National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 February 2014

The first NFYFC Council meeting of 2014 proved to be an emotional one – with tensions running high over funding issues, tearful support for the new Rural+ campaign and compassion on show for members in the Somerset floods.

NFYFC’s new Chairman of Council Claire Worden chaired her first meeting and was faced with some difficult funding issues to discuss.

Here are the highlights from the meeting:     

  • After an overview of the figures and much debate, Council proposed a 20% increase to the national levy (membership subscripton). (see story)
  • James Eckley was announced as NFYFC’s new Chief Officer
  • A new NFYFC staff team structure has been confirmed
  • Robert Williams, Herefordshire, David Gwatkins - Agricultural Chaplain and Heather Coar were co-opted on to the Personal Development Steering Group
  • The entertainments line-up for Annual Convention was confirmed (see story)
  • A new website will be launched for Annual Convention
  • Council approved for the photos from the 2013 Photography competition will be used to produce a selection of cards that will be on sale in the club shop
  • The following was announced about competitions in 2014/15:
    • Pop Video will now be Pop Dancing
    • Mixed Kwik Cricket 10 - 16 & under
    • Mixed Dodgeball 17 – 26 & under
    • Cross Country Individual & Team of 4 – 2x U26, 1x U21, 1x U16, includes a minimum of 1 male or 1 female
    • A darts competition will be held at Annual Convention.
  • The Cube Exhibit will be held at Tenbury Show
  • ARAC has changed its name to AGRI – Agricultural and Rural Issues Steering Group and will use hashtag #yfcagri
  • Lynsey Martin was elected as Vice Chairman of the AGRI Steerng Group
  • AGRI agreed its aims for 2014 would include improving links with County AGRI reps, empowering members to speak out on agricultural issues affecting them and to focus on topical issues, such as flooding.
  • Council members donated more than £400 to support the Somerset floods after Somerset YFC Chairman Joy Davenport explained how bad the situation was in the area. (see story).

For all the top line information from Council, please click here to see the report. You will need your login information. 




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