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26 March 2010

Wales YFC represent young people at NFU conference

Five Wales YFC officers attended the National Farmers Union Conference in Birmingham.

Attending on behalf of the organisation were Wales YFC chairman Tim John, vice chairman Enfys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman Dylan Jones, and vice chairman Owain Rhys Evans, and Wales YFC rural development officer Jenni Evans.

The conference, Delivering Farming’s Future, gave attendees the opportunity to hear presentations by inspirational speakers and to meet leading figures from the agricultural industry.

YFC members took part in discussions on farming, business and the environment and the conference came to an end with a political question time.

“The informative conference gave YFC members an exclusive insight into issues that will have a great effect on their futures. On behalf of the organisation I would like to thank the NFU for its kind hospitality over the two days,” said Tim John.

 


26 March 2010

Llandovery market to host Wales YFC field day

Wales YFC's field day will be held on Saturday 10 April at Llandovery Market, Llandovery, and is hosted by Carmarthenshire YFC.

The day retains close links with the agricultural industry and rural skills and a number of competitions such as ATV challenge, fencing and stockjudging are held. The junior and senior YFC member of the year competitions will also be held.

“The field day is rapidly becoming a bigger part of our competitions calendar,” said Wales YFC’s activities and international committee chairwoman Caroline Dawson.

“The competitions held during this day are quite special, as each one requires the members to be fully versed in the rules and regulations surrounding the activity involved.

“The efficiency with safety competition and ATV challenge are a prime examples of this. Powerful machines that are fantastically useful tools can be potentially dangerous if not used correctly.

“Many young people would simply not be fully aware of the importance of adequate health and safety matters if it were not for these competitions, which play a part in teaching young farmers how to safely handle them,” she added.

  1. Click here to read this story in Welsh.

26 March 2010

Bluffing their way to the top

The best bluffers in Pembrokeshire YFC put their wordplay skills to the test at the annual Call My Bluff competition at Martletwy YFC hall.

The event saw a great turnout of clubs vying for the top prize, but this year the wordsmiths from Clynderwen YFC were victorious.

Christopher Davies, Dave James and Sophie Thomas out-bluffed the other teams with their three colourful definitions of obscure words to win the competition. Llawhaden YFC was second and Martletwy YFC took third place.


14 March 2010

Show goes on for Herefordshire YFC

Herefordshire YFC’s budding young thespians didn’t let bad weather dampen their spirits at their recent drama and One Plus festival.

The event, at Kingstone High School, saw four teams taking part and adjudicator Marie O'Sullivan had a tough job on her hands.

The standard of entries was high but a decision had to be made and it was Golden Valley YFC who prevailed and took home the Ian Fraser Memorial Cup.

The Mrs S M Coxon Cup went to runners-up Hereford YFC, and the Richard Lloyd Memorial Cup went to Eardisley YFC.

Eardisley YFC’s Emma Bryan took away the Alleycat Cup for the best under-26 female performance, while the David Williams Memorial Cup, for the best under-26 male performance, went to Kevin Stokes of Golden Valley YFC.

The One Plus competition, which involves five minutes of almost any type of stage work, provided some very creative entertainment alongside the drama productions and Golden Valley B team took the prize in both the age categories.

The stage compere competition was a chance for members to learn more about how to introduce a production and to interact with the audience, and Hereford YFC’s Sarah Meredith came first.

Hereford YFC, Eardisley YFC and Allensmore YFC, went on to compete at the All England Drama Festival on at the Courtyard, Hereford, and were rewarded with some outstanding results, collecting eight awards from the 13 categories.

On 20 March, Golden Valley YFC and Hereford YFC will be on stage again at the Courtyard, Hereford representing Herefordshire in the West Midlands area YFC finals.

  1. Click here for the full list of results


 


12 March 2010

Montgomeryshire actors win Wales YFC English drama final

Actors from Berriew YFC, Montgomeryshire, took home a Welsh Royal Crystal rose bowl and the RH Watkins trophy in the Wales YFC English drama finals.

Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire, were second, and Llanfynydd YFC, Carmarthenshire, were third in the competition held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon.

Best actor was Craig Pearce, of Berriew YFC, and best actress was Sioned Ifans, of Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire, who won the award for the second consecutive year. Both took home a Welsh Royal Crystal goblet donated by Farmers Union of Wales.

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

Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international committee chairwoman, was impressed by the standard of the productions held over the two nights.

“What YFC members achieve annually is astonishing. The effort that goes into preparing each production is phenomenal, and now that the finals have been held most clubs will turn their attention to the upcoming field day competitions, and then the county rallies. There really is no stopping them.”

  1. Click here to read this story in Welsh

12 March 2010

Neighbours win Wales YFC English public speaking competition

Neighbouring counties Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire (pictured) lifted the Geraint Evans Shield in this year’s Wales YFC English public speaking competition.

Held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, the competition was closely fought as always, with Gwent taking third place.

Wales YFC activities and international committee chairwoman Caroline Dawson said: “Public speaking is a talent that cannot be taught, it is something which has to be nurtured over a number of years. I 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.”

Glamorgan YFC won the senior debating competition; Pembrokeshire YFC the intermediate Brainstrust; Brecknock YFC took home the junior competition honours, and Gwent won the reading section.

  1. Click here for a full list of results and to read this story in Welsh.


 


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