National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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02 March 2011

Laughter all round

The Theatre-by-the-Lake, Keswick resounded with laughter at the weekend when the Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs preformed the County Final of their Entertainment Competition to capacity audiences.

Presenting their adjudication on the final night judges, Dolores McQuillan and Lynne Lang praised the hundreds of young people who had taken to the stage and their helpers and supporters.

Summing up the performances they started their adjudication with Skelton YFC who in their presentation of “School Daze” had something for everyone.  Soloist Mark-Lucas Winspear was particularly commended.

Next Crook’s performance set in “Crooklins” with “yellowcoats” was praised for their Dating Mime and Midget Gems singers.  Unicyclist Joe Dobson was given a special mention and cast member Tom Redmayne was presented with the best actor award.

Drigg YFC’s “The Animal Fair” was “really colourful and exciting and the face-painting and costumes were exceptional”.

Brampton YFC’s “Rainbow” had excellent live music and the unicorns, Adam Gass and Naomi Little danced and sang beautifully.

St Harold’s Residential Home” by Kent Estuary YFC was “an absolute hoot” with the award for best actress going to Lisa Mason, manager of the home.

Finally, Raughton Head YFC had over 60 performers on stage in their production “The Show”.  This performance made the audience and the judges smile with a busy day at the local show.  The bull, George Mitchinson, received praise from the judges as did the motor cycle display team with Michelle Baxter as the grannie on the mobility scooter.

The final results were: 1st Raughton Head, 2nd Drigg, 3rd Kent Estuary, 4th Brampton.  The top 3 teams will compete at the Northern Area Final at Whitby Pavillion on 19th & 20th March.



01 March 2011

Clubs from all over Wales to represent county federations at Wales YFC entertainment feast

9 clubs from all over Wales will represent their county Federations in the Wales YFC English and Welsh Entertainment Competition to be held during the new Entertainment Feast weekend.

This new event to be held on the 12 and 13 of March at the Grant Theatre, Swansea, is set to be one of the highlights of the Wales YFC calendar and it will be a showcase of YFC talents where members from across Wales will entertain audiences with colourful and professional half hour performances on the Grand stage as a part of the Competition.

The weekend festival will give members the opportunity to perform on a professional stage with up to date facilities with assistance from experienced stage managers. For the first time Wales YFC bring both English and Welsh finals of the Entertainment competitions together to the same stage.

A Welsh session will kick off the proceedings at 2pm with Bodedern YFC, Ynys Môn; Bro Ddyfi YFC,  Montgomery and Llanwenog YFC, Ceredigion competing. The second session of the day will begin at 7.30pm where Fishguard YFC, Pembrokeshire; Aberedw YFC, Radnor and Builth Wells YFC, Brecknock will compete with their English performances. The second day will begin earlier at 12 noon with an English session where Usk YFC, Gwent; Llandovery YFC, Carmarthenshire and Maendy YFC, Glamorgan will entertain the audience. The final session of the weekend will be a bilingual session with Eglwyswrw YFC, Pembrokeshire and Dyffryn Cothi YFC, Carmarthenshire competing in Welsh and Berriew YFC, Montgomery showing off their English performance. The session, which starts at 5pm will also host the results of both the English and Welsh Entertainment competitions.

Tickets for the performances are available from the Grand Theatre Box Office on 01792 475 715.

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 Clyne 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 other supporters of the organisation 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.


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