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"But that kind of event doesn't happen every month; it takes a lot of effort to arrange." Determined to improve the chances of fresh encounters in the countryside, Lucy Reeves, 30, from Northamptonshire, founded rural matchmaking website Muddy Matches with her sister Emma in 2007."I grew up in the countryside before moving to London and overseas.
"It was very refreshing to be sat next to two people I didn't know," Charlotte says.
"Jamie lives less than eight miles away but I'd never met him.
It turned out my parents knew his parents and I was friends with his brother." However, in the past five years, social networking sites have revolutionised rural dating.
"Find a dating buddy; someone who is in the same situation as you," she says.
"Single friends will also give you moral support if you're feeling depressed about meeting the third frog in a row." If you've been brought up in a country community, the chances are you will already know a lot of the people living locally.