The Battle of Biggin Hill

BY MANDY BALDWIN In 1943, some immensely brave young men, none of whom knew if they would see the next sunrise, built a chapel out of prefabricated huts, and it was dedicated on the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, 15th September, 1943.  Three years later, having survived the war, it burned down.  With money in short supply, and greatly distressed, Winston Churchill set about … Continue reading The Battle of Biggin Hill

CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

CSM EDITORIAL The CLA (Country Land and Business Association Limited) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. They have been safeguarding the interests of landowners, and those with an economic, social and environmental interest in rural land for more than 100 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales … Continue reading CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

English Seaside Project Interview

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last Wednesday, after a steak and chips in Eastbourne with my accountant, I was due in 1066 country in East Sussex to interview Country Squire’s writer Mandy Baldwin. I wound my way through tiny country lanes until I found a dirt track to a campsite, which was located amidst an old copse on the side of a hill from which there are … Continue reading English Seaside Project Interview

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