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  1. This is a recent article written by Alan Tyer . Alan is the Chairman of the AWL , some may of read a more streamlined version in the Countrymans Weekly. The Association of Lurcher Clubs has been recognised as the governing body for lurcher/Longdog work since the mid-nineties. Working closely with the Countryside Alliance, we have fought many battles, first to try to stop the hunting ban and since the ban, to repeal an unjust law. The ALC and the CA worked together with other hunting associations to fight for ALL types of hunting. The Council of Hunting Associations (CHA) being the governing body to which all hunting associations are answerable. Every type of hunting is represented on the board of the CHA, be it mounted Foxhound packs, through the Masters of Foxhound Association (MFA) and all the other Hound packs that are represented by their respective associations. When I say all types of hunting I mean all types. On the Council of Hunting Associations, not only are the hound packs represented, but also the National Coursing Club (NCC), to represent Competitive Coursing under rules, the National Working Terrier Federation, (NWTF) who represent all types of terrier work, both working with hound packs and working alone as a valuable asset in pest control, and the Association of Lurcher Clubs (ALC) who represent all types of work with Lurchers and Longdogs, from Hare coursing (pre ban AND AFTER THE REPEAL), to Rabbiting, Ratting, working with bobbery packs etc. As Chairman of the Association of Lurcher Clubs, I sit on the board of the CHA and the voice of the Lurcher/Longdog owner is as loud and as important as any other. To say that it is all about riding to hounds is totally wrong. Many hound packs are run by working farmers, miners. You have the farmers packs from wales and the Lake District where the fell packs were the main method of controlling foxes for hundreds of years. In the Pennines, you have the foot packs that have hunted the Hare, the Fox and the mink for many, many years. Bring all these together and you have HUNTING in all its forms. The Council of Hunting Associations and The Countryside Alliance make no distinction between the many diverse forms of hunting; they support and represent all forms through the governing body of each type of hunting. The Association of Lurcher Clubs was formed in the nineties to bring together all Lurcher and Longdog owners, both to form clubs and therefore work under a code of Good practice and gain permission for working their dogs, and to unite together to fight the then increasing attacks by the uninformed. One of the incentives to join the ALC was that it enabled each club champion to be put forward and enter to the Association competition The Forley Cup as well as to fight the anti-hunting fraternity. The ALC was of its time, it was just what it said on the tin, an association of Clubs. However, after the ban, the number of Lurcher clubs formed grew less and less. The many individual owners and workers of Lurchers and Longdog still needed and still need support and representation at the highest level. You still need an association to represent you and such an association still needs you. We, as always, work under the guidance of the CA and the CHA, I, as Chairman of the A.W.L.(formally the A.L.C.) represent all members to both. I had a conversation with Tim Bonner (the new chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance) and he happily confirmed that the CA still accepts the ALC (now the A.W.L.) as the governing body for Lurcher work, that mean all types of work, from Coursing, (after the repeal) to all other types of hunting done by Lurchers/Longdogs. We must be part of the fight for repeal. If you are not a member of the A.W.L. and the CA, why not? We must work together. This brings me to a major point, as I have already stated the Association of Lurcher Clubs means exactly that, an association of clubs. This was right and proper when we formed the Association, if an individual wanted to support the fight against a hunting ban; he/she had only to join a local club that was affiliated To the ALC. We must now, as then, be seen to represent ALL owners of Lurchers and Longdogs, individuals and clubs. All individuals and clubs must be catered for and all individuals and clubs must join the fight! This means that the title the Association of Lurcher Clubs, could be misleading. We no longer represent just clubs or are just about coursing (that was never the case). We are an alliance of people that own and work many types of different sighthounds both purebred and cross bred hence the title Longdog. All types and forms of hunting with Lurchers and Longdogs come under the banner and needs the support and representation of the Governing body. To this end it has been proposed that as part of the fight to bring about a repeal we must state exactly who we are and what we stand for. So the name of the ALC will be changed to the Association for the Working Longdog/Lurcher (AWL). There cannot now be any mistake, the A.W.L. represents all owners of sighthounds. The reason for using the term Longdog as well as Lurcher is that in keeping with the fight for a repeal we must include all the other working Longdogs, The working Whippet, the Working Lurcher, the Saluki Cross, the bull cross and the many other types of dog, purebred and crossbred that hunt by sight as well as scent. We owe it to you all to support and represent you at the highest level and in turn you owe it to yourselve, to join and fight for repeal. All the contacts and experience that we have gained as the ALC are still there. We must use them to fight for repeal. For information and for membership details contact - awl.association@gmail.com http://www.awll.co.uk/wp/ https://www.(!64.56:886/The-Association-for-the-Working-LurcherLongdogs-342517515297/?fref=nf Not only are we part of the hunting community, we must be seen to be part of the fight for repeal.
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    RIP Tigger

