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02 June 2017

Two of NFYFC’s county federations have received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, recognising outstanding work in the community.

Shropshire FYFC and Staffordshire FYFC were both nominated for the award after impressing their nominees with the level of work they do in their local communities.

The winners of the annual award are announced every year on the 2 June and volunteer groups from around the country are praised for providing a service in their local community. 

Shropshire FYFC was nominated for the award by Christine Holmes, a recent former High Sherriff of Shropshire, after she visited the Young Farmers' Marquee at the Shropshire County Show and was impressed by the members and their achievements. 

Shropshire County Chairwoman Rebecca Green, from Brownclee YFC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. We are a volunteer organisation, run for young people by young people, which affords opportunities and champions rural life, enhancing the community for all.”

Staffordshire FYFC was nominated for its award by Jeremy Lowe, NFU Staffordshire Adviser, as he said he was always ‘inspired by the energy and enthusiasm’ of YFC members in Staffordshire.

“NFU members and everyone involved in the agricultural industry appreciates that it’s been a tough few years, nevertheless, I am always inspired by the energy and enthusiasm shown by Staffordshire Young Farmers in the wide range of events and competitions the county team organises.  I am reassured that the skills and confidence these young farmers are developing will hold them in good stead for their future careers in the industry, as the next generation are vital for its success and we will continue to work closely with them in the months and years ahead,” said Jeremy about his nomination.

Staffordshire members heard the news at the end of a week where they had been working hard at their County Show and will be able to celebrate at their County Show dance on Friday night. George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC’s County Chairman, said the award was a “wonderful way for our organisation to be recognised.”

He also added: “It is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the wider network of volunteer supporters, past members, advisory committees who commit so much time and energy into ensuring that our clubs continue to grow and we remain one of the strongest YFC federations in the country.”

Representatives from Shropshire and Staffordshire attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May in honour of their achievements. Both counties will also receive a glass crystal dome and a certificate signed by the Queen.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Shropshire and Staffordshire FYFCs on receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This achievement from two strong counties not only showcases how fantastic YFC members are at supporting their local communities but also promotes to others the vital role Young Farmers’ Clubs play in helping rural areas around England and Wales. NFYFC is really proud of both Shropshire and Staffordshire for being recognised for this award. These counties are vital to our network of county federations and this award shows how much they are valued by the wider community too. Well done to all YFC members and staff involved!"    

Shropshire FYFC have an official presentation of their award from Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Sir Algernon Heber-Percy at a ceremony later in the summer. Staffordshire plan to host an event later in the summer too.




02 June 2017

Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work its YFC members do in their rural communities.

The winners of the annual award are announced every year on the 2 June and volunteer groups from around the country are praised for providing a service in their local community. 

Staffordshire FYFC was nominated for the award by Jeremy Lowe, NFU Staffordshire Adviser, as he said he was always ‘inspired by the energy and enthusiasm’ of YFC members in Staffordshire.

“The hard work county organiser Julia Taylor puts in, alongside the rest of the team, is exemplary and it’s more than fitting that she and the young farmers have been recognised in this way, they are worthy recipients,” said Jeremy about his successful nomination. 

“NFU members and everyone involved in the agricultural industry appreciates that it’s been a tough few years, nevertheless, I am always inspired by the energy and enthusiasm shown by Staffordshire Young Farmers in the wide range of events and competitions the county team organises.  I am reassured that the skills and confidence these young farmers are developing will hold them in good stead for their future careers in the industry, as the next generation are vital for its success and we will continue to work closely with them in the months and years ahead.”

Staffordshire FYFC's 10 YFCs are all very active in their local rural communities and the County hosts a range of fun activities, such as their very own Come Dine With Me competition,  to engage rural young people.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Staffordshire FYFC on receiving this award. Winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service not only showcases how fantastic Staffordshire members are in supporting their local communities but also promotes to others how much Young Farmers’ Clubs do to help the rural areas where they are based. NFYFC is really proud of Staffordshire for being recognised for this award. The County is a vital part of our network of county federations and this award shows how much they are valued by the wider community too. Well done to all YFC members and staff in Staffordshire!"    

George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC’s County Chairman, and Richard Mottershead attended a special garden party at Buckingham Palace in May on behalf of Staffordshire FYFC. George said:

“We are absolutely delighted to win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.  It is wonderful way for our organisation to be recognised and to thank all our members who volunteer in their clubs on a weekly basis to give young people aged 10 – 26 years a great social life, endless opportunities and equip them with skills which will serve them so well for the rest of their lives.

“It is also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the wider network of volunteer supporters, past members, advisory committees who commit so much time and energy into ensuring that our clubs continue to grow and we remain one of the strongest YFC federations inthe country.”

Staffordshire FYFC plan to organise a celebration later in the year to mark the occasion where the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire will present a domed glass crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.

