National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 March 2012

Jan Booth, County Chairman of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs, will be representing their 1400 members when she carries the Olympic Torch on 21st June at Bowness – on – Windermere.

Jan, 23, is a farmer’s daughter from the Kentmere Valley and a member of Crook YFC;

“I’m really proud to be carrying the Olympic torch as this is a very special year for Cumbria Young Farmers.

It is the 75th anniversary of the founding  of the Westmorland and Cumberland Federations of Young Farmers’ Clubs and being in the Olympic torch relay is a great way of starting our year of celebrations.”

26 March 2012

Radnor Valley YFC was able to make a considerable donation to charity this week, and help pay for a little boy’s life-changing operation.

As with any other year, the club braved the wintery weather and spent three nights in the run up to Christmas carol singing for charity. However, unlike most years, they raised an incredible £1450, breaking all previous club records!

The money will be split between three charities; The Bracken Trust; Cancer Support based in Llandrindod Wells; and Ryley’s Dream to Walk.

Four year old Ryley - whose mother Donna is a past member of Radnor Valley YFC- has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects muscle stiffness in the legs. The money raised will go towards a pioneering operation in the U.S, in which the nerves to the affected muscles will be severed. Doctors predict that thanks to the operation Ryley will realise his dream of walking on his own.  

Special congratulations must go to all the club members for their hard work, and to the friends and family who supported them to raise money for such fantastic causes.  

Pictured at the presentation are front from left: Ryley Morris with his grandmother Christine Hughes, Elio Giordano (Treasurer), Charlie Morris (Chairman), Reg Cawthorne Chairman of The Bracken Trust and Amie Croose (Secretary) alongside other club members.

26 March 2012

Young farmers showed off their ploughing skills at a competition in Cheselbourne, Dorset.

More than 50 competitors turned out as Puddletown Young Farmers’ Club held its sixth annual ploughing match at Chebbard Farm, with the event doubling as the Dorset Young Farmers’ county ploughing match.

John Harris claimed the title of match champion, with Brian Johnson claiming the reserve champion title.

Other award winners were Michael Dean, who claimed top honours in the Young Farmers’ Reversible Class, and Peter Cox in the Young Farmers’ Conventional Class.

The event raised money for Puddletown YFC, with a barbecue and raffle for competitors and spectators.

The club praised the generosity of all those who sponsored the event or gave raffle prizes, including local businesses, machinery dealers and pubs.

21 March 2012

The Whimple & Broadclyst Young Farmers’ Club rendition of the popular pantomime Robin Hood raised more than a stirring round of applause earlier this month when it was performed in Exmouth and Sidmouth: it helped them net £750 in ticket sales alone.

This performance, added to the proceeds from a cake stall and a “Guess the Weight of the Sheep” competition at East Devon Point to Point on 3rd March, meant that the 70-strong YFC membership raised more than £1,100 in just a week.

Even more cash for good causes was raised because the Whimple & Broadclyst Young Farmers’ Club joined forces with the Culm Valley YFC branch to produce the charity panto perfomances and split the £1,500 total ticket sales between them.

As their chosen charities for this year, Whimple YFC selected Help for Heroes and Devon YFC Centre, which is raising money for Devon Young Farmers to build an office and centre for meetings and training.

The panto is part of a wide-ranging social programme at the Whimple & Broadclyst Young Farmers Club this year. It was the county-level phase of a national competition organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs in which Whimple YFC secured their place by winning a local round with five other entries.

New members are always welcome at Whimple & Broadclyst YFC. If you are aged between 10 and 26 and are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Steve on 07769 34661


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