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Friday, 19 September 2014
Our Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, sadly informed the Board meeting on Tuesday that she would be standing down after the party conferences. She said: "I am sad to be resigning after more than 9 years as Chairman of the Countryside Alliance.Read more
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Christmas card collection for 2014 is onsale now. The nine designs by popular artists including Daniel Crane, Mary Ann Rogers feature wintry hunting, shooting, racing and wildlife scenes, including a hare by Annabel Pope in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright. The cards are available from our marketplace priced between £4.99 and £6.99 and there are 10 cards per pack. Our 2015 calendar is also now available priced at £9.99. Click here to browse and buy.Read more
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Countryside Alliance members have voted in favour of a resolution to enable the Countryside Alliance to apply to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity. This move is explained in greater detail by Executive Chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner in the 2013 Annual Report - click here to read the report. The report also contains our Chairman Kate Hoey MP's review, the composition of our Board and the draft financials for 2013.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Summer 2014 magazine is now online. The issue contains a tribute to Clarissa Dickson Wright and we publish this electronic version on 24th June - which would have been Clarissa's 67th birthday. Download the magazine here. Read on for the Editor's letter, giving you an overview of the issue:Read more
Monday, 16 June 2014
On 16th June the Western Morning News published an editorial backing our bid to become a charity. In "Charitable status makes sense for pro-hunt Countryside Alliance" the newspaper argues: ".... if the League Against Cruel Sports and the now overtly politicised RSPCA can have charitable status, with all the tax and fund-raising advantages it brings, why not the Countryside Alliance? The Western Morning News has praised the organisation in the past for standing up for the rural minority who often find themselves misunderstood by politicians and, as a result, discriminated against. The hunt ban was – and remains – bad law; the countryside is often neglected by politicians and the Alliance has done much to give rural folk, particularly those in the field of country sports, a voice." Read the editorial in full here.
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: The Countryside Alliance AGM, held in London on Tuesday, was an opportunity to look back at our achievements in 2013, but also an opportunity to look forward. This year the Alliance is looking to its future structure and in particular whether we should apply to become a charity. To that end we have asked all of you to agree to the Board making an application to the Charity Commission to turn the Countryside Alliance into a registered charity.Read more
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
The Countryside Alliance's financial statements for 2013 are now online - download them here. The accounts feature a Directors' Report, Independent Auditors' Report, Income and Expenditure Account, Balance Sheet, Cash flow statement & notes and finally notes to financial statements.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Spring 2014 magazine is now online. Here is the Editor's letter for the issue: The results of last year’s Reader Survey were very clear: more conservation please, more shooting and more dogs of all sorts. Same amount of hunting. All of these requests are easy for us to oblige. This issue you will find us celebrating red squirrel conservation as well as meeting the Purdey Game and Conservation Award winners, whose efforts are exceptional.Read more
Thursday, 5 December 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Winter 2013 magazine is now online. This issue we look at the historical links between the Royal Navy and hunting, introduce you to a shooting and conservation success at Northumberland's Whitfield Estate, follow the Grove & Rufford Hunt and celebrate the allure of wildfowling. The Winter magazine also features the Federation of Welsh Farmers Packs and their case for amending the Hunting Act. In addition Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner uncovers a shocking case of animal cruelty in The Netherlands, youngster Emily Churchill explains her year-round love of farming, anthropologist Prof Garry Marvin writes about hunting as a "complex ritual performance", we celebrate coursing's long and colourful history and Prof Nick Sotherton of the GWCT honours the grey partridge. Download the issue here.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine has now been sent out to members and the features involved appear below for you to download. This issue we feature a hunting vicar, a 13 year old's first ever clay shooting lesson, National Hunt trainer Harry Fry, CA Award winning butchers, JW Mettrick, the work of the Deer Initiative, Falconry for Schools and a hymn to Cheltenham Racecourse. All that and our new and exciting recipe venture, bringing game to Indian restaurants with the help of our friends at the Kennington Tandoori. Enjoy the issue.Read more