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  • Welsh enterprise honoured in CardiffThursday, 23 April 2015
    The 10th anniversary Rural Oscars - a special "Champion of Champions" competition - have taken place in Cardiff.
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  • The main parties' rural commitmentsFriday, 17 April 2015
    Our political team brings you a digest of the main political parties' rural commitments as laid out in their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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David Cameron's appearance on the Andrew Marr Show

Thursday, 23 April 2015

David Cameron appeared on Andrew Marr's political show on Sunday 19th April. As Camilla Swift wrote for The Spectator on Monday: "'You told the Countryside Alliance magazine recently that your favourite sport was foxhunting’, Marr declared. ‘Is that really true?’ Cameron looked utterly bemused, but Marr was so keen on the question that he repeated it: ‘You said: “It’s my favourite sport which I love.” Is that true?’ Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Twitter-storm erupted at the news that Cameron had apparently ‘admitted’ to his favourite sport being foxhunting. But where on earth did they find that quote? Marr claimed it was from a piece Cameron had written in the latest issue of the Countryside Alliance magazine, which was posted out to the organisation’s members in March. It’s no wonder that Cameron looked bemused. After all, he had said nothing of the sort." Andrew Marr has since apologised, tweeting: "Cock up not conspiracy, but wrong on my part."

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Top Welsh businesses honoured at Cardiff Bay

Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have celebrated their tenth anniversary at the Welsh Assembly with a special “Champion of Champions” event on Wednesday 22nd April. Cross party politicians presented four Champion of Champions prizes to former Welsh title holders Hootons Homegrown, Morgans Newsagents, Gower Brewery and Andrew Rees the butcher. The winners were voted for in a public vote with all previous Welsh competing. Over 6,000 votes were polled and the Awards were kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution. 

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Introducing the winner and runners-up in our Hunt Tumblers' Club competition

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Having received a huge number of photos for our Tumblers' Club competition supported by Pol Roger Champagne, the entries have been vigorously studied and a decision made. Judged by a panel of hunting supporters including The Field's Ali Henson and three-day eventer Harry Meade, plus representatives from Pol Roger and the Countryside Alliance, it was a tough decision and a very closely fought competition. Thank you to everyone who entered.  Congratulations to the winning photographer, Ella Meadows, and tumbler Sam Matthews, who will each receive a tankard and a magnum of Pol Roger champagne. Ella took this photo captioned “I would bend over backwards to continue hunting” on 14th December 2014 at a joint meet between the Weston and Banwell and the Taunton Vale Harriers.

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General Election 2015 - we bring you a summary of main party manifestos

Friday, 17 April 2015

 
 
 
 
The main political parties have now published their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We have been through each manifesto in order to bring you each party's rural commitments according to our own campaigning priorities, as set out in our own manifesto. Click here to find out what each party plans in terms of food & farming, digital communications, wildlife management, services and communities & housing. We are running an e-lobby where you can ask your parliamentary candidates to back our manifesto - click here to take part and please feed back any responses from your candidates to election@countryside-alliance.org

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General Election 2015 - the main parties on Wildlife Management

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The main parties have now launched their manifestos ahead of the General Election on 7th May. We bring you the main points from each one relating to a key part of our own manifesto - wildlife management. Read our own manifesto chapter on wildlife management here.

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Political leaders outline their rural visions

Friday, 3 April 2015

Ahead of the General Election on 7th May David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Leanne Wood have written for us, outlining their thoughts on the countryside and their plans for it. Click here for the articles, and please use our candidates e-lobby facility to lobby your candidates directly, asking them to back our own manifesto. We will bring you each party's manifesto on publication and will analyse the rural commitments made.

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24 May - Foxcote Frolic - sign up to the sponsored ride or clay shoot

Sunday 24th May - The Foxcote Frolic, a fundraiser for The Countryside Alliance Foundation and WheelPower at the Foxcote Estate, Andoversford, Cheltenham GL54 4LL by kind permission of Mark and Rosie Vestey.  This family day out will feature a 15k and 5k sponsored ride, a clay pigeon shooting competition with £1,000 in prize money (kindly donated by Bowles & Wyre lanscape gardeners), have-a-go archery, trade stands and catering by local hunts. There will also be a 3km cross country run (or walk) around the estate. Gates 9am, last ride 3pm. 

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