Shooting for Charity

6 October 2016

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The South East Wales branch of Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust held its annual charity Clay Shoot on Friday 30th September at Cefntilla Estate near Usk. Cooke & Arkwright were main sponsors of the event and also entered a team lead by Chris Hyde, Associate Director with Land Agency, who brought along client guests including Bob Bates from Coleg Gwent, David Withers from Western Power Distribution, and Ben Herbert of the Llanarth Estate.

Jeremy Symons, Director at Cooke & Arkwright also attended as a guest of Cardiff Self Storage/Maltings Ltd, who were also sponsors. A number of other surveying firms including Savills, Gerald Eve and Lambert Smith Hampton entered teams as well.

Roger Thomas, Consultant with Cooke & Arkwright and GWCT South Wales Chairman, is a key organiser together with Philip Yapp, Partner with Hirons Morgan Yapp. After the shoot, Roger conducted a fund raising auction, with lots including hare shooting on a well known Norfolk Estate, an evening’s wildfowling on the Wentloog Marshes, and dinner bed and breakfast at the Beaufort Arms, Raglan. The event is growing in popularity year on year, with a number of professional clay shooters attending this time. Nearly 100 people took part this year, enjoying a succulent hog roast to round the day off.

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