Welcome to the April grass e-route.
We have several events planned in the coming months, and now that the show season is upon us the trade stand will be busy out and about in the region.
In addition to the county shows and point to points, the CA will be represented at three educational functions in the course of the coming month, starting with the Spring Fling at the Norwich showground and then two dedicated schools days, one in Suffolk and the other in Norfolk. The importance of educating the younger generation to the ways of the countryside cannot be underestimated and the CA plays a prominent part in these days.
Kate Hoey MP, our Chairman, has kindly agreed to come to speak at the drinks party at Elton Hall on Monday 23rd April. This promises to be a fantastic evening in a lovely setting, so please come along and support the event.
Regional Director, Eastern Region
Office of Fair Trading
'The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is asking people living and working in rural areas to contribute to a fact-finding study into the challenges facing consumers and businesses in remote communities across the UK. The OFT writes:
"As Alliance members will know, the prices of many goods and services are frequently higher in remote communities, there can be fewer suppliers available, and access to key services such as shops, dentists, chemists, banks and public transport can be limited. Fuel prices are a common cause for concern for those who need to travel long distances to get to school, to work or to the shops. And whilst shopping online may expand opportunities for broader choice and quality, deliveries to more isolated areas can sometimes be problematic or costly. The OFT is seeking to explore these and other issues with communities and businesses in remote areas, with the aim of improving its, and others', understanding of how consumer or competition law can help tackle them."
We encourage CA members and supporters to contribute to the study by sending their views before 20 April to the OFT Office in Scotland, 23 Walker Street, Edinburgh EH3 7HX, filling in an online form at www.oft.gov.uk/remcom
, or emailing email@example.com
Please copy the Countryside Alliance into your responses as we are always keen to boost our campaigning work with case studies. Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spring 2012 membership magazine is now available to read online
. This is a packed issue containing an exclusive article by the Prime Minister on his love of the countryside and his determination to protect it. We also examine her Majesty the Queen's love of the countryside on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, reveal the results of our National Shoot Survey, praise the fell hound and bring you seasonal sporting tips and a game recipe. This issue also contains our Annual Report which for the first time forms a part of the magazine itself instead of a separate document.
HM The Queen features on the cover of our Spring magazine
This year, in common with many other membership and campaigning organisations, we are offering members the chance to vote online. Members aged 17 and over are asked to vote to approve the Report and Accounts and to appoint Messrs Saffery Champness as Auditors. Tim Vestey has been elected unopposed to the Board and will take up his position at the AGM (to be held at The Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London, SE1 8UJ at 2pm on Tuesday 12th June.)
Online voting is quick, simple and inexpensive. It can be done simply by visiting the website www.votebyinternet.com/ca12
. All you need is your membership number and postcode (or country of residence if outside the UK). The website is available 24 hours a day until midnight on Tuesday 8th May 2012.
Full voting instructions and ballot forms can be found at the back of the Annual Report. Members are still able to cast postal votes as usual.
If you have any queries please contact our Membership Team on 020 7840 9300 or email@example.com
Amateur Photographic Competition
Take part in the Hunting under the Act photographic competition, which has been launched to mark the seventh anniversary of the Hunting Act. We are inviting all amateur photographers who support hunting to send in their hunting shots, taken since the Act came into force, for the chance for their photograph to grace the cover of our Autumn magazine – which goes out to over 105,000 people.
This photo competition will illustrate just how stoical the hunting community has been in rising to the challenge of hunting under the Act. We want a range of shots whether atmospheric, quirky or moving, to show the world that hunting is still here and will continue to thrive with the camaraderie and strength that the Hunting Act could not break. The winner will be announced on the 10th July.
Send in your photos of “Hunting under the Act” to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The deadline is 25th June. Files must be 300dpi, high resolution jpegs of 3 or 4MB or more. If the winner is a landscape shot it will be used as a double page spread within the magazine. Copyright of images passes to the Countryside Alliance, but all future use will be credited
National Shooting Week: 2nd-10th June 2012
National Shooting Week will run from the 2nd-10th June. The weeklong event is aimed at people who have never experienced shooting before. During the week, participating shooting grounds and clubs give taster lessons to complete beginners who would like to give shooting a try.
Event organisers can now register by going to www.nationalshootingweek.co.uk
. As an extra incentive, all grounds that sign up will receive free Countryside Alliance trade membership for one year. Now in its sixth year, National Shooting Week is organised by the Countryside Alliance in association with the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association.
Dates for the diary
Southwell Countryside Race Evening - Friday 20th April 2012
Gates open 3.20pm with the first race at 5.20pm.
The day will include lurcher racing, a parade of hounds, a charity flat race and a hunter chase.
There are tickets available for a meal in the marquee to help support the charities. If you would like to attend please contact Mrs Lucy Barclay on email@example.com
To book call 01636 814481 or visit www.southwell-racecourse.co.uk Cambridgeshire Committee Drinks Party – Monday 23rd April 2012
The Cambridgeshire Committee invite you to attend a drinks party on Monday 23rd April 6.30-8.30pm at Elton Hall by kind permission of Sir William and Lady Proby.
Tickets are available at £25 per person. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Ken Queenborough on firstname.lastname@example.org East Anglian Game Fair – 28th and 29th April 2012
The East Anglian Game Fair will be held at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich on the 28th and 29th April 2012.
Tickets can be booked in advance at http://www.ukgamefair.co.uk/book-tickets-step1
Six Mile Bottom Ride near Newmarket
(CB8 0UT ) approx 15 miles Sunday 13th May in aid of Standing Start Trust ( Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Programme ) Details from Mrs D Claydon 07860 735316. Cheryl@farming.co.uk Thurlow Hunt Clay Shoot – Sunday 20th May
The Thurlow Hunt Supporters Club 40 bird Sporting Clay Shoot will take place on Sunday 20th May 2012 from 10am until 4pm at Camgrain Stores, London Road, Balsham, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4HH. For further information, please contact James Hough on 07836 623856.
Newmarket Countryside Alliance Race Day – Friday 8th June
The Newmarket Countryside Alliance Race Day will take place on Friday 8th June. There will be a Masters’ and Huntsmans’ race and a main and silent auction. Lunch tickets are available at £60 per person to include members’ entry, race card, champagne reception and lunch.
For further information and to book tickets, please contact Sarah Taylor on 01462 857973 or email@example.com
You can sponsor the riders taking part in the Race for Repeal using the links below:
Jake Oppenheim Lizzie Thomas Bedfordshire Committee Clay Shoot – Tuesday 19th June 2012
The Bedfordshire Committee Robinson and Hall Clay Shoot will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2012 at Sporting Targets, Riseley, MK44 1BX from 3pm.
Entry fees are £150 for a team of 4.
For further information please contact Susan August on 01234 362900 or firstname.lastname@example.org Essex Committee Family Triathlon – Sunday 9th September 2012
The Essex Committee invite you to a family triathlon on Sunday 9th September at Bluegate Hall, Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, Essex, CM7 4PZ.
The event will comprise of a 30 sporting clay shoot, handy hunter show jumping and fly casting.
Bring a team, enter individually or join a team on the day. All abilities catered for including coaching for beginners.
There will be a licensed bar and game barbeque by ‘Game for Everything’ chef, Mark Gilchrist.
Entries fees: Individual £32 (£42 after 1st September 2012) Team of 3: £46 (£56 after 1st September).
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