What happens when you are too old for Young Farmers but still want to be part of a social group with a focus on rural life?
Country Link is an organisation founded 31 years ago by ex-Young Farmers in association with Farmers Weekly, to fill the gap in their social lives created when leaving Young Farmers and to combat loneliness in people living in the countryside.
There are currently over 20 groups around the country, from Cornwall to Ayrshire, and from Essex and Sussex to Wales – and many in between. The members come from all walks of life, including farming and others in the countryside, and the events are friendly and informal.
The organisation is run by the members for the members, so it is quite inexpensive to join, usually costing under £20 per year. There are various events including walks, talks, visits, meals, theatre, even having a go on a zip wire and many many more.
There are also two National Country Link Weekends each year, giving members the chance to meet up with others from different groups. These are always well-attended with a recent weekend in Cumbria attracting almost 150 members. The weekend included a ceilidh, a masquerade ball, a games night and various visits and walks during the days. The next weekend will be held in Cornwall in May.
If you’d like to see what’s on or find a group near you, please visit the Country Link website.