National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 February 2013

 

Young Farmers in the South West are set to face two gruelling challenges in the hope of raising thousands of pounds for local Air Ambulance organisations.

Members from Somerset FYFC and Wiltshire FYFC are planning to reach the YFC South West Area weekend in Weymouth in style, and possibly with a few sore legs.

Friends Abbie Myers, from Polden Hills YFC, and Katie Nicholls from Wedmore YFC in Somerset, will be running the 50 miles from Street to Weymouth in two and a half days – that’s nearly two marathons back to back! Their route will take them to Sherbourne and Dorchester, before reaching Weymouth on 8th March.

The duo will be raising money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Parkinson’s UK, Abbie explains;

“Both charities are close to our hearts. The Air Ambulance has helped a number of friends and totally relies on public funding to keep going and Parkinsons Disease has affected a member of Katie’s family.”

If you would like to sponsor Katie and Abbie, you can visit www.justgiving.com/teams/SomersetYFCRun

Meanwhile, in Wiltshire, 26 Malmesbury YFC members will be harnessing the power of the pedal to propel themselves the 120 miles from Malmesbury to Weymouth, through the Wiltshire and Dorset countryside.

But to make things a little more difficult, they plan to pull a nearly life-sized model cow, use an array of old and new bicycles, including a Penny Farthing, and even do part of the route in fancy dress!

The bike ride is part of the Club’s 80th anniversary celebrations, and they want to raise £500 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and The British Heart Foundation.

YFC member Jeff Simpkins said;

“We have received a lot of local support but any support from other YFC members would be much appreciated – we are hoping for a hearty welcome from fellow Young Farmers in Weymouth!”

If you would like to sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/malmesburytoweymouth

[Pictured: Malmesbury YFC members in training]



13 February 2013

 

A photography exhibition, celebrating 75 years of Cumbria FYFC, has been unveiled to the public at North West Auction Mart in Kendal.

The exhibition features a range of photographs, documents and historical information gathered from the archives of the 26 Young Farmers’ Clubs around the county. They detail the work of the Federation, which provides a vital link between small, local groups enabling them to be heard with a larger voice.

Jan Davinson, Chief Officer for Cumbria Young Farmers, said;

"It’s really good to see all the different young farmers clubs from around the county coming together to create this exhibition.  Each one has put together a really fascinating display telling the unique history of their club – and together it makes a really interesting picture of generations of farming across Cumbria and what our members have gained from being in YFC. We are very pleased that our exhibition is being displayed at Kendal’s amazing new Auction building."

The exhibition is free and will be at Kendal Auction Mart for the next month.



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