National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

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.


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.

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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


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