National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 November 2011

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) have elected James Williams as the new Chairman of Council for 2012.  James will be helped in his role, heading the member-led organisation, by two vice-chairman, Claire Worden, elected for the first time this year, and Milly Wastie who has been elected for a second term in the role.

TV presenter Matt Baker and President of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) said: “I would like to congratulate James, Claire ,and Milly on their election success. As the current NFYFC President, I know that it is a real honour and privilege to represent our fantastic members at a national level.  2012 will be a really exciting one for NFYFC, we will celebrate our 80th anniversary , and will  also unveil a new vision for the future direction of Young Farmers’ Clubs.”

James Williams, the new Chairman, has been a member of St Albans YFC for 19 years.  During this time he has taken many roles including the Hertfordshire YFC County Chairman, where he doubled membership and re-launched a successful Young Farmers rally.

Recently NFYFC has undergone substantial changes and James played a major central role in the creation and planning of a new vision and strategy

James said: “My active membership of the Young Farmers Clubs has been a major part of my life; I have made many life-long friendships, learnt new skills and have been inspired by our movement and incredible members. It is a real honour to be elected Chairman of the NFYFC Council. During the four years that I have already served as a member of the Council I have been fortunate to see first-hand how the organisations is run and what is going on operationally. I feel that I have built up a really strong relationship with many of our members, national officers, staff and board members. “

Milly Wastie, elected vice-chairman for a second year, is the East Midlands regional officer for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) overseeing the fundraising, marketing and communications for the charity in that region. Milly is a dedicated YFC member, as well as being past chairwoman of the NFYFC Agriculture & Rural Affairs Steering Group (ARAC),

Milly said: “Being part of the YFC movement has provided me with the confidence to speak in front of many large audiences - my most notable to date is speaking with the Agriculture Minister on a panel discussion and presenting to National Farmers Union Council. I know that my experience in the YFC movement also helped me to secure a job with Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) three years ago.”

Claire Worden, elected vice-chairman, has been a representative on NFYFC Council for the South West Area for three years.  Claire has been a member of Lostwithiel YFC for 12 years and has been pivotal in the performing arts production for Cornwall, where she has both choreographed and produced.  She is a keen supporter of the YFC European Rally and has been the Rally leader twice.

Claire said: “My membership of the Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) has given me the confidence and knowledge to take on various levels of leadership within the organisation. I have gained many new friends and contacts, not only within GB but also across Europe thanks to the YFC Discovery programme. I now have the self-assurance to speak with confidence to work colleagues about the skills that I have gained through YFC . I am sure that these unique skills and experiences secured the job role that I now have. “

01 November 2011

Below is Matt's route summary, which shows exactly where you can find him - so make sure you bring along your best YFC banners and show him some support!

To donate £5, text "MATT" to 70705; texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, £5 will go to BBC Children in Need. Go to for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer's permission.


Route summary:

Day 1 Edinburgh to Hawick 53.5 miles

Finish Friday 11 Nov - The Heart of Hawick (central town square location)

Day 2 Hawick to Hexham 59.2 miles

Finish Sat 12 Nov - Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

Day 3 Hexham to Barnard Castle 49.0 miles

Finish Sunday 13th Nov - Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle

Day 4 Barnard Castle to York 70.6 miles

Finish location Mon 14th Nov - St Helens Square, York

Day 5 York to Lincoln 78.0 miles

Finish Location Tues 15 Nov - The Engine Shed – Lincoln University Students Union

Day 6 Lincoln to Peterborough 73.2 miles

Finish Location Wed 16 Nov - The Cathedral Square in Peterborough City centre

Day 7 Peterborough to Cambridge 41.0 miles

Finish Location Thurs 17th Nov - Shire Hall Cambridge.

Day 8 Cambridge to London 59.3 miles

Finish Location Friday 18th Nov - BBC, Wood Lane, London


Matt will be carrying a passenger at all times when it is possible to do so. The only times it may not be possible would be on dangerously steep downhills, where the passenger is at risk of falling out, and steep uphills, when it will be a physical risk for Matt to over-exert himself, at which point the passenger would get out of the rickshaw and help Matt push it uphill.

BBC Children in Need supports projects working with disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. They currently support around 2,500 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages, for example, poverty and deprivation, disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

This year's appeal will be on Friday 18 November.


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