National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Club of the Month – August 2019

Club:

Barnard Castle YFC, County Durham

Year founded:  

We are not sure – we think it’s over 80 years old. 

Members: 

26… and growing!

Our Club meets at:

The function room at the Moorcock Inn, Eggleston.

Social media presence:

We have a Facebook page ‘Barnard Castle YFC’

Competitions our club is good at:

Sand Castle Building in our annual County competition at Seaton Carew. At rally the competitions we often do best at are the Boat Race, Pallet Challenge, Welly Wanging and Tractor Handling.

Charities our Club Supports:

Great North Air Ambulance, If U Care, Share and we have also supported Mountain Rescue in the past.

Activities our club gets involved in at meetings:

Carol singing, roller blading, agricultural quizzes, vet talks, Slip n Slide, a walk with the full club, stockjudging, rock climbing, car treasure hunts and many more! We advertise our meetings via our Facebook page and promote the club through local newspapers, and local agricultural shows and at Open Farm Sunday events.

Why we are club of the month:

We raised £6,220 for a local mental health charity If U Care, Share by completing the national three peaks challenge in 23 hours and 40 minutes. The charity supports the emotional wellbeing of young people and those affected by suicide, reminding people that it is okay not to be okay.

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges faced by the agricultural industry and this is very close to our hearts as a club and community. The three peaks was so mentally challenging and sometimes we struggled and had to really push to keep going, but with each other’s support we were able to get through it.

It was exhausting to complete but the feeling after was amazing. All our training had paid off. The reason we put ourselves through it was to prove we can get through mental challenges together and raise money for people currently struggling.

We battled with a lack of sleep and really needed each other’s support. The thought of all our friends, family and the community at home and their generosity really helped to spur us on. We drove more than 1000 miles and our driver, Stuart, created a ‘Now that’s what I call BCYFC 3 Peaks’ motivational compilation of songs, which included 'The Climb' and 'I would walk 500 miles', which really helped to keep our spirits high!

It was amazing to do this as our YFC team! And to anyone who isn’t feeling themselves, here’s a message from us: you are not alone. You are not weak. You are loved. You‘re doing great, and we promise there’s a sun shining at the top of the mountain.

Completed by Barnard Castle YFC member Zoe Hutchinson

 Think your YFC could be Club of the Month? To be considered, just email your answers to the questions above and a photo of your Club to magazine@nfyfc.org.uk by 23 September 2019. 

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