Chairman's Chat Archive 2016

December

Dec' the hall's and prepare the egg nogg the end of the year is nigh

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This time of year brings frosts, Christmas, game hunting (I know some of you will be against this but the work that goes into this also has great benefits for the country side in providing habitats, food and protection for native wild birds.) and the big bangs of fireworks for the last night of 2016.

The farming community is doing it's last outside work before the wet drives everyone inside to do all those winter repair jobs in the workshop, gardeners are cleaning and putting their tools away ready for spring and the urban community are waiting for their Christmas holl's.

Good luck to you all with the Christmas shopping and avoiding all those bugs that lay us low at this time of year.
Above all remember to 'eat drink and be merry because there's always tomorrow to start that diet!

 

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman

 


 

November is here

Finally autumn is here in full swing, down here in Essex we've had our first frosts, the leaves are changing and it's definitely getting colder, fires in the grate, central heating systems being checked and serviced and warm duvets on beds.

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The last weekend of October saw our autumn 'gathering of the clans' up in Cumbria which was well attended and great fun for all ; a ceilidh dance on Friday, a masquerade dance to a live cover-band on Saturday and a games night on Sunday to raise money for charity liberally interspersed during the day with assorted visits and walks around the countryside.( there are
many photo's and various reports elsewhere on our site if you would like to know more.)

For the farming community things are finally slowing down, all the drilling should be now done, perhaps a little spraying against funguses strawing up over wintered outside veg (mainly carrots round here but I believe in Norfolk there are parsnips too. For those with sugar beet this
little bit of rain means that finally the ground will be soft enough to start lifting in earnest and also the over winter ploughing can be done ready for the spring crops. Of course don't forget the little farmer with their allotment or veg. patch who also needs to do the same but in a smaller less mechanical way.

The real big bit about November of course is Guy Fawkes night or as it seems to have become bonfire week as round here they started Tuesday and I think the last organised one is tonight oh of course you may not know it's Sunday 6th and I'm a little late doing this. Just to add a little gripe here but why is it every one seems to want to follow the Americans with 'trick or treat' but no longer does the British idea of 'penny for the Guy' (or perhaps that should be a pound!)

 

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman

 


 

October

Well Autumn is finally here, although we've still got sunny days the nights are drawing in and definitely getting colder, time to check the central heating, stock up on wood/coal and prepare for winter.

Don't forget Autumn also brings our long weekend of fun up in Cumbria, for those who are not members if you check out the rest of our pages you can see the weird and wonderful things we get up to.

In fact October is quite a busy month on top of all this there's Halloween and the clocks change (whoopee an extra hour in bed). Last year we combined halloween with Guy Fawkes night and had a wonderful time.

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In the farming/gardening and allotment community it's a busy time; digging the last of the vegetables, cultivating and drilling next years crops, hedge
cutting (now all the birds have finished nesting) and starting the lifting of the Sugar beet crop for next years sugar (don't forget folks buy the one with the red tractor on and support British farmers).

Finally for all you towns folk.......... enjoy trick or treat!

 

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman

 


 

September

So August is over and most of the cereal crops are in (and I got the chance to relive a bit of my past showing a lad how to drive an old Class senator), but those pesci spuds keep coming I've reached a point where I'm lifting, riddling (for non potato growers that's sorting the dirt and green/rotter ones from the good) bagging and stitching the bags, eating (yum) and DREAMING (that's frightening) spuds!

For those with a bit of time to spare September sees the end of the show season in Essex there's Barley-lands, in Suffolk there's the Henham steam fair and down south there's the Dorset steam fair that covers farming from horse drawn to early tractors, haulage through the ages, transport (motorised and pedal) road working of the past and a massive fair ground section, steam driven and new and at night it comes alive with all the steam engines providing the electricity if you have a
spare 5 days to camp there its well worth it. 

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For all those with families it back to school time and I wish you all good luck remembering where the uniforms are and helping your 'lovely panicking child' finish their home work that got forgotten.

