28 March 2013
“Blackpole to Blackpool” will see 17 Worcestershire Young Farmers cycle over four days from Blackpole in Worcestershire to Blackpool in Lancashire , just in time for the NFYFC Annual Convention on the 3rd May.
The intrepid cyclists don’t just want to raise the profile of YFC; they are also raising funds for Cancer Research and the Worcester branch of the Samaritans.
Worcestershire’s County Chairman Helen Harcombe explains their choice of charities;
“We chose to raise money for Cancer Research because we sadly lost a Worcestershire member to the disease. We are also supporting the Worcester branch of the Samaritans, to raise awareness of the charity.”
Worcestershire members were visited by a spokesperson from The Samaritans this week, who explained a little about the support they give.
“Farming can be a particularly lonely and isolating occupation, and especially in years like this when the weather has had a devastating impact on rural incomes, it can be difficult to know where to turn. The Samaritans provides a fantastic listening service, we were told that on an average day the Worcester branch receives 45 calls.”
If your Club or County are planning a similarly adventurous expedition to Annual Convention this year, let us know so we can help you promote your trip. Just email email@example.com or telephone Emily on 02476 857212.
27 March 2013
The survey, which has been created with the support of not-for-profit organisation Road Safety Analysis, asks questions about driving experiences and attitudes to driving (for members aged between 17 and 26 years old). While the survey does ask for your email address, this is only used for the prize draw and all other answers will be treated anonymously so that you feel confident providing the most honest answers possible.
There is also a separate survey for non-drivers so we can gather views from passengers too – and this is open for 14 to 26 year olds to complete. As a thank you for taking part, at the end of every month NFYFC will draw one lucky winner from that month's respondents to the surveys and the winner will receive £100 of Amazon vouchers.
Your answers will help to create a picture of young driver attitudes throughout the Federation. Later in the year you will be invited to complete a follow up survey to see if your opinions have changed if you have been exposed to road safety training through the Drive it Home campaign, which is supported by NFU Mutual.
Milly Wastie, National Chairman of Council, said: “I really hope that all members will take a few minutes to fill out the simple online surveys. Most of the answers only require you to tick a box and the responses you give will really help us to get a snapshot of our members’ views that can be compared with national surveys. And thanks to NFU Mutual, you could be in with a chance of winning £100 of Amazon vouchers too!”
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26 March 2013
Heavy snow caused the cancellation of the northern regional competition semi finals for Drama and Public Speaking at the weekend however new dates have now been confirmed.
The unseasonal weather made travel impossible for many to reach the proposed venues and the Competitions Steering Group had to postpone the events.
The new dates and venues have been confirmed as:
Times for both events remain the same, and tickets for the Drama competition remain valid for the new date, however refunds can be made by contacting NFYFC if you are no longer able to attend.
[Pictured, Hannah Talbot, Competitions Steering Group Chair]
26 March 2013
Television presenter Adam Henson will host the first YFC road safety session on his farm in the Cotswolds this April and it’s free for members to attend.
The course, run by road safety charity Brake, is free for members thanks to funding from NFU Mutual and the Rural Youth Trust, and Adam has invited members to take part in the session on his Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire on 13 April 2013.
The session runs from 11am until 4pm, includes lunch on the farm and will equip members with all they need to know to run their own 2young2die courses back in their clubs and counties.
There are only 25 places available and bookings are already being taken so book early to avoid disappointment.
Adam Henson said: "This is a message which is vitally important to reach all young people, who can easily become complacent on rural roads, and especially those young people who live in rural areas where slow moving farm vehicles, livestock, horses, cyclists and drivers trying to take a quick short cut, all share the same road space. This is an extremely worthwhile project and I wish the Drive it Home campaign every success."
This course is one of seven that Brake is running for YFC members and NFYFC has chosen seven locations for each Area of NFYFC to give everyone a chance to take part.
Each course has 25 spaces and members are already booking their places so make sure you grab a location near you.
12 March 2013
Around 3,000 Young Farmers attended the events, which were held in Skegness, Weymouth and Kent, with the weekend providing a fantastic chance to meet other members from different counties.
The competitions programme is at the heart of YFC and members compete in county, area and regional rounds before reaching the National finals. This weekend saw members competing in a variety of competitions, such as public speaking, rugby and netball, drama, cheerleading and ballroom dancing.
There are also a few light-hearted competitions thrown into the mix - Weston and Banwell YFC took first place in the Sandcastle building competition on Weymouth beach! [pictured]
All of the National competition finalists will be announced once the final Area weekend has taken place next weekend.
Learn more about NFYFC competitions
11 March 2013
Herefordshire YFC member Becca Watkins visited the Houses of Parliament this month to speak with Farming Minister David Heath after winning an online competition.
Becca, who has also been a member of the NFYFC Youth Forum, won the unique chance to meet the Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, simply by tweeting him.
Young people were invited to take part in Defra’s online #meetfm competition, where they were asked to share their thoughts on the key barriers to their farming future. Becca, who is studying Biology at Oxford University, was chosen as one of the five winners after tweeting:
"Key barrier is poor communication; future farmers must be innovative with science and engage with a more discerning public"
And this was an issue Becca was keen to raise with the Minister;
“I want to stress the importance of strong communication links, both between scientific research and everyday farming practices, as well as between farmers and consumers, making them better educated and more discerning.”
Becca is no stranger to speaking out about agriculture, after representing NFYFC at this year’s Young Advocates for Agriculture National Debating Competition, and during the meeting she raised the need for a ‘re-branding’ of the agricultural industry.
After the meeting Becca said;
“It was a really brilliant opportunity and I think everyone felt lucky to be able to speak to David Heath, especially when he was so keen to hear our views. We really worked through ideas instead of just presenting them.”
She then tweeted; ‘fantastic meeting David Heath and very impressed by awareness of need for change and enthusiasm for views of #nextgen”
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