If St Valentine’s Day finds you sourly reviewing another passing year of dispiriting, mate-less, rural isolation, take heart and read on.Together with the myriad dating services catering for yoga buffs, Catholics, cabin crew and those who admire the fuller figure, thriving organisations are dedicated to helping country people find love.
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Rural dating has become more sophisticated since Patricia Warren, a Derbyshire farmer’s wife, set up The Country Bureau 25 years ago it’s now run by Katie Moore in Gloucestershire to find wives for isolated farmers.
”‘ She advises people to refer to the Association of British Introduction Agencies, which has sensible guidelines, and to ask what you’re getting for your money.
For instance, how even the man-woman balance is (there tend to be fewer men above the age of 65).
‘Our first couple is still together, and we’re getting grateful emails from people who spent Christmas together and are planning skiing holidays,’ says Lucy.
‘Online dating isn’t new, but it’s taken country people longer to catch on because using a computer isn’t naturally part of their work, and they don’t spend long lunch hours sitting around surfing the internet.’ The geography gap can obviously be a problem, but, equally, one might also discover potential marriage material down the road when ‘researching’ on Countryside Love, I was startled to see a stranger who lives in my own village.In her book Tales from the Country Matchmaker, she recalls would be suitors who reeked of manure and invited their dates to perch on sacks of potatoes.One farmer wanted to end a relationship, but his lady friend was knitting him a jumper and it would be ‘a waste of wool’.The game is full of fatuous statements, such as ‘I like doing crazy things’ or ‘I’ve got a caring side’.Lucy Reeves has compiled advice on profile writing.Over on Love Horse, Tom volunteers to make your hay and wire a CD player into your lorry.