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16 November 2010

“Paul’s in the Chair”


Paul Worrall
On Thursday 11th November 2010, at the County Executive Meeting the following County Officers for Staffordshire Young Farmers were elected.

Paul Worrall was elected as the new County Chairman for the Federation. Paul is 25 years old, and lives in Seighford and works for a local contractor. Paul has been a member of Eccleshall YFC for the last 6 years and has been Competitions Chairman for the County.  

County Vice-Chairman is 25 year old, Alex Mackellar who lives in Stowe-by-Chartley. Alex works at home for the family business, and is a member of Ridware YFC and she is also currently the National Competitions Chairman.  Alex has been a Club Secretary, and leader for her Club in the past.



Alex Mackellar
County Deputy Vice-Chairman is Andrew Goldstraw, 21 years old from Waterhouses YFC. Andrew was Chairman of Waterhouses last year.  Both Andrew and Lisa Hawkins (Cheadle YFC) were elected as Joint Competitions Chairmen for 2010/2011.  Amie Brown (Leek YFC) was elected as Social and Funding Chairman.   Both Anthony Williams and Steve Hill from Eccleshall YFC  were elected as Joint Development Chairmen.
The Joint Under Eighteeens Committee Chairmen were elected as Samantha Wilson and William Northwood, both aged 16 and from Eccleshall YFC.

Angela Woodward, 32 years old, from Rudyard, Leek, was again elected as County Treasurer. Angela is a Past County Chairman and has also been County Competitions Chairman. Whilst Treasurer for her own club Leek YFC, Angela won the best Club Treasurer award for 6 years running.


16 November 2010

Cumbria county AGM 2010


Chairman Craig Brough, President, Frank Gate, Vice-President Nick Utting
Cumbria Young Farmers, friends and supporters packed the ballroom of the George Hotel, Penrith for the 36th Annual General meeting of the Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

Mr Steven Dixon, Chairman, gave the Annual Report in which he outlined a very busy and successful year of competition for the members at County, Northern Area and National Level.  He said, “ It has been an honour to be part of Cumbria YFC for the past year when membership has increased and the standard of competition has been so high.  Clubs are strong and finances are stable.

Cumbria YFC’s membership has steadily increased every year over the last 15 years standing in September at 1348 card-carrying members with many more social and associate members.  Steven also announced that members had raised £41,000 for charity over the year.  This had been achieved by Clubs through a variety of fund-raising events and been given to many National and local charities.

The President Mr Linda Park then gave her report.  She highlighted the Field Days as her favourite time of the year, “The Field Days are a brilliant showcase for all your skills and talent.”  She also remarked, “The efficient and confident way you organise and run your meetings and competitions is a credit to you all.”

Treasurer, Mr Robert Wharton presented the accounts which showed a small loss of £1500.

The Young Farmers then proceeded with wit and flair to propose and second their officers for the ensuing year.

Mr Craig Brough from Raughton Head YFC was voted in Chairman and Mr Frank Gate, Drigg YFC President.  Vice-Chair is Jan Booth, Crook and Vice-President Nick Utting.  Mr Robert Wharton of Dodd & Co. was again voted in as Treasurer and Mr Gethyn Dyne of HSBC as Auditor.


Drigg YFC with their 2 Trophies and Amy Johnson (in green) with her YFC Member of Year Trophy.
Trophies were then presented by Mrs Linda Park.  Those announced on the night were as follows: - Mrs Dorrie Galbraith Trophy for the member making the greatest contribution: Amy Johnson, Raughton Head.  PFK Trophy for the Club making the most effort: Drigg YFC.  Top Club Award for the Club with the greatest increase in Membership: Greysouthen YFC.

The Alan Bowe Charity Award for the Club raising the most for charity in the previous membership year; Drigg who raised £15,855.95 for the West Cumberland Special Care Baby Unit and have in total in the last 18 months raised a total of £23,000 for the unit.

The meeting was closed after Tom Bland gave the vote of thanks to the retiring officers.



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.


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