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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive argues that Government must address the digital skills divide

| Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

Tim Bonner has written for the Huffington Post UK website about how the Government needs to develop a strategy for tackling the digital skills divide to complement its planned investment in digital infrastructure: The Reality Of The Digital Skills Divide In the comment piece Tim Bonner said: “More and more of the economic and social…

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Cheltenham countryside race day a big success!

| Fundraising, Latest News

The 27th Cheltenham Countryside Race Day on November 11th, in conjunction with the Countryside Alliance, was once again a great success. The day has become one of our most important events and is an iconic date in the rural calendar. It was extremely well attended and though the funds raised have not been finalised event…

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Countryside Alliance responds to Autumn statement

| Communities and Business, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has found much in the Government’s Autumn Statement to welcome and many of the policies announced have the potential to create real benefits for rural communities. In particular, the Countryside Alliance welcome the Government’s commitment to invest £1 billion in superfast broadband by 2020, rural rate relief, and the creation of a…

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Countryside Alliance speaks to Daily Telegraph about what the countryside will look like in 50 years

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, Sarah Lee, has spoken to the Daily Telegraph about what she thinks the countryside will look like in 50 years. Sarah was one of five experts asked for views. To read the article in full, please follow this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/0/will-our-countryside-still-look-like-this-in-50-years-five-exper/ She expressed concern that unless action is taken rural…

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Wild times as the Great British Game Food Festival hits Borough Market

| Game to Eat, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

Borough Market, the historic London food market, was the centrepiece of the wild game industry last Saturday (19th November) as 12 game related businesses supplied the crowds with a range of jaw-dropping British foods at the inaugural Great British Game Food Festival. Visitors to the market enjoyed both a range of produce, food and butchery…

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Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes publication of Bonomy Review into hunting with dogs

| Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Bonomy Review into the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs, published today. Scottish Countryside Alliance Director Jamie Stewart, said: “We are pleased that the inquiry has recognised the importance of gun packs for fox control and has rejected  unjustified…

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Breast cancer advocacy course welcomes Casting for Recovery

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Fishing, Latest News

Representatives of Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR), the outdoor therapy programme which provides free fly fishing retreats for ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer, attended a breast cancer advocacy course in Milan recently, courtesy of Europa Donna, the European breast cancer advocacy group. CfR Director Jill Grieve (in the red dress)…

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Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading snaring article

| Latest News, Press Release, Regions

Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading article about snaring in Scotland  Scottish Director Jamie Stewart has responded to a highly misleading article published by the League Against Cruel Sport (LACS) in the Holyrood magazine.  Earlier this week, Jennifer Dunn, Senior Public Affairs Officer for Scotland at LACS published an article in the magazine calling…

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Just 13 per cent of people believe that the Government has done enough to get rural areas connected to faster broadband

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Uncategorised

Key findings: 62% said slow broadband puts you at a disadvantage in society 79% said slow broadband users should receive a discount to their service Third of rural users say their broadband connection is inadequate 20% are willing to pay more for broadband to subsidise broadband rollout A new survey commissioned by broadband comparison website…

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Parliamentary update – November 2016

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

The Countryside Alliance’s political team has sent an update briefing to Parliamentarians, outlining the latest news on our campaigns, lobbying and ongoing legislative business. The November update features the EFRA Committee report on the RSPCA, the Digital Economy Bill, the Policing & Crime Bill, the Rural Oscars and the recent grouse shooting debate, among many…

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MPs recommend RSPCA ‘withdraws from acting as a prosecutor’ in animal welfare cases

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Uncategorised

MPs recommend RSPCA ‘withdraws from acting as a prosecutor’ in animal welfare cases This morning Countryside Alliance, Chief Executive, Tim Bonner was on BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussing the report (click here and scroll to 2:38-2:46) and Simon Hart MP, Countryside Alliance Chairman was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast (here between 2:17-2:24)…

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