National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 February 2013


Young Farmers in the South West are set to face two gruelling challenges in the hope of raising thousands of pounds for local Air Ambulance organisations.

Members from Somerset FYFC and Wiltshire FYFC are planning to reach the YFC South West Area weekend in Weymouth in style, and possibly with a few sore legs.

Friends Abbie Myers, from Polden Hills YFC, and Katie Nicholls from Wedmore YFC in Somerset, will be running the 50 miles from Street to Weymouth in two and a half days – that’s nearly two marathons back to back! Their route will take them to Sherbourne and Dorchester, before reaching Weymouth on 8th March.

The duo will be raising money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Parkinson’s UK, Abbie explains;

“Both charities are close to our hearts. The Air Ambulance has helped a number of friends and totally relies on public funding to keep going and Parkinsons Disease has affected a member of Katie’s family.”

If you would like to sponsor Katie and Abbie, you can visit

Meanwhile, in Wiltshire, 26 Malmesbury YFC members will be harnessing the power of the pedal to propel themselves the 120 miles from Malmesbury to Weymouth, through the Wiltshire and Dorset countryside.

But to make things a little more difficult, they plan to pull a nearly life-sized model cow, use an array of old and new bicycles, including a Penny Farthing, and even do part of the route in fancy dress!

The bike ride is part of the Club’s 80th anniversary celebrations, and they want to raise £500 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The British Heart Foundation.

YFC member Jeff Simpkins said;

“We have received a lot of local support but any support from other YFC members would be much appreciated – we are hoping for a hearty welcome from fellow Young Farmers in Weymouth!”

If you would like to sponsor the team, visit

[Pictured: Malmesbury YFC members in training]

25 February 2013


The YFC competition season is well and truly here, with clubs across the country training hard to become the next Public Speaking champion or Member of the Year.

With county, area and regional rounds, there are plenty of chances for even the smallest clubs to show off their skills in a variety of competitions, from ballroom dancing to public speaking.

The regional and national finals are a fantastic opportunity to see the cream of the YFC crop displaying their talents, and never fail to impress. Tickets are available for the regional and national finals of this year’s YFC drama competition from the NFYFC office, contact Margaret Bennett on or 02476 857216.

•    Northern Area Drama Final – Sunday 24th March, 2pm, The Majestic Theatre, Retford. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

•    Southern Area Drama Final – Sunday 7th April, 2pm, The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham.    Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

•    NFYFC Drama Final – Saturday 4th May, Blackpool. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

As well as the drama finals, NFYFC’s Annual Convention in Blackpool will also be the location for the cheerleading and ballroom dancing competition finals. If last year’s dance competition finals were anything to go by, the atmosphere is set to be electric. Both of these competitions will take place on Sunday 5th May. 

For all the details on national competition finals taking place at Annual Convention and Competitions Day on 6th July, check out our competitions calendar.

15 February 2013


Young Farmers, road safety experts and rural road users joined forces last night for an online discussion on rural road safety and NFYFC’s Drive It Home campaign.

The discussion was held on Twitter forum, AgrichatUK, and was led by the Agrichat team, as well as NFYFC Chairwoman, Milly Wastie.

Despite the date, there were plenty of people getting involved with the forum, including one of the stars of Channel 4 show First Time Farmer, Ally Hunter Blair who tweeted his thanks to Milly and AgrichatUK for hosting an 'interesting and busy discussion'.

The forum sparked debate on issues such as the hazards of driving on rural roads and ways to improve road safety. Suggestions varied from including rural roads in driving tests to television advertising campaigns on rural road driving.

How to change young rural driver attitudes was also another hot topic, with inexperience and over-confidence being identified as key problems.
@neilquinlan tweeted that ‘as someone who crashed after passing my test, humanising stories and videos is definitely key.’@JamieKerslake88 suggested speaking about the dangers of rural roads at agricultural and country shows and Milly Wastie tweeted simply, ‘rural roads not racetracks, flowers at the roadside says it all.

