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The enduring appeal of “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”

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In our Autumn 2014 magazine, as part of our Great War commemoration strand “The Countryside in War,” Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of Siegfried Sassoon’s classic work “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”. In his article Tim writes that Sassoon is “brilliant on the strange, but common, contradiction of loving both the…

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

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The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th September. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon…

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Hunting & farming on the curriculum – yes please!

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The Countryside Alliance’s Autumn magazine, available now, carries a feature by Henrietta Rutgers looking at the exemplary rural education model in place at the Elms School near Malvern in Worcestershire. The school has a kitchen garden tended by pupils, hunting take place during the season with Countryside Alliance ties awarded as “colours”, and many youngsters…

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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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Saboteur convicted of assault and harassment of hunt employee

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On 26th October 2014 the Sunday Telegraph reported: “An anti-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of assaulting and harassing a hunt’s “terrier man” after he shot a fox. Llandudno Court heard Judith Hewitt, 67, of Rhyl, North Wales became “absolutely hysterical” and started hitting Robert Smith on the back after he legally killed the fox…

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Newcomers’ Week gets people hooked on hunting

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The Countryside Alliances’ annual Newcomers Week (18th – 25th October) has come to a close with a number of people now hooked on hunting! Hunts throughout the country saw huge turnouts at Newcomers’ Meets and events, with many being oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event/meet later in the season.   The…

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New basset pack holds its first opening meet

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The inaugural Opening Meet of the Woolaston Bassets was held on Saturday 25th Oct, hosted at The Old Rectory, Woolaston, where the kennels are based. An incredible turnout – over 120 supporters local and others from Aldershot, Worcestershire and Devon enjoyed mulled wine and food, followed by the hunt being “opened” by its president Diana…

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New Dog Control Powers and working dogs – our advice

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New dog control powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners, including those who use dogs for work or sport – says the Countryside Alliance. Additional powers were granted to the police last month under the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog…

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The greyhound fox – can you help?

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Ron Black writes: The evolution of the fox within Great Britain remains largely unresolved. One thing, however, is for certain and that it that there was a type known to huntsmen and hunt followers as “greyhound” foxes. Fewer in number than the little red rover we hold so dear today, the greyhounds were bigger and…

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