The TVASC can trace its roots back more than 50 years, it is focused on both shooting and local conservation issues. Each member holds a BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) membership and receives regular newsletters keeping them informed of all activities.
Members take part in the 'national' annual inter club quiz evening, hosted by the Devon Wildfowlers Association near Exeter. The Tamar Valley have managed to win the magnificent trophy on three occasions.
The Half Century Celebrations took place recently at the Elfordleigh Hotel attended by 140 members, friends and guests and was a great success.
Coach loads of Association members attended the Countryside Alliance Hunt marches through London, alas to no avail.
The Associations first president was the late General Sir Peter Hellings, who gave good advice and support particularly when obtaining private estate shooting. He also represented the Association at official functions such as held at the Mount Edgecombe Estate by Plymouth City Council.
The second President was the late Commander P.E.Yonge of Puslinch Estate, to whom members were thankful for support and advice.
The third and current President is John Dingle, the Associations founder, whose posts have included Treasurer for one year and Chairman for forty years and he continues to give the Committee sound advice.
Members John Dingle and Cyril Davys were recognised by BASC for their services to shooting by being presented with Honorary Life memberships by the late Lord Litchfield at the AGM at BASC headquarters at Marfield Mill in 2005.
The Association is now well established with a restricted membership of approximately 110 members and a waiting list of applicant to join.
SHOOTING AND MEETINGS
The Association currently hold 20 mixed shoots totalling some 5000 acres. At each General Meeting the business is accompanied by a talk or film show. The talks have included: fox hunting, punt gunning, muzzle loading, wild boar shooting, ferreting, Shooting books, Wildfowling, BASC Updates, Fishing, Shot Making, Policing and many others. Meeting have always been well attended.
Shoots have always been run on a Shoot Warden system together with an annual bag return, a system which has worked well.
There are currently more than 100 full members and new members are only accepted after heavy scrutiny throughout interview by the full committee.
The associations members have access to around 20 mixed shoots totalling some five thousand acres. All shoots are run by a Shoot warden system, with a Bag Return completed annually; a system that works well with the members.
At each General meeting the business is accompanied by a talk or a film show. The talks have included; Fox Hunting, Punt Gunning, Muzzle Loading and Muzzle loading guns, Wild Boar Shooting, Ferreting, Shooting Books, Wildfowling, BASC updates, fishing and many others. Meetings have always been well attended.
The association hosts a forum where members can discuss points of interest or even general queries with each other. It is the aim of the forum to make sure that members stay in contact with current events in between issues of newsletters and general meetings. Find a link for the forums in the contacts section of this site and make sure you are register an account.
The associations affiliation with BASC is more than vital as they provide a fantastic service with regards to the guidance given as sometimes we do have to deal with complaints from people or groups that disagree with various activities and also the insurance that they provide each and every member of TVASC.