Events & Days Out 2019

Cornwall Country Link

We held our annual golfing tournament today in mixed weather, this did not deter us and we certainly didn’t cancel the event due to the weather.

It was a low turnout but the intrepid golfers teed off at 2.00 and two hours later and twelve difficult holes we met back in the club house.

The contest was a close run thing but Phil, who claims he can’t see the ball once it goes off the club head, cruised to an easy victory with a score of 57. Carol came in first in the ladies competition and scored 81.

Worthy of a mention is Dotty who had never held a golf club before today and came second in the ladies section.

The prize giving was a flamboyant affair with tea and cake, hugs and kisses.

Many thanks to those who turned up and made the occasion special.

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Jaguar visit

Two members of Warwickshire Country Link group enjoyed a visit to the Jaguar factory at Castle Bromwich on the 4th July and saw the whole process from the aluminium coming into the factory to the finished car, apart from the paint shop.  They also viewed the new electric car which was on show. A very interesting visit.


Cornwall Country Link

We are still very busy here in Cornwall.

We had a delicious Arabian meal on Friday evening. We try and support a small local charity called Pants. They have a talented Syrian refugee cooking in the kitchen and he does an Arabian evening each week.

Nine of our members attended the meal.

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Today, Sunday, we had a lunch at Griggs Country Store over near St Austell then a hot 4 mile walk in the area. Returning for our tea and cake back at Griggs.

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During the week an ex member is coming home to celebrate his birthday with us and we will be popping down to a pub for a pie and a pint.

We have many many more outings planned for the rest of this summer for our members to enjoy.

Cornwall Country Link

This weekend was the annual Carnon Downs Scarecrow competition and the theme was musicals. The weather held fair. About 24 Country Linkers came to our garden to walk around the village solving anagram clues relating to the Scarecrow and to judge the ones they liked best. Everyone enjoyed a picnic in the garden and the day was rounded off with a cream tea in the village hall and awarding of the prizes. Martin was the first prize winner - and a very worthy winner with an amazing “Paint your Wagon”. It is s great event fir the village and for Country Link.

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Cornwall Country Link

cornwall02.JPGOur Country Linkers had a busy weekend.

A large group attended Sara’s function at Redruth  Meadery on Saturday evening. By all accounts it was a good event.

A smaller group joined myself and Valda for brunch in Truro this Sunday morning and then went on one of my “follow my nose” strolls. It’s amazing how much green space and quiet sanctuaries are close by to a city centre.

We returned to Truro and finished off with tea and cake at the museum cafe.

We have a planning meeting on Tuesday and will be putting together a rich and varied program for the next three months for our members to enjoy and it will attract new members to join.

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Cornwall Country Link

We had two events this pass bank holiday weekend.

Valda arranged for 16 members to take part in a local village garden safari.

The lovely village of Devoran near Falmouth hosts every year this garden safari and local people open their gardens for us to visit and admire and there was a lot to admire.

Walking around these gardens inspire us to try different things and get ideas for planting and layouts of gardens.

It also raises money for local charities.

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Our second event was The Grand Day Out.

Another 15 members joined myself firstly for a brunch at an American diner on route to our destination. Which was The Green Man festival at Mt Edgecombe situated on the Tamar river directly opposite Plymouth.

Craft stalls, food stalls and beer tent enticed us to spend our money. Live music from numerous bands entertained us and a lovely stately house and gardens needed exploring.

All set in fantastic gardens and extensive grounds boardering Plymouth Sound. A spectacular setting.

We tried our hands at archery and watched knights in armour in mock sword fights.

We also had a special tour of the only Black Bee reserve in the country and a very interesting talk about the work of the bee keepers maintaining the species of the Cornish Black Bee.

It was a very nice day and was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended.


Derbyshire Country Link

Taking-in-the-garden.jpgDerbyshire Country Link this week have had a mid week walk to a local pub for a drink in the evening sun and returned to Tutbury for fish and chips.

