National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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09 May 2011

TV presenter Matt Baker has been elected to serve as president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

The Countryfile and One Show star was voted into the post by members at the organisation’s annual general meeting held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 8 May.

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.

Speaking after his election Matt Baker said: “As a farmer’s son from the Durham dales, the countryside is a big part of who I am and so to be the president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, celebrating that connection with our landscape and getting out there and doing stuff within it, is a great honour.

“I’ve attended many YFC events over the years so I’m very aware of the important role Young Farmers’ Clubs play and the many opportunities they offer young people in rural areas, as well as the huge amount YFC’s young volunteers give back to their local communities and other charities.

“There is a new appreciation of our British countryside, and agriculture and farming are changing rapidly. Young farmers are the future, and Young Farmers’ Clubs members have the energy and enthusiasm to drive this industry forward.”

NFYFC chairman James Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Matt to Young Farmers’ Clubs. Our members are really excited to have him as part of the YFC family. Matt has all the qualities I would expect from YFC members – he’s enthusiastic and motivated about the industry and rural life and his appeal and ability to connect with young people make him an ideal ambassador for the organisation.”

Matt takes over from retiring national president Lionel Hill MBE who was elected life vice president in recognition of his services to NFYFC and the YFC federations. Lionel had served as NFYFC president for the past five years.


08 May 2011

National jazz dance winners


1st: Megan Dilks, Louisa Robinson, Fiona Beck, Alex Birch, Richard Eley, Charley Mycock,
Bakewell YFC, Derbyshire

 


2nd: Isabel Probert, Teme Valley, Hereford


 

 

3rd: Anne Marie Harris, Claire Bellew, Annabel Chanin, Richard Tucker, Dan Webber, Chris Pring,
Withleigh YFC, Devon


 


National performing arts winners (entertainments)

1st: Builth Wells, Brecknock: Big Trouble in Little China

2nd: Cornwall YFC: It’s not an Albatross

 

3rd: Hereford YFC, Herefordshire: Clown and Out


Best actors

Most promising female actor:  Megan Jenman, Hereford YFC   

Most promising male actor: Jimmy Healy, Builth Wells


Senior YFC Ambassador of the Year


Elizabeth Hunt, Leighton Buzzard YFC, Bedfordshire

Written pub quiz

1st: Devon

2nd: Derbyshire

3rd: Notts

 

Results and mark sheets

Jazz Dancing Competition Mark Sheet

Mark Sheet Entertainments Competition

YFC Ambassador of the Year Final 2011

Master Results sheet


08 May 2011

The Prince of Wales Perpetual Charity Challenge Trophy

 

  1. 1st: Cornwall: Presented by Lionel Hill MBE to Jen White

2nd: Essex

3rd: Somerset

(County federation raising the most money per member for a charitable cause. As at August 2010)

Between them, 19 of the federation's counties raised a staggering £373,027 for other charities during 2010.


NFU Trophy

 

Cumbria: Presented by NFYFC president Matt Baker to Steven Dixon

(Champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2009-10)


Tug Wilson Trophy

 

Derbyshire: Presented by NFYFC president Matt Baker to Stacey Bush

(Reserve champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2009-10)


Merrick Burrell Trophy

 

Hertfordshire: Presented by NFYFC president Matt Baker to Sam Barton

(County federation with the largest percentage increase in membership over the past three years. As at August 2010)

The Worshipful Company of Farmers’ Trophy

 

Warwickshire: Presented by NFYFC president Matt Baker to Ben Harris

(Champion small county federation whose membership figures are amongst the lowest 50 per cent of counties, NFYFC competitions finals 2009-10)


Sidney Fawcett Trophy

 

Presented by retiring NFYFC president Lionel Hill MBE to Warwickshire's Anna Blythe

(Member making the greatest contribution to the democratic proceedings at the 2011 AGM)


The Lionel J Hill MBE NFYFC Club Charity Cup

 

Presented by Helen Hill to Daniel Buchanan on behalf of Drigg YFC, Cumbria

(YFC raising the most money for charity during 2010)

Drigg YFC are the winners of this new trophy presented to the federation by retiring president Lionel Hill MBE. The club raised £23,063 for the Special Care Baby Unit at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven by pulling a pink tractor 33 miles from Broughton in Furness via Corney Fell to the West Cumberland Hospital in a time of 8 hours and 42 minutes.

YFA Trophy

Presented to Warwickshire YFC's Helen Keenlyside by retiring NFYFC president Lionel Hill MBE

(YFC member creating the best presentation to promote Discovery)



08 May 2011

Retiring NFYFC president Lionel Hill MBE has been made a life vice president of the federation 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.

Former acting chairman of the board of management Christopher Lloyd was also 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.


Cornwall YFC’s county organiser Gerald Haines was made 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.


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.


06 May 2011

A group of YFC members from Kirkham in Lancashire swapped mucky rubber boots for pristine rugby shirts this week to help promote the forthcoming National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs annual convention being hosted at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Joel Speirs, Alison Moul, James Melling, Chris Bartlett and Lora Fryars – are all greatly looking forward to the event which is expected to attract over 4,000 members of YFCs from across the county.

They gathered outside the recently restored Winter Gardens complex alongside a gleaming 7.5 tonne tractor, which had come from Hale Hall farm in Treales.

Chris Bartlett, chairman of Kirkham YFC, said of the forthcoming event: “It’s fantastic that whole of the UK farming industry will get a taste of Blackpool life and our famous Lancashire hospitality this weekend. I’m really proud that the convention has returned to my home town, and we can’t wait to welcome our colleagues from across the country and help show them a good time.”

Lora Fryars, Kirkham YFC club secretary, added: “One thing many people don’t grasp about this event is how many young farmer groups there are in the UK. For example in Lancashire we are one of 19 clubs, and each one has its own independent management committee, membership structure and programme of local activities.

“The annual convention gives each individual club the opportunity to meet and debate the key issues that will affect all our futures within the rural economy and make decisions that will impact on the future of farming. But we also want to be able to mix and network informally, and the Winter Gardens is perfect because it delivers a great combination of formal and social facilities all under one roof.”

Tourism bosses in the resort have also revealed that they have tried contacting the BBC Radio 4’s long running rural soap opera, The Archers, about incorporating details of the 2011 YFC convention being held in Blackpool into the fictional storyline.

visitBlackpool’s Business Tourism Manager Mandy Tythe-McCallum said of the approach: “We were aware that recently the line between fictional Ambridge and the real world has become somewhat blurred, the most obvious examples being the visit of the Duchess of Cornwall and the broadcast of Gardener’s Question Time from the village.

“Regular listeners will also know that the character Pip Archer is closely involved with her own local young farmer’s association, so we felt we should contact the producers in good time to let them know details of the 2011 convention in case they wanted details to weave into the plot. We also offered to help arrange a special recording from the Winter Gardens if they were interested in such an idea for either The Archers or the new digital spin-off show Ambridge Extra.”


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