The Countrymen’s Club is based at Rylands Farm in Dorset
It is the model for the Countrymen UK Project
The Countrymen’s Club
The Countrymen’s Club is based at Rylands Farm in Dorset and is the model for the Countrymen UK Project, which is now being shared with other organisations throughout the UK thanks to Big Lottery funding.
The Club began in 2011 and currently has over thirty members with varying health conditions.
We run four sessions every week throughout the year. Some members attend only one session, while others attend multiple sessions – it’s entirely up to them.
The sessions run from 1pm to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year.
Every three months we organise a meeting of the Countrymen’s Wives and Carers.
Our farm and countryside environments help to meet the challenges being faced by men who find themselves isolated because of deteriorating physical or mental health or changing social conditions, which may include:
Dementia : Parkinson’s : Stroke : Isolation : Injuries : Anxiety
Depression : Bipolar : Post Traumatic Stress : Alzheimer’s
Chronic Pain : Cancer : Heart & Lung Conditions : and others
To join the Countrymen’s Club, or to arrange a Taster Session, contact us:
By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone on 01963 210703
By post at: Countrymen UK, c/o Rylands Farm, Holnest, Sherbourne, Dorset DT9 5PS
Countrymen Club members come from many different backgrounds, including:
Farming : Horticulture : Forestry : Public Services : Military
Trades : Industry and Commerce
The Countrymen Team
We have a great team of staff and volunteers who organise and manage our full range of activities for the Countrymen’s Club. Just like the Countrymen themselves, the team come from various backgrounds and bring a range of skills and experience to everything we do.
Choice of Activities
We run a diverse programme of activities and we ensure that our Countrymen members are given a choice about what’s available and what they want to do at each of our sessions.
Special Days and Events
In addition to our regular activities, we also organise special days and events. These could range from celebration days (Christmas, Birthdays, Burns Day, etc) to gaining insights from invited guests (Bee keepers, Blacksmiths, etc.)
We’re always pleased to hear from people from our local communities who would like to get involved with the Countrymen’s Club on a volunteer basis.
We’ll give you the training you need and encourage you to bring your own skills and experiences to everything the Countrymen Club does.
The Club Blog
We have a new calf and the name is Princess. She was born on Thursday 19th March to Julianna who is a Simmental Hereford cross. Mother and calf are doing very well and enjoying the lovely spring sunshine. In addition to the calf, we’re also giving a warm welcome to a couple of lambs that have been born in the past week or so. Both are strong and healthy and feeding well. Hopefully, if the weather stays dry, they’ll be out in the fields very...
The staff and volunteers at Rylands Farm have launched a newsletter, called Countrymen Chatter, which will be sent out to the Countrymen Club members and their families as part of our corona virus initiatives. “We needed to stay in touch after the Club was suspended because of the corona virus,” said club volunteer Jan Millward. “And a regular newsletter was one of the ways we could do this.” Jan will also be phoning many of the families while...
Nationwide launch of Countrymen UK Clubs allows older men with health issues to access support services in an environment they understand Countrymen UK is an exciting new nationwide initiative providing a unique solution designed to support the increasing isolation of men who find themselves unable to access outdoor work and leisure environments because of their deteriorating physical or mental health or changing social conditions. The...
We had a visit from John Bowls last week. He’s a local poet and a friend of one of our volunteers. And he agreed to come in and lead a poetry session on a particularly stormy day. Tough old Countrymen and poetry? Not two things you would expect to gel, but the session was amazing. Th poetry turned into a tea, cake and singalong session and our invited poet stayed until the end. After his visit he wrote a little piece about his experience with...
Geoff joined Countrymen’s Club in May 2015. He was born in Shaftesbury and, from the age of 8, was brought up by his Dad on a farm in FifeheadMagdalen. On leaving Gillingham School, Geoff went to Kingston Maurward College and then into partnership on the farm with his father and, in 1981, Geoff’s Dad retired and Geoff married Rose. They then moved to a farm at Stour Provost, which belonged to Geoff’s Aunt. They started with just 21 dairy cows...
main article text goes here. you can add more rows / columns / modules as needed for text / image / video / more Ken is a long-standing member of the Countrymen’s Club at Rylands Farm in Dorset. Until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001, he was a farmer. Ken was born into a dairy farming family in Twyford, near Shaftesbury in Dorset and, as a young boy, would help his father whenever he could around the farm. When he left school, he went...
Stephenson's Rocket, AKA the Bar-B-Q, had its rust and muck cleaned off prior to being painted and well stoked by the Countrymen. Now, in its new black and glossy coat, it’s ready for some Rylands Farm sausages. Yum, yum!
Two of our Countrymen had their first go on our farm buggies today. It didn’t take them long to master the vehicles and they had lots of fun. The spectators had lots of fun too, with many wondering how the men seemed to have better results when they were in reverse gear. Made us all wonder! We also had a new Countrymen joining our ranks today and he was welcomed by all. He settled in quickly and shared with us his stories of tenant...
Some of the men at our Countrymen Club have made us some “Photo Frames” which they tested out before finishing them off.Once finished, the frames will be used at events such as the Ideal Health Exhibition (7 September) and at the Solutions to Isolation Conference (4 October) as well as at any other get-togethers we find ourselves attending.Simple frames like these tend to encourage people to have their photos taken and to pose in...