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Rural Oscars celebrate 10 years with Champion of Champions scheme

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the “Rural Oscars,” are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every UK Champion of the last ten years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles across four categories. The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars,’ were created out of a need to support and promote rural communities and have become the rural award to win. The Champion of Champions scheme is a way of thanking all Champions for their contribution to rural life and for helping to make the Awards a success. A similar scheme is running in Wales to honour ten years of the awards at the Senedd. Champions from across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete for public votes across four categories: Local Food; Village Shop/ Post Office; Traditional and Enterprise. The vote is open online from 1st-30th November at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk.

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Newcomers' Week gets people hooked on hunting

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Newcomers Week (18th – 25th October) has come to a close with a number of people now hooked on hunting! Hunts throughout the country saw huge turnouts at Newcomers’ Meets and events, with many being oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event/meet later in the season.

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Fishing 4 Schools programme welcomes its 2014 champions to the House of Commons

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Twenty-eight keen young fishing fans from around the country were celebrated yesterday (27 October 2014) at the Fishing 4 Schools project’s Champions Awards at the House of Commons.
Fishing 4 Schools is an educational campaign run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides short angling courses at schools across the country, aimed at 14 to18-year-olds who might not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish when you get them outside onto the water.

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Barney White-Spunner had a meeting about ACPO

Downing Street meeting on ACPO issue - the way ahead

Friday, 24 October 2014

Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chair of the Countryside Alliance writes: We had a helpful and constructive meeting in Downing Street this morning to discuss the ACPO Firearms initiatives and their proposed Crimestoppers campaign. It was acknowledged that there are various issues that need to be addressed and the Countryside Alliance and ACPO agreed that we would work closely together to resolve them. Chief Constable Andy Marsh and I will be meeting again in the very near future after which we will be writing to the shooting community to explain the way forward, which looks to be sensible and positive.

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The Albrighton by Owen Webb

Ten years since the Hunting Act - hunting is in good heart

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: On 18th November it will be 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed. It came into force three months later. For hunting, and many others in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but despite all the fears and the dire predictions hunting still thrives. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived? There are many reasons, but high amongst them is the determination of a community that rejects every charge made against it, and has never been shown to be doing anything wrong.

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Ask your MP to oppose the ACPO firearms campaign

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) new campaign asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms licence holders is unjustified and ill-judged. We have this afternoon launched an e-campaign encouraging people to write to their MP via our website asking them to challenge ACPO on their fear-mongering. If you join us in our views against this campaign that may encourage an untrusting and vindictive attitude from friends and neighbours, please click on the link below and show your support by calling on your MP to challenge ACPO’s campaign by writing to the Home Secretary on your behalf.

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New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice to certificate holders

Monday, 13 October 2014

Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows:

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