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Tim Bonner announced as new Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance has announced that Sir Barney White-Spunner will be stepping down as its Executive Chairman after the AGM in September. The Board has appointed Director of Campaigns, Tim Bonner, to take charge as Chief Executive when he leaves. Sir Barney has spent three and a half years at the head of Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation.

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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 the appointment of three new Board members. Members have been sent their ballot forms with their summer magazine and the deadline for voting is midnight on 24th July. 

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Summer 2015 magazine now online

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Countryside Alliance's summer magazine is now online. The editorial for the membership publication outlines the content: As the new Government sets out its stall the Countryside Alliance is watching closely and we bring you some “New MPs to watch” on p12. Recent decisive action shows we mean business. A hunting e-lobby gained much publicity while we explain why Barney’s resignation from the Lead Ammunition Group (p36) was the right course of action. We are already deep into show season, with the Festival of Hunting (p50) and the Game Fair at Harewood (p47) in prospect, but I hope you take some time to enjoy this issue which has diverse content representing our many issues.

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2014 Annual Report & Accounts

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The 2014 Annual Report, featuring summary financial statements, is now online, (a full set of signed accounts for 2014 is also enclosed below). 

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The 'Operation Market Garden' fundraiser for the CA

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Hector Chamberlain has already smashed his fundraising target, but please support him. He writes: On 29th June, Hugo Strutt, George Bolitho and I will be starting the first of our three marathons on three consecutive three days in Holland. We will be retracing the exact route of XXX corps, who were the ground force of Operation Market Garden. Back in 1944, the aim of the operation was to force an entry into Germany over the Lower Rhine. As those who have seen ‘A Bridge Too Far,’ XXX corps so nearly achieved this somewhat impossible task.

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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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Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister on his love of the countryside

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, wrote for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May, but his piece is no less interesting post-Election. Mr Cameron wrote: 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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Countryside Alliance AGM - 15 September, Saddlers' Hall

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance's Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 12 noon at Saddlers' Hall, 40 Gutter Lane, London, EC2V 6BR.  Our membership magazine’s summer issue (published in late June) contains the members’ ballot, plus the annual report and accounts. The Board has declared vacancies for three elected members of the Countryside Alliance Board, so members are encouraged to exercise their right to vote. Online voting will open when the print-magazine is delivered. Both paper and online voting will on 24th July 2015. Voting online will close at midnight on 24th. 

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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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Happy New Year to members and supporters

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, wishes a very happy, healthy and sporting New Year to all members and supporters: This year will be very significant for us all; February will mark 10 years since the Hunting Act came into force in England and Wales and, because of the way the hunting world has conducted itself in the past decade, if there is a favourable result in the General Election in May, there could be a real opportunity to establish a sound and permanent future for hunting.

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