National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 October 2010

County sports

200 Young Farmers from around the County took part in the Sports finals at Newton Rigg College.

Mixed under 16’s dodgeball proved the most popular sport with Skelton’s team of Aimee Martin, Hannah Potts, Rebecca Maughan, Eamon Monaghan, Joseph Nichol, Josh Graves, Jonny Pickup, Luke Mitchell and John Murray coming first, Eden Valley YFC 2nd; Carlisle YFC 3rd and Raughton Head YFC 4th.

Skelton had dominated the competition, winning all their games but Eden Valley put up a good fight in the final.  Umpire Rob Jones of the Dodgeball Association was extremely pleased to see so many young people thoroughly enjoying the sport.

In the ladies over 18 football, Pennine beat Grayrigg 2-0 in the final with Crook 3rd and Kent Estuary 4th.  Pennine’s winning team consisted of Chloe Chapman, Megan Robinson, Laura Smithson, Hayley Pattinson, Leanne Wilson and Helen Hayllar.  In the qualifiers Grayrigg had beaten Pennine 3-1 but Pennine managed to pull it back in the Finals.

Men’s 7 a-side hockey was won by Dennis Sharp, Nathan Dobson, Isaac Dobson, Stuart Lambert, Sam Wilkinson, Dan Rooke and Richard Barton of Kent Estuary YFC in 2nd place were Carlisle, 3rd Crook and 4th Grayrigg.

31 October 2010

Wythall Young Farmers help the heroes

Wythall Young Farmers Club has raised a fantastic £500 for the Help For Heroes charity after various fundraising events, including a Mouse Racing Night held in January 2010.  The club, which is part of the Worcestershire Federation of Young Farmers, meets in Ullenhall.

Young Farmers provides fantastic opportunities to take part in a variety of competitions, to meet new friends and expand ones personal knowledge and interests through its dynamic and exciting programmes.

The photo from left to right, shows National Federation of Young Farmers Club (NFYFC) President Lionel Hill, Club Secretary Laura Blower, Chairman Sam Warren, Vice-Chairman Erica Coton and Mr Ian Baldry who is the Help For Heroes Worcestershire county co-ordinator.

To find out more information contact our current Chairman Erica Coton on 07970 301621, or Vice-Chairman Maria Muntz Torres on 07760 145697.

31 October 2010

Fishguard YFC’s volleyball team of Charles George, Aled Harper, Ceri Jenkins, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam and Drew Patrick with their trophy after winning the national final.
Having a ball!

A volley of congratulations headed the way of a young sports team from Fishguard after they were crowned national champions.

Fishguard YFC’s volleyball team beat teams from all over England and Wales to take the title at the NFYFC competitions weekend.

The team of Charles George, Aled Harper, Ceri Jenkins, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam and Drew Patrick were thrilled with their win, which capped a successful day for the county federation.
Robert Davies, of Eglwyswrw YFC was placed third in the recycled metalwork sculpture competition and South Pembs YFC’s Thomas Kidney was also third in the competition to paint a picture on the theme ‘my county’.

30 October 2010

Brecknock YFC Harvest Festival

The Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their annual Harvest Festival at The Plough Chapel, Brecon on Sunday 31st October 2010.

The service was conducted by Rev Michael Hodgson and included various readings completed by members of Brecknock YFC.

Members from across the County congregated for the Harvest Festival bringing Christmas Hampers to be given to the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.  The Federation support this project ever year which is run by the Samaritan’s Purse; meeting the critical need of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster.  

The collect of £150.00 will be donated to Plough Chapel, Brecon and The Bracken Trust.

30 October 2010

Closing date for young innovators with natural resources applications is fast approaching

The closing date for the Young Innovators with Natural Resources an award with a total prize fund of £2,600 is fast approaching. The competition is a follow on to the highly successful Agri Environment Award.

The competition is facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and is sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas.

"Dulas is delighted to support the Young Innovator Competition, which promotes opportunities for medium and small scale renewable energy developments in farming communities. Feed-in tariffs now make hydropower, medium wind and photovoltaics all potential investments for farmers - significantly reducing carbon emissions, electricity bills and providing a healthy return on investment,” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Entries are welcomed from any kind of rural business from forestry contractors, farmers and fishermen to farm shops and tourist providers and entrants must be 40 years old or under on the 31st of December 2010.

Judges will be looking for evidence that the applicant has made a personal contribution to managing natural resources positively and this may include the reduction or sequestian of carbon, putting steps in place to reduce water use and wastage and increasing the water quality. Any further plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the business activity will be important. Judges will want to see evidence of an economically successful enterprise that is managed to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Wales while benefiting the local rural community and safeguarding traditional rural skills.

The overall winner of £2,000 will be announced at the 2010 Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November along with £600 to be split to entries dealing with carbon and water.  

Morgan Parry, CCW Chairman said: "It's becoming increasingly important for society to make the most of our natural resources as we strive to create a greener, more sustainable future. I'm delighted to support this pioneering scheme that will reward good practice and, as it develops, encourage many others to consider what natural resources their businesses could use efficiently and effectively. And the benefits will be twofold - not only does innovation with natural resources offer a more sustainable future, it can also bring economic value to businesses as well."

To apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rual Development Officer at Wales YFC on 01982 553 502 before submitting a written application form by the 15th of November.

28 October 2010

The Cumbria federation of Young Farmers' Clubs fence erecting 2010

The County Final of Cumbria YFC Fence Erecting competition was held at Yanwath Woodhouse Farm by kind permission of Mr J. Fisher with 18 teams from around the County.

The task was to erect a 12 metre run of stockproof netting with a joint midway along, by hand.  A 10ft (width) iron gate was hung on the end post, and latched to the post with wire.

The teams had two hours to complete the task with materials kindly donated by T.W. Relph & Sons.

Lowick YFC’s team of Stuart Boyren, Michael Woodburn and Thomas Donkin came 1st completing the task in the allotted time. Sedbergh’s team of Nathan Mattinson, Craig Capstick and Graham Lambert 2nd and Carlisle’s team of Tom Graham, Chris Roe and Will Hoodless 3rd.

Judges Alex Sibbald and Ian Potts presented Lowick with the trophy and all 3 teams will now compete at the Northern Area Field Day at Houghall College, Durham on 18th June 2011.


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