Events & Days Out 2018

Cornwall Country Link - The Trench

We are very fortunate in Cornwall to have innovative and talented theatre groups who put on brilliant shows and plays.

A small group of us went to Bodmin on Saturday evening and had a deeply moving experience taking part in The Trench.

We were recruited and sent by steam train to the front as part of the Cornwall Light Infantry.

We were taking the parts of actual men who went to the front. Some survived to tell the stories but the majority died.

It was an extremely well put together piece of theatre made even more moving that we were actual soldiers who put down their lives for our freedom that we enjoy today.

This emersive theatre pulled us in and we were time travelled back to those horrendous times of the 1914 war and the trench warfare.

Hopefully never to be repeated.

A wonderful and moving experience thoroughly enjoyed by our group.

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Cornwall Country Link

IMG_1057.JPGHere in Cornwall we usually try to do something to enjoy the evening of the longest day. So this year we took picnics to Trelissick (a beautiful spot), tried to fly a kite, walked to the sea and back through the Bodgers wood, before heading down the pub. It was a lovely evening and great weather!

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Cornwall Country Link

Here in sunny Cornwall we like to do different things!!

A few months ago we planned a swimming trip to Penzance's lovely lido for today. So fingers crossed for fine weather, it's wasn't brilliant but it was okay.

We had a super fun event shared with our nice members. The water in the pool is sea water and not heated but Penzance is blessed with fine warm weather and the water was 17.5 degrees, so chilly when getting in!!!

We had a long extended lunch and the 18 members who attended had a thoroughly good afternoon. Many suggesting that we should do it again soon.

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Cornwall Country Link

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This weekend saw some of the Cornwall Country Link at Scorrier on Saturday for the Great Estate Festival with a variety of entertainment available.

On Sunday a group enjoyed a good lunch and a walk on Carn Brea.

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Derbyshire country link visit Lea Gardens

Home of Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

Where rainbows are made.

We rendezvous at the gardens, once found - via a very small sign - enjoyed a coffee and a chat, before starting our stroll around the labyrinth of paths and banks, to see the newts and frogs in the pond and the woodland area. We soon lost each other.

David met an un expected resident of the garden. He did make tea!

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Su and I played naught and crosses on our travels .Once tea time came round we were drawn by  tea pot, for tea  and cake, for further chat about the vast colours and varieties in the gardens.

Love colours great company giving a wonderful afternoon.

Staffordshire Country Link

At the end of April Staffordshire Country Link hosted a meal and disco for members and friends from around the country, a raffle in aid of the local Air Ambulance made £190 with many prizes donated by local businesses. An excellent meal was provided in Finneys restaurant at Amerton Farm by Totally Delicious.  We were also lucky enough to arrange for Gavin from Shire Standard to come along and take some photographs for his newspaper.  The Balloons provided by the Air Ambulance created a diversion late in the evening after everyone had loosened up dancing the night away.

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Earlier in the month we had enjoyed a not too onerous and beautiful walk in Dimmingsdale where the trees were just beginning to come into leaf.  Although the weather was dull we all managed to eat a lovely Sunday lunch outside at the Ramblers Retreat without being rained on. Isla, the westie, particularly had a good time trying to decide who she should be following in the ‘hope’ of receiving a  treat.

A new departure for Staffordshire Country Link will see us meet up on the first Wednesday of every month at The Blythe for a meal, drink and a chat in addition to other items on the programme.  This is to ensure that all members have knowledge of where at least one meeting takes place per month. New friends and members are always welcome.

Kate Greaves - 2018

Cornwall Country Link

We were blessed with a clear blue sky and bright sunshine as we took our regular Sunday walk.

As usual we had a good lunch at the Goonhavern garden centre and then had a nice walk in the surrounding area which is just inland from Perranporth.

Two new members joined us and they experienced a good friendly group totalling 21 members.

Naturally we returned to the cafe and topped up the fuel tank with tea and cake.

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Cornwall nature walk

A small but enthusiastic group of members fought the urge to have a Sunday morning lay in and joined myself and Valda for an early morning nature walk.

At 8.30 we met at Tehidy Country Park near Redruth and had a very pleasant stroll in the area spotting the birds and wild life. We saw water fowl, woodland birds like the Great Tit and the friendly Robin. We also was able to study at close proximity a delightful Wood mouse.

We finished the walk with a breakfast in the parks cafe.

