2014_4_Winter-coverThe Countryside Alliance’s Winter 2014 magazine is now available online. Click here to download the magazine, which features hunting in Wales, shooting’s true value, remembering Debo, “Thank you” to Kate Hoey MP and Defra Secretary Liz Truss MP’s Countryside. Read on for the Editor’s note introducing a packed issue. 

Magazine editor Jill Grieve writes:

It is incredible to think that 2014 is nearly over. It hardly seems five minutes since we looked ahead to our campaigning priorities for 2014 and now we are just months away from a General Election with all the opportunities and drama it will surely bring. Our Defra Secretary, Liz Truss MP, writes for us on p50 and you will enjoy her take on rural life.

This issue we bring you a photo montage of our outgoing Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, looking back at her time in office and thanking her for all her support. That look over our shoulder also extends to Michael Clayton’s whistlestop history of hunting (p20) and the birth of the WI during the Great War (p22) as well as a tribute to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, without whom our foodie movement would have been so very different.

We are keen to look forward, of course, and are proud to present a recipe from our newly published Game-to-Eat recipe booklet on p41, alongside a look at the exciting and innovative ways several businesses are promoting our favourite food (p46). We also acknowledge shooting’s all-encompassing role at Blanchland past, present and future (p16).

Elsewhere, we look ahead to bright futures for hunting in Wales, Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Fishing 4 Schools and Perthshire Gundog Rescue.

Finally, I have never known a response as overwhelming as the one that met the call for terrier photos and anecdotes. You responded in great number, and I only wish we could have done a full terrier supplement. Enjoy the piece on p38.

Click here to download the magazine.

In this issue…

4 News: Campaign win on “Shoo, don’t shoot”, the Wooler Review, conference season and Tumblers’ Club
9 Fundraising heroes
11 Tally Hoey. As Kate Hoey MP steps down after nine years as Chairman, her highlights in photographs
12 Hunting in Wales. Dr. Nick Fenwick of the Farmers Union of Wales on gun packs
14 Birds of Prey successes. Our report brings good news on our iconic birds
16 Shooting’s central role – A community that depends on shooting
20 England’s oldest pack? Michael Clayton gives us a history lesson
22 The Women’s Institute at 100. Countryside in War feature looking at the birth of the WI, a national treasure born of wartime need.
25 Hunting Mania. Henrietta Rutgers meets Grand National winning jockey and hunting enthusiast Ryan Mania
28 Supporting our gamekeepers. Helen Benson writes about the work of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust
30 Operation gundog. Rural Hero Carol is Perthshire Gundog Rescue’s compassionate founder
32 Community enterprise. Advice on how your community can set up or save your local shop
35 Debo remembered. A tribute to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
36 Casting for Recovery. The breast cancer charity that embraces fly fishing
38 “So always remember your terrier…” Your photos and stories celebrate the little dogs with big characters
41 Seasonal game recipe. Lee Maycock’s Pot Roasted Partridge
43 Young Countryside Alliance. Charles Jardine on Fishing 4 Schools’ success
44 Feedback. Letters to the Editor
46 Up your game. Jack Knott meets some exciting game champions
49 Events. Our autumn and 2015 listing
50 My Countryside Defra Secretary Liz Truss on why she loves the countryside

Cover photo: Sharon Harding, Hibird Photography www.hibirdphotography.co.uk/