National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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New Member of the Year Award 2021

Thank you to everyone who entered or nominated someone for the New Member of the Year Award. The five finalists for this category have been chosen by Gareth Jones, Head of Producer Marketing at British Wool, Simon Haley, Rural Business Advisor and NFYFC’s Youth Forum Chair Richard Jeyes.

WINNER: Henry, Roche YFC, Cornwall

It may only have been Henry’s first year in the club, but this confident character has certainly made an impression on his YFC! 

He didn’t let Covid restrictions stand in his way, and got stuck into meetings, competitions and fundraisers whether they were in person or virtual. 

Not camera shy, Henry has already contributed to the club programme – producing some lively club online meetings. He hosted an amusing virtual farm tour with his brother in his own inimitable style and presented a Lambing Live evening from his lambing shed. To the delight of club members, they even saw twin lambs being born during the live session, news which was also picked up by BBC Radio Cornwall.

Henry is always the first to volunteer for competitions and is not afraid to give anything a try – including Floral Art. He has also been making good use of the benefits offered by YFC membership, having booked a shearing course with British Wool to advance his skill set for his future agricultural career.

His charitable efforts are to be commended too as he spent some of his time off last year bagging up dung and wood to sell at the end of his farm lane and added £400 to the club’s fundraising total. A much-appreciated boost during a year of limited club fundraisers due to the pandemic. 

Henry is a much-valued member of the club who has settled in quickly and club members feel like he’s been there for years. He’s encouraged school friends to get involved in the YFC too and positively promotes the organisation as much as he can. 

He’s described as having a wise head on young shoulders and someone who showed a maturity beyond his years when coping with the loss of his Gran earlier this year. 

The club are proud to have Henry as a new member and feel they will go from strength to strength with Henry at the heart of it. 

RUNNER UP: Lleucu-Haf, Penparc YFC, Ceredigion

New member Lleucu-Haf has thrown herself into YFC life in her first year of membership – even while coping with lockdown restrictions. 

She has participated in all Zoom YFC meetings – from craft to cookery – and even enjoyed virtual farm tours, and online lambing and milking events. 

Not being able to compete face-to-face has not stopped Lleucu from taking part in YFC competitions and she even came third in the Welsh Virtual Eisteddfod competition for creating a quiz to teach others about the federation and to encourage new members. She invited her friends to get involved in the quiz as well so she could try to convert them into new members too! 

She’s competed at the County Field Day in cookery and craft competitions, which took her to the winter fair where she won first prize for her Christmas cupcakes and more recently competed at the Royal Welsh Virtual Show.  

Lleucu-Haf has shown dedication to her club during some difficult times and has engaged with her community in Ceredigion too. She completed the Ceredigion county virtual challenge with her club to walk around the world – each member covering 50 miles of walking, running or cycling – to raise money for charity. 

Lleucu-Haf has demonstrated the key principles of being a YFC member in terms of developing new skills and mixing with a wide-range of people. She has left a firm impression on her YFC in her first year, with one senior member saying that Lleucu-Haf “gives us all hope for the future of the club.”

 2021 FINALISTS 

Jessica, Cambo YFC, Northumberland

It wasn’t an easy year to join a YFC with pandemic restrictions moving most activities online but Jessica did not let that hold her back. As well as attending Zoom meetings, Jessica has thrown herself into YFC competitions – competing at the Northern Area and the Northumberland virtual rally. 

When asked to be part of the Reading team, Jessica didn’t hesitate and took on the role of the chairman and first reader. The Cambo team won the county round and Jessica got a special mention from the judges as the Best Chairman for an ‘excellent and strong introduction to the book.’ 

At the rally Jessica competed in four competitions and came joint first in junior dairy stockjdging – no mean feat considering it was the first time she had entered a stockjudging competition. 

Jessica’s dedication to the club was rewarded when she won the Junior Achievement Rose Bowl. 

Her willingness to step up and support the club has been widely appreciated and it is felt that Jessica has great potential for her future in YFC.

Sam Rossiter, Templeton YFC, Pembrokeshire

An extraordinary year calls for extraordinary people – and Sam Rossiter was one such person who stepped up to the tough role of Club Secretary just after joining his club! 

As Secretary, Sam organised Zoom meetings throughout the pandemic and has been instrumental in getting relevant protocols in place so clubs can meet face-to-face again. Ensuring there were regular meetings has helped the club keep its members enthused and engaged during uncertain times. 

Sam also kept everyone informed of the club’s activities by posting on their social media channels each week. This has helped keep current members up to date as well as been a good profile for prospective members too. 

He also organised a raffle for a Christmas hamper and raised over £800 for the club. He approached local businesses for hamper items and produced a video for social media where he did the draw and announced the winners. 

What perhaps makes Sam’s achievements even more impressive is that he is not from a farming or rural background and was new to the local area. He joined Templeton YFC so he could meet new people and get involved in the community. It’s true to say that Sam has embraced the opportunity and is testament to what YFC is all about.

Harry, Cruwys Morchard YFC, Devon

Harry has jumped into YFC life with huge enthusiasm and despite his young age has already taken on an officer role, due to a lack of volunteers. As the Skills for Life Officer, he organised 10 skills for life sessions for members during the lockdown period, connecting the club and improving everyone’s mental wellbeing. 

Sessions included activities such as learning Japanese, cookery, photography, sheep shearing, sign language and hedge laying, to name a few!

He has developed excellent relationships with the advisory members to deliver engaging and valuable skills for life courses and he has clear and measurable outcomes for other YFC members.  

His organisational skills are exemplary, and he liaises with the club secretary (his sister) to ensure members’ work is recorded and recognised. 

Harry is described as quiet but with a great sense of humour, which has added some welcomed mischief to the YFC. 

Taking on the responsibility of a club officer role at such a young age is impressive and his club say he has thrived in the position. His actions have meant the club has remained in good contact with each other throughout a difficult year. 

 

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