26 June 2014
The countdown is on for Competitions Weekend where Young Farmers from across England and Wales will battle it out to be crowned the national finalists in subjects ranging from public speaking to road safety.
For the first time at the national finals, 10 counties will put their driving skills to the test in a special Drive it Home national final at Staffordshire County Showground on 5 July.
Competitors aged from 17-21 will be asked to complete an online hazard perception questionnaire before carrying out practical tasks which include inspecting a car and changing a wheel. The competition was added to the 2014 competitions programme following the launch of NFYFC’s Drive it Home road safety campaign.
The Drive it Home competition is one of nine competitions that will take place during the annual Competitions Day and more than 150 competitors, their friends and families are expected to attend the event that culminates in a presentation of awards from 3pm.
Other competitions on the day include a range of public speaking challenges, reading and speaking competitions for junior members and arts and crafts competitions – including a sewing competition and a contest where members need to show the processes involved in the production of tweed from the sheep in the field to the fabric of a garment.
Competitions Day is followed by NFYFC’s Sports Day on 6 July, where teams compete in Badminton Doubles, Touch Rugby and Rush Hockey. Sports activities have been supported by England Badminton, Rush Hockey and O2 Touch.
David Hamer, Chairman of NFYFC’s Competitions Steering Group, said: “Competitions Weekend is such a great opportunity to celebrate our talented Young Farmers. These competitions give rural young people the opportunity to learn new skills that can also be beneficial for their future careers. You don’t need to be a farmer to enter YFC competitions – they’re just a great way for our members to have fun, learn something new and, in some cases, even pick up an award!”
Find out more information about all the competitions members are taking part in this weekend and see a full list of competitors for each competition in our Competitions area of the website.
21 June 2014
A major artwork project involving Worth Valley YFC members and famous artists is being showcased on Countryfile this weekend.
Presenter Ellie Harrison and the Countryfile team visited the Club in the Yorkshire countryside to find out more about the Fields of Vision project and to help make some of the ‘land art’.
Members of Worth Valley YFC have spent hundreds of hours creating the artistic designs using grass technology, tarpaulin and hard graft!
Using sketches created by well-known artists, the club has constructed the giant artwork – some measuring more than 100 metres – along the route of the Grand Depart, which marks the start of the Tour de France in July.
It is estimated that the work will be broadcast to a global audience of 3.6 billion people who will be watching the Tour de France.
Former Yorkshire FYFC Chairman Andrew Wood originally had the idea to create the images and has been helping Worth Valley YFC make it a reality – along with partners and sponsors.
Club Chairman Dave Johnson was involved in the Countryfile filming and has spent around 80 hours in the fields creating the artwork.
“It’s a really good thing to be involved with – especially the scale of the project,” said Dave who has met with a lot of the artists. “I met Islamic artist Razwan Ul-Haq who creates art using Arabic calligraphy. I learnt a lot from him about a different culture. Sky filmed me talking to him as well!”
The Club’s efforts have been featured in The Times newspaper as well as in features for Sky, local news reports and Countryfile.
At every viewing site along the route, the Club also gets a mention for their role in making the designs happen.
Joe Holmes, who has just finished his GCSEs and lives on his family farm in Yorkshire, also took part in the Countryfile filming and says he is proud to be part of the project.
“You can actually see one of the pieces from my school and it’s distracting lessons! They were all asking what it was and it was great to say ‘I did that.’ They were all impressed,” said Joe who has been spending his spare time out in the fields with other Worth Valley members. “It’s fantastic to be recognised locally for what we have done, but also by the billions that will be seeing our work worldwide during the tour de France.”
The final three artworks will be made over the next 10 days and neighbouring Yorkshire clubs Calderdale YFC and Holme Valley YFC are also helping with the installation of these artworks.
Watch Countryfile on BBC1 on Sunday 22 June at 7.25pm.
The photo (top right) shows Geoff Wood, Andrew Wood, Nathan Greenwood, Josh Hudson, artist Razwan Ul-Haq and Dave Johnson with artwork in the field behind. Photo above shows Ellie Harrison from Countryfile with Nathan.
13 June 2014
After a major fundraising effort earlier in the year, clubs in the Welsh county recently decided to visit Somerset to offer practical support too.