If you're in part of the country I haven't mentioned or at a loose end don't forget to look at the National web site programs page and i'm sure there will be something to draw you in and try and find that we are a friendly bunch with a great deal to offer.

 

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman




Welcome to August

Well July was somewhat varied where I live we had 3 weeks of hot sun and no rain which has caused havoc on these roads with all the 'sun worshippers' heading to Clacton. which ended with some heavy showers but no significant water while ten miles up the road they had regular showers ending in a hail storm (the size of golf balls and causing some significant damage).

For all of you with animals, domestic and farmed this hot weather has not been welcome, flies/flees out in force and midges causing problems, out here on the coast the weather has brought with it the Blue tongue virus for the cattle which means they all have to be rounded up and injected, this is not much fun on a hot afternoon with cows that are also hot and bothered and VERY uncooperative.

July also saw the start of harvest, round here spuds and haylege (for those without animal connections this is like hay but baled a little greener and then wrapped in a heavy duty cling film to store where it ferments and enriches before being fed to cattle or horses) followed by barley and right at the end that infamous rape {that caused a lot of the hay fever problems in the spring.)

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For all of us involved in the farming industry this is the time of year we go round in ever decreasing circles however for all of you who have a few hours to spare don't forget Country Link keeps going and there are plenty of excellent events still going on so don't forget to have a look at the program for your area and contact them to try out this wonderful 'family' of people.

 

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman




Welcome to the second half of the year and a time of big changes!!

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For all of you with a bit of land; be it a garden, allotment or a farm are you like me thinking maybe we should be planting rice.

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June saw the start of show and carnival season and I can thoroughly recommend getting out to see them if you can, I'm also reliably informed it's also sports season with Wimbledon, Euro football and the Olympics coming up, wey hey if you need distraction from the upheavals on the political front there is plenty out there OH YES and don't forget the biggest and best of all COUNTRY LINK EVENTS ALL ROUND THE COUNTRY.

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman




The Power of Group

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Welcome all to my second chat.

May finally saw the start of spring and everything has greened up with a vengeance, including all the weeds in the fields, on the garden and in the lawn.

What I’d like to mention today is something I call 'the power of group', that is when you get a number of people together there is always someone who knows someone who can get you somewhere as an individual you could never go, and this is something that we as Country Link provide. For example 4 visits our group been on are covered by the 3 pictures above (plus one!), the first is of a free range chicken farm which happened to be run by one member of my group, the second is a free range pig farm owned by someone I work for part time and the third is a Bison farm owned by someone who knows someone in the group and the plus one I could not take a picture of as it was Sizewell nuclear power station, again someone knew someone who managed to wangle a tour for us.

Every group in the country can give there own examples of this and you only have to visit the program page or the gallery to see the wide range of choices and if you also think that our subscriptions are at most £20/year (depending on group.) you need only do a couple of visits to get full value for money and everything else is a bonus.

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman




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As this is my first chat I thought I'd introduce myself , well just in case you’re not sure I'm the one on the left oh yes and the one on the far right, in the middle is Molly my dog and the lady is Karen my partner.

I've only been a member for about 6 years and it is a daunting job taking over from Maria after her hard work and effort, but like all members of the club I think this is a great organisation and you only have to look through this website to see all the wonderful things that go on and we get involved in.

We live in the Essex and Suffolk region and if any of you are down this way call us, if we’re not actually doing an event we would love to meet up and find something to do, there is always a walk on the beach at “sunny Clacton” or, if you've been following it on TV, a tour of the notorious Jaywick.

On the farm we’re moving into a busy period, sugar beet hoeing, spraying, fertilising and if there is no rain that dreaded irrigating, and for those with cattle turning them out as soon as that grass is lush enough.

I think that's enough for you all to digest for now, enjoy the garden and the sunshine.

