National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 May 2022

Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales are busy preparing for NFYFC’s Patron The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

From charity Balls to the lighting of beacons, YFCs are coming up with ways to bring their community together to celebrate.

Wiltshire FYFC has organised an official event to light their beacon at 9.45pm on 2 June 2022 to mark the occasion. The event involves all members, as well as their friends and family, and will include a hog roast.

The event is at a Baltic Farm, near Devizes, which has great views over the local area.

“We’ll have a locally sourced hog roast and bake some cakes too,” said County Chair Charlotte Taylor about the special occasion. “Arranging a lighting the Beacon event has been a great way to bring everyone together. We were meant to host our 80th event but had to cancel it during Covid, so the Queen’s Jubilee gives us another way to celebrate.”

The Queen has been NFYFC’s patron since 1957 and over the past 65 years has met with YFC members at events such as The Royal Show and the Ardingly Show in Sussex.

Digging into the NFYFC archives, it was discovered that 150 YFC members, under the age of 20, attended the Queen’s coronation back in 1952. The 1953 Annual Report for NFYFC includes mention to their attendance, recording that they were “afforded a magnificent view of the Coronation procession from a site in The Mall, close to the Queen Victoria Memorial.”

Yorkshire clubs Worth Valley YFC, Nidderdale YFC and Gisburn YFC are all planning beacon events too and further south Cheriton and Tedburn YFC in Devon will be lighting a beacon, playing games and enjoying a BBQ.

Clubs are also marking the occasion with parties and balls. Brigg YFC has planned a Platinum Jubilee Ball for the 28 May and is having a raffle to raise money for charity on the night.

Clubs in Brecknock have been planting trees as part of The Queen’s Canopy. Thanks to grant funding, all the YFCs in Brecknock can purchase two trees to plant with a plaque to place with them in recognition of The Queen’s Jubilee.

Builth Wells YFC held a special event to plant their trees and unveil their plaque that involved members, club leaders and their club president.

Deryn Evans, Chairman of Builth Wells YFC said “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee as a club by planting trees within our local community for everyone to enjoy.

“I would personally like to thank everyone who helped to make this happen, and Peter James MBE High Sheriff of Powys for taking the time to join us for the unveiling.”

Events to celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee will take place over the long bank holiday weekend from 2-5 June. You can find out more about how to mark the occasion here.


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