National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 March 2011

Hereford YFC through to the National semi-final !

Hereford Young Farmers Club have qualified to represent the County and the West Midland Area in the southern region national semi-final of the entertainments competition.  They will be presenting their production called "Clown and Out" which tells the story of a circus business which has been closed ... but will the big top rise again?

The concept and ideas are a completely fresh approach to this competition by the Club's production team.  Club members have developed this colourful performance through a series of experiments and workshops and the story is told in mime, without a script.  This presents a number of challenges to the individual performers who have to tell the tale using "physical" theatre rather than the spoken word.

It was a close contest with the other team from Herefordshire at the West Midland Area round where the Golden Valley Young Farmers were placed 2nd, only 1 point behind Hereford YFC.  The team from Dorrington YFC, Shropshire were placed 3rd.

The national semi-final is being held on Sunday 3rd April at the Playhouse, Weston-super Mare.  There are 3 teams taking part - Cornwall Federation, a team from the Devon Federation and the team from Herefordshire.  Tickets are available from the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs on 02476 857225.

24 March 2011

YFC speaks up for cumbria

Cumbrian Young Farmers proved they are the best public speakers in the North of England when they competed against Young Farmers from Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire, East Riding and Lancashire at Whitby in the Northern Area Sports and Speaking Finals.

Cumbria won the Junior Member of the Year, Emma Armstrong, Caldbeck; Senior Member of the Year, Craig Brough, Raughton Head; Creative Writing, Rachel Edminson, Longtown; Intermediate Just A Minute, Lisa Bowe, Emma Salthouse and Josie Mitchinson of Raughton Head and  Senior After Dinner Speaking, Lisa Mason, Dennis Sharp, Daniel Asplin, Craig Brough and Tom Redmayne.

Caldbeck’s Laura Potts, Amy Clarke, Sarah Gate and Ben Wilde won the swimming and Raughton Head’s 60 strong cast won the Entertainment Competition.

Laura Potts and Ben Wilde plus Emma Armstrong came 2nd in Junior Speaking and Laura was also 2nd in Junior Member of the Year.
Skelton’s Juniors, Mark-Lucas Winspear, Flora Blackburn and Elaine Holme were 2nd in Junior Reading; Chelle Buchanan, Julie and Emily Jenkinson and Sam Tyson from Drigg YFC were 2nd in Jazz Dancing and Pennine’s Ladies 5 a-side Football team of Megan Robinson, Hayley Pattinson, Charlotte Bell, Aimee Wilson and Laura Smithson were also placed 2nd.

County Chairman, Craig Brough said “ It has been a brilliant weekend with fantastic results. I am really proud of all the members who put so much time and effort into these competitions. All these members will now compete at National Finals.”

24 March 2011

Young Farmers enjoy evening at Buttercross Farm

Last Tuesday Ashley Young Farmers and Market Drayton Young Farmers attended a meeting with a difference at the local Buttercross Farm. Members had the opportunity to see where their favourite cuts of meat come from, and even had a go and making their own sausages! They even managed to try the delicious sausages and thoroughly enjoyed this privilege!
Chairman Phil Brindley said, “The evening was great fun. It was a great opportunity for the members to see where meat comes from; just showing that it does not come pre-packaged in the supermarket.”
If you think you would be interested in having a go at enjoying lots of different activities, simply ring Katie Fair on 07757 310 977.

21 March 2011

Pub quiz 2011 towers of knowledge

Lucy Mason, Jan Booth and Emma Littlewood
80 Young Farmers’ competed in the County Final of the “Pub Quiz” at the George Hotel, Penrith.  They took part in 7 rounds of questions including general knowledge, sports & science, current affairs, music and a picture round.

County Vice-President, Mr Nick Utting presented the prizes to winners, Jan Booth, Lucy Mason and Emma Littlewood who were a joint team from Kent Estuary and Crook.  Skelton YFC came =2nd with Pennine YFC. Skelton’s team were Kirsty Irving, Steve Wilson, Dan Bargh and Jenny Kindleysides.  On the Pennine team were Nicola Steadman, Mark Curr, Darren Clarke and Tom Graveson.

All 3 teams go through to the National Final at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 8th May.

18 March 2011

Join Ashford & District YFC in Kent for a lambing day event.

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16 March 2011

Pembrokeshire and Radnor YFC members to take part in rural youth Europe spring seminar

Rachel Mathias, of Martletwy YFC, Pembrokeshire, and Lucy Stonebridge, of Howey YFC, Radnor, will be travelling to Strasbourg, France at the end of the month to represent Wales YFC at the Rural Youth Europe Spring Seminar under the heading “Spice up your Potential”.

The seminar aims to develop the confidence and motivation of the participants in the field of coaching and to empower those attending to build sustainable strategies for coaching in their home organisation.

The opportunity to attend the Study Tour is one of many travel and learning opportunities offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of the International Programme.

Lucy, who works in the recruitment department of Powys County Council has been a member of the YFC for 8 years. She is an active member who takes part in all activities within her club and county. Currently she is Vice-Chairman of her club and the Activities Chairman of the Radnor Federation. Outside of the YFC she enjoys swimming and socialising with friends. She has previously travelled with the YFC to the Rural Youth Europe Rally which was held in Sweden last year.
Rachel, who works as a sales and reservation consultant for Bluestone Wales, has been a member of the YFC since 2001. She is currently the treasurer within her club and has taken part in many activities including public speaking, stockjudging and drama with the organisation. This will be the first time for her to travel with the YFC.

“I am looking forward to attending the study tour and to meeting young people from across Europe. I will be taking the opportunity to promote Wales YFC as a successful organisation, which enables members to further develop themselves in a variety of fields. I hope that I will be able to bring back mentoring and coaching skills which I can use within my own club to encourage our younger members in particular to become more motivated,” stated Rachel.


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