National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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30 November 2009

Buckingham YFC boost for air ambulance

Buckingham Young Farmers’ Club donated more than £1,200 to the club’s chosen charities through recent fundraising activities, handing over cheques to representatives from Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and the PACE Centre in Aylesbury.

Fundraising took place at a variety of YFC events and activities, including the annual club dinner and dances; a ferret racing evening, which saw young and old screaming and shouting their chosen ferrets over the finish line; members dressed up in a variety of costumes for the Buckingham Christmas Parade, as well as an evening of carol singing, when listeners may have been donating to stop the ‘singing’!

More recently, members organised a sponsored cycle ride in aid of Children in Need. Dressed in hi-vis jackets and fluorescent pink leg warmers, members covered more than 10 miles around Buckingham and the surrounding villages and raised more than £200, thanks to the generosity of people who encountered the group en-route.

Last month, Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance visited the club to show how the money raised is used and to collect a cheque for £850. Based at RAF Benson and covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, the air ambulance is an extremely important service for residents, cutting patient transport time, as well as being able to reach remote locations – especially important in rural areas, where many of the club’s members live and work.

The PACE Centre, whose representatives were presented with a cheque for £238.45, works with children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy. In a motivating and caring environment, families are provided with invaluable support, while the children are encouraged to find their own voice, walk their own steps and discover that they can fully enjoy everyday life and become active members of society.

Club chairman Tom Phillips said: "Fundraising’s a really important part of YFC activity and it gives us a chance to put something back into the local community. Where we can, we like to support local charities, and we’d like to thank all those who have come along to our events to make these donations possible. We have an exciting year ahead of us and look forward to supporting the club’s charity for the forthcoming year, Helen & Douglas House, a hospice caring for children and young adults.”

29 November 2009

Bridgnorth YFC at Lord Mayor's Show

Bridgnorth YFC triumphed in London at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show, where the club joined the spectacular three-mile parade in its Pirates of the Caribbean-themed float, together with the Shropshire Society of London.

Despite having only four months to raise the £5,000 entry fee, and battling wind, rain and lightning on arrival, the club's float was a swashbuckling success.

The float, which won the West Mid Show best float competition, set sail for the parade on Friday 13 November, braving the bad weather to make history for Bridgnorth YFC and Shropshire.

Bridgnorth YFC's Sarah Needs said: "They made an astonishing impact at the show and if spectators didn’t know about Bridgnorth YFC and Shropshire, they most certainly do now! Unfortunately, the firework display was cancelled due to dreadful weather but this did not stop the club celebrating in true YFC style. It was a very proud day and the club would encourage any club to enter this impressive event.

"The club would very much like to thank David Johnson and The Shropshire Society of London and all our local farmers who dug deep into their pockets to make a donation. And, of course, all our sponsors; Rea Valley Tractors, Vaderstad, Mc Cain, HD Link Machinery, Rushmere Garage, Belton Cheese, The National Bee Keepers Association, Balfours, Green Vale, Roseville Plastering, Wroxeter Vineyards, PDN Lettuces and the Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs."

29 November 2009

Brecknock YFC member crowned NFYFC junior member of the year

Troedrhiwdalar YFC's Aled R Jones, Brecknock and Wales YFC's junior member of the year for 2009, has gone on to take the national title.

Aled impressed the judges at the NFYFC sports and speaking event in Staffordshire to become the first Brecknock member to hold the national title.

Currently studying A-levels at Builth Wells High School, Aled has been a member of Troedrhiwdalar YFC for a number of years and has competed in stockjudging, drama and public speaking, among other things. He has held several officer roles at club and county level and was also recently appointed as Wales YFC Youth Forum vice chairman.

“Aled most definitely takes every opportunity life throws at him with both hands and will be an excellent ambassador for YFC across England and Wales,” said Brecknock YFC organiser Claire Price.

25 November 2009

Llandefalle YFC 60th anniversary dinner

More than 120 guests attended Llandefalle YFC’s 60th anniversary dinner at Hafod a Hendre, the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Guest speaker was Malcolm Thomas, a past member of Carmarthenshire YFC and life member of the NFYFC. He is the current director of business services, membership and regions for the NFU England and Wales.

A history of the club was given by past and present members, beginning with Ieuan Jones, who gave an insight to how the club was run in the early days.

Gwyn Davies reported on club activities through the 1960s and 1970s; Sharon Pritchard reported on events from the 80s to when Llandefalle hosted the rally in 1996; Helen Evans then spoke from when she joined club up to hosting of this year’s rally and Emily Pritchard concluded with her experiences to date of YFC and her hopes for the club in the future.

An awards ceremony was also held where members were presented with certificates and shields for representing the county.

