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Countryside Alliance welcome Ofcom’s latest move to deliver the Universal Service Obligation

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Ofcom’s latest move to deliver the Universal Service Obligation (USO) for broadband throughout the UK. Ofcom has issued a request for expressions of interest in serving as Universal Service Provider for broadband. It is vital that suitable providers are identified swiftly and the USO fully implemented across all parts of…

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Countryside Alliance Raise “Rural Representation” with Ofcom

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The Countryside Alliance has submitted evidence to Ofcom’s “Thematic review of representation and portrayal on the BBC”, highlighting our concerns regarding the representation of the rural community. Following a spate of recent complaints against the BBC, the Countryside Alliance met representatives from Ofcom to discuss our concerns regarding BBC impartiality on rural issues, to highlight…

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Old-style fishing match raises £1,971 for Fishing for Schools

| Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release

The inaugural Olde Bait Challenge took place on 17 June at Wessex Water’s Durleigh Reservoir, Somerset, raising a fabulous £1,971 for Fishing for Schools. Very many thanks to organiser and Fishing for Schools instructor Ray Jones! F4S instructor Charlie Halliday gave us this report from the day: “Ye Olde Bait Challenge attracted some big names…

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Countryside Alliance questions Farming Minister on Defra priorities

| Campaigns, Food and Farming, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has questioned whether Defra is committing enough resources to preparing farming and rural communities for Brexit at a conference in Northumberland on the future of farming. The event, hosted by Hexham MP Guy Opperman on Friday 15 June, was an opportunity for local farmers and stakeholders to express their views and concerns…

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Countryside Alliance Issues Call for Evidence Following Meeting with Firearms Minister

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The Countryside Alliance is asking members and supporters to report their experience of firearms licensing medical procedures, following a meeting with Home Office Minister Nick Hurd MP. Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner and Head of Shooting Liam Stokes met Mr Hurd and Home Office officials to discuss our concerns over the failure of the medical…

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Pacific Pink Salmon

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In July 2017, Fisheries Management Scotland issued an advice note to alert District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs), Fishery Trusts, anglers and others on what to do if they encounter pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in Scottish waters. Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) is taking the lead, in close collaboration with Marine Scotland, on coordinating the collection of…

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Fishing for Schools: Some of our most challenging work is with children in Pupil Referral Units

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

Some of the potentially most challenging youngsters Fishing for Schools (F4S) instructors work with are those from Pupil Referral Units (PRUs). The Department for Education describes PRUs as places where “children who aren’t able to attend school and may not otherwise receive suitable education” go to school. This is often because they have been permanently…

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World Fishing Day is coming up – will you be taking part?

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

World Fishing Day takes place on Saturday 23 June and Fishing for Schools (F4S) and Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR) shall be taking part. Will you? World Fishing Day aims to bring anglers from across the world together, showcase fishing to new people and show the wonderful benefits of our sport. World Fishing Day…

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Take part in Somerset’s Ye Olde Bait Challenge and raise money for Fishing for Schools

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It’s time to get your entries in for Ye Olde Bait Challenge, a charity fishing match in aid of Fishing for Schools on Saturday (17 June) at Durleigh Reservoir, Somerset. This is one occasion where grey hairs may be an advantage as, although all fishing methods are welcomed, no modern baits will be allowed in…

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Were you sabbed by the police?

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  As many of you will be aware there is something of a row over the campaign run by high street store LUSH to raise awareness of the public inquiry into the deployment of undercover police in activist organisations. LUSH is a prominent supporter of many activist organisations, including…

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