National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 January 2011

Southern District Cumbria YFC Annual Meeting

The Southern District of CumbriaYoung Farmers’ Clubs held their 29th AGM at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal to a packed audience of over 300 Young Farmers and their guests.

President, Linda Pigney, opened the proceedings with her report commenting that “ The YFC movement helps to keep the rural community together” and went on to advise the members that “you will gain knowledge and skills that will help you for the rest of your life.”

Chairman, John Tunstall, presented the Annual Report. He said “ It has been an excellent year for our members who excelled themselves at District competitions and County Finals.” He was pleased to announce yet another increase in membership in the Southern District with 567 members in 11 Clubs.

Treasurer, Stephen Rowlinson, reported on a good year of fund – raising and congratulated the Young Farmers on their efforts.

Officers for the ensuing year were then elected as follows :-  President, Mr Malcolm Robinson, Pennine. Chairman, Lauren Galbraith,  Grayrigg. Treasurer,  Mr Stephen Rowlinson, Crook. Vice President, Mr John Dickinson, Cartmel and Vice Chairman, Tom Redmayne, Crook.

The awards presented on the night were as follows:- The Craft trophy was presented  to Lowick and the Public Speaking and Winter Competitions Trophy to Kent Estuary.
Eden Valley was the Most Improved Club; Kelly Ousby of Eden Valley was the Member Contributing Most to a Club’s Development; Lucy Mason, Kent Estuary was presented with Young Farmer of the Year trophy.

The trophy for outstanding contribution to YFC by an out of age member was presented to Mrs Olive Clarke. “Aunty Olive as she is affectionately known by Young Farmers, has been a dedicated member of the movement for over 70 years and as she remarked ” Once a Young Farmer always a Young Farmer “

After the AGM closed the Young Farmers took to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Eddie.


20 January 2011

Wales YFC 75th anniversary ball and shirt making their way across Wales

The Wales YFC 75th anniversary rugby ball and referee shirt, donated by Nigel Owens are making their way across Wales to be photographed in 75 various landmarks throughout the country and to be signed by numerous celebrities.

The items started their journey with the Gwent Federation before moving on to the Glamorgan Federation and have been signed by a range of celebrities including Joe Calzaghe, Max Boyce and Jamie Owen. They have also been photographed at the Celtic Manor, Severn Bridge and Millennium Centre amongst other places. Currently the ball and rugby shirt are making their way through the Brecknock Federation before being passed on to the Carmarthenshire Federation.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman stated,
“We are very pleased with the progress that the ball and rugby shirt have made so far. The items will be auctioned at a special 75th anniversary dinner, hosted by our President, Nigel Owens, on Saturday the 19th of July at the Presidents Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground. This will be one way in which our members have chosen to celebrate this special milestone in our history.

We will also be bringing together the Welsh and English entertainment competition to the same stage for the first time at the Entertainment Feast which will be held at the Grand Theatre, Swansea on the 12th and 13th of March. During the weekend I aim to raise the profile of the organisation by undertaking a sky dive with at least 8 other members of Wales YFC, in aid of our nominated charity of the year, Mind Cymru in association with Rural Support Wales.”

If anyone has any suggestions of where these items could be taken to be photographed or if anyone would like to sign the items please contact the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502.


19 January 2011

Join the fun at the South West area activities weekend from 11-13 March in Newquay. This year it is being hosted by Cornwall YFC.

A timetable of events and more information is available on the South West area's new website at www.freewebs.com/yfcsouthwestarea.

It has been created to help members and the public in the six counties in the area federation stay up to date on what's going on in YFCs across the region, which covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.


14 January 2011

YFC encourages local clubs to join a scheme that will benefit their local community

A number of YFCs across Wales, who undertake valuable work in their local environments and communities, are missing out on small grants available from Wales YFC.

The Community and Environment Challenge, supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, rewards clubs for their efforts to enhance local environments and communities.

Rhys Evans, Rural Affairs committee chairman states, “Clubs can enter their project in a choice of categories, which are linked to the amount and type of work they do. Clubs who have made a lasting impression on the local landscape can be eligible for a grant of £300, as well as the opportunity to win a further £150 as prize money. Currently only a very small number of clubs enter this scheme, and we know that many clubs are missing out.”

