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Thursday, 5 December 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Winter 2013 magazine is now online. This issue we look at the historical links between the Royal Navy and hunting, introduce you to a shooting and conservation success at Northumberland's Whitfield Estate, follow the Grove & Rufford Hunt and celebrate the allure of wildfowling. The Winter magazine also features the Federation of Welsh Farmers Packs and their case for amending the Hunting Act. In addition Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner uncovers a shocking case of animal cruelty in The Netherlands, youngster Emily Churchill explains her year-round love of farming, anthropologist Prof Garry Marvin writes about hunting as a "complex ritual performance", we celebrate coursing's long and colourful history and Prof Nick Sotherton of the GWCT honours the grey partridge. Download the issue here.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
The 2013 Countryside Alliance Christmas Cards are available now. The collection features six seasonal countryside scenes including the pictured card entitled "sparring pheasants". The Alliance's 2014 calendar is also available and includes the work of such noted countryside photographers as Jake Boyd, Jake Eastham, John Eccles, Kay Thompson and Sarah Farnsworth. Click here to browse and buy from our card collection and click here to buy the 2014 calendar.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine has now been sent out to members and the features involved appear below for you to download. This issue we feature a hunting vicar, a 13 year old's first ever clay shooting lesson, National Hunt trainer Harry Fry, CA Award winning butchers, JW Mettrick, the work of the Deer Initiative, Falconry for Schools and a hymn to Cheltenham Racecourse. All that and our new and exciting recipe venture, bringing game to Indian restaurants with the help of our friends at the Kennington Tandoori. Enjoy the issue.Read more
Thursday, 27 June 2013
The Countryside Alliance's Summer 2013 magazine is now available online, and copies will be available on our show stands throughout the summer. This issue's features include shooting for the pot, hound breeding, in praise of the cocker spaniel, the badger cull and ash dieback info from Defra's Chief Scientist, Rural Oscar winners Pipers Farm, Coasteering in West Wales, our work on 4G, saluting our hardworking hunt staff, Three on broadband and the work and passions of Wemmergill Beat Keeper Lee Alderson. All this plus a Valentine Warner game recipe, news and forthcoming events. Download the magazine here.Read more
Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Countryside Alliance's 2013 Morgan draw is now open - for the price of a £50 ticket you can be in with the chance of winning a classic Morgan 4/4 sports car. The draw is limited to just 2000 tickets and the winner will be drawn at the 2013 Cheltenham Countryside Race Day in November. Click here for more information and to buy your ticket. Good luck.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our online survey thus far. We are really interested in your views, about our campaigns and our membership and insurance package and other services we could provide. Completing the questionnaire will greatly enhance our knowledge of what you would like us to do. Each person who completes the questionnaire will get the chance to win one of twenty tickets for our Morgan car draw. These tickets are worth £50 each and will give you a 1:2000 chance of winning a fantastic Morgan car. Fill in the survey here.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
The Spring 2013 Countryside Alliance membership magazine is now online. The issue features a charming account of a fathers & sons fishing trip to the North of Scotland from Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner. The magazine also has a father and son line-up as angling legend Charles Jardine and his son Alex both write for us about their love of fishing. Support for our farmers and produce is also key in our "horsemeat free issue" as we hear from Farmers Guardian Editor Emma Penny, Young Farmer Leanne Gibbs and Farming Hero and architect of Open Farm Sunday, Ian Pigott. Also featured are Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP on the Government's broadband plans, animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington on the tribal nature of animal rights, Shooting Campaign Manager David Taylor on deer management, Tim Bonner on what the Heythrop prosecution says about the RSPCA, Hunting campaigner Nicky Sadler on the Banwen Miners Hunt's 50th season and Olympic Double Trap hero Peter Wilson on our National Shooting Week initiative. In addition there are photo galleries, events, the Scottish Purple Pages, letters and a delicious lamb recipe featuring sloe gin. Tuck into the Spring 2013 magazine here.Read more
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
We are delighted to open a new competition, offering supporters the chance for their photograph to appear on our membership literature in 2014. The theme is "Rural People, Rural Landscapes" and we invite you to send us photographs that best capture our thriving countryside.Read more
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine. Writing for a column entitled “My Countryside”, which earlier in the year carried a contribution from the Prime Minister, Mr Paterson describes the countryside as "a living, working entity shaped by communities of which I am proud to be a part.” The column carries a photograph of Mr Paterson taking part in the Mongol Derby with wife, Rose, in 2011. The Patersons raised over £100,000 for the Royal Irish Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries during that experience. Mr Paterson recently joined the judging panel of the Countryside Alliance Awards, which recognise and celebrate our hard working rural businessmen and women. He writes “The Awards sum up my vision for rural Britain; successful businesses and flourishing communities thriving in a living, working countryside.” Download the magazine here (Mr Paterson's piece is on p50).Read more