National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 February 2010

High turn-out for day of competitions

More than 100 members of Staffordshire YFC took part in a variety of public speaking competitions this month, including Junior Member of the Year and Senior YFC Ambassador.

Shelly Spooner, Uttoxeter JNFU, and Samantha Wilson, of Eccleshall YFC, were joint winners in the junior section, which required entrants to produce a portfolio giving details of their activities within YFC over the previous 12 months as well as information about school, career aspirations, and activities outside YFC. An informal interview also took place.

The Senior YFC Ambassador competition was won by Stuart Barrow, 22, who is current club chairman of Eccleshall YFC and works as a farmer and agriculture contractor.

  1. Click here for full details of all the winners of the public speaking, reading and Brainstrust competitions.


16 February 2010

Challenging time for Wales YFC chairman

Wales YFC chairman Tim John is proving he is up for a challenge. Each of the 12 YFC county federations in Wales have been asked to set Tim a challenge which he will complete alongside YFC members from that county.

Challenge Tim has been set up to raise money and awareness of the Wales YFC charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation.

Tim and five members are currently undertaking a challenge set by Carmarthenshire YFC to refrain from shaving or cutting their hair until the Wales YFC field day at Llandovery Market on 10 April, when all of them will have a shave and a haircut prior to the award ceremony.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the fundraising should contact the Wales YFC office or visit



15 February 2010

Cheriton & Tedburn's cheques for charities

Cheriton & Tedburn YFC handed over cheques to the Devon Air Ambulance (£585.96), Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (£2,535), and Exeter Kidney Unit (£200) after another successful year’s fundraising.

Some £3,320.was raised during the year, £1,350 of it at a recent disco where local publican Roger Cudlip, of the Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, was sponsored to shave off his age-old moustache.

Club chairwoman Gemma Bowden and secretary Chris Berry said: “It is great to see the local communities come together and contribute so generously over the year. We are an active club that has many willing fundraisers and also brings young people from rural areas together to enjoy a wide range of activities and opportunities for personal development.”

Proceeds this year are going to the Exeter-based cancer charity FORCE, which helped a YFC member during his short battle with cancer before Christmas. Fundraising is well under way, with £200 already raised from a coffee morning.

15 February 2010

Feast of talent at Brecknock festival

Brecknock YFC’s 63rd annual drama and One Plus Festival was held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, on 1-6 February 2010.

In the week-long festival, supported by Barclays bank, YFC members from 12 clubs competed in the senior drama, junior drama, senior One Plus and junior One Plus competitions.

Builth Wells YFC won the senior drama competition with a production of Extraxts from Shakers produced by Anwen Nicholls, which also won the NFU Mutual Trophy for best production in the festival. Builth Wells YFC also won the junior drama section with a production entitled King Henry VIII, produced by David Price.

There were 27 One Plus entries, 13 of which were senior and 14 junior entries. Llandefalle YFC took first place in the junior One Plus competition with Time to Say Goodbye, and Llandefalle YFC also won the senior One Plus competition with Right Here… Right Now.




14 February 2010

Teams turn a profit in cash cow challenge

Oundle YFC triumphed in the recent Northants YFC cash cow challenge to raise money for county funds.

Clubs worked in teams and had to use their initiative to turn a £100 donation from county funds into the largest profit.

The club raising the most got to keep the original £100 plus 10 per cent of their profit. Each club had to produce a financial summary for their project as well as an A3 storyboard, and give a five-minute presentation at the executive committee meeting in January.

Oundle YFC took first place by raising £253.13 from a cake stall. As well as raising the money, the team also used the event to promote the club locally.

Thrapston YFC produced Christmas cards to make a profit of £27.50, and Towcester YFC came third by running a barbecue at its Party in a Shed event – the team invested £100 in sausages, burgers and buns and raised £50.


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.



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