Welcome to the Union of Country Sports Workers website, the only listed Trade Union dedicated to country sports employees.
JOIN US whether you are
employed in or a supporter of country sports.
The UCSW represents all those employed in the country sports industry and their ancillary trades including:
|Gamekeepers, beaters, gun dog trainers, gunsmiths, game dealers, pickers up,
farriers, grooms, livery workers, hunt staff, terriermen, fencers, saddlers,
vets, B&B’s, farmers, cooks, accountants,
point-to-point trainers, racing yards, jockeys,
fishermen, river wardens and bailiffs,
falconry, mole catchers
and pest controllers.
- Advisory service including
employment & housing issues
- Personal Injury Claims
- Membership Magazine and
- Membership from just £15 per
Contact us: UCSW, PO Box 129, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 2HX
Tel: 01295 712719
Quotes from members:
" I would
just like to say a big thank you for all the help from
yourselves that you gave me through my redundancy. If it
wasn't for organisations like yourselves the outcome would have
been very different! Honest hard working people in the
countryside need people like yourselves to help them through
“Thought I'd just say a very belated thank you to
you and your team for all your help and support last year. I
believe you spoke to **** a while back and he was really touched
that you had called.
“He has been in his new job since mid April and
although it is not his life's passion, he is happy and
relatively stress free, as we both are. We both miss the hounds
and horses dreadfully, this was the hardest part of all and we
still have moments now (of which he is slightly better at
hiding) that I don't think we will ever get over, but time will
“I expect the lengthening of the evenings and
waking up on what would have been a lovely cubbing morning will
bring with it another sense of loss/nostalgia for when it was just
us, the horses and the hounds and nobody else in the middle of a
fabulous bit of country - the best times! The turning of 1 July
(we'd be getting the horses back in etc) was the start of it, but
we shall adjust and we remind ourselves of the reality of it all!
“The enormity of the past year and everything that
has happened and what we have lost and been through hit us both as
we sat outside our new house one evening in the first week and
both couldn't speak. I think you get so used to the 'hunting
bubble' and what you have to put up with that you lose a slight
sense of reality and normality of what is actually acceptable to
have to cope/put up with when it is your job/home/life. I have to
say this new way is much healthier!
“I don't doubt for one minute that your work will
stop, I sadly think it will get busier as time goes on but, a huge
thank you again for supporting us and listening as I snivelled
down the phone!
“Many thanks for everything.”
a note to say that as of today I think everything has now been
concluded with respect to my employment.
“I would like to say thank you to the Union for all
your help throughout this ordeal and I must compliment all
concerned for your professionalism, kindness, strength and unity
throughout. Without doubt I have been able to end the job with my
head held high and with dignity.
“So on that very good note, I have to say my
heartfelt thanks for all you have done.”
“I would just like to say a big thank you for all
the help that you gave me through my redundancy.
“If it wasn’t for an organisation like yourselves
the outcome would of been very DIFFERENT!
“Honest, hard working people in the countryside
need people like yourselves to help them through such situations.”
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Payment can be made by using the DONATE button at the top
of this page and emailing your order form or by sending your completed form with your cheque
payment to the UCSW office: UCSW, PO Box 129, Banbury, Oxon OX17
FOR NEW MEMBERS FROM 1st JANUARY 2014
All members of UCSW are entitled to access advice and support in
matters relating to employment and housing. This advice and
support is of course available at no cost to our members. In
some cases this professional advice and support would be very
expensive if accessed commercially.
From 1st January 2014 there will be a 6 month
moratorium in which any new member (joining from that date
onwards) will have to pay a £50 surcharge before access to this
help is available. After 6 months of membership, members will be
eligible for free advice.
FROM ONLY £15 PER ANNUM -
Why not buy membership for a friend.
COMPLY WITH THE LAW OR LOSE LEAD
UCSW urges all
members to read the article in the summer issue of
Livin' Country on page 12 & 13. For more information
Lead Shot Campaign - Show your Support. To keep lead shot
we must demonstrate compliance with the law. You can help:
is a member of FACE-UK -
HERE to read their
position regarding lead shot.
ALLEN - UCSW COMMITTEE MEMBER
On 19 February 2013, Matt Allen, farrier and UCSW
Committee Member since 2008, was kicked by a horse whilst at
work and has been recovering ever since. He is continuing to
make progress and has
been discharged from hospital
but, as he mainly sustained head injuries, his recovery is
likely to take time.
Many of you who have visited our show stand over the past number
of years will have met Matt as he provided the farriery
demonstrations and brought along his collection of horse bones
to enlighten visitors.
We continue to watch his progress and wish him all the very best
with his recovery but in the meantime we would like to offer
UCSW members the chance to support him and his family whilst
they are going through this traumatic period.
To donate to his cause you can send a cheque made payable to: “UCSW –
Matt Allen” to: UCSW, PO Box 129, Banbury, OX17 2HX, which we
will then send to
If you would like to include your name and a message with your
donation, we will pass these on to Matt
Discounted membership to CCC3 for UCSW
Members, which includes insurance:
Photographs by kind
courtesy of Nigel Housden (www.pinsharpphotography.co.uk)