National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

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.




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