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Summer 2014 magazine now online

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:

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Western Morning News editorial on our bid for charitable status

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

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Our AGM reveals the road ahead

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.

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Spring 2014 Countryside Alliance magazine now online

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.

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Countryside Alliance Annual Report 2013

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. 

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2013 Financial Statements

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. 

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Winter 2013 membership magazine now online

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.

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Autumn 2013 magazine - features now online

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. 

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Summer 2013 magazine now online

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.

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Adam Hart by Tim Bonner

Spring 2013 magazine & 2012 Annual Report now online

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

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