Laura Miles, Glamorgan FYFC’s Training & Promotions Chairman, said: “Having seen the devastating effect the recent flooding had on the farming community in Somerset, as a county federation we decided we wanted to help out.”
After contacting Somerset’s County Organiser Gillian Dosson, 17 members from four different clubs in Glamorgan got to work on Battens Farm in Moorland.
Members cut up trees and split wood, while others cleared the yard, cemented washing sheds, strimmed grass and cleared weeds and rubble. Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex were due to visit Battens Farm on the Monday after their visit so the aim was to tidy up as much as possible.
Laura said: “The farmers were very accommodating, showing us inside the farmhouse, which is still drying out. It was really hard to imagine the water could cause so much devastation; some fields were up to 18 feet underwater. The farmer provided us with aerial photographs showing the buildings that were once on the farm which have now had to be demolished because they were unsafe.”
The workers received a warm welcome from clubs in Somerset with an overnight stay in the county office after an evening in the local pub. Polden Hills YFC also provided breakfast on Saturday morning and supplied a picnic lunch.
“There is still so much work to do in Somerset,” said Laura. “We only witnessed the devastation in one small village but there are so many others who have been affected. We hope we have made a small difference to the farming community by contributing to the Battens Farm Project. It was a humbling experience and one that I'm sure none of the members will forget.”
This show of practical support from Glamorgan followed on from an amazing fundraising effort earlier in the year. The County Federation joined forces with Glamorgan NFU to host a fundraising evening with an auction and a raffle that raised £20,000 for the Addington Trust.
Have you been supporting communities in Somerset? Email the communications team with your story.
11 June 2014
Young Farmers on their way to Glastonbury this month can get some festival freebies at Mole Valley Farmers Bridgwater’s Pre-Glastonbury Pop-Up Festival Shop.
The team at Mole Valley recognised there can be long queues to get to Glastonbury and that someone always forgets a camping essential so they decided to help out with a pop-up shop full of emergency supplies and some home comforts too.
The shop will be open on 24, 25 and 26 June and Young Farmers who show their membership cards get a free go in the lucky dip. Prizes include torches, rubber mallets, fleece picnic rugs, in-store vouchers, camping lanterns and a four-person tent!
As well as last minute festival goodies, there is also the offer of clean loos – making it the perfect stop off for anyone attending the major music shindig.
How to find the Pop-Up Festival Shop
The shop will be just 19 miles from the Glastonbury site at Pilton and just two miles off the main route to the festival off Junction 23 on the M5.
Tues 24 June 14:00 – 22:00
Wed 25 June 06:00 – 22:00
Thurs 26 June 06:00 – 14:00.
04 June 2014
NFYFC will be joining more than 460 exhibitors at Livestock Event - the UK’s largest livestock trade event which runs from 2-3 July at the NEC in Birmingham. The event has 11 unique product zones, four seminar areas, foot trimming demonstrations, National Dairy & Beef Shows and the National Lleyn Competition.
Young Farmers attending the event should look out for the Career Seminars that include advice on topics such as essential guides to getting a job, how to stay professional on social media and ‘day in the life of’ sessions on a number of different roles.
Any NFYFC members buying a ticket to the show can benefit from a show offer of free coach travel to the venue. Come and say hello to the NFYFC team in Hall 20 on stand number MK263.
Members of NFYFC’s Youth Forum will also be promoting the Federation at the CLA Game Fair from 18-20 July at Blenheim Palace.
An important feature of the stand is a new game created by the Youth Forum and designed to educate people about where food comes from.
Representatives of the Youth Forum will be joined by SuperMoo on the stand to promote what the Federation does for young people with a love of the countryside.
Sioned Davies, Chairman of the Youth Forum, said: “We are really excited to be part of this year’s CLA Game Fair and to help celebrate all that is great about the British countryside. Our Youth Forum will be promoting the crucial role our Federation plays and the event is also a fantastic opportunity for our members to meet other organisations, industry leaders and the public.”
Advance ticket prices for the CLA Game Fair can be found online and you can make savings until the end of June.
If you’re attending any of the Shows this summer, tweet us a selfie with the hashtag #showtimeyfc from the NFYFC stand!
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