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15th September - Countryside Alliance AGM, Saddlers' Hall, EC2V

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Countryside Alliance will take place at 12 Noon on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at Saddlers’ Hall, 40 Gutter Lane, London, EC2V 6BR. The meeting will include an annoucement of three new Board members. Members will be sent ballot forms with their summer magazine in late June and the deadline for voting is midnight on 24th July. 

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Nigel Farage of UKIP writes for us

UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage writes: I was born in Kent, so the way I look at the British countryside is not the way politicians from Notting Hill or North London look at it. I fish and I shoot. Apparently I'm the only party leader who owns his own waders. I'd guess I am the only party leader who knows why the EU demand to ban lead shot is a thoroughly bad idea.

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Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister writes for the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Cameron's article appears in the magazine alongside articles by Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Demcrat Leader Nick Clegg - the articles outline each leader's views on the countryside and rural life. Mr Cameron writes: I am proud of our country’s rural identity - and my own rural heritage. Having been brought up in the beautiful village of Peasemore in Berkshire, the countryside is still the place I feel most at home. I’m based in London for most of the week, but feel a noticeable emotional shift when I arrive in West Oxfordshire each Friday. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family: walking, running, gardening, cycling and riding.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has written for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Miliband's article appears alongside articles by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties respectively. All three write about the countryside and its place in national life. Mr Miliband writes:  As someone who represents a constituency with big rural areas, I care deeply about how we improve life for people who live in the countryside. Readers of the Countryside Alliance Magazine know that rural communities are staggeringly diverse but have common needs and aspirations. Under this Government rural communities have faced a cost-of living crisis, a damaging fall in the wholesale dairy price, a low-pay, low-skill economy, and lack the power to make decisions about their future.

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Nick Clegg writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

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Back Country Life's bid to win "Cover of the Year" title

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Country Life magazine is in the running for a prestigious national award - the The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Cover of the Year - for its butterfly cover. You can vote for the magazine against competition including GQ, Elle and Radio Times. Country Life is the only rural magazine in the ten-strong shortlist and the PPA introduces the cover by observing: "Inspired by a lepidopterist's collection in an antique shop, this composite butterfly cover hits the jackpot.

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Spring 2015 magazine now online

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance's Spring 2015 magazine is now online, featuring articles by David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband ahead of the General Election on their visions for the countryside. Also this issue we bring you the WWF on chalk streams, Polly Portwin on Huntsman Patrick Martin's retirement, Jim Barrington on "dogs with jobs", Tim Bonner on woodcock shooting, our Rural Oscars champions, Alliance President Baroness Mallalieu on ten years of the Hunting Act and Eddie Andrew of Sheffield dairy farm Our Cow Molly on the challenges to the industry. Read on for the Editor's welcome.

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood writes for us

Friday, 27 March 2015

Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru | Party of Wales, joins other party leaders in writing exclusively for the Countryside Alliance website: The countryside and rural communities contribute to the Welsh economy not only in terms of agriculture and food production but also crucially to the wellbeing of our environment and culture. Farming forms the backbone for many Welsh rural communities - creating economic and social activity in some of our country’s most isolated areas, yet the sector faces unprecedented challenges. Incomes dropped by 44% in over 2013/14 and a further drop is projected for 2014/15. Market volatility in the dairy and red meat sectors have contributed to these pressures. Plaid Cymru believes that in order to allow the industry to respond more effectively to these challenges the government reduce bureaucracy and red tape. The Party of Wales would start by scrapping the six day standstill rule.

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AGM and Board Elections

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

In 2015 the Countryside Alliance Annual General Meeting will be held a little later than usual, in September. A number of factors have combined to make this a logical decision including a re-structured Board, our charity application and the 2015 General Election. The AGM is expected to take place on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 12.00pm. The date and location will be confirmed in our magazine’s summer issue, which will contain the members’ ballot, plus the annual report and accounts. The Board has declared vacancies for two elected members of the Countryside Alliance Board.

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Countryside Alliance Annual Report 2013

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Countryside Alliance members have voted in favour of a resolution to enable the Countryside Alliance to apply to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity. This move is explained in greater detail by Executive Chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner in the 2013 Annual Report - click here to read the report. The report also contains our Chairman Kate Hoey MP's review, the composition of our Board and the draft financials for 2013. 

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