National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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10 February 2014

Five BBC Radio 1 DJs will play at Annual Convention 2014 in Blackpool, and the weekend is set to be the biggest YFC event in the last 10 years.

DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark will play the Sunday night of Annual Convention, when members will be dressed in club shirts. Jameela  Jamil is back by popular demand and will entertain thousands of Young Farmers on Friday night in the Winter Gardens, while Edith Bowman and Aled Haydn Jones will welcome the crowds on Saturday night to see members dressed as something beginning with Y,F or C.

Three bands will also be on stage over the weekend, including three piece pop/rock band Boomin, five piece party band the Tzars and on Saturday night a Queen tribute act will perform, as voted for by members in an online poll.

The entertainment for the weekend was announced during the first Council meeting of the year in Coventry.  NFYFC tweeted live updates throughout the meeting using the hashtag #yfccouncil and the news was re-tweeted by followers more than 200 times.

When NFYFC asked if the DJs were excited about their sets, Chris Stark and Aled Haydn Jones tweeted back:

@Chris_Stark "@NFYFC it's going to be so much fun!!!"

@ahj (Aled Haydn Jones) "@NFYFC CANNOT wait! #BestNightOfMyYear"
 

The new line up was met with excitement from members following announcements on Twitter.

  • Rachael Garner @RachaelGarner10 #yfcagm line up is sooo good! well done @NFYFC!
  • SallyBelfield @sallybelfield Missing @scott_mills and @Chris_Stark for a Monday exam on the #yfcagm is probably the worst thing ever :( #sogutted
  • Susan Pattinson @Sue_Patt The fact that @scott_mills and @Chris_Stark are gonna be at the AGM is amazingggggg!!! #excited #yfcagm #blackpool
  • Chloe Wasden @ChloeWasden Seeing the lineup for the yfc AGM I am very excited to be giving my deposit in next weekend #yfcagm #blackpool
  • Daniel Cook @cookyd92 @Chris_Stark can't wait for @NFYFC #AGM to see you and @scott_mills


Suggestions for the acts that are chosen for the Annual Convention are made by the members who sit on the Communications, Events and Marketing (CEM) Steering Group.

A new Annual Convention website is also launching soon, which will be packed with information about the biggest event in the YFC calendar.

Ticket deadline for booking weekend packages is 14 March. For ticket information, click here.



03 February 2014

The NFYFC Youth Forum has elected Welsh member Sioned Davies as its first Chairman to lead the Steering Group.
 
Sioned, from Edw Valley YFC, was elected into the position during a meeting at the Youth Forum Residential 2014 weekend in Herefordshire. The Steering Group also elected two Vice Chairmen to work with Sioned – Danielle McNulty, from Painswick YFC and Helen Brown from Carlisle YFC.
 
Sioned, who was the Welsh Youth Forum Chairman, was delighted to take on the national role and tweeted after the meeting: “Thanks for a really great weekend! Some very exciting suggestions for consideration at Council next weekend!”
 
Speaking during the weekend, Sioned explained the importance of the group: “Often the views of the younger members are overlooked or not taken seriously. It’s nice that the Youth Forum is given a formal platform to influence the decisions of Council.”
 
The Youth Forum, which was formed in 2010 to represent the views of members under the age of 18, was officially made into a Steering Group last year. The new status gives members of the group the opportunity to attend Council meetings and ensures its views are formally considered by the four other steering groups and Council members.
 
The meeting, which was also attended by new sponsors AGCO Parts, was part of a weekend of activities in Herefordshire. Nine members of the Youth Forum took part in clay pigeon shooting and quad biking at Oaker Wood Leisure on the weekend break.
 
Tom Collison, 18 from Norfolk, is one of the founding members of the Youth Forum and said the group was really pleased to have the support of AGCO.
 
“AGCO Parts is part of one of the biggest farming companies in the world and it’s really good to have them on board helping out the Youth Forum and young farmers in general.
 
The Youth Forum is made up of the winners of the Junior Member of the Year and a representative from each Area. Members have a place on the Forum for two years.
 
For more information about the Youth Forum contact Youthwork Officer Cath Sykes or click here.



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