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.

The disposal of 120,000 square feet on the Heads of the Valleys Industrial Estate was a particularly satisfying task. The building had been rebuilt following fire damage, and Jeremy Symons and his team were successful in identifying a nearby purchaser looking to expand. The sale price, at £4,000,000, represented a record sale price for a property of this nature in the area, and with great tenacity and endeavour was completed in a timely fashion. An excellent result.

Richard Hayward, Richard Hayward Properties