National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 October 2014

We’ve teamed up with Country Living Christmas Fairs to offer nine members the chance to win a pair of tickets to a fair near you!

The Country Living Christmas Fairs take place in London, Glasgow and Harrogate during November and are extremely popular events.

There are gift ideas, fashion and party suggestions, food and drink samples, crafting demonstrations for present wrapping, decorations and cooking. A chance for a fun day out that gets lots of the plans for Christmas and the festive season organised – all under one roof, away from the crowds on the high street.
 
So if you’re looking to get into the festive spirit and start your Christmas shopping, then why not enter our fab competition?

We have three pairs of tickets to give away for each fair (London, Glasgow and Harrogate). A pair of tickets usually costs from £24 to £33 depending on location so you’ll be making a great saving.

To enter just answer this simple question:


Q. In the song the 12 days of Christmas, what did the person receive from their truelove on the 10th day of Christmas?

A.    10 Lords a Leaping
B.    10 Swans a Swimming
C.    10 Turtle Doves

Email answers to magazine@nfyfc.org.uk, stating your name, club, home address and telephone contact number by Friday 7 November 2014.

Dates of the Fairs
London  - 12-16 November
Glasgow – 20-23 November
Harrogate – 27-30 November

Visit www.countrylivingfair.com for more information.
 

MEMBER OFFER

In addition, members of Young Farmers’ Clubs can benefit with a ticket offer that represents approximately 20% saving, by purchasing tickets for the shows in advance.

All you need to do is quote COUNTRYWIDE06 to take up the offer.  (London £12 instead of £16.50 on the door; Glasgow and Harrogate £9 instead of £12.50 and £12 respectively on the door).   
 


09 October 2014

Members and supporters of Gwent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs took part in a ‘Ploughathon’ to raise money for those affected by flooding in Somerset earlier this year.

30 drivers, operating eight tractors, ploughed non-stop for 48 hours, covering an astonishing 460 acres.

As well as raising money for the Somerset flood appeal, the team also raised money for cancer research as well as putting money back into the Federation.

With sponsorship from local businesses, who kindly donated machinery, fuel and support, Gwent YFC are expected to have raised over £8,000 from the ‘Ploughathon’.

County vice-chairman, Huw Adams, said: “We are delighted to have raised so much money. The weekend was hectic, exciting and a lot of fun! It was fantastic for some of our mechanically-minded members get involved and raise money. Usually they aren’t at the forefront of their club, but they were really happy to take part. One participant stayed up for about 30 odd hours!

“The forecast wasn’t great going into the weekend, but it thankfully held up. It ran a lot smoother than expected and we will definitely consider doing it next year.”

Meanwhile, Ivybridge Young Farmers Club participated in a 24-hour long ploughing attempt in the same weekend to raise money for charity and club funds. The event was held at Scobbiscombe Farm, Kingston, by kind permission of The Walters Family.

Members ploughed using machinery kindly donated by local dealerships including Hamblys, Masons Kings, CR Willcocks and Dunns Ploughs and received sponsorship by way of diesel donations from local businesses and farmers. Using a total of five tractors and ploughs through the daylight hours and three overnight in all 220 acres were ploughed in the noon-noon timeslot raising a total of £3000. 

Tim Horton, Secretary to Ivybridge YFC said: "It was great fun to do, and fantastic to have a go in the demonstrator machinery. It was very tiring at points but once it got to 4am the energy drinks had kicked in! Knowing we were raising money kept us going (and the food kindly provided by our hosts)." 

You can see the Gwent YFC team in action on their Facebook page. Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=592869077506017&l=4222655095395534104


07 October 2014

A group of Young Farmers from Cumbria have earned £500 by taking part in a Youth Social Action Project.

Members of Aspatria YFC helped their local community by tidying up a park in their local town and make it a more pleasant area for the general public.

The club voted in a general meeting to carry out community work, after a suggestion from one of the younger members. 

Following discussions with Aspatria Town Council, the club was tasked with cleaning up the park on West Street, which had become very overgrown, untidy and attracting wildlife.

8 junior members aged 11-15 & 7 Seniors put themselves forward to help with the clean-up, which included the use of a silage trailer to take away all of the wood.

Megan Davy, Secretary of Aspatria YFC, said: "The outcome of the project was very positive it is now a pleasant area for the public to enjoy. The town council has recently been in touch. We will be featuring in their newsletter and are being awarded with a certificate of appreciation at the next town council meeting.

"We undertook this project for Aspatria Town Council to show that Aspatria Young Farmers are dedicated and willing to help the local community as well as getting stuck in to a project which benefits the people of Aspatria and surrounding areas. It was great to see our members of all ages working as a team to complete this task."

Activities like this could entitle your club to £500.  NFYFC is in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, the RSPB and the Canal & River Trust to encourage young people in rural areas to take up youth social action projects thanks to funding from the Cabinet Office.

To get your club involved and to learn more about the project, please visit our Community & Environmental Projects webpage.


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