23 March 2017
After a weekend of impressive performances in the Northern and Southern Regional finals of the Performing Arts competition, five counties have made it through to the final of the competition at Annual Convention in Torquay.
The two highest scoring teams from the Northern and Southern Regional Finals and the winning team from the Wales Area round are now preparing to tread the boards again in Torquay – and hoping to clinch the top spot.
Raughton Head YFC from Cumbria and Cheriton & Tedburn YFC from Devon are the overall winners of the Northern and Southern Regional Finals. Whitley Chapel YFC from Northumberland and Cornwall FYFC came in second places and have earned their places at the Final too.
Llanfyllin YFC from Montgomery was declared the winner from the Wales Area with its emotional portrayal of the decline of the coal mining industry and the Aberfan disaster in 1966.
Ffion Wright Evans from Llanfyllin YFC said Club members can’t believe they have made it to the national final as they are a young cast with an average age of 14. “As Llanfyllin YFC celebrates its 80th anniversary year, it is an honour to be representing Wales and Montgomery FYFC,” said Ffion. “All of the cast members and production team are thrilled. Many of our cast members have never experienced anything like this before so you can imagine the excitement in practices at the moment!”
The Welsh team will be up against stiff competition when they join the four other teams on Saturday 22 April at the Princess Theatre in Torquay.
Northern Regional Final winners Raughton Head YFC promise a fast, funny and entertaining performance from their show called Medical Madness!
“It is based around a hospital so hopefully anyone that sees it will feel better afterwards,“ said Raughton YFC Chairman Philip Potts. “It’s absolutely brilliant to get through to the National Finals after all the practising and the four rounds of elimination. I am really proud of the Club – everyone has had a chance to take part. Hopefully all the hard work and the long journey from Cumbria to Devon will pay off and we do a top class, last performance.”
The southern teams will be eager to steal the show though with their stage productions and Southern Regional Final winners Cheriton & Tedburn YFC are hoping their country-themed performance is a winner.
“This is a big achievement for our small Club and the competition has really brought us together,” explained Dan Grist – producer and cast member of Play that Country Song. “With members ranging from 10 to 27 years old, it really has been a whole Club effort and sums up what YFC is all about! We hope members past and present will be able to relate to our country-themed show – from a magic act to a farmyard stomp, there should be something for everyone!”
Cornwall FYFC will be performing How Pink is your Panther? and Whitley Chapel YFC will put on their show called An Invite to Fright Night!
Tickets to watch the performances in Torquay can be bought in advance or on the door. Visit the Annual Convention website for more information. Anyone with a wristband for Friday and Saturday will have free access to the performances.
22 March 2017
Learning how to tackle a local community project involved YFC members rolling their sleeves up at a Countryside Challenge training day this March.
The one-day course was hosted at the Canal and River Trust in Stoke where 12 YFC members from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire learnt more about the Countryside Challenge and even got to take part in a local conservation project!.
NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge is funded by Pears Foundation and the Cabinet Office and is aimed at enabling YFCs to identify and carry out youth social action projects in their local communities. NFYFC can give up to £400 to five clubs each quarter who need funding to help them complete a project.
On the training day, YFC members were able to look through some of the completed projects by other clubs before planning their own. To help them on their way they were given useful tasks to do such as writing their own risk assessment.
As well as the planning, there was also an opportunity to get their hands dirty when the Canal and River Trust set the YFC members off on a mission to carry out a local conservation project. After splitting into teams, the members did a litter pick alongside the canal and gravelled and cleared vegetation from a foot bridge and lock.
Aimee Mahony, from Market Bosworth YFC, attended the training day and said: “I had a great day. Everyone left with a real buzz about future projects.”
So far 15 community projects have been carried out by YFCs and received funding through the Countryside Challenge. A total of 265 members have taken part in a Countryside Challenge project over the last to help their local community – which equates to more than 2,500 hours of support!
Bridget McGing, Director of Pears Foundation, said they had enjoyed receiving the reports produced by the YFCs about their projects. “It’s very rewarding to read about the projects. We’re always pleased to see examples of young people giving careful consideration to the needs of their community, and matching that with the particular skills and passion that they can contribute. When those two factors combine, there can be some wonderful results.”
Funding is still available for YFCs to apply for support for future projects and for more information about how your YFC can take part visit our Countryside Challenges pages.
Watch a video from the day and find out more about the Countryside Challenge:
06 March 2017
The Youth Forum were on pretty safe ground in Belfast for this year’s Residential Weekend as members attended a safety session with their sponsors the Farm Safety Foundation.
Along with members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Youth Forum members visited RADAR NI. This included a tour the farm safe area, supported by the Farm Safety Foundation and the members had a go at the interactive Young Drivers simulator. The tour is a hard hitting experience, designed to make drivers realise the massive responsibility they have when driving and the impact their choices behind the wheel can have on others.
Edward Ford, NFYFC’s Chairman of Council, joined the Youth Forum for the tour and said: “As technology advances within farming, the risk of accidents can actually increase. While the safety of machinery and equipment has improved, the fact that machines can do so much more can make people complacent. It’s fantastic to have an outside organisation like the Farm Safety Foundation help us deliver this vital message and for our members to consider situations they could come across on their own farms when they go home or in their future workplace.”
A Curve module on Farm Safety is now available and includes group activities, discussions and videos from ambassadors who have been affected by a life changing farm accident.
This educational resource will allow the Foundation to engage with YFC members who have left college or have pursued a vocational route into the industry, increase awareness of the campaign and receive valuable feedback from participants.
Made up of members aged 20 and under, the Youth Forum represents the voices of younger members of the Federation. The February meeting is when the group discuss their future plans and elect their new Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Thomas Oatey from Cornwall FYFC was elected as the new Chairman of Council during the weekend and Rachel Black from Bedfordshire was elected as the new Vice Chairman.
05 March 2017
Want to feel like a celebrity at Annual Convention in Torquay and have your club profiled for the world to see?
Why not enter our fab competition that celebrates all that is positive about Young Farmers’ Clubs?
NFYFC is looking for a YFC that is attending Annual Convention to be profiled throughout the weekend. We’ll be following you around – paparazzi style – to get photos and updates from your club to share with the masses and we’ll even give you special access to the Massey Ferguson Lounge and a chance to meet some of the acts performing at Convention.*
Back in 2014 members Sarah Lees and Peter Archer got to meet Edith
Bowman from BBC Radio 1 (see photo) after winning our Face of Convention competition
but this year, we have decided to open it up to find our Club of
Convention - giving more of you an opportunity to enjoy the limelight.
Obviously, we’re looking for a YFC that is a shining example of how awesome our clubs truly are so we only want entries from the crème de la crème!
How to enter
You’ll need to tell us in no more than 100 words why your club deserves to be THE Club of Convention – and explain what amazing things you do to support your local community, or charity or each other – or in fact all three!
Don’t let size put you off either, we don’t care how big or small your YFC is. We just want to hear from you if some of your members are attending this year’s Annual Convention over the three nights and are eager to get involved.
Email email@example.com with your YFC name, a contact telephone number and a reason why your club should win. Deadline: 31 March 2017.
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