National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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19 May 2022

A life-long supporter of Young Farmers’ Clubs was officially awarded a Life Vice President title during a special event to mark their 100th birthday.

Olive Clarke OBE, JP, DL, FRAgS, from Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, received the award from NFYFC Chair of Council Edward Dungait, surrounded by current and former members, as well as former County chairs and presidents.

The event, which was organised by members of Cumbria FYFC, was a celebration for Olive’s centenary and a chance to officially present the Life Vice President award, marking her long association with YFC.

YFC members voted in favour of Olive receiving the award after Cumbria FYFC’s Chair Robbie Tuer proposed the motion at NFYFC’s Annual General Meeting in April.

Olive joined YFC back in 1938 when she was 16 years old, and she has played an active role in the organisation ever since.

Olive’s inspiring speech during her birthday celebrations included details of her time as a YFC member and her experience of farming back in the 1930s. The centenarian gave credit to

Young Farmers today for supporting others in times of need, such as during severe weather events and throughout the recent pandemic.

But it was the impact that YFC can have on young people’s lives that Olive emphasised the most, encouraging everyone to take up all the opportunities YFC has to offer.

“Young Farmers never change, they just grow older,” said Olive during her speech. “Fulfil your lives with interests and don’t miss an opportunity you come by in Young Farmers because you know the one thing in life you can never recall is the lost opportunity.”

Olive was also presented with a birthday cake, decorated with the Cumbria YFC logo, which was made by Northern District Vice President Gillian Potts.

Photos: Jenny Wood, Crook YFC




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