National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 April 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 NFYFC Competitions programme has been moved to 2020-21 – with an extension to the age ranges that can compete. 

The decision was made by YFC members who sit on NFYFC’s Competitions Steering Group and was based on the information and opinions provided by County Federations in England and Wales.

It means that in 2020-21 YFC members who are aged 27 or under on 1 September will still be able to compete. Clubs and counties are asked to check the ages that can compete in sports though, as insurance restrictions will still remain.

The Drama competition will not be re-run in 2021 though, as it is hoped that the final of this can still be held in August, depending on Covid-19 restrictions at the time. Instead the 2021 Performing Arts competition will be Pantomime, as these shows attract a bigger audience and can be more profitable for clubs and counties.

Grace Millbank, Chairman of the Competitions Steering Group, said: “It was not an easy decision to make but members’ safety has to come first and the feedback we received from counties showed it was going to be impossible to hold all eliminator rounds in time for us to be able to run the national finals.

“We know so many people have worked hard on the competitions so we wanted to ensure those achievements could still be recognised. This is why we will re-run the programme in 2021 and also extend the age ranges to ensure no one misses out on their last competing year.”

If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and it is possible, the NFYFC is aiming to host the 2020 Performing Arts (Drama) finals in August and the Member of the Year finals will be held there too.

Teams have already won their place in the 2020 finals because the Area rounds were completed before the impacts of Covid-19 hit the UK. More information will be released about this competition nearer the time when the latest Government guidelines are reviewed.

YFC members should consult with their county offices for more information. 


22 April 2020

Bird boxes, tables, bags and garden furniture were just some of the items that YFC members upcycled from bits of wood or fabric in the YFC Isolation Revamp Challenge, sponsored by Tama. 

The Challenge, which launched on 10 April, asked members to make something new out of something old – using wood, metal, plastic or fabric. YFC members then had to share their before and after photos on social media and tag NFYFC.

Among the items was a bird box created out of wood by 11 year old William from Neath YFC and Tom from Beacon YFC created a summer-house style retreat in his garden made from old pallets.

But it was Kelmarsh YFC’s Ollie Rendle’s coffee table, made out of pallets and four horse shoes, that impressed NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry the most.

Ollie (pictured right with his coffee table) was keen to make use of his spare time and has made similar items out of pallets before but nothing as complex.

Ollie said: “It’s the first challenge I’ve done but it’s a good way of keeping busy when not working. It took me an afternoon to make and it’s for a mate’s house.”

Ollie has been taking part in weekly club Zoom meetings and is now looking forward to seeing how his coffee table fares in the Challenge Final on 2 May at the Greatest Online Agricultural Show.

The Revamp Challenge was sponsored by Tama and Andy Lanczak said the company was impressed with the creations.

“Farmers showing another of their traits…..turning an item destined for the scrapheap into something useful. Well done everyone for their amazing ideas!”

You can still enter the Revamp Challenge to win a place in the final. Entries close on 27 April. 






22 April 2020

You won’t be travelling to Cambridgeshire for Cereals 2020 this June, but you can take part in online seminars and activities, including a young farmer programme that has been supported by NFYFC.

NFYFC has been working with the organisers of Cereals to help develop an exciting programme for young farmers that also involves YFC members. Whether it’s technical or business skills, networking, innovation or career opportunities, the new online features of Cereals are designed to appeal to YFC members.

Cereals LIVE’s young farmer programme offers a range of seminars and events including exploring future business opportunities and careers, business innovation and building your route into a tenancy.

NFYFC is also launching its new survey, which is supported by Defra through an annual grant to the NFYFC, during a special breakfast reception on 10 June at 9am, which will be hosted by YFC AGRI chairman and agronomist George Baxter, supported by Kuhn Farm Machinery UK Ltd.  George will officially launch the post-Brexit rural survey and give an update on the AGRI Ambition paper.

It’s a virtual reception so you’ll need to rustle up your own breakfast, but it offers a great opportunity for YFC members to share their breakfast on social media to help celebrate Great British produce by using hashtags #BritishFoodisGreat #CerealsLIVE2020 #YFCAGRI.

Winding up the show on 11 June at 7pm, George and fellow agronomist and Somerset FYFC chairman Tom Pope join farmer and columnist Joe Stanley and RABI’s Suzy Deeley for an interactive session called What's on your mind? 

YFC members can share questions with the guests beforehand and take part in a frank discussion about physical, mental and financial wellbeing, particularly pertinent during the current pandemic. Join in with this social chat with friends and colleagues and celebrate your part in the first online Cereals 2020 event.

Cereals LIVE 2020 – it’s free, interactive and waiting for you to register.



22 April 2020

Wearing a mask for an entire shift is making Britain’s key workers’ ears very sore. That’s why Alice, James and Emma Walmsley from Kent Estuary YFC decided to step in and start creating head bands to provide some relief for NHS workers. Emma Walmsley, 18, told us more about their mission.

Q. Why did you decide to make the headbands?

Originally I was asked to make some by a local lady whose sister works in hospitals and has been suffering from sore ears due to the masks rubbing against them. I thought it was a great idea so along with my sister Alice and brother James, we made over 100 headbands, which have been sent to a number of hospitals and care homes in the local area.

