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30 March 2010

Challenges from all short back and sides!

More than half of the county federations in Wales YFC have already issued challenges to Wales YFC chairman Tim John to help him raise money for Kidney Wales Foundation.

The first challenge was set by Carmarthenshire, which Tim is currently undertaking and means he can't shave or cut his hair until the Wales YFC field day at Llandovery Market on 10 April. Prior to the award ceremony Tim and all of the Carmarthenshire YFC members taking part along with him will shave off their beards and cut their hair.

The Eryri federation is intending to test Tim’s bilingual ability, and has challenged him to read a paragraph in Welsh during a forthcoming event. Other challenges include two raft races, one across the Menai Strait, set by the Ynys Môn federation and one set by the Gwent federation, where he will raft the Usk river. The Clwyd federation has asked Tim to take part in a sponsored cycle ride from club to club within the county, while the Brecknock federation has requested that he takes part in a tractor pull.

“By challenging every county to set me and others within their county a challenge to undertake, I hope to get a large number of people involved in raising money and awareness of the Kidney Wales Foundation,” said Tim.

Anyone wanting to contribute should contact the Wales YFC office or visit to chip in.

30 March 2010

Notts YFC members triumph at area competitions weekend

More than 100 members from Nottinghamshire YFC journeyed to Skegness for the area finals along with competitors from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Teams competed in badminton, hockey, volleyball, junior public speaking, intermediate Brainstrust, senior debating, Junior Member and Senior Ambassador of the Year, and fancy dress comtests.

Nottinghamshire won the overall sports trophy and came joint second overall, the club's best results for some years.

Chris Brown represented the county in the Senior YFC Ambassador of the Year final finishing in third place.

The winning volleyball team of Kirsten Hoggard, Tom Creed, George Bingham, Craig Voce, Matthew Rose, Louise Woolhouse and Susan Temporal will now go through to the NFYFC competition, along with the winning hockey team of Richard Baugh, Amy Baugh, Will Walker, Jem Hill, Lucy Moore, Laura Wardell, Rob Handy, Rob Chase and Liz Haigh.

30 March 2010

Ceredigion YFC member is ambassador for Northern Ireland visit

Trystan Jones, a member of Caerwedros YFC in Ceredigion, will be travelling to Northern Ireland in April to represent Wales YFC as part of its international exchange programme.

Trystan, 21, was chosen during the international briefing and selection day at the Wales YFC Centre, in Builth Wells, and will spend two weeks with families of YFC members in Northern Ireland. The trip will coincide with the Ulster YFC annual convention weekend.

Trystan, who works on the family farm, has been a YFC member 10 years and has held positions of minute secretary and chairman within his club. He is also a past chairman of the Ceredigion YFC County Youth Forum, which represents members under 18.

“I decided to apply for a trip with the Wales YFC international programme so that I could learn about YFC in different countries. As I have a keen interest in farming, I am looking forward to finding out how their way of farming differs to ours, especially within the beef sector and new farming technologies. It will also be an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make many new friends,” says Tystan.

Ruth Lewis, a member of Llangefni YFC, Ynys Mon, will also be travelling to Northern Ireland as a part of the exchange programme.

  1. Click here to read the press release in Welsh.

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.


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