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 ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony
Chairman




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The dahlias are outside in the fresh air, lawn mown, tulips standing proud as we start to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. I have attended the lighting of the beacon and Tutbury Castle and raised a glass with fellow Country Linkers to the Queen.

The spring national weekend starts on the 29 April, so this week the priorities are, early nights, fancy dress, posh frock and my chairman’s report for the AGM.

I am looking forward to seeing friends, going on trips out and about in the area with our hosts from Nottinghamshire in the sunshine.

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 ring or e-mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973 461562.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




image001.jpgSpring is well on its way and the daffodils are on the horizon and cutting the lawn.

Some areas are still recovering after the winter floods and hope there is light at the end of tunnel.

Most clubs will have their AGM and new programmes are out and out and on the web.

It’s the time to be out walking and enjoying the countryside, visiting new places and making new friends.

image002.jpgThe National Spring weekend is well on its way with planning in place for trips and visits. This is to hosted by Nottinghamshire club and takes place at the Salford Hall Hotel, Melton Mowbray, Lincolnshire, if you have not booked please ring Vicki or Pat at the last minute dot com office, number on the home page, click on weekend booking form.

The national Country link AGM will be held on the Sunday at the hotel.

Look forward to seeing you at Salford Hall Hotel for a bit of fun in the spring sun.

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 ring or e-mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973 461562.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




2015

image002.jpgimage001.jpgAs the year draws to a close, nature struggles to cope with spring in December. Cumbria has been dealt a cruel blow and will be drying out for a long to time; we wish them well with the recovery process and some festive cheer. As we all enjoy our club Christmas party and visiting other up and down the country with old friends, chatting about what we have all been up to, sharing photos and thoughts of weekends away and places we have visited haven’t we all done well!

New club programmes will be coming out in the New Year and clubs will be hosting their AGM. I wish all new officers and clubs the very best for 2016.

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 ring or e-mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973 461562.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




image001.jpgWe have just returned from celebrating 30 years of country link at the Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth, a fantastic base for all of us, function suite, bar, pool, car park and staff all great.

image002.jpgFriday night was fancy dress. What you were wearing in 1985, some even managed to wear the same clothes, just fab.  After dinner we danced till the early hours. Up for breakfast for some at 7.30am, a bit of a shock to the hotel, to get our day started.

Then we were off on our first new thing for Country Link, a bendy bus to the Canadian Bison farm, at Packington, 80 of us went on this trip, what fun, a lovely visit even if a damp day.

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The other bus went to the Space Centre and Richard 3; this was not without its own drama. 

image005.jpgLater in the day some took advantage of a swim or a snooze before putting the glad rags on for the celebrations, drinks reception and Will the magician, food and dancing.

Sunday morning came with more English breakfast, then into the cars like The Apprentice to the Motor Museum at Donnington, Calke Abbey, and the Veterinary Hospital at Pride Park Derby, followed by the Velodrome, both very interest modern and smart.

Once back at the hotel, after tea and cake, the members’ meeting took place followed by a swim for some, lovely to see Country Linkers having a swim or a soak in the Jacuzzi or just a rest. In the evening we all dined together for the last time a with a table quiz afterwards, we all realised how lucky we are to have Country Link to enjoy.

Thank you to Derbyshire for hosting a wonderful weekend.

 

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 ring or e-mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973 461562.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




image001.jpgAs the evening draw in and the trees change to their autumn colours, golds, browns and reds are most prominent .The hats and gloves are coming out, hunting and shooting has resumed and the harvest is finally gathered, all is well in rural Britain.

I hope the 139 country linkers travelling to kegworth to celebrate 30 years of country link, are getting the earlier nights in, as it’s going to be busy.

Friday night what you were wearing in 1985 and a photo for guess who? To start the celebrations!

image002.jpgDon’t forget your swimming gear and you posh frocks for the girls and the chaps your DJ ready to dance the night away on Saturday. Sunday there is the members meeting in the afternoon followed by more entertainment.

