National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 September 2013

Kingsbrompton YFC in Somerset has raised £500 for farming communities living in the arid region of Samburu in Northern Kenya.

The Club were inspired to raise the funds after being visited by local dairy farmer, Richard Gibson who set up the charity Aid for Samburu with his wife Heather.

Richard travelled to Kenya to take part in the BBC Two programme, The Toughest Place to be a Farmer. Whilst there he lived with the Samburu tribe, a pastoralist community who travel to find ever decreasing grazing land and water sources for their livestock. Aid for Samburu is hoping to raise funds to provide a sustainable water source in the Samburu region.

Lucy Luxton, a member of Kingsbrompton YFC said:

“After asking Richard to come and speak to our Young Farmers’ Club we were all inspired and decided to hold a disco to help raise money for the provision of sustainable water. It’s hard to believe they haven’t had any rain in the Samburu region for a year – completely the opposite from living in Anstey, Devon!”

As well as presenting a cheque to Aid for Samburu, Kingsbrompton YFC, who are celebrating their 80th year, also donated £1100 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. They raised the money through carol singing, cooking breakfast for 100 people, and holding a drama performance in the local village hall.

Find out more about Aid for Samburu.

18 September 2013


Members from Dorset FYFC provided the entertainment at this year’s Cattistock Countryside Show, with a spot of Body Zorbing!

Marshwood Vale, Beaminster and Gillingham and Shaftesbury YFCs all took part in the event with teams of five playing Body Zorbing Football against the Cattistock Hunt team.

11 September 2013

Junior members from across Suffolk FYFC pitched up their tents and headed into the wilds for the annual Suffolk YFC Junior Campout.

Twenty six junior members and nine senior leaders took part in the campout at Baylham House Rare Breeds near Ipswich. After pitching up, the day kicked off with kite making and the boys from Gripping and Brett Valley YFC proved that they could make the longest tail, but not the most successful flyer.

The afternoon also included a treasure hunt and an educational trip around Baylham farm, followed by fishing rod making – although only one fished was captured and subsequently set free!

County Organiser Tory Lugsden said:

“Despite little sleep the campout was a pleasure to run and the junior members were a credit to their parents, their Clubs and to Young Farmers. Roll on next year!”

10 September 2013

Two Teesdale Young Farmer’s Clubs have been helping to spruce up their local livestock market with a long overdue paint job.

Enthusiastic members from Staindrop YFC and Barnard Castle YFC have been redecorating Barnard Castle Auction Mart in County Durham – painting gates at least twice a week to get the job done.

Libby Bell, Auctioneer at Barnard Castle Auction Mart said:

‘The mart hasn’t had a re-paint since foot and mouth, so it desperately needed a makeover. We all opted for the Young Farmers to come in and do it as we knew they’d be up for the hard graft!’

Alice Wood, Secretary at Staindrop YFC added:

‘It has been great to get both clubs together and achieve something, not only for our local mart but also our local farmers. I’d also like to thank everybody who came and helped – it’s been hard, but fun!’

As a reward, Barnard Castle Auction Mart gave the clubs £750 each for painting the whole mart. The money given to the clubs will help fund club running costs and much more for upcoming and present members.


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