Chairman's Chat 2020

January

Hello all Country Linkers,

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.   I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas.   December was a busy time for us with many meals out.   Some of us joined the Cornwall group for their Christmas celebrations at the Pentire Head Hotel.   An enjoyable weekend was had by us with the added bonus of dry weather with bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, despite very windy conditions.   Valda’s partner, Martin took us on a cliff walk above the Fistral beach on Sunday morning, again in very high winds and managed to bring us all back to the hotel safely without losing anybody over the cliff edge, although one chaps hat did blow away.   Thank you to Valda and Martin for organising a lovely weekend.

Here in Wiltshire we always have a post-Christmas celebratory meal as it breaks up a usually dull and empty time.   We are looking forward to welcoming members from both Wiltshire and Somerset to our meal next Saturday, 11th January.

It was good to have a drier time for about a week just before Christmas to give the ground a chance to dry out a bit as everything is definitely well-watered!!   I heard in the news that some farmers in Shropshire had to use 3 tractors to pull root harvesters to get mainly carrots out of the ground to cater for the heavy demand from the supermarkets just before Christmas.  Unfortunately, this has caused soil compaction with resulting plough pans, which will ultimately reduce yields as the soil structure is ruined.  Such is the greed of some supermarkets with complete disregard for nature.

Yesterday we were travelling in Somerset and saw the first signs of spring-daffodils were blooming on January 4th!!

Now that January is here it’s time to plan our future events and look forward to booking holidays, not forgetting our May weekend in Derbyshire, details of which are on the website.

If you are reading this and would like to know more about Country Link, please look at the programmes section on the website. You are welcome to get in touch with your local club direct or use our contact form.

If there's no club in your area, you are welcome to join in as a national member.

Country Link looks forward to hearing from you.

Charles Humby
Chairman


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