National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 June 2012

Last night, Staffordshire Young Farmers Club hosted their Pre-Show Reception which was kindly sponsored by 'Knights Solicitors llp' and Savills (L&P) Ltd at the YFC Office on the County Showground, attended by sponsors and invited guests.

The evening proved to be very entertaining with a 'YFC's Got Talent'
Competition, where competitors presented any talents of their choice from singing to comedy. The Judges, Lionel Hill MBE and Warren Winfield commented that the standard of  performances was very high but they had made their decision along with the audience vote which were as follows:- The winners were Waterhouses YFC, featuring a very entertaining sketch by members, Steven Harvey, Andrew Goldstraw, James Hall, Katie Green & Rebecca Cotton.  The 2nd  place winners were Uttoxeter JNFU who gave a costume comedy sketch to "What a Picture" from the musical Half a Sixpence.  In 3rd place was Imogen Bloxham from Chase YFC performing Adelaide's Lament from the musical Guys and Dolls.    

The Club Display Competition was also held during the evening. Members created a display promoting their club in a space no larger than 1 m 2. The judges, Frank Hammond and Millie Wastie said "a tremendous amount of hard work had been put into the Club Displays which and are a brilliant way for clubs to promote themselves over the show" and they praised all the Clubs for their achievements at such a busy time of the year. The final results were, 1st place Cheadle YFC, with Chase YFC 2nd and 3rd were Stone.

Various cheques were also presented to members who had been successful in gaining a place on the NFYFC Discovery Programme. Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors give help and support to all those applying on the programme and this year cheques were presented to Sammie Wilson (Eccleshall YFC) for a trip to Canada, Paul Worrall (Eccleshall YFC) for the European Rally, Lowri Davies (Uttoxeter JNFU) a stay in Scotland.

Hannah Gordon & Lydia Allcock, the Chairmen of the Under Eighteens Committee promoted their forth coming Charity Abseil on Sunday 1st July, the money raised will be going to The Donna Louise Trust and to help toward the cost of an Under Eighteen Athletics weekend away planned for August.

The evening was a great start to this year's County Show and gave everyone and opportunity to relax and enjoy a really varied night of entertainment and for Staffordshire YFC to thank all those who support the Federation so well. The next two days are going to very busy for all YFC members across Staffordshire with the Tug of War Competition being held tonight at 7.30pm and the Show Floats Competition being held tomorrow at 2.30pm both in the Main Ring.

18 June 2012

The Diamond Jubilee themed Annual East Riding YFC Charity Tractor Road Run held on Sunday 3rd June was a great success.  A total of 76 tractors took to the roads despite the heavy rain in an effort to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance & R.A.B.I. (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).  Their efforts certainly paid off as the money raised currently stands at over £1520 which will be split between the two charities.

On Sunday morning the decorated tractors assembled at Laburnum Farm, Etton near Beverley to set off on their 30 mile route.  Tractors and drivers were decorated in red, white and blue and came from all parts of the East Riding including Driffield, Preston, Bridlington and Holme on Spalding Moor.  Some travelled from further afield to take part in the fifth Annual Event.

Jenny Sleight, who helped to organise the event on behalf of East Riding YFC said “I love the fact that such a wide age range of people can share the same hobby.  It is amazing to see such a wide range of tractors in all shapes and sizes!”   Jenny paid tribute to all who had helped with the event.  “I would like to thank all the drivers, marshals and collectors for their support on the day, without them it would not be possible to hold the event.”  

The run was led by John Sleight on his bunting-covered Nuffield 10/60.  As the tractors weaved their way round the country lanes they took in a number of villages and the tractors were greeted enthusiastically by people who had turned out to see them and support the charities.  John said “I was really pleased that people turned out to see us even though it was raining and bitterly cold for most of the day.  A lot of people really made an effort and it is always great to see so many people lining the roads in support and greeting us with a friendly wave.”

This year saw a number of repeat entrants who came back to support the run, they were also joined by a number of newcomers to the Road Run circuit taking part in their first ever Tractor Road Run.  The best decorated tractor prize, judged by Jeanette Dawson OBE, was a meal kindly donated by the Light Dragoon Inn at Etton, and was won by Phil Law who had spent over an hour decorating his tractor with tinsel, union jacks and even a crown!

Jenny went on to say “As we approached villages this year we blasted out the national anthem over the loud speakers to announce the tractors’ arrival – this was very well received – it was great to see such a show of national pride”.  “The current total means we have now raised over £6500 in the five years we have hosted the event – it really does make all the hardwork worthwhile!” she added.


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