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01 July 2010

Shropshire Young Farmers Greenhouse Building in the Himalayas
 Shropshire YFC

Today (30th June 2010) 12 intrepid Shropshire Young Farmers from across Shropshire set off from Shrewsbury to take part in an eighteen-day charity project to change the lives of people and communities living in the Himalayas.

Their task, thought up by Huw Thomas (County Chairman) is to build a greenhouse at the Komic Monastery, in the Spiti Valley in North India, one of the highest villages in Asia at 4513m. The greenhouse will enable the local community to grow their own fresh vegetables even when the temperatures plummet during their long winters. But this is no ordinary greenhouse – it must be strong enough to withstand the harsh Himalayan winter and have enough room to house produce for a whole community. The team only received confirmation in June that the route to this remote village was now clear of snow following their long cold winter.

Whilst working on the building project, the members will be staying with local families in their homestays, supporting the local Spiti Valley community, and learning about a different culture, whilst coping with the extreme altitude. Shropshire YFC has joined forces with I-to-I for the challenge, which specialises in volunteer abroad opportunities, and Ecosphere in Spiti Valley, a charity set up to enhance the Spiti value economy, ecology and sustainability.

Over the last six months the Young Farmers Himalaya Team have raised over £12,000 to fund this building project arranging events such as Barn Dances, Raffles, a Fashion Show, a 12 mile run, running bars at events, photoshoots and articles, bag packing and other creative projects. Shropshire YFC would like to thank all their supporters with this fundraising to make this project possible.

Shropshire YFC County Organiser, Megan Jones, was at Shrewsbury station to see them all off, said “This will be an amazing experience for the group, a chance of a lifetime. To travel, to learn, to provide a long term benefit to so many people. A big charity project which has taken months to plan, but it’s just lovely to see them all so keen to get the trip underway. I can’t wait to see all their photos and hear their news when they get back on 17th July”.

A picture is attached of the 12 members on Shrewsbury Station as they depart. They are :-
Top - Dan Powell (Chirbury & Marton YFC), Rachael Parry (Dorrington YFC), Abi Moseley (Nesscliffe YFC)
Middle - Hannah Woodhall (Ludlow YFC), Gareth Hughes (Whittington & Oswestry YFC), Lucy Stokes (County Vice Chairman & Alberbury YFC), Annie Davies (Nesscliffe YFC)
Bottom - Robbie Hemming (Alberbury YFC), Huw Thomas (County Chairman + Chirbury & Marton YFC), Rhys Jones (Much Wenlock YFC), Steve Butler (Whittington & Oswestry YFC), Henry Jones (Nesscliffe YFC).
 


01 July 2010

Wales YFC sporting success!

The Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs sports day was held at the Brecon Leisure Centre, Brecon on Sunday the 27th of June. The day will allowed YFC members from all over Wales to come together and participate in sporting activities in order to improve their confidence and skills as well as their their overall fitness.

During the day, teams representing various County Federations from all over Wales competed in the Wales YFC mixed hockey, volley ball, netball, football and badminton.

Following a full day of sporting activities it was the Pembrokeshire Federation that were the overall winners, and they will be awarded the Carmarthenshire Cup at the Wales YFC AGM to be held on the 19th of September in Tenby. Montgomery were the winners of the mixed hockey, with the Pembrokeshire Federation proving that their junior members were best at the badminton. The ladies of Brecknock Federation won the women’s netball with the lads from Ceredigion winning the men’s seven-a-side football. Carmarthenshire were the winners of the volley ball competition.

The first three teams in the Volley Ball, Badminton and mixed hockey will go on to represent Wales at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Competitions day to be held in October.
 

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01 July 2010

Wales YFC rural affairs committee to host discussion at the Royal Welsh Show!

The Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee will host a discussion during the Royal Welsh Show where discussions will held on the topic, ‘YFC means business! Farming for the future: Is diversification the key?

Four inspiring panellists will be present at the discussion, Mr Andy Woodthorpe the Director of rural Wales banking for NatWest, Mr Griffiths from Oaklands free range-eggs, Mrs Daphne Tilley, Elwy Valley Welsh Lamb and Mrs Loraine Makoswski-Heaton from Kid Me Not, both joint NFU Welsh Woman Farmer of the Year 2009.

YFC members and agricultural organisations have been invited to attend the discussion which is intended to inspire those present and get them to think about ways in which they could develop their own farming businesses.

“We are very grateful to these four individuals for giving their time to enable us to host a discussion during the show. Past discussions have been both lively and well supported and I look forward to hearing the views of all those present, and I hope that the members will be able to learn something from the experience of the panel.” said Dylan Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman.
 

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