National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 January 2012

Wales YFC

Today the launch of the ‘On Farm Health and Safety Charter for Wales’ took place during a Wales YFC Farmhouse Breakfast event.

The Charter which is aimed at substantially improving farm safety was launched by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies AM.

During the past year, discussions have taken place in order to try and improve on farm safety and reduce the staggering number of fatalities and serious injuries within the agricultural industry. Consideration has also been given to the unique health and safety challenges that those working in farming face daily.

Representatives from the following organisations were present and signatories of the charter include;
Wales YFC, NFU Cymru, FUW, CLA Wales, Hybu Cig Cymru, Welsh Government, Lantra, RABI Wales, NFU Mutual, Forestry Commission Wales, Farm Crisis Network and RWAS.

Marc Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman states;
“All of the organisations present are committed to working together for a safer farming industry in Wales. By joining forces and working together, much more can be done in order to ensure that farmers are equipped with the information and training they need to be able to make that promise to themselves and to their families to come home safe.”

Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture said: “I am very pleased to be joining the other organisations in launching the Charter and to see the whole industry working in a joined-up manner on such an important issue. This new Charter is an important building block in the work to be done and I commend it and all the organisations that have signed-up to it."

Any proceeds from the event will be donated to Wales YFC Chairman’s Charity of the Year – Wales Air Ambulance.

Dylan Jones, Wales YFC Chairman notes;
“Initially it took me some time to think of a charity to support this year, but once I got thinking about the Wales Air Ambulance I had little hesitation in pledging my support to this worthy charity. No one knows when they will need the support of the Air Ambulance, and in the 10 years it has been in existence it has provided invaluable support to many individuals and families of farming nature. I hope that by launching this charter there will be further awareness and promotion of health and safety on farms. On behalf of Wales YFC, I would thank the Jones Family of Trefnant Hall, Welshpool for their kind hospitality during the event.”

27 January 2012

A Shropshire YFC has donated £1000 to purchase essential medical equipment for their local community.
Clun Valley YFC, based in south Shropshire, raised enough money to buy an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)—a vital piece of medical equipment in this remote rural community.  Sudden Cardiac arrest claims over 75,000 lives in the United Kingdom every year. If a defibrillator arrives quickly enough 85% of these patients could survive.

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Clun Valley AED scheme were Graeme Barker and Jan Morphett:
“Another machine in the Valley could mean the difference between someone living or someone dying”.
Club Chairman Richard Williams added:
“Hopefully the AED device will never need to be used, however if the worst comes to the worst, the money raised by the club would hopefully save a life”.  

19 January 2012

Warwickshire FYFC

A refurbished vintage tractor looks set to be a star attraction for youngsters when Fillongley Parish Council's new play area opens at Easter.

The 'David Brown 995' vehicle was kindly donated by an anonymous benefactor and sat neglected, until Coleshill Young Farmers stepped in to give it a much needed facelift.  The  team spent 150 hours, fortified with copious cups of tea, stripping the metal work back and repainting it in the CYF colours of black and yellow.  The tractor is now solidly embedded in pride of place at the play area in Church Lane ready for local youngsters to enjoy.

Chair of the Parish Council, Robert Pargetter said:  " We are extremely grateful to the Young Farmers for volunteering their time and doing such sterling work in restoring the farm tractor almost back to its former glory.  It's a fantastic addition to all the other play equipment we now have for young people in the area.  A massive thank-you must go to our local contractors Bowplant Ltd, who have done a great job for the village. "

The play area, run by Fillongley Parish Council, has been renovated thanks to funding of £45,000 from WREN, £10,000 from Area Forum South and a donation from local digital agency company 'Building Blocks.'  After it opens to the public at Easter, the Parish Council is hoping to have a special Diamond Jubilee party in June to mark its formal opening.

12 January 2012

Hundreds of young achievers from across the UK have a date in the prestigious setting of St. James’s Palace on 8th November 2011, including George Stanford from Worle, Weston super Mare.

George attended Weston swimming Club, TS Weston Sea Cadet Unit, and Weston and Banwell Young Farmers, all adding their bit towards George achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  George travelled to London on Tuesday 8th November 2011 to receive his certificate from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. He also shared some enjoyable time with the group celebrity, local girl Rebecca Huxtable – Radio One presenter and producer.
The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of George’s achievements in completing his Gold DofE programme.  The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.

George worked tirelessly through the five sections of his DofE programme over some years to achieve his Gold Award.  His diverse activities included many swimming tasks, an arduous expedition on foot over Dorset terrain, and a 12 month spell as vice-chair of Weston and Banwell Young Farmers Club.  Throughout the DofE experience, George was able to prove himself to be adept and persistent in leaning and utilising his skills, improving his knowledge and team leadership abilities.
George said of his experience “Working towards by DofE, through all the sections of bronze, silver and ultimately the Gold, I have met such a fantastic variety of people, shared some amazing experiences, and visited some marvellous places. I must thank Weston swimming Club (for getting me interested in water sports) TS Weston Sea Cadet Unit who were my DofE administrating body, and the YFC to whom I chose for my 12 months voluntary work period”    

George’s Gold D of E Award is more than a trophy to display. It represents a brilliant example where youth organisations, working with a willing participant, can add that extra something to life, over and above academic results. As many potential employers have stated, a Gold D of E award does show that this young candidate has proved that he can and will go the extra mile

04 January 2012

Recently Cheriton and Tedburn Young Farmers enjoyed a delightful Christmas party where we handed over cheques to The Devon Air Ambulance Trust. A cheque of £660 that our advisory raised and £1250 raised by our members throughout the past 12 months.

We managed to raise this money with the help of the advisory in a variety of different ways like, raffles; discos; race nights etc. one event that we put together was the Hike ‘n’ Bike across Dartmoor from Chagford to Widecombe In The Moor! It’s as simple as it sounds – A team of Hikers and a team of Bikers raced it across Dartmoor to the finish line! Even with bikers having much more distance to travel – they still beat the hikers with hours to spare!

As a club we also put on a clay pigeon shoot and a coffee morning, and performed our semi-finalist entertainments performance of ‘Radio Gaga!’ – with each event raking in the money for the Devon Air Ambulance!

As a club we decide on a local charity each year to raise money for – and this year we have decided to choose CLIC Sargent charity! We are hoping to support them in even more events than we could this year!
Our current Chairman Chris Berry commented “Supporting local charities each year is an important part of what we do in YFC, and we take great pride in raising as much money as possible as well as helping them in any other way we can!”


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