I usually run a café in Grange with my mum but I’m currently at home filling time. My younger sister Alice would usually be at school and James, 20, is a contractor, working long hours to get jobs done before silage time.

Q. Have all of you used a sewing machine before?

None of us had ever used a sewing machine before but we picked the skill up quite quickly and made over 50 in a night. However, we did all learn from a young age how to sew using a needle and thread. We have also all been able to knit and are well-known for our crafting skills in the local area. 

Q. Did you follow a pattern or make it up yourselves?

We had seen a pattern and used that idea. We made one which didn’t work as well as we hoped, so we altered the pattern to make the finished product as best as we could.

Q. How are you distributing them?

We have connections as I babysit for a few people that work in hospitals so I have passed some on to them.  As we live in a small town, everyone knows each other and the word soon got around that we were making them, so I had a few people contact us for them as well.

Q. How many have you made so far?

We have made well over 100 head bands and about 50 mini knitted straps for the back of your heads, which you also hook buttons onto. All the ones we have made have now gone out to hospitals and are all in use. If we are asked to make more, we will be more than happy to make some.

Q. How does it feel to be supporting the NHS at the moment?

It feels an honour to support the NHS, knowing how hard the job is as I have friends that work for the NHS. I’m so glad we have been able to help them in some small way. I’m hoping this will all pass over soon as they all deserve a well earned break!

Q. Would you encourage other clubs to do something similar?

It would be amazing for other clubs to help as we can’t supply enough headbands for each hospital. It’s such an easy pattern to pick up and learn it takes no time what so ever to make one. It’s a time killer as well as it’s filled so much boredom of an evening for us all.

Q. Are you able to share the pattern?

Use 15cm by 50cm piece of material (we have used old t-shirts). Fold it over, stitch the edging, turn them inside out and stitch the ends together to make a hoop. Finally add a button to each side of the band, half way around so the masks can hook onto them.

 

 Q. Are you managing to stay connected to your YFC at the moment and if so, how?

We are all staying in touch with our YFC friends via text as much as possible. 

If you would like to be featured in a future profile, please contact media@nfyfc.org.uk



21 April 2020

A YFC Area, including a Showstopper Cake tent, will be hosted by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) at the first ever Greatest Online Agricultural Show on 2 May, 2020. 

The show, which was the brainchild of farmer David Hill, is set to be a huge online event, held in place of the many agricultural shows that have had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

NFYFC intends to host its YFC Isolation Challenge Finals during the ‘Show’, giving members of the public the opportunity to choose the winners from five finalists from each Isolation Challenge that has been held over the past few weeks.

Following on from the success of the YFC Isolation Bake Off – there will also be a Showstopper Challenge where members are encouraged to share their ‘best  bakes’ online to be judged by NFYFC President Charlotte Smith.

While plans are still being finalised for the day – YFC members are encouraged to get involved online and be part of the activities. 

NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said: “We are really excited to be part of the Greatest Online Agricultural Show and can’t wait to showcase YFCs to a wider audience. It’s a great day for your club to get online and promote what you do as well, using the relevant hashtags.

“NFYFC is coming up with some fun activities for everyone to do throughout the day to make everyone feel part of YFC at the event. We know members are really missing out on YFC competitions and rallies this year because we are in isolation – so we hope this event helps everyone to feel more connected.”

Follow the Greatest Online Agricultural Show on Facebook and Twitter pages. 


20 April 2020

Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales have been supporting their local rural communities during the Covid-19 outbreak.

From delivering essential groceries and collecting prescriptions to walking dogs and checking in on the most vulnerable, YFCs have stepped up.

Shaftoe YFC in Northumberland started off with leaflet drops to let everyone know that they would be able to help and also joined forces with a Covid-19 volunteering group.

Club Secretary Amy Little said: “When the tighter restrictions came in, we could no longer work together in a group and had to provide individual support. I am currently looking after around five people by fetching groceries and prescriptions for them.”

The club is also organising a weekly FaceTime chat to keep all their members connected while in isolation.

Members from Newport YFC in Shropshire have also been busy delivering groceries in the local area and even delivered Easter cards to offer some festive cheer.

Club Secretary Sarah Phillips did an interview with BBC Radio Shropshire to promote their activities and told listeners that the club are eager to give something back to the community.

“We are picking up prescriptions or essentials. I picked up some Easter eggs for a family too, as their mother is vulnerable to the virus. We also handed out Easter cards that we had all made, so our local community all know we are thinking of them at this time.”

Members from Wragby YFC have supported a local food bank set up by a community group in their area while clubs in Montgomeryshire have also been rallying round their local communities. 

YFCs are also working hard to support their own members during the crisis with online challenges, virtual committee meetings and quizzes.

And fundraising support is also going strong with ‘at home’ events happening in Yorkshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to raise money to support the health services.

What have you been doing with your YFC to support your rural community? Please contact media@nfyfc.org.uk to share your stories. 






Social


Designed by Kevyn Williams