National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

09 May 2019

  • Essex FYFC recognised for raising nearly £40k for charity in 2017-18
  • Berkshire to receive award for largest increase in membership (41%)
  • Cumbria recognised as champion County for competitions

YFC Clubs and Counties will be recognised for their outstanding achievements during The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 12 May 2019.

The meeting, which is being held at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, will celebrate the achievements of the past 12 months with ten trophies being presented to clubs, counties and individuals by NFYFC President and Farming Today Presenter Charlotte Smith.

Essex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) will be recognised for raising the most money per member for a charitable cause – with a total of £106.56 per member raised, making a grand total of £39,106.08 in the 2017-18 membership year.

The County will be awarded The Prince of Wales trophy at the meeting on Sunday and Essex County Chairman Jack Garwood said: “We all have a great time as young farmers and are pleased to be able to put a little back into something else we love. All the clubs choose a mixture of national or local charities – causes that are close to their hearts.”

This year 14 county federations submitted their fundraising totals to be in with a chance of winning The Prince of Wales trophy and the total amount raised from these counties was £489,478.84. It is thought that if all 46 county federations declared the details of their charity fundraising, the YFC could claim to be raising in excess of £1.2m a year for charity.

As one of the smallest YFC Counties in the Federation, Berkshire FYFC is delighted to be collecting The Merrick Burrell trophy for having the largest increase in membership over the past three years. The County has reached out to younger members and seen a more than 41% increase to its membership.

Club Chairman for Shefford YFC Henry Graham, who will collect the trophy at the AGM, said: “We know that YFC in general is appealing to more younger members and so we have publicised the clubs in the local parishes and schools in very rural areas, which seems to have paid off.”

For Cumbria, receiving the NFU Trophy for being the highest scoring County during the Competitions year 2017-18, will be a proud moment for County Chairman Eamon Monaghan. An idea to film all of the competition finals in the County and then to share them with every club has helped increase participation.

“It has made people feel more confident about giving it a go. Being able to see a competition in action is much more powerful than someone trying to explain what’s involved – especially some of the YFC competitions!”

The trophy awards will take place during the meeting alongside the presentation of the Annual Report and a review of the year by five steering group chairmen and the national chairman for 2018-19.

President Charlotte Smith said: “These trophy winners are what YFC is all about – supporting local communities, developing skills and having a lot of fun while doing it. Congratulations to each of the trophy winners for excelling in 2018 and demonstrating the great things that are being achieved by rural young people through YFCs.”

A tenth trophy will be awarded at the meeting – The Sydney Fawcett Trophy – to the YFC member who makes the greatest contribution to the democratic proceedings at the AGM 2019.

Two motions and amendments will also be proposed by YFC members at the meeting and these will be debated and voted on by representatives from each YFC Club present.

AGM motions include:

A proposed 50% increase in the subscription fee (levy) that is paid by each member to the national Federation.

A proposal that “the main body of a public house (pub) is not an appropriate space for YFC business meetings”.

The NFYFC Council, comprising YFC members, has proposed a 50% increase to the national subscription fee, which at the current rate represents an increase of 18p per week (bringing the total NFYFC membership fee to 52p per week).

YFC members are proposing the increase due to the Federation’s growing deficit, which has been caused by minimal increases to the subscription over previous years, external income that is no longer available to the NFYFC and also because of the increased demand in services provided by the NFYFC to its 615 YFCs and 46 County Federations.

The outcome of the motion will impact the future of the national organisation and the services it provides.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Katie Hall said: “I am proposing a 50% increase to the membership fee because we need to invest in our national organisation if we want it to thrive.

“The support services NFYFC provides to our YFC Clubs and County Federations is incredible and if we, as members, can not pay an extra 18p per week to ensure we continue to get this support then we are damaging our own futures. It’s time to look to the future and ensure we have a YFC for years to come.”

Five amendments from County Federations have been put forward to the subscription motion and these will also be officially proposed and debated by YFC members during the meeting.

YFC members will also be given the opportunity to debate meeting spaces. Due to there often being a lack of local rural venues for clubs to meet, YFCs regularly organise meetings at the local pub. While meeting in a function or private room of a public house is very acceptable and supportive of local rural businesses and the community, the NFYFC Council would like all clubs to debate whether meeting in the ‘bar area’ (the main body of the pub) is appropriate when nearly half of all members are aged under 18.

Following the AGM, five teams will compete in the national Performing Arts finals at the Spa Centre, Leamington Spa from 2.30pm and seven YFC members will compete in the Senior Member of the Year competition.

The AGM will be held at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth on 12 May 2019 from 10.30am.

The full agenda for the 87th Annual General Meeting is available here. 


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