After a busy week at the County Show, Staffordshire members will have even more of a reason to party at their end of County Show dance on Friday evening.

Shropshire FYFC also won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and you can read about them here.

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01 June 2017

Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) has been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, recognising outstanding work in the community.

The award has been announced during National Volunteer's Week and is recogniton of the work of current and former members of the county.

Shropshire FYFC were nominated for the award by Christine Holmes, a recent former High Sherriff of Shropshire, after she visited the Young Farmers' Marquee at the Shropshire County Show and was impressed by the members and their achievements.

Shropshire's ongoing work to combat rural isolation through their YFCs, organising the YFC marquee at the Shropshire County Show. the rally, the Chairman's Ball and raisiing money for charity are just some of the outstanding achievements that led to their award. The County has also been very proactive in modernising their systems with online entries and scoring and distribute an online newsletter. Many ot its members have gone on to serve their local communities after finishing with YFC by becoming County Councillors.  

Shropshire County Chairwoman Rebecca Green, from Brownclee YFC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. We are a volunteer organisation, run for young people by young people, which affords opportunities and champions rural life, enhancing the community for all.”

There are more than 1,000 members in Shropshire who are spread among their 18 YFCs. Always keen to support their local community, members have also been involved in NFYFC's Countryside Challenge. Much Wenlock YFC in Shropshire took part in the Countryside Challenge by supporting their local community with a Muck Lug and Shropshire is also currently working on a county Countryside Challenge too.

 NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Congratulations to Shropshire FYFC on such an impressive achievement. Winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service not only showcases how fantastic Shropshire members are in supporting their local communities but also promotes to others how much Young Farmers’ Clubs do to help the rural areas where they are based. NFYFC is really proud of Shropshire for being recognised for this award. They are an essential part of our network of County Federations and are a shining example to others about what can be achieved. Well done to all the YFC members in Shropshire!”   

Shropshire FYFC's President Judy Dixon also congratulated Shropshire on the award. “I would like to congratulate all members, who together have achieved the fantastic accolade in recognition of their achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment Clubs put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individual members,” said Judy.

Rebecca Green and immediate past County Chairman Ed Potter (both pictured) were invited to represent Shropshire FYFC members at a Royal Garden Party on 23 May at Buckingham Palace. Ed Potter, from Dorrington YFC, said: "It was a fantastic occasion and we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Prince Andrew the Duke of York by fellow Salopian William Mclean.”

Rebecca added: “This is an achievement for a massive network of support around the County federation, including past members, supporters and many local businesses, particularly our main sponsors Pickstock Telford Ltd, NFU Mutual (Shropshire Agencies), Alltech Eco2 and Shropshire Farm Vets."

The Award is to be officially presented to Shropshire FYFC by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Sir Algernon Heber-Percy at a ceremony later in the summer.

For more information about Shropshire FYFC, visit www.sfyfc.org.uk.


01 June 2017

Hundreds of YFC rallies are taking place across England and Wales and clubs are hosting competitions, fun activities and entertainments to showcase their skills and talents.

From large scale county shows, such as the one Essex FYFC held in May that attracted more than 15,000 visitors, to smaller – but no less impressive – rallies held on local farms – YFCs have been proving they really do know how to do things best!

NFYFC Chairman of Council Ed Ford has been attempting to visit as many rallies as he can and has been touring the country on his mission.

“The sheer number of entries into competitions has really impressed me, literally shed loads of entries!” said Ed who travelled nearly 600 miles over the bank holiday weekend so he could attend rallies in Pembrokeshire and Berkshire.

His loyalties remain with Essex though as his favourite show so far. The major event is organised by county members and makes a considerable sum of money for the county. Even

President Charlotte Smith was amazed by its size as she tweeted from the event: “@EssexYFCShow amazing, had no idea it was this BIG!!”

Social media has been flooded with images from excited members who have been winning county competitions or just generally enjoying celebrating at rallies.

At the Royal Bath & West Show, on 31 May, members of Somerset FYFC even got to show off their Federation to the Prime Minister Theresa May who popped into their tent for a chat during the show!

“We welcomed Prime Minister @theresa_may to the Somerset YFC tent this morning, what a fantastic first day at the @BathandWest  #yfcdoitbest.” tweeted @SomersetYFC.

You can catch up with lots of photos from the rallies and shows going on around England and Wales in our Facebook photo album. Please send your photos to magazine@nfyfc.org.uk to be included in the album.

Ed’s top three moments from 2017 rallies so far:
1.    Watching 21 Young Farmers squeeze into an old Peugeot 306 at Bedfordshire’s County rally.
2.    Line dancing on a trailer at Leicestershire’s County rally.
3.    Pembrokeshire’s post rally dance.






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