CLA Game Fair announces The Prince’s Trust as its official charity for 2015

The CLA Game Fair has chosen youth charity The Prince’s Trust as its official charity for 2015. The charity, which was set up in 1976, supports 13 to 30-year-olds who are struggling at school, are unemployed, or facing issues such as homelessness, trouble with the law or mental health problems.

Three in four young people supported by the Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training and the charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976, supporting over 100 more each day.

Visitors to the CLA Game Fair, which takes place at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August, can make an online donation of £5 or £1 when they buy tickets to the event. In addition bucket collections will take place at the site entrances to raise further funds. This year The Prince’s Trust will support some 58,000 young people.

The Prince’s Trust will also have a stand at the CLA Game Fair manned by young people who have been supported by the charity’s Enterprise programme, which helps them set up their own businesses. New businesses being showcased at the event include a knitwear designer, a rare breed food producer and an arboriculturalist.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “The Prince’s Trust is a superb charity that does a huge amount of practical work to put young people back on their feet and give them a chance to make their way in the world. I am delighted and proud that The Prince’s Trust is the CLA Game Fair’s official charity for 2015 and I encourage all ticket buyers and showgoers to donate generously to this extremely good cause.”

Tom Cowie, Fundraising Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber at The Prince’s Trust, added: “Being chosen as the CLA Game Fair’s 2015 charity of the year is a great honour and will undoubtedly raise the profile of our work to give disadvantaged young people the chance to turn their lives around. I would like to thank the CLA Game Fair for its tremendous support and huge enthusiasm for the work we do.”

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Kayak experience set to be major attraction at CLA Game Fair

Kayacking at the CLA Game Fair

One of the most exciting developments at this year’s CLA Game Fair, to be held at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August, is the all-new kayak experience area.

Recreational kayaking is a rapidly growing sport worldwide and especially so in the UK, where opportunities exist in river, lake and sea. The CLA Game Fair has partnered with GUL Watersports and Channel Kayaks, an innovative and forward-thinking company at the forefront of kayak design.

Their qualified staff will offer a, 30-minute kayak experience where visitors can actually try this fascinating sport for themselves, in total safety and under expert tuition.

CLA Game Fair’s Head of Fishing, Chris Ogborne, said: “As with all sports, the only way to truly sample its delights is to actually have a go, and kayaking is no exception. Visitors can actually try the craft on site and get help in choosing the right kayak, paddle, clothing and buoyancy aid – even the right roof rack for the car. The kayak experience area at the CLA Game Fair will provide a unique insight into this amazing sport.”

For those wishing to sample the kayaking, wetsuits and changing areas will be provided and fully trained experts will be on hand to supervise the whole area. Safety advice will be provided by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) who will also have their water safety education unit located at the waterside.

In addition to the kayaks, there will be a whole range of gear and clothing on display and for sale, including apparel from GUL Watersports and safety equipment. As well as launching some brand new kayak designs at the event, Channel Kayaks is also conducting a daily auction in aid of RNLI funds.

Under 16s are free-of-charge and adults will be asked to contribute a suggested £5 donation to the RNLI.

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The Oldest and Most Expensive Rum in the World

Our Story Begins

Our journey starts over 300 years ago at a time when adventurous Europeans were colonizing newly discover corners of the world. The Lascelles family were ambitious, and set out to make their fortune in the West Indies. Initially they had limited success producing tobacco, cotton, sugar and its by-product, rum. Slaves were the main source of labour, and the Lascelles family became both owners and traders of African slaves in the West Indies.

It was in 1711, that Henry Lascelles, son of a prosperous gentleman farmer from Stank Hall near Northallerton, traveled to Barbados to work in the family business. His arrival sparked a remarkable progression in the previously unsuccessful business. With the help of his half-brother Edward, Henry quickly established himself as one of the island’s most energetic, enterprising and ruthless entrepreneurs. The brothers made a success of the business, adding banking to their list of endeavors, often repossessing plantations and slaves when rival owners defaulted on loans.

Within two decades, Henry had become one of the wealthiest and sophisticated entrepreneurs in the West Indies. It is from this fortune that Harewood House was built.

