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23 November 2010

Young Farmers’ mega quiz


Back Row: Craig Galbraith, Michael Packham, Philip Packham, James Gibson.
Front Row: Jimmy Harrison, William Horsley, Harriet Holme Hannah Potts
432 Cumbrian Young Farmers entered the quiz in September, competing in 28 village halls. After 4 rounds and over 700 questions, the triumphant 4 Junior and 4 Senior teams met in the ballroom of the George Hotel, Penrith for the Final,

The Junior quiz started the proceedings with Lowick YFC leading throughout. Questions were asked on Country Knowledge, Entertainment, Sport, News and General Knowledge. Tom Jackson , Lyvennet YFC, made a spirited attempt to catch up in the buzzer round but Skelton came from behind to beat Caldbeck into 2nd place and Lowick and Lyvennet into equal 3rd place.
Skelton’s team of Harriet Holme, Hannah Potts, Jimmy Harrison and William Horsley were presented with a trophy and plaques from Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart.

The Senior Quiz had all 4 teams battling it out until they reached the sports round where Grayrigg scored full marks. They increased their lead dramatically with some nifty work on the buzzers scoring a magnificent total of 42 points with Skelton in 2nd place on 31, Caldbeck in 3rd on 29 and Crook 4th with 19 points,
Michael Packham, James Gibson, Phillip Packham and Craig Galbraith from Grayrigg YFC were presented with engraved glass tankards by Carrs Billington.

President Mr Frank Gate commented, “We had an excellent, good-humoured evening. All the teams should be proud to reach the County Final of the quiz after such stiff competition along the way.”


23 November 2010

Excellent standard of competing at Wales YFC Eisteddfod

The Wales YFC Eisteddfod attracted competitors from all 12 YFC federations in Wales was held at the Great Hall, Eisteddfod on Saturday the 20th of November, hosted by the Montgomery Federation.

During the day members competed in a variety of competitions including singing, recitation and humorous items to the homework competitions that included literacy, prose and art. The competitions were held throughout the day and the overall winner was the Ceredigion Federation and they took home the Mansel Charles Shield with 43 points. The Pembrokeshire Federation came second and the Montgomery Federation were was third.

Fflur Pughe, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairman said that the Eisteddfod had been very successful once again, gaining a fantastic reputation and benefiting from the fact that it is one of Wales YFC’s main entertainment events open to the public.


From left to right – Carwyn Owen, Emyr Jones (sponsor) & Robi Wood

Luned Mair, Chair Winner



















“The Eisteddfod was once again successful this year, and we can prove our ability as an organisation to hold an event of a high standard nationally. We saw hundreds members competing on a special stage at the Great Hall in Aberystwyth. The standard of competing is raising 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. As a committee, we’d like to thank everyone who helped us during the day with the preparations and organising. We are very fortunate of the support of friends and past members of the organisation,” she said.

Winning the Eisteddfod Chair with her short story “Ar y Brig” (On top of the World) was Luned Mair of Llanwennog YFC, Ceredigion. Luned, 19 is currently in her second year at Cambridge University studying psychology at the Sidney Sussex College. The chair was sponsored by Mr Emyr and Mrs Maggie Jones of Melindwr, Llwydiarth and was made by Carwyn Owen of Dyffryn Banw YFC and Robi Wood, Guilsfied YFC.

Winning first prize in the choir competition and taking home the Vale of Towy Cup was Uwchaled YFC from Clwyd. Joy Cornock of Fishguard YFC, Pembrokeshire won the Ardudwy Cup for being best soloist in the music section. The Menter Iaith Sir Benfro Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best unison voice party was won by Eglwyswrw & Llysyfran YFCs, Pembrokeshire.

Angharad Mai Lewis from Llanfair Caereinon YFC, Montgomery was the best individual in the Recitation Section and he took home the Wales YFC Cup. Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion won the pop song competition and they were awarded the Meinir Richards Cup.

In the federation award section, 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 winning the homework section were Ceredigion. The Elonwy Phillips Trophy which is awarded to the winning Federation in the stage section was won by the Pembrokeshire Federation.


19 November 2010

Radnor public speaking competition

Radnor Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, recently held their annual Publiuc Speaking Competitions at the Hotel Metropole, Llandrindod Wells, which was very kindly sponsored by Brecon and Radnor NFU, for which the Federation are very grateful.

Edw Valley YFC were the winners of the Senior After Dinner Speaking Competition, with the team consisting of Sara Davies, Sian Dyke and Paul Jones with 133 points.In second place were Presteigne YFC B  (129 points) and third were Dolau YFC's A team (128 points).The Judge was Mr Nick Williams of Pembrokeshire.
Judge Miss Gail Lewis of Trefeglwys YFC placed Gemma Bufton, Fran Lewis and Dan Farmer of Dolau YFC as the winners of the Intermediate Brainstrust Competition  with 171 points closely followed by Preseigne YFC with 168 points and Rhayader YFC third with 167 points.