The Drive It Home campaign was highlighted as a way for YFC members to help tackle attitudes, through club nights and events in the local area as well as attending practical driving courses or becoming Drive It Home champions for the local area.

Fireman, Stephen Tindall, suggested Clubs contact their local fire stations for demonstrations and @agricamy tweeted that the Drive It Home campaign was “a fantastic initiative that needs everyone’s involvement to ensure it is as far reaching as possible.”

Farmers Weekly magazine tweeted that “NFYFC does many fantastic things. The #driveithomeyfc campaign is one of the best though.”

Click here to read the full #AgrichatUK discussions from last night.

To find out more about the Drive It Home campaign and how you can get involved visit our webpage or follow the campaign on Facebook and twitter using the #driveithomeyfc.

13 February 2013


YFC members can now grab themselves a fancy dress bargain at the brand new 'Where's Wally' Online Costume Shop created especially for Annual Convention 2013.

The online shop, which offers exclusive packages to YFC members, includes everything you need for the perfect Where's Wally outfit, including comedy glasses, stripey tops and his trademark bobble hat. 

Gareth Laking is NFYFC’s Communications, Events and Marketing Chairman;

"YFC members voted overwhelmingly in our online poll for Where's Wally to be the fancy dress theme for this year's Convention, and so we decided to make sure members could get their outfits at a great price!"

The shop is run by clothing company UpStream, who will also be selling the outfits and accessories over the Convention weekend. 

Click here to start shopping

You can get involved with the convention buzz in our Countdown to Convention - keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for our cheeky teasers, using #yfccountdown.

13 February 2013


Young Farmers’ Clubs members were given the unique chance to talk to top politicians and rural policy makers on Monday, with a visit to Westminster.

Members from across the country battled through snowy conditions to the capital to visit the Houses of Parliament, speak with the Rt Hon Sir Jim Paice MP and visit the NFU Parliamentary office in Westminster.

High on the list of concerns was the future of school farms and their importance to young people as well as YFC school clubs.  Subjects of discussion varied from CAP Reform and the future of the EU to renewable energy and promotion of the industry.  The opportunities and impacts of current and future environmental schemes and livestock issues were discussed with plenty of opportunity for the younger NFYFC Youth Forum members to have their say.

Charlotte Johnston, from Cawthorne YFC in Yorkshire, went on the visit;

“The best bit about the trip for me was that it allowed me to have an active discussion on key issues with other like-minded young farmers and with Sir Jim Paice. It made me want to become more involved in NFYFC’s agricultural events as the experience they offer really benefits members and allows them to network with industry and pick up useful tips along the way.”

Young farmers were encouraged to be advocates of their industry and NFYFC by speaking to the public, MEPs and MPs about farming and the countryside.

The NFU’s senior Parliamentary adviser Matt Ware also gave a thorough overview of the organisation’s lobbying activity and members were encouraged to make contact with parish, county and district councilors as well as their MPs. 

Charlotte added;

“It was really useful to pick up a few tips on how to lobby local MPs and to promote agriculture to the wider public from the team at NFU.”

To find out more about NFYFC's agricultural work, visit our Agriculture and Rural Affairs pages.


01 February 2013

The decision has been taken to cancel the 80th Celebration Ball that was due to take place in Blackpool on 2nd May this year.

After much consultation with members and County staff, the feedback was that there is a lot of excitement about Annual Convention, but that members were not planning to attend the extra event on the Thursday night.

The cancellation, however, in no way affects the Annual Convention itself, and the team are putting all of their energy into making this year's convention the biggest and best yet to mark the end of NFYFC's 80th year.

Gareth Laking, Chairman of the NFYFC Events steering group said;

"It's disappointing that we won't have a specific members' event on the Thursday night to mark the 80th year but it was great to know how much everyone is looking forward to the other three days of Convention. We listened to members' views and made a decision based on your feedback. I'm really excited about all the other stuff we have planned over the weekend and can't wait to see thousands of Young Farmers in Blackpool in May!"

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