National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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22 December 2011

Shropshire Young Farmers held their annual Carol Service on Monday 19th December at The United Reformed Church in Shrewsbury, where over 400 people attended to watch the 40 strong cast perform their very own special version of the story ‘The Journey to the Manger’.

The service included musical performances by members on the Double Bass, Piano and Flutes and featured the “Shropshire YFC Choir”. The story was read by members from the 19 YFC Clubs throughout the county, from Whitchurch to Ludlow.  

The collection raised £577.77 which was split between the Church and The Shrewsbury Ark, a charity for homeless people in Shropshire.  Members past and present then moved to the adjacent St Nicholas’s Hall where they were served mulled wine and mince pies.

Rachael Parry, County Chairman said ‘I would like to thank all those who performed, helped with the refreshment’s and attended the service, it was a brilliant showcase of the talent our members have, and it was wonderful to share it with all those in the congregation’.

Shropshire Young Farmers have big plans for 2012.  They are planning to build a sustainable building be benefit the local community, and 20 members will also be travelling to China in October to walk the Great Wall.


21 December 2011

Yet again the Whimple & Broadclyst Young Farmers Club has come up trumps in their charity work. They presented a whopping cheque for £2,355 to their chosen charity for 2011, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

RABI is a charity dedicated to helping farming families in need across the country. In today’s especially challenging times, RABI is finding that Devon is one of the areas with the highest demand for its help.

The charity provides assistance in a huge variety of ways from providing retirement homes for the elderly, giving grants towards education and helping with buying basic household goods in times of need.

A tremendous concerted effort has been put in by the 70-strong membership of the Whimple & Broadclyst YFC for this very worthy cause. During the past year with Dan Smith as Chairman and Lucy Berisford as Secretary, the club has organised Apple Picking, Carol Singing, a Dung Sale and various social events to raise this fantastic sum of money.

Pictured is Philippa Spackman (standing and wearing orange scarf) who accepted the cheque on behalf of RABI from some of Whimple & Broadclyst YFC members.

New members are always welcome at Whimple & Broadclyst YFC. There is a wide-ranging social programme that also features many charity events. If you are aged between 10 and 26 and are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Steve on 07769 346616.
 

21 December 2011

HRH The Prince of Wales today visited Riseholme College, part of the University of Lincoln, to meet the beneficiaries of a project awarded a grant by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, a charity set up by Business in the Community last year.  

In February 2011 the Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFCs), which is based at the college, was one of six organisations to receive a grant from the Fund. The funding will enable young people in rural Lincolnshire access training in agricultural skills to help them into employment in the rural economy.  

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is the brainchild of The Prince of Wales who has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain’s hard pressed rural areas. It raises funds from a range of companies with a connection to rural areas which it gives out in grants to projects supporting the people who care for the countryside. As a result of grants given by The Prince’s Countryside Fund in its first year, over 3,200 young people will be reached through education projects, with a further 430 helped with employability skills, to help them to gain the experience needed for a career in the rural economy.

With 17 clubs in the county, all of which are run by the members, and just over 500 members, the YFCs enable young people to actively participate in their communities and learn new skills.

James Blore,18, a young farmer who has benefitted from the funding and met HRH, said “It has given us help with courses like trailer tests, forklift, spraying – certificates that we need to be able to work on a farm.  It was amazing to have the opportunity to talk to The Prince about the issues that we face”.

Angela Bruntlett, County Organiser, Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club said “The funding has enabled us to work with the young people to access rural training; it’s an exciting project that has raised the profile of young people in rural Lincolnshire”.

Lizzie Kershaw, Trustee, The Prince’s Countryside Fund said ‘It is fantastic to see how The Prince’s Countryside Fund is already having an impact on the ground just over a year after launching. Young Farmers Clubs are an absolutely critical part of the fabric of rural communities and helping young people with employability skills is just the kind of thing the Fund should be supporting in to enable vibrant rural communities in the future.’

The Prince attended a reception with members of the Lincolnshire farming community and supporters of The Prince’s Countryside Fund where he met the young farmers that have benefitted from the grant and made a speech. His Royal Highness also took part in a discussion with the young farmers where he heard their views on how to encourage more young people into agricultural careers.

It was fitting that this discussion took place at Riseholme Agricultural College, an institution which has been providing training and education for people involved in land-based industries for more than 60 years and has recently be named as one of the top ten places to study agriculture and land-based subjects in the UK.  

So far the Fund has donated over £800,000 to 22 projects, including over £43,000 to the Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club. The initiative covers the whole of the UK and well over 1,000 people have benefitted directly from its work, be they young people in rural areas struggling to get into employment, farmers in need of administrative support and training, or elderly people suffering from isolation.  


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