    Shame that fella.. Always enjoyed your posts back in the day. Youve made plenty memories, he was a cracking dog.
  3. I exited the club late 2016/2017 I was never a signatory or treasurer. I am not sure what happened to any funds,I'd not even now the figure or balance. It may of caused some issues with the bank, when Jayne passed away or its been passed over to charity, I don't know tbh. I'd be guessing but I don't even think it would of been a few hundred quid. I know during the time I helped, no monies were spent from subscriptions and the websites were paid for by donations from members. Sir Jonny Scott covered his own expenses when he attended the Hunting Council. Maybe the members were sent some correspondence about the club, but not being an active member, I'd not know that either. If folk have unanswered questions, I'm not sure who could address them.
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    Game Of Thrones

    https://www.onitube.com/video/47633/game-of-thrones-s07e06-death-is-the-enemy Full link ..
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    Magpies, " I Loath Them".

    Seen a Magpie today @ Chester Zoo.. The family were horrified but it was the most instinctive creature there.. A mallard was feeding with her young in tow, from families that were enjoying their picnic. The chicks must of only been a few days old. The magpie hopped down from a tree and grabbed a tiny duckling. Left the scene as quickly as it arrived. I felt sorry for the kids, that where traumatised,from what they'd witnessed. It's the 2nd time I've seen birds attacking ducklings, the other time it was a heron, down the river. I told the mother in law that's real life and got a thick ear lol.
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    What's the best way for blocking the holes where they nest ?? I've also got a nest & an waiting for them to leave.. I was thinking expandable foam or will they open that back up?? What's the crack with chicken wire ?? Stuff it in the hole ??
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    Ruck Sacks For Rabbits

    I've a few old army rucksacks, with the tops held open with high tensile wire. Cheap & effective.
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    Magpies, " I Loath Them".

    Prefer magpies to starlings,they are dirty little buggers.. Magpie has to survive like everything.. I've two magie nests in my back and I just leave them.Down the fields I'd pop one off, given the chance. I'm forever blocking the roof off but each spring the starlings find away in and shit all over the cars on the drive.. Shame I canny pop a few of them off..
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    Right Or Wrong Comments Please

    That would suit the trainer wearing brigade lol..
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    Wellie Wisdom Wanted

    I've had a few pairs of muck boots and grub wellies never lasted well really.. Tried a pair of good year neoprene wellies & they are going strong. They've gone up in price a bit mind.. Like said canny beat proper boots if your covering some distance or rough terrain..
  11. Cheers fella.. Aye maybe after Googling it.. Has the big back legs like them. It was docile never jumped away hope there ain't anymore knocking about in the house..
  12. Aye it was not a horse fly it was black and really small just a few mm in size them horse flys are big brown orange colour? ? Call them cleggs up here and they give you some nip lol
  13. Lol it definitely weren't a spider. . She had to get some antibiotics. . It was red hot and "proper sore" . It was very small, slightly bigger than a flea and was not very fast moving..
  14. Do you know what this is ?? Bit my Mrs & she had a welt the size of a orange lol..
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    Nice Land In Orkney

    Bet they normally don't have much on. That would of been there biggest case in years lol
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    Nice Land In Orkney

    Is that where you had the bother when ferreting & they took your shot gun ??
  17. I've got the 55 250 & 75 300 I always grab the longer lens & to be honest would like a longer lens.. You'll get good enough shots if your not to ambitious with the distance.. I'm like yourself and work in the price bracket I can justify.. Good luck with the lens..
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    I was recommended this product & myself found it to, eradicate the joint stiffness in my dog. I found it worked and the dog never experienced any unwanted side effects. It really gave her a new lease of life.. I actually went for this option aposed to metacam or rimadyl as it's was cheaper ( no crazy prescription charge) & there is a lot of literature to support the therapeutic use of Devils claw..
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    Unique Carved Lurcher Antler Opinel No 12

    Canny likeness lol
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    I gave my old bitch this; http://www.hyperdrug.co.uk/NAF-Canine-Relief-250ml/Productinfo/NAFRELIEF/ Sorted her out a treat.. Ran till she was 9/10 ..
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    Balding Back Legs ?

    Mine went like that. I reduced the grains and feed more meat. Added quality oils to, Ultimate oil or linseed oil . I also tried some dorwest herbs. Keepers mix & kelp powder.. http://www.dorwest.com/category/skin_and_coat
  22. Fair play, 2k is a lot of money. Hope the bitch makes a full or as good as recovery..
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    Caught Poaching Stories

    They were £3:50 when they stopped.. Just got them at the post office & they never mentioned permission..
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    A Bit On The Rib....

    Looks A1 fella.. Restaurant Quality..
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    Any One Use Csj Food

    I like the monster mix & it's one of the cheaper ones.. Dogs do well on it & decent turds.. Tried a few of them and dogs have got on with them all.. Prior to using this I used gain or formula.. Dogs are better with CSJ. .