National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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14 February 2010

Excitement builds for Welsh drama finals

The Wales YFC drama finals will be hosted by Meirionnydd YFC on 26-27 February.

YFC members from seven counties across Wales will travel to Neuad Dyfi, Aberdyfi, for the competition, where the winners will receive the Buddug James Jones Memorial Trophy.

Clubs from across Wales have been competing at county level for a place in the finals. The members and their clubs are continuing to produce and perform plays of the highest calibre, with cast and crew virtually entirely made up of the club members, who give countless hours of rehearsals, set building, costume making, producing and line learning totally voluntarily.

“Every year people are amazed at the high standard of the productions that YFCs come up with,” said Caroline Dawson, chairwoman of the Wales YFC activities and international sub-committee.

“Even more astonighing is the fact that very few of the actors who appear in these plays have any experience of performing outside YFC. There is a wealth of performers and producers out there who are very much an un-tapped resource, and whose talents are only nurtured and exposed during our drama competitions.”

This year’s final sees the winning clubs from Montgomery, Clwyd, Ceredigion, Meirionnydd, Carmarthenshire, Brecknock and Pembrokeshire competing for the award.

Tickets for both evenings can be obtained from the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502 or the Meirionnydd YFC office on 01341 423 846.

The Wales YFC Welsh public speaking competition will be held at Tywyn High School, Tywyn, from 10am on 27 February.

 


04 February 2010

Speaking out at county finals

Cumbria YFC’s county finals of the junior public speaking and YFC Ambassador of the Year competitions were held at the George Hotel, Penrith.

Junior public speaking judges Betty Graham and Stephen Rowlinson heard six excellent speakers talking on how to show a calf, the Rock Challenge (an international anti-drug and crime prevention initiative), rough bred fell sheep, diversification, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and chihuahua dogs.

Winning by one point was Longtown’s team of Emma Swindlehurst, Anna Batey and Rachel Edminson. Second were Laura Potts, Rachel Graham and Emma Armstrong, from Caldbeck YFC, and third was the Kent Estuary team (Laura Mason, Hannah Park and Bob Lawrence).

Ten senior YFC members were interviewed by past presidents Christine Booth, Joyce Gorst and Alan Bowe in the YFC Ambassador of the Year competition. Andrew Long, of Furness YFC, was named Cumbria’s YFC ambassador, with Craig Brough and Amy Johnson, both of Raughton Head YFC, second and third.

All the competitors will now go forward to the northern area finals of these competitions, at Trinity School, Carlisle, on 6 March.

 


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