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11 February 2011

Young Farmers can talk the talk

MORE than 50 Young Farmers showed they can talk the talk when they battled it out in a war of words.
Twenty teams travelled to Ysgol Pentrefoelas to take part in Clwyd Young Farmers Clubs’ annual Welsh public speaking competition on Thursday night.
The judges across all four categories were highly impressed with the skills shown by the young people from Llannefydd, Nantglyn, Whitford, Uwchaled, Llangollen, Ruthin and Betws yn Rhos Clubs.
Llannefydd club won the under 14 reading competition judged by Haf Evans of Henllan, with Nantglyn A second and Whitford third.
In the under 16 category Uwchaled YFC did well, with teams from the club coming first and second while Whitford and Ruthin shared third place. The category was judged by Hywel Richards of Ruthin.
Betws yn Rhos YFC were victorious in both the under 21 debating competition, judged by Gwenan Prysor of Henllan, and the under 26 contest. Nantglyn and Uwchaled clubs shared second place in the under 26 category, adjudicated by John Les Tomos of Hendre.
Overall winners Betws yn Rhos were presented with a shield by Dewi Ellis, vice chairman of Clwyd YFC.
It was a double whammy for Betws yn Rhos Club who were also overall winners in Clwyd YFC’s English public speaking competition held on January 20 at Ysgol Terrig in Treuddyn.
The best performing individuals from each age category will now go forward to represent Clwyd at the Wales YFC final in Builth Wells in March.
 “It was a great night of competing,” said Clwyd YFC county organiser Eleri Roberts.
“Congratulations to our winners and thank you to Ysgol Pentrefoelas and our judges and stewards for their dedication and experience.”

11 February 2011

Public speaking day competition results

On Sunday, 6th February 2011, over 120 members of Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs took part in a variety of Public Speaking competitions including Junior Member of the Year and Senior YFC Ambassador. Samantha Wilson, Eccleshall YFC and, Hannah Gordon Leek YFC were Winners of the Junior Section.  Junior competitors were required to produce a portfolio giving details of their activities within YFC over the previous 12 months as well as information about school, career aspirations, and activities outside YFC.  An informal interview also took place. Samantha Wilson, Eccleshall YFC is 17 years old and attends Shrewsbury Girls High School is hoping to become a Vet, and is also Joint Chairman of The County under 18’s Committee.  Hannah Gordon, Leek YFC is 14 years old and currently studying at Churnet View Middle School, she has been a member of Leek YFC for a year and has attended almost every meeting!  3rd place went jointly to Imogen Bloxham, Chase YFC and Victoria Hartley-Hughes, Cheadle YFC. The Senior YFC Ambassador was won by Alex MacKellar, aged 25, from Ridware YFC who is the current Club Secretary for Ridware and also National Competitions Chairman.   Will Gallimore, Uttoxeter YFC was placed 2nd and in 3rd place was Joe Lovatt from Leek YFC and Sarah Burgess, Ashley YFC.  Senior competitors were required to complete an information sheet giving details of their experience with Young Farmers and attend an interview with the competition judges on the day.  Alex MacKellar and Will Gallimore were chosen to go forward to the next round of the Senior YFC Ambassador and Samantha Wilson Eccleshall YFC and Hannah Gordon, Leek YFC will also represent the County as Junior Member of the Year at the West Midlands Area Finals on Saturday, 5th March 2011, this year being hosted by Shropshire.  

Junior Reading -  1st  Leek YFC, 2nd Waterhouses YFC and 3rd Lichfield YFC.  Each team had to read out three chosen passages from ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl.

Junior Speaking - 1st Lichfield YFC; 2nd Eccleshall YFC; 3rd Leek YFC.  Charlotte Britland of Lichfield YFC gave an interesting talk entitled “How to Inspire to Inspire”.  The other team members were Eden Gray as Chairman and Charlotte Hodson Walker who proposed the Vote of Thanks.

