National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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06 November 2009

Cornwall YFC celebrates a fantastic year

The Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs recently held its 72nd annual general meeting at the Pavilion Centre on the Royal Cornwall Showground.

Members, family and friends gathered to hear outgoing county chairwoman Nicola Chegwidden, from Summercourt, give an account of her year, highlighting the many successes.

She recalled how her year had started with the New Members Fortnight, which aimed to get the name of YFC out and about in a bid to increase membership, and which resulted in 31 new members.

Nicola also highlighted the instigation of the Youth Forum; a team building camp; the federation’s contribution to the consultation on Children, Young People and Alcohol; and the creation of the Cornwall Fresh Start Academy, a programme for young people who want to be the agricultural entrepreneurs of the future.

The AGM was the last to be presided over by Jonathan Coode, president of the federation for the past nine years. Mr Coode expressed his joy in being involved with so many positive and enthusiastic young people over the years and wished his successor, the Hon Evelyn Boscawen, well in the future.

The members of the federation thanked Mr Coode for his contribution over the years by making him an Honarary Life Member.

Three vice presidents were also welcomed to the federation: Martin Howlett, a past Cornwall NFU chairman from Callington, Roger May, an agricultural merchant from St Austell, and Jim Large, auctioneer and partner of Lodge & Thomas, from Truro.

As county chairwoman, Nicola had chosen to raise money for Epilepsy Support and the Sapphire nurse at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. She was proud to be able to present a cheque for £7,800 to Mary Perrett from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, who is a Sapphire nurse and a specialist in helping people in Cornwall who suffer from Epilepsy.

Nicola thanked the members for the opportunity to be county chairwoman, stating: “It’s the best thing that I’ve ever done and I’m very proud to say that I’ve been chairwoman of the best county in the country!”

06 November 2009

Rearsby & District YFC presents cheque to RABI

Rearsby YFC presented a cheque for £3,435.47 to Leicestershire's Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) at its annual dinner dance at Park Hill Golf Club, Seagrave.

RABI’s East Midlands regional officer Milly Wastie received the cheque on behalf of the charity, and congratulated the club on the work done to raise such an amount.

Rearsby YFC also received the Young Farmers’ trophy at RABI’s AGM for their work raising both cash and awareness of the work done by the charity.

The YFC raised the money by producing a 2009 calendar.

06 November 2009

Brecknock YFC Field Day

Brecknock YFC members gathered at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, on 31 October for the annual field day.

Members took part in nine different competitions: ATV safety and handling, junior nature challenge, decorating a christmas tree, junior farm safety, club promotion, fence erecting, public speaking (16 and under), county exhibit and Welsh public speaking (26 and under).

The county exhibit was a new competition introduced to the field day this year and which proved popular. Clubs were asked to produce an exhibit on the theme My Home County and each exhibit had to include a floral arrangement, a county flag or emblem (needlework), a local dessert, four mounted photographs and a decorated cake.

The day closed with the awards ceremony where the overall Elizabeth John Field Cup was presented to Troedrhidalar YFC. Joint second place were Erwood YFC, Llandefalle YFC and Sennybridge YFC.

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