Speaking on behalf of the Countryside Council for Wales, Alun Davies said;
“We have been very impressed with the work that has been undertaken by YFCs across Wales through this scheme. It’s a shame that only a handful of clubs enter and I encourage many more to do so, to enjoy the  rewards of such worthwhile projects within their local communities”.

Clubs have until the 2nd of May 2011 to contact Kay Lewis, the Rural Development Officer at Wales YFC to discuss their projects and enter the scheme.


14 January 2011

YFC compete for Just A Minute

The County Finals of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs Just a Minute and Junior Reading competitions took place at the George Hotel, Penrith.
Junior Reading judges Alex Gibson and Dave Foley praised all 6 teams for the high standard they set . Teams of 3 had to read aloud passages from Michael Morpurgo’s “Twist of Gold” and summarise the book for the audience.
Caldbeck’s team, Beth Robson, Samantha Bell and Joanne Ridley won the competition with Mark-Lucas Winspear, Eleanor Holme and Flora Blackburn of Skelton YFC 2nd and Rachel Beaty, Lizzy Templeton and Lorna Pears of Raughton Head  placed 3rd.

The Intermediate Just a Minute teams had to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on such topics as brussel sprouts, student fees and carcase judging. This proved to be quite a task and there were many challenges from other team members. Judges Elma Hardy and Gordon Brown totted up the final scores and announced a tie for first place between  Lisa Bowe, Emma Salthouse, Phillip Potts and Josie Mitchinson of Raughton Head and Richard  and Sarah Carruthers , Tom Redmayne and Jan Booth of Crook. After a tense tie – breaker, Raughton Head won with Rachel Bendle, Nick Woodmass, Anna McGregor and Hannah Nicholson of Kirklinton placed 3rd.

All 6 teams will now compete against Young Farmers from the 6 Northern Counties at Whitby on 19th March.

Anyone wanting tickets for the YFC District Entertainment Finals, 15th Feb. Skelton and Brampton at Nelson Thomlinson School; 16th Feb. Whitehaven Civic Hall with Drigg, Longtown and Raughton Head competing and 19th Feb. Crook, Grayrigg and Kent Estuary at Windermere St. Anne’s School should contact the County Office on 01768 866550 or their Club. The County Final will be held at the Theatre by the  Lake, Keswick on 26th and 27th February.


10 January 2011

Cumbria Young Farmers Northern district AGM

Cumbria’s Young Farmers’ members, friends and supporters packed the function room of the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton for the 29th Annual meeting.

President, John Mitchel began the proceedings by talking of his fantastic year in office and his own experiences of being a Young Farmer. “The Young Farmers movement has been my University of Life,” he said. “It has given me the confidence to address you here today as your President.” He went on to talk of the excellent Field Day and competitions he had attended throughout the year and concluded, “Have fun, enjoy, make new friends, be competitive and be proud to be a member of the Young Farmers movement – the best rural youth organisation”

Emma Chester, Chairperson, then went on to give the Annual Report. Many members from the District had gone on to win competitions at Northern Area and National in drama, speaking, crafts and stockjudging. She was pleased to announce another rise in membership with the District having 16 clubs and 781 members.
Alf Harrington of Armstrong Watson’s presented the accounts which showed a slight deficit. The finances remained healthy but concern was expressed at the loss of the Youth Opportunities Fund which in previous years has helped offset the huge cost of the Field Day.

Lisa Bowe gave a vote of thanks to Alf who stepped down after 14 years  as the District’s Treasurer. He was presented with a gift in appreciation of the time he had given up to support YFC. Lindsay Marrs, also of Armstrong Watson was subsequently voted in as his replacement.
The Young Farmers then voted in their officers for 2011. The new President is David Hurst of Aspatria and the new Chairman, David Norman of Carlisle YFC. Vice President is Claire Johnson of Longtown YFC and Vice Chairman is Lesley Pigg of Wigton YFC.

Mr Mitchell then presented the trophies. Those announced on the night were:- Becklees Trophy for Winter Competitions, Carlisle; Willie Whiteford Trophy for best club, Longtown YFC; Alan Bowe Trophy for Young Farmer of the Year, Ian Clemenson, Aspatria YFC.


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