The Junior Public Speaking was won by Llanbadarn Fynydd YFC' s B team - Gemma Price, Laura Watson and Daniel Binks with 88.5 marks, closely followed by Llanbadarn Fynydds YFC' s A team with 88 marks and Edw Valley YFC'S A team came in 3rd place with 87.5 marks. The Junior competition was this year judged by Wales YFC Chairman Enfys Evans of Ceredigion.

The Junior Reading Competition was this year judged by Mr Gwyn Evans former head of English at John Beddoes School, Presteigne. The Competition was won by Edw Valley YFC's A team- Sian Davies, Ben James and Gina Williams with 96 marks, followed by Llanbadarn Fynydd YFC with 95 marks and Dolau YFC with 94 marks.


19 November 2010

Brecknock YFC Competitions Day

Members of Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs gathered at Brecon High School on Saturday 13th November 2010.

Members participated in nine different competitions. Some of the competitions were eliminators for the Royal Welsh Show 2011, Club Display, Floral, On The News, Creative Writing, Cookery and Craft, all were based on the theme ‘Battling the Elements; which is the theme for YFC competitions at the Royal Welsh Show 2011.  Another competition which was held as an eliminator for the Wales YFC English Competitions Finals was the Reading 14 years and under. Two competitions were run purely at a County Level they were the Generation Game and Speaking 14 years or under.



Overall Winners–Sennybridge YFC


Mark Powell & Gina Dunn, Llandefalle YFC, Cookery Winners

Troedrhiwdalar YFC – Winners 14 years or under Speaking











The overall Day was won by Sennybridge YFC with 196 points followed by Builth Wells YFC in second place with 193 points and Llandefalle YFC was in third place with 192.


19 November 2010

New young innovators with natural resources award to be presented at Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The new Young Innovators with Natural Resources award sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas, will be presented on Monday at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The competition facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society saw exceptional entries in its first year with entries from all across Wales covering a wide variety of enterprises.

"Wales is blessed in abundance with the natural resources that drive renewable energy solutions.  Dulas are today engaging more and more with the agricultural sector as the new Feed In Tariffs bring sound commercial opportunities to the farming community. I know that being involved with the Young Innovator award will not only help us to understand the priorities for these young farmers but also to help us engage with the entrepreneurs that exist in this sector. Dulas were also very pleased to be given the chance to work closely with the CCW and YFC, in looking for sensitive and appropriate developments which will help unlock the potential that our natural resources deliver on a daily basis in Wales.” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Dai Jones, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society president for 2010 will present the overall winner with £2,000 and £300 each will be presented to the best entries managing their carbon and water resource on Monday the 29th of November.  

Morgan Parry, CCW Chairman said: "It's becoming increasingly important for society to make the most of our natural resources as we strive to create a greener, more sustainable future. I'm delighted to support this pioneering scheme that will reward good practice and, as it develops, encourage many others to consider what natural resources their businesses could use efficiently and effectively. And the benefits will be twofold - not only does innovation with natural resources offer a more sustainable future, it can also bring economic value to businesses as well."

Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman, Rhys Evans stated: “This award recognises the efforts of the young farmers that are ensuring a sustainable future for farming in Wales. Welsh farmers are role models in utilising natural resources and the applicants in this competition were all excellent examples of the practises farmers are undertaking on their farms in order to improve their business”



19 November 2010

Wales YFC NatWest enterprise scheme to be presented at Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The winner of the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme will be presented during the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The scheme is run by Wales YFC with support from NatWest and is open to any Wales YFC past or present member up to the age of 31 and helps young people in rural areas to gain confidence to try out business ideas.

Eight members applied for the scheme with businesses varying from a bed and breakfast company to an ATV business, a DJ and a design company.

Speaking on behalf of the judges Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director of Business & Commercial Banking - Rural Wales, said:
"All of the competitors gave a very strong account of themselves. There was a fantastic standard of entries this year. It's very pleasing to see the enterprise and commitment displayed by some of the young people living in rural Wales."

The top three entrants will be awarded on Monday the 29th of November and these businesses include; ‘Designs 4 ewe’, which is a printing and embroidery company, ran by Kayleigh Rees from Talgarth YFC, ‘Beckbred Pigs’, which is a pigs breeding business ran by Bleddyn Beck a member of Neath YFC and ‘Siop Cwlwm’ a Welsh shop in Oswestry market owned by former Dyffryn Tanat member Lowri Roberts.

“This is a fantastic scheme for young people living in rural Wales to gain advice on their businesses from a panel of experts. Wales YFC gave those who entered the unique chance in presenting their businesses to a panel of experts who are willing to sit down with them and give them individual advice on their business and help with financial and marketing advice. We are very grateful to Julie Masters, Welsh Assembly Government, Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes and Andy Woodthorpe for the advice and support that they gave our members. All applicants also received a £100 towards their businesses thanks to the kind sponsorship from NatWest.” explained Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.



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