National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 May 2010

Einir Ryder, a member of Pontsian YFC, Ceredigion, and Kate Miles, of Neath YFC, in Glamorgan, will be travelling to Novi Sad, in Serbia, in late June to represent Wales YFC ain the Rural Youth Europe Balkan study tour, which aims to support rural youthwork in the Balkans to establish a stronger network of rural youth organisations.

It is hoped that those attending will provide practical support in strengthening the leadership and management structures of rural youth organisations in the Balkans.

The opportunity to attend is one of many travel and learning opportunities offered to Wales YFC members as a part of the international programme.

Primary school teacher Einir has been a YFC member for 13 years and has previously travelled with YFC to Northern Ireland on an exchange trip.

“I am looking forward to attending the study tour and to meeting young people from across Europe. I will be taking the opportunity to promote Wales YFC as a successful organisation, which enables members to develop themselves further in a variety of fields. I hope that I will be able to give the newly established rural youth organisations in the Balkans some advice that will be of assistance as they grow,” said Einir.

Kate, who specialises in employment law at Ashfords Solicitors, has been a YFC member for 16 years. She is county chairwoman of Glamorgan YFC and is a past Wales YFC senior member of the year. Outside YFC she plays netball in a Sunday league and enjoys reading, socialising and watching rugby. She is also interested in current affairs and politics.

“This will be the first time for me to travel with YFC and I am looking forward to attending the study tour to the Balkans. It will be an opportunity to gain an understanding of the issues facing fellow young people in other countries and other cultures as well as making a number of new friends and contacts internationally,” said Kate.

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28 May 2010

Wilshire YFC is inviting members to help celebrate its 75th anniversary at a midsummer dinner and dance.

The black tie event is being held  in the Summer Ball Marquee, at Lackham College, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on Saturday 26 June.

Dinner will be a seated buffet and dancing will be to the music of the What 4's.

Click here to download more details and a booking form.


28 May 2010

Packed summer of fun and games for Staffs YFC

Staffordshire YFC is gearing up for its county show with its annual pre-show reception on 1 June.

Members will be putting their entertainment skills to the test in a YFC's Got Talent competition in front of an audience of invited guests and judges.

Individual club displays will also be judged at the event, and there will be a presentation from the Young Farmers' Ambassadors Discovery Programme to those venturing on trips as far afield as Budapest, Canada and Sweden, as well as Scotland this summer. The evening will be rounded off by a buffet sponsored by Knights Solicitors.

Wednesday 2 June will see teams battle it out in the annual tug of war competition at 7.30pm in the main ring of the County Showground. All the teams are practising for this in between busily designing, constructing and painting their show floats on the theme European Countries for the County Show, on Thursday 3 June.

Visitors will be challenged to try to guess how many welleies are crammed into a tractor parked outside the YFC marquee, and tickets to Alton Towers are up for grabs in a competition based around the club displays inside.

The County Show will be drawn to a close with a dance, on Friday 4 June, at Bishton Farm, Wolseley Bridges with JAK entertainment.

The summer fun continues with a midsummer madness disco, on Friday 11 June, with the theme wigs and wellies at Butterhill Farm, Coppenhall.

The county's biggest social event of the year is a Totally Tropical Summer Ball, on Saturday 17 July, at Brookfield Farm, with live music from the Northern Monkeys and Bulge disco.

For tickets and more information contact county organiser Julia Taylor on 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk.


27 May 2010

Cumbria celebrates what makes county special

Almost 1,000 people turned out for the fun at the northern district of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs field day, held at The Square, Kirklinton.

This year's theme was My Home County and Cumbria was described to visitors in song, folk dancing, flowers, art, cookery and metalwork sculptures. YFC members were also celebrating 150 years of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution with some excellent craft work.

The crowds enjoyed watching the skill of the sheep-shearers and the competition was won by Chris Hird and Jack Cartmell of Greysouthen YFC, and the face-painting, which was won by Rebecca Gardiner of Walton YFC. The nail art competition was won by Jonathan Fearon of Aspatria YFC and the bolster and bar, another great spectator sport, was won by Sam Denwood of Drigg YFC and Liz Atkinson of Aspatria YFC.

When all the scores from the 80 competitions held at the event were added up Caldbeck YFC won the day 1,259 points, followed by Raughton Head on 1,165 points, Carlisle on 1,137 and Longtown on 1,088. Rory Stewart MP presented the trophies.


27 May 2010

Pulling together for charity

Twelve teams from Young Farmers' Clubs across Norfolk put their backs into fundraising with a 12-hour sponsored tractor tug-a-thon this month.

The teams pulled a vintage Model B John Derre tractor steered by a selection of past and present club and county presidents, around a half-mile circuit.

The teams completed a pull of more than 42 miles and raised £4,500 to be shared between three local charities chosen by Norfolk YFC members.

East Anglian Air Ambulance, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to provide a vital emergency service for rural areas, will benefit from the effort.

Lucie’s Lifesaving Project, set up last year after the sudden death of one of Norfolk YFC’s members to raise money for hospital equipment and first aid awareness and training, will also benefit.

And money will also go to Leeway, which offers support and advice to women and children who have suffered domestic abuse.

Agricultural machinery dealer Ben Burgess & Co, headed by Ben Turner, supplied the vintage tractor. The event was also made a success through sponsorship from Randell NFM, J H Bunn of Great Yarmouth, Frontier, Greenvale AP, Anglia Framers, EDP agricultural editor Michael Pollit, Laurels Care Home, Marrisons Agriculture, Nidera and HR Answers.
 


27 May 2010

Wales YFC members heading for the Highlands

Anne Evans (left) and Caryl Haf (right)

Llanddewi Brefi YFC member Caryl Haf will be travelling to Scotland in June as an ambassador representing Wales YFC at the Royal Highland Show.

Caryl, 20, is travelling on one of the exchange programmes offered to Wales YFC members as part of its international programme.

She was chosen during the international briefing and selection day held at the Wales YFC Centre in Builth Wells last November and will spend two weeks in Scotland.

“The international programme is a great opportunity to travel and meet young people from different countries. I especially look forward to visiting the Royal Highland Show and comparing and contrasting it with our Royal Welsh Show," said Caryl.

Cary is in her final year at Aberystwyth Agricultural College. She has been a member of YFC for 10 years and is currently club chairwoman. She enjoys taking part in all YFC activities along with attending local shows where she exhibits her own flock of blue texel pedigree sheep. She also takes time out to play the piano and harp and sing.

The Wales YFC international programme aims to encourage understanding of other cultures and provide opportunities for YFC members to travel and to enjoy new experiences.

Anne Evans a member of Keyston YFC, Pembrokeshire, will also be travelling to Scotland as a part of the exchange programme.

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