National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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12 March 2010

Northern area competitions weekend

Cumbria’s Young Farmers’ Clubs hosted a fantastic weekend of public speaking, drama and sports for the Northern area counties.

Five hundred YFC members from Lancashire, East Riding, Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire travelled to Carlisle to compete for places in the national finals of the various competitions.

Cumbria YFC enjoyed some outstanding results, with Carlisle YFC winning the drama competition (pictured left) with its production of Halloween, A Decameronian Adventure.

Craig Holliday, from Carlisle YFC, won best actor and Lauren Galbraith, from Grayrigg YFC, best actress. Caldbeck YFC’s juniors – Laura Potts, Emma Armstrong and Rachel Graham – won the junior public speaking competition and Craig Brough, chairman of the Northern area weekend committee, won the Northern area Senior YFC Ambassador title.

Cumbria B team tied with Yorkshire B to win overall on 82 points, with Cumbria A in third place on 80 points.

Craig Brough (pictured right) thanked the judges and stewards for an excellent weekend of competition and his secretary Amy Johnson for all her work. The weekend closed with an evening dance to the music of the Naturalz, at Borderway Mart.

Click here for full results


12 March 2010

Lancashire YFC nets a sporting win

Hard work and hours of practice paid off for Lancashire A team, which won the volleyball at the Northern area sports weekend in Carlise. The nine-strong team, all from the Bowland region, are now through to the national competition in October.

Team captain Robert Walker said: “The attitude and commitment of all players was superb, a big thank-you goes to the amazing support we received from the crowd.”

Lancashire YFC also did well in the public speaking, with Lancashire A team first in the Brainstrust and second and third in the YFC Ambassador of the Year contest

12 March 2010

Drama double for Llysyfran YFC

Llysyfran YFC scored a dramatic double, scooping Wales YFC's Welsh and English county drama titles.

A trio of talented young actresses put on a great performance to win the Welsh language drama competition, with Gwenith George named best actress.

Andrew Richards, of Clynderwen YFC, won the best actor trophy, with his club placed second, ahead of Eglwyswrw and Fishguard YFCs.

In the English competition, Llysyfran once again emerged triumphant and picked up the award for best actress, which went to Sioned Ifans.

Tiers Cross YFC was second, with Phil Harries named best actor, and South Pembs YFC came third, with Beth Jackson winning the cup for best supporting role.

Other winners were Jack Jones, of Llawhaden YFC, who won the award for most promising performance, the best costumes cup went to Clynderwen YFC and Martletwy YFC scooped the best set trophy.

Llysyfran went on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Wales YFC drama finals and was placed second in both the English and Welsh competitions, by just one point. Sioned Ifans once again picked up the award for best actress.


12 March 2010

It’s good to talk

Members of Pembrokeshire YFC proved it’s good to talk when the county topped the table at the Welsh public speaking finals.

After good results in four competitions, Pembrokeshire emerged joint winners of the overall public speaking, sharing the title with Carmarthenshire.

Pembrokeshire’s intermediate Brainstrust team of Katie Davies, Llysyfran YFC, Rachael Hughes, South Pembs YFC, Tom Jones, Martletwy YFC and Andrew Meredith, Eglwyswrw YFC triumphed in their section, with the other teams all placed fourth.

In the Wales quiz final, Pembrokeshire narrowly missed out on the trophy, finishing only half a mark behind the winners.


03 March 2010

Carmarthenshire YFC crowned Welsh public speaking champs

Carmarthenshire YFC took home the Eryl Williams Public Speaking Shield from the Wales YFC Welsh public speaking competitions, held at Ysgol Tywyn, Tywyn. Ceredigion were placed second and Pembrokeshire, third.

Wales YFC chairman Tim John said that the standard of entries was again high. “Public speaking is a talent that can't be taught. It is something which has to be nurtured over a number of years.

“I honestly believe Wales YFC produces some of the best speakers in the country, and that without the encouragement of clubs, club leaders and fellow members, many simply wouldn’t get the opportunity to feel the buzz of competing in such an event,” he said.

In the senior section, after dinner speaking, YFC members had to propose a toast on behalf of various organisations and Ceredigion YFC won, also taking first place in the intermediate Brainstrust competition.

Carmarthenshire YFC took the honours in the junior section, with Ynys Môn YFC (pictured) winning the reading section.

Wales YFC's English public speaking competitions will be held at the Royal Welsh Showground on 6 March.

Click here for full results and to read the press release in Welsh

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.




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