National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 June 2010

Wales will be thrown into the international spotlight this year as it hosts the Ryder Cup and the World Shearing Championship.

And to mark this, Wales YFC members have chosen the theme Welcome to Wales for their exhibits and competitions being showcased at the Royal Welsh Show and Young People’s Village from 18-22 July.

The show itself is the biggest agricultural event in Wales, and YFC preparations for it started in January 2009, with the activities and international committee setting the theme.

The training and promotions committee, tasked with promoting the organisation to both members and the public, will be responsible for decorating the YFC centre.

The rural affairs committee will be representing Wales YFC throughout the week at meetings and receptions with partner organisations, and the youth forum committee will be representing junior members by helping other sub-committees with organising aspects of the event.

Wales YFC will be welcoming exchange visitors from the USA, Finland, Ulster, Scotland and Canada to the show and they will be hosted by members and their families as part of the federation’s international programme.

All eyes will be on the YFC stage which will be a focal point showcasing YFC activities, and a full timetable of YFC events at the show can be found online on the Wales YFC website at www.yfc-wales.org.uk. Competition results will also be uploaded to the site at the end of each day.

Wales YFC is working with BBC Radio Cymru on the Sunday night of the YPV, when three popular Welsh bands – this year’s Battle of the Bands winner, plus Tebot Piws and Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog – will be taking to the stage.

Dance Nation Live is ready to tear up the YPV on the Monday night. The famous Ministry of Sound brand will be turning up the volume and taking the biggest rave-up of the year to the hottest party of the summer.

Featuring the biggest dance stars, amazing visuals and hot Dance Nation dancers, this will be a night revellers will never forget.

Radio 1 DJ Greg James has been confirmed as the headline act on Tuesday night, when he will be hosting a beach party-themed night and a foam party.

Greg is already frothing with excitement at being at the YPV and recently spent the day with Wales YFC finding out more about farming and Young Farmers’ Clubs.

“I can’t wait and I hope everyone else will be totally up for it. The set will include big old tunes with lots of Radio 1 favourites and some old classics, too. I promise it will be a lot of fun!

“I love foam parties even though the last time I was at one, the foam accidentally went all over the decks and the producer, Neil, was furiously mopping up all around me,” Greg laughs.

Asked about his day with YFC, Greg adds that he really enjoyed the experience but couldn’t say who had the easiest job – a DJ or a farmer. “Radio 1 DJ is easier because you’re in the warm. However, farmers are allowed to be grumpy if they are feeling bad some mornings, but DJs have to maintain their good spirits all the time on air.”

The fun will be rounded off in style on the Wednesday night by tribute band the Stereotonics and the Sleeves.

Booking forms and more information are available online at www.yfc-wales.org.uk.

  1. Click here to read a press release in Welsh
     

09 June 2010

Clwyd YFC beefs up on stockjudging skills

Clwyd YFC held a successful stock-judging competition evening, at Park Farm, Fenns Bank , Bronnington, in preparation for the county’s annual rally on 19 June.

Whitford YFC was overall winner, Uwchaled YFC second and in third place was Betws yn Rhos YFC.

Huw Jones, a member of Bro Edeyrnion YFC triumphed in the under 21 competition and Siwan Roberts of Whitford YFC came to the fore in the under 26 class.

The county would like to thank the judges for the evening; Mr Edward Studley, Clwyd Spencer, Arthur Owrn, Rhodri Ellis and Geraint Evans.

Pictured above are: Huw Williams (Betws yn Rhos), Tomos Lloyd (Betws yn Rhos), Huw Jones (Bro Edeyrnion), Siwan Roberts (Whitford).

 

 


09 June 2010

Weekend is a dual challenge for Tim

Wales YFC chairman Tim John undertook the challenges set to him by Gwent and Ceredigion YFCs over the May Bank Holiday weekend as a part of his Challenge Tim mission.

Each of the 12 county YFCs in Wales have been asked to set Tim a challenge which he will complete along with members of each county to raise money for his charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation. The challenges completed so far have raised £7,600.

The bank holiday saw Tim undertake two further challenges - Gwent YFC's raft race along the river Usk, in which he teamed up with Rob Hoggins, Gwent county chairman to design and build a raft to race, and then Tim and Ceredigion YFC members took part in a sponsored leg wax at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Llanerchaeron.

“So far I have completed five challenges. They have been an excellent way to meet members from all over the country and to raise awareness of the charity. My next challenge is the one set by Ynys Môn YFC, which is a raft race across the Menai Straight.”

