National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 January 2013

 

A brand new Young Farmers Club was formed last week, as Abbotsholme School established the tenth Club in Staffordshire.

Twenty five pupils from Abbotsholme School, which has a 70 acre working farm on site, met for their first meeting in the school library, where Staffordshire Young Farmers gave a short presentation on what being a YFC members is all about.

Abbotsholme pupils, who range in age from 11 to 17 then got to play some ‘get to know you games’ before chatting about events and outings the group might like to get involved with in the coming year.

Christina Liddle, Head of Estate Education said, “Young Farmers is a great way for pupils to make more friends across the year groups and meet people from outside the school as well as learning and developing new skills.”

She added, “I know that the enthusiasm of the pupils will ensure that the Abbotsholme Young Farmers Club will grow and flourish and become an integral part of the School.”

Andy Goldstraw, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “We are very pleased to welcome the pupils of Abbotsholme to be a part of our fantastic youth organisation.  They are already preparing to compete in our Public Speaking Day Competitions and we’re also looking forward to seeing them at the “One Big Social” for all our clubs at the end of the month too.”

If you're interested in joining a Young Farmers' Club in your local area, find out how here!





07 January 2013

 

Bolton-by-Bowland YFC had a quaking New Year’s Day, organising a charity rubber duck race down the River Ribble in Lancashire.

More than 150 people attended the annual event and joined in by buying a duck and watching it race away down the river. There were cash prizes up for grabs for the first three past the finish line.

The money raised from the duck race will go to local charity, Jack’s Journey, which was established to support four-year-old Jack Lambert who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Jessica Townson, chairman of the Bolton-by-Bowland YFC said:

“It was a wonderful day. It started to rain a little bit but apart from that it was great. It is a tradition we have had for a few years now.

“We chose Jack’s Journey because it is a local charity and a few of our members are friends of his family or are related to Jack. It is very close to our hearts.”

Bolton-by-Bowland Young Farmers was set up in 1937 and currently has 25 members aged between 10 and 26.


04 January 2013

 

Helston and St Keverne YFC took centre stage at the annual Cornwall FYFC carol service at Truro Cathedral, performing to 1,000 members and supporters of the federation.

Members of Helston and St Keverne, together with Warleggan YFC, performed prayers and readings and re-enacted the classic nativity story complete with live animals.

Club Secretary Christine Jenkins took on the role of Mary, riding a very stubborn donkey down the aisle with the help of Chairman Eddy Savage as Joseph. Other members from Helston were playing angels and shepherds, carrying very noisy lambs.

Katherine Spencer, county organiser for Cornwall YFC, said:

"We allocated 1,000 tickets and we had another 350 on the waiting list. It's a chance for all the farming community to meet up and every club in the county was represented, as all 21banners went in a procession down the aisle. It was lovely and a lot of people said that it wasn't Christmas until they had been to the Cornwall YFC Christmas service."

Donations from the service and the club’s carol singing evening will be split between two charities; Farm Crisis Network and Cornwall Air Ambulance.



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