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SCA statement on Fergus Ewing’s welcome appointment

| Campaigns, Food and Farming, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement that Fergus Ewing MSP has been appointed Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity. Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “The Scottish Government have come under significant criticism for the failure to deliver EU payments to farmers and the consequential link with an economic downturn in the…

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Ladies with breast cancer enjoy free fly fishing retreat in Co Mayo

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Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the unique fly fishing programme for ladies with breast cancer, held a weekend retreat at the Mount Falcon Estate at Ballina, Co Mayo at the weekend. Nine ladies joined the residential retreat to learn the basics of fly casting as well as attending counselling and medical support groups. Casting…

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Statement on the RSPCA

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner has commented on a u-turn from the RSPCA in which they have distanced themselves from new CEO Jeremy Cooper’s comments from the weekend. Tim said:“After a few moments of sanity, the RSPCA seems to have returned to the usual lies, smears and bigotry. Dysfunctional governance, and especially a radical…

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The Queen’s speech

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The Queen opened the next session of Parliament this week outlining the Government’s programme of work for the coming parliamentary year. The Countryside Alliance has welcomed many of the measures contained in the Queen’s Speech, including plans to improve housing, broadband and transport, believing they will boost rural economies and address some of the challenges…

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Breast cancer programme invites applications for fly fishing retreat

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Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the unique residential fly fishing and medical support programme for ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer, invites applications to its final retreat of 2016. We will be at Forbes of Kingennie near Dundee from 23-25 September and ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer can apply below. For…

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Countryside Alliance comment piece in Telegraph

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The Countryside Alliance’s Head of Policy, Sarah Lee, wrote a comment piece on rural broadband which was published in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 7th May. The piece was entitled “This rural broadband betrayal is devastating for Tory heartlands” and in it Sarah wrote: “It would be unthinkable, and rightly so, to countenance cutting off water or electricity…

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National outdoor learning project Fishing 4 Schools expands into Norfolk

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Teachers, fishing enthusiasts and the press gathered at the Assembly House in Norwich on Thursday 5 May to officially launch and discuss how The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s national Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) initiative might benefit young people of all walks of life and abilities in Norfolk and the eastern region. For nearly a decade F4S…

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Election results 2016 – Scotland and Wales

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Votes are still being counted from many of the elections that took place yesterday, but we now know the results for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections. In Scotland, the SNP is just short of an overall majority at Holyrood with 63 seats, down six seats from the 2011 results. One of those loses…

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Standing up for the ‘final 5%’ on broadband

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Today saw a front page article in the Daily Telegraph about Government failings on connecting the ‘final 5%’ to superfast broadband and 4G . In a story entitled: “Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because ‘not everyone wants to be connected,’” Christopher Hope reported: ‘Instead fast broadband will only be provided in…

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A welcome £6bn from BT on broadband, but more needed for “final 5%”

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes today’s announcement (5th May) from BT that it is investing £6bn on Superfast Broadband Roll-out and 4G, but warns that more must be done in rural areas to ensure the “final 5%” is not disadvantaged. BT has reported that at least 10m homes and businesses are to get ultrafast broadband through…

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