National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 November 2009

Wigton YFC helps air ambulance

Wigton YFC threw their backs into raising money for their local air ambulance by taking part in a sponsored tractor pull earlier in the year.

The club members took turns to pull a Red Bull tractor up a track in the fastest time at the North West Tractor Pulling event, at Kirkbride Airfield in June, and raised £1,500 in sponsorship and donations from the watching crowds.

The cash was presented to the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and the club is planning a similar fundraising event next year for the charity, which relies on public donations.

18 November 2009

Wales YFC's globetrotters for 2010 are announced

Nineteen lucky members have been chosen to represent Wales YFC in places as far afield as Canada and as close to home as Scotland as part of the Wales YFC International travel programme for 2010.

The travellers were announced at the Wales YFC International Briefing Day and a further ten members will also go forward to the NFYFC selection day on 5 December for further travel opportunities with the national Discovery programme.

The Wales YFC International programme aims to improve young people's understanding of other cultures across the world and give them confidence to travel to different places and experience new activities. The programme also allows members from Wales to host members from similar organisations abroad during the summer.

Caroline Dawson, chairwoman of Wales YFC’s International committee, said he briefing day had been very successful, with more than 30 members applying for the opportunities on offer.

“Our members obviously feel that the opportunities for international travel offered by Wales YFC are extremely worthwhile. The programme ensures that young people in rural areas can continue to benefit from the valuable experience of travel and exchange visits with other young people from across the world. The visits on offer are totally unique.

"These are not holidays. The aim is to give our members a special insight into the lives of those who live in a different country, different culture, and in a different way of life. Having been on a Wales YFC international trip, I know full well how enlightening and rewarding these trips can be,” she said.


17 November 2009

Brecknock YFC lamb trimming competition








This year's lamb trimming competition was held at Maesgwyn Farm, Llandefalle, Brecon, and featured two categories: one for members 26 and under and one for 16 and under.

Members had 90 minutes to prepare a lamb for a fat stock show and the 27 competitors, some as young as 12, were marked on their use of shears, preparation and carding, and the finished lamb.

Senior winner, William Gittoes, of Llandefalle YFC, (pictured above left) will now represent the county at the Welsh Winter Fair on 30 November.


Senior Section (26 years or under)

  • 1st: Llandefalle YFC, William Gittoes
  • 2nd: Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC, Ceri Davies
  • 3rd: Sennybridge YFC, Ryan Harries

Junior Section (16 years or under)

  1. Joint 1st: Builth Wells YFC, Alex Hope. Llanigon YFC, Jonathan Davies (pictured above right)
  2. 3rd: Llandefalle YFC, Charlie Parry


16 November 2009

Brecknock YFC competitions day

Pictured are: overall winners Sennybridge YFC; Rebecca Davies, Pontfaen YFC, winner floral art (26 yrs); and Builth Wells YFC, winners of club display

Welcome to Wales was the theme for Brecknock YFC's competitions day, which saw more than 100 club members gather at Brecon High School to take part in eight different competitions, some of them eliminators for the 2010 Royal Welsh Show.

Overall winners were Sennybridge YFC, followed by Builth Wells YFC in second place and Llandefalle YFC third.


Club display
1st: Builth Wells YFC, 2nd: Troedrhiwdalar YFC, joint 3rd: Llandefalle YFC and Sennybridge YFC

Floral Art (26 years of age or under)
1st: Rebecca Davies, Pontfaen YFC, 2nd: Mairwen Davies, Builth Wells YFC, joint 3rd: Mary Phillips, Sennybridge YFC and Rosie Davies, Troedrhiwdalar YFC

Cookery (16 years of age or under)
1st: Heidi and Naomi Davies, Sennybridge, 2nd: Leanne Davies and Abbie Davies, Troedrhiwdalar YFC, 3rd Emma Jones and Sian Healey, Erwood YFC

Craft (21 years of age or under)
1st: Mark Powell, Llandefalle YFC, 2nd: Aled W Jones, Troedrhiwdalar YFC, 3rd: Emma Powell, Bwlch and Crickhowell YFC

Generation Game
1st: Lisa Powell and Vicky-Lynn Healey, Erwood YFC, 2nd: Mairwen Davies and Sara Thomas, Builth Wells YFC, 3rd: Gemma Davies and Rhian Price, Troedrhiwdalar YFC

Speaking (14 years or under)
1st: Isabell Thomas, Rhodri Thomas and Naomi Davies, Sennybridge YFC, 2nd: Sophie Pritchard, Emily Pritchard and Rhianne Powell, Llandefalle YFC, 3rd: Daisy Hardwick, Ffion Williams and Lucy Goodwin, Builth Wells YFC

Reading (14 years or under)
1st: Elin Havard, Kathryn Gardner and Ffion Thomas, Sennybridge YFC, 2nd: Russell Davies, Ryan Joseph and Trystan Davies, Llandefalle YFC, 3rd: Isabella Walters, Kayleigh Lawrence and Chloe Eggerton, Builth Wells YFC

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.


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