of shooting sports where it counts.”
Lewis Thornley, director of the BASC Central England region, who organised the Association’s presence at The Game Fair, said: “This was an immense team effort which required support throughout the entire process from head office departments, council members, regional teams, coaches and volunteers. I can honestly say it was the busiest game fair I have witnessed in terms of member engagement in the seven years I have worked for BASC and I was humbled to see us all working together doing what we do best.
“We took approximately 645 memberships over the weekend, 570 being new members. I anticipate this figure to rise next year as more people get to know about the complimentary entry offer. Equally as successful was the shotgun coaching line with approx. 530 lessons/experiences delivered and our airgun range saw more than 300 visitors. Our Taste of Game presence was very well received within the Game Fair Cookery Theatre and, despite the early close on Friday due to heat, our gundog scurries were as popular as ever, with a high number of runs reported.“