National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 March 2015

St Patrick's Day was celebrated across the country on 17th March and Leek Young Farmers Club (YFC) decided to take this to a whole new level on Saturday 21st March, with their sell out “An Irish Night to Remember!”

The inspiration for the evening came from Club Chairman, Oliver Holdcroft and Club Secretary, Katie James, who wanted to put on a night of entertainment for members to participate in, and guests to enjoy whilst raising some funds for the club, a registered charity. 

From the moment the audience walked into Horton Village Hall, they were greeted with warm welcome from the members of Leek YFC who had pulled together an evening of traditional Irish entertainment, comedy, fun and laughter. The club members, with an age range from 10 years to 26 years, have rehearsed tirelessly for weeks to bring nine acts together for their night of Irish humour. This has boosted the club members with their confidence, team work and bonded the members of all ages together.   The evening opened with Traditional Irish Dancing and was followed by some brilliantly executed comedy sketches from Monty Python, The Two Ronnies, Mrs Brown’s Boys.  The second half of the show included a Stars in their Eyes spoof with “Eastlife” and “Ronan Beating” pulling off two very convincing performances, poetry and even more comedy.  The final performance “If I was not upon this stage” featured a very tricky choreographed action comedy and singing routine.  This bought the evening to a close with plenty of laughter and cheers from the audience.

Club Chairman, Oliver Holdcroft said “We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came and supported our “An Irish Night to Remember.” We couldn’t have asked for a better response from the members who took part and audience on the night.  Also to everyone involved in the production for their time, effort and hard work.   It’s safe to say a fantastic night was had by all!”

13 March 2015

Two Young Farmers' Clubs in Cumbria joined forces to give its members the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas. 

Lamplugh & Egremont YFC made the once in a lifetime trip to the 'Entertainment Capital of the World' in October 2014, which included an exciting helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon.

The two clubs united at Cumbria's Northern District AGM in January 2014 to organise the Transatlantic trip, in which 13 people signed up.

Staying at the Excalibur hotel, the group took in all of the attractions that Las Vegas has to offer within the five-day trip, including taking a gondola ride at the Venetian, attending a performance of Cirque du Soleil and, of course, trying their luck at the city's world famous casinos.

But the main event was the 45-minute helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon.

Lucy Agnew, of Lamplugh YFC, said: "We arrived at the airport in style, being picked up in a limo, which was a surprise to the members. We landed for half an hour which gave us a chance to have a look round, take photos and check up on the latest news which was in the Farmers Weekly. It was a great way to take the Canyon and the natural environment."

Matthew Harper, also of Lamplugh YFC, said: “I was overwhelmed with the whole holiday, Las Vegas was absolutely amazing and would love to go back at some point.”

12 March 2015

A group of Norfolk Young Farmers are preparing for the ultimate triple-endurance test, all in aid for a local cancer charity.

Harleston YFC’s 'Big 3 for Big C’ will see Young Farmers cycle over 600 miles on an exercise bike (the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats), use a treadmill to run 385 miles (the distance between Norwich and Paris) and complete 215 miles on a rowing machine (the length of the river Thames). Money raised will be donated to the Big C, Norfolk’s Cancer Charity, which has helped thousands of people in the county cope with cancer.   

Members aged between 16 and 30 will be taking part in this feat of endurance over 72 hours, all in the comfort of their clubhouse. The test starts on Friday 22nd May and the team aim to finish by 6pm on Monday 25th May.

Led by Club Charity Coordinator, Joe Peacock and a small committee, this event will push the Young Farmers out of their comfort zone in a bid to raise as much money as possible for such a worthwhile cause. 

As the oldest Young Farmers' Club in Norfolk, Harleston YFC have donated over £15,000 to charity in the last ten years alone but this year’s fundraising activity will be the most extreme mission that the club has ever undertaken. In the weeks running up to the event, rigorous training will be taking place to ensure that everyone taking part is in their peak of physical fitness. 

If you would like to show your support or would like to find out how you can get involved with this epic challenge, please contact Joe Peacock on 07580 045470 or please donate via our fundraising page  

11 March 2015

A Brecknock YFC member is flexing her entrepreneurial muscle having opened her very own salon.

Vicky-Lynn Healey, a member of Pontfean YFC (pictured left), saw her dream come true at the end of January when Victoria-Lynn Hair & Beauty opened to the public for the first time.

She founded the business in October 2013 as a part time mobile hairdresser, before renting a chair at a hairdressers in Llandrindod Wells.

In 2014, Vicky's business was shortlisted for the Wales YFC & Natwest Business of the Year Award last year, just missing out on the top prize. But on Christmas Eve, she was informed that she had been awarded the tenancy of a new premises.

Having spent almost the whole of January removing wallpaper, painting and decorating, she held a very successful open day on 31st January, with lots of people coming to view the new premises, including Welsh Commonwealth judo star, Kirsty Powell (pictured right).

After one month of being open, Vicky is very pleased with how the business is going and puts her success down to her time with Young Farmers.

Vicky said: “My goal is to have my own training academy. I am grateful to the Young Farmers Movement for the many skills I have learned since the age of 10 from taking on office of Secretary to Chairman and competing in many different competitions. I am only 23 years old but have my own business and I am willing to put in lots of hours to make my business succeed”.

If you want to follow in Vicky's footsteps and pick up some enterprise and entrepreneurship skills, then sign up for the NFYFC 'Exploring Enterprise' Workshop in Rugby on 26th March. Click here for more details.


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