National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 March 2011

Ffermwyr Ifanc o’r Grand!’

A special programme, entitled ‘Ffermwyr Ifanc o’r Grand’ will be broadcast on S4/C on Wednesday the 23rd of March at 9.00pm.

The programme is being produced by Hay Productions in conjunction with Cwmnni Da and will be a one hour highlight’s programme from the Entertainment Feast, held at the Grand Theatre, Swansea during the weekend and will focus on the weekends’ stage performances, the activities that took place backstage and the master classes.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday the production team were also keeping their eye out for new talent on stage for an additional programme which will be produced for S4/C. This programme will focus on mentoring individual talents in preparation for a very special Noson Lawen on S4/C. This will be recorded by Cwmni Da in September for broadcast later in the year.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman stated, “We are delighted that S4/C have once again shown an interest in our events and that from the Entertainment Feast weekend, three different programmes will be broadcast. This will help us raise our profile within Wales and beyond and we are very grateful to S4/C, Hay Productions and Cwmni Da for supporting us in this way.”

The programme will repeated on Saturday, 26th of March at 9.30pm.


16 March 2011

There aren’t too many Clubs that can boast one ‘claim to fame’ yet Harleston Young Farmers Club can safely say that it has achieved two milestones. Harleston YFC is the oldest Club in the Norfolk Federation of YFC’s having been formed as a calf rearing club in 1938 and at 73 years young, shows no sign of being old-fashioned.

There are currently 35 members – which is steadily increasing week after week - who come from a varied of backgrounds and professions to meet up every Wednesday night. Harleston Countrysiders – the junior arm of YFC - is linked strongly to the senior club holding meetings on fortnightly Tuesday evenings and with members aged 10 to 16 years old acts as a good way to encourage younger members in the club later on. The base for Harleston Young Farmers and Harleston Countrysiders is their very own clubhouse which was completed in 1999 after years of fund-raising by members, past and present. As the only club in Norfolk (and Eastern Area YFC – and possibly Great Britain) to have their own brick building is quite an amazing feat and one in which the members are extremely proud. The clubhouse was built by a local builder with help from the members of the club at the time and was officially opened by Brendan Lachlan (then Chief Executive of the National Federation of YFCs) on 1st May 1999.

The location of the clubhouse is on the outskirts of the picturesque market town of Harleston next to Shotford Bowls Club which is just a stone’s throw away from Harleston Industrial Estate. Over the years, maintenance of the clubhouse itself has been an annual event with regular tidying-up and painting becoming quite an event for DIY enthusiastic members. Unfortunately due to the volume of traffic that frequents the road access past the clubhouse, the car park has fallen foul of several lorries turning round in the grounds which now mean that some attention needs to be paid to this area.

The club is currently looking for businesses who would be willing to sponsor the much-needed attention that this area needs (members are currently looking into security fencing and laying a solid floor to the car parking area. As a registered charity, Harleston YFC are well-known for raising substantial amounts of money for worthwhile causes including Kidney Research UK (in support of an ex-member who underwent a kidney transplant and cycled from London to Paris), Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups and a local primary school.

This year funds will be split between the East Coast Truckers charity, Macmillan Cancer Care and ourselves. Over forthcoming weeks, members will be staging an ‘egg-run’, charity clay shoot day and holding their annual uv ‘nite of lite’ social event on March 26th. If anyone would like more information on Harleston YFC (for its social and fund-raising events or general enquires) or can offer help for the sponsorship of the ‘car-park challenge’, please contact Club Chairman, Daniel Peck, on 07766 023261, or club Press Secretary, Helen Reeve, on 07795 327011 or email hmreeve@msn.com .


10 March 2011

Commemorative tree planting

Wales YFC is celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2011 and one way which the organisation will mark this special milestone in its history is to team up with the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) to plant 75 native fruit bearing trees during the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast weekend to be held on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of March.

To commemorate its 75th year YFC members from across Wales will have the opportunity to leave their mark on Swansea in the form of tree planting which will eventually turn into a flourishing new woodland, thanks to the donation of trees from the Woodland Trust and the City and County of Swansea who have kindly provided a corner at Clyne Valley Country Park to plant the native species.


The Wales YFC Entertainment Feast weekend is a new event in the organisations calendar and is set to be one of the highlights of the Wales YFC calendar with 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 English and Welsh Entertainment Competition.

Angharad Evans, Campaigns Officer of the Woodland Trust said: “Wales YFC members have a wonderful opportunity to mark this special anniversary through the planting of new native fruit bearing trees – a growing and lasting gift for both them and Swansea residents. The Woodland Trust is keen to support the Young Farmers in their planting efforts as part of our More Trees More Good campaign. Anyone can part; you can find out more at www.moretreesmoregood.org.uk”


Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairman stated: “We are very grateful to both the Woodland Trust and the City and County of Swansea for assisting us with this project to mark this special anniversary. We hope that many of the YFC members and supporters will come and plant the trees with us and return in the future to see their work come to fruition.”
 


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


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