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Reason and Pragmatism on Lead are vital

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The following article by Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, first appeared in Shooting Times 2nd May 2018.    The threat to lead ammunition has not disappeared. As an organisation that has always stood up for the appropriate use of lead ammunition, this is a good time to reflect on where the Countryside Alliance stands…

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Bringing the RSPCA to heel

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: As you will be aware the Countryside Alliance has consistently challenged RSPCA campaigns which have affected our members. We have also asked searching questions about failures in the governance of the organisation which have allowed it to become involved in some extremely questionable activities. As a result of…

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Farming is for food

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Debate around a new agricultural policy has centred on the concept of paying farmers for the ‘public goods’ they provide which are not rewarded by the market. Amongst the list of public goods in the Government’s consultation on the future of farming, which closed this week, there was…

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New venue for Fishing for Schools Kent at Cobham Hall lakes

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Members of the Thameside Works Angling and Preservation Society (TWAPS) have kindly agreed to let the Fishing for Schools Kent group use a club water, that is normally only open to members, for coaching. The new arrangement means F4S will be able to use Cobham Hall, which is a lovely water in the grounds of…

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Chris Packham, the BBC and a death threat

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  The Times has reported that the police are investigating a death threat made against the Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Mike Cantlay. The threats have come in the wake of the BBC’s Chris Packham asking his hundreds of thousands of followers to email Mr Cantlay, then sharing…

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Fishing 4 Schools tip of the month for young anglers – May – tempting a trout

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The warmer weather is here at last and Fishing 4 Schools instructor and  fly fishing expert Bob Goble gives us his tips for good fishing this May. I am so glad that May is here and I’m feeling the warmth on my back at last, after the dreadful weather earlier this year. Life is great…

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Charles Jardine’s Wessex Water Challenge blog: We did it!!

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Last weekend Fishing for Schools founder and director Charles Jardine completed his most extreme challenge to date, raising more than £10,000 for the charity. Charles and his running partner Richard Davis ran between three Wessex Water fisheries – a distance equivalent to two marathons, all within 24 hours. In his final blog, Charles tells us…

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Fishing for Schools founder completes 24hr running and fishing marathon for the charity

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Fishing for Schools founder Charles Jardine completed his marathon Wessex Water Challenge on Sunday, to raise around £9,000 for Fishing for Schools and its sister charity Casting for Recovery. Charles, 65, of Downton, Wiltshire, ran the equivalent of two marathons between three Wessex Water Reservoirs, catching a trout at each – all within 24 hours…

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Charles Jardine’s Wessex Water Challenge training blog: Final blog – When it’s all over I intend to drown in Champagne!

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Charles Jardine, the founder and director of the Fishing for Schools initiative, undertakes his greatest challenge yet, on 7th/8th April – the #WessexWaterChallenge. This 24-hour event will see 65-year-old Charles fish at three Wessex Water Reservoirs and run the 60 miles between them, all in the space of a day. You can sponsor him here So here…

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