Derbyshire are looking forward to welcoming you all to this celebration of country link.If you are reading this and would like to know more about country link, please look at the other section on the website. Welcome to get in touch with your local club direct or ring or e mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973461562.

If no club in your area, welcome to join in as a national member.

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




image001.jpgThe combines are on the home stretch now, and the harvest safely gathered in, just the ploughing and reseeding to do ,won’t be long before you can a bit of a rest and some fun. The morning is getting fresher and the nights are getting darker, the seasons are changing.

I am sure clubs having been making the most of the weather with walks, days out and trips to pub gardens up and down the country. Visiting ploughing matches will be next and the harvest festival all things to be proud of.

The 30 th anniversary weekend is well on its way, with the booking forms going out for you to make your trip choices. There are 133 delegates booked to stay at the Yew Lodge hotel; we will have fun packed days and evening. The bookings of trips and menu for the Saturday night are in the post and details will be on the web for everyone to look at soon.

Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear and get a few early nights during the week before in.

Derbyshire the host club are looking forward to meeting old friends and make the new weekenders very welcome.

If you are reading this and would like to know more about country link, please look at the other section on the website. The programme section has a list of all clubs, either get in touch with your nearest club, or ring or e mail myself,mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, text 07973461562.

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

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




image001.jpgSummer is here on the calendar, am not so sure with the temperatures out and about, the local farms are saying yes it is, with silage been made and perhaps hay in the next few weeks.

image002.jpgSome of you will know I lost my dog Doodah after a full and fun life and in her later years became the Derbyshire mascot. I have been a few months without a dog, and the lawn has recovered. I took on a new dog called ‘solar, ’a sweet thing brought light to my front door when dark!

By pure chance, I was offered a dog, needing a new start in life, and 18 hours in seems quite happy with her new home.

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Amber will be taking on the role of Derbyshire mascot wearing club colours once the training of such a role is complete.

On a more serious note, for those attending the 30 years Anniversary Country Link Ball with Valda this weekend, have a lovely time and I look forward to the report and photograph of this event which can be shared on the web.

The autumn weekend has 60 places booked, and all planning is ongoing. Derbyshire are looking forward to hosting this event, all enquires to Phil Charles, for more information, look on front page on the web, weekend booking information can be found there.

If you are reading this and would like to know more about country link, please look at the other sections on the website. The programme section has a list of all clubs, either get in touch with your nearest club, or ring or e-mail myself, mariaguest@talktalk.net or 01283 810648, leave a message or 07973 461562 call or text.

Also available a link through the website under contact for enquires.

If no club in your area, welcome to join in as a national member.

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman




A mixed start to the spring   weather, with wind, rain and hail for some. The landscape has now changed with the trees in full leaf and hedges out with their green coats on. The grass is been cut in fields and in the garden, nearly in short sleeves shirts!

The spring weekend has just concluded, hosted by Shropshire club at The Buckatree Hall Hotel at Wellington, Telford.  A wonderful weekend, thank you to Caroline and Robyn and the Shropshire team for running this event. Full report on the weekend section of the website.

In afternoon country link held its AGM, all offices returned to their posts, and the girl power remains on top table.

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Derbyshire been presented with Cup for gaining the most increased membership for the second year.

image003.jpg The weekend baton was passed from Robyn (Shropshire) to Phil (Derbyshire) to mark the opening of the 30 Years    Anniversary weekend. Which is now live details on the front page of the website, all bookings through Phil Charles, This event is open to past members and friends, for the weekend and the Dinner on Saturday   night, to registrar and interest please get in touch with Phil.

New programmes are out with walks, bike rides and picnics, pub meetings.

Also available on the website now is the report from the Spring weekend and photographs on the gallery section.

If you are reading this chat for the first time please have a browser on the website and contact your nearest club .If you would like more information regarding country link, please get in touch with me.

mariaguest@talktalk.net or telephone 01283 810648, leave a message or 07973461562 call or text.

Also available a link through the website under contact for enquires.

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Maria Guest
Chairman

 

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