National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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10 November 2009

Packed theatre for Clwyd YFC Eisteddfod

Clwyd YFC members are buzzing after another excellent evening of competition and entertainment at the annual Eisteddfod.

The event was held in Ruthin for the first time in many years and drew a large audience to the John Ambrose Theatre.

Crowds watched as members from 11 clubs across Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire showcased their talents in 16 competitions in the music, speaking and light entertainment sections of the traditional event.

Literature and artworks from the nine homework sections were judged and the bard’s chair was awarded to Gwenno Edwards, of Pentrefoelas YFC for her short story on the theme Go For It. This year’s chair was given by MWS, of Ruthin, and made by Mal Dawson.

The audience and judges, Alwyn Sion, Ann Davies, Andrea Parry and Beryl Griffiths, were thoroughly impressed with the county’s singers, speakers, poets, writers and comedians.

Uwchaled YFC were the overall winners of the Flint FUW shield and also took silverware for the best choir, the homework shield and most points for stage competitions.

Betws yn Rhos YFC won the JE Foulkes shield for the club with fewer than 30 members accruing the most points and also won the Mai Ellis cup for the best speaking party.

Alaw Rossington, of Betws yn Rhos YFC, won the Penrhwylfa cup for the best competitor under 16, and the Iwan Bryn Goleu memorial trophy for the Eisteddfod’s best performer was awarded to Manon Celyn, of Uwchaled YFC, for her solo from a musical.

“We had a great Eisteddfod in our new venue and it was wonderful to see the place full,” said Clwyd YFC organiser Eleri Roberts.

“Congratulations to Gwenno Edwards for winning the chair and thanks to all our winners. They will now go through to the Wales YFC Eisteddfod at Venue Cymru, in Llandudno, where we hope they will win for Clwyd.”

10 November 2009

Cumbria Federation AGM

Chairman Steven Dixon, trophy winners Graham Holliday, Luke Graham, of Walton YFC, Lesley Pigg, of Wigton YFC, and president Linda Park

Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs packed out the ballroom of the George Hotel, Penrith, for their county AGM.

President Alan Bowe spoke of his 45-year association with YFC and how much he had enjoyed his year as president.

Chairman Jim Nicholson outlined a busy and successful year, with a substantial rise in membership and the winning of the Tug Wilson Trophy for the reserve national champions in gaining the most points in NFYFC competitions. He also praised the members for their fundraising efforts, both for the organisation and for charity.

This year Mr Bowe had presented a new shield for the club which raised the most money for charity in the previous year. Seventeen YFCs had raised £33,317 for a variety of charities.

Raughton Head YFC won the trophy by raising £9,324 from a bike ride from Whitehaven to Newcastle and a hog roast. The proceeds went to the Calvert Trust, Eden Valley Hospice, Raughton Head Church, Comic Relief and the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust.

Lowick YFC raised £5,500 for Christie’s Young Oncology Unit and Macmillan Nurses by holding an auction of promises.

The Top Club Award for the greatest increase in membership went to Walton YFC. The PFK Trophy for the club making the most effort was presented to Wigton YFC and the Dorrie Galbraith Trophy for the member making the most contribution to YFC went to Graham Holliday, of Raughton Head YFC.

Linda Park, from Witherslack, was elected president for the coming year and Frank Gate, of Drigg YFC, is vice president. Steven Dixon, of Grayrigg YFC, was elected chairman, vice chairman is Craig Brough, of Raughton Head YFC, and treasurer is Robert Wharton, of Dodd & Co.

10 November 2009

Withleigh YFC raises £3,100 for Devon Air Ambulance

Withleigh YFC presented a cheque for £3,100 to the Devon Air Ambulance – the club’s chosen charity for the past year.

The club raised most of the cash through an auction of promises donated by local companies, members and YFC supporters and friends, with donations ranging from zoo tickets to cakes and romantic nights out.

Auctioneer Marky Davis made sure none of the pledges went for under £10 and the highest bid of the night was £220 for a meal for eight people cooked by members Kate Kittow and Annie Chanin.

The auction raised £2,700, with the remaining money coming from draws and other events throughout the year.

06 November 2009

Clwyd's national stock judging competitors

Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs chose its national stock judging competitors this month when it held the second in its series of Winter Fair competitions.

More than 20 members from Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy turned up at Caenog in Corwen to try their hand at judging butcher’s lambs and butcher’s beef.

For sheep, Sion Eilir Roberts, of Ruthin, was first in the under-16 age group, Huw Williams, of Betws yn Rhos, in the under-18 age group, Joseph Parry, of Uwchaled, won in the under-21 category and Caroline Dawson, of Cilcain, won the under-26 age group.

For cattle, Sion Eilir Roberts was triumphant again in the under-16s, Erica Swan, of Treuddyn, won the under-18 age group, Huw Jones, of Bro Edeyrnion, was first in the under-21s and Edward Morgan, of Cilcain, won the under-26s.

Betws yn Rhos YFC were the team winners in both sheep and cattle. All the winners will now go on to represent Clwyd at the Winter Fair, in Builth Wells, on 30 November and 1 December.

Earlier this month Clwyd YFC’s ATV handling and lamb trimming Winter Fair competitions were held in Llanrhaeadr and a carcase judging competition will be held in Stansty, Wrexham, in November.

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.


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