National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 May 2015

On Saturday 9th May, Stockton YFC hosted the annual County Durham Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Rally Day. The event was held at the fantastic Middlefield Farm venue in Thorpe Thewles.

The day is an annual event and is an action packed day of competitions for members of all 9 YFCs in County Durham with a social event in the evening.

The day kicked off with Machinery and Fencing for some while other members displayed their exhibits of cookery and craft in the hall for judging later in the morning. Other competitions included Log Saw, Bridle Identification, Mystery Judging of Hounds & Working Dogs, Sports, Tug of War and a Bush tucker Trial style eating competition. The County Durham members are a competitive bunch with all competitions being awarded points towards to large selection of beautiful trophies that are up for grabs.

Stockton YFC took on the challenge of hosting this year’s event with gusto and the small but mighty club, which very nearly closed only 2 years ago, ran a superb event that will be one to remember. Not least for the Club themselves as they also successfully competed on the day to win the Best Small Club Trophy for the first time since 1976!

Caroline Baker, chairman of Stockton YFC and Rally Day chairman for 2015 (pictured third from the left), said: “I am over the moon with how the day has gone and it was the icing on the cake for us to win the Best Small Club Trophy as well. We are only a small club who have overcome some big challenges in the last few years, our members are fab and this is testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment.”

Rally Day is a real county effort. Around 80 past members, friends and family were invited to judge and steward all the competitions on the day and local machinery dealerships Ripon Farm Services and Russels generously provided the Machinery needed on the day.

Caroline continued: “Without all of these people the event would not take place and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way at all. It is much appreciated by all of us members!” 

Members who have been successful in particular qualifying competitions will go forward to compete against other Northern Area Counties such as Northumberland and Cumbria at the Northern Area Field Day at the end of June whilst others will also be going on to compete at the National YFC Finals. The overall winners of the County Durham Rally were Staindrop YFC.

For more information on any events or how to join contact durhamyfc@btconnect.com.


20 May 2015

Tractor enthusiasts and members of East Riding YFC will once again join together on Sunday 31st May. They will take to the roads on a Charity Tractor Road Run to boost funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance & R.A.B.I. (The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution). 

Following the success of the last seven years events East Riding YFC have organised their eighth road run and are pleased with the support they are receiving from the members of YFC and local vintage tractor groups.  The tractors will leave Laburnum Farm, Etton, near Beverley at 10am on 31st May for a road trip covering approximately 30 miles round East Yorkshire.

The two charities that have been chosen once again have particular relevance for YFC members and the rural community.  The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a charity close to the heart of many people who live and work in rural areas who never know when they may need the fast response emergency service.  R.A.B.I. is a grant-making charity that supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress.     

This years’ event can boast the title of “award winning” after the Sleight family scooped a national award for their years of hard work fundraising for a charity close to the heart of the agriculture community.  At RABI’s annual general meeting this month, the Sleights were awarded the Hunter Cup which is presented to the individual or group of people who have successfully organised an on-farm event that has raised the most money and/or the greatest awareness of the charity and what it does.

The previous events have raised in excess of £12500 and Mr John Sleight from Laburnum Farm was keen to host the event again.  Plans are well underway, lots of entries have already been received and Mr Sleight is particularly excited by the range of enthusiasts that are attending.  Last years run was hailed as a great success with over £4000 being raised, John hopes even more can be raised this year!  He said “We have always had fantastic support from participants, helpers and spectators.  This year we are once again enjoying working with volunteers from Barclays Bank”

Jenny Sleight is helping to organise the event and she said “If you see the tractors please support them with a friendly wave!”  Collectors will accompany the parade as it follows the planned route and donations will be gratefully received for the two charities.

This year will take a similar route as last year and, by popular demand, the approximate times that the procession of tractors will wind its’ way around East Yorkshire is shown below.

  • Etton 10.00am
  • South Dalton 10.30am
  • Middleton on the Wolds 11.00am
  • North Dalton 11.20am
  • Huggate 11.40am
  • Warter 12.45pm
  • Edge of Nunburnholme 1.00pm
  • Londesborough 1.20pm
  • Market Weighton 1.40pm
  • Goodmanham 1.50pm
  • Laburnum Farm, Etton 2.30pm

Entries for the road run have already been received from various parts of East Yorkshire including Driffield, Holme on Spalding Moor and Hornsea.  Further information including Entry Forms and Conditions of Entry can be obtained from Jenny Sleight on 01430 810281 or email jenbopeep@hotmail.com.


20 May 2015

Essex Federation of Young Farmers Clubs has scooped the R.A.B.I YFC Cup in recognition of its efforts and contributions to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) during 2014. 

President-elect Jeremy Fulcher received the award, which recognises the outstanding fundraising carried out by YFCs, from National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters in front of a packed audience at R.A.B.I’s annual meeting last week.

R.A.B.I is a grant-making charity which helps farming people of all ages if they are in financial difficulty. It gave £1.93 million in grants to farming people in 2014 and helped people claim £378,000 in state benefits. Support ranges from helping people to pay utility bills and council tax arrears, rent and bankruptcy fees, to paying for funerals, heating, clothing and even food.

Essex YFC members were quick to respond to the flooding crisis in Somerset in the winter of 2013 and organised delivery of fodder to the worst-hit farmers. Later in the year, vice chairman Ed Ford presented R.A.B.I with a cheque for over £7,500 to help with the charity’s welfare work.

The Essex YFC Country Show pulled in thousands on Sunday 17 May, with highlights including quad stunts, food hall and live demonstrations from the forestry and game fair areas.  R.A.B.I regional manager for the East, Lucy Bellefontaine attended the show which is organised solely by volunteers aged 16-26 years from the Federation of Young Farmers Clubs around the county. Approximately £1,000 was raised from a raffle for farming families in financial difficulty with first prize of a bike won by Mrs Bunting, and second prize of a hamper donated by local business Tiptree Wilkins & Sons won by Mr Metson.

R.A.B.I regional manager for the East, Lucy Bellefontaine said: “The members of Essex YFC are a credit to their national organisation, their fundraising and dedication to helping others in need acts as an inspiration to others. On behalf of R.A.B.I and our beneficiaries, I’d like to thank them for their hard work.”

To find out more visit www.rabi.org.uk or call R.A.B.I.’s confidential helpline on 0300 303 7373.


18 May 2015

It was a stroll down memory lane for Wiltshire YFC as old and new members joined together at the county's annual rally.

Hundreds of Young Farmers, past and present, descended upon Widleys Farm in Malmesbury to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Wiltshire YFC and take part in a variety of competitions - including the much-coveted Past Members Shield.

It was a nostalgic event for all concerned, especially for the past county chairmen, who got together for a group photo along with current national chairmen, Hannah Talbot (pictured right).

The Past Members Shield saw clubs take part in a wide variety of activities, including cake decorating, photography, floral art and even an obstacle course.

Malmesbury YFC took home the shield, while Chippenham YFC (pictured right) won the main rally.

Current chairman of Wiltshire YFC, Liz Hutchison, said: "We were also able to donate a cheque to Wiltshire Air Ambulance with the money raised from 80th anniversary calendar and our £80 challenge which each club took part in. In total we donated £4700 which is great!!!!"

For all of the best photos from the event, please visit the Wiltshire YFC Facebook page.



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