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Cornwall Country Link - Easter weekend

IMG_5071.JPGEaster weekend, on the Saturday we went walking! That's not normal for us! There was a very good reason, I had found the most marvellous tea room serving the biggest portions of cake known to man but they don't open Sundays so the walk had to be a Saturday.

We had a very pleasant 4 mile walk beforehand which was necessary and then we were able to tuck into the tea and cake without the guilty complex.

11 happy members of Cornwall Country Link thoroughly enjoyed today's outing.

p.s. the tea room is part of Cornwall Country Supplies which is based on a local farm and is a perfect example of farm diversification and is very much in keeping with Country Link.

Happy Easter, Martin

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Derbyshire Country Link meets 'Meg'

Met 10am at Maria's, Meg unable to travel. 7 people, 5 dogs and we were off, destination The Cock at Hanbury.  3 miles for Meg with her 4 little legs, too busy to be worrying about that, new friends to be made, new things to see and do.

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After coffee we were off on our return trip back to Tutbury on the local footpaths clashing with the 500 cows coming in for milking. All good fun.

Once home tea and cake.

Lovely day for all.

Cornwall Country Link

The weather was stunningly beautiful for our walk at Boscastle.

The group had their traditional Sunday lunch at the Cobweb Inn.

The main walk was following the river up the Valency valley to St Juliets Church. Knowing it was a tricky path and slippery some of the group stayed in Boscastle and explored this lovely North Cornwall fishing village.

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The rest of the group took to the path and had a glorious walk up through this deep river valley.

On the return we branched off the path to visit a second church, Minister church, nestled in a bowl completely out of view of everyone.

To return to Boscastle we only needed to leap across stepping stones over the river. Simple!!!

Tasty crumble back at the Cobweb completed the walk.

Country link out and about in Nottinghamshire

Peter's annual dinner and dance was held at the Ramsdale Golf Club, Nottingham.  Arrived in good time and ordered taxi for 10 to the venue. Great food and company.  Caught on the news and danced the night away with friends from near and far.

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The following morning, after our overnight stay at the Premier Inn and breakfast at Ramsdale, 12 of us set off on a 4 mile walk around the area and returned for a light lunch.

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Lovely 24 hours away.

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Saturday night back with home crowd, down in Tutbury at Tutbury Club.

Cornwall Country Link

Cornwall Country Link have had a couple of weekday nights out this week.

Monday found us at the Star and Garter in Falmouth where we enjoyed food from the “Dirty Mondays” menu, drinks, conversation and live music.

On Wednesday night a small group of intrepid revellers were in Truro for another delicious meal and then watched Truro’s “City of Lights” parade which had been postponed from November due to bad weather. Lots of local schools make delightful lanterns from paper and bamboo and parade through the streets accompanied by pipes and drums.

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Cornwall Country Link

Today Cornwall Country Link enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch with a view of Falmouth harbour followed by an afternoon creating masterpieces on pottery.

We will collect our works of art in a few days. We have some talented people!!

It was a very enjoyable time.

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Autumn 2017 weekend report

Click here to read Tom's report from our Autumn 2017 weekend

Click here to read Host Warickshire Country links report from our Autumn 2017 weekend

Cornwall Country Link

As you can see from our dramatic photos we braved the very strong winds that certainly blew the cobwebs away.

The scenery was exhilarating and our small group thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and walk on this first day of 2018.

We have many more events planned for the forthcoming year.

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Staffordshire Country Link - Review of 2017

Staffordshire Country Link thought it was about time we provided an update of our events during the past year.  Winning the cup for the most new members was a pleasant surprise. Although not competitive it was good for Staffordshire to receive recognition for all our efforts as we are always keen to encourage new members.  

We have a 3 programme planning meetings each year. Members are encouraged to attend and/or organise and/or suggest/request events. The Staffordshire Country Link Programmes is members led with 3-4 events per month. Each month tends to feature a walk, at least one meal (and most events include the option for eating!) and an item of “culture”. Meals are the most popular events. Some events are arranged with neighbouring Cheshire Country Link. Members are empowered and encouraged to arrange events and to participate. Optional background support when arranging an event is available and those who do arrange events do a great job, admit the confidence boost is amazing and go on to arrange more!  Obviously members are encouraged to attend events however there is no pressure to do so recognising other commitments and unexpected life changes, and in addition not every event appeals to everyone.  Our aim is to be an informal, friendly and caring social group with plenty of laughter and banter. If we don’t see or have any contact from a member for a while, one of the group will make contact to check they are ok. Many Staffordshire members also attend other clubs’ events, and the National Weekends away resulting in an amazing network of friends and experiences around the country. Some of you may have met members Tony, Ian and Phil affectionately known as” The Three Musketeers”, their social appetites and travel distances know no bounds!