Intermediate Brainstrust - 1st Uttoxeter JNFU B team; 2nd Leek YFC; 3rd Eccleshall YFC. Each team comprised three members who were given a range of topics from which to choose three, just twenty minutes before the start of the competition. Uttoxeter team, whose panel members were Lowri Davies, Shelly Spooner, Rosie Deakin-Gallimore with Ben Hall as Chairman choosing the topics for a successful debate.
Senior After Dinner Speaking - 1st Leek YFC; 2nd Eccleshall YFC; 3rd Waterhouses YFC. Each team comprised 5 members,  Three After Dinner Toast subjects were sent to the teams beforehand to allow them to research and prepare for the day, the teams were split to compete against each other during the competition. The overall winning team was from Leek YFC, with the speaker toasting to:  The Dinner is for the “Society of Honest and Reliable Tractor Dealers” who are holding their Winter Dinner in Bramshall Village Hall.  All the catering is being provided by members and their wives and there is a raffle to win a 1951 Ferguson 20 that has been discovered under some bales on a member’s farm.  The guest speaker is a retired mechanic from Burgess’s.Toast “Hammer before spanner, except after crowbar”

‘Just a Minute’ – 1st, Leek YFC, 2nd Uttoxeter JNFU and 3rd, Eccleshall YFC,  This new competition involved a panel of four members from different clubs who have to speak in turn for one minute without ‘repetition’, deviation’, or ‘hesitation’

Creative Writing – 1st, Leek YFC team B, 2nd Eccleshall YFC and 3rd, Leek YFC team A, Kealey Thomas from Leek YFC produced a short story in one hour from the musical ‘Annie’ which had to incorporate five words and objects which were given to the competitors on the day.

Jazz Dancing – 1st Chase & 2nd Eccleshall, both teams produced two very entertaining dances which had to involve unique moves, fancy footwork and big leaps!

The Gwen Earp-Haward Award for Public Speaking was awarded at the end of the day to the overall winning teams,  1st – Leek YFC, 2nd Eccleshall YFC, with Uttoxeter  YFC as runners up.

The winning teams from Junior Speaking, Junior Reading, Intermediate Just a Minute, Jazz Dancing, Creative Writing and Senior After Dinner Speaking will go forward to represent Staffordshire at the West Midlands Area Finals in on 10th April 2011, which is this year being hosted by Staffordshire.  

07 February 2011

That’s entertainment!

Close call: Clynderwen YFC won the Pembrokeshire entertainment competition in 2008 and went on to be placed second at the Wales YFC finals, just one mark behind the winners.
Hundreds of youngsters from across Pembrokeshire are preparing to put their talents on display for a thoroughly entertaining competition.
The Pembrokeshire YFC Entertainment competition takes place over three nights next week promising plenty of laughs, singing and dancing to suit all ages and tastes.
The competition requires clubs to stage an original variety show that showcases the wide range of talents their members – who are all aged from 10 to 26 - have to offer.

County organiser Dill Williams said: “The entertainment competition is a fantastic showcase for our members because anything goes, from singing, dancing and sketches to magic, instrumental performances, drama – anything the members come up with can make it to the stage. The highly original ideas never fail to impress and amuse every time the competition is staged, making it a great spectacle for everyone.”

Ten clubs will battle it out for a coveted place in the final on February 24th, where four clubs will perform their shows once again in the hope of lifting the best overall performance trophy.
The prelims kick-off on Wednesday, February 16th with performances from Llawhaden, South Pembs, Keyston and Brawdy YFCs. On Thursday, February 17th Eglwyswrw, Hermon and Tiers Cross will take to the stage, with Clynderwen, Fishguard and Llysyfran completing the line-up on Friday, February 18th. All performances take place at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard and begin at 7pm. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Four clubs will then be chosen to perform in the final at Ysgol Bro Gwaun on Thursday, February 24th when they will be competing for the best performance trophy, along with awards for best individual, best act, best costumes and technical achievement, as well as the chance to represent Pembrokeshire in the Wales YFC entertainment finals.
Dill added: “The performances are open to everybody – in fact the more the merrier as the response from bigger audiences will really give our young members a boost as they take to the stage.”

For more information contact Dill Williams on 01437 762639 or go to

03 February 2011

RES sponsor Wales YFC public speaking day

One of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, RES, will sponsor the Wales YFC Public Speaking Day to be held on Saturday the 26th of March at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.  

During the day over 500 members, aged between 10 and 26 from all over Wales will attend the day to show off their public speaking skills in both English and Welsh. The public speaking competitions are a 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.  

