National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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07 May 2011

Young Farmers’ Clubs are to vote on the election of Countryfile and One Show presenter Matt Baker as president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) for the coming year.

Born in Durham and raised on the family sheep farm, Matt has been chosen by YFC members for his long-standing close connection with YFC through his mother Janice, who is Durham YFC’s county organiser, his love of the countryside, and his farming and agricultural expertise.

The motion from the NFYFC council will be put to the vote by members of the rural youth organisation at its annual general meeting at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday 8 May.

Members will also consider the election of retiring national president Lionel Hill MBE as life vice president in recognition of his services to NFYFC and the YFC federations.

Lionel has served as NFYFC president for the past five years, and has worked tirelessly to support and promote the organisation in England and Wales.

Lionel joined his local YFC in 1953, and is a past president of Bromsgrove YFC, Worcestershire County Federation and the West Midlands Area. He is now a life vice president of the Worcestershire Federation and the west Midlands Area federation. Lionel was awarded an MBE for services to the Young Farmers’ Clubs organisation in 2002.

The NFYFC council will also consider a motion that former acting chairman of the board of management Christopher Lloyd be made a life vice president in recognition of his services to NFYFC. Chris joined Pontrilas YFC in 1984 and has held a number of posts including chairman, secretary, treasurer and president. Chris currently sits on Herefordshire’s management committee.

Council is also to vote on the election of Cornwall YFC’s county organiser Gerald Haines an honorary life member in recognition of his services to YFC. Gerald joined Chippenham YFC, Wiltshire in 1954, becoming club chairman in 1963. He joined Wiltshire’s executive committee that year and still sits on it to this day. Gerald has served as Wiltshire county chairman, South West Area treasurer and chairman and also represented the area on the NFYFC council in the 1970s. Gerald took the job as Wiltshire’s county organiser in 1979, and ten years later made the move to become county organiser in Cornwall.


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