National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

11 May 2010

Wales YFC gears up for Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival

A host of fun and games will be on offer at the Wales YFC centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May.

Young people visiting the event will be invited to decorate small squares on the theme of Wales through the eyes of a young person. These squares will be part of a large cut-out of Wales that will be used to decorate the YFC centre during the Royal Welsh Show week in July, when the theme of YFC competitions and activities will be Welcome to Wales.

Other attractions at the festival, organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, include Black Mountain Falconry display, Titan the Robot and Meirion Owen’s Quack Pack.

Wales YFC is also working with native breed organisations at the festival to create questionnaires for visitors to complete by finding the answers displayed on various stands around the festival. Goodie bags are up for grabs to those who are able to successfully complete the challenge.

Powys Waste Awareness will work alongside Wales YFC to provide games and activities that raise awareness of recycling and its benefits.


09 May 2010

More challenge successes for Wales YFC chairman

Wales YFC chairman Tim John has successfully completed the second in a series of challenges to raise money for his chosen charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation.

Tim completed Eryri YFC's challenge at its annual dinner and dance where he gave a speech in Welsh. Tim congratulated the county on its recent success at the Wales YFC Eisteddfod, which was both hosted and won by Eryri. He also thanked the members for their support of Wales YFC meetings and activities, and promoted the YFC Freshers weekend, to be held in Wrexham in September. He ended the speech by thanking Eryri YFC members for setting him the challenge and noted that he hoped to encourage more English speaking members to have a go.

In return, Eryri YFC members had to also rise to the challenge, with Gwenno Griffith speaking Esperanto, Arwel Thomas using sign language and Elen Williams using English.

Tim has also undertaken a sponsored cycle ride around the clubs in Clwyd. He is set to undertake two rafting challenges - one across the Menai Strait, set by the Ynys Môn Federation, and one set by Gwent, where he will raft the Usk river. Brecknock has challenged him to a tractor pull and Ceredigion will have him wax his legs during the Urdd Eisteddfod. In Montgomeryshire he will be asked to participate in a sponsored event with the county chairman. Tim’s home county, Pembrokeshire, has dubbed its challenge “14 miles of hell”, details of which are yet to be confirmed. A treasure hunt with a twist is what the Glamorgan has in store for Tim, and Meirionnydd YFC has asked him to join its officers for a journey up Cadair Idris.

 


05 May 2010

Countryfest at Herefordshire's 66th county rally

Herefordshire YFC's county rally is at Arkstone Court, Kingstone, Hereford, on Saturday 22 May.

The event will showcase traditional skills and fun competitions during a packed programme of entertainment for members of the 18 Young Farmers' Clubs in Herefordshire.

This year's NFYFC competition theme is My Home County, and the rally competitors  will be exhibiting work reflecting the beauty of Herefordshire. The main exhibit will depict country pursuits but it's party time for the cake decorators, who will be challenged with making a top tier of a wedding cake for the seniors and a child's birthday party for the juniors.

Amongst the 52 different classes which count towards the coveted Rally Shield, there will be hand-crafted metal sculptures, wooden dog kennels, water colour painting, photography, clay pots and clocks for the farmhouse kitchen, puppets, cushion covers and floral arts.

There will be non-stop entertainment on the stage with the YFC talent and dressing-up competitions as well as the popular sheep shearing and sheep stockjudging classes. New this year is the Club Haka to be judged by an overseas visitor from New Zealand.

The tug-of-war competitions will be held in the afternoon and the prize-giving is expected to take place at around 5.30pm. Winning competitors will be invited to compete at the Three Counties Show in June, as well as area and national finals. The rally dance will start at 9pm.

Gates open at 9am. Admission during the day is £5 adults, £3 10-16-year-olds, children under 10 free. Admission to the rally dance is £5 tickets purchased during the daytime, £8 with membership card, £10 without membership card.

For full details about the county rally visit www.hfyfc.org.uk or contact the county office on 01432 274187.



04 May 2010

 

YFC members bring the countryside to townfolk

Pictured left, Worth Valley YFC members at the 2009 Food and Farming exhibition and, right, a visitor to the exhibition learns to milk Daisy Duke, the Worth Valley YFC cow

Worth Valley Young Farmers' Club is holding its Local Food and Farming exhibition on 8 and 9 May and has sent out 12,000 free tickets to schools to encourage children to come along.

The exhibition, at the Bronte Vintage Gathering on Haworth Road, Cullingworth, will take vistors on a journey from field to fork to illustrate where food comes from and encourage them to buy local produce.

A variety of livestock will be on show, visitors will be given vegetable plants to grow themselves and will be able to milk Daisy Duke, the club’s own cow. A butchery demonstration will be given by the head butcher at Keelham Hall Farm Shop who will also be helping children to make their own sausages with Mr Sausage the mascot.

A cookery demonstration will be provided by some of the club’s members as part of the Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Bradford Pass It On project.

During the weekend YFC members will be compiling databases of people who produce, sell, serve and want to eat local food. This information will be fed into a local food one-stop shop website run by South Pennine Prospects, which supports the event through its Leader Fund. Keighley Area Committee is also supporting the event.

Chairwoman of the club’s local food working party Sophie Ogden explained why members of Worth Valley and other local YFCs are putting on the event. “Even though most of our members are not from farming families they are passionate about educating young people about where their food comes from, especially local food.

"Supporting local food networks is hugely important for the local economy, environmentally and for community cohesion and we hope that lots of people come along for a fun and enlightening day out in the countryside.”

The YFC activities over the weekend are being filmed for broadcast on ITV Calendar as part of ITV fixers, a project which champions groups of young people who see an issue which concerns them and get stuck into addressing it.


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