National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 February 2011

Members vote on important YFC issues!

YFC members from all over Wales travelled to Builth Wells on Saturday the 5th of February to attend the Wales YFC Council meeting and to vote on a number of important issues affecting the organisations.

Members from 11 county federations attended the meeting to adopt a new Wales YFC safeguarding children and young people policy, to discuss the AGM meeting to be held in October and plans for the Young Peoples’ Village this year and to view the proposed new logo for the organisation. An extraordinary general meeting was also held following the Council meeting to approve a change in the charitable status of Wales YFC so that it becomes an incorporated charitable company from the 1st of April 2011.

“It was a marathon day for county representatives on Saturday,” explained Enfys Evans Wales YFC Chairman, “with four sub-committee meetings held in the morning, Activities and International, Youth Forum, Training and Promotions and Rural Affairs, followed by the Council meeting where a number of key decisions were made to move the organisation forward in the future. Democracy at its best!’

Council members voted in favour of adopting a safeguarding policy for Wales YFC which will be both valuable and workable for the organisation and the Youth Forum committee, members under 18, agreed to take on the responsibility of promoting the policy to the younger members. Discussions were also held regarding the AGM weekend and it was finally decided to hold the October meetings along with the AGM in Cardiff on the 1st weekend of October. Following the Council meeting an extraordinary general meeting was held and members approved a change in the charitable status of YFC to protect the trustees of the organisation (Wales YFC council members over 18) from litigation. As of 1st April 2011 Wales YFC will become and Incorporated Charitable Company.

Enfys added, ‘The highlight of the meeting was the viewing and approval of the new logo for the organisation with an impressive majority in favour of its adoption. It has been a long process and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the organisation during this time. The logo will be out an about very soon and we realise that it will not be to everybody’s taste – but isn’t it great that we’re all different as the world would be a very boring place otherwise!!”

Wales YFC will now turn their attention to the forthcoming Entertainment Feast to be held at the Grand Theatre Swansea on the 12th and 13th of March. The weekend will host both the English and Welsh Entertainment competitions along with a commemorative tree planting session to celebrate Wales YFC’s 75th anniversary with Coed Cadw (Woodland Trust), training sessions to assist with script writing, theatre make up and costume making and a sky dive by the Wales YFC chairman. Those attending are also encouraged to bring along old photos so that they can be scanned as a part of the Wales YFC archiving project. Tickets for the half hour  performances are available by phoning the theatres box office on 01972 475 715.

11 February 2011

YFC toasters

Senior After Dinner Speaking Competitors

The best debaters in the County met at the George Hotel, Penrith for the final of Cumbria Young Farmers’ After Dinner Speaking Competition.

Judges Chris Batten and Betty Graham were “invited” to dinner with the Jamie Oliver Appreciation Society, the Ballroom Dancers’ Association, Slimming World and the Take That Fan Club.  After the speeches and toasts the scores were added up and Crook YFC were well ahead but only 4 points divided 2nd Drigg, 3rd Kent Estuary and 4th Raughton Head.

Crook’s team of James Park, Richard Carruthers, Becky and Claire Redmayne and Vicci Neil will now compete in the Northern Area Final along with Drigg and Kent Estuary.

Junior Member of the Year Competitors – left to right; Laura Potts, Amy Greenup, Rachel Gibson, Lauren Bowness & Rachel Evans.
Meanwhile the 6 finalists in the YFC Junior Member of the Year Competition were being interviewed by judges Joyce Gorst and Adam Dickinson.  Again this was an extremely close competition with all 6 competitors giving excellent interviews.  They had also submitted portfolios which outline their activities in YFC over the last 12 months.  The final placings were 1st Laura Potts, Caldbeck, 2nd Emma Armstrong, Caldbeck, 3rd Rachel Evans, Raughton Head, 4th Amy Greenup, Brampton.

Laura, Emma and Rachel will compete against the 6 Northern Counties on 19th March at Caedman School, Whitby.

Photos: 2551 Senior After Dinner Speaking Competitors

2554 Junior Member of the Year Competitors – left to right; Laura Potts, Amy Greenup, Rachel Gibson, Lauren Bowness & Rachel Evans.

11 February 2011

Roll up, roll up - young farmers are here to entertain you!

February half term week sees the return of the annual performing arts festival of the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and this year the theme is Entertainments. Aylestone Business & Enterprise College is the new venue. Only 5 Clubs have decided to take part but the teams of members aged between 10 and 26 each intend to put on a great show with the aim of collecting the Ian Fraser Memorial cup awarded to the winners.

The shows will be supported by the One Plus competition - 6 minutes of almost anything goes ! - and this year new to the competitions programme is jazz dancing.

The entertainments competition and one plus competition will be adjudicated by two well-known local performers - Bev Jenkins, who is a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and David Harding who started his stage career in Teme Valley Young Farmers Club. The event is being kindly sponsored by the Herefordshire NFU. Ms Becky White will be judging the jazz dancing competition and "behind the scenes" the Revd Rana James and Mr Trevor James will be deciding which Club has raised the most money for charity during 2010 using the most ingenious methods. The festival will run from Thursday 24th February to finals night on Saturday 26th February at Aylestone Business & Enterprise College, Broadlands Lane, Hereford.

The performances on Thursday and Friday start each night at 7:15 pm with the Saturday final starting at 6:30 pm. There will be refreshments on sale and for tickets or further information you can call the YFC office on 01432 274187 or visit the website at

11 February 2011

“Wales YFC eisteddfod committee elect officials for forthcoming year!”

The Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee has elected its chairman and vice chairman for the forthcoming year.

The Eisteddfod committee, is one of the Wales YFC sub-committees and is responsible for discussing a number of issues regarding the event including suggesting judges and set pieces and setting the programme of competitions.

Heledd Owen a member of Uwchaled YFC, Clwyd has been elected as chairman of the committee and Joy Cornock a member of Fishguard YFC, Pembrokeshire has been elected as vice-chairman of the committee.

Heledd, who is a Primary School Teacher at Ysgol Bro Tryweryn, Frongoch, is an active member of her club and has held the posts of Club Secretary in the past years. She was also the County Chair in the past year and has represented both her club and county in numerous competitions such as public speaking and stock judging. In her spare time Heledd enjoys singing with Alewyd Llangwm, travelling and socialising with her friends.

During the forthcoming year, Heledd will oversee the work involved in arranging the Wales YFC National Eisteddfod which will be hosted by the Clwyd Federation and held at The Pavilion, Rhyl on the 19th of November.

Pembrokeshire Federation will host the event in 2012, and Joy will spend the year shadowing Heledd and preparing for next years event.


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.  


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