Staffordshire is a diverse county bordered by The River Dove to the East and the town Uttoxeter with its racecourse; the Trent Valley and its flat farmland;  the cities of Lichfield and Stoke on Trent, a variety of market towns, the White Peak area bordering  the Peak District,  The Roaches and hilly terrain of The Moorlands  with the towns of Leek, Biddulph and Cheadle extending down to  The Rock Houses  (we visited a few years ago) located on a little leg of Staffordshire running to the south of Wolverhampton and bordering Worcestershire. An abundance of beautiful countryside, areas steeped in history including numerous castles e.g. at Stafford, Chartley and Tutbury; the pottery industry, the National Arboretum, Uttoxeter Racecourse,  Alton Towers and the home of JCB. With a wide variety of places to eat to suit all tastes and pockets there is plenty of choice when programme planning. Stafford County Show in May is an annual event and it has become a Staffordshire Country Link tradition to meet at 3pm for tea in The Young Farmers Pavilion. A chance for some to relive their days in Young Farmers and of course an opportunity to recruit new members (the parents/relatives/friends of current Young Farmers!!) Other events this year have included visits to a Windmill and Vintage Tractor Show; a joint visit with Cheshire Country Link to The Salt Museum near Northwich in Cheshire,

Shugborough EstateAlthough the county of Staffordshire is land locked there is still plenty of water around and a "watery" theme has emerged on our walks this year. Rudyard Lake (joint meeting with Cheshire Country Link), Tittesworth Water, and Shugborough Estate and Pakland. The latter was one of our autumn walks along canal towpaths and rivers, crossing The Essex Bridge (the longest remaining packhorse bridge in England and reputedly built for Elizabeth 1 by The Earl of Essex so she could visit nearby Chartley Castle) and onto The Shugborough estate and parkland with its herd of Longhorn cattle (see photographs taken by Terry) now owned by The National Trust. It was the perfect autumn day sunny, bright and crisp with beautiful splashes of colour from the leaves on the trees and plenty more to crunch underfoot. Terry’s reward as the nominated photographer was the sight of a kingfisher by the canal unfortunately too quick for his camera and missed by the rest of us who were too noisy engrossed in banter and laughter!

shug2.jpgOccasionally our walks have been wet underfoot especially on the 3rd December. Although we took the very good advice to wear wellies, unfortunately Phil discovered his left welly had sprung a leak and it was at the walk’s wettest spot!  Phil organised a walk was from Stone “The Canal Town” calling in for refreshments at” Oatcakes and Milkshakes” recognising the dairy industry and Staffordshire’s heritage. The watery theme continued however this time swimming instead of walking with a trip to “Waterworld “(joint with Cheshire Country Link) and a couple of entertaining stories! We managed a few non watery walks too including a revisit to Oakamoor close by Alton Towers. Oakmoor amongst other things is famous for The Chained Oak with its legend and curse. We walked along the disused railway line up into the hills in beautiful sunshine and returned for welcome refreshments at The Ramblers Retreat – also famous but this time for the selection of Staffordshire oatcakes and lemon meringue pie!  From The Roaches we travelled up into “White Peak” and completed a circular walk from Wetton with magnificent views across The Manifold Valley and into Derbyshire. We have ventured into Derbyshire’s Peak District on one occasion: to Monyash and the hidden limestone valley. We have walked on Cannock Chase a vast area, Country Link has visited many times before, this time passing the War Cemeteries and the Glacial Boulder (which to some was surprisingly small!). Our final walk of the year is just over a week after our Christmas Meal on December 22nd and offers a chance for escape and a catch up before 2018. Billed as “George’s Festive Walk” – last year he managed to arrange bright winter sunshine and a herd of red deer! No pressure for this year George!!! We hope the weather will be kind to us although in the festive spirit, just the briefest of snow flurries would be acceptable!

Staffordshire Country Link would like to take the opportunity to send   Very Best Wishes for the Festive Season and for 2018 to all our friends throughout Country Link. We look forward to meeting up in 2018 and if you’re ever in the Staffordshire area please contact us if you would like to come along to one of our events, we’d love to see you and guarantee a friendly welcome!

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