National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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05 April 2011

Repeat success for speakers


Well-read: Tomos Evans, Sara Watkins and Sioned Thomas collect their junior reading trophy from judge Catherine Pegg.
Pembrokeshire has proved once again that it can talk the talk when it comes to the skill of public speaking.
Young farmers of all ages from across the county travelled to Builth Wells to compete in the Wales YFC public speaking finals on Saturday, March 26th, and a run of excellent results saw Pembrokeshire emerge as the top county for the second year running.
The junior reading team got the ball rolling when Tomos Evans, of Brawdy YFC, Sioned Thomas, from Llysyfran YFC and Sara Watkins, of Eglwyswrw YFC, won their competition. As well as being nine marks ahead of the other teams, Tomos also won the best reader award.
Members from Templeton YFC made up the junior speaking team, with chairman Vincent Morse topping his section and the team, which also included Vincent’s sister Bryony and Hannah Phillips, placed second overall.
The senior after-dinner speaking team of Clynderwen YFC’s Alun Griffiths; Steffan Kurtz, Fishguard YFC; Eoin O’Mahony, Keyston YFC; Wayne Shanklin, South Pembs YFC; and Richard Summons, Tiers Cross YFC were also winners in their competition.
Along with the intermediate team’s fifth placing, this propelled Pembrokeshire to the top of the overall standings, and all members were delighted to take home the shield for highest placed county once again.
The junior reading and speaking teams, and the senior team will now go on to represent Wales at the national finals in October.
The Welsh public speaking finals were held on the same day, and a trio of thirds in the junior reading, speaking and intermediate competitions saw Pembrokeshire placed third overall.
Capping a great day for Pembrokeshire was the superquiz team, made up of members from Brawdy YFC, along with a member from Eglwyswrw, who also won the Wales quiz final.


05 April 2011

YFC debates

“Should cookery lessons in school be compulsory?”; “Do you agree with the increase in university fees?”; “Should pesticides be banned?”; These were some of the topics debated by the finalists of the Cumbrian Young Farmers Senior Brainstrust competition.

Judges Mrs Susie Bagot and Miss Alison Sisson said they had enjoyed the discussions and were particularly impressed with all 6 chairmen.

The Midland Bank Perpetual Trophy was presented to the winners from Kent Estuary YFC, Dennis Sharp, Daniel Asplin, Bob Lawrence and David Mallinson. Carlisle YFC were place 2nd, Aspatria 3rd and Skelton 4th.

Raughton Head in YFC entertainments final


Craig Wilkinson with the winning trophy. Lisa Tomkinson from Robert Wiseman Dairies who sponsored the event.
Raughton Head YFC travelled to represent the Northern Area in the National Semi-Finals of the Entertainments Competition.  They had qualified by winning rounds at District, County and Northern Area with their entertainment based on an agricultural show.

Competing on the day were Buxton YFC, Leighton Buzzard, Stamfordham and Ponteland and Raughton Head.

After a tense adjudication Raughton Head were placed 1st with Stamfordham/Ponteland 2nd and Buxton 3rd Raughton Head and Stamfordham/Ponteland will now compete at the National Final at the Opera House, Balckpool on Sunday 8th May against Brecknock YFC, and 2 teams form the Southern Semi-Final.


Raughton Head
If you would like to support Raughton Head, tickets can be ordered through the NFYFC office on 02476 857200.

04 April 2011

YFC looks forward to  “Jungle fever” at the county show

On Tuesday 31st May Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs will start the County Show by hosting their annual Pre-Show Reception, which includes their YFC’s Got Talent competition where several members will be measuring their entertainment skills in front of an audience of invited guests and judges. The Clubs will have been busy doing their individual Club Displays, which are also judged on this evening.  There will be a presentation to members who are travelling abroad this year on the NFYFC Discovery Programme.  We have members who have successfully gained trips to Germany, Scotland, Uganda, Kenya and Sweden this summer.  The evening is rounded off by a buffet very kindly sponsored by Knights Solicitors and Savills llp.

Our keenly fought annual Tug of War competition will be held on Wednesday, 1st June at 7.30pm in the Main Ring of the County Showground.  All the teams are training for this in between busily designing, constructing and painting their Show Floats for their annual trip around the Main Ring at the County Show on Thursday, 2nd June in the afternoon.  This year’s theme is ‘TV Adverts”, which should make for some interesting and well presented trailers!