The Oldest and Most Expensive Rum in the World

In 2011, whilst preparing an inventory of wines and spirits in the dark cellars of Harewood House, Mark Lascelles and his colleague Andy Langshaw found something they did not expect.

Harewood Rum

At the back of the farthest cellar they saw two dusty shelves, upon which sat some mysterious looking bottles. Barely discernible under a thick coating of cobwebs and mould, the bottles were black with age, and so toxic looking Mark and Andy were wary about touching them without gloves! Very carefully, they brushed off the layers of dirt. They sniffed the contents with caution. What had they found?

In December 2013, 12 bottles of the Harewood Rum went up for sale at Christie’s in London. Nothing like this had ever come on the market before. Even the experts were quite unsure what to expect! Bidding started at £1,000 and quickly escalated in the electric auction room.

Six bottles of the Light Rum sold for nearly £25,000, with the last bottles of Dark Rum sold for a mind-boggling £7,000 each! No one could believe what they were seeing.

In December 2014, the final sale was even more astonishing. The last 16 bottles sold for a total well in excess of £100,000 making Harewood Rum officially not only the oldest, but also the most expensive rum in the world.

But what should be done with the proceeds?

Geraldine Connor Foundation

Throughout the whole process of discovery and research, everyone was committed to using funds from the rum sale in a positive way. The decision was made to donate the proceeds to the Geraldine Connor Foundation supporting the varied and vibrant Caribbean communities in Britain today.

Geraldine Connor was a larger-than-life character originally from Trinidad. A dynamic and imaginative theatre director, she supported Caribbean communities connecting young people with the arts.

After her premature death in 2011, not long after the rum was discovered, a foundation was set up in her name, to carry on her work in the performing arts especially, but not exclusively, with young people.

The foundations vision is to continuing the work and vision of Geraldine Connor in advancing the development and education of individuals in the arts and culture, and thereby developing professional and life skills, encouraging and nurturing new work and talent, and encouraging and promoting equality, diversity, empowerment and inclusion in society through the Arts.

Since its inception, the Foundation has hosted talks, performances and a free performing arts summer school for teenagers. More projects and performances, including another summer school, will happen this year.

What could be more appropriate than to under-pin the Foundation’s work with the proceeds from the rum sale? Putting something back. An alchemical transformation of base metal into gold.

2015 Exhibition

Join us between 3rd April an 5th July, to explore in detail, the story of the Harewood Rum. It’s your chance to get close to the oldest and most expensive rum in the world. Read more.


Geraldine Connor Foundation




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Campsite at this year’s CLA Game Fair located just 200m from showground entrance

CLA Game Fair CampersThe campsite at this year’s CLA Game Fair is just a stone’s throw away from the showground. Situated just 200m from one of the main entrances, visitors can access the site in minutes by walking or take a short tractor and trailer ride.

The three-day show, which is being held at Harewood House in Yorkshire from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August, has also launched a limited number of new single tent plots making it less expensive for visitors with small parties. These 7x7m pitches will accommodate one tent, one vehicle and a maximum of four people. The standard 10x10m caravan pitches are also available and can accommodate one caravan/motor home, a vehicle and a maximum of six people. Prices for standard pitches will be held at 2014 rates for bookings made before Thursday 30 April.

Campsite facilities include large, luxury toilet and shower blocks, a well-stocked shop, bar and catering, all of which will be open from lunchtime on Wednesday 29 July until the morning of Monday 3 August.

The first 200 campsite bookings will be entered into a free draw to win the use of a Honeybells Tents and Events luxury bell tent for four people for the duration of the show. Honeybells is also offering a variety of tent hire options at the campsite for those wanting a luxury ‘glamping’ experience. Users of the campsite are also invited to use the exclusive CLA Members’ Enclosure on the Sunday of the event, where they can buy a full English breakfast, Sunday lunch and drinks.

To book, campers must either phone the hotline on 01883 717 922 and pay by credit/debit card or complete an application form and send it with a cheque to the Campsite Booking office.

Tony Wall, Director of the CLA Game Fair, commented: “The fact that the Campsite is just moments from the show will undoubtedly make it extremely popular so ensure you book early as places are limited.”

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