National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 October 2010

James Chapman

Mark Williams

Milly Wastie

YFC members from across England and Wales have elected their new officer team for the NFYFC national council for the coming year. Pailton and Warwickshire YFC's James Chapman steps up from two terms as vice chairman to lead the council for the forthcoming year,  supported by vice chairs Mark Williams and Milly Wastie. Mark is a past chairman of Wales YFC and Milly is a member of Grendon YFC in Northamptonshire federation.

The agriculture and rural affairs steering group will be led by Milly Wastie as chairwoman, with Harleston YFC, Norfolk’s, Helen Reeve as vice chairwoman.

Chairwoman of the competitions steering group is Alex Mackellar, from Ridware YFC, in Staffordshire,  with Claire Worden of Lostwithiel YFC, Cornwall, as vice chairwoman.

The council’s events steering group will be chaired by Thorngumbald YFC, East Riding of Yorkshire’s, Hollie Harris supported by Gareth Laking who is a member of Alford YFC in Lincolnshire.

NFYFC’s personal development steering group is headed by Durham’s Claire Swinburne, with Bob Dronfield, of Bakewell YFC, Derbyshire, as vice chairman.

Mike Stirk will be stepping down as a trustee in order to become chairman of the board of management, taking over from acting chairman Christopher Lloyd.

Also joining the board are John Hardman as treasurer and Laura McIlwain as HR specialist.

25 October 2010

An NFYFC-backed campaign to raise awareness about the high number of deaths and injuries in agriculture has won two PR Week Awards.

The Health and Safety Executive’s 'Make the Promise' campaign was a collaboration with Weber Shandwick and the COI which challenged farmers to pledge that they would come home safely each day for the sake of their families and businesses.

Newly elected NFYFC chairman James Chapman, who lost his arm in a farming-related accident, has worked with the Health & Safety Executive during the past 12 months to encourage younger members of the farming community to sign up to the pledge to stay safe at work.

More than 30,000 farmers - or around 13 per cent - have made the pledge so far.

"I'm delighted that so many members of the agricultural community have made this promise and signed up to the campaign," said James Chapman. "And I am delighted NFYFC has been able to play a part in getting this vital safety message across to the next generation."

At the PR Week Awards, held at Grosvenor House in London this week, Make the Promise won both the public sector prize and the overall honours.

25 October 2010

Staffordshire YFC’s Alex Mackellar has been blogging her findings from her travel scholarship trip to New Zealand.

Alex is spending three weeks studying the country's sheep farming methods after winning NFYFC’s Novartis travel scholarship. She will be travelling to different station farms to learn about parasite control and resistance trials and you can follow Alex's trip through her online blog here.

20 October 2010

YFC members can enjoy free admission to the English Winter Fair at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground on 20 and 21 November.

The show is the new venue for NFYFC’s live and carcase judging competitions, supported by Eblex and the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.

The NFYFC live judging will take place on the Saturday afternoon, with the NFYFC carcase judging starting early on the Sunday morning. Teams of two, (one senior and one intermediate) are required for this competition.

The NFYFC competitions are being held alongside the English Winter Fair committee’s stock and carcase judging classes.

Admission to the show is free for all YFC members to support the competitors and enjoy the rest of the show, which includes an auction, Christmas fair, food and live music.

Show your valid membership card, signed and with a current photo, at the gates to enjoy the show free of charge.

Further information from Julia Taylor at Staffordshire YFC on 01785 248645 or email


18 October 2010

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering 76 YFC members the opportunity to attend the 2011 NFU Conference free of charge. 
The conference will be held on 15/16 February 2011 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham, West Midlands and will include a dedicated Next Generation breakout session.
YFC places will be allocated on a regional basis, but each county must be represented. Your chosen representatives’ details should be submitted to the appropriate regional NFU contact which is listed in the attached document. 

09 October 2010

Hundreds of friends and supporters turned out to cheer on the teams, raise money for charity and join the fun at the NFYFC competitions weekend on 9 and 10 October.
Chairwoman Helen Roberts and a team of members of the national council worked hard during the Saturday taking it in turns to cycle the equivalent of the distance from the NFYFC office in Stoneleigh to the Wales YFC office in Builth Wells, Wales – a 172k journey to raise cash for Helen’s chosen charity for the year, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
The team also sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a brand new bike or tickets to the 2011 annual convention in Blackpool to boost the fundraising total further. The raffle will be drawn at the NFYFC race day at Cheltenham on 14 November.
Helen has challenged Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales to raise £100,000 for the charity during her year in office to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The weekend also saw the launch of the new NFYFC youth forum, which met for the first time to discuss its priorities for the future and ideas of how under 18s can have more of a say in the way the organisation is run.
The group is made up of last year’s Junior YFC Member of the Year Aled Jones and runner-up Amy Scott, plus eight finalists from this year’s competition. Aled, who came up with the idea of a national forum, led the first meeting which covered topics such as communication, recruitment and retention, drawing up a manifesto, and launching a competition to create a mascot that will act as a link between grassroots members and NFYFC.
NFYFC partners Diageo, and three actors from Collingwood Learning, put on a gritty production called Smashed throughout the day highlighting the effects and consequences of alcohol abuse, which was well received.
Helen Roberts, who made the presentations to the winners along with national president Lionel Hill, said: “It was great to see so many members competing over the weekend. There was really tough completion for the fencing final, and all the public speaking competitors were incredibly smartly dressed and keen to do well. The folk dancing was fantastic and went down really well with the audience, drawing a good crowd – congratulations to all those that won.
“I am delighted that the NFYFC youth forum met for the first time – one of my goals for my year in office was to increase opportunities for members under 18 to influence the decision-making of NFYFC . All the members of the new forum were very enthusiastic and came up with lots of ideas on how to take it forward.  Hopefully the forum will go from strength to strength.
“The cycling challenge was great fun and very popular with members, many of whom bought tickets for the raffle to help take us closer to our fundraising target.
“Well done everyone who took part and thanks to everyone for joining us to make the weekend great,” she added. "And don't forget that the closing date for YFCs to raise £150 per club for RABI isn't until 31 December, so there is still time for every club to rise to the challenge!"


