National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 October 2013

Ashford Young Farmers’ Club in Kent hosted their annual dinner dance at The Rare Breeds Centre on 26th October, and raised over £1,200 for CLIC Sargent.

Over 117 young farmers, ex-members and friends gathered at the ‘Night at the Races’ themed evening and enjoyed a homely three-course dinner, followed by three horse races and dancing into the early hours.

The money raised will be donated to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and their families. The charity has been chosen in recognition of the invaluable care and support it provides to Ashford’s Club Leader Ed Lovejoy and his wife Gemma while their daughter Chloe battles with Leukemia.

Alison Quinn, Ashford’s programme secretary and event organiser, said:

“This year’s ball could not have been more of a success. I would like to thank everyone for their incredibly generous donations, and to Chris Bowley who kindly donated his skills as a DJ. The charity is very important to the club and it is great to see everyone pulling together for the Lovejoy family.”

Ed Lovejoy, Ashford’s Club Leader, commented:

“The whole evening was fantastic and we are extremely grateful for the amount of support we have received from the club. The funding will help CLIC Sargent to continue helping families cope in such difficult times.”

Ashford Young Farmers’ Club meets on a Wednesday evening and is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 26. Visit for more information.

24 October 2013


Members of Radnor YFC presented cheques to the British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimer’s society after scaling mountains with their fellow Wales YFC members.

YFC members from Radnor, Montgomery and Brecknock took part in the Three Powys Peaks Challenge on one of the hottest days of the year alongside former Wales YFC Chairman Gwenno Griffith.

Radnor members raised £2785 for each charity and members Fiona Abberley and Paul Thomas are pictured handing over the cheques to Gwenno.


18 October 2013


Malmesbury YFC has celebrated their 80th anniversary by raising one hundred pounds for every year the Club has existed. 

They have raised over £8000 for local and national charities after a whole year of fundraising events, including an epic 120 mile bike ride from Malmesbury to Weymouth for the South West Area Weekend. 

The Club also threw their annual Badminton Blowout, held on the Saturday of the Badminton Horse Trials, and a Harvest Hellraiser Ball. 

They have donated the money raised to the British Heart Foundation and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, as well as two local charities: PROPS and Great Somerford Pre-School.

Malmesbury YFC Chairman Treasurer, Liz Hutchinson said:
“PROPS provides support to children and young people with physical and learning disabilities, one of our members volunteers with the charity so we really wanted to show our support too."

16 October 2013

Devon FYFC is inviting sexual health experts to its events in the county to offer safer sex advice to members.

County Organiser Nick Creasey has organised the visits because young people living in rural areas have limited access to sexual health services.

Nick said: “It can be difficult for young people living in remote locations to get to these clinics to be checked out. Our priority is to keep our members safer and this initiative ensures they are aware of the risk of STIs, as well as giving them the opportunity to be tested or to ask for information and advice.”

The team from the sexual health clinic recently attended a foam party to chat with members and share advice. They have also been invited to a weekend with the new club chairmen and secretaries to give information that they can take back to their clubs.

The sexual health awareness initiative is just one of many topics covered by the county – and the national organisation – to help educate young people on safer lifestyle choices. Others include a focus on drugs and alcohol awareness and health and safety issues.

The visits from the sexual health team to Devon FYFC will appear in the BBC3 programme Unsafe Sex in the City on Weds 16 October at 9pm.

08 October 2013

Culm Valley YFC in Devon recently held their annual Harvest Supper to celebrate the end of another successful year led by Chairwoman Sara Spiller and Secretary Gemma Coles.

The Harvest supper was a chance to celebrate members’ achievements with awards for sports, public speaking and training. It was also the perfect opportunity to celebrate their fundraising success throughout the year by presenting a cheque for over £4000 to local charity, Chicks.

The charity provides respite and care to disadvantaged children across Devon and the Club raised the money by carol singing, holding a bingo night, a duck race, cake stalls and a late summer ball.

07 October 2013


Terrington Young Farmers have been digging up the land for their latest fundraising effort - a 24-hour ploughathon.

The mammoth feat began at 12.30pm last Saturday, with each member of the Norfolk-based YFC taking the wheel for one hour assisted by members Matt Norman and Jonny Smith.

In true Young Farmers spirit, there was a competitive element with Amy Walton setting the fastest ploughing time and Matt Norman ploughing the straightest furrow.

Club Secretary, Lindsey Walton said:

“The event ran really smoothly, even down to the change of driver and we managed to plough 65 acres of heavy clay silt land. Thanks to all the sponsors, parents and friends who supported the event and made it a success.”

The event raised around £1000 for the two charities that the Club are supporting this year – Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue and the critical care and intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.


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