National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 October 2010


Eleri James (left) and Tracy Evans (right)
First members to travel to Canada with Wales YFC

Tracy Evans and Eleri James both members of the Ceredigion Federation will be the first members to represent Wales YFC on an exchange programme to Canada. This new opportunity is one of the exchange programmes offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of the International Programme.

Tracy, 27 a member of Pontsian YFC and Eleri, 27 a member in Talybont YFC were selected during the International Briefing and Selection Day held at the Wales YFC Centre in Builth Wells last November and will spend 2 weeks in the Ontario area of Canada hosted by the the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario (JAFO) before travelling independently to Québec. The will leave for their adventure on Thursday the 11th of November and will return on Monday the 6th of December.

Tracy, an Engineering Operations Controller for Protherics, has been an involved with her club for 16 years  where she is currently one of the Leaders. She has represented the club on numerous occasions at different competitions within the county and has gone on to represent her county at Wales and National level. Outside of the YFC she enjoys keeping fit and is a member of Llanybydder Hockey Club. She also enjoys swimming, reading and cooking.

“Since I joined the YFC in 1994 I have numerous opportunities to learn and develop new skills which have helped my development as an individual. Hearing about the adventures of others who have travelled with the YFC inspired me to apply in order to develop more skills and learn about other YFC organisations across the world and to teach others about Wales and what we have to offer. I am thoroughly looking forward to this unique opportunity to sample a different way of life.” said Tracy.

Eleri who works for the National Library of Wales has been an active member of her club since 2003. She is an enthusiastic member of her club and had undertaken many roles including treasurer, secretary and chairman. At county level she is the county activities sub-committee chairman. She is also a member of the Licyris Olsorts drama company and enjoys reading when she has the opportunity.

“This is the first time for me to travel with the YFC and I am really looking forward to the opportunity. The trip promises to be a trip of a lifetime with a visit to the Royal Winter Fair and the Sing Swing event as well as the possibility of seeing Niagra Falls. It will be totally different to a tourist holiday as we will be hosted by YFC members and their families, enabling us to see firsthand how they live.” explained Eleri.

The Wales YFC international programme aims to encourage young peoples’ understanding of other cultures and give them the opportunity to travel and to discover new experiences. The programme also asks clubs and the young people who are members to host exchangees from similar organisations over the summer months. Travelling with the YFC is a totally unique experience, members will get to know and share experiences with members of similar organisations across the world and make new and lasting friendships.

The closing date for receiving applications to travel with the YFC in 2011 is Friday the 29th of October and interested in sharing the same experiences as Tracy and Eleri should contact Helen Edwards at the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502.


20 October 2010

Book tickets for entertainment feast

Wales YFC will present the first tickets for the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast to the organisations President international rugby referee, Nigel Owens.

This new event held next year on the 12 and 13 of March at the Grant Theatre, Swansea, is set to be one of the highlights of the Wales YFC calendar. It will be a showcase of YFC talents where members from across Wales will entertain audiences with colourful and professional half hour performances on the Grand stage as a part of the Entertainment Competition.

The weekend festival gives members the opportunity to perform on a professional stage with up to date facilities with assistance from experienced stage managers. For the first time Wales YFC bring both English and Welsh finals of the Entertainment competitions together to the same stage.

A Welsh session will kick off the proceedings at 2pm with the Ynys Môn, Montgomery and Ceredigion Federations competing with the second session of the day beginning at 7.30pm where the Pembrokeshire, Radnor and Brecknock Federations will compete with their English performances. The second day will begin earlier at 12 noon with an English session where the Gwent, Carmarthenshire and Glamorgan Federations will entertain the audience. The final session of the weekend will be a bilingual session with the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Federations competing in Welsh and the Montgomery Federation showing off their English performance. The session, which starts at 5pm will also host the results of both the English and Welsh Entertainment competitions.

The first 500 tickets for the Entertainment Feast will go on sale on the 1st of November from the theatres box office and those wishing to attend will be able to purchase a session ticket, a day ticket or a gala ticket for the whole weekend. The remaining tickets will go on sale following the county rounds.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman stated;
Such feast of entertainment is a salivating prospect as the talent within our YFC communities are abundant, from scripters to producers and of course the most important part of the jigsaw, the members performing on stage. This new event is an exciting development in many ways, a bilingual showcase, a fantastic stage for our members and a great weekend away for our supporters. Let’s raise the roof on the Grand and I’d certainly advise booking your tickets early to avoid disappointment as this will be a weekend to remember.




18 October 2010

Call for enterprising YFC members

Wales YFC is calling all budding young entrepreneurs to enter the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme before 5 November, for the chance of winning up to £900 in prize money for their business.
 
The scheme is run by Wales YFC with support from NatWest and is open to any Wales YFC past or present member, up to the age of 31 and helps young people in rural areas to gain confidence to try out business ideas.
 
Past entries have included farm diversification projects, beauty businesses and even the setting up of very successful shops. The applicants are invited to meet with a panel of experts where they can talk through their idea with the judges who will then offer advice on how to develop their idea further. Following this the applicant receives £100 towards their business to further their ideas.
 
Last year's top prize of £800 was awarded to Elfyn Jones from Llantrisant, Ynys Môn. Elfyn entered the competition with his newly established “Trisnat show boxes and signs” where he hand makes wooden boxes for cattle, sheep and horse exhibitors to keep all the necessary equipment needed by them for exhibiting at a show.
 
“This competition is an excellent way to open several doors to anyone thinking of or who have recently started up a business. Completing a business plan was easy and attending the session with the panel was a great way of selling my business to others and to get their opinion on the idea. It’s almost an year since I won the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme and during this time my business has developed a lot and my confidence as an individual has increased. The business has seen an increase in sales not only in Wales but throughout the UK. I would encourage anyone to enter, not only for the cash prizes available, but to obtain the business advice from the experts and the opportunity to promote the business ideas.”
 