The theme inside this year’s marquee is “Jungle” so do beware of stray monkeys, lions and tigers, in the form of some of our lively members, as you enter the area at your own risk!  The members will be welcoming past, present and potential new members to the marquee, where you can see our Club Displays, have a go at guessing how many balloons are in the loadall, take a trip on our Jungle Hunt Quiz to win 2 tickets for Alton Towers, or buy tickets for one of our Summer Social events.  

To round off the County Show there will be our County Show Dance on Friday, 3rd June, by kind permission of the Hooley family at Bishton Farm, Wolseley Bridges with Custom Sounds Disco.  Tickets in advance over the show £5 and on the door £8.

The summer continues with a Midsummer Madness Disco on Friday, 11th June with the theme ‘ABC (Anything But Clothes) by kind permission of the Stubbs Family, Butterhill Farm, Coppenhall.  Admission is £5 for members and £8 for non-members.  

The biggest social event then follows with the not to be missed jungle fever continues to hit YFC with our ‘Jungle’ themed Summer Ball –on Saturday 9th July by kind permission of Atkins Farms, Brookfield Farm, Field with live music, disco, bouncy castle and BBQ.  Tickets will be available at the County Show marquee £16 for members and £20 for non members in advance.

For information on becoming a member or details of one of the 10 Clubs we have across Staffordshire, contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser, in the YFC Marquee over the two days of the County Show, or call 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for further information. Our website at www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk has updated information about Staffordshire YFC and the local clubs, including recent event photos.


04 April 2011

Opportunity for Wales YFC member to give evidence and opinion on the future of Young farmers across Europe

On Wednesday the 6th of April, Marc Jones a Wales YFC member from Montgomeryshire and vice-chariman of the Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee will give evidence and opinion on the future for young farmers across Europe in a conference sponsored by the European Economic and Social committee.

This unique and special opportunity to attend the conference in Brussels has derived from an invitation received from Mr Tom Jones, one of the Welsh representatives on the EESC.  

Tom Jones who is a past Wales YFC president and vice president of the Wales Council for Voluntary action stated,
“This is an excellent opportunity for the voice of Wales YFC to be heard during a critical period of re-arranging the European Union Agricultural Policy. Marc will be given the opportunity to greet and meet with a number of representatives from rural youth organisations across Europe as well as a number of the Assembly Government Officers who are in Brussels.”

Speaking on behalf of Wales YFC, Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee chairman noted,
“We are extremely grateful to Mr Tom Jones for extending an invite for a Wales YFC member to attend this conference. It is an excellent opportunity for the voice of the organisation to heard across Europe and to establish links with other rural youth organisations and key individuals within the agricultural industry across Europe.”


04 April 2011

YFC encourages local clubs to join a scheme that will benefit their local community before closing date of 2nd of May

The closing date for a number of YFCs across Wales, who undertake valuable work in their local environments and communities, to enter a scheme to be eligible for small grants from the organisation is fast approaching.

The Community and Environment Challenge, supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, rewards clubs for their efforts to enhance local environments and communities.

Rhys Evans, Rural Affairs committee chairman states, “Clubs can enter their project in a choice of categories, which are linked to the amount and type of work they do. Clubs who have made a lasting impression on the local landscape can be eligible for a grant of £300, as well as the opportunity to win a further £150 as prize money. Currently only a very small number of clubs enter this scheme, and we know that many clubs are missing out.”

Speaking on behalf of the Countryside Council for Wales, Alun Davies said;
“We have been very impressed with the work that has been undertaken by YFCs across Wales through this scheme. It’s a shame that only a handful of clubs enter and I encourage many more to do so, to enjoy the  rewards of such worthwhile projects within their local communities”.

Clubs have until the 2nd of May 2011 to contact Kay Lewis, the Rural Development Officer at Wales YFC to discuss their projects and enter the scheme.


04 April 2011

Feast of good results


Great achievement: Dylan Roberts, of Eglwyswrw YFC collects the technical achievement at the Wales YFC Feast of Entertainment.
Pembrokeshire came home with a feast of good results from the Wales YFC ‘Feast of Entertainment’ weekend.
It was the first time Wales YFC had staged the event, which incorporated the English and Welsh language entertainment, junior and senior member of the year and creative writing competitions all into one weekend.
Fishguard YFC were placed joint third in the English entertainment competition, while Eglwyswrw YFC were placed fourth in the Welsh competition and also took home the award for best technical achievement.
Rhys Jones, of Brawdy YFC was placed second in the creative writing competition.

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