National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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06 April 2011

Neighbouring counties win Wales YFC English and welsh public speaking competitions!

Over 500 YFC members travelled to the Royal Welsh Showground on Saturday to take part in the Wales YFC Public Speaking Day, sponsored by one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, RES.

Members from all over Wales attended the day to take part in the Wales YFC Welsh and English Public Speaking competitions and as ever, the competition was close in each section. Following a full day of competing Pembrokeshire Federation was the overall winners of the English section and the Carmarthenshire Federation was the overall winners of the Welsh section.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Richard Evans of RES stated,
“The ability to stand up and speak in front of an audience, no matter how large or small that audience may be, requires great courage. RES is extremely proud to have been able to sponsor such a fantastic event that not only develops key life skills but also helps to instill confidence and self respect.

Whether it be via community benefit funds, local contracting jobs or sponsoring excellent events such as the Wales YFC Public Speaking day, RES has, and always will, look to invest in the rural communities with which we have such a close relationship.
We would like to congratulate all of those who took part and very much look forward to next year’s event.”

Kay Morgan, Chairman of the Wales YFC Activities and International Committee said that once again the standard of the Public Speaking Competition – one of the most popular competitions held by Wales YFC – was maintaining its high standards.

“Public Speaking is a talent that cannot be taught. It is something which has to be nurtured over a number of years. I honestly believe that Wales YFC produces some of the best speakers in the country, and that without the encouragement of clubs, club leaders and fellow members, many simply wouldn’t get the opportunity to feel the buzz of competing in such an event. We would like to thank RES for supporting this event which helps many Wales YFC members to gain confidence to stand up and speak in front of a crowd.”

06 April 2011

Hereford Young Farmers' Club have qualified to represent the county, the West Midlands area and the southern region in the final of the entertainments competition.  This is great news for the club which was eliminated at this stage last year.

The three professional adjudicators from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators - Alan Hayes, Jane Levan and Sally Noble - had a very difficult decision at the Playhouse, Weston-super Mare on Sunday 3 April as it was an incredibly tight contest but the result was Hereford YFC placed 1st with 99 points out of a possible 100 points, in 2nd place by only 0.7 of a point was the Cornwall Federation with 98.3 points. 

This was a very high achievement when competing against the best of the entire Cornwall Federation which had approximately 100 performers on the stage with their production entitled "It's not an albatross".  In 3rd place with 93 points was the club from Cheriton & Tedbury YFC representing Devon Federation with their production called "Radio GaGa".  Megan Jenman, who played "Sad Clown" in the Hereford YFC production, added to the excitement when she was called up to collect the award for Best Female Actor.  The award for Best Male Actor went to James Brook from Cheriton & Tedbury YFC.

The event was sponsored by Robert Wiseman Dairies, which also sponsored the northern semi-final and will be sponsoring the final in Blackpool.

Hereford YFC will be presenting its production of "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 and brave approach to this competition by the club's established production team of Tony Baker, Max Jenman, Tabitha Jenman and Sarah Wells.  The story is told in an energetic and colourful mime, without a script.

The national final is being held on Sunday 8 May at the Opera House, Blackpool, commencing at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs on 02476 857200, adults £10, children under 16 £5.

05 April 2011

By royal appointment

Royal appointment: New Pembrokeshire YFC County Queen Non Thorne, Tiers Cross YFC.
As the nation goes crazy for all things royal, one Pembrokeshire young farmers’ club is celebrating its first regal appointment for almost a quarter of a century.
Non Thorne has been selected as this year’s Pembrokeshire YFC County Queen, 24 years after the last member from Tiers Cross YFC held the honour.
Following in her mother Ionwy’s footsteps, who was queen in 1975, Non was selected at the Pembrokeshire YFC Field Day, which was held on Saturday, April 2nd at Home Farm, Leweston, Camrose.
Also celebrating were Non’s attendants Delun Evans, Eglwyswrw YFC, Claire Johns, Brawdy YFC, Stephanie Morgan, Clynderwen YFC, and Catrin Williams, Llysyfran YFC.
Having a field day once again were Llysyfran YFC, who were the overall winners of the event after winning the efficiency with safety and tractor handling competitions.

Second place overall went to Keyston YFC, after they won four of the competitions on offer, including the fence erecting, ATV challenge, 4x4 and livestock box challenge, and Gareth Jones being named stockman of the year.
Eglwyswrw were placed third overall after winning the junior nature challenge and Gemma Robinson, of Clynderwen YFC was named the young stockjudge of the year.
The other winners were in two of the more unusual competitions to be held as part of the Field Day – the junior cycle safety and handling, which was won by Templeton, and the jazz dancing, where Tiers Cross were victorious.
Some of the winners will now go on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Wales YFC Field Day at Welshpool Livestock Market on April 16th.


  • Overall 1st Llysyfran, 2nd Keyston, 3rd Eglwyswrw.  
  • Stockman of the year 1st Gareth Jones, Keyston, 2nd Sarah-Jane Jones, Keyston, 3rd Rhydian Bevan, Llysyfran.
  • Junior stockjudge of the year 1st Gemma Robinson, Clynderwen, 2nd Rhys Griffiths, Llysyfran, 3rd Ellie Robinson, Clynderwen.
  • Efficiency with Safety 1st Llysyfran, 2nd Fishguard, 3rd Keyston.
  • Junior nature challenge 1st Eglwyswrw, joint 2nd Keyston and Llysyfran.
  • ATV challenge 1st Keyston, 2nd Llysyfran, 3rd Tiers Cross.
  • Fence erecting 1st Keyston, 2nd Eglwyswrw, 3rd Clynderwen.
  • 4x4 and livestock box challenge 1st Keyston, 2nd Eglwyswrw, 3rd South Pembs.
  • Tractor handling 1st Llysyfran, 2nd Fishguard, 3rd Clynderwen.
  • Junior cycle safety 1st Templeton, 2nd Hayscastle, 3rd Llawhaden.
  • Jazz dancing 1st Tiers Cross, 2nd Llysyfran, 3rd Keyston.

05 April 2011

Call my bluff

All the Call My Bluff Competitors.
“Fidalgo”, “Torfle” and “Pottle” were just some of the words the Cumbrian Young Farmers had to explain in the County Final of Call My Bluff.

Judges Ian Powley and Frank Chester said they had had a highly entertaining evening and the competition had been difficult to judge as all the teams had been amusing in their descriptions.  However, for their public speaking ability, Crook’s team of Sarah Carruthers, Vicci Neil and Tom Redmayne were placed 1st with Lucy Cowen, Rachel Beaty and Amy Raven from Raughton Head YFC placed equal 2nd alongside Lucy and Laura Mason and Emma Littlewood from Kent Estuary.

This is the last public speaking competition of the season with Clubs now busily preparing for the Field Days which this year will be held at Rigmaden Farm, Mansergh on 14th May and High Oaks, Calthwaite on 21st May.

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.


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