Guns at Sandringham

17 January 2018

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In January 2018, Cooke & Arkwright consultant and former Chairman, Roger Thomas, took part as one of the guns in the Cocker Spaniel Championship at Sandringham, by kind invitation from Her Majesty The Queen. The two day event was hosted on the Wolferton beat, part of the Estate.

Other guns included Cooke & Arkwright client Nick Williams, Sir Gareth Edwards, Simon Hickling (Sandringham Land Agent), Peter Fawcett, Manager of Sheik Al Maktoum’s grouse moors in Durham, and Geoff Garrod, Headkeeper of The Audley End Estate.

Photo 1  - The team receive their gift from H.M. The Queen; (Roger Thomas, far right; Nick Williams, left and Sir Gareth Edwards, second right of the Queen)
Photo 2 - The Queen greets Roger Thomas

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group