Welcome to GATBS

The website for The Gun & Allied Trades Benevolent Society

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In 1926, the Directors of two leading British gunmakers decided to put in place a fund to help support members of the trade and their dependents who found themselves unable to work or in financial hardship. The Gun and Allied Trades Benevolent Society was formed, as a charity, to manage the fund and dispense support to those who needed it. The beneficiaries included gunsmiths who had been injured in the First World War, others who were incapacitated through illness or accident and some who were financially destitute following retirement.

Today, the Society supports a number of beneficiaries, both on a long

and short term basis. Some are suffering from acute financial hardship, some from temporary incapacity.

The Committee which manages the Society is entirely made up of volunteers and all other expenses are kept to a minimum, so almost all income is directed to where it is needed. The Society has benefitted from generous donations from benefactors in the past, but in these days of historically low interest rates and dividends it has seen the income from its investments significantly reduced, and it depends more than ever on regular donations.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Aim

To provide welfare for persons who are, or have been, employed in the manufacturing, selling, distributing, retailing and educational areas of the shooting industry, including their immediate family and dependants who are in need, hardship or distress

Our Mission

To provide welfare to qualifying beneficiaries and to deliver those funds in ways which deliver the best value of support in the context of rigorous governance

Our People

The Gun and Allied Trade Benevolent Society, is the gun trade’s own charity, for the benefit of individuals in the retailing, manufacturing and distribution section of the shooting industry throughout the UK.

Nomination Form

Nomination Application

If you would like to apply for yourself or nominate a potential beneficiary please use the form below:

If you are applying for yourself, please just fill in the section below and scroll down to submit. If you are applying for another person, please fill in the 2nd section also.

Section 1

Your name

Your date of birth (d/m/y)

Your telephone number

Your email address

Your address

Your marital status

Details of current situation

Section 2

Third party’s name

Third party’s date of birth, if known

Third party’ telephone

Third party’s email

Third party’s marital status

Your relationship to third party

Is the third party aware of this application?

If not, do you wish to remain anonymous?

Details of third party’s current situation

*In order to confirm hardship everyone who wishes to apply will be subjected to a financial assessment and must be willing to disclose personal details about their circumstances. All data will be held with complete confidentiality and with full compliance to current data protection legislation.