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11 November 2010

All 12 counties to take part in Wales YFC Eisteddfod!

All 12 county Federations will take part in the Wales YFC Eisteddfod which is to be held at the Great Hall, Aberystwyth on Saturday 20th of November, hosted by the Montgomery Federation.

A four counties Eisteddfod held recently for the four Federations that do not currently compete in the Wales YFC Eisteddfod allowed members from the Brecknock, Glamorgan, Gwent and Radnor Federatations to have an experience of competing in a YFC Eisteddfod, and gave them the confidence to enter their items in the all Wales Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod is part of the Wales YFC social education programmes which aims to provide skills, recreational opportunities and confidence to YFC members in a wide range of areas - especially rural skills, Welsh culture, sport and traditional crafts. During the day, more than 700 members, aged between 10 and 26, will attend the event to display their varying talents by competing in all sorts of competitions - both on and off the stage. Being a bilingual event, members can compete in Welsh or English, giving everyone a chance to participate.

This year the chair, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Emyr and Maggie Jones, Melindwr and made by Carwyn Owen, Dyffryn Banw YFC and Robi Wood, Guilsfield YFC, will be awarded for the best entry from the short story and poem competitions. The winners of all competitions, both on and off stage, will win special prize sponsored by the FUW & NFU Cymru, and made from wood by Maria Wagland at Cadfan Crafts, Tywyn.

“I am looking forward to welcoming all 12 county Fderations to the Wales YFC Eisteddfod. It will be a fantastic day of competing with a wide range of competitions, ranging from the traditional competitions that we have come to expect, to more modern, light-hearted competitions, which are always guaranteed to raise a smile. Starting at 11am, the Eisteddfod will probably continue until the early hours of Sunday morning,” said Fflur Pughe, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairman.

“For those who can not make the journey to Aberystwyth, don’t worry - BBC Radio Cymru will be broadcasting from the Eisteddfod, and all of the excitement can be found live on the BBC Cymru website during the day, and live on Radio Cymru from 8pm onwards. Telesgop and Rondo Media will also be broadcasting live on television on behalf of S4C from 7.15pm which will include highlights of the day up until the choir competition and results which will be broadcast live. I would like to thank both the BBC and S4C, and everyone involved in the preparations, for what promises to be a very successful Eisteddfod. I’m sure that we are, once again this year, in for a treat by the multi-talented members of the movement.”

11 November 2010

Staffordshire Young Farmers Annual General Meeting 2010

On Friday 5th November, Staffordshire Young Farmers held their County AGM in the Ingestre Suite, County Showground, Stafford. During the evening many members collected silverware and certificates for their outstanding achievements during the past year. Rob Atkin, County Chairman, gave his report on the activities within the Federation during 2009/2010.   He said that he had been a member of Young Farmers for ten years and that being County Chairman was the best thing he had done.  He had set himself a goal of revamping some of the Social Events that the Federation hold and this had been reflected in the very successful Summer Ball which had a Hawaiian theme to it, and more recently a very well attended Twilight Ball, which replaced the old ‘Autumn Ball’.
Mr David Bull was elected as County President to serve the Federation for a two-year period. David is 44 years old and he sells farm machinery. He has been connected with Young Farmers for 14 years and has held various Officer roles.  He has also been President of Eccleshall YFC for two years.  Margaret Bennett was elected as County Deputy President. Margaret has been connected with Young Farmers for 30 years and has held many roles including County Organiser and Catering Supervisor.  She is also a Trustee of the Federation.

The Guest Speaker for the evening was Peter Slack, a dairy farmer from the High Peak district in Derbyshire. He gave a very amusing talk about the hard weather in the Peaks.  On looking back, he felt that Young Farmers had served as his ‘university experience’ and he also related that his daughter had recently gained a place at her first choice of university, not from her academic grades but from her interview, which he felt reflected what she had learned from belong to the Young Farmers Federation.

10 November 2010

Fishguard sitting pretty

After a packed day of singing, recitation and comedy at the Pembrokeshire YFC eisteddfod Fishguard were the club sitting pretty as they won the overall title and one of their members scooped the coveted chair prize.

Pembrokeshire YFC county president Geoff Harries presents the homework trophy to Robert Davies, Eglwyswrw YFC and Tom Bevan, Llysyfran YFC

Ffion Haf Williams was the winner of the chair at the Pembrokeshire YFC eisteddfod.

Fishguard YFC celebrate their eisteddfod win.

The eisteddfod took place at Theatr y Gromlech, Ysgol y Preseli, Crymych on Saturday, and saw scores of young farmers from all over the county competing in the traditional singing and recitation competitions, and the not quite so traditional sketch, improvised news bulletin, humorous duet and the ever popular mime to music.
The highlight of the event was the chairing ceremony, when Ffion Haf Williams ensured the chair returned to Fishguard once again, when she won the chair for her poem story on the theme cymuned (community).

As the night wore on, three clubs found themselves in the running, with Fishguard eventually coming out on top, ahead of Eglwyswrw in second place and Llysyfran in third, although there was some consolation for the two runners-up as they shared the cup for the highest-placed club in the homework section.

Some of the winners will now be selected to represent Pembrokeshire at the Wales YFC eisteddfod in Aberystwyth on November 20th.

09 November 2010

Brecknock YFC After dinner speaking

left to right: Dyfed Watkins, David Price, Bethan Jones, Sennybridge YFC winning team with Judge Deryc Rees
The Senior After Dinner Speaking competition was held at the Castle Hotel, Brecon on Thursday 4th November 2010 at Castle Hotel, Brecon.

The After Dinner Speaking competition is the Senior Public Speaking competition for YFC members. All members have to be 26 years of age or under and are required to speak on a topic selected by the judge; Mr Deryc Rees from Carmarthen.  The winning team for 2010 was from Sennybridge YFC included David Price, Dyfed Watkins and Bethan Jones.

Results were as follows:-
1st     Sennybridge YFC   
David Price, Dyfed Watkins & Bethan Jones

2nd     Llandefalle YFC
Aileen Powell, Mark Powell & Helen Evans

3rd     Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC
Ceri Rees, Julia Western & Sarah Alford

The following members; Mark Powell, Bethan Jones, Dyfed Watkins, Aileen Powell & Helen Evan were chosen to represent the Federation at the Wales Final in March 2011.

05 November 2010

Leamington Hastings YFC in Warwickshire has donated a cheque to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) for £1,000.

The cheque was presented al at Leamington Hastings annual harvest ball held in October. The money was raised through fundraising events throughout the year.

Warwickshire RABI chairman Richard Grindal gave a short speech, detailing how the money would be used and who would benefit from the donation.

Leamington Hastings YFC would like to say a big thank you to those who attended the events and parties and for those who helped organise them. The club is hoping to raise as much money again for its chosen charity this year.
Pictured from left are: Richard Grindal, Warwickshire RABI chairman, Sam Bailey (club treasurer) and Gary Royans (club chairman 2009-2010).

04 November 2010

Wales YFC entertainment feast launch

Enfys Evans (right) Wales YFC Chairman presenting tickets to Nigel Owens, Wales YFC President (left) and Ioan Richards, Deputy Vice President (Centre)
Wales YFC presented the first tickets for the new Entertainment Feast to its President, international rugby referee, Nigel Owens and the Deputy Mayor of Swansea, Ioan Richard and his wife, Iris Richard at a special launch yesterday.

This new event to be 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 will give 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 event are now on sale 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 now to avoid disappointment as this will be a weekend to remember”.


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