National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 July 2012

The Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and as a special celebration has developed an exhibition which is to open at Rheged on 19 July 2012. The exhibition features a large range of photographs, archival documents and historical information gathered from the archives of each of the 26 Young Farmers Clubs around Cumbria and a couple of old closed clubs.

The Cumbria Young Farmers Clubs have educated and entertained thousands of young people in the rural community over the years . Their large competition programme covers a wide range of skills including public speaking, drama , sports and the traditional rural skills such as hedging, flower arranging and sheep shearing. The federation provides a vital link between small, local groups enabling them to be heard with a larger voice and also provides the rural community with people who in later life will be active in community groups and councils . Young Farmers has a rich and varied history, which stretches beyond the founding of the Young Farmers Federation in 1937, instilling a strong sense of heritage in its new members.

Rheged Arts Officer John Stokes said ‘Cumbria Young Farmers do such fantastic work, binding small communities together with a strong identity. It is a real pleasure for Rheged to host this exhibition of their history and heritage’.

Jan Davinson, Chief Officer for Cumbria Young Farmers, said ‘It’s really good to see all the different young farmers clubs from around the county coming together to create this exhibition. Each one has put together a really fascinating display telling the unique history of their club – and together it makes a really interesting picture of generations of farming across Cumbria and what our members have gained from being in YFC.’

Over 80 present and past members attended the opening of the exhibition by Wes Johnson, Principal of Newton Rigg.

The exhibition opens in the same week that Rheged has unveiled a display of illustrations from the Felix the Fast Tractor series of books. With strong agricultural themes and the aim to educate children about modern farming, these books are helping to encourage a new generation of young farmers. Illustrations from Felix the Fast Tractor is on display until 16 September, and all the prints in the exhibition are available to buy.

  • 75 years of Cumbria Young Farmers – open daily from 19 July – 30 August 2012, admission free.
  • Illustrations from Felix the Fast Tractor – Open daily from 14 July – 16 September, admission free

Contact John Stokes for more information: 01768860033/ john.stokes@rheged.com

Or Jan Davinson, Cumbria YFC County Office: 01768866550


19 July 2012

Upton Young Farmers set off on an epic 24 hour journey on the 7th July to raise money for the extremely worthwhile charity Help For Heroes. So far they have raised a mammoth £3000 for the charity!


The Three Peaks Challenge involved climbing the highest peaks of Scotland (Ben Nevis), England(Scafell Pike) and Wales(Snowdon) within 24 hours. The 9 members(8 boys and 1 girl) of Upton YFC set off on Friday 7th July despite red weather warnings being issued over both Scafell Pike and Snowdon. The team decided to push on with the help of their qualified mountain leader Lynda Holloway, a local teacher from the area. Matt Tomkins(Upton Chairman) explains “ It was a really difficult decision to make as we had already had to postpone the trip once before, in the end we all agreed to persevere and in true Young Farmers style got stuck in!”

The team had prepared for the challenge by spending hours walking up the Malvern Hills and managed to get to the summit of Ben Nevis in a very impressive time of 2 hours and 25 minutes. The team then had to minbus it down to the next summit of Scafell Pike where they managed to achieve an overall time of 3 hours 50 minutes. One of the team Tom Goodwin explains “ It was pretty grueling having to climb a second mountain after climbing Ben Nevis then having a 6 hour minibus journey, we didn’t reach the summit of Scafell Pike until 1am but it was totally worth it and a great experience.”

Finally a tired and aching team headed to Snowdon to complete the last leg of their 3 peaks Challenge. They started their ascent at 7.50am on Sunday 9th July and managed to get to the summit and down again in a very impressive time of 3 hours 30 minutes. Tom Worthington explains “To reach the top of Snowdon was such an amazing experience and something that I will never forget. We have all worked together as a team to achieve our goal and raise lots of money for the Help For Heroes.” One of the team members (Nathan Tomkins) even had time to brush his teeth at the top of the mountain!

The team encountered many other groups trying to compete the challenge and Matt Tomkins believes this helped them get to the summits in record times. “Seeing all the other groups doing the same challenge both inspires you to carry on and encourages you to get a good time on each summit.”
The team walked 24 miles and managed to complete the challenge with an impressive time of 22 hours and 45 minutes! Their driver Lynda drove 460 miles in 24 hours.

Upton YFC chose the Help For Heroes Charity as some of the team have close friends and family serving in the forces overseas and feel the charity wholeheartedly deserves as much support as possible. Matt Tomkins sums up the experience in 6 words “We went, we climbed, we conquered!”


11 July 2012

Despite the downpours of the this year’s so called “Summer”, Staffordshire Young Farmers were not fazed and went ahead with their Summer Ball, held at Kingstone Business Park, Kingstone, Nr Uttoxeter on Saturday 7th July, by kind permission of The Chilton Family.  Up went the two marquees, bowls of strawberries were prepared and the Union Jack décor, complete with some Beefeaters managed to stay up for the whole night!  Over 250 members and guests attended and danced the night away to Bulge Disco!  Also during the evening, many members took full advantage of the Bouncy Castle and Ride on Rugby Ball too!  

Lisa Hawkins, the Social and Funding Chairman said “Despite the downpours when we have been setting up, we couldn’t have wished for a better night with a great atmosphere – true YFC Style!”


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