Future challenges include a tractor pull, a treasure hunt with a twist, a journey up Cadair Idis and a mystery challenge from Pembrokeshire called “14 miles of hell”.

Pictured above: Tim John and Robert Hoggins get crafty in the raft race, and Tim faces the wax.

Click here to read the press release in Welsh


08 June 2010

Thousands compete at Herefordshire's county rally

More than 1,000 YFC members from 18 Herefordshire clubs turned out to compete for the rally shield in a range of competitions showcasing tradtional skills at the annual county rally at Arkstone Court, Kingstone.

Teme Valley YFC triumphed at the end of a hectic day of fun and activity after competing in 66 classes, which started with the spring carcase judging at the end of March.

Winning entries are now invited to represent the county at the Three Counties Show on 18-20 June, which is being hosted by Herefordshire this year.

The nationally chosen theme My Home County will be reflected in the YFC section of the show and the Herefordshire team will be aiming to retain the Lord Lieutenant Trophy over the three days of competition.

Pictured above are Penny Vaughan and Isabel Probert from Teme Valley YFC with the Margaret Ayrton trophy; Golden Valley YFC chairwoman Amelia Illingsworth collecting the John Crofts Memorial Cup presented by county president Andrew Marson; Sam Thornley looking ready to leap into a cool pond after being dressed up by Hannah Brooks and Amy Long in the create a live statue competition; Ledbury' YFC's Gareth Taylor prepraring his dish in the cookery competition dinner for the mother-in-law, and wining club Teme Valley YFC.

Click here to download a full list of results


08 June 2010

Tractors take to the road for charity

Tractor enthusiasts and members of East Riding YFC took to the roads on 6 June to raise vital funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Following the success of previous events, East Riding YFC organised its third charity tractor road run which left Laburnum Farm, Etton, for a road trip covering 25 miles round East Yorkshire and YFC members hope to have raised more than £2,000.

This year saw a new route for the event and the procession of tractors passed  through parts of Etton, South Dalton, Middleton on the Wolds, Londesborough, Market Weighton and Goodmanham before returning to Etton.

The two charities chosen this year have particular relevance for YFC members and the rural community. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year; and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a vital fast response emergency service to people who who live and work in rural areas.

 


03 June 2010

A day of song and dance for Cumbria YFC

Hundreds of Cumbria YFC members and their supporters gathered at Galliber Farm, Milburn, to enjoy a variety of competitive fun at the southern district field day.

Club members put on a fantastic display of bakery, crafts, metalwork, and needlework and took part in competitions ranging from nail art (won by Jake Hodgson of Sedbergh YFC) to stockjudging toy tractors (won by Edward Gray of Cartmel YFC) and folk dancing (won by Crook YFC).

The county song, which was won by Lowick YFC, produced some excellent compositions on the theme 'Why we love Cumbria', as did the Lakeland dialect competition, which was won by Stuart Lambert of Kent Estuary YFC.

In the skills competitions Tom O’Neill and Jenny Kindleysides, of Lyvennet YFC, were best at manoeuvring the Land Rover and trailer, Stephen Hayllar and Annie Winder, of Pennine YFC, triumphed at tractor handling and Stuart Boyren and Charlie Long came top on an ATV.

The tug of war created the usual excitement, with Lowick YFC's men's team pulling Sedbergh over the line, Sedbergh YFC's women's team winning in a pull off with Grayrigg, and Kent Estuary YFC's junior team beating Lowick.

Trophies went to:

Cock of the North Trophy: overall winners, Kent Estuary; club showing greatest improvement: Crook; stock and carcase judging cup: Pennine; dairy stockjudging: Kent Estuary; girls' stockjudging: Sedbergh; junior stockjudging: Kent Estuary; stockjudging shield: Pennine; cooker:, Pennine; national cooker: Eden Valley; junior competitions: Grayrigg; fun competitions: Grayrigg; treasurer: Broughton; junior craft: Pennine; Lakeland dialect: Kent Estuary; display: Grayrigg; flower arranging: Sedbergh; best overall flower arrangement: Lauren Bowness, Grayrigg; co-operatives: Grayrigg; industrial section: Pennine; sheep shearing: Lowick; skill and craft: Lowick; pre field day: Kent Estuary; machinery handling: Lowick; best small clu:, Crook.

The final scores were: 1st Kent Estuary, 2nd Grayrigg, 3rd Pennine, 4th Lowick, 5th, Crook, 6th Sedbergh, 7th Eden Valley, 8th Furness, 9th Broughton, 10th Cartmel, 11th Lyvennet.
 


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