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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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The Alliance at the Royal Welsh

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Countryside Alliance is at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show which runs til the 24th of July. Come and visit us on the stand to catch up on what we are doing for you in Wales with news and views straight from the National Assembly on dog breeding, fly grazing, access to land and water and more. There have been some major changes in Welsh Government, more on that below. I do hope to see some of you at the most finest agricultural show in Europe, the “Royal Welsh.”

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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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Bangor on Dee Race Day and silent auction - 12th April

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Countryside Alliance Race Day will be held at Bangor on Dee on Saturday 12th April. Tickets for members are only £37 and include entry to the course, private room and garden for the day, race card and a BBQ lunch. The private room also has a cash bar. Support our jockeys in the Race for Repeal and have a go at the Silent Auction. There is still time to donate items, contact Rachel on 07825 337978 for all your race day bookings and queries. Read on for silent auction lots which include a day with the Kilkenny Foxhounds, a day with the Beaufort and a selection of Countryside Alliance Award winning Rhug Organic Welsh meat.

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Liam Burgess of nomnom is our start up champ

Welsh Rural Oscars Champs are announced at Cardiff Bay

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka “Rural Oscars”) were presented to the cream of Welsh rural enterprise at The Senedd, on Tuesday 25th March, propelling the winners across four categories into the UK & Northern Ireland final. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. 

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Rugby legend supports angling in Wales at Assembly event

Friday, 17 January 2014

Countryside Alliance Director for Wales Rachel Evans writes: "Through my involvement with “Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru” I organised an angling exhibition with the support of Tony Rees and Angling Cymru at the Senedd on Wednesday 15th January. The purpose was to highlight all that angling brings to Wales in terms of finance, education and health and wellbeing.  Being a rugby fan, I was delighted to welcome one of Wales’s legendary rugby players, Gareth Edwards. Gareth was there to show his support for angling and spent the day meeting Assembly Members and fellow anglers.

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Introducing the Rural Oscars finalists for Wales in 2013

Friday, 6 December 2013

The finalists for Wales in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with top businesses now vying for a title and the chance to go forward torepresent Wales at the British Final. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. They are now in their ninth year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. They run across four categories: Local Food; Village Shop/ Post Office; Butcher and Start-up. Wales’ finalists are listed below, selected from the thousands of nominations received. Each finalist business will be invited to the Welsh final, to be held at the Senedd next March, to hear who will take the winners’ plaques and advance to the British final.

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