Richard Evans, RES Regional Development Manager – Wales stated;
“RES has a long-standing relationship with the Welsh YFC and we were only too happy to sponsor this event. Public speaking is a difficult, but important skill to master, as it can help to build young people’s confidence and develop leadership skills.

Wind power provides significant support to rural and farming communities throughout Wales, bringing in rent for landowners and regenerating rural communities through community funds and opportunities for contractors. RES is very keen to invest in the future of rural Wales and we wish all the competitors the best of luck for the competition.”

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman added,
“Wales YFC are very grateful to RES for their support of this event. Public Speaking is a talent that cannot be taught. It is something which has to be nurtured over a number of years. Wales YFC produces some of the best speakers in the country, and that without the encouragement of clubs, club leaders and fellow members, many simply wouldn’t get the opportunity to feel the buzz of competing in such an event.”


02 February 2011

Welsh livery guild support Wales YFC for sixth year!

The Welsh Livery Guild have agreed to support Wales YFC members for the sixth year, which means once again a £1,000 prize is up for grabs through the Welsh Livery Guild Young Famer Award. The prize will be available to one lucky innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC member.  

“We are keen to meet with YFC members who could really benefit from this award and who have enthusiasm for agriculture,” said Mr Bryan Marsh, Past Master of the Welsh Livery Guild.

“We hope that the individual who wins this award, will be able to develop themselves further, for example through training or investment in an agricultural project. Over past six years, we have met with a number of enthusiastic YFC members who are working hard to secure a future for themselves in agriculture, and we look forward to meet inspirational young people again this year.”

The winner of the competition in 2010 was Marc Jones a member of Berriew YFC in Montgomery. Marc  won the award to further support a new lamb production system.

Marc stated,
“The Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award gives young farmers in Wales an ideal start to further their agricultural businesses. For the initial time of a morning spent on writing an application and 30 minutes spent being interviewed by a panel, the rewards certainly out way the time involved in the process. The prize money of £1,000 has allowed me to spend vital money on my sheep enterprise, which has allowed me to not only increase the genetic ability of the flock but also allow me to record this information for future records and analysis.

Rhys Evans Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman stated how pleased he was that an organisation with the stature of the Welsh Livery Guild was continuing to support young people in agriculture.
“This competition is now in its sixth year and we have received positive feedback from our members regarding the award. Once again we are very grateful to the Welsh Livery Guild for running and supporting the competition which gives Wales YFC members a unique chance to access this funding.”

Past and present members of Wales YFC between the age of 16 and 31 are invited to produce a brief of no more than 3 sides of A4 outlining how they are working towards a secure future for themselves in agriculture. The brief should include details about themselves as an individual, their ideas to improve or develop a new farming enterprise and aspirations for the future. The closing date for receiving entries is the 1st of June 2011.

Contact Kay Lewis at Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502 for more details.


01 February 2011

Wales YFC plan a busy weekend in Swansea

Preparations are underway for a new exciting event which will be held at the Grand Theatre in Swansea on the 12th and 13th of March. The new Entertainment Feast is set to become one of the highlights of the Wales YFC calendar.

The main event of the weekend will be the Wales YFC Welsh and English Entertainment competition which will be a showcase of YFC talents where members from across Wales will entertain audiences with colourful and professional half hour performances.

Over the two days the Grand Theatre will be buzzing with other events. Special workshops in Welsh and English will be held in the arts wing of the theatre to develop the members skills in costume making, make up and scripting. Past entrants of the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme will be present to promote their businesses and to offer advice to other YFC members who are thinking of going it alone.

To mark Wales YFC 75th anniversary a celebratory tree planning session will be held in conjunction with Coed Cadw at Clain Woods at 10am on the Saturday morning. Wales YFC are also asking those attending the weekend to bring along old photos of YFC events to be scanned on to computers as part of the Wales YFC archiving project.

A sky dive is also planed, where Enfys Evans the Wales YFC Chairman along with members from all over Wales will jump from a plane at Swansea Airport to raise awareness of the Wales YFC charity of the year Mind Cymru in association with Rural Support Wales.

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”.

Tickets are now on sale from the theatres box office (01792 475 715) and those wishing to attend will be able to purchase a session ticket, a day ticket or a gala ticket for the whole weekend. Once the first 500 tickets for the event have been sold the remaining tickets will go on sale on Monday the 28th of February 2011.


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