National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

19 December 2014

Canterbury Young Farmer’s Club enjoyed a sweet ending to their 70th anniversary dinner dance, thanks to Solley’s Kentish ice cream.

The club designed a bespoke Apple Pie ice cream with a Toffee ripple and Butterscotch chips for a 1940s-themed bash courtesy of the family-run company, who also donated 250 individual tubs for guests to enjoy as part of a traditional ‘jelly and ice cream’ pudding.

The annual event took place at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury and whisked attendees back to wartime days, when the club was launched. Boys sported military dress or tuxedos and girls wore vintage outfits or ‘land girl’ costumes; one couple even arrived in a 1940s US army staff car. A seven-piece band played into the small hours, and a raffle raised over £500 for the club's chosen charity, Reverse Rett.

Stacey Taylor, chairman of the Canterbury Young Farmers (pictured right), said: “We chose Apple Pie, Butterscotch and Toffee as we wanted to echo the comforting British flavours of the 1940s – it was totally delicious, and the perfect addition to the evening! We were really excited when Solley’s agreed to help us design a dessert for our 70th anniversary dinner dance, and very grateful for their generous donation of ice cream.

02 December 2014

While thousands of men across the country spent one month growing moustaches for testicular cancer, a group of Young Farmers from Bedfordshire spent a staggering four months growing facial hair for their local air ambulance.

The six members grew beards for the entire harvest period from the first silage cut on 13th May until the last combine stopped rolling on 15th September. The group, aptly named 'The Hairy Harvesters', raised just over £1,200 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Ainsley Jones, Jack Ostapiw, Harry Chamberlain, Liam Moody, Dale Butts and Edd Davidson Smith are now hoping that their idea will widen and develop throughout the counties and make a bigger 'Hairy Harvest' next year.

Ainsley (pictured right) said: "It was a great success and we beat out target of £1000 easily. Now we have created this concept, we would like to try and widen it for next year's harvest and encourage individuals or groups to raise money for their chosen charity over harvest. We found it very challenging over the time and writing blogs about our beards on our Facebook page helped people realise that beards sweat and dust are a terrible itchy combination so this really is a challenge and worth the sponsorship. On behalf of all the 'Hairy Harvesters', I would like to thank all the sponsors and donations, and acknowledge NFYFC's support in advertising this for us."

To make a donation to the 'Hairy Harvesters', please visit the team's JustGiving page.



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