The English Seaside Project

BY MANDY BALDWIN I’d bet my flip-flops and tonight’s sausages, none of the regulars at Country Squire Magazine have ever donned a blue and white wimple – no, not even the ones who attended excellent schools – but Mother Theresas come in all shapes and sizes, and CSM most definitely saved my bacon, and my marbles, to whatever extent they have been saved. It had … Continue reading The English Seaside Project

Rural Homelessness Underestimated

CSM EDITORIAL People are sleeping rough in parked cars and barns in the countryside because the stigma attached to homelessness in rural areas is “much stronger” than in cities, a new report says. According to a study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank, the “hidden crisis” of homeless people in England’s countryside is being “underestimated” as people bed down away from … Continue reading Rural Homelessness Underestimated

The Hidden Rural Homeless

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN According to the homeless charity Crisis, last year 57, 740 households were accepted as homeless in England. In Scotland, 28,226 applications were assessed as homeless and in Wales 7,128 households were threatened with homelessness. Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population. On average, homeless people in the UK die at just 47 … Continue reading The Hidden Rural Homeless

Rural Homelessness Interview

Country Squire’s rural homelessness campaign continues with an interview by the magazine’s Dominic Wightman of a homeless lady who currently lives day to day and hand to mouth in a tent with her dog. She’s bright, she’s eloquent, she’s brave and really she shouldn’t be homeless in 21st Century Britain; in the sixth richest country on earth. But she is. Why? What is going wrong … Continue reading Rural Homelessness Interview

What Next For Dog Theft Punishment?

CSM EDITORIAL When you go back through British history, it’s all too often the Labour Party that has watered down a perfectly sensible law and replaced it with a rotten one that is not fit for purpose. From the 1700s, dog theft was classed as a specific crime until the Theft Act 1968 when, under Harold Wilson’s Labour Government, the dog was relegated to chattel. … Continue reading What Next For Dog Theft Punishment?

DPJ: Tackling Farmer Depression

CSM EDITORIAL This week we would like to highlight a new charity called the DPJ Foundation. Agricultural contractor Daniel Picton-Jones from Pembrokeshire was just 34 and had two young children when he ended his life in July last year. His widow, Emma, who grew up on a dairy farm, said his death had been devastating and had brought into sharp focus a huge problem surrounding … Continue reading DPJ: Tackling Farmer Depression

Dog Theft’s Double Tragedy

BY ALEXIA JAMES Tomorrow is an important day for the Anti Dog Theft campaign currently pressurising Westminster. Country Squire Magazine has been a massive supporter of this campaign and, to bring down numbers, wants to see perpetrators of dog theft face bigger penalties for their crimes. We are all hoping that the MPs involved are not using the issue of dog theft as some bandwagon. If … Continue reading Dog Theft’s Double Tragedy

For Farmers Suffering Stress

BY HARRIET BOWYER, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW Low mood and anxiety are experienced by many people throughout their lifetime. Research indicates that farmers may be particularly vulnerable to these difficulties and that a significant number of farmers sadly commit suicide each year. For a variety of reasons farmers may not want to, or can’t access, formal health care services for support: the demands of work may … Continue reading For Farmers Suffering Stress

What Not to Say to a Depressed Farmer

BY MARK TOWNLEY Suicide rates in farmers are the highest of any occupation. That’s an alarming statistic. The exact numbers for farmer suicides is difficult to determine because farmer deaths are often reported as hunting, equipment or farming accidents instead of suicides. Access to highly lethal means — firearms, poisons, machinery — result in a large proportion of fatal suicide attempts. There are stories of … Continue reading What Not to Say to a Depressed Farmer