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Ben Casey
30-12-2010, 04:51 PM
Hi all I have been looking around and there does not seem much around this area. So if it is okay with all I will see if I can find some locations around here.
If there is anyone close by then give me a shout to see if we can sort something that would be cool.
I'm planning on going to the next meet up in March but it is a fair old few miles to go alone.

Tony1948
07-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Hi ben Im in south essex Im hopping for a get to gether latter in the year very informal at debden house centre campsite its in epping forest down the bottom of the M11. if you find enny thin befor let me now Ill come up to you............atb...........TONY

Ben Casey
07-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Hi Tony sounds good I will have a look on the map where it is have you any Idea of a date? I'm trying to sort something out around Ipswich at the moment.

Tony1948
07-01-2011, 09:30 PM
Not just yet its to bloodly cold and wet, then i sort it out Ill post it.

Ben Casey
07-01-2011, 09:51 PM
Ok sounds good to me I will keep this updated when I have more information to.

Fletching
07-01-2011, 10:05 PM
Count me in too guys. I'm having a back op 26th January, but should be up and about end of February (and on my bike again, at last!).

bencasey2001, you're ex-service - is that right? If so, me too but SADF in the eighties - lots of stories!

Steve

Ben Casey
07-01-2011, 10:59 PM
Hi yeah I'm ex Army left in 93 after 17 years I was in the Signals. What is it with ex forces and backs mine is done in to at the min had epidurals and stuff. Now of to see the Surgeon sometime soon but trying to dodge it. Whats SADF (South African Defence Force i think but a bit unsure sorry). We could all pull up some Sandbags and swing the lamps it will be a cool weekend. What sort of bike do you have then?

Fletching
07-01-2011, 11:07 PM
Spot on with the SADF but it was national service (family lived in SA for a while), and this was in 84/85 and because I was a 'rooineck' (Englishman) got f****d around quite a bit and ended up doing recce in Southern Sector Angola, meeting up with Rhodie ex 'pamwe chete' (Selous Scouts/mercs) for info. Anyway, that's for round the campfire!

Yeah, back's buggered (trapped nerve and sciatica) and I'm having a discectomy in a couple of weeks. Got the injury on a sailing course of all things!!!

Look forward to meeting up at some point - you too Tony.

Steve

Fletching
07-01-2011, 11:08 PM
...nearly forgot, Yamaha XJR1300.

Ben Casey
07-01-2011, 11:25 PM
Nice bike I used to ride a Harley Springer Softtail back in the 90's had to give it up tho when I left. Still want to get one again someday and forever dreaming about it. Seems we have the same back trouble mine came from a few bike accidents and doing silly stunts for a selection course in the White Helmets. Anyway need to save the stories for a weekend LMAO

Fletching
07-01-2011, 11:27 PM
Looking forward to it Ben and Tony.

Steve

Ken
10-01-2011, 10:56 PM
Hi All,

This has to be the first time I've seen anyone into bushcraft from this neck of the woods on the Internet. Most of my friends think I'm mental wanting to spend time in the 'wild'! There's some great places around Ipswich.


Ken

Ben Casey
11-01-2011, 07:18 AM
Hi Ken nice to see some one else from around Ipswich I thought I was on my own in some ways. My ex thought I was mad to so don't worry about it I don't drop me a message if you like. I have been trying to find a place around here but till now I have not had much luck. It doesn't help me a lot either not being from the aarea either so any help aor tips would be nice.
Ben

BCalver
17-04-2011, 06:52 PM
Hi ya ben,
Saw ya post and was the main reason I joined this forum.
I'm from Ipswich myself and know the problem you face. However there is one forest that is available on the outskirts of Ipswich. I've asked permission before and the women said " I'm not the owner but I'm sure he wouldn't mind as he doesn't live around here anymore." She allowed me to have a fire too.

The forest is off a nice size, lots of variety of trees, deers graze there, also rabbits, squirrels and foxes roam the woods as well as the odd snake. There is a pond as well, not sure if its any good as I don't tend to stay in the same area, but think I've seen some old mans beard there.

Could send you the location and directions if you like?

Ben Casey
17-04-2011, 07:09 PM
Hi Ben that would be great for directions and stuff me and Ken are trying to get a bit of a meet with people from near Ipswich so it isa nice to hear from you :)

Ben

BCalver
01-08-2011, 04:41 PM
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Ben Casey
01-08-2011, 04:52 PM
Hi there I'm not from Ipswich anymore but Ken is still there :)

rydergrove
07-08-2011, 02:52 PM
I can see this is an older post but I am in Beccles, and we got plenty around the norfolk broads although fires 'arent permitted it still is a lovely area, there is also a camp site between beccles and saxmundham that allows real floors fires and is a great little place, if anyone is interested for a night under the stars? I personally prefer it when the winters is here.

Tony1948
08-08-2011, 01:20 PM
Hi rydergrove welcome to the forum,ya it is an old site ,but how kairs some of us ESSEX boys are allways up for a night out under the stars .Let us now if you got anthing pland on the inside the M25 I think it is the post.atb..............DONT GET EATEN BY THE BEARS.............TONY

Smilla
29-08-2011, 11:38 AM
Hi Ben
I've been on a bike once in my life and I've never been in the army, but I hope you won't mind me saying hello. I'm newish to bushcraft, by way of a roundabout route that includes climbing and some bits of mountaineering and a lifetime's worth of camping, and I'm trying to meet some like minded people in Suffolk. I'm based in Ipswich, and without wanting to ride the back on anyone else's hard work, I wondered if anyone local-ish has any good haunts they might be prepared to let on about, or if there is anyone out there who might fancy a couple of nights out as the evenings draw in. It'd be good to hear from you, and maybe pick your brains.

Becca

Ben Casey
29-08-2011, 01:16 PM
Hi Ben
I've been on a bike once in my life and I've never been in the army, but I hope you won't mind me saying hello. I'm newish to bushcraft, by way of a roundabout route that includes climbing and some bits of mountaineering and a lifetime's worth of camping, and I'm trying to meet some like minded people in Suffolk. I'm based in Ipswich, and without wanting to ride the back on anyone else's hard work, I wondered if anyone local-ish has any good haunts they might be prepared to let on about, or if there is anyone out there who might fancy a couple of nights out as the evenings draw in. It'd be good to hear from you, and maybe pick your brains.

Becca

Hi Becca

I'm not around Ipswich anymore but there are a few guys on here from around the area :) I'm sure they will pick up on the thread when they see you have posted. I hope it all works out for you Mark from Romford sorts weekends out if you have transport.

Ben

Tony1948
29-08-2011, 07:58 PM
Hi Becca, Welcome to the forum.

Smilla
30-08-2011, 06:37 PM
Hi Tony, thank you. You make your own knives?? until the wilderness gathering this year, I'd have said that between them a mora, a bushman and a laplander had all my needs covered, but then I held a gorgeous Eka... I can see that they could become a dangerously pricey habit...