National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 January 2010

More than 200 Cumbria YFC members and guests gathered at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, for the southern district AGM.

Outgoing president Christine Booth and chairman Andrew Long reviewed the successes and highlights of the past year, including a membership increase of 100 over the past two years.

Advisory member at Eden Valley YFC Linda Pigney was elected president for the coming year and Pennine YFC’s John Tunstall is the new chairman, with Grayrigg YFC’s Lauren Galbraith the new vice chairwoman. Crook’s Stephen Rowlinson was elected district treasurer for the 22nd year.

The AGM ended with the presentation of the year’s awards. The public speaking and winter competitions trophy was presented to Kent Estuary YFC; Furness YFC received the craft trophy; Sedbergh YFC was the most improved club and Tracey Dargue, of Pennine YFC, was the member contributing the most to a club’s development. Dorrie Galbraith was presented with a trophy recognising her outstanding contribution to YFC and Lisa Mason, of Kent Estuary YFC, was announced as Young Farmer of the Year.

20 January 2010

Uttoxeter's cash boost for county air ambulance

Uttoxeter JNFU YFC celebrated a year of fundraising and achievements by presenting a cheque for £2,100 to the Staffordshire County Air Ambulance at the club's annual buffet, organised to thank everyone involved for their help and support during 2009.

20 January 2010

Top to Bottom Challenge for Worcestershire YFC

Worcestershire Young Farmers' Club members will be setting off on a 1,000-mile quad bike journey for charity.

A team of bikers will be riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End, then back to Torquay for the NFYFC annual convention, in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester and Diabetes UK.

The YFC members, all aged 26 or under, will be leaving John O’Groats on 17 April and aim to have completed their journey by 23 April.

Two quad bikes have been donated for the marathon trip by No Mark Equipment, of Tenbury Wells, so all the money raised through sponsorship will go directly to the charities.

Worcestershire YFC county chairman Tom Goodwin said: “It will be a difficult challenge, it’s hardly travelling in style and we will be at the mercy of the elements, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges faced by the two charities we are supporting and the people who benefit from their work.

“YFC members always rise to a challenge and we’re hoping businesses and individuals in Worcestershire and beyond will support our efforts with donations.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Tom’s Top to Bottom Challenge should call 01905 621 616.

15 January 2010

Wales YFC gears up for competitions weekends

Wales YFC got the new year off to a busy start, preparing for both the English and Welsh competitions weekends being held in February and March which will host public speaking and drama competitions.

The Wales YFC Welsh drama competition is on 26 and 27 February at Neuadd Aberdyfi, Aberdyfi, with the Welsh public speaking competitions taking place at Tywyn High School, Tywyn.

The Wales YFC English drama competition is on 5 and 6 March at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, and the English public speaking competitions will be at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

“The drama competition is one example of how the organisation encourages young people to take part in something that they would not usually do, and gives all our members an equal opportunity,” said Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international chairwoman.

“They don’t have to be on stage acting one of the main parts to play a key role in the panto. The contribution and devotion of those busy with the wardrobe and make-up, lighting, designing and creating the sets is just as important,” she said.


07 January 2010

Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC help keep ambulance airborne

Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC celebrated Christmas with mince pies and mulled wine and by presenting a cheque for £1,000 to the Wales Air Ambulance service. The money was raised through a promise auction held last August.


04 January 2010

Community and environment challenge awards winners

Three Wales Young Farmers’ Clubs were rewarded for their environmental projects and community spirit as part of the Wales YFC Community and Environment Challenge.

Clubs from across Wales entered a variety of different projects in three categories for 2009: countryside and environment, community and heritage and events and entertainment.

Wentwood YFC (Gwent) won the countryside and environment challenge with its Secret Garden. Working to designs from local schoolchildren, the club transformed a disused area of land into an outdoor classroom and secret garden for a local primary school as a safe area for the pupils to play in and explore nature.

The garden included a sensory path and a log circle for storytelling, and a willow sculpture is currently being produced as the finishing touch.

Llantrisant YFC (Glamorgan) won the community and heritage category with its entry called Care About Your Food, We Do, which saw the club take an active role in the local Open Farm Sunday event co-ordinated by Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming). The club also organised nature walks to show the local community the amount of wildlife that can be found on a typical farm, as well as educational sessions on food and farming.

Erwood YFC (Brecknock) won the entertainment and events category by raising more than £6,000 for charity through innovative events including a drovers-themed meal and a fashion show using recycled clothes from a charity shop which were then auctioned off. The club was also involved in Welly Week to support and raise awareness of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman Dylan Jones said: “Many of our clubs across Wales get involved in community and environmental projects on a regular basis - volunteering skills, labour and fundraising. The Community and Environment Challenge helps these clubs gain recognition for all their hard work.

“With the money available through Wales YFC, with grant support from the Countryside Council for Wales, we are able to offer financial help to make these projects happen.

“The awards are a great way of getting members to work together and learn new skills. They also ultimately benefit the wider Welsh environment and rural community.”


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