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Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the Countryside Alliance will take place on Tuesday 10 June at 12pm at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London, SE1 8UJ. The Annual Report and Accounts are contained as part of the mailing of the Spring magazine which has been circulated to members and contains a ballot paper. All paid-up members of the Countryside Alliance are welcome to attend the meeting. Although there will be no Board Election this year, members are being asked to vote on a resolution to enable the Countryside Alliance to apply to the Charity Commission to become a charity. This is explained in greater detail by Executive Chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner in the Annual Report - click here to read the report. Members can vote online here.
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
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.
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
Thursday, 27 June 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Summer 2013 magazine is now available online, and copies will be available on our show stands throughout the summer. This issue's features include shooting for the pot, hound breeding, in praise of the cocker spaniel, the badger cull and ash dieback info from Defra's Chief Scientist, Rural Oscar winners Pipers Farm, Coasteering in West Wales, our work on 4G, saluting our hardworking hunt staff, Three on broadband and the work and passions of Wemmergill Beat Keeper Lee Alderson. All this plus a Valentine Warner game recipe, news and forthcoming events. Download the magazine here.Read more
Thursday, 28 March 2013
The Spring 2013 Countryside Alliance membership magazine is now online. The issue features a charming account of a fathers & sons fishing trip to the North of Scotland from Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner. The magazine also has a father and son line-up as angling legend Charles Jardine and his son Alex both write for us about their love of fishing. Support for our farmers and produce is also key in our "horsemeat free issue" as we hear from Farmers Guardian Editor Emma Penny, Young Farmer Leanne Gibbs and Farming Hero and architect of Open Farm Sunday, Ian Pigott. Also featured are Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP on the Government's broadband plans, animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington on the tribal nature of animal rights, Shooting Campaign Manager David Taylor on deer management, Tim Bonner on what the Heythrop prosecution says about the RSPCA, Hunting campaigner Nicky Sadler on the Banwen Miners Hunt's 50th season and Olympic Double Trap hero Peter Wilson on our National Shooting Week initiative. In addition there are photo galleries, events, the Scottish Purple Pages, letters and a delicious lamb recipe featuring sloe gin. Tuck into the Spring 2013 magazine here.Read more
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
We are delighted to open a new competition, offering supporters the chance for their photograph to appear on our membership literature in 2014. The theme is "Rural People, Rural Landscapes" and we invite you to send us photographs that best capture our thriving countryside.Read more
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine. Writing for a column entitled “My Countryside”, which earlier in the year carried a contribution from the Prime Minister, Mr Paterson describes the countryside as "a living, working entity shaped by communities of which I am proud to be a part.” The column carries a photograph of Mr Paterson taking part in the Mongol Derby with wife, Rose, in 2011. The Patersons raised over £100,000 for the Royal Irish Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries during that experience. Mr Paterson recently joined the judging panel of the Countryside Alliance Awards, which recognise and celebrate our hard working rural businessmen and women. He writes “The Awards sum up my vision for rural Britain; successful businesses and flourishing communities thriving in a living, working countryside.” Download the magazine here (Mr Paterson's piece is on p50).Read more