National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

29 July 2011

Young Farmers' Clubs in Staffordshire celebrated the opening of their new headquarters 26 years ago with a visit from the Princess Royal, and this week Princess Anne returned to the YFC office as part of a day celebrating rural activities in Staffordshire.   

Some of those members involved 26 years ago were there to welcome Her Royal Highness back to the county, along with today’s YFC members, who were keen to demonstrate the skills and activities on offer through Young Farmers' Clubs and which ensure the organisation is sustainable as the rural youth organisation for the countryside.

Club members demonstrated traditional activities such as how to prepare an animal for showing, sheep stock judging, butchery and cookery skills. The highly competitive and popular competition of tug of war was played out; the craftsmanship of hedge laying was displayed, along with bricklaying, floristry, public speaking and performing arts.

Staffordshire YFC county chairman Paul Worrall said: "We had hoped the Princess Royal would visit last year to celebrate Staffordshire YFC Centre’s 25th anniversary, but that was not possible. However, 26 years on it is good to celebrate our many YFC achievements. 

"What was important to young people 25 years ago is still important today and the opportunity to participate in rural activities, with like-minded people, is as valuable today as it was then. 

"We have lots of fun in Young Farmers' Clubs, with an opportunity to learn and train, particularly through our competitions programme and the development activities organised throughout the year.  We had two members of the Staffordshire YFA (Young Farmers Ambassadors) committee present to explain about the fantastic opportunities that YFC members have to apply for trips abroad and travel the world with the NFYFC Discovery Programme. 

A past president of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, Princess Anne was welcomed to Staffordshire again by Staffordshire's county president, county officers and representatives from each of the 10 clubs in the Staffordshire federation.



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