National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 May 2014

New elections for two new life vice presidents and one life member of the national Federation were made during the NFYFC’s Annual General Meeting.

Willie Bendle from Cumbria FYFC and Mary Bailey from Clitheroe YFC were both elected as Life Vice Presidents for during the AGM in Blackpool.

Murdo Lawrie, from Kirkham YFC and Robyn Bowker proposed and seconded the motion to elect Willie and gave a glowing account of his involvement in the organisation and Cumbria Federation.

Murdo told a packed room at the AGM that Willie “is always willing to give up his time for others” and that his “dedication, commitment and enthusiasm” made him a great ambassador for NFYFC.

Willie responded by thanking everyone for his election. “I have spent many happy times with young farmers’ friends. I wish NFYFC a most successful future and I’m sure that its members will gain knowledge, enjoyment and friendship from the organisation of which I am privileged to be a Life Vice President.”

Philip Miller, County Vice Chairman from Lancashire FYFC, proposed Mary Bailey to be a Life Vice President after the original proposer County Chairman Jess Townson lost her voice!

Philip said Mary had a “passion for everything YFC" and participated in all competitions since she joined when she was 18 years old. She has a special love of public speaking and is often involved on judging panels.

Mary was delighted to become a Life Vice President: “I have a lot of icing on my various young farmers’ cakes but to be asked to be a Live Vice President for the national Federation, is the royal icing on the cake. I’d like to dedicate it to my club Clitheroe and to the Lancashire Federation as without both of these I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Jan Davinson from Cumbria FYFC was also elected as a life member during the proceedings after the motion was proposed by Cumbria Chairman Mark Curr and seconded by Vice Chairman for Cumbria Mark Hurst. 

Seven new Deputy Presidents were also elected to represent each of the Areas of the Federation.

Tess Cadmen, South West Area Chairman, proposed the seven and Jolene Powell from Radnor seconded it. Tess said that while NFYFC was run by the members, without these people young farmers might not be pushed to realise their potential and go on to leave the Federation as better individuals than when we joined. 

The full list of Deputy Presidents include:

  • Stuart Cooper, Eastern Area
  • David Armstrong, East Midlands Area
  • Diane Coles, Northern Area
  • Alethea Snelling, South East Area
  • Catherine Look, South West Area
  • Sharon Jones, Wales
  • Linda Savage, West Midlands Area


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