National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 February 2011

Let us entertain you

Young Farmers in the Northern District Entertainments Finals played to packed audience at Nelson Thomlinson School and Whitehaven Civic Hall.

Judges, Bob Pritchard and Harriet Smithson were impressed with the variety and high standard of the performances.  The Best Actor award went to Chris Laird for his performance as “god” in their production of “Rainbow” – a play about Noah’s Ark.  Adam Gass and Naomi Little were also praised for their singing.

The Best Actress award was presented to Amanda Jackson who played a bully in Skelton’s production of “School Daze”.  Her piano accompaniment was also commended by the judges.

In Longtown’s production, “The Cumbrian Royal Variety Show” Julie Blaylock’s amazing performance on the accordion was highlighted as was Edward Harrison’s vet/doctor.

Drigg YFC were commended for their highly energetic performance of “The Animal Fair” where the whole cast put in an engaging performance as animals in a zoo.  Rebecca Oliver’s song as Patricia Peacock was highlighted as were the keep-fit penguins led by Chelle Buchanan.

Finally Raughton Head took us to a hilarious day at “The Show”.  The choreography by Lucy Cowen was admired by the judges as was the wit and humour of the script by Graham Holliday, Nicola Wilkinson and Louise Wilson.

Final results were: 1st Raughton Head, 2nd Drigg, 3rd Brampton and 4th Skelton.  These four clubs will perform at the County Final on 26th & 27th February at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – tickets from the box office.

22 February 2011

Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs 64th Annual Drama/Entertainment and One Plus Festival was held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 8th – 12th February 2011 supported by Barclays bank. Members competed in the Entertainment, Junior Drama, Senior One Plus and Junior One Plus competitions.

During the week long Festival, ten clubs competed and up to 250 young people performed on stage. Builth Wells YFC won the Entertainment competition with their production of ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ produced by David Price, Anne Davies and Anwen Nicholls, this same production won the NFU Mutual Trophy for Best Production of the Festival.  Builth Wells YFC won the junior Drama section with their production entitled ‘Exodus In XX Minutes produced by Ionwen Davies, Amanda Jones and David Price. There were 22 One Plus entries, eleven of which were senior and eleven junior entries. Christopher Davies from Llandefalle YFC achieved first place in the Junior One plus section with his “Guitar Medley” and Llandefalle YFC achieved first place in the Senior One Plus section with “The Only Way Is Up”.

The Brecon & Radnor Express sponsored the awards to members for their outstanding contribution to the Festival, Joe Dunn, Builth Wells YFC won Best Actor 26 years or under; Rebecca Price, Builth Wells YFC won Best Actress 26 years or under; Steffan Davies, Iwan Davies, Rhodri Workman and Fletcher Williams, Trecastle YFC won Best Actor 18 years or under and Heidi Davies, Sennybridge YFC won the Best Actress 18 years.

The FUW sponsored the awards to members for their outstanding contribution to the One Plus section of the Festival, Richie Davies, Sennybridge won Best Male Performance 26 Years or under and Bethan Jones, Sennybridge won Best Female Performance 26 years or under.  Steffan Davies, Trecastle received the Kirsty Jones Memorial Award for Best Performance under 16 years.

The talent within the Federation does not stop with the acting skills, all six Entertainment entries were original scripts, and written specifically for the Festival, Builth Wells YFC “Big Trouble in Little China” won the Builth Wells YFC Trophy for the Best Written Play.  

The Spin Dogs, awards for Best Set was presented to Builth Wells YFC with their production “Big Trouble in Little China”.
The best choreography was awarded to Llandefalle YFC Entertainment “Take Note”.
Brecknock YFC is very grateful to the two evening sponsors; The Prints of Wales and Barclays.  To The Brecon & Radnor Express and FUW for sponsoring the Best Performance awards and for everyone else who have supported the festival.

Builth Wells YFC will be representing Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs at the Wales YFC Entertainment finals on Saturday 12th March 2011 at Grand Theatre, Swansea.

18 February 2011

Radnor Valley YFC had a busy year in 2010 with many Monday nights spent having talks and going on trips. In our meetings we learnt about beekeeping, ferrets, keeping safe on the farm and yoga. Out and about and went to Herefordshire Riding Centre for the Disabled (Hereford RDA), Ralph’s Cider and Christmas shopping, to name just a few.
The pre Christmas snow was unfortunate, but we did our best with our annual carol singing, braving three brisk nights before the freezing temperatures got the better of us.

We are pleased to say that we collected £542.27 which will be split between this years chosen charities; St. Michaels Hospice, Wales Air Ambulance and Herefordshire RDA. Thank you very much to all who supported us.
The first competition of 2011 was the darts. In our club round Sarah James won the Girls Trophy and Kevin Jones the Boys, with Tom Hamer and Helen Powell qualifying for mixed doubles. These members went on to represent Radnor Valley at the County competition in Rhosgoch Golf club. Sarah and Kevin both did themselves credit in the singles. In the mixed doubles Tom and Helen crept won the title of county champs!

18 February 2011

 Dance and socialise at the Meopham & District spring fling in April.

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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.


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