National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 February 2014

Forage-aid coordinators in flood-hit Somerset are overwhelmed by the support from Young Farmers’ Clubs but are now asking everyone to wait for confirmation from the team before sending more donations.

Due to the amount of forage donations arriving in Somerset, the team need to slow down deliveries and have urged everyone to email the coordination team and wait for collection details.

Pledges of forage are still required and the team have asked that clubs, counties or individuals can make their pledge by emailing and detailing as much information as possible – such as type/bedding/feed/small or large bales/location.

Coordinators in Somerset have pledges of haulage from the industry and will coordinate transporting your forage to Somerset.

Somerset will require forage for some time to come, and the coordinators now need to assess the situation, secure suitable storage and direct the correct forage (feed or bedding, silage or straw etc) to the right places at the time it is needed.  They also need to know that forage will be available to them in the next few months, so a pledge now really is important.

Chief Officer James Eckley said: “A huge thank you to YFCs and members for the tremendous efforts so far.  Please make your pledges via the email address provided and await to hear from the coordinators.”

For more information about Forageaid visit the NFU’s website.

05 February 2014

Huge images created in fields around Yorkshire by Worth Valley YFC will make up the route of the Grand Depart, which marks the start of the 2014 Tour de France.

The artwork project, known as the Fields of Vision, is one of the route commissions that will be viewed from the air and broadcast to a global audience of 3.6 billion people who watch the Tour de France. 

The idea, which uses grass technology to create giant artworks in the countryside, was originally developed by former Yorkshire FYFC Chairman Andrew Wood. After an unsuccessful attempt to participate in a land art competition in 2009, the club saw their big chance when they heard the Tour de France was coming to Yorkshire and organisers were looking to create land art projects.

The artwork will vary from huge images made from different coloured grass to beautiful imagery created using a range of techniques – and one will even involve people riding bikes. Designed by Yorkshire artists and guests, the artwork will grow in twelve fields – some the size of football pitches – that stretch along the route of the Grand Depart. Each site required a designated viewing point  from the ground to enable visitors to follow the trail.

Andrew Wood said: “There are surprisingly few fields that are the right size and have a safe viewing point.  Then when you find them you have to hope that the landowners and farmers are open to the idea. Luckily coming at this from a YFC has meant that most landowners and farmers have been brilliantly supportive.”

Worth Valley members will lead teams of community sowers, including local volunteers and schoolchildren, to help create the artwork. For sites which are based outside of Worth Valley YFC’s catchment area, other clubs, including Calderdale and Holme Valley YFCs, will be involved.

Due to the enormity of the project Worth Valley YFC has teamed up with other organisations to help deliver the artwork, including Pennine Prospects, Worth the Tour, the arts festivals of Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Holmfirth and the Bingley-based Sports Turf Research Institute.

The Club’s PR officer Sophie Ogden said: “This will be a brilliant experience for our members, great publicity for the YFC movement and will make people all around the world see the stunning landscape of the south Pennines.”

05 February 2014

Young Farmers in Staffordshire have been entertaining clubs throughout the county with their own version of Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me.

Ridware YFC kicked off the dining experience at the end of January with nine other clubs taking it in turns to host. Diners are scoring each night’s entertainment and food out of 10 and the final results will be announced during a special evening event at Staffordshire’s County offices.

Participating members pay £2 at each dinner and the total funds will be split between the clubs who win first, second and third place.

Tom Taberner (pictured below, centre), from Ridware YFC, came up with the idea for the contest and said: “What better way to get clubs to socialise than combining food, entertainment and in the comfort of their own venue.” 

Ridware, one of the smallest clubs in the County, hosted a Burns Night and invited 24 guests, two from each participating club as well as two county officers and two vice presidents. The three course dinner included haggis, and their entertainment involved bagpipes and a steel drummer, as well as making a Sporran between courses.

Lisa Hawkins, County Chairman, (pictured left) said: “The first ‘Come Dine with YFC’ was excellent, all of the stops had been pulled out and there was a great atmosphere.  

“Feedback from members who have taken part so far has been good and it was a thoroughly enjoyable night. We are all looking forward to the other club evenings and what they have in store for everyone.”

Uttoxeter YFC was the latest club to serve up a treat for members with their medieval-themed event, while Stone YFC is planning a ‘stone-age’ dinner and Chase YFC are having a ‘birthday party’.

05 February 2014

Betws yn Rhos YFC reined supreme at the Clwyd county quiz in January beating 17 other teams on the night. 

The popular event involved 100 members who packed out Denbigh Rugby Club for the contest.

It was a closely fought battle, as winning team Betws yn Rhos YFC were only half a point ahead of second place Whitford YFC and third place Llansannan YFC were only a point behind them.

The winners will now go forward to the final at the national AGM in Blackpool in May.

County Organiser Eleri Roberts said:  “We had a really good night and the Quiz master Erfyl Jones kept everyone on their toes with different questions. We wish to thank the Denbigh Rugby Club for their fantastic hospitality once again.”

05 February 2014

After 50 years of pantomimes, Wymondham YFC marked its anniversary year with a special performance of Frankenstein and a presentation of shows from the past five decades.

Frankenstein ran over five nights in January at Wymondham Central Hall and more than 800 people came to see Wymondham’s 50th show. On the afternoon before the final performance, the Club also did a presentation from previous shows during a buffet for advisory members.

The Club has actually rehearsed 52 pantomimes, but two of them had to be cancelled due to foot and mouth outbreaks. Founding Club member Dennis Long, who was renowned for his musical talents, instigated the first pantomime and much of the scenery was produced on his farm in Wreningham.

After years of devotion, other club members have now taken on the task of arranging the productions, with the 50th performance taking four months of planning props, scenery, songs and dancing. 

This year’s story told the tale of an orphan named Heidi whose only friends are her favourite pet dog called Kodak and her workmate Frank .N. Stein. She falls in love with Prince Ludwig and has to escape from the evil Count Dracula. 

Member Luke Wing said: “We hope our pantomimes will be an annual tradition for many years to come, helping YFC members to overcome the fear of public speaking and providing many with the opportunity to build their confidence.

“It takes a lot of effort to produce a pantomime, not just from the producers but from the members, countrysiders, cast, crew, seamstresses, lighting and sound engineers, and front of house volunteers. For 50 years, all of these people have been pulling together to put on shows that have entertained audiences into the hundreds – and that really is something to celebrate.”


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