2016_4_winter_cover The Countryside Alliance’s Winter 2016 issue is out now, featuring an eye catching hunt button cover from photographer Nico Morgan. The issue is also online and can be downloaded here. Below is the editor’s welcome to the issue, outlining just some of the content.

“You may not know it, but only one pack of hounds has been created since the Hunting Act 2004: the Woolaston Bassets. Henrietta Rutgers tells their story on p26 and it’s as plucky as the hounds themselves. On p48 we have the incredible story of a hunting horn playing a decisive role in an action of the Great War. The feature is a part of our Countryside in War series and our thanks go to the Chase Project for the tale.

“In the last issue we promised a celebration of our late Vice-President, the Duke of Westminster, who died in August, and bring you that touching tribute on p31. Our Head of Shooting, Liam Stokes, believes that grouse shooting can learn a thing or two from hunting’s public relations story (p23). With grouse shooting under fire, so to speak, it is a good time to promote its numerous benefits, including on the plate, and Gift of Grouse is doing just that (p12). Steven Pidgeon of the celebrated Arundell Arms Hotel in Devon is also doing his bit for game and has kindly given us his venison and chocolate recipe (p41).

“The Rural Oscar-winning produce and story of Norfolk Butcher GF White gives faith in our dynamic small rural businesses, so please support yours this Christmas (p18). Elsewhere, Sarah Lee looks at how our rural tourism sector can improve (p39). There is no shortage of dynamism but the problems with communications and transport must be addressed. We thank our fundraising heroes on p34 and on p44 bring you a photo gallery of the London Wine Auction which was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in October.

We can’t function without our fundraisers’ generosity – thanks to everyone for supporting us this year.

Merry Christmas

Jill Grieve,
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