National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 March 2013



NFYFC is looking for a member who has never been to Annual Convention and who wants to be featured on the website, on the cover of Ten26 and get special access to a queue-free bar!

If you have never experienced a Young Farmers’ Annual Convention and are keen to see your name and photos in print and online then get in touch. The lucky first timer will also receive two weekend tickets to access a seperate bar where they can mingle with Council members and guest speakers – and avoid the queues!

A professional photographer will be present throughout the weekend to record the highlights of your time in Blackpool and the communications team will do short interviews with you to post on the website and include in the magazine.

You will only need to devote small amounts of time during the day for updates and the communications team will meet you so you don’t have to stop any activities you had planned.

If you are interested in being our Convention Celebrity, please contact magazine@nfyfc.org.uk to tell us in less than 50 words why we should pick you! 

The event in Blackpool over the May bank holiday weekend is set to be the best Convention yet and it has already taken more advanced bookings than previous years.



28 March 2013

 

Worcestershire YFC are gearing up for a marathon journey as they embark on a 200 mile cycle ride to Blackpool.

“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.

Helen explains;

“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.”

You can follow the team's progress on twitter at @WorcsYFC or by using the hashtag #blackpole2blackpool, or to donate just visit their just giving page.

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 magazine@nfyfc.org.uk or telephone Emily on 02476 857212.



27 March 2013

NFYFC has launched a road safety survey to research members’ attitudes to driving, and NFU Mutual are giving away £100 of Amazon vouchers each month to one lucky respondent.*

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!”

To complete the Drive it Home surveys, click here

*terms and conditions apply.


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:

  • Northern Regional Drama Semi Finals - Sunday 14th April, The Radcliffe Civic Suite in Manchester.
  • Northern Regional Public Speaking Semi Finals -  Sunday 21st April. Venue remains the same.

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.

  • Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park - Saturday 13 April (South West) - BOOKING HAS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS DATE
  • Farmers’ Weekly Office, Surrey – Friday 17th May (Southeast)
  • NFU Mutual Office, Warwickshire – Saturday 1st June (West Midlands)
  • Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk – Saturday 15th June (Eastern)
  • Newark Showground – Saturday 14th September (East Midlands)
  • Gwent YFC Office – Saturday 26th October (Wales)
  • Yorskshire Museum of Farming, York - Saturday 19 October (Northern)
      Contact Christina.evans@nfyfc.org.uk or call 02476 857227 to book your place.



12 March 2013

 

Young Farmers across the country were embracing YFC’s competitive spirit this weekend, with area competition finals taking place in the East Midlands, the South West and the South East.

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



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