“The idea of the scheme is to offer young people the opportunity to test drive a business idea and to gain a taste of the business world,” said Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.
 
“All you have to do is contact Kay Lewis at Wales YFC to discuss your idea or business proposal, she will then offer you support and contacts to help create a business plan and provide other business advice. Then before 5 November send a copy of your business plan to Wales YFC to enter,” added Rhys.
 
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director Rural Wales Banking, said: "We're delighted to sponsor this competition again, which supports some of our budding entrepreneurs. I was really impressed by the standard of last year's entries, who all gave a very good account of themselves and their business. I'm looking forward to meeting this year's entrants early next month.?"
 
All those who are interested in applying should contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502.

18 October 2010

Wales YFC urges: 'Try something new this winter'

The new YFC year has begun and Wales YFC is keen to promote the message that anyone can join their local club.
 
Although the name of the organisation refers to young farmers, YFC is open to young people from all walks of life. With a high percentage of membership under 16, clubs would particularly welcome new members over 16 who want to take part in a variety of activities and have lots of fun.
 
Anysha Panesar, a member of Maendy YFC in the Glamorgan Federation, recently won an American pageant to become the first international title holder of America’s Perfect Teen. Anysha swapped her wellies and stock judging attire for a week of fashion and glamour, winning the ultimate prize of a full scholarship to study at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in America.
 
Anysha explains, “I have learned so many skills from participating in activities at YFC that I was able to use what I had learned, such as my public speaking skills, and be really confident in the Interview stage of the pageant. YFC isn’t all about livestock and farming issues, it’s so much more than that! At YFC we learn things that we can use in virtually all walks of life – even American pageants!”
 
Nigel Owens, international rugby referee, adds: “Although I lived in a very rural part of west Wales, a few of the young people of my village and I became members of Llanarthne YFC, even though we did not live on a farm and in fact many of us had no family members who were from an agricultural background either. YFC has something to offer all young people, no matter what your interests are you will find something to do at your local YFC that will be to your taste, and will  be of great benefit to you in whatever path or career the future takes you.”
 
YFC is a democratic organisation lead by the members and runs a variety of programmes throughout the year. From entertainment productions and public speaking competitions to travelling abroad, sports programmes and training there really is something for everyone.
 
Currently there are 160 YFC clubs across Wales, each one eager to welcome new members to join them in their exciting activities. For further information about your local club contact the Wales YFC office, based on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, on 01982 553 502.
 

 

 


18 October 2010

Apply for an unforgettable experience with Wales YFC in 2011

Wales YFC is calling on members looking for an unforgettable experience, where they can meet new people from a different country and learn about their traditions and way of life, to send in their application forms for a trip with the Wales YFC International Programme.
 
Destinations include the USA, Finland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Canada. Members can also apply to attend the Rural Youth Spring or Autumn Seminar or even the European Rally that will be held in Slovenia
 
“The International Programme is an important part of the work of the organisation,” said Kay Lewis, Wales YFC’s Activities and International chairwoman.
 
“The programme aims to encourage members' understanding of other cultures and give them the opportunity to travel and to discover new experiences. The programme also asks clubs and their members to host members from similar organisations over the summer months. Travelling with the YFC is a totally unique experience, members will get to know and share experiences with members of similar organisations across the world and make new and lasting friendships.”
 
Bethan Griffiths, who travelled with the Wales YFC programme this year, added: “I am so pleased that I decided to apply for an overseas trip, it is a fairly easy process. I had an unforgettable week at the Autumn Seminar, where I learned a lot about the culture and way of life of people from across Europe, and also made many new friends. Travelling with YFC is an experience that can not be missed!” 

The closing date for application forms is 29 October and following this, members will be invited to attend a Briefing and Selection day on 14 November. During the day members will hear about the experiences of members that have travelled in the past with the organisation prior to the selection process that will include an interview where they will ‘earn’ their place on the Wales YFC International Programme.

Full details of the trips available to members in 2011 can be found on the Wales YFC website at www.yfc-wales.org.uk and anyone that would like further information about the International Programme should contact Helen Edwards at the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502.
 

 

15 October 2010

Clwyd YFC AGM

The annual general meeting of Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs was held at The Club House., Oak Road, Wrexham, on 6 October, when Gilbert Morrilly, Nant Holding, Cloy Lane, Overton on Dee, was elected county president  and Mari Lloyd Jones, Pen Lan Farm, Llangollen, elected county chairman  for 2010-2011. 

The president-elect and vice chairman elected for the year were Dewi Ellis, Pentrefoelas and Caroline Dawson, Cilcain, respectively.  Co-opted members elected on the county executive committee were: Phil Davies, Erfyl Edwards, Geraint Evans, Gwynfryn Jones, Gareth Worthington, Edward Morgan, Fiona Jones and James Wilson, and the co-opted members on the management sub-committee elected were:  Phil Davies, Ioan Morris, Iwan Jones, Gwynfryn Jones and Ellen Roberts. 
 
 County representatives on the Wales YFC committees, NFYFC, NFU, FUW, Denbighshire & Flintshire Show Society, CLA, FWAG, and the Royal Welsh Show (Clwyd) committee were also chosen.

The members who had gained most points in stockjudging competitions throughout the year were presented with their trophies.  These were: ( under 16) Dafydd Williams, Cilcain; (under 18) Dion Edwards, Uwchaled;( under 21) Dewi Parry, Betws yn Rhos and ( under 26) Rhys Roberts, Bro Edeyrnion.

The club which had gained most points in all competitions throughout the year was Uwchaled.

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