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Elms School pupils at the Ledbury Hunt Kennels

Hunting & farming on the curriculum - yes please!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine, available now, carries a feature by Henrietta Rutgers looking at the exemplary rural education model in place at the Elms School near Malvern in Worcestershire. The school has a kitchen garden tended by pupils, hunting take place during the season with Countryside Alliance ties awarded as "colours", and many youngsters show farm animals to give them experience of husbandry and competition. Read the piece - "Hunting & farming on the curriculum - yes please!" here.

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th Septemebr. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP and our own Tim Bonner.

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2015 General Election Manifesto - download it here

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ahead of the May 2015 General Election the Countryside Alliance has launched its manifesto which it will use as a tool to communicate with all parties and candidates to put the countryside's case. The manifesto is presented under five headings: digital communications; food & farming; rural communities; rural services and wildlife management. Under each heading are facts, stats and changes we would like to see made. Download the manifesto here.

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Win tickets to Countryside Day at Cheltenham

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The iconic Countryside Day at Cheltenham will take place on Friday 14th November, kicking off the three day Open meeting. You have a chance to win tickets for you and a guest to enjoy Countryside Day at The Open, thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse. Enjoy a three course buffet lunch and afternoon tea while you watch the action from the track. Simply answer the below question to be entered into a draw:
Which horse won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase during the Countryside Day in 2013, which jockey was on board and who was the trainer?
Email your three-part answer to news@countryside-alliance.org by Thursday 2nd October at 12 noon. The winner will be contacted by email.

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should be able to show that they had tried non-lethal methods of control such as scaring before resorting to the gun. The Countryside Alliance was active against this proposal when it was first proposed in 2005 and was similarly active and vocal this time.

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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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Featured event: 2 November - Horses in the Great War commemoration, Worcs

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Worcestershire Branch Countryside Alliance and Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant invite you to a service to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of the horses in WW1. The event will take place on Sunday 2nd November 2014 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Please come along on horses, ponies or on foot to be part of this unique event to be led by Rev Phillip Jones. Collection in aid of Armed Forces Charities.
Further info: Audrey Steel 01386 792266 email: panda@broadclosefarm.wanadoo.co.uk

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

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Food Labelling

Food Labelling

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Game to eat

Game to eat

Promoting the great taste of game
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