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SCA at the Shows

The show season affords us the opportunity to meet many members face to face to discuss more personal situations in a one to one conversation. It also allow us to fly the flag and tell members and other visitors to the stand about our many diverse activities…

Jamie Stewart and The Princess Royal


We have already enjoyed four days at the Royal Highland show and three at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair where we showcased our Youth Education and Employment Routes to Rural Employment. In a fun packed four days we entertained and shared our enthusiasm for R2RE with school children and their parents, members, politicians and dignitaries including Dr Aileen McLeod MSP (SNP) Minister for the Environment, Climate change and Land Reform, Calum Kerr (SNP), MP spokesman for rural affairs and the environment, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and early supporter of R2RE Willie Rennie and Young People and Education spokesman Liam McArthur but the highlight was the unscheduled visit by HRH the Princess Royal. Princess Anne, who is patron of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) showed great interest in the work of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and in particular Routes to Rural Employment and the positive role it plays in educating young people to the employment opportunities in the countryside.  Roll on the Highland Field Sports fair at Moy on the 7th and 8th of August. 


The Scottish Countryside Alliance has always believed that a thriving rural community is essential in order for all other elements of the Countryside to flourish and this of course includes all legal sporting activities and continues its broad portfolio of rural projects, activities and campaigns seen as vital in achieving growth and sustainability in rural Scotland. 

As part of our '360' degree approach in support of Rural Scotland and in partnership with our Routes to Rural Employment initiative and the hugely successful Scottish Rural Awards, we are about to launch our Scottish Rural Hub, which will act as a catalyst in driving forward our desire to facilitate positive change in the Countryside.

The Scottish Rural Hub is a Gateway into the Scottish Countryside, creating a unique platform for all to participate, helping to promote those who do business, engage with all with a keen interest in successful rural communities and organisations and provide an online meeting place where education, employment, information and matters directly affecting those living in rural Scotland can be posted, providing a valuable resource and a powerful tool to focus on the real issues affecting Scotland's communities.

We have 150 companies registered free to launch the service, as well as commitment from many people to offer real help and information online including advice on taxation, business valuation, property and legal advice as well as issues like rural broadband, employment, education, inspiring entrepreneurship and even what’s on, advice on buying wine and classified ads.

Once complete, the Scottish Rural Hub will be the go to place for all things rural in Scotland, and we would be interested if anyone would like to offer their views, opinions or expertise as well as topics and articles you consider important or necessary.


Please email Charlie Shentall at  [email protected]  if you would like to know more.

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