National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 April 2010

78th AGM begins with a minute's silence

The NFYFC AGM began with a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to those members of the farming community who have lost their lives in accidents at work.

The tribute was part of the NFYFC’s efforts to help reduce the number of deaths and accidents in the agricultural industry through its support of the HSE’s Make the Promise campaign, which is being championed by vice chairman James Chapman, who lost his arm in a farming-related accident.

Promise knots were given out to YFC members from across England and Wales who travelled to Torquay for the AGM, as a reminder to pledge to come home safe from the fields to their families.


Lionel Hill MBE re-elected for a final term as president

Lionel Hill MBE was re-elected to serve another year as president of the National Federation of Young Farmers's Clubs at the AGM in Torquay.

Mr Hill, told YFC members that this will be his fifth and final year as president as he would not be seeking re-election again and felt it was time to pass on the mantle.

"It has been an immense honour," he said. "Unlike other pensioners, my circle of friends is always growing. It is the young members that give me such a positive outlook on the 21st century."

Nan Warlow was made an honorary life member of the organisation in recognition of her years of work with Pembrokeshire YFC. Nan was a founding member, and the first club secretary, of Llysyfran YFC in 1952, and is still a club leader.


National levy to rise by 2.5 per cent

YFC members voted to approve the national levy’s increase by 2.5 per cent, with five votes recorded against.

Wiltshire YFC's Edd Akerman, who proposed the motion, said the rise equated to an extra 30p per member but warned members to expect a more substantial rise in future. He explained that while NFYFC had recorded a £25,000 surplus in its latest accounts, it faced a deficit of £75,000 due partly to its investment in new staff.

Kent YFC's Michael Simms, seconding the motion, explained that a higher rise had originally been proposed for this year but had been delayed. "The board felt members should see the benefit of the new staff investment before they were asked to meet a more substantial increase in the levy," Mr Simms explained.

Acting chairman for the NFYFC’s board of management Chris Lloyd, presented the accounts and explained the organisation had managed to build up a £25,000 surplus for the year’s end, thanks, in part, to the funding brought in by the HOPS team through its seasonal agricultural workers scheme.


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

NFYFC voted to passed a motion recognising and supporting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The motion was proposed by Robert Cann, personal development steering group chairman, and seconded by vice chairwoman Claire Swinburne.

29 April 2010

Senior YFC Ambassador of the Year

Kay Marie Lewis: Neath YFC, Glamorgan

Runner-up: Katie Winfield: Uttoxeter JNFU, Staffordshire

Finalists: Jennifer White, Camelford YFC, Cornwall; Craig Brough, Raughton Head YFC, Cumbria; Elizabeth Hunt, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire; Kate Munro-Ashman, Bradfield YFC, Berkshire; Amy Scott, Market Rasen YFC, Lincolnshire

National drama final

First: Berriew YFC, Montgomery with Odd Ball: Craig Pearce, Lloyd Bright, Mark Harding, Rhian Davies

Second: Buxton YFC, Derbyshire with Close Relations: Lydia Slack, Sam Slack, Danny Newton, Anna Taylor, James Gregory-Campeau, Andrew Gregory-Campeau, Hannah Gregory-Campeau, Emma Poole, Hannah Mosley, David Batterbee, Sam Mellor, Elizabeth Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Laura Poole, Rebecca Gratton

Third: Marshwood Vale YFC, Dorset with Guess Who's Coming to Tea: Richard Rowe, Robin Goodfellow, Becky Fox, Rachael Goodfellow, Gemma Fox, Kirsty Fox, Adam Penny, Ali Hall, Edward Rabbetts, Bradley Bowman, Ricky Frampton, Rosey Bretherton, Laura Foot, Stuart Curtis, Tom Greenway, Matt Curtis, Andrew Haggerty


Best actor: Craig Pearce, Montgomery

Best actress: Rhian Davies, Montgomery

Trophy winners

NFU Trophy


(Stephen Knowles pictured)

(Champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

Tug Wilson Trophy


(Reuben Moss and Paul Worrall pictured)

(Reserve champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

The Worshipful Company of Farmers’ Trophy


(Ben Harris pictured)

(Champion small county federation whose membership figures are amongst the lowest 50 per cent of counties, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

Sidney Fawcett Trophy

Katie Davies, Pembrokeshire

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

The Prince of Wales Perpetual Charity Challenge Trophy


(Nicola Chegwidden pictured)

(County federation raising the most money per member for a charitable cause)


Merrick Burrell Trophy

Isle of Man

(Collected by Zoe Kelly)

(County federation with the largest percentage increase in membership over the past two years)

Pub quiz

First: Oundle YFC, Northants

Fancy dress competition

Sam Greep and Alice Hamilton, Ivybridge YFC



29 April 2010

An exciting new travel scholarship offering a young British farmer a chance to work on a sheep farm in New Zealand was unveiled at the annual convention in Torquay.

The first Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) scholar will travel to New Zealand later this year and spend up to a month gaining hands-on experience on New Zealand sheep farms, as well as having the opportunity to travel in the country.

The scholarship is being provided by Novartis Animal Health (NAH) as part of its long-term commitment to the sheep industry and its support for Britain’s young farmers.

Welcoming the award, NFYFC operations manager James Eckley said: “NFYFC is committed to helping its members working in the agricultural industry secure successful farming futures.

"This initiative will also give our members an amazing opportunity to travel to the heart of the world’s sheep industry and bring back practical know-how to improve production here.”

NAH brand manager James Crawford said: “We are committed to supporting Britain’s sheep sector and I believe the country’s young farmers hold the key to its future success. I am convinced the winner of this new scholarship will return with a raft of exciting new ideas to help British sheep farmers improve the health of their flocks to become even more competitive.

The deadline for entries is 12 June. Click here to download an application form and more details of the scholarship.


28 April 2010

28 April 2010

Wales YFC is celebrating after Kay Lewis of Glamorgan YFC was named the YFC Senior Ambassador of the Year.

Kay claimed the new title, which replaces Senior Member of the Year, after impressing judges with her professionalism and achievements within the organisation.

As one of seven competition finalists, Kay faced tough questioning from a panel of four judges before appearing before fellow YFC members to give a presentation on her role and achievements within YFC.

A member of Neath and District YFC for 12 years, 23-year-old Kay has held the posts of stock judging captain, publicity officer and secretary. She has also been a representative of the Wales Rural Affairs Committee and council. Kay works on the home farm and works part-time for AB Agri.

Danusia Osiowy, features editor for Farmers Guardian which sponsored the competition, praised all the finalists for their enthusiasm and determination to succeed within NFYFC.

“With all the negative press young people receive, it is easy to tarnish the minority as the majority,” she says. “Sitting in front of seven eloquent finalists, I found myself in admiration of their genuine enthusiasm, achievement and sheer determination to spread the positive message of YFC.”

Katie Winfield of Uttoxeter JNFU was named runner-up.

This is the second year in a row Wales YFC has taken the title, which Kay takes over from last year's Senior Member of the Year Caroline Dawson.

28 April 2010

The annual report for 2009 is now available to read online or download from the club resources page




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