National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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07 March 2011

Tractors and tines

The County Final of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs Efficiency with Safety Competition was held at Newton Rigg College, Penrith.

Judges Dave Ross, Paul Clarke and Henry Schultz observed the teams attaching a pneumatic corn drill, header trailer and spring tine harrow to tractors, calibrating the drill, replacing the header knife and harrow tines and taken to the field ready for work.

Shelagh Hickson from the Red Cross staged a mock farm accident for one of the team members to deal with.

Eden Valley YFC won the competition, with Carlisle 2nd and Raughton Head 3rd.

These three teams will compete at the Northern Area Field Day against the 6 Northern Counties on 18th June at Houghall College, Durham.


07 March 2011

Life is a cabaret for talented youngsters


Carwyn Morris, of Fishguard YFC receives the best overall performance trophy from judge Dafydd Hughes.
Fishguard YFC brought the curtain down on almost 30 years of waiting for a talented triumph when they won the Pembrokeshire YFC entertainment competition.

Not since the early 1980s had Fishguard emerged victorious in the English section of the competition, which requires clubs to stage a half-hour production showcasing a wide variety of talent, including singing, dancing and comedy.
However, Fishguard’s win, by the narrowest of margins, ended the years of waiting.
Much to the delight of the cast and supporters, Fishguard's cabaret club show 'One minute to curtain' was named the overall winner, just one mark ahead of Llawhaden's YFC's jungle-themed production 'Telling tails'.
There was some consolation for Llawhaden however, as the club won the technical achievement award and Alice James was named best individual performer.

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Judge Dafydd Hughes presents the best overall performance trophy for the Welsh Entertainment competition to Dylan Roberts, of Eglwyswrw YFC.
he other trophies went to South Pembs YFC, whose production 'Circus Barafumble' was placed third. As well as picking up the best costumes trophy, Jonathan Palmer, Wayne Shanklin and Martin Smith's 'Italian brothers' sketch was named best act.
Llysyfran YFC's production 'YFGlee' was placed fourth.
Eglwyswrw and Hermon YFCs battled it out for the top prize in the Welsh language section of the competition, with Eglwyswrw taking the honours. Arwel Evans, of Eglwyswrw was named best male performer and the best female performer award went to Ffion Phillips, from Hermon.


Fishguard and Eglwyswrw will now go on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Wales YFC 'Feast of Entertainment' which is being held at the Swansea Grand Theatre on March 12th and 13th.


02 March 2011

Wales YFC members to take part in a sky dive

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman and 7 supporters of the organisation plan to take part in a tandem sky dive on Sunday the 13th of March 2011 at Swansea Airport.

It is hoped that the sky dive, which has been planed to coincide with the new Wales YFC Entertainment Feast being held at the Grand Theatre, Swansea the same weekend, will help raise awareness and money of the Wales YFC charity of the year, Mind Cymru in conjunction with Rural Support Wales.

“It is custom for the Wales YFC Chairman to designate a good cause or charity to support throughout the year and when I was elected back in September I announced that during the year Wales YFC will try and raise awareness of ‘rural health and mental wellbeing’ in partnership with Mind Cymru and Rural Support Wales. I wanted the organisation to encourage young people to speak out about their worries and highlight the services that are available to them in order to avoid the problems escalating.

“By taking part in the tandem sky dive I hope to raise some funds for Mind Cymru, a leading mental health charity in Wales so that they can continue to continue to offer services to people who are suffering from all kinds of mental illnesses across the country.

“As we are holding the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast at the Grand Theatre, an event that will bring together the Welsh and English Entertainment competition to the same stage for the first time during the same weekend, I hope that many of the organisations members and supporters who are in Swansea will come and watch myself tackle my fear of heights and the other members jump from the plane!”

If anyone wishes to support Enfys Evans they should contact the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502 for further information or visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WalesYFCSkyDiveCFfICymru to pledge their support.

Anyone worried about friends or wanting to seek advice should refer to the Rural Support Wales website www.ruralsupportwales.org.uk or contact the Mind Infoline on 08457 660 163


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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