In memoriam: Sarah Holman, backbone of our Cheltenham Countryside Race Day

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Sarah Holman, the backbone of the Countryside Alliance’s Cheltenham Countryside Race Day for 30 years, sadly died in June. A memorial service will be held in Warwickshire on 15th September. The Telegraph published a fitting obituary to her achievements, and it begins: Sarah Holman, who has died aged 65, stood out among a dwindling number…

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Countryside Alliance discusses Brexit and shooting with Environment Secretary, Michael Gove

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and Head of Policy, Sarah Lee met the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove MP, on Monday this week (11th September) to discuss rural issues and the impact of Brexit on the countryside and rural communities. It was a great opportunity for the Countryside Alliance to raise…

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BBC Radio 4 will not have to broadcast religious services or cover arts, farming and science under new Ofcom guidelines

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The Telegraph has reported: “BBC Radio 4 will no longer be required to broadcast religious services, science shows or arts programming under plans drawn up by the new regulator Ofcom, The Telegraph has learnt. After being petitioned by the BBC to reduce the number of rules designed to ensure it meets public service obligations, Ofcom…

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Hypocrisy in the anti-hunting movement

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Hypocrisy is not, of course, something we should be surprised about in the anti-hunting movement, but the current campaign against trail-hunting on National Trust land is a high water mark. You may remember that throughout the ridiculous debate about the hunting ban, those opposed to hunting from Ministerial…

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Update on the European Consultation on the continued use of lead shot

| Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) consultation, directed by the European Commission, sought scientific evidence for and against its proposal to harmonise European legislation governing the use of lead shot over wetlands. In addition, the consultation requested feedback on proposals to add ‘peatlands’ to the current restrictions, the banning of possession of lead cartridges on or…

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21 best grouse dishes of the season so far

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With the grouse season in full swing, our Game to Eat campaign has selected the best grouse recipes created so far. Prepare for a mouth watering read… 1. What the weekends were made for Weekends have become all about… THIS! #grouse @ThePigGuide @CrumbsMag — Chequers Bath (@ChequersBath) August 29, 2017 2. Get ordering Grouse season…

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Jim Barrington on trail-hunting on National Trust land

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Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes: The vote at the forthcoming National Trust AGM to prevent the organisation from issuing licences permitting trail hunting on its land is reminiscent of previous actions taken by anti- hunting activists that go back to the 1990s. That last attempt concerned a motion put forward by the…

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