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CA Events listing

Keep an eye on for our constantly updated regional and national events listing. The listing includes race days, country shows, hound shows and social events across the country. If you have an event you would like listed please email it to:

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Dragon's Tale - January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

Dragon's Tale e-news from the Countryside Alliance in Wales, including dog-breeding regulations, a tourism survey for you to fill in and our new #betterbroadband campaign. 

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Assembly Members enjoy a taste of delicious Welsh Game

Monday, 27 October 2014

Assembly Members from all parties showed their support for fabulous Welsh Game at a special event held at the Pierhead Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 22 October.
The event held by the Countryside Alliance’s Game-to-Eat campaign was hosted by S4C chef Dudley Newbury (pictured), who demonstrated how quick and easy it is to cook game and how easily adapted game is to modern day recipes. On the menu was red pheasant curry followed by the classic duck a l’orange.

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See you at Ffos Las this Sunday!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

It’s the final countdown to our annual Countryside Alliance Race Day at the fabulous Ffos Las race course to be held on Sunday 12th October 2014. My sincere thanks to everyone who has donated items for the Silent Auction or booked tickets for the Countryside Alliance VIP Marquee which has sold out. We have 7 Alliance supporters who will saddle up for the Race for Repeal, their details are below. Also listed below are the items on auction – you can bid before 12pm on Friday 10th October by e-mailing me your bids in stages to  I have ordered fine weather so we are all set for another fantastic day – see you there!

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All change at the Senedd – Cabinet re-shuffle

Thursday, 4 September 2014

First Minister Carwyn Jones has set out his team that will lead him in to the next election in 2016. We see a change for our interests as John Griffiths AM leaves the cabinet to make way for Carl Sergeant who’s portfolio will be Natural Resources, Rebecca Evans has Food and Farming and Ken Skates takes on culture, sport and tourism. Meanwhile we eagerly await the breeding of dog’s legislation which we are told, is “imminent”.

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Tourism Inquiry – make your voice heard

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The National Assembly for Wales’ Enterprise and Business Committee are conducting an inquiry into tourism and I am in need of your input. On Thursday the 18th of September, I have the first meeting with Assembly officials in Blaennau Ffestiniog to put across the value of angling and shooting to the tourism industry in Wales. I would be grateful if you have any evidence or indeed opinion that you could e-mail to me for any activity that you feel supports the tourism industry.

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Girl power and an AM make for an explosive National Shooting Week in Wales

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Last week was National Shooting Week and a large numbers of events took place across Wales to introduce this great sport to new people.
Crynant Shooting Ground in the Neath Valley hosted seven ladies on 28 May as part of National Shooting Week.
The ladies (pictured), who are all members of the Banwen Miners hunt, thoroughly enjoyed their evening despite the majority of them having never shot before.

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Barney explains the importance of the SACC

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes:  In mid-May the Welsh Government announced that its plans to develop access to the Welsh countryside and outdoor recreation are open to further discussion. Considering plans for legislation had been due to come forward last December, this is a great coup for Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru (SACC), the coalition or rural organisations set up as a result of the work of our Director for Wales, Rachel Evans. The group has its origins in making the case for anglers and riparian owners in the access for all and "right to paddle" debate involving canoeists. The fact that we are keeping the discussion open before any legislative decisions are made is a testament to the coherent and compelling case being put forward.

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National Shooting Week events in Wales

Monday, 19 May 2014

The seventh annual National Shooting Week will be held nationwide from 24-31 May. Several schools and grounds are running special events in support of the initiative which aims to attract newcomers to a range of Olympic disciplines that are inclusive and fun and where age and gender are irrelevant. Listed below are some events being held in the region - please take a newcomer shooting and help us spread the word about shooting sports. We are being supported by Parliamentarians of all hues as well as Olympic double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson.

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We welcome further consultation on access in Wales

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomed the statement (15 May) from the Welsh Government that its plans to develop access to the Welsh countryside and outdoor recreation are open to further discussion, and looks forward to taking part in that consultation.
Our members and supporters have been actively involved in the consultation regarding access, launched by minister for culture and sport John Griffiths last summer and we were instrumental in the setting up of a body to promote the interests of the working countryside - Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru – together with the Country Land and Business Association, Angling Trust, Welsh Salmon and Trout Association and Angling Cymru and with support from a wide range of other organisations.

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