The Lyn Jones Members’ Member shield was presented to Christie Joseph; the John and Eira Evans Stockjudging shield was presented to William Gittoes; the Gwyn and Hazel Davies Junior Member shield was presented to Alex Joseph; and the David and Sue Morgan Achievement shield was presented to Aileen Powell.

24 November 2009

High standard for national Eisteddfod competition

The Wales YFC national Eisteddfod was held in Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 21 November, and after a full day of competing, Eryri won and took home the Mansel Charles Shield. Ceredigion was second and Carmarthenshire third.

Hosted by the Eryri federation and sponsored by Wind Power Wales, the day was hailed a great success by Nia Griffith, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairwoman, who said the event was rapidly gaining a fantastic reputation and benefitted from the fact that it is one of Wales YFC’s main entertainment events open to the public.

"The Eisteddfod, was once again successful this year, and we can prove our ability as an organisation to hold an event of this standard nationally. We saw more than 600 members competing on a special stage at Venue Cymru.

"The standard is raised every year, and the audience enjoyed a spectacle of traditional competitions such as the solos and recitation as well as the light entertainment section, which is always popular,” said Nia.

Winning the Eisteddfod chair with her poem Mynydd (Mountain) was Catrin Jones, of Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion. The chair was sponsored by the Mid Gwynedd branch of NFU Cymru and was made by Sion Wynne, from Rowen YFC.

Winning first prize in the choir competition and taking home the Vale of Towy Cup was Bro Ddyfi YFC, from Montgomery. Luke McCall, of Maesywaun YFC, Meirionnydd, won the Ardudwy Cup for being best soloist in the music section. The Menter Iaith Sir Benfro Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best two-voice party, was won by Bro Ddyfi YFC, Montgomeryshire.

Sam Jones, from Tregaron YFC, Ceredigion, was the best individual in the recitation section and he took home the Wales YFC Cup. Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion, won the the pop song competition and was awarded the Meinir Richards Cup.

Eryri took home the Dyffryn Nantlle Shield for coming out on top with the highest points tally in the Cerdd Dant section, and winning the Denbighshire Farmers Union of Wales trophy for the homework section was Ceredigion. The Elonwy Phillips Trophy, awarded for the first time last year to the winning federation in the homework section, was also won by the Montgomery Federation.

24 November 2009

Stockjudging glory for Staffordshire YFC members

Staffordshire YFC members fought off stiff competition from more than 150 competitors representing 19 counties to take the individual titles in the stock judging and carcase judging classes at the recent English Winter Fair held at the County Showground, Stafford.

The YFC competitive classes were sponsored by the English Beef & Lamb Executive. YFC members were able to judge live beef and sheep classes and beef and pork carcase classes thanks to support from the show organiser, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society along with Eblex.

The day was hailed a great success with a very high standard of scores across the classes, said Staffs YFC county organiser Julia Taylor. “It was great to have so many teams competing and demonstrating they know their stuff when it comes to livestock.”

Class 1: Live beef
IND: (Sen) Helen Blowey, Devon. (Int) Richard Priestley, Yorkshire
1st: (Sen) Helent Powell, Radnor. (Int) Edward Powell
2nd: (Sen) Hywel Evans, Glamorgan. (Int) Hywel Griffiths
3rd: (Sen) Tom Birks, Worcestershire. (Int) Dan Bradley

Class 2: Live lamb
IND: (Sen) Helen Davies, Ceredigion. (Int) Hedd Evans, Montgomery
1st: (Sen) Menna Davies, Derbyshire. (Int) Joe Birch
2nd: (Sen) Rich Gilder, Gloucestershire. (Int) Richard Carter
3rd: (Sen) James Stephens, Gwent. (Int) Aled Groucott

Class 3: Beef carcase
IND: (Sen) Charlitte Ormondroyd, Yorkshire. (Int) Rob King, Gloucestershire
1st: (Sen) Dan Weston, Staffordshire. (Int) Peter James
2nd: (Sen) Kat Hart, Gloucestershire. (Int) Rob King
3rd: (Sen) Craig Rawle, Somerset. (Int) Eve Hooper

Class 4: Pork carcase
IND: (Sen) Sarah Baker, Devon. (Int) Sarah Albutt, Gloucestershire
1st: (Sen) Tom Goodwin, Worcestershire. (Int) Victoria Howell
=2nd: (Sen) Sarah Baker, Devon. (Int) Kate Kitten
=2nd: (Sen) Matt Price, Herefordshire. (Int) Kamilla Bosley

Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup

  1. 1st: Gloucestershire
  2. 2nd: Gwent
  3. 3rd: Derbyshire


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