On Sunday we went to Lea Gardens in an old quarry near Belper.  Lovely day spent looking at rhodedendros, all inspired in the garden at what nature can produce from water, soil and light.

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Staffordshire Country Link

A short précis

Staffordshire Country Link held our Annual General Meeting at the beginning of February, where it was decided that subscriptions would be kept at £5 for a further year.  On the whole it was agreed that the club had had a successful year with many meetings being well attended.

We enjoyed a variety of pursuits including a self-guided tour of Stafford and a joint meeting with Cheshire at Jodrell Bank, an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labours Lost’ at Biddulph Grange Gardens and monthly walks taking in the local area (all including food!).  A wide range of pubs and restaurants were sampled including the bank House at Hixon, The Old Bramshall Inn, The Yorkshireman and the Wayfarer, along with our regular meal on the first Wednesday of the month at the Blythe.

Lastly, but by no means least, we are all immensely proud that one of our members has produced a book.  Terence Cooper has written Blithfield: A Parish in Time and Other Histories – copies can be obtained direct from the author priced £19.95 by emailing

Essex & Suffolk Country Link

Essex & Suffolk Group met on Tuesday evening for the monthly pub meal at Eight Ash Green. We welcomed a new member which made 10 of us.


Ayrshire Country Link

IMG_3838_1.jpgAyrshire Country Link recently spent an enjoyable Sunday afternoon strolling around Glasgow city centre to find some of the wonderful murals on display.

A beer/coffee break in a lovely wee pub where there was live jazz music was a welcome break during our walk , and we finished with a nice meal before our train journey home.

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Cornwall Country Link

We like to support our small local charities when we can.

On Sunday evening 23 people, a mix of members and friends, met at a cafe ran by PANTS, a charity that helps people who have or had cancer in the pants region.

We had a fun quiz and a raffle followed by a Sunday roast. 

It is very pleasing that not only can we enjoy ourselves and enjoy a nice meal but raise a substantial amount for the host charity. We raised £280.

Many thanks to Jannette and her small team who hosted the evening and Valda who organised us and made the evening a success.

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You see you can even have a party on an allotment


Recently Essex & Suffolk members met for a chocolate cake tea party on Sheena's allotment. There was a competition to guess which of 4 different chocolates contained the most cocoa and which the least, a short walk to view some of the other allotments and nearby woodland. There was a futuristic compostable loo, a good water supply for the gardeners and lovely sunshine.

Thank you, Sheena, for a lovely afternoon.

Cornwall Country Link

IMG_0596.JPG What do you want when you have planned a visit to a local garden? Sunshine!! We had in spades.

A local country house decided earlier this year to open their gardens to the public and after a very rapid transformation and a huge amount of effort the gardens are opened.

They also converted a cart shed into a very nice tea room which is an absolute necessity for us in Cornwall.

We started this pleasant afternoon with a super Sunday roast at the Cornish Arms in the nearby
village of Frogpool.

Many thanks to Valda for arranging the trip.

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We also wish to send our many congratulations to our members Karan and David who rushed into marriage on Saturday after living together for 31 years. It was a beautiful service and the happy couple looked fantastic.

Cornwall Country Link

Our club members got together yesterday afternoon for a quiz and a Sunday roast at the Pants Charity cafe in Penryn.

Pants is a local charity that provides rehabilitation facilities for people who have undergone cancer treatment in the Pants area. It is crucial that these small local charities receive our support for their survival.

We were able to raise approximately £150/200.

Many thanks to our members for their contributions.

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Cornwall Country Link

We had today a wonderful Easter Sunday lunch and walk at Lerryn, a quiet unspoilt village on a tidal estuary near Lostwithiel.

Our member Ros organised the event and led the walk.

The village is set in a stunning location and is an ancient port.

We walked across the steppingstones which were useable because it was low tide and headed along the paths to St Winnows church again set on the waters edge a few miles away.

