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  • Rock the rural voteThursday, 26 February 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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  • Seeking clarification from LabourWednesday, 18 February 2015
    The Countryside Alliance's Adrian Blackmore has written to Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP asking for clarification on Labour's Animal Pledge
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  • Take part in our #BetterBroadband campaign
    We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside. So help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed
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Tumblers' Club Competition extended

Monday, 2 March 2015

Owing to a flood of late entries the Countryside Alliance's Tumblers' Club competition, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne, has extended its deadline until 5pm on Tuesday 3rd March. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact james-legge@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here.

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We have written to Maria Eagle for clarification

"Labour Protecting Animals" pledge - we seek clarification

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

As reported in last week's issue, the Labour Party has launched a "Protecting Animals Pledge" which makes some confusing statements on issues including "shooting estates" as well as snares and raptors. Countryside Alliance Director of Shooting Adrian Blackmore has since written to Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP asking for clarification on several of the issues raised. Adrian has written: "We were...surprised and confused by your focus on shooting and your Pledge to "reduce the suffering of animals on shooting estates". Shooting in the UK has over 600,000 participants and prides itself on the highest environmental and welfare standards. We are very concerned about the assumption implied by the pledge that shooting is intrinsically 'cruel', and are confused by your classification.

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Contribute to our #betterbroadband map

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched its #betterbroadband map and urges supporters to take part. We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside, so help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed, which you can get here, along with your postcode and supplier to our #betterbroadband map. You can add your broadband speed to the map in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to tweet your download speed, postcode and supplier using #betterbroadband letting your followers know you have posted on the Countryside Alliance #betterbroadband map. Please remember to put a # before your postcode.

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Patrick Martin's final season as Huntsman to the Bicester

Monday, 3 November 2014

Patrick Martin has decided to hang up his boots as Professional Huntsman of the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase after 23 great seasons (1992-2015): according to the latest MFHA records he is the sixth longest serving huntsman currently hunting hounds. He is pictured here at his final Opening Meet as Huntsman. A testimonial fund has been set up for Patrick - read on for more.

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9-10th May - "High Birds in May" - the annual Whitfield Clay Shoot, Northumberland

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th 2015 - the Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot at the beautiful Whitfield Estate in Northumberland. This event is a fundraiser for several charities including the Countryside Alliance. Read on for details.

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Casting for Recovery's three 2015 retreats now open to applications

Friday, 20 February 2015

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the medical charity which offers wellness retreats which combine counselling with fly fishing, invite ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer to apply to join a retreat this year. Retreats will be held at Mount Falcon, Co Mayo in May, Kimbridge on the Test in Hampshire in July and Forbes of Kingennie near Dundee in September. Attendance is subject to medical clearance and is decided via a ballot. Apply here. The Countryside Alliance is proud to be the founding financial supporter of this incredible charity which gives ladies who have been profoundly affected by cancer the chance to relax on retreat, make new friends and learn the skill of fly casting. It's a magical formula which has been working here in the UK and Ireland for eight years. See www.castingforrecovery.org.uk for more.

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Outdoor Education

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Food Labelling

Food Labelling

Campaigning for mandatory country of origin meat labelling
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Game to eat

Game to eat

Promoting the great taste of game
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