would that be the same decorum as that used to re brand and elect a committee without approaching the group that was already looking into starting a group, something that yourselves accused that group of doing without consulting yourselves, speaking for myself. what is the point in re instating a group that has consisted of one man for over 20 years that very few of the new generation of dog lads have ever even herd of, who you say has done so much for the last 20 years that we find our self still under represented and look upon as the dark sheep of the hunting world. where was this when the media was informing everyone that all lurcher work is illegal etc all over national tv and the press, where was this when the animal welfare bill was brought in so the rspca could use it in place of the hunting act to get lads banned for keeping dogs for life and extortionate kenneling and legal cost. google search shows nothing from the association since about 2000, i am sorry to say that a change and a united front is the only way to move forward the old ways never worked back then so why stick to them now. everybody wants the same thing as far as more representation goes but using the same old methods will only achieve what has happened in the past 20 or more years, a vote for change is a vote for the future
Well, Well, At last after nearly twenty years the dragon awakes. the Association of Lurcher Clubs is accepted by both the Countryside Alliance and the Council of Hunting Associations as the governing body for Lurcher/Longdog work. As Chairman of the Association I sit on the board of the Council of Hunting Associations on whose behalf I have attended meetings in the House of Commons and At the head office of the Countryside Alliance in Kennington road in London and have direct contact with the Countryside Alliance.
Before the Ban the Association of Lurcher Clubs (ALC) was one of the biggest hunting associations affiliated to the Council of Hunting Associations, (CHA) One of the reasons for it's popularity was the "Forley Cup" which brought coursing men/women from all parts of the country to test their Longdogs in the biggest and hardest competition for coursing Lurchers the coursing world had ever known. The competition and membership fees enabled the ALC to take the fight for hunting with Lurchers to the forefront against the hunting ban. We along with other hunting associations lost.
After the ban was put in place, membership of all the forms of hunting suffered. We, the ALC most of all. Since 2004 I have done the best that I could with no club income. I have attended every CLA and Midland Game Fairs at my own expence, with a display within the Countryside Alliance marque, promoting the repeal of the hunting ban with special interest for the Lurcher/Longdog owner. In short, you already have a organisation that is already in a position and has the contacts to represent the working Lurcher/Longdog Hunter.
As I have stated I attended the CLA Game Fair to represent Lurcher work for twenty years, and yet, this year I found that my attendance was not needed!! I went any way and spoke to Tim Bonner who stated that due to cut backs the marquee was smaller and there was no room. I stood by the massive stall selling various Items and wondered If this was the truth of the matter.
There you have it. The Association stands ready to do your wishes, But the ALC needs Membership and finance. If there are enough of you that really want to fight let me know and I will organise a venue for a meeting. So come on stand and be counted.
Association of Lurcher Clubs.
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Your obviously speaking for the lagbi as no one has stated your right or wrong from the steering committee
Why are they so keen to speak to AT if hes done as little as you claim? Could they need him? What did Tim Bonner say to them and what did he offer to lagbi?
AT submitted the AWL article several weeks prior to the meeting with TB to the CMW would it have made any difference if it had been published earlier?
As you are aware, I have withdrawn from the LAGBI steering committee and really wanted to see the best progress made. There are plenty of lads who are only just coming on to read this topic and you just can't stay out of it can you ? All the while causing trouble. You sit on the committee of the AWL and you come on spouting like you do ? You should have more common sense and decorum. You are a f***ing PR disaster for the organisation you represent