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Countryside Alliance and Country Life seek "Britain's Best Sporting Pub"

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with Country Life magazine to find "Britain's Best Sporting Pub". This competition aims to celebrate traditional pubs such as coaching inns The Buccleuch Arms at Melrose, the Swan at Tarporley and Jamaica Inn at Launceston or medieval establishments including the Lord Crewe in the Durham uplands, central to shooting at Blanchland Moor. All have a long history of support for their local hunts or shoots. Support for the local community is the driving factor, a good example of which is the Cresselly Arms in West Wales (which is seasonal and supports the cricket team in the summer). We have all been to a pub after a day in the field where a warm welcome awaits and it is a well-established and comforting part of our rural heritage.

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Tim Bonner announced as new Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has announced that Sir Barney White-Spunner will be stepping down as its Executive Chairman after the AGM in September. The Board has appointed Director of Campaigns, Tim Bonner, to take charge as Chief Executive when he leaves. Sir Barney has spent three and a half years at the head of Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation.

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31 July - 2 August 2015 - CLA Game Fair - Harewood House

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The 2015 CLA Game Fair will see the show return to Harewood House near Leeds for the sixth time in its 57 year history. The show will take place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August 2015. Tickets are available now from http://www.gamefair.co.uk/. On the Countryside Alliance stand The Countryside Alliance's stand will have a lot to offer. We will be launching a 2015 hunt country map by talented artist George Butler, a new grouse recipe leaflet from our Game-to-Eat campaign will be available as will the new season shooting badges and sweepstake cards. In addition we will be running a fieldsports-related competition that is set to launch in one of the nation's most esteemed rural magazines next week - more to follow, keep an eye on our website! Finally, those visiting our stand will be treated to delicious game from Rural Oscar winners Eat Wild - wild boar bacon brioches and venison burgers will be just part of the offering. On the clay lines our team of expert instructors will welcome show-goers for beginners' lessons or tune-ups for those looking forward to the season. All ages and abilities will be welcome - please email michelle-nudds@countryside-alliance.org to pre-book your time slot. The stand will also include free wifi for supporters.

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Kimbridge retreat is a joy despite the downpour!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, a project run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation which offers fly fishing retreats (with counselling and medical support) to ladies with breast cancer, enjoyed a return to Kimbridge-on-the-Test in Hampshire over the weekend of 24-26 July. Twelve ladies joined the team from all over the country and all enjoyed their weekend enormously, with all catching at least one rainbow trout and the torrential rain proving no barrier to enjoyment. Our thanks to the ladies themselves as well as the team at Kimbridge, the volunteer staff, fishing guides and sponsors Orvis UK - together you made the weekend memorable.

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Defra research supports current best practice in gamebird rearing

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that Defra-funded research into the use of raised laying units, published today (24 July), supports the existing Defra Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry.
The research shows that the current Code of Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, as was proposed by the working group set up by Defra, is fit for purpose.

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The Law Commission announces "scoping review" of firearms legislation

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: This week the Law Commission launched what it described as a "scoping consultation" to find out what the most pressing problems are with regards to the many and varied pieces of firearms legislation in this country (read their press release here). I have before written about the Commission's unenviable task of pulling together the 30+ pieces of legislation governing firearms and attempting to streamline the law in line with both public interest and fairness to the licensed shooting community.

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New grouse recipe leaflet launched ahead of the Glorious 12th

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance's dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th. The leaflet features grouse recipes donated by some of the country's top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, our development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe. Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked grouse crostini,  grouse pate or a beer-can grouse with BBQ sauce. Get your copy now from info@gametoeat.co.uk. Copies will be available on-stand at the CLA Game Fair. 

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