Saturday 9 October competitions finals


My Home County Picture

1st: Cumbria (Emma Blaylock)

2nd: Northumberland (Daisty Walker)

3rd: Pembrokeshire B (Thomas Kidney)


1st: Cumbria (Andrew Bell)
2nd: Yorkshire (Nathan Barker)
3rd: Pembrokeshire (Robert Davies)

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    Fence erecting

    1st: Cornwall (Ed Doidge, Dan Bullok, Richard Northey)
    2nd: Montgomery (John Woosnam, Gregory Griffiths, Terry Morgan)
    3rd: Devon (Phil Blowey, Adrian Cole, Nick Cole)

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    Folk dancing

    1st: Montgomery (Emma Jones, Amanda Jones, Rhona Farley-Harper, Lynsey Francis,Stephen Francis, Jonathan Davies, Richard Jones, Aled Hughes)

    2nd: Yorkshire (Katie Raynes, Rachel Raynes, Harry Williams, Will Carr, Abbie Carr, Beth Sugden, Lucy Spenceley, Rebecca Gibbons)

    3rd: Derbyshire (Alex Birch, Joe Birch, Daniel Mycock, Charley Mycock, Elizabeth Betney, Emma Holmes, Megan Dilks, Louisa Robinson)


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    Rural Apprentice in association with Sue Ryder

    1st: Yorkshire B (Sophie Ogden, David Johnson)
    2nd: Yorkshire A (Steph Ellis, Annabel Mason)

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    Junior YFC Member of the Year

    1st: Somerset (Claire Wilcox)
    =2nd: Norfolk (Thomas Collison)
    =2nd: Northumberland (Matthew Sharp)

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    Junior farm safety

    1st: Carmarthenshire (Iestyn Owen, Simon McCall)
    2nd: Montgomery (Rosemary Spruell, Sally Breese)
    3rd: Cumbria (Stewart Coulthard, Andrew Bell)

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    Junior speaking

    1st: Carmarthenshire (Dewi Jones, Ffion Rees, Sally Windsor)
    2nd: Cumbria (Laura Potts, Emma Armstrong, Rachel Graham)
    3rd: Yorkshire (Hattie Noble, Elizabeth Cooper, Verity Hyland)

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    Intermediate Brainstrust

    1st: Devon (Sarah Bellew, Ross Edwards, Lucy Toop, Nicky Bishop)
    2nd: Shropshire (Louise Cowdy, Edward Potter, Sophie Farley, Sarah Kent)
    3rd: Gwent (Lydia Williams, Rhys Whittington, Justine Peters, Emily Church)


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    Senior debating

    1st: Herefordshire (Matt Price, Emma Bryan, Sarah Meredith, Simon Turner, Kevin Stokes)

    2nd: Carmarthenshire (Meinir Jones,  Bethan Davies, Bethan Griffiths, Lowri Thomas, Ffion Jones)

    3rd: Cornwall (Jennifer White, Tamsyn Kinver, Jo Maynard, Morwenna Bone, Sophie Holland)

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    Sunday 10 October sports competitions finals


    Mixed 7s hockey

    1st: Warwickshire

    2nd: Nottinghamshire

    3rd: Cumbria

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    Volleyball (15-17)

    1st:  Pembrokeshire (Aled Harper, Drew Patrick, Charles George, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam, Ceri Jenkins)

    2nd: Oxfordshire (Archie Napper, William Bennett, Blake Hallam, Lloyds Coulson, Joshua Alder, Rebecca Rowe, Bethan Williams, Grace Wigham, Ben Smith)

    3rd: Devon (Greg Hutchings, Kelly Herbert, Richard Harding, Jasmine Sanders, Gemma Bealey, James Ashton, Zoe Miles)

    4th: Ceredigion (Mererid Davies, Rhodri Morris, Oqain Evans, Elen Thomas, Budd, Llyr Tobias, Carwyn Davies, Lowri Thomas, Lisa Jones)

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    Under 14s badminton

    1st: County Durham (Elizabeth Hall, Rob Wade)

    2nd: Bedfordshire (Philip Barnes, Katie Parrish)

    3rd: Derbyshire (Andrew Gregory-Champeau, Laura Poole)

    4th: Herefordshire (Isabel Probert, Ben Cianch)

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