National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 March 2010

More than 1,000 YFC members from the South West region are due to attend the South West Young Farmers' Conference, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, on 5-7 March in Torquay.

Organised this year by Devon YFC's Nick Creasy, the weekend features a programme of topical events and issue-led debates, interactive activities and competitions.

The highlight will be a Question Time-style debate on Saturday 6 March, when a panel of regional representatives will discuss rural issues affecting the farming youth of today.

The panel includes Dr Stuart Burgess, chairman of the Countryside Agency and Government’s rural advocate, Andrew Slade, head of RDA, Graeme Cock, director of Mole Valley Farmers and Edd Akerman from Wiltshire YFC.

The top item up for debate is the issue of rural housing and employment for the next generation of farmers.

Devon YFC organiser Nick Creasy said: “We’re really appreciative of the support Mole Valley Farmers has given us in helping make this weekend happen. Past events have been incredibly well received by our members and we’ve had another great response this year.

“The weekend will be a celebration of all the activity that takes place throughout the year as well as providing us with an opportunity to share ideas and discuss important industry issues.”

Throughout the weekend, YFC members from 60 clubs from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire will be battling it out in a variety of competitions, including public speaking, sports, drama, and Senior and Junior YFC Member of the Year, due to be announced during the last day of the conference.

Director of Mole Valley Farmers Graeme Cock said: “The future of agriculture and associated businesses lies with these young people and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this positive event. We not only wish to be part of this process but we have a responsibility to help them fulfil their potential.”

This year’s South West event will take place at Livermead Cliff Hotel, in Torquay.

 

 


02 March 2010

Camelford YFC going the distance for cancer charity

Fourteen members of Camelford YFC, Cornwall, will be making a 900-mile tractor run from John O’Groats to Land's End in April in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The three-day run, dubbed Camelford YFC’s A Touch of Class, is being made in a brand new tractor donated by sponsor Claas UK and powered by fuel sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers.

The YFC members will take turns to drive the tractor as it trundles across the land and anyone wanting to sponsor their endeavour should visit www.justgiving.co.uk/yfctractor-run.


02 March 2010

Historic project wins drama competition for Brecknock YFC

Brecknock YFC brought history to life with their production of Light of the Epynt, which also won them first place in the Wales YFC drama competition.

YFC members from across the county performed the specially commissioned play in Welsh, which recreated events from 70 years ago surrounding the requisitioning of the Epynt as a military training area, which many of their own grandparents had experienced first-hand.

The play is the first part of a wider project to keep memories alive and record history and its impact on the culture, language and heritage of the area.

It’s the first time that Brecknock YFC has competed in the Welsh language drama competition, which was held in Aberdyfi. The federation also received an award for best technical achievement.

Dyfed Watkins was nominated for best actor for his role as Brychan; and Louise Williams and Elin Havard were both nominated for the best actress award for their respective roles as Gwenllian and Gwen.

 


01 March 2010

First time lucky for Brecknock YFC drama winners

Actors from Brecknock YFC were celebrating in style after taking home a Welsh Royal Crystal rose bowl and the Buddug James Jones Memorial Trophy in the Wales YFC Welsh drama finals after entering the competition for the first time.

Members from Beulah, Builth Wells, Erwood, Llandefalle, Pontfaen, Sennybridge and Troedrhiwdalar YFC took the top prize with their drama Golau’r Epynt.

Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire were second, and Caerwedros YFC, Ceredigion YFC and Llangadog YFC, Carmarthenshire, were placed equal third.

Best actor was Trystan Jones of Caerwedros YFC, Ceredigion, and best actress was Sioned Owens, of Dyffryn Tanat YFC, Maldwyn.

The Paul Elkington Productions Trophy, awarded for technical achievements, went to  Brecknock YFC.
 


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