The farm next to the church had an excellent machinery museum and a blacksmiths workshop fully equipped plus a tea shack that provided refreshments.

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After visiting the beautiful church we returned to Lerryn for a refreshing drink after a glorious walk on a stunning day.

Essex & Suffolk Country Link

Essex & Suffolk had two events this week. On Tuesday about 12 members and friends attended a talk by Paddy Hopkirk, former World Rally Driver including the Monte Carlo Rally win with the Mini in 1964, plus his younger colleague David Gallagher who spoke about educating and encouraging younger Road drivers to learn more skilful driving techniques and hence become safer drivers to reduce the number of deaths and serious accidents in that age group.


Secondly on Thursday early evening we had a Farm Walk round David and Jane Salmon’s Farm, followed by a lovely sandwich supper and long chat round their table.

Cornwall Country Link

The weather was absolutely gorgeous for our Sunday walk.

We tried out a new pub that has recently opened near Camborne and set off on our usual ramble.

This time I was completely playing it by ear and had only a vague idea of where I was going. Sometimes it works out very well.

We stumbled across the memorial hidden away in a very quiet country lane. I didn’t know anything about the story and it was a nice surprise and a good talking point.

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We have our new programme of events coming out next week and it’s packed full of more interesting and varied activities that our members can enjoy.

It’s never boring in Cornwall Country Link.

Cornwall Country Link

IMG_0376.JPGStorm Freya did not deter us today mainly because the very accurate weather forecast told us that we will have a brief window of dry weather between 1.00pm and 3.00.

So after a light lunch, not our normal heavy full blown Sunday roast, we set off down the Carnon Valley tramway following the storm tossed estuary of Carrick Roads.

The wind howled across the water, the wires overhead sang a high pitch song of torment, the rigging of the numerous yachts rattled annoyingly.

That’s enough poetry we just about managed to stand on our feet.

After 4.2 miles we returned to Yummy Scrummy and had delicious cakes and tea.

It was an adventure today and highly enjoyable.

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Cornwall Country Link

IMG_0376.JPGAnother Sunday, another Sunday roast and another sunny walk in our glorious countryside.

This time we started in the small village of Cubert near Newquay in the very old Smugglers Inn. From the pub we took the footpath alongside and strolled across pasture land with Hereford cattle grazing and followed a meandering stream down to the sea at Holywell Bay.

Taking advantage of the cafe at the beach we then returned to our starting place. We covered an easy 4.7 miles and had a very pleasant time with our Country Link friends.

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Cornwall Country Link

IMG_1518.JPGIMG_1522.JPGThe wind was storming in from the North East, cold but bracing.

Hail showers adding to the fun of our afternoon walk.

We had another stonking Sunday Carvery at the Turnpike Inn at Connor Downs.

The walk was 4.5 miles long taking us across to the Hayle Towans, a huge area of sand dunes with a beach that's 5 miles long.

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The wind blew the cobwebs away and brought a glow to the cheeks.

Returning back across farmland to our starting point.

IMG_1523.JPGIMG_1521.JPGOur reward was the biggest selection of cakes and puddings this side of Exeter at Treviskis Farm.

We do enjoy some special walks and when the weather is in our favour there is nothing finer than a walk with your friends in beautiful surroundings.




Essex & Suffolk Country Link

IMG_7498.JPG5 of us went for an Indian meal and chat in Earls Colne.  Last Saturday the group met at Sheena and Chris’s house for an auction to raise funds for charity. 


Cornwall Country Link

We started our new year activities by trusting the weather and arranged to have a walk and picnic over St Agnes Beacon and along the cliffs back towards the village. The weather behaved itself and stayed dry.

The picnic was enjoyed whilst sitting on top of the beacon looking down the coastline to St Ives.

The charming St Agnes Hotel was opened for refreshments at the beginning and end of the walk.

We have many more club events to enjoy and we hope to see many members during the forthcoming year.


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